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2019/20 Leafs Game Day Threads / Leafs @ Sabres - Feb. 16th, 7:00pm - SNO
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:07:48 PM »
31-20-8, 70 points | 26-24-8, LOL

Projected Lines









Some Scrubs

Game Notes

•Campbell yesterday, Andersen today. Didn't need to rest goalies in back to backs in my day. Goalies played 70 games a season and still found time to offer police officers a billion dollars to let them out of jail.
•Korshkov got called up. I'm assuming he's a scratch. If he ever scores a goal for the Leafs I will donate some money to a charity of Herman's choice.

•I don't care about the Sabres so here are some fun facts about famous people from Buffalo
•Rick James. Did you know Rick James was in a band with Neil Young named the Mynah Byrds? They were just about to record an album when James was arrested for going AWOL from the Navy.
•William Sadler. The name might not be familiar but he's the bad guy in Die Hard 2, one of the inmates in The Shawshank Redemption and The Grim Reaper in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
•Warren Spahn. Won 363 games in the Major Leagues and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 
•The Goo Goo Dolls. Remember them?


       •Andreas Johnsson - Knee - Injured Reserve
•Cody Ceci - Ankle - Injured Reserve
•Morgan Rielly - Foot - Injured Reserve
•Ilya Mikheyev - Wrist - Injured Reserve
•Some guys, I guess

Steam Options

- Shu Mai
- Har Gau
- Char Siu Bao

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2020 MLB Thread
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:22:36 PM »

Well might as well start this off with a nutty trade:

To Dodgers: Mookie Betts, David Price
To Twins: Kenta Maeda
To Red Sox: Alex Verdugo, Brusdar Graterol

So, to cap it off, an incredibly profitable team in a huge market traded one of the best players in the world because they didn't want to pay the luxury tax and be slightly less profitable. What a scam the owners are pulling these days.


Lot of money/term for a 32 year old but Backstrom is pretty durable. Only played fewer than 75 games in a full season once.

Also, and this came as a bit of a shocker to me, but he's almost at this point a 100% guaranteed lock of a hall of famer. If he averages even 50 points a year over this new deal he'll retire with around 1200. Stanley Cup(and good playoff scoring numbers), Olympic Silver, multiple World Championships...probably the most underrated player of his generation.

All Sports But Hockey / Russia receives 4 year Olympic ban from WADA
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:59:54 AM »

Russia banned for 4 years from international competition

This apparently will also apply to the FIFA World Cup. Not sure if it applies  any IIHF stuff but apparently, like the last Olympics, clean Russian athletes will be apply to compete as independents.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Blue Jays Hot Stove Thread
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:29:33 PM »

Just a thread I thought I'd post for some discussions about what we might like to see the Jays do next year. Personally, I'm pretty high on where they finished the year and think they really have an opportunity to improve the team with some smart free agent signings. They've only got 41 million committed for next year(55 if you count Tulo) so there's money to spend but they'll have at least one big arbitration case(Giles) and big question marks elsewhere

Anyways, here's how I think the lineup looks right now for next year:

C: Jansen/McGuire
2B: Biggio
SS: Bichette
3B: Guerrero
LF: Gurriel
RF: Grichuk

Some thoughts: I think this is where the Jays look strongest and have some real interesting options. I think the hope has to be that Grichuk's year was an aberration and he returns to the positive value player he's been for most of his career(interestingly, he may be more valuable to the Jays in CF but the important thing is his bat rebounds). The power positions are the real question marks.

FA Ideas: I don't know if Guerrero might be open to a move to 1B but if so I think Mike Moustakas would be a terrific signing. Heck, even if Guerrero isn't maybe sign Moustakas and ask him to switch? Jose Abreu will be the big name power bat at 1B but I think he'll be over valued.

Pitching Staff:

Chase Anderson

Some Notes: Obviously this is the biggest question mark. There are some interesting young options with guys like Reid-Foley, Pearson, Zeuch, Kay and so on but I don't know if any of them look like sure bets to make big impacts next year. It may have to be another year of a patchwork rotation.

FA Ideas: Obviously all of the big sexy headlines will be about Strasburg and Cole but personally I don't want to see the Jays anywhere near those conversations. Both guys will be looking for 7 years and 200+ million and no thanks. I kind of like Tanner Roark as a reliable MLB capable starter who could maybe be signed to a reasonable deal.

General NHL News & Views / Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet
« on: November 10, 2019, 09:43:51 AM »
Sooner or later, and I think it's almost certainly sooner, someone at Sportsnet is really going to have to answer whether "Do Immigrants buy enough poppies?" is the conversation they want their hockey broadcasts to start. 

mod edit:

Non-Hockey Chatter / Federal Election 2019
« on: October 21, 2019, 10:17:39 PM »

Without wanting to get too political, thought this deserved a thread. It looks like a Liberal Minority government at this point with everyone calling it for the Liberals already:

All Sports But Hockey / Siakam signs 4 yr, 130 million dollar extension
« on: October 19, 2019, 03:19:50 PM »

Kind of makes Marner look like small potatoes. .023% of the cap per point.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Marleau to Sharks
« on: October 08, 2019, 06:33:50 PM »

General Rumours & Speculation / McDavid
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:10:04 AM »

So obviously this is entirely speculation but it seems now that there at least seems to be at least some sort of "McDavid might ask for a trade" vibe out there what with the continued seasons of futility and his now being reduced to playing with pretty depressing linemates.

So, without thinking it's incredibly likely despite that, I suppose I was wondering what people thought might happen if McDavid did demand a trade. Would Edmonton keep him regardless? If not, what would they prioritize in a return? A top tier player or combination of players or would they want elite prospects and picks in order to at least partly combat the issue of having to hope that who they traded for would want to be in Edmonton?

And from our perspective, would you want the Leafs to be in on such a derby? What should they offer if so? Keep in mind that a winning bid would probably not have to be something that, just on the balance, Edmonton might like but would also have to be better than other competing bids(and there would probably be roughly 30 of those).

NHL Transactions / Kyle Connor signs 7 year deal in WPG, 7.143 AAV
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:24:47 PM »

NHL Transactions / Laine signs 2 year deal, 6.75 AAV
« on: September 27, 2019, 01:30:40 PM »


Vasilevsky extends in Tampa. 8 years, 9.5 AAV.

NHL Transactions / Lucic to CGY for James Neal
« on: July 19, 2019, 03:43:31 PM »
Per Friedman


General NHL News & Views / Commissioner for a Day
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:31:12 AM »

So in yet another of our slow summer, there's nothing to talk about exercises, I'll put this classic to the board. If you're given ultimate power over the league to make the changes you want to make to it, how are you changing the NHL as it currently is? What rule tweaks, big or small, do you think would make for a better game?

Here are mine:


1. No cap
2. No draft
3. No restricted free agency
4. Streamline the rule book to more accurately reflect the game on the ice. If you want referees to not call every penalty they see for the sake of a game's flow or to call even-up penalties...say so.


1. No more offside reviews. If a ref misses a call leading to a goal, they miss the call.
2. Penalties are a full 2 minutes, regardless of scoring. Also the team on the PP can decide if they want 5 on 4 or 4 on 3.
3. No shootouts. 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie.
4. No more "distinct kicking motion" stuff. Anything short of a full soccer wind-up kick is a good goal
5. Fighting majors come with automatic game misconducts

Any other ideas for ways to make the game better?

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