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Hate the play but I don't believe it was an intent to injure.

What other reason is there for punching someone in the head?
To irritate, like smacking your little brother in the back of the head. It wasn't vicious.
Disagree, it was a pretty solid punch AND from behind so the recipient wasn't prepared for it. If you're facing the player and take a swing at him at least he has a chance to prepare for it and possibly respond.

This is exactly the kind of crap that needs to be removed from the game. Too bad the ref can't call a penalty that would carry over to the start of the next game in these kinds of situations.

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Harrington is a former Leaf so it makes perfect sense that the NHL would consider it acceptable for a Bruin player to punch him in the back of the head.

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Does anyone have any stats that break down the PPG against the various Leaf penalty killers? Watching the games this year I had the distinct feeling that many were scored while Kapanen was on the ice, and often on his side. There was at least one during the playoffs. I'm wondering if my impressions are backed up by the actual numbers.

I know the guy is fast but if he's not generating breakaways, he seems to often get lost in the dzone while on the penalty kill.

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I think the  number 1 priority in the offseason (other than signing Marner to something "reasonable") is to try to move Marleau. I know he has the no movement clause but he did say something in his exit interview that gave some hope that he might consider it (something about we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it) . If we can cut that contract a lot of other stuff becomes easier. We can keep Kadri, move Nylander with Matthews where he belongs, and probably keep both Johnsson and Kapanen (and/or maybe Gardiner provided his back isn't going to be a chronic problem). Or we can move someone and try to acquire another good dman.

If we can't do that, I'd still rather keep Kadri and put Nylander back with Matthews. It's obvious that Kapanen doesn't have the same kind of complementary game that Nylander does for Matthews. I'm on the fence about whether to move Kappy or Johnsson if one has to go. Maybe it depends on which brings the better return in a trade (Kappy I would guess).

Brown can go. Goat can go. Don't know if Engvall is ready to step in but can he be much more  useless than Goat? Don't care about Zaitsev but I doubt he's going anywhere.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: April 24, 2019, 05:09:54 PM »

I can agree with that. Ignoring his contract, 16 goals and 37 points are pretty decent for a third line winger. I'll concede though, that he spent a decent amount of time as Matthew's winger.
So is 21 goals and 41 points good enough for a 1st line player then? I don't. As for the Marleau thing, if he's back, Babs needs to stress to him he will be on the 4th line. That's where he belongs at this stage of his career.
Problem is, he doesn't seem to be a good fit for the 4th line. He doesn't hit, he doesn't play with the kind of energy that Moore/Ennis bring, he doesn't create offense. If Gauthier is 4th line center again (and really, unless Dubas takes him away you know Babcock will put him there...you can't teach size) and you add Marleau...that's a recipe for a useless 4th line.

Probably his best place if he is still here will be 3rd line, if the center and RW (Kadri/Kapanen?) are good enough he won't be too much of a hindrance there. Best choice though is retirement.
We can't have him retire because he'll count against the cap. I think the Leafs approach him to move on. As for him playing with Kadri and Kappy. Not even sure kadri will be back. Management might be done with him.
Marleau can retire and they can trade his cap hit, I believe.

You might be right about Kadri and I really couldn't complain if they let him go. Really put the team in a hole the last 2 springs.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: April 24, 2019, 05:01:23 PM »

I can agree with that. Ignoring his contract, 16 goals and 37 points are pretty decent for a third line winger. I'll concede though, that he spent a decent amount of time as Matthew's winger.
So is 21 goals and 41 points good enough for a 1st line player then? I don't. As for the Marleau thing, if he's back, Babs needs to stress to him he will be on the 4th line. That's where he belongs at this stage of his career.
Problem is, he doesn't seem to be a good fit for the 4th line. He doesn't hit, he doesn't play with the kind of energy that Moore/Ennis bring, he doesn't create offense. If Gauthier is 4th line center again (and really, unless Dubas takes him away you know Babcock will put him there...you can't teach size) and you add Marleau...that's a recipe for a useless 4th line.

Probably his best place if he is still here will be 3rd line, if the center and RW (Kadri/Kapanen?) are good enough he won't be too much of a hindrance there. Best choice though is retirement.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: April 24, 2019, 11:01:05 AM »
He's completely fine as a third line winger, but do you really need a $6M third line winger? I'm with Carlton, I think he's coming back to finish his contract.

