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General NHL News & Views / Re: Ron MacLean returning to HNIC
« on: Yesterday at 02:24:10 PM »
I stopped watching HNIC specifically because I didn't like Strombo. He was not a true hockey dude. I also wasn't impressed that he was a Habs fan!

At first, I didn't like MacLean when he replaced Dave Hodge, however, Ron's hockey knowledge, hockey involvement, and his professionalism, quickly turned me into one of his fans.

He wouldn't be my 1st choice as a hockey commentator, but, I can live with Kypreos.

I think Dave Hodge was one of the best there was.

As for Maclean, he's probably the best we continue to have now.

Strombo?  He went from the entertainment world, (for which he was one of the best with the show he previously hosted), to the sports world.  Quite a difference between the two genres.  Strombo excelled in the former not the latter.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2016 Confirmed Free Agent Thread
« on: June 26, 2016, 10:53:45 AM »
Stamkos - TOR/DET
Lucic      - VAN/EDM
Okposo  -  MTL/L.A.
Erikson  - VAN/ANA
Backes  -  DAL/ARI
Boedker - WPG/DET
Ladd      - DAL/STL
Nielson   - NYI/BUF
Demers  - DAL/NJ
Campbell - L.A./BUF
Reimer    - CGY/EDM

Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Steve Stamkos?
« on: June 25, 2016, 07:18:28 PM »
So for Stamkos we've heard Buffalo, Detroit, Toronto.

Hmm, sounds like Babcock all over again.

I'd add Rangers in the mix.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Maple Leafs 2016 Draft Recap
« on: June 25, 2016, 07:15:01 PM »
Aside from Matthews, seems like a mix of good potentials and plenty of look-sees.

Korshkov(W), Woll(G), Middleton(D), Walker(W/D). They already have the size, speed, and agility with greater room for improvement.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews or BUST
« on: June 25, 2016, 03:00:01 AM »
A Maple Leaf in all his glory...

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Auston Matthews poses for a portrait after being selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in round one during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: AHL Franchise News
« on: June 25, 2016, 02:52:35 AM »
The new Tuscon team will go by the Roadrunners name. 3rd team in the AHL to use that name after Toronto and Edmonton. The name has some history in Arizona as several Phoenix based teams used that name in the IHL and ECHL.

Meanwhile, the team that moved into Springfield to replace the one that moved to AZ will go by Thunderbirds. According to the press release, they choose the name based on some Air force connections.

Yep.  Coyotes brand going all Looney Toons.  :)

The name has some history in the area with the IHL and ECHL. No word though if ACME Industries will be a sponsor of both teams though  :P

When do they start training by power lifting anvils?

Beep! Beep!   

"Brendan put a plan in place, we call it the Shanny Plan." - Lou.
Brendan bursts out laughing. "I can't believe you said that."

Can we rename the thread?

I like it better as the "Shanaplan".    ☺

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: THE 2016 NHL DRAFT-DAY THREAD
« on: June 25, 2016, 02:30:22 AM »
Lightning draft Brett Harden.

You're my favorite slightly incorrect news breaker.

I swear I wrote Howden, but my not so smartphone stylus fooled me.  Obviously, it doesn't like me as much as you do.    :D  :)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: THE 2016 NHL DRAFT-DAY THREAD
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:34:47 PM »
Lightning draft Brett Harden.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: THE 2016 NHL DRAFT-DAY THREAD
« on: June 24, 2016, 02:13:19 AM »
Don't know if I'll be catching the beginning (😢),  and just in case, I'm giving an early shoutout...


                                               ]GO LEAFS GO!!!!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: New Jerseys leaked
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:39:49 AM »
Nice logo,  'bland'  jersey.  Certainly they can do better.

The no patches /crest on the shoulders; single stripe at waist.  This is what needs reworking.

Prefer instead double stripes & a nice crest on the shoulders.  The crests / patches on shoulders not a true necessity, but it'd give it a crisper, more distinctive look.

Chris Creamer   @sportslogosnet
No shoulder patches for the #Leafs worked fine with this similar design in 1991-92

All Sports But Hockey / Re: Raptors Off-Season Thread
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:22:43 AM »
Jakob Poeltl,  first player from Austria to be drafted, and Pascal Siakam, a Cameroonian, were the Raptors' choices at the 2016 NBA Draft.

Poeltl, a centre,  has the agility & speed up front for a player of his size, as well as an "NBA-ready body".  He was the NCAA's top certre at his position.   Poeltl was the #9 pick.

As for Siakam, he was the top rebounder in the NCAA, and also led the league in double-doubles.  Siakam was chosen at #27.

Raptors coach Dwayne Casey gushed on Poeltl:

"Fundamentally sound, physically ready, NBA-ready body," Casey said.  His speed and agility around the cones were really impressive. An excellent insurance policy for as us far as the centre position, the power forward position is concerned."

The Raptors had talked about trading away the pick, but in the end, Poeltl, who Casey said has a strong work ethic and plays "extremely hard" became was the consensus choice,

"He’s a gym rat, so that’s what’s exciting about him, is the fact that you know the young man is going to work, come put his body on people," Casey said. "Excellent screener, been well-coached at Utah, runs an NBA style of offence at Utah which is very impressive."


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: That's Our Lou!
« on: June 24, 2016, 12:50:58 AM »
It look like Lou is the face of this franchise right now!    :D

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Get Andersen from Ducks
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:46:07 AM »
What the acquisition means and why it's important for the Maple Leafs:

The Leafs have become a more modern organization the past two years, one with a wealth of tools to evaluate all kinds of players, including goalies. There have been rumours for months they were chasing down various avenues to analyze goalies in new and promising ways, and we can safely assume they found something they liked and believed in on Andersen given they’ve committed to him as their No. 1 goalie until 2021.

Whatever they’ve found, the traditional statistics don’t really show it. Andersen has a .918 save percentage and – typically more important – a .926 save percentage at even strength, which is almost exactly where former Leaf James Reimer has sat the last three years.

Behind closed doors, however, NHL teams are starting to advance past these old standby stats. Some are employing huge resources and staff with a lot of letters after their names to crack the code on seemingly uncrackable questions like “what data projects who becomes a great goalie?”

One of the things the Leafs were believed to be looking into was finding a netminder who was a good fit in Babcock’s defensive system. Someone who could stop the kind of shots that his teams give up – that sort of minutiae.

Presumably, Andersen was near the top of that list, at least among the goalies likely to be available between now and next summer’s expansion draft, when the NHL’s new Las Vegas team will likely have its pick of a few good young goalies.

Andersen also has some indirect ties to the Leafs organization through goalie coach Steve Briere, who is a proponent of Lyle Mast’s head trajectory technique, which has helped several goalies in recent years, including Devan Dubnyk, Reimer and Andersen.

"I rather not get into what the circumstances were that went into it,” Lamoriello said. “We are just delighted that we were able to combine the acquisition as well as the commitment that he’s given to us and we’ve given to him."

...Andersen...has a lot going for him – size, work ethic, personality...
He wants to be great,” said one of Andersen’s many friends in the goaltending world. “And looks for ways to get there."

Whatever the outcome, this is one trade and one contract that will go a long way toward defining Brendan Shanahan’s time in charge.

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