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  • Demographic Shift
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    Watching this slow moving soap opera that is the William Nylander contract negotiation highlights just how little leverage NHL players have. It’s way better than the infamous C cards of generations ago but Nylander is pretty much hooped as an RFA.

    The unwritten agreement is that no one will put an offer sheet in front of him so it’s the Leafs or nuthin. And if he holds out beyond Dec 1 ..it’s groundhog day and the whole scenario repeats next year with the added kick in the nuts that he can’t play this year for anyone.

    So he loses a year in the league. He loses a few million dollars that he will never get back and he loses a chance at a big playoff run. The Leafs..well they don’t lose much. The rink is always full. Ratings never decline and they are winning.

    Lots written and only the negotiating parties know for sure but the puck heads are saying Nylander wants Driesital money at 8.5$ (yet another clumsy mistake by the oilers to add to their litany of bad moves) and the Leafs are saying we will pay you Pasternak money at 6.5$.

    The Leafs aren’t moving off that number ..maybe they go close to 7..but I doubt it.

    So Willy needs to decide inside of 30 days...does he take 6/38$ or maybe 2/13$ or sit at home for a year and do this all over again.
    Betting he signs the short term or bridge deal.
    Last edited by Demographic Shift; Fri Oct 26, 2018, 11:03 AM.

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  • Superjudge
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    In a "what have you done for me lately" business like pro sports if Garrets next start is a good one and a win....The herd will move on to the next real or imagined leafs topic du jour. I'd like to see how he does over his next 10 or so games.
    Sparks seems to havce justified my lack of worry. Great game against LA.

    Toronto is good in net.

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  • DanH
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    This scenario, where the backup is needed for more than just back to backs, is precisely the scenario where a younger goalie should pay off. Good to see Sparks have a good game last night to put his first game jitters behind him. Helps that the defence was (somewhat) better in front of him. More clean looks at the puck, even if he still saw 30+.

    Notice Marleau had a similar goal to the 5th Sparks one from last game. He was closer, but the deciding factor was the same - the defence gave him as much time as he wanted to freeze the goalie and handcuff him, and then he fired it home against a paralyzed tender.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Superjudge wrote: View Post
    Sparks was a hero in the AHL last year, he will bve fine. He is every bit as good as CM, but has more friendly contract staus and he's only 25.
    In a "what have you done for me lately" business like pro sports if Garrets next start is a good one and a win....The herd will move on to the next real or imagined leafs topic du jour. I'd like to see how he does over his next 10 or so games.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    The Leafs could be the first team in a long time to crack 300 goals for in a season.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    It's hard to believe Ward is still in the league. He's been bad for a long time.

    I can assure you the last goal was tipped. The front of the net was a mess all night long.

    As a former goalie I'm pretty critical of goalies in general (heck, Andersen was awful in game 2, as he often is early in the year), and every goal Sparks let in had some serious mitigating factors in this one (while he saved their bacon on several occasions). Now that may be a fact of life on this team, but I can't say another tender would have changed much last night.
    I just saw that... a former goalie !
    Well as a member of the goalie union I can see why you see Sparks is not a fault for anything
    Kick save and a beauty ...

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  • Superjudge
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    Sparks was a hero in the AHL last year, he will bve fine. He is every bit as good as CM, but has more friendly contract staus and he's only 25.

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  • DanH
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    Sparks let the puck play him on his 2 in what seemed like 4 goals in 40 seconds to close out the game. I don’t think Hainsey was on the ice for number 6...maybe for 5. I’ll look for the highlights but Sparks was backing up as Kane’s less than a laser went by him high on the short side.

    Did you catch Toews face after Ward let number 7 go in that won it for the leafs...
    It's hard to believe Ward is still in the league. He's been bad for a long time.

    I can assure you the last goal was tipped. The front of the net was a mess all night long.

    As a former goalie I'm pretty critical of goalies in general (heck, Andersen was awful in game 2, as he often is early in the year), and every goal Sparks let in had some serious mitigating factors in this one (while he saved their bacon on several occasions). Now that may be a fact of life on this team, but I can't say another tender would have changed much last night.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Hainsey tipped that goal in, dude.