But if he does retire, the Leafs can probably find a suitor for his contract. Maybe even Ottawa takes it on? It's not like they'll be anywhere near the cap. I can't imagine it'd cost that much for them to take it.

I don't agree that's he's fine as a 3rd line winger.  He had 0 goals this series, that's 4th line material.  Even if his salary was only $2M I wouldn't think he was a 3rd line acceptable winger at this stage of his career.

I highly doubt he would accept a trade to Ottawa.  Maybe if the Sharks want him back for some reason to retire a Shark.

Maybe if you have two other skilled players on the 3rd line (Kadri/Kapanen perhaps). Maybe he's OK then, he can go stand in front of the net. But his deficiencies were plainly visible in this playoff series when he was paired up with Brown as the other winger.

He can't handle the puck. It goes to the other team almost every time. He doesn't win puck battles. He's really not physical (it's becoming obvious how he's managed to play 5000 games in a row).

His contract is really going to hurt the team next year if he's still here.

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There's a lot of things I don't like about Babcock, but he did get this team to play much better "playoff hockey" including team defense, for significant parts of this series. Overall the Leafs looked to be the better team to me, at 5v5 at least. The special teams did them in and I put almost all of the blame for that on the coaching staff. And Rask outplayed Andersen in game 7, what can you do...Andersen bailed the Leafs out so many times all season and even in this series but he's only human.

As for the third line, I don't know. Marleau was an anchor and I don't know how anyone could come away with a different opinion if they actually watched the games. He does one thing well - stand in front of the net and screen/tip pucks. But anytime he went into the corner he lost the puck battle. Any time the puck wound up on his stick he gave it away. WTF is Nylander supposed to do when his passing options are Marleau and Brown. It's really criminal that at least one of Moore or Ennis weren't tried on that line (or that Nylander wasn't shifted into Goats spot).

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If they feel compelled to name a captain next year, I'd prefer Rielly. Might be better to wait another year if they want to make Matthews captain, I just don't feel like he's ready for that. Could be wrong, just a feeling.

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Trading Naz is ridiculous. He's got the best value contract on the team aside from Rielly.

Well yeah, it's discounted because he doesn't play in the playoffs ;)

What Kadri has done is the epitome of the selfish crap that Babcock, Dubas, and Shanahan say is unacceptable.

I like him and his contract.  Moving him is a result of his selfishness and the fact that we would get full value on him.

Yep...what use is that great value contract if the player is unavailable for the most important part of the year because of his inability to control his emotions. Plus, he seemed off all year, maybe because of his reduced role with the arrival of Tavares.

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Nylander has to be with Matthews next year. Get another 3rd line center if they've had enough of Naz. Or keep Naz and put him with Kapanen (if we can afford him) or Bracco. I want Nylander making room for and sending those sweet passes to someone who can do something with the puck...Matthews.

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Just heard that Zeisberger asked Babs why, when he pulled Freddie with 3 minutes left, was Marleau on the ice considering how bad he struggled in the series.
That ended the press briefing pretty quickly! "We thought he should be out there." If that's the case, he should be parking his ass in front of the net and not ever handling the puck other than tipping shots.

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Rask won it for them tonight, but the Leafs had to win that 6th game at home.

I know people are in gripe mode, but the Leafs impressed me more this year than last year. Need to work on the pp
and pk big time and a lot of that falls on the coaches. Should be interesting to see what changes come this off season.

Have a good summer everyone.

Had less points with an 11 million dollar addition. That’s a great impression. Sorry disagree.
Not talking about the regular season, talking about the playoffs. Thought they looked better than Boston most of the series but
were done in by special teams and Kadri's stupidity (and Babcock's stubbornness). They showed the ability to play good team defense at times in this series.

Need to shed the Marleau contract and strengthen the defense. We'll see what Dubas is able to do.

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Rask won it for them tonight, but the Leafs had to win that 6th game at home.

I know people are in gripe mode, but the Leafs impressed me more this year than last year. Need to work on the pp
and pk big time and a lot of that falls on the coaches. Should be interesting to see what changes come this off season.

Have a good summer everyone.

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