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Recap

We opened the scoring... in OT.

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And they resemble Sebastian, the red crab that is Ariel's sidekick, who I also thought was a cooked lobster for the longest time.

Yeah, I don't know if I watched the Little Mermaid growing up. My sister was too old for Disney movies when it came out and I passed on them until they butched up with more macho fare like Aladdin.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Today at 01:22:39 PM »
Just addressing your last point about Babcock playing Andersen so often -- I think it's counterproductive to showing the Leafs they have to play hard all the time.  Let me explain, when Andersen is in and playing in top form, he regularly makes difficult saves look routine, so the team thinks they're playing well and are actually better than they really are.  If you have a lesser goalie in there, letting in difficult chances, maybe the team realizes it's got to collectively play better.  Look at Saturday, Andersen had a subpar performance, along with most of the Leafs on the ice, and they got hammered.  If Andersen stands on his head that game, and the Leafs eke out a win, will they feel even remotely the same way?  Nope.

I'm a bit mixed on this, because having a goalie let in a bunch of softies early on generally means your team is now taking riskier risks to generate opportunity which also means your structure is now the shape of a poop emoji.

In any case, this team is still fairly young at the core and needs to learn how to balance when to press and when to maintain their mark. They know they can outscore a lot of their problems and it does make them a bit cocky; I don't mind the coaching staff pulling the reins at times to try to make them a bit more Babcocky instead.

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Who are you and what have you done with Super Crabby Nik?

Super Crabby Nik is currently working as Sebastian Ahi's sidekick.

Today I learned that Tuna Crabs are a thing:

And they resemble Sebastian, the red crab that is Ariel's sidekick, who I also thought was a cooked lobster for the longest time.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Today at 01:00:46 PM »
If you think the hosts had bad takes, try listening to the callers that dial in.
And the hot take for toughness is just so idiotic. The Bruins beat the Leafs by playing and executing a better overall game, not by being tough guys. How many defensive lapses did the Leafs have because they need more Colton Orr's?

I'm not concerned by the last 2 games.  It's the ebb and flows of a season.  The team plays really well for stretches and really poorly for other stretches.  Right now they're in a poor play stretch, but hopefully they can get out of it soon.

https://theathletic.com/705404/2018/12/10/bourne-mike-babcocks-biggest-challenge-is-convincing-the-leafs-that-they-cant-win-on-talent-alone/

For those that can't/won't read this, Justin Bourne addresses what usually happens to a good team that a) thinks it's great*; and b) is getting back top tier players.

There is a natural sitting back up and down the line up as players expecting the returning star (or two in this case) to carry so much of the load tend to ease off the gas a bit, especially when you look at the lineup card of the opposing team and see a mish mash of AHLers.

In 2002 when the Leafs gritted out back-to-back 7 game series wins against the Islanders and senators, they lost Sundin partway through Round 1 after playing 3 games on a fractured wrist. He made a nigh miraculous return for the Carolina series and the Leafs immediately deflated.

Intensity and game speed are not switches to be turned on at will. Matthews and Nylander being out at the same time put a lot of the depth players in position to impress. It's going to take time for them to ramp back up; they're contributing but not quite to their best and certainly not in sync with the rest of the lineup yet. Honestly, I think it'll take nearly a month. The important thing is for them to be fully synced and healthy for April/May.

* It is my philosophy that a really good team needs to eat a few smack downs in the regular season so that complacency doesn't set in. I think that's why Babcock plays Andersen so much (so the team doesn't think this will just be a cake walk to throw the backup against), even down the stretch with the playoff berth locked up. It's very difficult to get a team to pull their hardest when there's no one chasing (or to be chased).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Today at 12:32:29 PM »
If you think the hosts had bad takes, try listening to the callers that dial in.

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Let me duplicate this here:

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nylander signs 6-year contract
« on: Today at 10:37:34 AM »

I'm pretty okay with former players entering the media space. I'm very okay with Ray Ferraro slapping down idiocy.

Edit: So weird for the mainstream media to be collectively annoyed at Nylander for generating them a bajillion clicks in the first two months of the season.

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In:
Steve Oleksy
Future Considerations

Out:
Jeff Glass
Adam Cracknell

Separate deals, but essentially the same transaction.

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•Sebastian Aho is their #1 Centre, with 27 points in 28 games. Sebastian Ahi would be a sort of Tuna-Man.


How was there no Little Mermaid reference here?

They look pretty good together.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs trade Cracknell for Oleksy
« on: Yesterday at 09:11:42 PM »
Welcome back, Steve.

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Welp

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:31:33 PM »

Uhhh...

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zach Hyman Suspended 2 Games
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:02:40 PM »
This should be a good precedent for the league with regards to player safety; I can’t see them really following through with it though due to their... uh... other times they set the opposite precedent.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Zach Hyman
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:38:08 PM »

This is weird in light of the Reaves and Wilson stuff.

Johnsson time. And maybe Moore.

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