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I write this with a heavy heart.

First off, my condolences go out to the family of Cpl Cirillo. Many thanks must be given to the first responders, the RCMP and the Ottawa Police Services. I'm optimistic and hopeful all those in Ottawa remain safe at this time and the worst has passed.

I woke up this morning with tonight's game on my mind, and rushing to get packed and checked out of my hotel. I checked my phone to see the response of friends I had asked to come to the game. The first message from my friend simply said "Are you aware of the news? Downtown is under lockdown from a shooting. Game may be cancelled". I wasn't sure what to make of it. I had a few other texts urging me to be safe. I replied to her "Serious...?" and she told me to turn on the news. As scrambled to get packed I listened to the reports unfold and saw the footage of the gunfire in Parliament, I started to wonder if I was even safe to leave. I was a few hundred metres south of the War Memorial, and the chaos of the situation seemed unpredictable. After deciding to leave, aided in part to seeing construction workers in around the building continue to keep working, I cam out to something that still leaves me unsettled. 

Elgin street was a ghost town, the police presence was heavy, and for every block I walked at least one police cruiser, sometimes a convoy of darkened SUVs would fly by with their lights and sirens on. I don't think many people were able to make sense of what happened. I think many were concerned for friends and loved ones. The police presence as I left the city, seeing police rushing through other parts of the city, down the Queensway, the OPP presence outside of Ottawa, it's still something that's rattled me extremely. 

I lived in Ottawa for 6 years, and would have stayed longer had money allowed. It's a second home for me and has a special place in my heart. I think everyone from the capital region in some way or another recognizes the symbolic nature of the city. I also believe that we had a misplaced optimism that we would not face such a situation. Unfortunately, that was not so. 

I worry about how this will one day change Ottawa. I believe there's a strong sense of national pride every time you pass the federal buildings on Wellington, the Supreme Court and Justice Buildings, Parliament and the War Memorial. I have always been proud, as many people from Ottawa are, of the accessibility to Parliament.There's the annual Canada Day fireworks, the summer light shows, rallies on the hill. On any given day one can walk the grounds of Parliament, free to enjoy the heartbeat of our nation. I worry about how this will all change, if parliament hill will become shut in like the White House, and whether the free and easy nature of Ottawa will succumb to this tragedy. 


As someone who identifies with the city and having been there when things unfolded, it's hard to put into words how upsetting everything is.

Ottawa strong.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs-Sens Wednesday Night Game Postponed

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Panik seems really heavy on his feet.

Other than that, SENS SUCK, GO LEAFS GO! Rivalry game tomorrow!!!!!!

3 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2

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I'm in the ottawa region, is he game tomorrow on TSN4 national? I'm getting the feeling it's blacked out here

4 days, 15 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs

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Still looking to sell 2 tickets in the 3rd row to Wednesday's game in Ottawa. Offers?

4 days, 16 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs

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@Bruffins @loomx Hindsight is nasty. The idea of losing Colborne to waivers at the time was met with... begrudging acceptance if that makes sense

5 days, 21 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Hmmm @djamon @loomx Makes sense though. 2nd rounders are players who have first round potential (at least in the 30-40 spots) who are first round talents who over the year have bad years, underwhelm scouts, fail to improve in relation to peers, or tend to fail to dis spell or even emphasize percieved shortcomings. They definitely have talent though. Third round picks and later is where either guys are missed entirely or even their strengths need development (are getting into longer odds to succeed) 

5 days, 21 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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Hey Alec, shot ya a message about the tickets. Did it get through?

5 days, 22 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@thakilla93 @ayeats26 I think the idea of a lone decision maker are long long gones, especially the coach-GM. Too many chefs spoil the broth but one decision maker has an absence of perspective.

5 days, 22 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Jmessih @NotSince67 @Alec Brownscombe Just waiting to hear back from Alec

5 days, 23 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Jmessih @NotSince67 @Alec Brownscombe Bidding war!!!!

5 days, 23 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 KK will do. 

5 days, 23 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 Haha, let's make a deal?

5 days, 23 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to the Leafs @ Ottawa? I have 2 extras in S. 119 row C (Third row) to spare

5 days, 23 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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Just kinda noticed but there was attention drawn to the 4th line playing limited minutes. Personally my take after watching and looking at the numbers is due to 1) The large amount of special team TOI (Holland lead the 4th line in TOI by a margin largerly due in part to this) and that the 4th line is poor 5 on 5 giving the 4th line the same small percentage because of a lack of trust in a close game, and a smaller pie of TOI to draw from with less 5 on 5 time.

Holland is a garbage fire too. I disagree with his PK play, very poor. Better options in the top 9 to play PK.

6 days, 15 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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Holy Sh**, just found out Tyler Biggs had been assigned to Orlando of the ECHL.

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)

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@Luke_R @NotSince67 Not just as a team broken, but down by who is on ice and by zone. Individually tracked such as CORSI events. I think the difficulty lies in trying to compile the data, it would be a lot of work, probably only possible to do reviewing game tape after the fact.

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)

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@TheLoovTrain @Bring the Cup Home @NotSince67 I'm more hoping someone gets waived that we could make use of. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)

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On another note, I was thinking of an alternative to CORSI and Fenwick as advanced stats. Essentially CORSI and Fenwick use shot attempt data as a way to quantify or capture an estimation of puck possession. However, shot attempts and possession are entirely different things. A team may cycle for 40 seconds before a defensive group gets tired and breaks down, giving up a quality chance. Also, a team may take a long shot on the goal which is blocked and the rebound is also shot at the net. One is CORSI wise better, and in terms of Fenwick the same, which being distinctly differently quality of not just chances, but measures of the quality of posession.

