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That was tidy.
Yeah pretty workmanlike win. Like the Leafs were actually concerned about the last few games

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Lol that’s a gift of a call
10 minutes to 2 on the PP before that phantom call

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I'm worried about Babcock. Leafs leading without Zach Hyman. His world might fall apart

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Willy looking more like Willy tonight despite the 2 penalties. Great pass to Old Man Marleau

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Why on a delayed penalty isn't the play dead when Carolina touches the puck?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: Yesterday at 06:06:11 PM »
I saw some discussion in the Nylander thread about Ferraro and O'Neil, and it made me think to post this as a possible point of interest.

I was always a loyal listener of The Fan for as long as I can remember. I was around when 1430 CJCL went to the all sports format and I remember the day that they switched down the dial to 590 - a great day for someone outside Toronto. Anyway, I always believed that Bob McCowan was the best interviewer in the business and that is why PTS always had my attention on my drive home.

But this past summer I started to listen to TSN 1050 a lot more and it has now taken over. I like the Landsberg and Colaiacovo team and I really like Hayes, Noodles and the O dog. I used to think calling them by nick names was a bit silly and that PTS was the more serious sports show, but that is no longer the case.

The Monday after Willie signed Dubas was doing the rounds and I listened to him on TSN Overdrive and on The Fan PTS and the interview on TSN was much much better. In fact, McCowan really showed how little he seems to follow the Leafs as he did that interview.

Anyway, I was wondering, in a sort of informal way, who people here prefer to listen to. As I said, after 25 years with The Fan, I have fully switched over to TSN..... though I have to say that their signal strength is brutal north of Toronto.

p.s. Ray Ferraro is also by far my favourite hockey analyst right now, so I like having him on TSN radio every day just after 5 PM as well.
TSN loyalist here, I can't stand the fan590 personalities. Been listening to Hayes, Noodles and ODog since they hosted Leafs lunch a few years ago. In my opinion, Overdrive is the best sports talk show in the country. The rapport they have together and the casual style conversations they have is great. Makes me laugh all the time too.

Morning show is ok but Landsberg can get on your nerves after awhile.

McKenzie and Ferraro are the best hockey analysts and I always make sure to listen to their segments.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Yesterday at 01:09:23 PM »
If you think the hosts had bad takes, try listening to the callers that dial in.
And the hot take for toughness is just so idiotic. The Bruins beat the Leafs by playing and executing a better overall game, not by being tough guys. How many defensive lapses did the Leafs have because they need more Colton Orr's?

I'm not concerned by the last 2 games.  It's the ebb and flows of a season.  The team plays really well for stretches and really poorly for other stretches.  Right now they're in a poor play stretch, but hopefully they can get out of it soon.

https://theathletic.com/705404/2018/12/10/bourne-mike-babcocks-biggest-challenge-is-convincing-the-leafs-that-they-cant-win-on-talent-alone/

For those that can't/won't read this, Justin Bourne addresses what usually happens to a good team that a) thinks it's great*; and b) is getting back top tier players.

There is a natural sitting back up and down the line up as players expecting the returning star (or two in this case) to carry so much of the load tend to ease off the gas a bit, especially when you look at the lineup card of the opposing team and see a mish mash of AHLers.

In 2002 when the Leafs gritted out back-to-back 7 game series wins against the Islanders and senators, they lost Sundin partway through Round 1 after playing 3 games on a fractured wrist. He made a nigh miraculous return for the Carolina series and the Leafs immediately deflated.

Intensity and game speed are not switches to be turned on at will. Matthews and Nylander being out at the same time put a lot of the depth players in position to impress. It's going to take time for them to ramp back up; they're contributing but not quite to their best and certainly not in sync with the rest of the lineup yet. Honestly, I think it'll take nearly a month. The important thing is for them to be fully synced and healthy for April/May.

* It is my philosophy that a really good team needs to eat a few smack downs in the regular season so that complacency doesn't set in. I think that's why Babcock plays Andersen so much (so the team doesn't think this will just be a cake walk to throw the backup against), even down the stretch with the playoff berth locked up. It's very difficult to get a team to pull their hardest when there's no one chasing (or to be chased).

I read the Bourne article, it was pretty good.  Just addressing your last point about Babcock playing Andersen so often -- I think it's counterproductive to showing the Leafs they have to play hard all the time.  Let me explain, when Andersen is in and playing in top form, he regularly makes difficult saves look routine, so the team thinks they're playing well and are actually better than they really are.  If you have a lesser goalie in there, letting in difficult chances, maybe the team realizes it's got to collectively play better.  Look at Saturday, Andersen had a subpar performance, along with most of the Leafs on the ice, and they got hammered.  If Andersen stands on his head that game, and the Leafs eke out a win, will they feel even remotely the same way?  Nope.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Yesterday at 12:43:07 PM »
If you think the hosts had bad takes, try listening to the callers that dial in.
And the hot take for toughness is just so idiotic. The Bruins beat the Leafs by playing and executing a better overall game, not by being tough guys. How many defensive lapses did the Leafs have because they need more Colton Orr's?

I'm not concerned by the last 2 games.  It's the ebb and flows of a season.  The team plays really well for stretches and really poorly for other stretches.  Right now they're in a poor play stretch, but hopefully they can get out of it soon.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zach Hyman Suspended 2 Games
« on: Yesterday at 09:45:57 AM »
Sorry, I was raised Italian,and my dad, rest in peace taught me there's corruption anywhere where lots of money is at stake. It's the Italian way.

I'm sorry to break it to you Zee, but Italians don't have a monopoly on corruption, regardless of what your dad taught you.

We perfected it though.

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Looks like Leafs may have dodged a bullet since McStarter is out.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:47:43 PM »
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/milan-lucic-embracing-new-role-oilers-look-forge-winning-identity/

Apparently Lucic is one of the most impactful Oilers now. Him and his 6 points in 30 games.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zach Hyman Suspended 2 Games
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:25:41 PM »
Sorry, I was raised Italian,and my dad, rest in peace taught me there's corruption anywhere where lots of money is at stake. It's the Italian way.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zach Hyman Suspended 2 Games
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:42:22 PM »
I never said they were told, thought I made that clear? Guess not.

But you're right, you'll never see any kind of corruption when there's hundreds of millions of dollars in play. Clean as the driven snow.

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I heard Marincin was in it for the long Holl.......groan ::)
Lol

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