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Year 43 for me. I remember as a kid after a crappy Leafs season 1968 my dad saying to me, "Don't worry. They can't possibly be that bad next year."
16 hours, 24 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Ticats cool new stadium opened today for the annual Labour Day game against the Argos. Nice layout, stands are the same on the other side.
18 hours, 36 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
53rd preseason for me.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Comments below Naz's Instagram photo;
1 day, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
If I still lived in Ontario I'd probably try to get to a game in London. Nice rink they have downtown.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Haven't seen anything about TV.
Rookie camp roster released the other day
Sorry to hear Carol Vadnais passed away. Big, solidtwo-way 1970s defenceman, top four guy on the Bruins when Orr was there.
2 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Old article on the guy who runs capgeek:
2 days, 20 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Kaberle's favourite coach was Pat
"He knew I wasn't going to hit guys out there. I appreciated that".
2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
I live out west and I made a point of going to a few of Rielly's junior games in Victoria and Vancouver the year after he was drafted. What I saw at the time was basically what Burke described. It was a bit strange to watch him because the coach had him playing a hybrid style system where he had a green light to switch to right wing any time he had possession right in the middle of a shift. And credit to the guy who moved back on D for him because he was a good forward and defenceman.
3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Frattin's up a little high.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
RFAs have expected more ever since Talor Hall signed for huge bucks coming off his ELC.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Potential Con Smythe Trophy winner:
4 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Especially when you consider what his salary % against the Leafs cap space will be in a few years.
Oilers fans weigh in on the new Justin Shultz one-year contract
5 minutes ago
Defenceman that produce points are a wonderful asset IF they can play in their own end. Justin can't. Period. It is something you can teach but given the Oilers track record on getting prima dona players with talent to play defence, I would say that's not gonna happen. Hedman is ten times the player Schultz will ever be because he cares about the backend of the rink, not just the offensive.
15 mins ago
corsi rankings came just in time for mact to save wasting huge dollars on this weak no6 dman - Shultz must really feel insulted by oilers as they just gave 9 mill over 2 yrs to a no 7 dman reject from Columbus - is it confusion or just plain stupid in Edmonton I'm thinking its BOTH
16 mins ago
It's moves like these is why the Oilers continue to be in last place every year..
18 mins ago
Poor guy. At least he'll have the usual 7 month vacation. Wishing him all the best!
If Shultz was on the Ducks he would still be in the minors. No room on that team for a player who doesn't know how to play defence.
20 mins ago
Was expecting 6 years at $6 million per year. Management changing their approach.
14 mins ago
Schultz is probably the Oilers #1 defenceman but that is hardly a ringing endorsement. Their defensive group has been woefully weak. Schultz is correct when he says he has to improve his defensive skills. In fact, this area is a major weakness in his game. He needs to make a big move this year to EARN a big contract. But the way the Oilers have overpaid a number of their young 'stars' I will be surprised if they don't sign him to a $6M per year for the next 6 years regardless.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Scott Gomez too.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Getting served in the car.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
There used to be a lot of A-frame cottages along Lake Erie from Buffalo to Turkey Point. Pretty easy to build. Maybe constructed by the same companies.
Like a lot of the A-frame cottages on Lake Erie.
That's the first tim horton's in all of Canada.
I used to, ike seeing the opposition colours in a game. Maybe do it half a season.
I think Shanahan should suit up for home games.
5 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
I just seemed to recall it was a struggle to fill seats with that team and I wanted to see it in black and white. Oddly it didn't take too long. Whoever set up the HockeyDB site has done an amazing job. All you have to do in google is type a player, team, coach (eg Darcy Tucker hockeydb) and you get a big page of simple stats.
Toros were mentioned earlier in the day, during discussion about a new Toronto expansion team. I was curious how many fans they actually drew. Finally found some stats.
Toronto Toros attendance over the three years they were in the city
For sure. back in May they were up around 900,000.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
What Canadian sports fans are watching.
Cap limitations hold down the blank cheque syndrome as well.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
League front offices headhunting sperm banks.
Harold got rid of the old originals.
Oh, just pretending. Advanced expansion stats.
There's a ton of older free agents available right now you could use to bolster your new expansion team for a few years. You could probably cherry pick Europe as well.
6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
Oh, for sure. Just interesting in terms of player movement and the massive amount of cash that's involved.
The rules link you posted below was for stocking just two teams. The original article in the Vancouver Province talked about four new franchises by 2017.
The rules seem to change over the years. When they brought Vancouver and Buffalo into the league same year they also got the top two players in the junior draft, which turned out to be Gilbert Pereault and Dale Talon.
So franchise fees are pure gravy for the owners because they aren't included in revenue sharing. According to my lowball estimates four new teams would mean at least $1 Billion in owners' pockets.
And I wonder how players on existing teams would be distributed with four new teams to fill all at once?
6 days, 1 hour ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
Five WHL hockey teams in the Seattle area:
NHL is doing the carefully-worded "no immediate plans" response so there might be something to it.
Four new franchises. Where there's denial there's fire.
Cap's going to go through the roof. I wonder how players will be redistributed this time around?
6 days, 14 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
Vancouver had a similar play with Bure years ago as well.
6 days, 14 hours ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2
I'm hoping that some miracle happens and our faceoff success improves this season, giving us more of a chance at first possession on penalties.
6 days, 23 hours ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2
If you're talking that stone bridge in Bala, it's 30 feet high, only 1/3 as high as the one this kid jumped off. The athletes who do extreme sports diving jump at 75-80 feet.
1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
For sure. Bad stuff kept happening at our blueline all last year, whether it was leaving the zone or preventing easy entries by the opposition.
1 week ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2
Why would anyone jump off a 100-foot cliff into shallow water? I don't get it.
And spend way more time after practice with one-on-one instruction! He's pure evil.
Randy must REALLY hate Jake and Naz now! Lol
Good look at what became a real trouble spot last season.
I kept noticing last year how often our defence would get tired - not just on penalties- when we couldn't clear the zone, which led to extended shift time for the Dmen as the opposition would cycle them to death without a whistle.
NHL.com reviews Leafs' top prospects
1 week ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason
You don't give a guy the second most minutes on the team and spend extra time with him after practice if you hate him. And you don't walk into your bosses' offices after hearing rumors and say "You guys aren't seriously thinking of trading Gardner, are you?" If you don't want him on the team.
1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason