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Dregs is losing his marbles

Guys like him (and even Friedman to be honest) have such awful opinions on hockey, it's sad that they're always the go-to option for these radio hits just because of their ability to get scoops 30 seconds before everyone else.

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Dreger says that the Leafs should "cut bait" on Sparks because McElhinney is the "perfect back-up" because he "practices hard" and won't be a "threat" to Andersen.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Today at 08:00:54 AM »
Just heard on Tim and Sid that Nylander's agent also reps Johnny Gaudreau, who in 2016 went all the way to October 10th, the day before the season started, to sign his RFA contract. He went on to have the worst statistical season of his career.

Kucherov signed his bridge deal in 2016 just two days before Tampa opened their regular season, and he went on to have his best statistical season to date by adding 19 points to his previous career high.

Hmmm I sense we are debating notions of causality here.  The connection between performance and when someone signs a contract is ... not obvious to me.

Well I think the point Sid and Tim were making (and others have made it here as well) is that missing training camp could seriously hurt Nylander's performance during the season... like it did with Gaudreau. I just wanted to point out that other players have missed training camp in the past too and it didn't effect them. So there is no connection there.

It's not like Nylander isn't out there somewhere skating everyday right now too just like the guys in camp are.

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Pre-season hockey! While these games can often be borderline unwatchable, tomorrow night's match will certainly be special. It'll feature the debut of the teams biggest offseason acquisition in the franchise's history. That's right, the Semyon Der-Arguchintsev era will officially kick off tomorrow night in Lucan, Ontario.

Oh, and some guy named John is gonna play too.

Presumably Ottawa will also be fielding a team, but I'll believe that when I see it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 11:24:28 PM »
Just heard on Tim and Sid that Nylander's agent also reps Johnny Gaudreau, who in 2016 went all the way to October 10th, the day before the season started, to sign his RFA contract. He went on to have the worst statistical season of his career.

Kucherov signed his bridge deal in 2016 just two days before Tampa opened their regular season, and he went on to have his best statistical season to date by adding 19 points to his previous career high.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Zetterberg pulls a Hossa
« on: Yesterday at 12:18:01 PM »
Considering what he's meant to the franchise, and the fact that the Wings are clearly not going to be a contender anytime soon, it's not like they just stole the hope diamond here. The contract was made in a different time when there were obvious loopholes, and smart GMs exploited it.

My main issue with the whole thing is that the league threw in those dumb cap recapture penalties that were meant to retroactively punish teams that signed these contracts and then years later are completely failing to enforce those penalties. So what was the point of them in the first place? Just get rid of them and let these players retire with some more dignity instead of forcing them to go on LTIR for years.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:08:12 PM »

For the second year in a row, the Habs are taking their big offseason trade acquisition and playing him out of position.

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Any thoughts on the back up goaltender situation? Correct me if I'm wrong, but they all have to go through waivers to be sent down correct?

IMO it all depends on how much the team plans on playing Andersen. If they feel he can handle the same workload as last year, I think McElhinney or Pickard are the ones for the job. With that you can move Sparks(if there's a deal to be had) and probably get the best return out of the 3.

If you'd like to lower the amount of starts for Andersen, I think you need to keep the best possible goalie with the team as the back up. IMO that is Sparks.

The answer seems pretty obvious: we should combine the 3 into 1 super back-up goalie.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:30:02 PM »
IMO He is worth 6.3 at the most.
He is not worth 7 plus.

Others have mentioned this at times as well, but term is just as important as the cap hit here. You can't discuss one without the other. Nylander at $7mil on a 5 or 6 year deal? I dunno, maybe. But Nylander at $7mil on a 7 or 8 year deal? Yeah, you're probably overpaying for a season or two but after that that contract is gonna start to look like an absolute steal for the remainder of it.

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*squeeeeeeeelllllllssssssssssss*

Granted, Babs tried doing this early last season with Marner and Marleau IIRC and it didn't stick. So we'll see how it goes.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:18:18 PM »
IMO the Leafs need to weed this out of Nylander now while he is still young.  Teach him a lesson.  And if he's a primadonna cancer in the locker room, get rid of him.  The Leafs can to just fine for the $7 million they would be paying Nylander.  $7 million will buy them a damn good player.  Perhaps one that is not so defensively flawed and so small.  Or a guy that's a team player and brings out the best in the people around him as opposed to the worst.

You disappeared for 3 months and in your first 3 posts back you 1) posted completely unsubstantiated rumours that there's off-ice issues that were the reason Matthews didn't get picked to wear a letter, 2) called a players dad a "douche", and 3) called Nylander a "primadonna cancer".

Super glad you're back dude. I don't know how we survived without you.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Zetterberg pulls a Hossa
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:25:25 PM »
Lets not forget that Zetterberg told a Swedish media outlet this just last summer:

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"The only reason why we wrote such a long contract was because of the payroll," Zetterberg said in a translation of the interview. "It is quite obvious that you try to fool the system. Actually, I may have two years left, but I have also learned to take one year at a time. But I will probably not play until then (the 2020-21 season, when the contract expires)."

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:18:38 PM »
My only caveat there is that it feels like that's something we could have said about a bunch of teams in the past before age caught up with them in a hurry.

Their collection of talent under 30 isn't great. Under 28 and it's pretty sketchy.

Oh yeah, if I was Karlsson I wouldn't be rushing to sign a long-term extension there necessarily (unless he loves living in San Jose, in which case I wouldn't blame him). Back in all the Tavares talk I definitely wrote about how San Jose doesn't have a very large window to contend, for those exact reasons. I'd essentially be considering this an all-in year if I was Doug Wilson. The fact that they have a relatively easy path to the conference finals re-enforces that.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:04:16 PM »
Their blueline is excellent, no doubt. Probably the best in the league now. I just don't think they have the firepower up front to make it out of the 2nd round.

They only need to worry about Vegas/Anaheim/LA/Calgary or maybe a cross-over wildcard team from the Central to get to the Conference finals though. I think they're a pretty clear step-above the other Pacific division teams.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:06:36 PM »
Also the autograph he wrote on Craig Anderson's stick after his debut.

Ah man, I forgot about that.

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