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  • TheWaterboy
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    ... I just got an OG Anunoby Playstation commercial in my Jets broadcast. I am sooooo confused....

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  • TheWaterboy
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    I'm finding it a lot of fun to follow my hometown Jets this year, even with the departure of Laine *sniff*. They're still working out how best to deploy their forwards (with some very Nurse-like line juggling), Hellebuyck may have finally fully rounded into form, and the defence is sometimes the weak link. They may top out a little below the talent level of the Leafs and Oilers, but the team plays with a lot of spirit and is very entertaining to watch.

    One additional thing to watch out for - there appears to be a bit of a budding hockey nerd bromance developing between Scheifele and Dubois that will probably be good for both players.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Its close to 20% of the way through the NHLs abbreviated schedule and the forced accommodation of an all Canadian division is turning out to be the best god damn thing ever. The Leafs and Habs playing each other 9 times. The rise of uber villian Matthew Tkachuk. McDavid and Mathews and Driesital back to back .

    The no respect WInnipeg Jets are loaded again with the arrival of another Torterell expat in Pierre Luc Dubois. The Canucks Quinn Hughes is for now not suffering the fate of Marcel Dionne as one of the best players in the game we never see cuz he plays on the west coast 3 hours too late for all the eyeballs in the east to see this kid move the puck up the ice like the Norris candidate he should be. Watching a pretty young Senators team have to grow up fast as they have to punch up every single night against better teams. No Detroits or Chicagos this year. They have to fight up a couple of weight classes every game.

    Going to be 3 month tournament with a chance to build up some good hate between teams.

    Then they can settle all the scores in the playoffs.

    Gotta love it.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    The 2020 NHL Draft kicked off tonight with the first round.
    For transparency. I am an unvarnished unabashed Leafs fan. My fault not anyone elses.

    Doobie got us another kinda smallish high IQ winger. Rodion Amirov. Like we don't have enough to those. The kids is a talent for sure. You have to be go in the first round but .....
    He passed on a bigger (6'2" 205Lb) RH D from the WHL Braden Schnieder. The kid can skate and he will fill out to close to 215-20 before he plays in 3 years. Hes not Seth Jones... but damn hes not Martin Marincin either.
    I hope Doobie is right.. but this one I think bites us in the ass.
    The Leafs.. though they won't admit it...miss the uber bird dog talent evaluator Mark Hunter. A lot.

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  • planetmars
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    RIP Dale

    Got into sports at a young age because of him. He was awesome. Was like being Lebronto'd having to play the Oilers in the early 80's but he always made those series fun and the team a joy to cheer for.

    Sad day in Winnipeg I'm sure.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    The NHL seems to be plugging along. Hope they name their hub cities soon.
    If they get it going again this summer I will watch but of all the sports this is the one that just doesn't seem to fit in August.
    I wouldn't be crushed if the NHL and NHLPA said for the tradition of the Stanley Cup grind they would not name a champion this year. I don't know how deep the pockets are of the owners but they could also just call it all off and reload in September.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Well of all the pro sports league, the one that needs to get back and running the most as they are a gate driven league, is your NHL. Yet they seem the furthest away from getting out of the blocks.

    If they do get it going....and they play some kind of tourney like we played in the “O or the G” on away tourneys....would you watch in July or August ? It just seems so out of synch to have hockey when it’s 30 degrees outside.

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  • slaw
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post

    WoW.... He is just into his second year...
    Would they really let him go ?
    In Calgary, the team wins or there are a lot of empty seats. Fans here won't come out for rebuilds or non-playoff teams. I couldn't even give some seats away to a recent game. It puts GMs in a really tough position, especially given how the ownership group has changed with a couple of the original owners dying (Doc Seeman and Harley Hotchkiss) and the more hardline, money-grubbers in charge. I don't think he's safe.

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  • TheWaterboy
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    It was a gutsy move to replace Babcock as early as the Leafs did, but on the other hand there's definitely something to be said for pulling the trigger on a move like that before the team falls too far out of the playoff race.

    On the Winnipeg front, this continues to be the worst possible season for the Byfuglien situation to playing out as it is with injuries early to Winnipeg's defense (and apparently a couple more injuries tonight. It feels like there is some Kawhi-level mistrust in the Byfuglien camp, although if the Jets are putting Spurs-type pressure on Byfuglien it hasn't been leaking in any significant way. And Byfuglien hasn't done himself any favours by handling things the way he did, basically forcing the Jets' hand on the suspension and tanking his trade value by virtue of his combative relationship with the franchise and his decision to have the surgery he had with zero input from (or as far as I know, notice to) the team.

    It seems likely that Byfuglien has played his last game for the Jets, and that the most the Jets are likely to recoup with the inevitable trade (if it even happens this season) is a late round draft pick or two and maybe some cap relief. And it seems telling that, when you compare the end of last season to the start of this one, the Jets seem to play better without Byfuglien than they do with him.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    slaw wrote: View Post
    The Bill Peters watch is on in Calgary after another terrible showing last night.
    WoW.... He is just into his second year...
    Would they really let him go ?

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  • slaw
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    The Bill Peters watch is on in Calgary after another terrible showing last night.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Well the parade has been rescheduled .

    With a 3 to 1 win in Arizona the Toronto Maple Leafs are now Stanley Cup bound led by untied and unbeaten coach Sheldon Keefe.
    Buzzword of the night. Smiles.

    I wanna believe. I really really do.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    slaw wrote: View Post
    Well, you can't fire 15 players, so you fire the coach. Have to think the brain trust is also on the clock now....
    Yeah...
    It was Shanahan who let both Lamarillo and Hunter go in favour of Dubas.
    A-serious decision to be sure.

    There is a a lot of collective skin in turning this around for both Dubas and Shanahan.

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  • slaw
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    Well, you can't fire 15 players, so you fire the coach. Have to think the brain trust is also on the clock now....

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  • Demographic Shift
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    slaw wrote: View Post

    Thing is, when you're a nice guy and everyone likes you, you can buy yourself more time. When you're a jerk and no one likes you, well, let's just say that when your time comes, no one is going to give you the benefit of the doubt or much care about helping you out.
    He flew back today..took it in person. Old school. Not 100% sure but I think a really big chunk of his 50M$ has been paid up front..Not much monetarily left to actually pay out.

    It was Shanhan who did it. In fairness it was Shanahan who hired him but to me Dubas looks like a coffee gopher right now.

    The clock is now on the players. The big bad bogeyman who didn’t know shit about us and the way the game is played today is now gone. Mort. Finis. Dead.

    It’s now showtime....

    Lets see who turns up the gas on their to date..pretty crappy season.

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