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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Marleau traded to Carolina
« on: June 22, 2019, 03:33:34 PM »
There is no excuse for such a mismanagement of contracts that forces an organization to give up a 1st to free up some cap space.  The so called cap experts should have seen this coming earlier.  What a freaking waste of a 1st rounder...this really angers me.

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You know, it would really suck if Kapanen becomes the casualty of being stuck with that final year of the bad Marleau contract.   This was terrible foresight by management and you could argue that there have been no tangible gains in bringing Marleau aboard in the first place.

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Right now, the low end of what the Leafs have to work with for next year is 14 million.

The high end, assuming Zaitsev and Marleau get moved without taking money back and Brown also goes, is 27 million or so. Obviously, the final number will be within that range with all manner of possibilities as to the exact number.

Within that range, there are scenarios where the Leafs easily have the extra money to spend on goaltending and scenarios where they have the money but may choose to make it a priority over other concerns. Either way, it can't be dismissed either as a possibility or as a smart use of the money.

For instance, I like Kapanen a lot but if you told me the choice was signing Kapanen or having money for a good back-up and getting back what you could in a trade for Kapanen(1st?) and also having a couple million to sign a Kapanen replacement...I probably don't re-sign Kapanen.

I see what you're saying, but I really feel that they would really regret letting Kapanen go. You don't find players with his top end speed and skill set very often.  Our PK would suffer significantly without him.  We haven't really seen his ceiling yet and I'm sure he is on the verge of a 30 goal season in the near future.

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Meh, another defencemen in the system without ideal dman size.  Nothing to get  excited about.
Im sure youre not excited about Sandin, Liljegren, Daszuk Hollowell either because of their lack of ideal dman size. Who knows how this will turn out. Didnt cost the Leafs anything. Size, has nothing to do with playing ability.

Agreed that size isn't everything.  However, would love to have some Colton Parayko or Brandon Carlo type players to supplement our smaller puck movers.  Look at the Blues dmen who probably average 6ft 3 or 4 and can all skate well.... don't underestimate the effectiveness of a long reach and wingspan when it comes to defending and mitigating scoring chances, especially when it comes to the PK and taking away passing and shooting lanes.

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Meh, another defencemen in the system without ideal dman size.  Nothing to get  excited about.

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Having your PK @ 56.3% is not going to get you to the next round and the coaching needs to shoulder some blame for the personnel choosen and passive strategy. Mind you, having a pk specialist like Michael Grabner could have really helped.

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I think part of the problem is that this team relies on the speed and skill game all year long and the come playoff time, they find themselves doing a lot more bumping and grinding. Hence, they seem to wear down as the series progresses and the speed game we saw in game 1, couldn't be duplicated.  They were fresh to start series (4 days off from end of season to start). And the grind of every second night playing playoff style hockey seems to really take their legs away.  Boston is perhaps a little more used to the grinding playoff style of hockey and seems to deal with it better.  I remember having similar thoughts at last two years 1st round exits.
Don't agree with this. This doesn't feel at all the same as last year other then losing the series. I thought the Leafs actually outplayed the Bruins again and probably for the 5th time this series. Difference was the Bruins capitalized on the bad giveaways, Leafs didn't. Bruins D made fewer mistakes then the Leaf D.

As the series progressed, they seemed to have less dominant puck possession sequences in the o-zone then they had earlier in series.

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I think part of the problem is that this team relies on the speed and skill game all year long and the come playoff time, they find themselves doing a lot more bumping and grinding. Hence, they seem to wear down as the series progresses and the speed game we saw in game 1, couldn't be duplicated.  They were fresh to start series (4 days off from end of season to start). And the grind of every second night playing playoff style hockey seems to really take their legs away.  Boston is perhaps a little more used to the grinding playoff style of hockey and seems to deal with it better.  I remember having similar thoughts at last two years 1st round exits.

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Babcock you fn genius, you just wasted the last 2:30 of game

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Freddy is a terrible goalie. Consistently chokes under pressure.

Dude, Freddy is probably the reason we've even made it to a game 7.

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Don't worry, Babcock will be pulling Freddie for the extra attacker any minute now.

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Why doesn't babcock occasionally double shift either Tavares and Matthews on 4h line?

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Gardiner is obviously playing hurt, and I think that is playing a factor into some of his poor decisions.  He probably shouldn't even be in lineup because he is skating nowhere close to 100%.

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Anyone else find it a little annoying that all the news headlines claiming 'Matthews leads club to victory' and there is little mention of Johnnson who seemed to be the driving force on the line all night and set up Matthews perfectly for his goal.  That finish by Johnnson on PP was unreal.

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One thing about a possible Kadri suspension: the refs invited the game to get out of hand, and surprise! it did.

IMO, the DeBrusk knee on Kadri looks more suspendable than the Kadri stick on DeBrusk.

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