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What a pass!

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: Today at 02:42:34 PM »
I know it's all fun but I don't think Dermott is quite ready for the #2 slot.

Is he better or worse than the incumbent option? We don't even play our defense pairings in the traditional fashion.

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This is the death knell of any veteran character forward signings by the Leafs for the duration of Tavares' contract.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Hextall fired in Philly
« on: Today at 01:34:57 PM »
Hakstol's been fired for realsies this time.

Did he at least give the update on the goalie injury before he was canned?


Former assistant coach to Ron Wilson on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Scott Gordon?!

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: Today at 12:20:34 PM »
Haha play Marincin and Holl

Marincin and Holl won't be able to take Hainsey's minutes and be effective.  I'm not opposed to trying it, mind you, but I doubt it'll be a successful, long term solution.

Further to this fun discussion: it's not necessarily Marincin or Holl directly replacing Hainsey:

Rielly - Dermott
Gardiner - Zaitsev
Marincin - Holl/Ozhiganov

Marincin can eat up Hainsey's PK minutes easily.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contract: Skittles Edition
« on: Today at 12:13:09 PM »

Is this press scrum simply a consolidated answer to every mainstream media narrative?

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That would have made him eligible for the Seattle expansion draft... so yay for the injury?

Liljegren seems to have a lot of convenient medical mishaps for Toronto.

I think he would've been a deadline call-up/reward at most.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 11:57:55 AM »

And some people thought Strome wouldn't make an impact in Chicago:

https://deadspin.com/oh-no-corey-crawford-has-another-concussion-1831145505

and the other player involved in the collision is also involved in a lot of other bad news. Yikes.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contract: Skittles Edition
« on: Today at 11:56:48 AM »
Sportsnet this Saturday: "Kyle Dubas has publicly acknowledged the possibility of an offer sheet for Matthews and Marner. Let's discuss who might offer one."

The Score: Sportsnet reports that Kyle Dubas has acknowledged the possibility of an offer sheet for Matthews and Marner.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: Today at 11:54:22 AM »

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contract: Skittles Edition
« on: Today at 11:05:59 AM »
You can really see who programmed Mitch's motor.

But I can also see why Marner nearly quit hockey when he started off his draft year in a slump. Good on them for helping him reset and focus on enjoying the game.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contract: Skittles Edition
« on: Today at 10:31:28 AM »

Eh. Lots of hockey parents talk big. Actually making a big deal of things is another matter.

He forced a skills coach to enroll a 4 year old Mitch against 6-8 year olds :)


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Contract: Skittles Edition
« on: Today at 10:13:38 AM »
Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Anyone who has ever heard Paul Marner talk about Mitch knew this was coming. And if you haven't, here's a taste:

Mitch Marner is very well situated to land a very solid deal. All the narratives line up in his favour, the on-ice performance is just one giant fire emoji, and Dubas just finished with the longest RFA contract standoff and made some resolutions.

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Yes teams are zeroing in on Matthews and pressuring Marner's pass, but the chances are still coming. It's just execution on a couple of little things that didn't go our way that past little while. There are so few special teams samples that everything is almost always spiky. On top of that, one of the key cogs in the machine is still fresh off repairs. The disappointment right now is due to expectations set when the Leafs PP1 unit started with unsustainably high success rates.

The only thing I'd change is Matthews' set up spot as he's camping low in a good shooting spot but statically. I'd like to start Matthews higher in the zone when Marner receives the puck and they attack down to the lower circles in unison. It'll make our system a hybrid of last two season's PP1 and PP2 where Marner has his net front and bumper pass options, as well as a moving seam target for catch and release.

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