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Yes they need a power forward.

Kasperi Kapanen for Josh Anderson anyone?

I smell Clarkson on him.

Same agent as Marner :)

But unlike Marner, isn't Anderson a good ole local boy who surely would sign a hometown discount with his boyhood dream team?  ;)

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Yes they need a power forward.

Kasperi Kapanen for Josh Anderson anyone?

I smell Clarkson on him.

I think the advanced numbers track better with Anderson though. He's only 26, nearly scored 30 with an average shooting %/moderate PP time and, more importantly, doesn't skate directly in a straight line, put on the brakes, and wildly scramble to issue a low percentage pass 100% of the time.



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Yes they need a power forward.

Kasperi Kapanen for Josh Anderson anyone? 

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So basically a playoff team is one that cheats consistently enough that it's normalized.

Nah.

I think Keefe should have sent Clifford out there with Marner and Matthews in the third and told him to create havoc in front of Korpisalo.

They played on the perimeter when it clearly wasn't working.

Now that was something that I was thinking too, even at the start of the series: Clifford on Matthews' or Tavares' wing crashing the net, causing a distraction, bowling a few people over. I think that kind of play really would have complimented those lines. Maybe it was a result of his play, but I do feel that Clifford was improperly utilized since his acquisition.

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I must have been watching a different game. I'm very confused by the "Nylander was invisible" comments. I'm not saying he had his best game or anything, but I thought he was flying out there.

With zero hesitation, Marner would be the one I'd trade over Nylander. I'm not advocating for either being traded though.

He certainly wasn't all that great in game 5 but overall I thought Nylander was quite good. I saw some tenacious backchecks, he had two front of the net goals, four points and threaded multiple nifty passes/setups all series. Meanwhile Marner was dishing out more turnovers than Betty Crocker! I really can't fathom why the softer, less dangerous player with the extra $4million per price tag should be the one escaping more criticism.

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I didn't see toughness being a main factor in any of the playoff rounds to the Bruins and I don't see it here. Leafs couldn't bury their many, many prime scoring chances and faced superior goaltending to boot. They didn't seem to get very many bounces and had a horrid PP.  I'm also not so sure about some of these game 5 lineup decisions from Keefe either. I don't know, lack of physicality is pretty low on the list of what went wrong, at least from the way I see it.

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Is there any other explanation?

I'm afraid there is. And this is it - if you were to take an average hockey game, let alone a physical matchup, and slow it down, just like this incident was - you'd see probably 10-15 similar plays. It's a rough sport played by strong kids. The majority of these physical plays don't result in injury, so they're not dissected in isolation.

I'm talking about the irony of the plight of the Leafs, and I'm joking.

But for the record it was a particularly nasty crosscheck to the back that I noticed before the injury and certainly reviewable.

I was referring to your first part of your post, which you doubled down on here. Again, it's not an egregious play. It just turned out badly. Homerism doesn't change that. I can only imagine what leaf fans would be saying about the clifford hit if the teams were reversed.

Watch it again. Dubois reaches back and delivers a forceful, direct hit to Muzzin's back. Quick, spur of the moment cross checks do happen a lot, as you said. This was more deliberate, but thanks for a lesson about "homerism"  ::)

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Is there any other explanation?

I'm afraid there is. And this is it - if you were to take an average hockey game, let alone a physical matchup, and slow it down, just like this incident was - you'd see probably 10-15 similar plays. It's a rough sport played by strong kids. The majority of these physical plays don't result in injury, so they're not dissected in isolation.

I'm talking about the irony of the plight of the Leafs, and I'm joking.

But for the record it was a particularly nasty crosscheck to the back that I noticed before the injury and certainly reviewable.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2020 Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: August 07, 2020, 12:04:54 PM »
I was more shocked that he benched Teoscar Hernandez, the team's best hitter right now, crazily, for Joe Panik. And on top of that, his rationale was because of "splits." *

*note, said splits also heavily favour Hernandez

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You know, I just can't get over that nasty crosscheck Dubois got away with. No second look by the NHL, who laughably call it a "freak" play? Then the guy scores 3 goals the next game?!

I have to think there is some ancient hockey irony creature-god who just despises the Leafs that every now and then is accidently awoken and ends up spending his limited time awake wreaking maniacal anti-Leafs havoc. Is there any other explanation?

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Boy, that really was a nasty crosscheck from Dubois there. He reached back and threw that with such effort. I'm sure, though, that the league will instead want to look at Spezza's infraction. I mean his stick blade almost touched the Columbus guy's stick for crying out loud!

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Seattle approved as 32nd franchise
« on: July 23, 2020, 10:42:42 AM »
Well you'd need the alliteration and probably something that lives in the Pacific Ocean....Got it! Seattle Sea Slugs

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: June 15, 2020, 03:18:13 PM »
The guy blew a 1.0+ on the breathalyzer, had been sleeping/dozing and was parked in a parking lot. This isn't exactly the Unibomber the police are encountering. They have to make sure he doesn't drive so obviously arresting him and letting him sober up in the drunk tank is the way to go. There is absolutely NO reason for this to end up the way it did. Resisting arrest isn't grounds for cops to become power hungry assholes. He's a little drunk, disoriented and tired; why escalate things? Why bring out the taser, particularly in close enough proximity for the guy to grab it? And once he's out of the car and running away, great, he's off the road, you have his car and you know who he is; how in the world does shooting him in the back and killing him even enter the conversation??

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2020 Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: June 13, 2020, 11:57:36 AM »
Makes more sense for the O's, especially if they think they have something special in Kjerstad. I still thought they'd have enough $ left to reel in at least another good over-slot player though.

Frank- There is a total dollar allotment that teams are allowed to, cumulatively, spend during one draft, and that is based on where their picking position is. So a young player with, say, Boras as an agent or who has a particularly high potential/ceiling might ask for more money than their draft position typically garners. 

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