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@peterbleafs It is kinda ridiculous. But on the other hand I find it kind of cool how it provides us an opportunity to get to know these players better.
Hockey interviews or for that matter sports interviews are so dry now it's disgusting. I think primarily because of the ridiculous MSM who spoil it for everyone by blowing small innocent comments into something bigger.
It will be fun to see these guys behind the scenes, something we are rarely privileged to witness.
2 days, 13 hours ago on The NHL Plans to Grow HRR by $1 Billion in 3 Years
Sadly I think you're right. Practically the only way you get one these days is through the draft.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Center Rumours Heat Up
@Burtonboy Very true.
The only way a trade should be made is if its for a #1 Center, or a player with high end potential to become a #1 center. This is a move I think eventually NEEDS to be made, because all contending teams have a dominant center who can control the pace of the game.
No moves should be made for a temporary fix for a 2nd/3rd line center.
Sad part is, first line centers are very rarely available...
@GreekGod @The_Irv @djamon I personally don't know enough about Couturier. Does he really have high end potential to be a #1 C? I know people discuss his potential but I haven't seen enough of him personally...
1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – November 4
@djamon @The_Irv Personally I would consider it... I like Gardiner but we need strength up the middle.
Teams that do well almost always have a dominant center up the middle who can cycle/control the game.
I just don't know if Couturier is the ideal target as he is yet to show he has the ability to be a top line center. I'm sure he would look the part between Kessel and JVR though lol.
Sadly I don't think many centers are available... Maybe someone like Gagner but I have no interest in making a deal for him.
@Great Dane I like your thinking, but the Flyers would never make this deal.
It's already advertised that we are trying to move Liles, and even potentially willing to retain salary. A third round pick is not large value to them, and Blacker is an average prospect.
Couturier has potential to be a top line centre, or at least a second line centre. As much as I wish this would happen, it would take a better package than this.
@Jantz Awesome to hear. I think we have a gem in Finn.
I think we have two very solid prospects in Finn and Percy. Both are very defensively responsible and have some offensive upside. Personally I think Finn will have more offensive upside.
1 month ago on Game Preview: A Battle for Canada’s Top Spot in Vancouver
@Jmessih @Ze_theLeafsFan @Pent_House Was Downie having a good year, or was he the beneficiary of some solid play from Duchene? I don't watch a lot of Colorado games, but I know they have some solid offensive minded forwards in the system and probably wanted someone with some more defensive awareness and experience.
Sort of like a McClement for us? Reliable on the ice and PK specialist type player.
I feel like the deal is fairly even with the Avs coming out with the more character type guy. (although I don't know Downie or Talbot personally so my opinions really mean nothing in regards to their characters haha)
1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors
@Ze_theLeafsFan I predict they sense they have a shot this year and wanted to blend in some veteran experience into the lineup. They have a very young team and probably wanted the vet presence mixed in now to create chemistry as opposed to waiting until the trade deadline.
I sorta respect teams that make moves while they are doing well. Everyone always fears that changing a lineup when teams are doing well is such a risky move, but ultimately its hockey, there will be some ups and downs.
Personally I like the idea of making moves early, avoiding the trade deadline frenzy, and it gives teams a chance to build some chemistry early on.
Who am I kidding, I'm just happy when a straight up hockey trade happens. Fun!
Haha I don't hate Canadian artists, I just more so dislike some of the 'Newer' type of music lol. I think the main issue is popular music these days is pretty terrible lol.
Neil young, Blue Rodeo etc etc - fantastic
And somewhat younger bands like Sam Roberts are great, but they don't get the same fame that the pop artists get around the world these days
1 month, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup: Liles recalled
@djamon @The_Irv Not to mention it was even stated (I'm paraphrasing) that Carlyle had a hard time sending him down because he did everything that was asked of him.
Liles actually had a pretty good pre-season.
Correct, however I believe there was a hope that a team would want to claim Liles saving the Leafs more cap space overall than a contract like Brennan's or Ranger's. (There were many teams looking for defenceman).
The Leafs were probably hopefully Liles would be claimed when they sent him down because A) they wanted to save cap space if he was, and B) They believe he should be playing in the NHL
And I believe Ranger could be claimed on waivers so he wouldn't be sent down because t hey wanted to see if he could regain his form from his days in Tampa.
I hear what you're saying but for these reasons I'm fairly confident his contract had something to do with him being sent down.
If Ranger were claimed the Leafs lose his potential to regain form, and gain very little cap room. With Liles the Leafs know what they may be losing but think its fair to him, and will hopefully gain them cap space.
Fair enough... I guess depending on speed/physicality type game you may want to use some more toughness depending on the team.
I agree physicality is important. But I think the team is having to bail this guy out too often. Komisarek was physical, but he couldn't keep up with the game.
Don't get me wrong I don't mind giving Ranger a look, but I think Fraser will be more effective when he is healthy.
IMO Ranger is getting this long of a look because they want to give him a chance to play the way he had in Tampa. If his mistakes continue beyond 20 games or so I would not be surprised to see him out of the lineup.
@djamon @The_Irv I believe it does.... The 925k in savings from burying a contract essentially gets Mason Raymond on the team.
It's not the only reason sure, but I'm sure it plays a part. I think he looked better than Ranger in pre season.
@B_Leaf Too many defensive miscues IMO. I don't mind him for now, but when Fraser is healthy it's an immediate swap if you ask me.
To be honest, although Liles can be fairly soft at times, I think he can play more defensively sound than Ranger. Fact is, if Liles had a decent contract I fully believe Ranger would be sitting right now and Liles would be playing.
Although I agree with the physicality. Until Fraser returns it doesn't hurt to play Ranger. It's nice to have issues with too much depth :D
@CanuckUKinToronto If we have made a move for a right side d man then potentially... But I just feel like we are solidified on the wings. From JVR, Kessel, Lupul, Clarkson, Kulemin, Raymond. That's a fairly deep set of wingers for all three lines, and I don't mind having guys like Leivo step in when needed.
But you never know! Moulson can put up goals, there is no doubt!
1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Prospect Update – October 27
Amen. He is so underrated. He is awesome along the boards and defensively.
Having Kulemin and Clarkson on the wings will help with those D zone exits.
I think one of our biggest problems in the D zone are the wingers getting beat on the battles for the puck.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs
It's paying off that's for sure
NVM! I see the link posted above