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The Leafs PP has been sensational.

Total culture change here, new systems are awesome, Leafs could be considered cup favorites at this stage.

Their PP was tied for 5th last season so that's not really an area that needed much systems adjustment really.

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Robidas is playing then?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 03:19:14 PM »
With Bodie out, I would have to agree.

I just can't believe they're keeping Orr/McLaren over Bodie.

Yeah. I mean, I would have been quite happy having none of them on the roster, but, if there's going to be one of them, it should be Bodie. He's at least a capable hockey player. The other two are not.

It is definitely based on fighting skill alone as which Bodie does NOT have to go with his size. 

McLaren is only a slightly better fighter but has a noticeably worse hockey IQ, slower skating and non-existent hockey skills. 

Orr is the toughest fighter but is the worst hockey player of the 3 by far... which is saying something.

Since everyone loses fights I would prefer to have Bodie's speed, hockey sense and better skill on the Leafs 4th line.  Like you guys, I don't understand cutting Bodie over McLaren and Orr.

Fighting is quite literally Orr's only 'skill.'  So the only thing he provides to the lineup is something that is diminishing league-wide.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:05:50 PM »
What happens to guy who gets injured on a PTO. Does he get any sort of medical pay?

They said Leafs were footing his medical bill.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 01:53:59 PM »
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@Michael_Traikos 

Carlyle on Orr: "Intimidation is involved in sports … . We don’t feel that our players should have to worry about any of those issues.

The guy fought 6 times, twice on opening night and not once after January (where he got beat).  Has concussion history.  Seriously, who is going to be intimidated by Orr being on the bench?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 01:29:55 PM »
Out of the Kontiola/Booth/Santorelli/Winnik FAs, the only guy that has looked like they deserve a spot is Winnik. Unless I was missing a lot, Santorelli didn't impress much.

I'd be happy to release the lot of them, and go with Leivo/Kozun/Carrick. The best off season add is Komorov. Stick an A on his shirt too! :)

To honest Komorov, hasn't shown me anything either. We will just have to wait. Unfortunately they can't just release them.

What were you expecting to see?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:58:48 PM »
Mark Masters says early indications are Franson just has bruised knee, but need swelling to go down to know for sure.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:52:18 PM »
Michael_Traikos: Carlyle says Booth out with fractured foot. Out 4 weeks.

Joy to the world.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:48:01 PM »
4) A defensive system that still seems to have players all chasing the puck and leaving half the ice wide open

I'm willing to give this more time, I don't expect Horachek to have them excelling in preseason with a roster in flux.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:41:54 PM »
So Kontiola gets into 2 games and he's sent down but Orr/McLaren aren't?

Ignoring the whole Orr/McLaren aspect, I really don't have a problem sending Kontiola down. His game isn't NHL ready and that wasn't turning around with 1 more preseason game. Give him a month or so to adjust to the NA game with the Marlies and see where he's at. I've read a bunch of reporters say he's like KHL bound at this point, but he doesn't have a team over there and he cited family reasons as something that led him to coming to North America in the first place, so it wasn't entirely just to play in the NHL. Also, he's on a 1-way contract so he's getting paid regardless.

If the plan was to send him down though, wouldn't it have made sense for him to play more than 2 games and get a little more pseudo-NHL exposure rather than leaving him in practice and then demoting him?  I mean, what are you really evaluating when Orr/McLaren are in the preseason lineup?

The scary thing is Carlyle actually believes the players play 'less scared' with Orr and/or McLaren in the lineup.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:38:42 PM »
So Kontiola gets into 2 games and he's sent down but Orr/McLaren aren't?

Ignoring the whole Orr/McLaren aspect, I really don't have a problem sending Kontiola down. His game isn't NHL ready and that wasn't turning around with 1 more preseason game. Give him a month or so to adjust to the NA game with the Marlies and see where he's at. I've read a bunch of reporters say he's like KHL bound at this point, but he doesn't have a team over there and he cited family reasons as something that led him to coming to North America in the first place, so it wasn't entirely just to play in the NHL. Also, he's on a 1-way contract so he's getting paid regardless.

Well I can't look at him in a vacuum without Orr/McLaren, and I don't get the point of even signing him if you're going to give him such a short look in actual games.  Even if they had sent Orr/McLaren down I'd want to see more of Kontiola.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 12:29:41 PM »
So Kontiola gets into 2 games and he's sent down but Orr/McLaren aren't?

So basically last cuts will probably be Leivo, Kozun, Ashton and Nylander.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:57:10 AM »
Ville Leino released from his PTO with Boston.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 11:19:03 AM »
As you've noted, it's difficult to determine if that's a result of JvR's increased time with Kessel both in even strength and PP.

Was kind of surprised by this, but at ES last season JVR only played :28 more per game than Lupul.  At PP it was :42 more, which isn't surprising.  Thought there would have been a bigger gap at ES without looking at it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Opening Forward Lines
« on: Yesterday at 09:51:35 AM »
If Kadri goes up to the top line (and I think he should) I might consider dropping JvR to the second to spread out the scoring. Maybe:

Lupul-Kadri-Kessel
JvR-Bozak-Leivo/Clarkson

On the other hand, JvR and Kessel worked so well together, I'd be a bit hesitant to try it.

How did Kadri, win the 1st line center job? Bozak had just as many points in the pre season in the first period of the game as Kadri has. He also was defensively awful in the OTT game. Just saying

Preseason points are worth about as much as Schrute-bucks.

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