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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Health and Fitness Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:25:08 PM »
Thought that this was an interesting article:

Basic jist is that a journalist was tasked with trying to convince people that eating chocolate could help people lose weight by using some pretty flawed science/experiments. Unsurprisingly he pulled it off, and explains how in the article.

Wow, Chicago barely hanging on to their lead and then a bit of an offensive zone breakdown leads to a Blackhawks rush where Shaw scores to make it 4-2.

3-0 leads are the worst leads in hockey.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: Yesterday at 04:19:39 PM »
Kylington is really the only defenceman I'd consider at that spot. Sprong and Svechnikov are the two names I've been trumpeting the most.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Trade Process
« on: Yesterday at 02:53:42 PM »
There's a few videos of trade calls actually going down if anyone is interested: (Hodgson to BUF) (Gaborik to NYR) (Penner to LA)

The Penner one has picks involved and even gives you a look at the documents that are filled out during a trade. Everything has to be pretty clearly defined so I doubt there would be any confusion once you reach this point.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: Yesterday at 12:00:06 PM »
Looks like the Sharks got Pete DeBoer:

There go our chances at getting a 3rd for Randy :(

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:29:47 PM »
I think that I dislike Gauthier even more now that everyone in the media has decided to refer him him as "Freddy the Goat".

General NHL News & Views / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:47:59 PM »
Not that I think Hitchcock was the problem in St. Louis but it will be interesting to see what moves they make to try and improve a flawed team.  A coaching change might have limited how much movement they make.  Maybe St. Louis becomes a trading partner?

St. Louis is going to be a really interesting team to watch. They have so much depth both at forward and defence, and their prospect pool is pretty impressive for a team that's constantly making the playoffs. They just seem to lack that one great player to put them over the top.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Sam Carrick signs a one year deal
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:39:21 PM »
Again I am not saying he is the second coming, but he does play hard every shift and that is what we are looking for (at least at this point).
If you saw the Marlies playoff game when they were shorthanded on a 5-3 for 2 full minutes, it was basically Carrick who shut them down. If he becomes a PK specialist then so be it.
God you guys are a rough bunch!

One thing that people have already mentioned though is that there's no reason to get AHLers who try hard to play on the team when you can find NHLers who try hard every August for basically the same price. It especially wouldn't make any sense when you'd potentially be able trade away those NHLers later in the season and get a late pick back.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: May 26, 2015, 12:03:52 PM »
What if they pulled the coin out of Shanahan's ear before flipping it?

Dubas would probably just spoil the magic and tell Shanny how the trick was done.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Sam Carrick signs a one year deal
« on: May 26, 2015, 10:43:36 AM »
Before the Winnik/Santorelli trades the Leafs most common 4th line was Booth-Smith-Panik. Guys like Holland and Kozun also saw a fair bit of time on the 4th line. Carrick's style of player is closer to Orr and McLaren than it is to those players.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: May 26, 2015, 10:20:58 AM »
Not overly important: was supposed to mean that their position isn't particularly important in choosing who to draft, even if talent is considered equal. A convoluted way of saying: pick the best player available. Now, I realize he stated "all things being equal." However, I don't think they're ever equal in the minds of the teams. There's usually something that tips the balance; whether it's speed, "family pedigree", lack of grunting during interviews, something.

I've used the whole 'if they're equal players go with the centre' line too before, and I do believe it as far as how I judge these players. But it's a scouts entire job to find the differences between these players and decide who is going to be the better hockey player going forward. If a scout went up to Shanny/Hunter and just told them to flip a coin I can't imagine that scout would be employed for very much longer.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Sam Carrick signs a one year deal
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:39:36 AM »
You could definitely be right, but that won't really say much about the Leafs roster.

I think an alternative possibility is that Tampa could go to Game 7 of the Cup finals, hold a 4-0 lead in the 3rd period, and then Stamkos gives away the puck for goals 4 times in the 3rd, then once again in overtime for good measure.  He gets run out of Tampa to our welcoming arms.

Comes to Toronto?  Check.
Hungry for a Cup?  Double-check.
Chokes in big games?  Well, we'll work on that.

I like it, but I still think Johnson needs to be the one who wins it in OT. After Cooper rips the C off Stamkos' jersey mid game Mighty Ducks-style and puts it on Johnson. That'll cause a rift in the lockerroom, and Yzerman won't get rid of a Stanley Cup winning coach or a Conn Smyth winner for Stamkos.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: May 26, 2015, 08:17:14 AM »
Perhaps LK can expand on this, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Marner playing centre for the Knights next season (assuming that he isn't in the NHL). I think a big reason why he's been on the wing with them is because they've had more veteran options available down the middle. And it's not like he was performing poorly on the wing. But their trade of Michael McCarron already left a pretty big gap for the Knights down the middle, and Marner filled that for them during the playoffs (he actually requested the move back to centre before the playoffs began). Christian Dvorak likely won't be returning next season, so both of their top-6 centres to start the year won't be back. Saying he definitely won't be a centre seems like a pretty short-sighted thing to say. Especially since as Nik notes, he has a lot of the attributes a good centre needs.

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