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Three things i'm worried about for this game:
1) getting through the first shift unscathed
2) Gardiners health... if the game vs Mtl was any indication, he is still having significant back issues
3) Gauthier being pinned in his end and Bruins quickly throwing the Bergeron line out there

Other than that, I'm optimistic for tonight!


Goat is gonna get the most ice time of his career tonight

Goat needs to be banished Sparks style... he has been horribly weak all year even with protected minutes.   We were far better off going into playoffs with Boyle as 4c last year.

Our 4th line is going great to get eaten by he Bruins.  Freddy 'the defensive specialist' Gauthier is always hymmed in his end chasing the puck... that is, when he is not falling down trying to change directions.  At what point do they not realize his skating is still a big liability.

All of our high paid offence, and not one stinking shootout goal? At least make the goalie make a good save...we hardly challenged him

I hate how this team has zero physical response to being manhandled

The Muzz is looking awful tonight

He definitely has cement legs tonight and I think Zaitsev has been our only Dman with some jump

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews signs 5 year contract, $11.634mil AAV
« on: February 06, 2019, 09:06:47 PM »
A guy like kapanen? Are you kidding me?

Why would I be kidding? He is one of the core young assets on this team.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews signs 5 year contract, $11.634mil AAV
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:49:09 PM »
I don't think there is any harm in being critical of this deal and voicing our opinions.  Most of us Leaf fans have been fans through decades of inept management so it is hard to be trusting of even the current GM and management team.

Am I happy that our team is playing well and we have our superstar locked up for 5 years? Of course I am, but getting him signed was inevitable and I think they overpaid and under-termed on it just as I feel they overpaid Nylander. 

It seems like we waited for so long for this franchise to finally have a promising young, up and coming core, and now they have to already consider maybe losing a guy like Kapanen because of the cap crunch situation they have gotten themselves into.

What was up with the pairings tonight? Rielly played 28 minutes and Muzzin 18?

Muzzin also looked painfully slow and I think Babcock sensed that he didn't have his legs out there. I'm not familiar enough with his game to know if that was his normal speed or if this was just the jitters of playing with new team....let's hope it was the latter.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Acquire Jake Muzzin
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:09:40 PM »
I do agree with getting a guy that can play in top pair so that Hainsy can move to 3rd pair.  The puzzling thing for me is that all talk has been about getting that right shot D and we end up with another lefty?  With Oz likely permanently in press box, it leaves Zaitsev as our only right shot and you know how Babcock has always advocated his preference for dmen to play on natural sides.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:05:23 PM »
Trading Kapanen would be a move we would regret for years! Think Alex Steen x100  We have not seen his full upside yet.  This guy will be as valuable as any Leaf forward come playoff time.  Say what you want about fitting under the cap, the fact of the matter is that current Nhl is based on speed, and  I can't think of any player that can turn on the jets like him. He also has that physical element and strength that is lacking among our top 9 and he will be a tremendous asset in any playoff series.
Guys like Nylander (once he starts playing better) Brown, Johnnson and Lilegren I would dangle as any potential trade bait, but not willing to lose Kappi.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kappi vs Johnsson
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:20:47 PM »
If this thread was titled Kappi vs Nylander, I would still choose Kappi.  His speed is top end and we are seeing hands and play making ability that we didn't see when he was under utilized on fourth line.  Plus he has a physical presence and strength to go along with the skill which is an asset lacking among this forward group. Very effective on PK to boot.

If he keeps playing the way he has been and continues to flank Matthews, I could honestly see him asking for Nylander type dollars. In hindsight, they really should of tried extending him long term this past summer.

2011 to 2019 GDTs (OLD) / Re: Leafs @ Bruins - Dec. 8th, 7:00pm EST - CBC
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:42:09 PM »
Nice to see a little fight in these guys. But man to man, we have a lineup wih a bunch of lightweight. It's really hard to like our chances if we face these guys in playoffs again.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo traded to Vancouver for Michael Carcone
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:04:49 PM »
I like Leivo better than Ennis. He seems to understand the defensive game/positioning better and has used his body effectively, especially this year. That said, I understand the move.

Key point about using his body effectively.  I saw a lot of value in Leivo and he was one of the more effective players along the walls deep in offensive zone who cycled the puck well.
If this team has thoughts about going deep into the playoffs, or even a series for that matter, they need players of this nature that will grind and help wear down the opposing D.  Let's face it, Hyman is truly our only heavy forechecker/grinder on this roster and for me, that is not enough. Your PP isn't going to carry you through the playoffs.

Gardiner stripping DeBrusk super cleanly will go unnoticed by most because Gardiner is bad at defense.
I caught that one as well. Gardiner does seem to often go unnoticed defensively since he makes tough plays look easy with his edge work and balance.

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