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    Quote Originally Posted by superstar_88 View Post
    I know. Price has carried a bad Montreal team into the playoffs before. Belfour for the Leafs did the same thing. He made the Leafs look better than they actually were.
    You don't have to go that far back - last year Andersen made the Leafs look a lot better than they actually were.
    His goaltending won them a bunch of games they had no business being in.

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    Ed Belfour had a greater impact on the Leafs when he came in, he was propping up a collapsing team. After they got smashed by the Flyers in the 2004 Playoffs, JFJ wanted to rebuild. He was overruled by Richard Peddie who took over the GM duties without making it official. The Teachers had no interest in building a hockey club, they wanted to consolidate their holdings in Steve Starvo's legacy. Larry Tanenbaum, realizing his mistake, wanted to fire Peddie but The Teachers supported Peddie. It turned out to be bad news for Eugene Melnyk, Tanenbaum froze him out of any share of MLSE.

    The Leafs went 9 years without getting into the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckertmg View Post
    You don't have to go that far back - last year Andersen made the Leafs look a lot better than they actually were.
    His goaltending won them a bunch of games they had no business being in.
    And so did Bernie Parent, Hasek, Ken Dryden, etc., etc. A goalie is part of a team.

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    A few thought about the upcoming season :

    1) Nylander's contract negotiation- we kicked around the subject here last year and the consensus seemed to be that somewhere around 6.5m for a multi year deal would be reasonable. He had a very good second full season and his numbers were comparable to his first. There are speculations that he and his agent are looking for 8mil per and if true, he'll likely sit out a lot longer. Pasternak only got 6.7 x 6, and he had better numbers. Willy should consider himself lucky if he gets the same deal. He has great skills but floats too often. One play that sticks out was in a playoff game, he had to be pushed by Rielly to cover the point. It's only one play but it that's indicative of how he could lose focus even during an important game.

    2) Leafs defence : being able to move the puck up now has become ever so vital in modern day NHL. Given time and space this defence as a group did very well to supplement the offence. The trouble is/was, this defence loses puck battles more often than not. When pressured, especially by more physical forwards, this defence play scared. Rielly and Gardiner would stick check rather than engage in physical battles. Zaitsev since injured became tentative. Carrick is undersized. Hainsey slowed down from about mid season after having been over used. Having JVR and Bozak floating around didn't help, and it'll be interesting to see it's going to mean better team defence with Tavares, Johnssan and Kapanan as replacements.

    3) Team toughness: when you get the reputation for being a "soft" team, you bet the first introduction from the other teams' coaches will be, hit them every chance you get. The notion that "you can't hit them if you can't catch them" only works if you spend all your time worrying about getting hit instead of taking time to make plays. Against a soft team like the Leafs, the other teams' pests will play a lot b**********. The best strategy would be to let the other teams know that if you go after our stars, we'll be after yours ; but other than Kadri, there was no one who would make other team feel uncomfortable playing against. Komarov was eager to do the dirty work until he was blind sided by OV and was never the same again. Hopefully Grundstrom and Marchment will provide some of that truculence if and when they make the team.

    4) Tavares, Matthews and Marner will be the three studs that drive this offence. Marner will benefit the most because he'll be playing with either Taraves or Matthews. Whichever line he's on with will be scary good, I hope. Johnsson and Kapanan will play more prominent roles and I particularly like the upside of Johnsson. He may be the guy that make us not miss the offence of JVR too much.

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    Marner played with Kadri and Marleau last year. Marner was driving that line and it was a good one. Tavaras can drive a line. He's pumped up the stats of every one he's played with. Tavaras and Marner could make a super line though. They need a line that can compete with the super line Boston has.

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    Both RFA Morrissey/Jets and Nurse/Oilers signed bridge deal for 2 years 6.3 and 6.4 respectively. Maybe Nylander and Leafs are closer on a similar bridge deal. Dubas has said he'd like to sign Nylander to a long term deal but it doesn't look like they're close.

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    From what I gather Nylander wants $7 million a year for a bridge contract and $8 million a year if it’s long term. No wonder he hasn’t signed yet. Add in the fact that Dubas is expecting Nylander, Matthews and Marner to all take a hometown discount could cause contract issues with all three.

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    do they want a better chance to win? Max money goes contrary to helping the team win. Do it for the team or do it for self. Tavaras already took less money to come here so he set the precedent. Tavaras first long term contract with NYI he was way undervalued also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superstar_88 View Post
    do they want a better chance to win? Max money goes contrary to helping the team win. Do it for the team or do it for self. Tavaras already took less money to come here so he set the precedent. Tavaras first long term contract with NYI he was way undervalued also.
    Totally agree. ^^^

    You've got to wonder if Willy would be happy making a million a year more than he might with the Leafs but on a team that doesn't even have a chance of making the playoffs for the next 5 years. Or he could take a haircut, sign with Toronto and play with the dynamic crew we have. There's also the added benefit of richer endorsements playing in a market like Toronto. I look at him as a $6 million player.

    I know it was only the first preseason game last night, but Tavares and Marner were flying. Really looking forward to this season!

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

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    Ennis is small and gets bounced around. Lievo looked much better. Bigger, has hands and can shoot. They need Nylander on that line with Matthews and Marleau. That would be a tremendous line.

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    Leaf fans manage your expectations, you're pissing Sid off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by superstar_88 View Post
    Ennis is small and gets bounced around. Lievo looked much better. Bigger, has hands and can shoot. They need Nylander on that line with Matthews and Marleau. That would be a tremendous line.
    Dubas is in a good negotiating position and I'm sure he'd much rather have Nylander to start the season, as long as he can sign him to a contract that's reasonable in his eyes. I hope he holds his ground and not budge to any unreasonable demand because of outside pressure. You bet the agents of Matthews and Marner are paying keen interest in how he handles this negotiation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glamphotographer View Post
    Leaf fans manage your expectations, you're pissing Sid off.

    That was funny, especially the line about Vegas.


    At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy, is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper - no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of the point.

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    With the Chicago Cubs winning the WS, anything is possible.

    Studlyman Sid can get fierce with his rants but he can also be loving.


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    Why is Sid screaming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superstar_88 View Post
    Why is Sid screaming?
    I am still trying to figure out why he has a TV show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superstar_88 View Post
    Why is Sid screaming?
    This may not be the proper thread but I'm going with it. Sid did another rant, this one was predictable. He'll always defend his paisan CR7, he took exception to CR7 getting red carded.

    From my pov, Ronaldo was an asshole, he deserved to be penalized - but a red card, automatic suspension? Red Cards are only given for deliberate attempt to injure, something CR7 didn't do. Sure it doesn't belong here but hockey and football are the sports that matter most to me.

    The rant is not yet available, I'll change it when it is.


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