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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: CHL players serve notice...
« on: Today at 06:13:16 PM »
Class-action lawsuit against CHL, citing players as "underpaid"...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/players-file-class-action-lawsuit-against-chl/

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The Broncos QB Peyton Manning surpasses Brett Favre as all-time touchdown pass leader (510).

Source:  Sportsnet

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TMLfans.ca Events / Re: 2014-15 Pick'Em Standings Thread
« on: Today at 07:59:17 AM »
Leaderboard (including Round 3):

WAYNEINIONA        48
Madferret               47
Tigger                    38
Big Daddy               28
hockeyfan1             25
BarMutt                  23
seahawk                 16
AlmosGirl                12
       

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Results for Round 3

Madferret           21      Winner
WAYNEINIINA      18
Tigger                  17
Big Daddy            16
seahawk              15
hockeyfan1           0    (!!!!!)

Oh, woe is me!!  Waaaaahhhhhh!!   :'(
Ah, but I'll be baaaaaack soon!!  :D

Madferret is this week's perfect winner.  Congrats to you, MF!  :)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Phil Kessel and trade value
« on: Today at 07:27:18 AM »
Mike Bossy was often the kind of player who waited for the puck to come to him.  Of course, Bossy was an excellent goal scorer. He was not a significant playmaker, that is not to say he couldn't pass.  The Islanders were only too happy to let Bossy do the job he was intended to do -- score goals.

Those Islanders teams were different from the Leafs team of today.  Before the Islanders went on to their Cup-winning ways, they were a steadily improving team, complete with many a drafted and/or acquired player who would be seen as an asset to the team.

The Leafs of today are a far cry from those Stanley Cup winning Isles teams.  Every player there had a role to play -- from Bossy to Trottier to Bourne to Potvin -- and they played it very well with a system of both defence & offence.  No, Bossy was no penalty killer, in fact he wasn't necessarily adept at switching to being defensive, he didn't have to because the Islanders were structured to follow the system they had consistency & precision, a balanced team in all areas, in other words.

With the Leafs, Kessel can also be defined as a pure scorer and not so adept at being defensive without it.  Perhaps not that much of a playmaker than scorer.  But, because the Leafs seem to depend on him as their one true source of scoring, more than any other Leaf on the roster, it's easy to call Kessel "streaky", "one-dimensional" because scoring is his fort and that's what he does best.  The fact that the Leafs are not a well-balanced team in any area, and do not seem to be able to adhere or even have a proper system, nor a coach who is very capable, it's easy to see why some blame Kessel for some of the Leafs shortfalls -- particularly, his shortcomings, which wouldn't be shortcomings on a more balanced and prooerly structured team.

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http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/leafs-almost-dealt-franson-for-his-next-door-neighbour/


Too bad Gorges wouldn't agree to come here. He would've been a good defensive acquisition for our top pairing (not that he's a top pairing D-man, but he'd cover for a lot of Dion's gaffes).


Good d-man or not, didn't he say at the time that he would never play for the Leafs.  He sounded quite adamant about that.

I say, Gorges?  Bah!

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Excellent article by Cathel Kelly in the Globe about Babcock and why he has to choose the Leafs…he has already established himself as the premier coach of our generation, yet to stand in with the immortals like Scotty Bowman he has to take an Original Six team and turn them around and make them Stanley Cup champions.  The only candidate team for this is the Leafs.
Academic my dear Watson.


Elementary, Sherlock.  :)

Babcock as Leafs coach is something many will probably hope for, if it'll happen.

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MotM:   Bernier (he's back!)
Hm:       Gardiner (finally, a good game)

Mentions to Winnik, Komarov,  Clarkson, Santorelli, Phaneuf et al.

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TMLfans.ca Events / Re: 2014-15 Pick'Em Round 3 • Sat Oct 18 •
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:04:34 PM »
Forgot to post. :(  No excuses.

6  Vancouver     --  Tampa @ Vancouver

:(

This must be one of the few times I've missed a posting here.  Guess one can call it 'inconsistency' ... like the Leafs.  On the other hand...nah!  :D :)

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TMLfans.ca Events / Re: 2014-15 Pick'Em Round 3 • Sat Oct 18 •
« on: October 18, 2014, 07:48:55 PM »
Forgot to post. :(  No excuses.

6  Vancouver     --  Tampa @ Vancouver

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The Detroit duo of Zetterberg & Franzen (you can add Nyquist to the mix) practically put on a clinic.  They had the Leaf defence 'mesmerized', and that includes to a certain extent, Reimer.

Penalties, giveaways (12), sloppiness & disorganization, this wasn't going to be the Leafs' night.  Not too many excuses tonight.

Let's hope the Leafs rebound with a win in Detroit.

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MotM:    Zetterberg/Franzen
Hm :       The jersey thrower

😨😞

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Where there's smoke?

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kypreos-leafs-talked-babcock-with-wings/


The question should be:  what happens to Carlyle's two-year extension?  Will it last or won't it

If Eakins gets da boot from Edmonton after this season, and Babcock is free to contemplate,  would it be too much for Eakins to return to the Leafs and the Oilers sign up Babcock?

Carlyle's contract status is meaningless, his future will be decided by the teams on ice performance and that alone, the contract was simply to stop him being viewed as a lame duck by the players.


... and suppose the team's performance on the ice translates into a couple of playoff appearances?  I'm doubtful myself, but with the Leafs one never knows what surprises they might spring.

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Where there's smoke?

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kypreos-leafs-talked-babcock-with-wings/


The question should be:  what happens to Carlyle's two-year extension?  Will it last or won't it

If Eakins gets da boot from Edmonton after this season, and Babcock is free to contemplate,  would it be too much for Eakins to return to the Leafs and the Oilers sign up Babcock?

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:21:24 AM »
Brilliant backhanded dipsy-doodle more by Tavares on the shootout winner:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_4CcJU_Fsg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_4CcJU_Fsg</a>

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