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@Savo43 @Doorman You're both right. I consider basketball to be an inferior sport compared to hockey, but it's alright. At least our ball team knows how to win.
15 hours, 26 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@Savo43 @Burtonboy Until Ontario gets rid of the tax credit for sports tickets, there will always be more corporate seats at the ACC than most venues. They're the guys driving the prices up. Although the Leafs very well may have plateaued in that department. Not much more they can charge fans without on ice improvement.
15 hours, 29 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@Dangle_My_Berries He's in town?
15 hours, 32 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@Savo43 @Burtonboy There are suits, but they're mostly in private boxes in the balcony seats. The upper and lower bowl get into the game a lot. I sat in the 100s for an OKC game and it was insane. Must be even better now that the team's a division favourite.
@JWaterdrager @vinoa @deedrag Okay then let's use the 174 games played as a marker. There are guys that are younger than him with less experience who have taken significant strides. In our own prospect pool guys like Loov, Percy and Granberg have all made huge improvements and only Percy was a 1st rounder like Gards. I'm not only taking his age into consideration. When you look at the complete picture of Gards, it seems like the hype of his rookie season hasn't panned out. He's more or less looked like the same player since 2011-12. He put up 30 points in 75 games that year and 31 in 80 last season. Hardly seems like he's developing at the expected pace. What's bullshit is continuing to hold onto Gards like he's still 21 trying to figure the league out. It's not as if he's being asked to take on heavy minutes like Ph9. He's still seeing sheltered ice time and it doesn't seem to be helping.
1 day ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @deedrag @JWaterdrager So true. I wonder how much of this Bernier love comes from above with NoNo and Liewicke trying to justify their acquisition. After all, we were just a goalie away from the 2nd round according to some.
@Burtonboy @vinoa @mcloki They said it was 13 from the 70s and 50s. We had 10 last night. Either way, it was sweet.
@deedrag @vinoa @JWaterdrager I think Reims is the only valid example on this roster. He praises the guys he loves and is tough on the guys he knows can be better. Reims hasn't had that benefit for a while now. Gards and Kadri have been given plenty of opportunities under RC. I still say that he's too old to become significantly better than what he is right now. He may not have peaked, but I don't think his ceiling's much higher than where he's at right now.
@deedrag @JWaterdrager Then the problem is all on him. Stop blaming RC for Gards' silly mistakes. The way Gards plays at times is impossible to defend from criticism. If the team didn't have confidence in him, they wouldn't have handed him a $20 million dollar deal. Blame RC for a lot of things, but Gards' gaffes shouldn't be in that list.
@Doorman @vinoa They're too bad ass to be Habs fans. They smoke enough weed to be Canucks fans though lol
@mcloki We also set a new record for shots against and it's a time when the league is clearly more skilled than ever before. Gotta see the silver lining.
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @dlb Mad I actually respected that decision. It was nice to know that the current players still consider the Leafs/Habs rivalry to be a very serious one. The fact that he was willing to waive to go another team in our division, but not the Leafs shows that these guys do get the passion that fans feel. Besides, if they're not named Price or Subban, we don't need any stinkin' former Habs ;)
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @dlb Mad No you misunderstand. I want Gards to take that last step so that we can sell high and know exactly what we're giving up. I'm tired of keeping a 24 year old around under the hope that he figures it out eventually. There are players with much less experience that have jumped passed Gards in development around the league.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Mind Bomb If Bernier didn't play through injury and if Reims didn't get ran over in LA, who knows what would have happened with us. Although, Price going down in the playoffs probably cost them a trip to the finals.
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @dlb Mad I'm hoping Gards really takes that last step in his development this year. It seems like we've been waiting for confirmation of his consistency since his rookie season. I wonder if Wilson's usage of Gards was better than RC's. Now we just need a solid shutdown pairing a la Oduya/Hjalmarrsson and we can really see what Dion's capable of.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@MikeGartner11 Raptors are a great young team. MLSE doing it the right way.
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @dlb Mad I nearly shat myself when they said Ph9 might have serious damage. Man he is 1 tough SOB.
@dlb Mad @vinoa Fair enough. You do have the right to defend your views. Plus I can understand why it would get annoying when people start to pile up on you. Let me try to deflect some of that: I can't believe the Pylon actually came back to the game! Way to get my hopes up Phagoof!
@Mind Bomb @Ensign In my mind I was thinking "FUCK YEAH! WE'RE ON A STREAK!"...then I realized that a 1 game streak is still a streak.
@dlb Mad @vinoa I think a lot has to do with the way people frame their opinions. Sometimes it might come off as confrontational, but you guys all definitely know your stuff. I think this is a case where both sides have a valid argument. You're saying that Reims is a battler and will continue to give it his all, the other side is that RC needs to be a bit more balanced with his starts so early in a season when neither goalie has played up to expectations. I agree with both views, but I don't like the way Reimer's starting to get shafted again this season.
@MaxwellHowe @MikeGartner11 @FRyan When they said that the last 2 times the Leafs had such low SA they lost, it really highlighted how much better the league's gotten since the "good ol' days".
@dlb Mad @Radar O'Rielly You're being a bit of a jack ass about it. I don't even think you're taking in other people's opinions.
