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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:16:22 PM »
And I'm sorry, the uptick in cases has nothing to do with the retail stores opening Tuesday. Whether or not Ontario was ready is another discussion, but cases going up by 75 people isn't because stores opened 3 days ago.

That's true - we won't have those numbers for a couple weeks. However, Home Depot, Lowe's, Canadian Tire, etc. opened for shoppers right around two weeks ago, and the people testing positive now would have been infected right around then. Could be correlation without causation, but, it's not a good look.

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24 teams is too many. Not a fan of this proposal.

An article in The Athletic last week floated the idea of a 20 team playoff that would either see the top 3 teams in each division guaranteed a spot, with a play-in between the 4th and 5th place teams (or, the 4 teams at the top of the wild card race, split by division where possible), or a short round-robin tourney where the team that does the poorest gets eliminated. I liked that idea - it mitigates some of the concerns about bubble teams not getting the opportunity to fight their way win over the last 10 games, but doesn't add teams that had no realistic shot at a playoff spot.

The fact that Montreal, Chicago, and Arizona would make it into the playoffs in a 24 team scenario is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The End of Meat
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:41:29 PM »
We already limit our red meat quite substantially, don't eat much in terms of pork products, and try for at least one veggie meal a week. I couldn't go all the way with no meat, but if I was confined to mostly poultry and fish as my options, I'd be okay.

The biggest thing I'd miss if we stopped farming cows would be cheese. I love me some cheese.

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:55:09 PM »
I really liked Holland. It's too bad things never really worked out in the NHL.

edit: I couldn't really remember how we acquired him originally. It was Jesse Blacker (bust) and a 2nd and 7th round draft pick. Those picks ended up being used on Marcus Pettersson and Ondrej Kase. We obviously can't suggest that the Leafs would have picked the same players but interesting that Anaheim really nailed those specific picks.

Anaheim always seems to do well with picks they acquire from the Leafs - Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Rickard Rakell, John Gibson...we shouldn't let them have any more of our picks.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 20, 2020, 11:18:50 AM »
This doesn't feel like a coincidence...


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What's that got to do with the price of eggs?

The relative value of eggs to bread is not what you once thought it was.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 09, 2020, 04:24:58 PM »
My fiancée and I moved a couple days ago, which was a super interesting experience in the middle of a pandemic.

Congrats on the engagement and new home! How are you going to get Internet?

Thanks!

Basically everyone is dropping off the equipment and guiding you through a self install. Already have it up and running.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 08, 2020, 05:59:45 PM »
My fiancée and I moved a couple days ago, which was a super interesting experience in the middle of a pandemic.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: May 04, 2020, 09:56:54 PM »
Sedin though is really hard to justify. Ovechkin and Crosby both had monster years and while I'm sure someone will trot out the "Most Valuable doesn't mean best" thing, I really don't think anyone seriously thought Sedin had the best year in the league that year. That was just a "We're tired of always giving the trophy to two guys" thing.

Not only did Crosby have a monster year that season, only one other forward on his team had more than 50 points. Hard to argue he wasn’t clearly the most valuable player to his team that season.

Some years, there a clear individual performances that elevated their team to levels they should not have achieved. Theodore is one of those - the Habs don’t make the playoffs without him, while the Flames miss the playoffs by a significant margin with or without Iginla. And some years, as you point out, there isn’t - which is why Perry wins by virtue of having a great year and leading the league in goals, helping his team outperform expectations (the Ducks were an 89 pt team the season before, a 99 pt team the year Perry win, then an 80 pt team the season after - they didn’t necessarily massively exceed expectations like Theodore’s Habs, but they were better than what many predicted, which always help in Hart voting). Sedin, on the other hand, had a great year for a team that was expected to be very good, with a strong supporting cast. Crosby practically carried Pittsburgh on his back alone that season. Sedin winning felt very much like a “we should probably give one of these twins a trophy” type selection.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2019-2020 Leafs, if the season resumes
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:56:00 AM »
I look forward to the day that Frank comes to grips with what a $2M defenceman is in the league today. (HINT: It's not a particular strong group)

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The Kessel contract has been on our books just one year less than Morgan Rielly, the current longest serving Leaf, as been an NHLer.

The retained portion of that contract has been a Leaf for only one season fewer than Kessel was. He's played only 48 fewer games with other teams since being moved than he did with the Leafs.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:59:14 PM »
Imagine Eichel-Draisaitl?

I like Draisaitl but how much of a product of McDavid is he?

Same thing with Pastrnak’s situation. The guy can sure score but it’s mostly chances generated by Bergeron and Marchand and PP space.

Draisaitl spent a good chunk of the season not with McDavid and still piled up the points. He's a defensive mess, but he produces quite well on his own.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2020-2021
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:16:54 AM »
I’d be looking at guys like Justin Braun, Trevor van Riemsdyk, or Mackenzie Weegar. Not the sexiest of names, but guys who might come cheap and provide some defensive stability

I don't know busta...there's a big hole on the right side in the top 4.

I think they need something sexy up in there.

Maybe, but that guy is not coming as a UFA signing.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2019-2020 NHL Thread
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:13:42 AM »

... what?

Yeah, I caught that too. I assume it's in reference to trades, etc., rather than draft strategy, but it came across as quite odd because of the phrasing. It should probably say "draft day decisions."

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2020-2021
« on: April 22, 2020, 08:20:17 PM »
I’d be looking at guys like Justin Braun, Trevor van Riemsdyk, or Mackenzie Weegar. Not the sexiest of names, but guys who might come cheap and provide some defensive stability

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