    Sparks was about as good as a goalie could be behind the mess that was the Leafs' defence that game. Not even the defencemen in particular (except Hainsey who has looked awful through all three games), but the forwards turning the puck over deep in their own end, when they aren't fleeing the zone too early and leaving their D-men hanging to dry. Especially the bottom 6, though the top lines need to smarten up too. Not that the D were perfect, Dermott had a giveaway that led straight to a goal (though, again, abandoned by the forwards too soon), and Gardiner spoonfed them a chance for no reason (though Sparks bailed him out).

    Biggest issue I had with Sparks was he was a little too aggressive playing the puck behind the net, but that's something I've had to get used to work Andersen as well. Cost them one goal, I think.
    Sparks let the puck play him on his 2 in what seemed like 4 goals in 40 seconds to close out the game. I don’t think Hainsey was on the ice for number 6...maybe for 5. He didn’t look too steady most of the night. The bank shots that the guys take now to bounce it off the boards to come off at the side of the net gave him some trouble.

    I’ll look for the highlights but Sparks was backing up as Kane’s less than a laser went by him high on the short side.

    Did you catch Toews face after Ward let number 7 go in that won it for the leafs...

    Edit..Your right Hainsey was on for 6 as well as number 5. Babcock is one stubborn guy.Even more so than Casey.
    Last edited by Demographic Shift; Mon Oct 8, 2018, 09:28 AM. Reason: Hainsey

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  • DanH
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    I love offense in hockey. Tonights Leaf/Hawks game was fantastic for fans who love wide open who has the puck last wins it game.

    However one Kyle Dubas must be hoping really hard that the AHL goalie of the year has just had his worst game in five years tonight in Chicago. If its not... Kyle better start looking over the waiver wire for some help.

    I get everyone has bad games.. .but that Kane goal to tie it at 6... it was a clear view shot from the top of the circle hard by the boards which went right by Sparks glove. Ouch man.
    Hainsey tipped that goal in, dude.

    Sparks was about as good as a goalie could be behind the mess that was the Leafs' defence that game. Not even the defencemen in particular (except Hainsey who has looked awful through all three games), but the forwards turning the puck over deep in their own end, when they aren't fleeing the zone too early and leaving their D-men hanging to dry. Especially the bottom 6, though the top lines need to smarten up too. Not that the D were perfect, Dermott had a giveaway that led straight to a goal (though, again, abandoned by the forwards too soon), and Gardiner spoonfed them a chance for no reason (though Sparks bailed him out).

    Biggest issue I had with Sparks was he was a little too aggressive playing the puck behind the net, but that's something I've had to get used to work Andersen as well. Cost them one goal, I think.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    I love offense in hockey. Tonights Leaf/Hawks game was fantastic for fans who love wide open who has the puck last wins it game.

    However one Kyle Dubas must be hoping really hard that the AHL goalie of the year has just had his worst game in five years tonight in Chicago. If its not... Kyle better start looking over the waiver wire for some help.

    I get everyone has bad games.. .but that Kane goal to tie it at 6... it was a clear view shot from the top of the circle hard by the boards which went right by Sparks glove. Ouch man.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Drove up Bay Street this morning on my way to my in laws.

    Saw almost 1000 people on Bay scrubbing off their reserved spots they marked with day glo orange spray paint for the Leafs Stanley Cup parade this June.

    And I thought Raps fans changed their views by the minute.

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  • TheWaterboy
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    I'm late to the party on this, but Erik Gudbranson's cheap shot on rookie Dillon Dube on the very first shift of his NHL career does not sit well with me at all. Yeah, your team is likely to miss the playoffs by a wide margin, and yeah, you want to play hard every game, but there's playing hard and then there's what you did, and they're not the same. Play the game the way it's meant to be played.

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  • DanH
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    Kind of a rough first game, they struggled against the Habs' speed. Hainsey especially (who is the guy I might be least confident in of the Leafs' defenders). Still, megawatt superstar power paid off and they pulled out the win. Andersen was great, Matthews was great, Tavares was great. Get all three of those on any night and it's probably 2 points.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Home Opener...Leafs vs The Habs...

    1 to 1 as I scribble this but for the first time in 10-15 years there is a pretty decent team down at the ACC that looks like they can get over 325 goals for this year...Not sure how many they give up

    Going to be a great winter down at the ACC for both the Leafs and the Raps.

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