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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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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: So, about Phil Kessel...
« on: June 03, 2015, 02:10:11 PM »
Last year was the first time Rask faced the same amount of shots as Raycroft did in `06-07.  If you really look at it, Rask was brought along at a pace that Toronto would never have afforded.  He's just broke the 4000 minutes played mark.  In Toronto, he would of been throw to the wolves, and failed.  Maybe not Raycroft failed, but don't think he'd be much higher then Bernier is right now.

Sure, but no one is talking about the 06/07 season. I'm talking about the 09/10 season - and, that season, Rask started a little more than half the games the Bruins played and put up excellent numbers, while facing shots at an almost identical rate to what the Leafs allowed that season. Granted, score effects and such play a part in those numbers, but the Leafs were not a defensive mess that season. It was more that, between Toskala and Gustavsson, they received terrible goaltending. Rask would have been a significant improvement there - enough to keep the Leafs from ending up with the 2nd overall pick.

Rask was never going to be brought up to the Leafs for 06/07 any way. If they didn't trade for Raycroft (and, subsequently, Toskala), they almost certainly would have signed one of the many UFA goalies available that summer.

Not so sure. I don't think the Leafs were a goalie away from being an upper tier team. I remember other issues with the team at that time...although I do remember there was a large focus on goaltending.

I do agree that goaltending was a problem though.

Personally I was extremely disappointed the Leafs didn't start a full rebuild at that time, WAY more so than a goalie change. They had some assets that were rated pretty highly at that time and the prospect cupboard was pretty bare.

For the Leafs it was never about a long term solution but rather short term gap fills for the present not for the future including player development or the willingness to keep draft picks/prospects.  Not having a plan of success also kept high level talent from signing with the Leafs imho.     
             

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Team in Vegas
« on: June 03, 2015, 11:39:59 AM »
If Vegas gets a team and that team sucks for the first few years, interest will quickly diminish.  I think it is more of a short term interest rather than long term desire to have a team. 

Quebec has almost finished its arena which would be more viable and profitable than a team in Vegas...just my opinion.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: So, about Phil Kessel...
« on: June 03, 2015, 10:32:49 AM »
Guys just imagine for a second that we had seguin, Hamilton, rask, and Steen. It's so painful.

If the Leafs still had Rask, they almost certainly would not have ended up with Seguin or Hamilton. He's good enough to have pushed the Leafs up in the standings a couple spots. So, I mean, it's nice to dream and all, but, no Raycroft deal means no Toskala, and no Toskala means the Leafs are a better team in the first years of Kessel's contract.
Last year was the first time Rask faced the same amount of shots as Raycroft did in `06-07.  If you really look at it, Rask was brought along at a pace that Toronto would never have afforded.  He's just broke the 4000 minutes played mark.  In Toronto, he would of been throw to the wolves, and failed.  Maybe not Raycroft failed, but don't think he'd be much higher then Bernier is right now.

Raycroft was not a decent goalie from the start.  Having bad defensemen and a poor defensive style made things worse.  Winning 37 games with a SV % below .900 and GAA 3.00 showed how poor he was and it was in those games where he let in those horrible soft goals that cost the Leafs points and a playoff spot.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: So, about Phil Kessel...
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:18:50 PM »
I really do not lay fault with Kessel, but more with the coaching style/team style.  Watching Kessel or someone else skate down with the puck, get 1 shot on goal or lose the puck and have no pressure in the offensive zone.  Other team gets the puck, gets into the Leafs zone, makes 2 line changes, has 6 shots on goal.  If Babcock can instill a style that has Leaf players creating offense and pressure in the offensive zone, that would result in less time running around like chickens without heads in their own end. 

Under Babcock I would like to see what Kessel can do when there is structure and a demand to play under an established style.  But if another team is willing to offer a sweet package for Kessel, I would take it. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: June 02, 2015, 12:58:12 PM »
I like all the front moves the Leafs have been making and how there is a plan in place to make the Leafs successful on the ice.  What I would really like to see now is improved drafting.  All we hear about is how great the Leafs are stockpiling prospects when the simple reality is most of those prospects are third liners at best.  I really want to see the Leafs draft the way the Wings drafted.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Roman Polak to Leafs
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:59:38 PM »
Pierre MaGuire liked the Leafs picking up Polak.  Maguire says he is a hard hitter who blocks shots which means he sucks if the quote came from Maguire.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Robidas to TO (3 years, $3mil cap hit)
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:55:04 PM »
Nice pick up but why 3 years???

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I like the signing.  He brings grit and pain in the donkey attitude the Leafs lacked last season.

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