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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:57:01 PM »
I expect Anderson to have a very good season so that doesn't happen. Embrace mediocrity, sens fans. Embrace it!

He's coming off a pretty horrendous season.

Wasn't really that bad - .925 SV% at ES last season (15th in the league in that regard).  PK SV% killed him but that's something that can vary wildly season to season.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:10:26 PM »
Still not entirely sure how I feel about the Sens upcoming season. This rookie tournament has been promising however. Lazar really looks like he could be a special player and franchise changer.

It's the Sens. You should feel shame, period.

I DARE YOU TO SAY THAT TO ME IN THE RED SCARF UNION FAN ZONE!!!

They couldn't make that less cool sounding if they tried.  Red Scarf Union?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:26:35 PM »
I am getting a bit confused about some conflicting information I am reading. Does anyone know definitively if Loov cannot or can play for the Marlies? 

Not all the information seems to be out there. But from the sounds of it he still has a year left on his contract with his Swedish team. That contract has an NHL out-clause which allowed him to come over to North America and try-out for the Leafs. It seems as though if he doesn't make the big club his SHL contract dictates that he must return to Sweden and finish out his contract over there.

This is from today as well:

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@Michael_Traikos 

Marlies coach Gord Dineen confirms on TSN radio what Dubas told me yesterday: if Viktor Loov doesn't make the #Leafs, he will return to Swe

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:17:08 PM »
Guess no one did any research on his status/talked to the Leafs?

I like Traikos so I don't want to harp on him, but he tweeted during the game yesterday that he didn't know Loov could hit, which is kind of funny as it's definitely something he's known for. So yeah, it wouldn't surprise me if they just assumed he'd be staying here.

And Traikos actually has a column from today I believe about Loov and (unless it's been edited since) the article states he'll likely be with the Marlies.

Sucks if he can't play in the AHL here though.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:03:14 PM »
Speaking of Loov:

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Michael Traikos @Michael_Traikos    1h
Loov's situation is complicated. Dubas said if he doesn't make #Leafs, he probably has to be returned to Sweden because of contract status.

Too bad, I thought he was definitely playing in North America this season. Although when you think about it it may not be the worst thing for him. He's probably a 5/6/7 defenceman with the Marlies this season while in Sweden he'll likely play in a top-4 role.

Wonder what the deal is there, basically every article that mentioned him said he'd likely be playing with the Marlies.  Guess no one did any research on his status/talked to the Leafs?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:53:37 AM »
Well for one I doubt you can make many observations off of Loov from sloppy, disorganized rookie games vs. other rookies, and two he's yet to play an actual game in North America, and three he's only 21 turning 22 so it seems preferably coming from Sweden you'd want him learning the NA game, not sitting in the pressbox.

It's not like a guy like Tallinder would be signed long-term.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Rookie Tournament Roster and Schedule
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:44:56 AM »
Game In Six Minutes
http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=802&id=630386&lang=en

Thanks! Nylander looks like he has some flash but wasn't a huge standout. Unlucky on losing the puck on the breakaway.

Siegel had this to say:

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As far as first impressions go William Nylander performed about as well as one could expect.
 
The Maple Leafs top prospect dazzled in his first game action in blue and white, speedy and dangerous throughout a 4-2 opening night victory from the club's annual rookie tournament in London. Nylander, picked eighth overall at the 2014 draft, finished with one assist, responsible for a handful of quality scoring opportunities opposite an opposing pool of prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

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The 18-year-old was noticeable almost every time he touched the ice on this night, his high-end handle and bursts of speed often too much for the Blackhawk rookies to handle.
 
In the first period alone, Nylander set up linemate Carter Verhaeghe for a quality chance, burst out for a breakaway (he fumbled the attempt), broke up a scoring chance on the penalty kill and then drew a penalty later in that same shift. He offered flashes of speed, vision and creativity with the puck throughout the rest of the evening, crashing into the goal at one point following one particularly close call.

http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/blogs/jonas_siegel/?id=461716

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Rookie Tournament Roster and Schedule
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:41:52 AM »
It's one game in a rookie tournament so, it's fun to watch but I'm not going to even attempt to make any projections on players based on it, especially since everyone is rusty too.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:02:17 PM »
Tampa is the weakest opponent the Jays have in their remaining stretch and that is a team they struggle against.

10-6 this season against them though, and facing them at a good time I think.

The sweep last time in TB was a good omen.  They have at least shaken the thinking they can't in in the Trop.

They also just shut down Drew Smyly for the season.  He was scheduled to face the Jays tomorrow.

Mind you Nate Karns is a pretty decent prospect pitcher they will be facing.  He's not Drew Smyly but he had a pretty dominant end to his year in the minors.  He strikes out a tonne of guys too and that can be a problem with the Jays if they start chasing home runs against a rookie pitcher.

And there you go.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:56:23 PM »
hmmm...3.5 games now.  Not enough time...but this is some fun baseball in September.  GO JAYS GO!

Their schedule makes it even more difficult. After the series against the Rays, their season finishes off with 3 against the Orioles in Baltimore, 4 against the Yankees in NYC, then back home for 4 against Seattle and another 3 against the Orioles. If they're going to get in, they're going to have to go through some tough teams and stadiums they've struggled in recently.

Hopefully they're in it going into that last series with Baltimore.  Dan Shulman made the point that the Orioles could be resting key players in that series so maybe there would be an opening there.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:22:22 PM »
I wouldn't mind Tallinder as a #7 defenseman.  I liked his game a few years ago and I don't want to read too much into the struggles of a player on an unbelievably awful team.  My only concern would be that the Leafs really don't have any cap space and being a borderline playoff team doesn't seem like a good reason to be up against the cap.  I would rather they save a bit of cap space so they can either take on salary to improve the team down the road or take back salary if they are trading some of their bottom 6 guys on 1-year deals if they fall out of the playoff hunt and want to maximize their return.

I have them at $1.8 million in space after demoting Orr and Bodie and having 13 forwards, 6 D, 2 G according to Capgeek.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Training Camp Thread
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:48:21 PM »
Didn't see a thread, if there is - merge away!

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@TSNBobMcKenzie

Defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson will attend TOR's camp on tryout basis.

Not a bad idea at all, Tallinder is intriguing as a veteran insurance option.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL Rule Changes 14-15
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:06:55 PM »
So shots by the offensive team that break the glass, goes over the glass off the net, goes over the glass off the dasher or glass, is tipped or deflected by attacking player out of play, or becomes stuck on the net will be an offensive zone faceoff, not outside the zone.

Mirtle mentioned this, but makes shot attempts even more important since it can lead to more offensive zone faceoffs now even with missed shots.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:13:24 PM »
Tampa is the weakest opponent the Jays have in their remaining stretch and that is a team they struggle against.

10-6 this season against them though, and facing them at a good time I think.

The sweep last time in TB was a good omen.  They have at least shaken the thinking they can't in in the Trop.

They also just shut down Drew Smyly for the season.  He was scheduled to face the Jays tomorrow.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:59:40 PM »
Tampa is the weakest opponent the Jays have in their remaining stretch and that is a team they struggle against.

10-6 this season against them though, and facing them at a good time I think.

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