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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Assistant coach changes
« on: May 25, 2019, 10:00:48 PM »

 :o

Thatís just an apparently.
How would they think they were going to start with Smith when there was so much smoke that he was going to go elsewhere? Doesn't make much sense to me.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: May 25, 2019, 03:08:10 PM »
Amazon gave me a 1 day deal on the Wire series Blu-ray, 50% so it was only $54 free shipping. Snapped it up in a nanosecond
I'm really hoping I like the show but man that intro feels dated. The song makes it seem like it's not a serious show lol.


It's a great show man
Liking it so far! I think it'll unfold well. Just finished ep 3.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: May 25, 2019, 11:13:58 AM »
Amazon gave me a 1 day deal on the Wire series Blu-ray, 50% so it was only $54 free shipping. Snapped it up in a nanosecond
I'm really hoping I like the show but man that intro feels dated. The song makes it seem like it's not a serious show lol.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:22:39 PM »
No way in hell I'd let Kadri go before Johnsson and Kapanen. Kadri's on a fantastic deal is a significantly greater value.

All the more reason to deal him now.  We can't afford him as 3C once the contract is over.  And while I wouldn't use as a rationale his suspensions (though Nik's basic point is well taken), Frycer is probably right in terms of what should be prioritized if he is traded.  If you do trade him for a roster defenseman instead of picks, then you can't use that space to sign Johnsson/Kapanen.

Yeah, one way or another we are likely losing somebody pretty good this offseason beyond just Gardiner.
Why trade him with term?

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 01:38:55 PM »
Stressing about the offseason roster.

Worries:
How our D is shaping up
Losing Kappi/Johnsson
Having to trade a Nylander to make it all fit
No $ for July 1

I think we're actually in decent shape and losing one of Johnsson or Kapanen isn't a big deal when we can get something back in trade. We have one year of pain next year and going forward we have a bunch of cap space and Sandin/Liljegren might be able to make the team in a year and a bit. I think we'll have a few more bits solved at that point, although you have to start wondering how long Freddy can be Freddy for, he's 30 this year.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 01:35:10 PM »
Brexit/Europe sees off yet another Conservative party Prime Minister...

It's funny because I guess I'm one of the very few people who has a bit of sympathy for her. Sure, she seems like a really dreadful person who did a terrible job as PM(and whose policies/politics I think are awful) but I feel like there's this massive wash of delusion over the whole country like the issue is with decisions she made rather than a very real and deep split about the issue that transcends party politics.

I don't care if Winston Churchill or Benjamin Disraeli came back from the dead to lead the way, there is no political solution that would unite both the leave and soft-leave sides of the Tories nor the Remain and Left-Wing Brexiters in Labour. It feels like May was being faulted for somehow not finding the magic wand that would unite 4 entirely disparate views of the EU.

And now the likeliest outcome is Boris Johnson as PM and a no-deal Brexit. Seems pretty hard to believe that's where things would end up.

Great, another idiot Targaryan leader.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 01:33:28 PM »
Brexit/Europe sees off yet another Conservative party Prime Minister...

The sovereignty vote was just a political gambit right from the beginning. This is the whole problem with the sovereignty vote - it's so much easier to sell people on hopes and dreams than on status quo and reality. The Brits forced this on themselves and they don't want to be part of the EU but they want all the benefits - reality is biting them in the ass right now and either you stay in the EU and adhere to their rules but get the benefits or you leave the EU, have more say in your own affairs but get all the downside trade offs - there is no middle.

I'd have a second vote (since I thought the first vote was non-binding) now that people know the reality but it's like meh, people made their uninformed idiotic choice and we're going to go through with that idiotic choice come hell or high water. It's such a fiasco.
It reminds me of Rick Mercer's description of Quebec's referendum debates in the 90's. Basically he compared it to a teenager moving out of their parents house but expecting to keep a key so they can come and raid the fridge or get anything else they want for free.

