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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:18:35 AM »
12. Jeremy Bracco

Marner-lite when drafted with an interesting skating quirk, and now a PP specialist whose path to the NHL is firmly blocked by Marner and Nylander. Unless our top-9 wings suddenly get really good at PK, there's no way Bracco gets into the 4th line either.

Kind of surprising he's fallen so far. Can't he get on the third line at some point? He put up great point totals last year, I think he might be able to help out the big team. We'll see how he does in camp.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:56:52 AM »
At the risk of a far more boring take, I'd wager it's far more likely that the leafs and marner are pretty much aligned on a framework, and see no point in rushing to close off the details until more RFAs finalize or we get closer to the start of the season.

We're obviously stuck in a holding pattern. Everyone wants to ignore Aho and have someone else who knocks it out of the park dollar wise to set the market.

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Considering that North America has a sports culture where any even remote sign of independance or a lack of willingness to show complete deference to authority gets you labelled a troublemaker or a weirdo(Remember how Kyle Wellwood...gasp...sometimes read books?) then it's not shocking that someone who isn't used to that would find it a bit strange. Especially for end of the roster guys where getting in good with a coach can mean the difference between playing and not playing.

I remember Kyle Wellwood less for reading books and more for getting fat.

http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2009/04/kyle-wellwood-is-fat.html


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Yeah, the KHL is much more manly. Loaded handguns in the locker room, planes that may or may not take off or land, and if you have a heart attack on the bench, they dump your body on the pavement in front of the arena so that people can take pictures before attempting any sort of resuscitation.

But no one sucks up to the coach. Probably because he's working at the borscht concessions up until the puck drop.

For real. Enjoy your gulag, comrade.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Bruins playoff rematch
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:49:50 PM »
Here why I think the Leafs will finally clear this hurdle. This assumes they will meet up again and they go into the playoffs relatively healthy, without missing key pieces.

1. Upgrade on defence. I think overall the Leafs defence will be considerably better. Muzzin will have a full year in the Leafs system, and he was very good last year. Barrie is a huge add, a right shot, an upgrade on Gardiner, actually a huge upgrade on the injured Gardiner of last year. Dermott should also be healthier.

2. Additions of Kerfoot and Spezza. Unlike Naz, who I really liked, Kerfoot should actually play a full playoff round against the Bruins. Spezza's experience and skill alone is a big upgrade on the Goat. Also, I think Spezza is going to work really hard at coming to camp in great shape. He's got to know his kicks at the can are running out and this is a legit opportunity for him to be part of something huge as a hometown kid. I'm sure he's going to want to be in tip top shape for potentially a long playoff run. I think he may not be as slow as people are expecting, even though speed admittedly was never really his greatest asset.

3. Beefing up the fourth line. I think you'll see guys like Marchment and/or Engvall be parts of the 4th line sometime this season. Babs wants size and I think Dubas will concur as these guys also bring some skill with it. They had a couple of years of progression at the AHL level and I think they'll get the opportunity to make the jump this season. Engvall is pretty flexible, so maybe he could play right side, or maybe centre, with Spezza sliding over. I think they continue experimenting with Engvall at centre at the AHL level if he doesn't make the team out of camp. After size and weight of that line: Marchment-Spezza-Engvall would be 6'4" 210 pounds. That would be some substantial leaning on an opposition defence for a 4th line.

4. Maturing of young players. True the Bruins have some young star players as well, Pasternak, McAvoy, Carlo, but I think the Leafs have a lot more of them. Plus big part of Bruins is cruising through their 30s (40s for Chara), Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, Rask, Backus (if they can't unload him). It's got to start taking a toll on them at some point, and I think the long playoff run without a cup had to be wearing.

5. Home ice advantage. They Leafs would have probably had this last year if they'd kept Mac and cut Sparks loose, but I think Neuvirth will be an upgrade there as well.

6. Trade deadline options. If Bracco has another big year at in the AHL (and if he's healthy no reason to suspect he won't), he could be a nice trade chip at the deadline; or they keep him and trade someone else to strengthen the lineup even further.

There are some assumptions here of course, but I really think the Leafs will surpass the Bruins this season on several fronts. In addition, the Bruins are starting to run into cap issues of their own.

I really thought the Bs had a good addition with Marcus Johansson and he's gone. The older players are going to get older. While I think the B's first line is deadly I still think they're mostly a one line team with Bergeron and Marchand getting older. The B's really made it as far as they did on the back of Tuukka Rask, and I really don't see him taking the team back to the final again with those kind of numbers. Their D corps is pretty good with McAvoy & Carlo but none of the others wow me. And to top it off they have Par Lindholm on the roster.

I really don't know how they're such a great team with the lineup they have, it really doesn't wow me.

The Leafs really have to hope they can figure out something on D though. It's still a bad D core, even though just about anyone would be an upgrade over Hainsey/Zaitsev. Losing Gards and replacing him with Barrie is kind of a wash, except we'll have a less exposed right side.

