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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Today at 09:13:20 PM »
I'm just throwing this out there for the sake of it being a crazy idea.  But what if the Leafs offer Nylander an absurd one year contract at this point?  They have the cap space this season.  Even a two year deal with a signing bonus or something.  Just to get him signed.  Deal with him again in a year or two once Marleau is off the books.

This is just another cost cutting measure by Shapiro and Atkins.  I have lost all interest in the team.  I'll watch a bit to see Vlad Jr. but I'm not going to pay to go see the games.  And I will find better things to do when they are on television.

Well, for better or for worse, Sparks and McElhinney both have nearly identical save percentages thus far this season.  So it's hard to say we made the wrong move at this point.  A better backup would be good.  We'll see.  Good players cost money.

What an idiot TSN reporter reminding Jake Gardner of the game 7 loss in Boston.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:05:54 PM »
The other thing people say is that Nylander's ~16 minutes of average ice time per game pales in comparison to players like Connor McDavid who play around 22 minutes per game.  They say Nylander would score more goals and points with more minutes on the ice.  That is a fair point, IMO.  However I do also believe that Auston Matthews inflates Nylander's point totals which counteracts the ice time thing somewhat.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 10, 2018, 10:50:22 AM »
You save that with 5 players contracts and it adds up quickly. You have to save where you can with each and every contract. There's a reason the Leafs haven't budged on their number. There's no such a thing as it's just 400K in a cap world.

So you hurt your team's performance in the regular season and risk alienating your top young players five times and maybe you save 2.5% of the cap.
Where did I say that? I didn't. Simply responding to the "Its only 400k" comment. If you read where I said there's a reason the Leafs haven't budged you would understand. Obviously not.

He explained in the next post.
Don't talk logically to him. He loves to argue and will never stop until he thinks he's won. What he wins is beyond me and that's why I never bothered to or will respond to him here. He can read into anything he wants. Again, obviously it's too simple for him to follow. Cheers Bates.
It's some serious OCD and a good heaping of pig headedness, IMO.

How about we leave the diagnosing to the professionals bud.
Even better would be to leave the trolling elsewhere.  Eliminate the problem at the source as opposed to crying about it when I point out the obvious.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 10, 2018, 08:18:16 AM »
Anyone know how many goals Nylander has scored without Matthews?
I believe this has been discussed and his numbers were pretty bad without Matthews, IIRC.  I could be wrong.  But that's what I remember from the discussion.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:28:50 PM »
What about a Putin-Obama meeting reminds you of the NHL contract negotiation between Dubas and Nylander?
That icy stare is just as I envision Nyander's agent and Dubas looking at one another at the end of the month.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:36:06 PM »
I think they should meet in neutral ground in Italy.  Dubas and Nylander can stroll around cinque terre with some cappuccino and cannolis, take in the sights and come to a deal.

It's 6325km from Toronto to Stockholm. Finding truly neutral ground would require a halfway point. After some quick searching I've discovered that the only fair place for a meeting would be Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Lucky enough for our purposes there is the Hotel Kangerlussuaq with fully stocked conference rooms:

They also have a restaurant that does Muskox carpaccio. Frankly, I don't see how this plan could fail.

The rooms look nice. I agree. This may be the solution the Leafs and Nylander may be looking for.

I think the conference rooms looks like an old high school cafeteria.

The perfect place for a $50 million negotiation.
I think being in Europe right now is part of the whole charade right now with Nylander.  He is bluffing 100%.  He's in Europe to not-so-subtly warn Dubas that he is willing and ready to play in the KHL if Dubas tries to 8-ball him.  It's a tactic.  I see right through it, personally, and I suspect Dubas and Shanahan do also.  Nylander coming to Toronto would signify the loss of his imaginary "leverage".

Things have been quiet.  If Carolina had offered up a king's ransom I suspect Dubas would have taken it by now.  Carolina seemed genuinely interested and I would be surprised if what they did was not in good faith.  I have said this before, it makes zero sense for Carolina to offer too much for Nylander at this time.  Why give up assets so you can overpay for someone?

All signs are pointing toward this going down to the wire between Nylander and Dubas.  It reminds me of this:

Hopefully it all ends well.  ;)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:28:02 PM »
Maybe when Dubas said "we can and we will", he knew he could use this loophole in the cap.

Things have been way too quiet.  Something is up IMO.  I have a feeling that Dubas has been planning to sign Nylander as late into the season as he can.  He may even be in kahoots with Nylander about this.  Which would explain the complete silence from both camps in terms of the media.  We have heard next to nothing.  I would think we would hear Nylander is disgruntled by now, or something.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:17:18 PM »
Dubas would only trade him if he gets equal or better value back and Fish-man ain't it. Money is one thing but the Canes (or any or team) have to be willing to give in order to get. This isn't Peter Chiarelli you're trading with

Dubas wouldn't trade him for peanuts, no. But if we're sitting at November 28th and Nylander and Dubas still can't find common ground despite the fact that Nylander maybe found it with Carolina, then I'd imagine there'd be a heck of a lot of pressure for Dubas to get the best he can before losing Nylander's services for the season. At some point, it also wouldn't really surprise me if a trade request was made.

And really if the Canes are as serious as they appear to be about Nylander then they're probably willing to pay a fair price to acquire him. I'm not really sure what you're referring to with "fish-man".
Honestly if it were me and I were in Dubas' situation on November 28th I would probably let Nylander sit for the season before accepting even a remotely bad deal.  It would give the Leafs cap space and they could add a rental to fill Nylander's space for this season if they have to.  Or make another move.  Nylander is far from the be all and end all.  The team has done just fine without him quite honestly.  If he comes back he's got to take someone else's spot.  It's disruptive and in a way you're rewarding someone for acting like a baby.  These other players worked hard, showed up at camp, and are contributing to the team.

It would be interesting to see what Nylander did from there.  Sitting him out for the season might just be the solution at this point.  Unless Carolina offers up a king's ransom.  It's really the eternal why with them though.  Why do that?  It doesn't make sense to me, at all.  If the Leafs aren't willing to pay Nylander $8 while losing no assets, why on earth would Caronlina offer up a king's ransom for that privilege?  It reeks of desperation and stupidity, IMO.  And I doubt they are that desperate or that stupid.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:38:25 PM »
Ah yes.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:37:31 PM »
Does this thread have a use? Is it significant?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:45:14 PM »
These guys must be such a treat in real life, guys.  Laughing at us while they act like pig headed trolls.  Nice.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Aliens
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:03:03 PM »

A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.

This may be related to this:

I'm a believer, personally.  I think this is the real deal.  The acceleration as it left the solar system was the real red flag for me.  The lack of a comet tail or comet features also.

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