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In all seriousness though, teams have bad games. It's just hard to watch them after a loss and against a team that is basically on life support.

This should have been like kicking a puppy through a fan. I'd be pissed if I paid for this.

Colorado hasnít been winning, but theyíve been playing very well in their last few games. Controlling the play. Theyíve been let down by their goaltending. If the Leafs thought tonight was going to easy, they were in for the surprise theyíre facing.

Tonight was never going to be easy. No night in this league is, but this was not the mismatch people thought.

Once again, it's not just Gardiner out there. He has a partner who isn't good enough to be 2nd pair and might just be a replacement level player on defense.

And for a team that, in general, does a piss poor job of providing support for their defensemen most nights. A lot of Gardiner's poor plays come in situations where he doesn't have a good, easy outlet for the puck. If the team played a more responsible style - as in, if a forward or two stayed in the defensive zone when the puck was there, instead of everyone blowing the zone for a stretch pass, or one of them coming down deeper into the defensive zone to help alleviate the pressure from the opposition's forecheck - you'd see a lot of Gardiner's issues disappear. And this isn't a Gardiner specific issue. This is something that's true for almost every blue liner in the league.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Russell Martin traded
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:49:38 PM »
I might regret asking this question, but couldn't they just have made Jansen the #1, and Martin as back-up?

Sure. This is partly as a courtesy to Martin, and partly so that they can use the backup spot for another young catcher in a platoon instead.

The money is the same either way, but this way, they add some organizational depth and create options.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Which Leafs will Be Named All-Stars ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:59:47 PM »
JVR 29 years old..637GP..208G..409pts...7 mill a year for 5
Skinner 26 years old...622GP..233G..421pts...????

Heíll be coming off a 40+ (possibly 50+) goal season, and we all know a number of GMs in this league have a recency bias. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Which Leafs will Be Named All-Stars ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:02:29 PM »
Pfft. His shooting percentage this season is only double what it has been for the rest of his career. What could possibly go wrong?

Buffalo media people keep saying he's getting at least $8mil.

Oh, almost certainly. Wouldn't surprise me if he get $9M+ on the open market from a stupid GM because of the big season he's having.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Which Leafs will Be Named All-Stars ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:36:16 PM »
That's ok, if it in some small way helps to make the Sabres overpay on a long term deal for Skinner that they'll be regretting in 3 years I'm all for him going to the all star game.

Good point. That contract is going to be hilariously bad.

Pfft. His shooting percentage this season is only double what it has been for the rest of his career. What could possibly go wrong?

Yeah let's stop pretending that Hutch is an obvious upgrade over Sparks.

Yeah. Bad play by Gardiner on that one, but Hutchinson has to stop that floater.

Strong correlation in that graph, for sure. Stays strong going back season over season, too.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Backup battle brewing???
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:17:08 PM »
This happens literally every time a new goalie comes in and has a good game or two. Thereís no battle. Hutch hasnít proven himself to be better in any meaningful way. Heís played all of two games. He can also be sent down without being exposed to waivers, so, from a pure asset management point of view, when youíre looking at two guys that will probably contribute roughly equally to the teamís success, you send down the one you donít have any risk of losing (Hutchinson) ahead of the one that needs to clear waivers (Sparks) - especially with the rate backup goalies have been claimed this season.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The powerplay: Time to reboot?
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:11:59 PM »
Iíd move Kadri to the 2nd unit. Itíll give him more usefulness and add some depth to it. Replace him with Kapanen/Johnson/whoever on that first unit, as the role he plays doesnít require his level of skill.

In terms of tactics, they need to become more fluid, like the Bruins and some other teams have. More movement of players, not just the puck, will make them much harder to defend - especially with the level of puck handling skills thatís out on the ice.

It's also worth noting that the leafs are dead last in the NHL in shorthanded opps. If there was a consipiracy, wouldn't there be more penalties called against?

Yeah. I read an article a couple weeks ago that suggested part of the reason the Leafs get less PP opportunities is because they take so few penalties. Generally, the refs try to keep the penalty totals fairly even (last night was obviously not an example of this), so, they sort of end up in the mindset that they canít call the marginal stuff on one team when they have nothing to call on the other team or they have to call the marginal stuff on one because the other team is committing more serious fouls. Thatís really more of whatís happening to the Leafs most nights.

In earlier eras lots of teams had physical players but the idea that the teams that won were the teams that were the most physical is just nonsense. Gretzky's Oilers, Lemieux's Penguins, Sakic's Avalanche teams...they didn't win because they outmuscled other teams.

Also, using the Bruins as support for a more physical team doesn't exactly speak to great success, either. The Bruins have won 2 playoff series in the past 5 seasons. An argument can be made they they wore themselves out by playing that heavy a physical style in the first round to barely squeak past our Leafs last spring.

What the team needs is to learn how to respond successfully when other teams bring a heavy physical game. They don't need to ramp up their physical play by any sort of significant margin.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Which Leafs will Be Named All-Stars ?
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:50:12 PM »
Atlantic is a tough division in this format. Could probably make two pretty good teams with all the talent.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:55:41 PM »
So, I'm pretty sure I'm cutting the cord on cable TV. I watch a lot of CBC programming, but that streams free on their website. The big question: how do I continue to watch non-CBC Leafs games, legally?

I think your only option would be to subscribe to both the Sportsnet and TSN streaming services.

Depending on the amount of non-hockey content you want, there are also a number of internet-based television services, though some are tied to specific ISPs.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:37:48 PM »
I don't know what you mean by "not your Eichel's" but he's missed 35 games or so over the last two years with injuries.

Yup. Pretty significant sprains to each of his ankles. Fair to say that some sort of anti-inflammatory could easily be a part of his regular routine. I mean, it's not as if he's really ever been a position to let those heal completely, as one came early in the 16/17 season, and one was the middle of last season.

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