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Luke DeCock.  There's a name.

I resisted writing this post  ;D

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies sign 21-year old Justin Brazeau
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:40:38 PM »
https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/prospect-need-to-know-thomsons-call-and-wjss-reports

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TOR: Growing up in Northern Ontario, Justin Brazeau never took power skating lessons. The free agent signing has been working with Leafs guru Barb Underhill this summer and the team is over the moon with Brazeau’s progress. He’s a massive sniper, so this is an exciting development.

It's not surprising since it's possibly the biggest reason he signed here, but good to see that he's taking advantage of the resources now at his disposal.

I'm really hoping the fact that he has so much raw talent/tools that we can really mould him into something special.

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NHL Transactions / Re: Minor Offseason Moves
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:03:36 PM »

This should cap Dermott in the 2M range short term.


Dermott makes his own comparables and he chooses Erik Karlsson

Why stop there? How about a Nik Lidstrom/Bobby Orr hybrid?


Pretty sure Karlsson's contract is more than those 2 guys
Yeah but if those are his comparables in terms of skill couldn't he ask for $20m? [emoji23]

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NHL Transactions / Re: Minor Offseason Moves
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:07:26 PM »

This should cap Dermott in the 2M range short term.


Dermott makes his own comparables and he chooses Erik Karlsson

Why stop there? How about a Nik Lidstrom/Bobby Orr hybrid?

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NHL Transactions / Re: Samuel Girard extended 7 yr @ 5M AAV
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:03:29 PM »
On the flip side though I'll bet dollars to donuts that Egor has a perfectly respectable AHL rookie season.

I'm inferring Girard was selected after Korshkov in the draft?

Yup, although I was heavily in favour of taking DeBrincat.

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Healthy at Christmas this team is rolling:

Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander
Hyman-Tavares-Marner (matchup)
Moore-Kerfoot-Kapanen
Mikheyev-Spezza-Petan

Rielly-Dermott
Muzzin-Barrie (matchup)
Sandin-Ceci

Andersen
Neuvirth

Imagine for a second that Gardiner decide screw it, no one is giving me that contract, I might as well go back to the Leafs:

Gardiner-Rielly
Muzzin-Barrie (matchup)
Dermott-Marincin

And Ceci is sent off to pasture.  We all know that Dermott crushes it when put out against 3rd liners, basically no matter who his partner is.  Marincin takes Hainsey's PK time and improves upon that.

Sure Rielly is better on the left, but Gardiner-Rielly is way better than Rielly-Ceci.  The first two pairs could be put out against anyone.

Man... Marincin. I just can't.

Also, I agree, Gards at a team friendly deal is way better than Ceci at $4.5.

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Rask and Bennington got stronger and stronger as the playoffs went on. No coincidence they had what amounted to load management during the season, around 50 games played I believe. If you can get 30 from your backup that really sets up your starter for playoff success. The Leafs should be good enough that they don't have to ride Freddie for 65.

Overdrive:
Should there be greater concern about the Leafs' backup goalie position?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae45OyzTs3w

Yeah, I think we should be worried.

I'd rather be in the bottom half of the playoff bracket and have the Leafs backup play 30 games than be #1, I think.

We have Neuvirth. I think that's a decent backup option at this point.

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Just at a glance, it looks like Tampa will have something like 75 million committed next year to just 15 players(assuming Points gets something like 9.5 himself) and that's before a Sergechev extension.

Feels like something big has to give there.

One or maybe even two of their bigger mid-tier salaries (Palat, Johnson, Killorn) are almost certainly goners. Problem is though Palat and Johnson both would still have full NTCs after this upcoming season while Killorn's turns into a partial.

Gonna be really interesting to see how Tampa is managed post-Yzerman. So far I'm not particularily impressed with the only two big deals Brisebois has signed (this, and Gourde's).

I know Vas's been great but that kind of term scares me.

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Healthy at Christmas this team is rolling:

Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander
Hyman-Tavares-Marner (matchup)
Moore-Kerfoot-Kapanen
Mikheyev-Spezza-Petan

Rielly-Dermott
Muzzin-Barrie (matchup)
Sandin-Ceci

Andersen
Neuvirth
That's a pretty decent team. Although I think it'd still be miles better with Gards over Ceci. The handedness aspect with Babs is a little over the top.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:22:04 PM »
If it WAS just Willy listening to his agent and only him, guess who it was that picked up the phone and called Kyle with 40 minutes remaining in his season? It was Willy himself. A good agent can't just about the money, but will take into account EVERYTHING that the player values, from the highest priority to the lowest. Will it be Mitch himself picking up the phone on the first day of camp? We shall see...


More likely he'll fire off a Tik Tok video clip to Dubas

What are Tik Toks and why are they becoming popular? I've only heard of them through Tom Segura.

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