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Our 1st line is a PP line. They need to be split during 5on5 play
1 day, 11 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town
@wendelsfist @Handlebar Actually I think his fancy stats are really good. Isn't he one of the better ones on the team?
4 days, 10 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Wings Again on Saturday
They sucked is as much hyperbole as the idea that they were on point.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Wings Again on Saturday
I don't know what these guys are talking about. I thought RC was being good with the ice time. JVR's under 5 minutes and Dion's under 6 minutes. Not sure how the rest of the team is, but I thought I saw the entire lineup a few times that period.
1 week ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)
I've like Holzer's game so far. Hope he can stay in the big league for the rest of his career.
@Cameron19 So glad I dropped him early on when he got injured. It was what you mentioned about him over the summer that convinced me that he wasn't worth the risk.
1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@.Kong. @Dogger We're good at scoring, but we're not good at scoring ourselves out of trouble. Aren't we the worst team when behind? I think it was in AP's Notebook.
@.Kong. @Dogger Just cautious. It took the last 14 games of the season last year. I'm personally going by a 75 game mark outlook with this team.
@FloorHockeyFlopper @vinoa @Bruffins @hometeem I'm just waiting for the playoff race. I can't get caught up in the games this early on. We're in a weak conference. Other than Pittsburgh, Tampa, and maybe Boston (not even sure how they're doing now) there are no locks for a playoff spot. As long as the depth players produce the way they are we're looking good.
@Bruffins @vinoa @hometeem Agreed. If Polak can come back and continue munching away some of the defensive zone starts, Dion might be able to continue his play over the season. It would be really nice if one of the young dmen takes a big step forward defensively this year.
@Bruffins @hometeem Dion was like this last year as well. In fact last year this time he and Gunnar were leading the team in +/-. It's how it all works out by the end of the season that matters. Last season has me weary of short term success.
@Whalz Plays a position that's coveted around the league, was a captain on a team and went to a Cup Finals. Most importantly, there were only a couple of years left on his contract. I doubt he gets that same money again. Teams may have a bad contract or 2, but they can be bought out if necessary. As far as I know, Clarkson's is the only so called "buyout proof" contract in the league. Find me one good team with a contract as bad as Clarkson's.
1 week, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – December 8
@wendelsfist Clarkson doesn't get moved in the cap world. Maybe in the final 3 years to a team at the floor looking for a veteran presence. It's not the just the value, but the structure of that contract that makes it such a mess. Nonis could get fired for allowing that to happen alone.
@MaxwellHowe @vinoa @wendelsfist @Burtonboy Yeah if he scores 40+ points he'll easily get the same kind of money Niskanen got on the open market. If that's the case, we'd need to move Gards to get Franson signed.
@Burtonboy @vinoa @MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @wendelsfist I know that the Clarkson one is far fetched, but it would be nice to sell high on Lups. That money might be better spent giving Winnik, Santorelli, and Booth (if he delivers) short term contracts. I'd like to see this team closer to the bottom of the salary charts for a change.
@MaxwellHowe @vinoa @wendelsfist @Burtonboy Niskanen's played close to 200 more games than Franson. The other guys are all veterans who wouldn't get anything significantly lower than their expiring contracts. I get that Franson is a UFA, but he's not as experienced as all of those other players were at the time of signing their contracts.
@Burtonboy @vinoa @MaxwellHowe @wendelsfist That's a lot more reasonable I think. Franson hasn't shown the level of consistency required to confidently give out $6 million if he's paired with Ph9. $13 million on a questionable top pairing is as bad as $18 million on a defensively porous 1st line.
@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @wendelsfist @Burtonboy Was just going to write the same thing. I'd rather see this roster without Lupul, Robidas, and Clarkson.
@MaxwellHowe @wendelsfist @Burtonboy $6 by 6 is a bit rich for Franson isn't it? I could see them doing that if he maintains this level of play, but if that's the case they'll definitely need to move a few contracts. We'd be paying 2 guys better suited for the 2nd pairing #1D money.
@NotSince67 That's actually not a bad deal. They need the help on defense and their cap hits are only 75k apart. That being said, we'd probably have to either take on a bad contract or throw in some picks/prospects to get that one done. Vinny and Simmonds for Gards, Smith, and Kozun? Buyout Vinny and it's $2.8 the 1st few years and less than $1 million after that
@NotSince67 I don't recall much discussion about Ekblad. I think most of it was about Ritchie/Fabri/Nylander and our own pick. And of course Bennet's chin up fiasco.
@zombie27 @vinoa @BringBackYushki @unfunny I just don't have the patience for these uninformed trolls anymore. I love hockey and discussing it is really fun when you're talking to people who actually follow the team, league, and sport. The guys who still bring up that trade don't watch games and get their "facts" from some montage or obscure report/article/site and I don't see the point in humouring them.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #26, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Vancouver Canucks 2
@ninepaces Not sure where I saw it (probably on here), but the concept of a shut down d is flawed and they're not ideal players. It's better to have a dman that can stop a forecheck and bring it back the other way than it is to have a guy that can weather the storm in the offensive zone. If Franson can keep it up, I'd love to move him for picks/prospects and save some cap.
@BringBackYushki @unfunny No I think most rational people have gotten over the shit that happened 4 f'n years ago. It's only trolltards that need to bring it up every time Kessel or the team isn't playing well.
@unfunny Luke Schenn: 1 goal, 1 assist 2 points, -12
JVR: 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points, -6
Your attempts at trolling are weak at best.
@Sebastian James @vinoa @wendelsfist MDZ's the same age as Gards and has already had a 40 point season and a couple of 30 point seasons. If Gards ever has a season as good as that we can say that he's at Del Zotto's level. As it stands, MDZ's had a higher peak than Gards' ever has. If anything, I'd say that MDZ is having some issues and can turn it around to at least be a 30+ point season which is what we're hoping Gards could some day become.
