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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: July 16, 2019, 01:39:21 PM »
Maybe Dubas and Marner are holding off signing a contract until during the regular season when more cap space may open up if the Leafs dump some salary.  I wouldn't read too much into rumours that Marner wants a shorter contract or what dollar figures are being tossed or length of term, because all that is conjecture and we will not know what numbers are good for both sides until Marner actually re-signs.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is JFJ 2.0 - Discuss
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:50:03 AM »
There is no way anyone should be comparing Dubas to JFJ.  Rask would have looked sweet with a Leafs jersey, and could have helped the Leafs get into the playoffs at least once.  Where is Raycroft today?  How about trading for Toskala?  Signing Jeff O'Neill, Eric Lindros, Jason Alison - players that were long past their prime?  Signing Jason Blake after having only 1 season of higher production?  Trading away a first round pick in a package to get Leetch?  I bring those up, because I cannot recall any decent moves JFJ made to help improve the Leafs.  Conversely, Dubas is at least trying to create some salary cap space to re-sign Marner and improved the d-line with Barrie and Harpur, while getting rid of Zeitzev.  Kadri was a liability in the playoffs, but Brown will be missed.  His goal helped the Leafs get into the playoffs a few years ago.  So no, there is no comparison between the two. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zaitsev and Brown traded to Ottawa
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:30:35 AM »
Has anyone seen Ceci play?  Some Senator fans I know preferred Phaneuf over Ceci.  Hopefully he can get a new start here.

I honestly think what Ceci had most going for him is that he was from Ottawa.  He's like the Blue Jays' Dalton Pompey.

Beyond that, he's terrible.

And when the Leafs traded Phaneuf to Ottawa with Cowan coming back to the Leafs, me and my Senator friends couldn't figure out who won the trade.  We both thanked each other because our teams got rid of players we didn't want but didn't like what was coming back.  Harpur has potential to be decent, and maybe the Leafs can drop Ceci if he proves he is not that decent on d.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zaitsev and Brown traded to Ottawa
« on: July 02, 2019, 10:43:58 AM »
Has anyone seen Ceci play?  Some Senator fans I know preferred Phaneuf over Ceci.  Hopefully he can get a new start here.

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I truly believe the trade was also the result of the playoff suspensions.  Having Kadri for the entire series against the Bruins could have made the difference.  I am sad to see him leave, and wish him well, but looking forward to Barrie.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: June 26, 2019, 09:37:10 AM »
As always I'm pretty skeptical about that until I see it but it does sort of fit in with the idea that once you're willing to cross the line of making that offer sheet worth 4 firsts, the idea that the difference between, say, 11.5 over 5 and 13 over 5 would stop you doesn't really make sense. Even with the Leafs, if Marner makes sense at 11.5, it's really hard to think of what the extra 1.5 million could get you that switches things.
When you're up against the cap it makes a huge difference. All things being equal and say the Leafs are 1.5 over means a roster player making that over an ELC would have to go. In the Leafs case, Hyman would have to go because Brown's contract wouldn't cover it. If not that route, then you trade a Kappy, Johnsson, Kadri which in turn makes your team weaker. So while it can be done, generally GMs don't look to make their teams weaker.
I would be willing to trade Kadri.  He's a good physical player, but he has hurt the team with his suspensions.  I would try to package Kadri for a d-man.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:50:21 PM »
There are teams out there like the Canadiens who would be more than willing to offer Marner 11 to 12 million per season, in exchange for giving up the draft picks, so why would Marner take 8 to 9 million from the Leafs?  Why would the Leafs even contemplate letting Marner sign with another team in exchange for those draft picks, which may or may not turn into anything great considering they already know what they have with Marner?

I don't think there's any team out there willing to make Marner the highest paid winger in the league.

I think most of us have seen a GM make a trade or signing that made us scratch our heads so anything is possible.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:26:26 AM »
There are teams out there like the Canadiens who would be more than willing to offer Marner 11 to 12 million per season, in exchange for giving up the draft picks, so why would Marner take 8 to 9 million from the Leafs?  Why would the Leafs even contemplate letting Marner sign with another team in exchange for those draft picks, which may or may not turn into anything great considering they already know what they have with Marner? 

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However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

Really? That's the difference between a loss in 5 and a win in 7?

Like I said, Kadri and Gardiner will be keys to the series.  Who knows what would have happened if Kadri wasn't a bonehead in game 2.  Maybe the Leafs get a second goal.  They need Gardiner to play solid defensively which is what he is doing, but the Kadri thing may cost the Leafs the series.  If I am wrong and the Leafs take the series, I will be the first to say that you were right and I was wrong, I do hope I am wrong, I really do.
Yesterday the Bruins were the team I feared.  Big, physical, fast, and mean.  Losing Kadri will be brutal.  I am hopeful that the Leafs can pull it off but I definitely think Boston is in the driver's seat now, particularly if they can win game 3 and win back home ice advantage.  Who comes off the bench to fill in while Kadri is out?

Hopefully Babcock can pull off some coaching wizardry.  We'll see tomorrow.

I am glad I was wrong.  The way the Leafs played last night, it shows they can actually play playoff hockey and win.

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However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

Really? That's the difference between a loss in 5 and a win in 7?

Like I said, Kadri and Gardiner will be keys to the series.  Who knows what would have happened if Kadri wasn't a bonehead in game 2.  Maybe the Leafs get a second goal.  They need Gardiner to play solid defensively which is what he is doing, but the Kadri thing may cost the Leafs the series.  If I am wrong and the Leafs take the series, I will be the first to say that you were right and I was wrong, I do hope I am wrong, I really do.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:34:28 PM »
I think this is an exaggeration.

What if his potential is a single-storey building? Hmm?

He will be a 100+ point player next season and for many seasons to come.  He is more like a condo tower.  Besides, just got a Marner sweater for my birthday so he has to be really good.   

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So every team in the league knew how to beat the Leafs and they just decided not to 46 times?

It depends on the style of the other coach, and if the players on the other team can play that style against the Leafs.  Take a look at the Leaf losses this past season, and in most of those games, the other team was clogging up the passing lanes and the Leafs never had an answer for that, and never adjusted their play to counter that.  Just saying....

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As much as a Leaf fan as I am, and having been one since 1974, there is no way I see the Leafs taking out the Bruins, and I am devastated and saddened by saying that.  If the Leafs can somehow upset the Bruins, I would be jumping for joy, but the reality is, every team out there knows how to beat the Leafs - clog up the passing lanes and put pressure on the D.  The Leafs never had an answer for that the entire season and every loss I saw this season was a result of teams doing those two things, so I would expect the Bruins to do those same things.  For an offensive team, there were too many one goal games - that is the Leafs only scored one goal, and there were a lot of games which the Leafs could not generate a lot of scoring chances so I'm expecting the Bruins to take this in 5.

However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

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Any mix of Rielly, Gardiner, Dermott, Marincin, Holl
Oz and Rosen and Carrick with an outside shot

Rielly-Dermott
Gardiner-Holl
Marincin-Zaitsev

Wheeeeeee

Hainsey pushed out already?

Can we push out Gardiner as well?

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How long will Phaneuf be the captain let alone still on the team?

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