Would it not make more sense to actually track possession as a measure of time and by zone? I think there's too much assuptions between shot attempts and it's ability to estimate possesion time and/or quality. Not to say CORSI isn't useful but shouldn't it be a standalong metric with TOP (Time of Possesion, OZone, NZone, DZone) being used as well? Then you could also find patterns between possession and CORSI and also how it relates to GA and GF and so forth.

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)

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I think the Percy love-in could use a little tempering. Still has probably one or two BAD giveaways in the defensive zone a night. It is his first year in the NHL and probably improves with the learning curve, but they're still bad mistakes.

Holland to me is a move away from being done. I hope Nonis is looking for an upgrade at centre. Clearly the 4th line ineffectiveness probably had more to do with a poor centre than poor wingers. 

And yeah. I wasn't sold on Holland, and by this point I just can't see him as anything but a tweener. God forbid a centre goes down and he's forced into 12+ mins a night. Dumpster fire.

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)

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@Anthony Petrielli I feel for Barron, he's a couple weeks into his OHL career, a top pick in the Priority Selection. Tough to get introduced to the OHL like that. 

And yeah, that's a 16 year old kid who just got ran through the glass by a 19 year old. Good on his team mates to step up for him.

2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @DeclanK His junior career was very good, however, in junior he did not have the size typical of NHL draftted rearguards. Also strongly lacked a phyiscal element. His standout tool was skating and passing. Moving to the next level his need to develop these raw talents and turn his deficiencies into something at least mediocre is a question mark. This season will probably be a BIG learning curve for Finn.

2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow

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@Cloud09 @Mattmark Chalk one up for me. I said last year his production was largely due to Perlini. Pernin suffered a broken bone in his hand either in the Rookie Camp or early in spring training and has required surgery. His only goal was a shorthanded tally tonight, unassisted, and yet to record and assist this season.

Gauthier has yet to dress for Rimouski, presumably recovering from injury.

Right now, Sean Day and Jacob Chychrun appear to beat the players to watch for the 2016 draft out of the OHL. Adam Mascherin has done fairly well while Mike McLeod had been held pointless.

2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow

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Jeeeeeeesus, I'm folding laundry and the Game in 6 is playing (on repeat as Leafs TV loves to do) and that horrendous goal song is driving me insane. Something needs to be done.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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Did Vancouver actually sneak Markstrom through waivers?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Bruffins @NotSince67 Colborne has a fucking point too. Full moon is out in full effect.

Anyone notice the assists on the first Leafs goal of the season were #19 to #67?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Bruffins @Cali...Leaf Just think, years back that used to be where they played baseball roughly....

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Bruffins It was a bad call, Raymond won a physical battle and there was no trip.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Cali...Leaf I figured it's because the leg you pick up and the side of the hip you pivot is the right side. Also, many D are left handed to have their dominant right dand at the top of the stick to be most effective in a max wingspan situation. 

Maybe Dion as a person is just ridiculously right-side prevalent...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Xxxxxnew @Bruffins @NotSince67 Where? In the platinums for the start of the period? -_-

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@docmma @NotSince67 @deedrag @Cameron19 @Anthony Petrielli And Crosby hasn't quite been the same since David Steckel. NOTHING is a guarantee, certainly not a draft pick.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@deedrag @docmma @Cameron19 @Anthony Petrielli Why is everyone so patient all of a sudden? "Let's just lose for two decades, draft, and keep sucking"

Sorry if I'm happy with gradual progression versus All-or-nothing mentality, firersales and bi-polar mood swings.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Bruffins Sacrilege. You missed the season opener?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@deedrag @NotSince67 @docmma @djamon MAF had a .905 SV% that year and the previous year where they lost he had a .933 SV% which really isn't all that bad, and still is below his RS career totals.

But what you said actually gives more weight to what I've said, given that Pittsburgh's lack of sustained success has been hampered by inability to receive the type of goal tending that Montreal has despite a HUGE chasm in the talent level of their position players.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@docmma @NotSince67 @djamon I think building around Reimer as your long term goaltender is a serious problem. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@deedrag @NotSince67 @docmma @djamon Yeah, but the likelihood of either one surpassing where Bernier is already is unlikely. Which means you're searching for a goalie, which don't exactly grow on trees. Stability in the crease is huge. It probably kept Philly from becoming an elite team, you see what impact it's having in Detroit, in Washington, amongst others, where a team has been held back because of a lack of a long term solution in net. 

Then you get teams like Montreal which has masked how poor some teams were with strong goaltending.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@docmma @NotSince67 @djamon No. Realistically not having a solid goaltender will prevent a good club from moving forward. Maybe I'm biased but that one player is probably close to 40-60% of your teams success. You trade Bernier, and even if you take 4-5 years to rebuild you could have a strong group of position players, never be able to find a solution in goal and be a tremendously mediocre team.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@deedrag @NotSince67 @docmma @djamon He wasn't half bad in a spattering of pre-season games before the camps got close to NHL rosters. Let's not get carried away. He doesn't even have an official professional hockey stat line.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@docmma @NotSince67 @djamon Depends if you get the 2013 playoffs Reimer, or the 2014 stretch drive Reimer...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@docmma @djamon Well, if you Trade Bernier you're possibly looking at TWO lottery picks... and waiting four-five years for a playoff team.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@Cameron19 @djamon ONly if they play a butterfly base. and are tall enough to take away the top of the net. You really should have said Midget or Jr. B

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@DeclanK @Cameron19 Honestly, if Dion CAN'T play his natural side and only the right side... it's probably because he can only turn in one directiion... -_-

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@wiski @Cameron19 Having poor footspeed is different from almost blowing a tire. In fact, entirely unrelated.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@DeclanK @Cameron19 Holding onto it, or so it appears.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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Can't Vancouver just blowout this game so I can see Gratts do his thing?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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