@MaxwellHowe @ingy56 Was he injured last year? Something with his hips or back? I was disappointed with him last year, but I like what he's brought so far this year.
@FloorHockeyFlopper @sniperstar Problem is that he's useless on all of the other nights. We need to acknowledge that teams can't afford to pay 2 starters and make our decision in the offseason. Reimer will probably get us at least a 2nd or 3rd and maybe a prospect. Maybe Reims to Edmonton for Scrivens and a 3rd or something?
@GeorgeCastanza @Sebastian James @wendelsfist Me too. I think Percy will peak higher than Gards. He can already handle both special teams and makes smarter decisions with the puck with less than a full season under his belt. I'd like to see if he can stick with the club next year.
@Sebastian James @wendelsfist Hedman? Seriously? Gards hasn't even been at MDZ's peak yet and we're talking about a top 5 dman? Unless you much a muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch lesser version of Hedman. I think he tops out as a 2nd pairing dman, maybe like MDZ.
@DeclanK @vinoa @wendelsfist @Bring the Cup Home Probably above. He's close to PPG in the playoffs.
@sniperstar @vinoa @wendelsfist @Bring the Cup Home But it highlights what RC's seen with Gards' game from the beginning. Sure we can knock RC for his faults, but Gardiner is proof that RC's a much better judge of talent than people would give him credit for.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @Bring the Cup Home I'd take a Stastny/Pavelski type guy at this point in Kessel's career. It would be shitty if we can't give Phil a complementary C before he hits 30.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @Bring the Cup Home Krejci's been better in the playoffs offensively, but I wouldn't him rate him with Crosby and Toews. Crosby and Stamkos are the two best offensive elite Cs and Toews and Bergeron are the best 2way elite cs. In my mind Krejci probably falls just under those guys but obviously ahead of anyone on our roster.
@wendelsfist @Bring the Cup Home When RC benches him, everyone shits on the decision and questions why Franson or Dion don't sit.
@Hmmm @Bring the Cup Home Elite 1Cs need to be at that caliber. Any matchup center with a strong 2way game would be good enough with the elite wingers that we have.
@wiski Or the best idea ;)
1 week, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
@wendelsfist @Kadrific Halak is a good goalie. They still need work on their defense though. Or maybe they just need to grow a bit more.
@Zep2 No such thing as dynasties in the modern NHL. I actually like that. Boston would have lost Kessel eventually since they can't afford to pay their players market value. Bergeron definitely could have gotten $7 million+ on the open market last year. No way they could have Kessel at $8, Krejci at $7+, and Bergeron at $6 million + on their roster.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @deedrag @dlb Mad Dion scored 47 points, which at the time was a career low at the age of 24. I genuinely think that people just want to be right about Gards since he showed so much promise in his rookie year. I think everyone is just waiting for him to build on that, but I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that it was just a one off.
@deedrag @dlb Mad It's too bad that it's an 82 game season. He's a -10 and plays against weak competition. How come everyone shits on Ph9 for a bad game despite all the evidence pointing to him being overworked while people are still holding out for Gards to magically find his A game?
@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs What if Gards just sucks? What if that rookie season was a flash in the pan? I know we don't like to move young players because of what's happened in the past, but we run the risk of holding onto a diminishing asset. I thought Gards was going to have a career year while Franson would be his usual POS self. Instead, I'm wondering why didn't Nonis swap those 2 contracts? Franson could me moved for a King's ransom if he were locked up for 5 years.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @deedrag @Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat That's what upsets me about last summer. We let Komarov walk and told ourselves that it was because he wanted more money/better linemates/Olympic glory etc. So far the only thing that I've read was that it was purely a financial decision. Basically Nonis spent twice the amount on an older player instead of giving a smaller contract to a younger player. Then he has the balls to turn around and tell the fans to be patient. It would be a lot easier for us to be patient if we saw that approach from the management. I really don't want to make the playoffs this year. Not because I want to see RC fired, but because I want Nonis fat head the fuck out of this city. Every time I see him I feel like punching the screen.
@The Dude @vinoa Except at the same age, MDZ's had way more success. If he's already peaked, at least MDZ had one hell of ride in those 1st few years. With Gards, we're still waiting on that breakthrough season. Not 20 games down the stretch that have no meaning. I want to see Gards start decent and build on it instead of starting off like shit and finishing the year off with decent play.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @deedrag @Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat James Neal, Lupul, Plekanec, and Kesler to name a few. It's actually mind boggling that a hockey expert such as Nonis could envision a scenario where a 3rd line winger gets what a lot of top 6 Cs make.
@The Dude Del Zotto's 24 and has already had a 40 point season and a couple of 30 point seasons. He's close to a .4 PPG career average or 32 points a season. If Gards can have a few seasons like MDZ, I would love his contract. If he keeps his current play up, we'll have 2 anchor contracts next year.
@wendelsfist @vinoa @deedrag @Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat Clarkson. Ph9 got what the market dictates. If Orpik is worth 5, then Dion gets 7 from most teams. Check Clarkson's cap hit comparable players, Bobby Ryan makes less and he's a legit 1st liner on most teams.
@deedrag @Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat I hate Nonis so much. Preaches patience but gives out a 7 year contract to a bottom 9 player.
I know that it was criticized when it happened, but it looks even worse now with Seguin lighting it up.
1 week, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
So Boston trades away 2 top ten players and now they need offense? Haha hahaha. It would be even funnier if they didn't have that Cup, but at least the power is shifting in the East. Tampa looks like the next big team from the East.