@dlb Mad @vinoa Reimer's last start was 2 weeks ago on the 17th. Sure he relieved Bernier against Boston, but he did that a few times last season so we know that's not enough to keep him game ready. Using Kessel as a comparison is silly. Kessel is an elite winger that's a top 10 player in the league. Of course he's going to get all the ice time in the world. It's not as if RC has the luxury of another 27 year old PPG winger in his lineup. Whereas with goalies, he has 2 talented starter caliber guys that are the same age. There's no justification for running Bernier over Reimer so early in the season when Bernier hasn't done fuck all to earn the starter's job. There was competition in the crease, but it died 2 weeks ago.
@Mind Bomb @dlb Mad @ninepaces I still remember the spanking we gave them last year. Duncan Keith was a -4 or something.
@dlb Mad @ninepaces To be fair, it does seem like RC's going back to his favourite goalie again. Reims deserved the start against Buffalo. Only because neither goalie has been other worldly like last year. Now with Bernier getting the shutout, it's hard not to go back to him so Reimer ends up with the back end against a contender. Reims relieves Bernier for our 1st win, and RC basically goes back to handing Bernier the starts. The sooner this clown's fired, the better.
@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs @Great Dane @mr_hanie Has a team without a franchise player won a Cup in the last decade? I can't think of a single team that didn't have at least 1 legitimate all star.
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @Cameron19 He is, but a lot of times with Phil he's content with just letting Phil do his thing. Kadri on the other hand is a bit more selfish with the puck. Teams have come to expect Bozak to feed Kessel and vice versa. With Kadri and Lups, all 3 are a threat to try to go it alone.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@Mind Bomb @vinoa @Cameron19 Hmm Kadri 0.61 PPG career paceBozak 0.63 PPG career pace.
It's only 9 games in guys. Toffoli's 4th in scoring and Raymond was in the top 10 last week. Let's wait the season out before throwing these comparisons out.
@Burtonboy @vinoa @dlb Mad @Cameron19 I just hope they keep him with Phil on the PP. Getting crushed with that.
@Great Dane @vinoa @Bruffins When the team's Buffalo, maybe 10 SA isn't an outlier. Context matters. Wasn't trying to be a detective, just pointing out that in 9 games worth of data, it's stupid to take out a single game and try to extrapolate anything meaningful.
@dlb Mad @Cameron19 I have Ph9 and JVR. This whole line switching experiment might mess up my expectations of JVR, but thank god Ph9 wasn't injured last night. I was waiting through that intermission on edge.
@Cameron19 Loving this Kessel/Kadri combo. Kessel will finally have a center that's also creatively offensively.
@Great Dane @Bruffins Using that logic, take out the game against Pittsburgh and our SA goes down to 30/game. You can't selectively take out data when the sample size is so small.
@Kessel81 @LeafsGuru Even the commentary guys were saying that Ph9's a tough player if he could come back from a collision like that. The guy's been a rock on the backend for us. Don't think it has anything to do with him being "to dumb".
@Cameron19 @vinoa The currency exchange rate is important because Canadian NHL teams generate most of their revenue in Canadian dollars while their largest expenses, player costs, are in U.S. dollars. The more valuable the Canadian dollar is, the less expensive it is for Canadian teams to buy U.S. dollars to cover their expenses.
Pretty good article on the finances of the NHL: http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2012/01/01/for_nhl_the_cash_is_in_canada.html
1 day, 16 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Cameron19 @vinoa @Burtonboy @ingy56 There were 8 teams then. Not sure if that has any bearing.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Cameron19 @Burtonboy @ingy56 Don't forget that teams went under in Canada the last time the loonie was this weak. While we're a little better economically now, it's far from certain that the loonie will stay high enough to make the league's revenue rise enough. Especially considering how dependent the league is on Canadian revenue.
@Luke_R I have Langdeskog and I'm wondering the same thing.
@Jay31 @Burtonboy Which is why the casual fans hate Burke for giving up on the draft when we were so shitty. Now that Seguin's found his groove, it's only going to get worse.
@deedrag @vinoa We were being outshot and bailed out by our goalies. You might be giving Bolland way more credit than he deserves.
@ingy56 @Burtonboy There's a reason I come to this place for Leafs news. This team is feeding the trolls these days.
@deedrag @Mitch_S2 If that's their motivation, trade the whole damn team.
@deedrag We were doing well after Bolland went down as well. In fact last January the 1st line was having its way offensively.
@ingy56 @maple1967leafs @Jmessih Is Bobby moving up to the 1C position?
@Jmessih @Mitch_S2 What's he got against Richards?
1 day, 18 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Mcost61 @Jmessih I've slowly come to question whether Burke did more good or bad for this club. Placing an emphasis on drafting and development was a good thing. Impatiently trading away 2 1st rounders was a huge gamble and if Seguin keeps up his play, we lost that one.
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs $180 million less. Not sure if that qualifies as significant in the sports entertainment market.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Yaknowwhat If our least talented guys can be trusted to kill penalties, how can they not be able to play a bit ore 5 on 5?
@docmma @Anthony Petrielli @peterbleafs @Pent_House That might have something to do with Reimer having faced those opponents more as they're all either divisional or conference rivals. Bernier obviously has the edge on the Western conference teams. In a season or 2, it might not matter.