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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Spezza expected to sign with the Leafs
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:49:24 AM »
At league minimum (or close to it), this is a very nice signing, if true. Spezza has considerably slowed down but he can still be a nice addition to the 2nd PP unit which was quite dysfunctional last season. On even strength I guess he would play sheltered minutes as the #4C.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:42:16 AM »
Oh, and a trade proposal, if you will.....

Nylander + Gardiner for Elhers + Trouba

I feel Winnipeg might have an easier time securing Gardiner long-term than Trouba and Elhers has been struggling a fair bit and has seen his minutes limited drastically the last two years.

For us, Trouba is a much needed RH D-man and Elhers still has a huge upside and is locked in at 6mill per year for the next 6 years. Doable for anyone?

If the Jets suggested that trade I think Dubas would take the offer and run. Ehlers is basically a LW version of Nylander locked into a contract Nylander should be getting and Trouba is a little less gifted offensively than Gardiner but much better defensively and also a coveted right-hand shot. Granted, Trouba also has a history of contract disputes but at least he has caved in with his demands.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:52:32 AM »
While I'm slightly upset the Leafs did next to nothing, I can understand why the management chose this path. Their recent run has put them back into contention for home ice for the first round (Tampa is probably out of reach now that they added McD but the Bruins will be losing a lot of points due to their heavy schedule to close the regular season). Thus, selling the pending key UFA's was not really an option due to the signal it would have given to the young players on the team (see Brayden Schenn's comments to the Blues trading Stastny, also a pending UFA, away and get my point). I'm sure the Leafs would have liked to add help on defense but the asking price was just too high with a lot of other teams having the same need. As it has been pointed out, the Leafs are not yet a Cup contender so spending a boatload of prospects and/or picks to improve was not an option. Adding a defensively sound middle-/bottom-pairing D to replace Polak would have been nice but that kind of players just were not available this time, at least not for a reasonable price.

4 Events / Re: Yahoo Hacker Hockey 2015/16
« on: October 15, 2015, 04:57:17 AM »
I won one year when I couldn't make the draft and had to auto-pick. You might just have to be more active with trades to get some players you want. pre-rank and you'll be competitive.

For once the autopicker did pretty well, got a few of the players I really wanted on the team and the season has started on a positive note after making some fine tuning via free agency. Now if Rask only returned to his normal form instead of trying to emulate his mentor from the times he still played here in Finland, Vesa Toskala, and everything would be good.

5 Events / Re: Yahoo Hacker Hockey 2015/16
« on: October 04, 2015, 07:30:25 AM »
Ok just noticed the draft has been moved and now it's at 3am on Monday morning in Finnish time. I'm not really a fan of auto-picking so I'm gonna drop out for this season - will rejoin in the future though if the draft time is changed to something more suitable for me.

Edit: Gonna leave the team there as it would be a stretch for you to find a replacement; got some pre-ranking lists done but they were not for this league so it's not gonna be optimal.

6 Events / Re: Yahoo Hacker Hockey 2015/16
« on: September 28, 2015, 03:30:50 AM »
Got two other drafts coinciding with this one on the 4th so that will probably affect my drafting a bit  :P Hopefully my turn doesn't come at the same time in 2+ leagues too many times, that could cause some interesting picks even tho I have pre-ranking lists made for each league.

It's interesting but I've always dismissed the possibility of Stamkos hitting the UFA market as the sort of stuff that people around here say to kid themselves but after seeing him get less ice time than Fillpula and Johnson the last few games it does raise an interesting question for Tampa. Given that market value for Stamkos might be in the 12-13 million dollar range, are they going to be comfortable paying him that much when they don't seem all that interested/capable of leaning on him in situations like this?

This isn't like one of those situations like Washington or Pittsburgh might have had where their stars had a bad playoffs or whatever. Stamkos does sort of seem to have been supplanted a little in Tampa.

Stamkos just hasn't been the same since he had the knee injury last season. I'm hoping the Leafs aren't going at him with league maximum if he happens to hit the UFA market - while he's still an elite player it looks like he's not gonna perform at a level warranting that much money anymore. Having said that, part of his scoring woes can directly be attributed to missing Marty St. Louis though, especially on the PP. While Filppula is as good as St. Louis at dishing the puck, he literally never shoots it, making it easier for opponents to leave him open and concentrate on taking Stamkos out. If the Bolts had another shooting threat on their #1 PP Stamkos's scoring should be up a notch again.

Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Florida interested in Kessel
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:20:58 AM »
He's not worth it. He's an anchor I've been told.

Agreed, Hertl became overhyped because of the highlight reel goal he scored last season as a rookie. He's rapidly following Jon Cheechoo, Devin Setoguchi and even Dany Heatley on the list of "look what playing alongside Joe Thornton did to my stats". Having said that, I wouldn't mind him as a part of a Kessel trade as he's still young and has upside but in no case should he be the centerpiece coming to TO. Same goes for all the other names mentioned - none of those really strike to me as top tier talent.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2014/2015 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:18:16 AM »
We already knew the Leafs can beat good teams like the Ducks. It's the next two games against the Canes and Flyers that I'm interested to see. If the Leafs can put those two to bed I'll be thoroughly impressed.

Regardless of where they are in the standings, the Canes tend to always have the Leafs' number so the streak will really be tested on Thursday. The last time the Leafs won in Raleigh was in March 2011 so it's not like getting points from there is going to be an easy task. This year's edition of the Flyers on the other hand are a one-line team who - largely due to that fact - are miserable on road with just 3 wins in 15 games so a loss against them on Saturday at home would be a major surprise.

Edmonton, that's the only team where McDavid won't have any kind of negative impact towards the Leafs' chances of winning the Cup in the near future.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2014/2015 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:00:04 AM »
I'll say 5-4-1, not the strongest of opposition but 3 back-to-backs in there will even the table.

Remember guys, you have to give to get.

Give to get.


We keep giving coaching extensions...when do we get our results?

In the draft?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs set to sign Petri Kontiola
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:49:54 AM »
Thought I'd chime in as a Finn who has seen quite a lot of Kontiola. He's a very skilled playmaker and a good skater too. Based on talent alone he could be - like others have already said - the best center on the Leafs. I think his linemate at this year's worlds, soon-to-be-Blue Jori Lehterä, managed to miss almost 10 empty nets from Kontiola's passes. There are reasons why his previous visit to the NHL wasn't successful though. First of all he is often trying to make the fancy play at any cost, leading to bad giveaways (this was especially evident at this year's World Champs where Kontiola almost single-handedly gave the go-ahead goal to Canada in the quarter final - fortunately for us Finns Scrivens gave two back and we won :P). He has a decent shot but his tendency to go for the pretty play leads to him not using it enough. Also, typically for a skilled player he is not overly physical though he doesn't shy away from puck battles in the corners.

In a nutshell he should definitely be tried on the PP where he truly shines. During even-strength play he'd be best paired with defensively responsible wingers who are good at finding their way close to the net - I'm thinking Komarov and Santorelli would be good linemates for him. For a Finn it's gonna be interesting to see two countrymen on the Leafs for the first time since Niklas Hagman and Vesa Toskala five years ago.

Not surprising after Carlyle threw him under the bus by blaming him for the losing streak. Granted, Reimer was far from stellar during that stretch but neither were many other players and I don't even want to mention Randy's "coaching strategies" here. Will be interesting to see where Reimer ends up, there aren't that many teams in dire need of a goalie and there are better options available as UFAs. Vancouver is probably at the top of the list, they could use a starter/1B goalie and due to their current situation aren't very likely to entice the top UFAs (other than Miller who is reportedly seeking to play on a West Coast team). Other possibilities include Winnipeg and maybe Pittsburgh who aren't that happy with their current goaltending and could be looking for potential starters at a lower price tag. A trade with either of those would probably mean either Pavelec or Fleury going the other way though and I'm not so sure that would interest Nonis seeing as Bernier seems to be his go-to-guy.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Komarov wants back in....
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:57:28 AM »
Twitter is saying that Leo is in Toronto and trying to negotiate a multi-year deal with the Leafs.

Man I hope so.

Well, his agent might be but Leo himself definitely isn't. The Finnish World Championship team just got home to Finland yesterday evening and Komarov was a part of that team. I doubt he flew straight to Canada after just getting here, especially since he said he'll need some rest at home now after a long season. Having said that - I, too, hope that Komarov returns to the Leafs next season. He is exactly the type of player you need for the bottom 6 if the money is right.

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