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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:30:49 PM »
I honestly think that Melnyk would do it if the deal was good’d have to take Ryan.

I think in this context "if the deal was good enough" would almost certainly start with Marner or Nylander and, quite frankly, I'm not sure Nylander would do it.

Yeah, If I was Nylander, I wouldn't report to the Sens after the trade either.


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:28:10 PM »
heh. Although I was never too pleased with Kadri's play on the 3-3. Replace with Kapanen.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:24:43 PM »
Might be an unpopular opinion, but I'd also still like to see a bit of size added to the wing.

With JVR/Komorov/Polak and Martin (assumed) no longer in the lineup, I wouldn't mind a bigger body out there along the boards, as long as he can keep up. Another hyman type.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:19:29 PM »

So now that you've got Tavares in the fold do you maybe get real aggressive about going out and getting a defenseman?

I'm not sure who's available but I think you could still keep the big 3, excuse me, big 4 and put together some pretty attractive packages by skimming maybe a little bit of depth/offense off the top.

Say...a 1st, Brown, Grundstrom and Zaitsev? Or even be open to the moving of Liljegren?

I think the leafs have really now established declaring their window of contention as of this season with Tavares and the expiring entry level deals. So it would make sense to see a trade at this point for the back end, particularly due to the lack of FA options.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:13:03 PM »
Fun fact: I had this thread with this title on my browser ready to be posted since I woke up at like 9:30am.

Funner fact - I'm not wearing pants, and have no plans to for the rest of the day.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:03:20 PM »
OK guys, settle down.

They haven’t signed a 4C that’s to our liking yet.

If you buy into CTB's logic, we don't need one. And I buy in!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:59:38 PM »
Is there still enough cap space yet to buy the cleveland browns? Or more relevantly, Calvin Dehaan/ D addition?

Another thing I like about this contract (I can still scarcely believe that he signed for 11M on 7) - it might help with negotiations for Marner/Nylander/Matthews, no? In more subtle ways than one?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:28:59 PM »
My current theory about the 3-year Lamoriello era is not so much one of apprenticeship as I first surmised, but more like giving time for the true management team to learn to work together.

I agree with this. I think Lamoriello's role was less to do with the on-ice product, and more with building a solid management foundation to insulate against the soap opera effect that plagued prior Leafs management groups - particularly difficult and relevant in this market. No one will ever know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if players/acquisitions/etc were more of a consensus decision, including the decision not to trade JVR/Bozak.

As well, like it or not, the NHL GM fraternity are still for the most part, a very old-school, blue-blood type. While one could argue about the relevance of "mentorship" at the NHL level, I think there's something to be said for the benefit of gradual integration of Dubas to these people and conversations in particular via Lamoriello.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:07:58 AM »
Love the idea of this thread; I've re-joined the site just to comment in it.

1) According to my eye test, the bruins were possibly the worst team that the leafs could have faced in the first round, because of their maturity and suffocating/physical style really effectively countering the leafs' talent age/physical immaturity. I'd like to think we'd have fared better against Tampa or even Pittsburgh, as it likely would have been more run and gun track meet which favoured our strengths.

2) It was really apparent in the series to see the difference in playoff hockey vs the reg season. Players like Reilly, Polak, Hyman, Marner, Marleau, and Brown were the only skaters that really stepped up their intensity to make a play or break up one.... most of the youth looked unprepared for the transition to the game the bruins forced us to.

3) Regarding the site, I'll say it here instead of via PM, because I think it's a positive - you've got a poster in Herman that would make for a great moderator or admin based on how he contributes, and unless he doesn't want to help out in that regard, I think it would be a no-brainer in terms of improving the site.

Herman's Mother

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