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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Shanahan Extended for 6 Years
« on: May 14, 2019, 04:31:37 PM »

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This conversation now has me looking for a belt with the Solar System printed on it.

It's space around your waist!


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Not if its a bigger deal that sees forward(s) going the other way.

Or if Marleau gets moved out in a separate deal - which, yeah, easier said than done, but not impossible.

The only way I see this happening is if the Sharks win the cup, Thornton retires, and they want to bring Marleau back for one last kick at the can as a Shark as their OGWAC.  But even in that scenario, the Leafs are probably retaining salary.

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I like St. Louis, and want to see Bozie do well, but - Sharks in 7.

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It's quite the dichotomy.  Carolina is the team that has been branded the "Bunch of Jerks."  Boston is the team that's actually filled with a bunch of jerks.  :P

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I feel like this was an underrated series.  It was no Kings vs Blackhawks from 2014, but it was pretty close.  The Game #7 going to 2OT certainly helped make it a nailbiter.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Babcock will be back next season
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:04:59 PM »

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Well, McAvoy is probably going to get suspended, but that won't do the Blue Jackets any good if they can't win this game...

How that wasn't at least a double minor is beyond me.

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I was at the game last night, and I was thoroughly impressed by Sandin.  While I think Liljegren has more of the physical tools (looks like a faster skater in my eyes, and looks bigger even if they're both listed as 6'0), Sandin is so smart on the ice, and his hockey smarts are through the roof.  It seems like he's full aware of everything happening around him - he broke up at least 2 breakaway passes by being in the right place at the right time.  Even Hollowell looked good in his minutes, but I feel like he still needs some seasoning.

Also, Cleveland plays some goon hockey.  It wasn't even that they were down and gooning it up - they started it when they were up 2-1!

My favourite part of the evening though was in the last 3 minutes, Clevland pulling the goalie on the PP for a 6-4, and the Marlies icing the puck 4 or 5 times and each of them missing the net.  We wanted to see an empty goal *so* bad and started chanting "one more time!  one more time!"

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:35:10 PM »
For all the talk about the Toronto tax, how many Toronto-centric ads does Steven Stamkos have.  Prior to this year, how many did John Tavares have?

As much as the tax comes into play I think for lesser players, Marner is making a killing in endorsements that he just wouldn't be getting if he was playing in Carolina or Florida or even places like Chicago/New York/etc.  That really has to offset an awful lot of the lost income from taxation.  Yes, Marner still has to go out and do work to get that income and not everyone takes advantage of it, but it really should be a factor in negotiations.

Admittedly I'm not the consumer of advertising I used to be but is Marner really in a ton of ad campaigns? Is Tavares?

Forbes' list of the highest paid hockey players really only has Ovechkin, Crosby and McDavid making huge amounts of money in endorsements:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2018/12/05/the-nhls-highest-paid-players-2018-19-connor-mcdavid-on-top-at-19-million/#69849c1b5871

Basically, in order for a significant discount to be based on off-ice earnings Marner would have to establish himself as an MVP level player. Whether or not that's in the cards for him, McDavid's earnings suggest that it would be in the cards wherever Marner would play so I doubt a good agent would take it seriously as a factor in negotiations with the Leafs.

It may not be the same level of money on the other's endorsements, but I imagine Mitch Marner is definitely the leader on the Leafs.  He has Intact Insurance, Mastercard, and Apple (I guess via Auston Matthews).  He also has a deal with True Hockey to sell his signature stick.  He's certainly making a *bit* of coin from the outside, even if it's mostly from local advertising.

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Helluva series, been a conference final caliber match-up. Whoever loses tonight certainly doesn't suck.

Also,
Matthews/Marner: 21 years old
Bergeron/Marchand: 33 and 30 years old.

Leafs will improve simply by existing, not so for these Bruins. The future is indeed bright.
Winning this series would be a visible turning point in this franchise.

Go Leafs Go.
I hear yeah but this roster won't be affordable in the future. The cap won't move fast enough. The friggin Canadian dollar is tanking too.

The roster won't be affordable. The core, for whatever they determine that is, will be though. It's a salary cap world. Their pains are no more than any other team's have been or eventually will be. Not teams that want to be competitive.

The Bruins, as an example, have had to move on from major pieces(Thornton, Seguin) whetehr for money or other reasons in the past and continue to be competitive...for now.
It's all how you manage it.

The Hawks are also an excellent example of this - they were under a huge cap crunch after winning their first cup and traded away Ladd, Byfuglien, Versteeg, Eager etc. in 2010.  Won again in 2013 and promptly traded away Frolik and Bolland, and then won again in 2015.  It's all about identifying the core, and keeping good-to-great pieces coming in on the cheap to replace the ones going out.

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The GF got tickets to Kevin Pillar's return at the Dome tonight, so I'm probably going to listen to this one on my phone, and be a ball of nerves following two games at once. :P

Go Leafs Go!

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Go Leafs Go!

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Muzzin
HM: Andersen

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Go Leafs Go!

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