Hey ma, I'm taking the car. Bye!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: May 24, 2019, 01:30:52 PM »
This isn't a direct reference to the above but I kind think it's like on the Simpsons when everyone voted for Sideshow Bob. One policy might be deploreable but you live with it because there's one policy that is more "in line" with your thinking and you accept the collateral damage, even if it might be great. Let's say hypothetically you get your tax cut but the country as a whole is worse off for dozens of other reasons.

Sure, but to sort of bring it back to what LK I think was getting at if that "deplorable" policy that you're more or less willing to accept for your tax cut is, say, kids in cages at the border or the repeal of Roe v. Wade or whatever then regardless of how someone might define themselves with regards to issues of race or women's rights or gay rights or whatever that their tacit support is still support.

No argument here!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:03:16 AM »
Brexit/Europe sees off yet another Conservative party Prime Minister...

The sovereignty vote was just a political gambit right from the beginning. This is the whole problem with the sovereignty vote - it's so much easier to sell people on hopes and dreams than on status quo and reality. The Brits forced this on themselves and they don't want to be part of the EU but they want all the benefits - reality is biting them in the ass right now and either you stay in the EU and adhere to their rules but get the benefits or you leave the EU, have more say in your own affairs but get all the downside trade offs - there is no middle.

I'd have a second vote (since I thought the first vote was non-binding) now that people know the reality but it's like meh, people made their uninformed idiotic choice and we're going to go through with that idiotic choice come hell or high water. It's such a fiasco.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 08:57:24 AM »
Fenton has made assurances to Spurgeon, but Iím looking at their roster and I donít know what he thinks he can do to climb out of the mushy middle.

Spurgeon at 30 in 2019 for Kapanen at 23? I don't really like the sound of that....

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What a game. Kawhi is the man.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: May 23, 2019, 03:12:26 PM »
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A lot of votes in the 2016 USA election (and the Canadian 2015 and probably the Ontario 2018) were as much "votes against" as they were "votes for." Trump's margin of victory was likely thanks to the anti-Hillary vote being greater than the anti-unknown-commodity-Trump vote.

I don't think that absolves people from the responsibility of what they voted for. Especially when the "unknown commodity" is a 70 year old man with a long and lengthy track record that more or less was a pretty good indication of what he'd do in office.
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This isn't a direct reference to the above but I kind think it's like on the Simpsons when everyone voted for Sideshow Bob. One policy might be deploreable but you live with it because there's one policy that is more "in line" with your thinking and you accept the collateral damage, even if it might be great. Let's say hypothetically you get your tax cut but the country as a whole is worse off for dozens of other reasons.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Assistant coach changes
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:20:33 AM »
I liked Hiller, but I'm A-ok with something different in McFarland.

The PP again imo, really underperformed their personnel. The 2nd unit had nothing going all year long, they relied on that seam pass way too often and just didn't use enough creativity to get other teams moving and keep them guessing. They were a bit of a one-trick pony.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: D.J. Smith departs to Ottawa
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:44:17 AM »
Good riddance. Historically bad PK cost us in the Bruins series, and they've generally under performed PK vs personnel imo.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 21, 2019, 01:13:39 PM »
Leaving aside the larger question of whether that would have been good for anyone(which would probably lead me to start talking about Brexit), most of the people in charge of those Kingdoms are either Bran's relatives(Tobias Menzies, the weird breastfeeding kid), new rulers without much credibility in their new Kingdoms(Bronn, Gendry) or Tyrion.

Fair enough. The two kingdoms I was initially thinking about aside from the North were the Iron Islands and Dorne, both of which seem separate enough from Westeros already that they could be fine independently. And I mean Yara had a deal with Dany for their independence which she weirdly never brought up again.

I was mostly just a little surprised they even named a new king, especially after Drogon went through the trouble of destroying the iron throne because of all the terrible things it symbolized. Sure, Bran's a weirdo who doesn't care about power (or anything) but good luck finding someone like him when he needs to be replaced.

He seems to me to be more of a head of state than anything.

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