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Next coach!

All that money, all that offensive talent spent on Tavares, Matthews & Nylander and we cannot score more than one goal? I thought that shedding the tyrannical Babcock, trading away our problem defenceman Zaitsev and the return of Hyman were supposed to put this team back on track.

The performance of this team is beneath unacceptable and last night's game is symptomatic, it is not an outlier.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet
« on: November 17, 2019, 03:49:16 PM »
Leaving aside whether Cherry's comments were objectionable or merely politically incorrect, or the final straw in a cumulative career of misstatements (FWIW, I found the comments objectionable so flame away) this is all good news for Rogers.

This past summer they paused significantly before extending Cherry

Although they are on a cost cutting tear, forcing Cherry out would have been been a rather unpopular move. Cherry has done them a favour by running his mouth (again) thereby giving Rogers the pretext to dismiss him.

As Bob McCown found out, ratings alone are not enough, it's demographics that count.

The real bonus here is that without Don they sure as hell don't need the overpaid and overrated Ron and another salary will be saved.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is JFJ 2.0 - Discuss
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:57:32 AM »
Brand new blueline, same old problems.

I wish Tyson Barrie the best of luck getting $6M a year on a multi year deal from anyone other than Dubas.

We were not this bad with Gardiner, Hainsey, Zaitsev, Brown and Kadri.

While Dubas and Babcock play out their obvious snit and Spezza gets a million for nothing as a pawn in the soap opera, this team is unable to beat anyone but those well below them in talent.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Sandin Sent to Marlies
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:57:40 AM »
Sandin was sent down and Gravel has been called up.

Too bad, I wanted to see them together on the Leafs blueline.

We could use a Sandin Gravel defence.

The Curtis McElhinney decision continues to haunt and for some inexplicable reason we continue to have slow starts and despite all of the changes on defence and all of the alleged talented players (Muzzin & Barrie, for example) we gained and problems we dumped (Zaitsev & Gardiner for example) we continue to have significant defensive lapses and for some reason Marincin is still on the team and seeing ice time.

#Not Boston Strong Enough

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 25, 2019, 02:53:47 PM »
Even though it is a bum rap I could see my way clear to pleading Captain Underpants out to attempted arson.

NHL Transactions / Re: Faulk to St. Louis
« on: September 24, 2019, 04:21:05 PM »
I think the Blues got Faulk cheap, and perhaps we overpaid for Barrie.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:18:18 PM »
What now?

Trade his ass.

$11M a year for 7 or 8 years is not enough for a 22 year old RFA (what does "Restricted" mean any more?). At $11M it is obvious that cap space is not the issue.

If Marner believes his market value is greater than that, he should be allowed to seek it out wherever it may prove to be available.

And NO, I don't care how talented he is. His talent level is a given. 

This should have been done last year with ME-lander. It was not and now it has contributed to this situation. It is becoming a trend.

Flame away if you must but this is my opinion and I am unanimous in that.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:15:34 PM »
What about a straight up trade for Laine?

I prefer Marner and admit that Laine tends to be a bit streaky but Laine has more size and it might solve both teams' problems.

It also sends a message that should have been sent last year.

It is merely a suggestion  but feel free to flame away.

Sort of mixed feelings here. I like Kadri, brain lapses aside, and am a little worried about this team's depth down the middle. I also don't love having to extend both Muzzin and potentially Barrie next year.'ve got to crack eggs to make omelettes I guess. Rielly-Barrie-Muzzin is a solid top three and once Dermott is back I think the team will be pretty well set.

I think you have said it perfectly.

We had a glaring need on the blueline particularly after the Zaitsev trade and the only way to address it was to give up a forward of sufficient value to ensure a decent defenceman in return.

I like this deal a lot more than the Zaitsev trade.

NHL Transactions / Re: Montreal offer sheets Aho
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:26:32 PM »
Easy match, actually a decent value.

Easy match in terms of overall quantum, not so easy to cover the front loaded aspect of the offer: the first year bonus is $11.3M and the second year bonus is $9.87M plus an $700K annual salary-- that's about $22M over the next two years.

And of course if Carolina matches, Montreal will still have all that money and more plus cap space to offer sheet Marner.

If you like Marner as a Leaf, you better hope Montreal gets Aho one way or the other.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:20:11 PM »
I had a dream Marner signed an offer sheet with Colorado for $13.6M

That may not be a dream.

Montreal just offer sheeted Aho and if Carolina matches, Montreal will still have that money and sufficient cap space to come after Marner.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is JFJ 2.0 - Discuss
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:17:46 PM »
So far, other than netting Tavares (over some big ticket GMs with decades more experience), he has cleaned up any bad blood with Carrick and Leivo and Corrado from their career-limiting pressboxing, wiped out bad cap term and hits of Marleau and Zaitsev for the cost of a 1st and Brown (who was himself a cap savings option).

Now it appears Dubas isn't too sure Ceci fits in the Leafs top 4. Zaitsev did.

If someone doesn't like the Zaitsev deal, fair enough. Maybe they like him better than most of us or feel like if you're going to pay Ceci anyway then you might want to try and move him next year instead(despite him being unhappy in his role) whatever.

The idea that you're going to be upset about the Marleau deal seems predicated on the idea that if Dubas had just negotiated harder he could have gotten a better deal when his hands were tied to a ludicrous extent by Marleau's NMC and other teams having to be willing to buy him out. Doubt Dubas all you want on his player decisions but to believe that he made the deal he did when a better one was out there on Marleau is just, well, it's a word I get in trouble when I say.

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