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posted on 3-1-2017 at 10:07 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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unless Gauthier can shift to the wing, Toronto is looking pretty deep up the middle now with Matthews, Nylander, Marner, Bozak, Kadri, and Boyle either playing up the middle full time, or eventually going to move there.



I hate people saying Nylander is a center...even more so Marner. Nylander at center takes away from his game, and honestly, he feels like the perfect fit to play long term with Matthews. People forget how hard it was to find a winger for Sundin, the Leafs should leave Nylander on the wing.

As for Marner...he wasn't right as a center for the Knights...I just don't see any reason to move him from the wing. Let him be him, pair him with a defensive center who can win faceoffs and chip in just enough offense and you have two lines for years and years to come.

As for the East wild card...

Does anybody really think there's no chance Price couldn't win 16 straight? I know that idea makes me vomit...but as bad as the Habs have been lately, they still have one of the top 5 guys in the league and he plays a position that can win a cup almost single handily.

I also think it depends on who finishes in the 2/3 spots for the Atlantic. If Boston stays on track and wins that matchup, they could be a grind to go against in round 2. Ottawa feels like the team most likely to go out quickly. Florida and Toronto have youth and a lot of inexperience (outside Jagr) but Lou or Freddy getting hot could be enough with all that talent up front.

Worst...yet somehow better...Reimer going HAM and leading the Panthers on a run.

Oh and biggest news of the day...Dan and Jay are coming back to TSN! If you are a Blue Jackets fan, this is the best news ever. Why?



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posted on 3-1-2017 at 10:57 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I was just going off what they (Marner, Nylander) were drafted as when I said "or eventually"... if one, or both can grow into a dominant centre fantastic, if they become great wingers that suits me fine as well... I'd rather a player not be forced into being a good or decent centre when their talents rest elsewhere, but at the same time at this young of an age for both players I'd rather not rule out anything either as both can develop a lot further.
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posted on 3-2-2017 at 12:18 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
DAN AND JAY ARE COMING BACK????

YES! YES! YES! YES!

Seriously, I'm that kind of nerd. I was hoping the Fox thing wouldn't work out (but only after J&D cashed the presumably large cheques), and they could come back to TSN. This is a happy day for me.





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posted on 3-2-2017 at 01:32 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Wow... Bob was horrible as a Flyer...





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posted on 3-3-2017 at 10:39 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Wow... Bob was horrible as a Flyer...


Aren't all goalies terrible as a Flyer? Like would Price be any good on that team? It really is where good goalie's go to die.

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posted on 3-3-2017 at 10:58 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Hextall was a pretty good Flyers goalie? And since then, um....

....

.. I got nothin.

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posted on 3-4-2017 at 01:22 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Hextall was a pretty good Flyers goalie?


Hextall's best moment...


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I also enjoyed it when Hexy scored goals.

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posted on 3-5-2017 at 02:05 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Hextall's best moment...


Jesus that was a crazy game... like I remember the last several minutes just being a tonne of fights... plus, I do believe the Leafs actually won that contest against a much better Flyers team at the time.

ETA: Nope, looked it up and looks like they lost 3-1.

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posted on 3-20-2017 at 12:34 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
10ish games left, and Caps, Hawks, and Jackets have clinched the post season, and only Avalanche eliminated. What a season, Jackets have played 70+ games and they are still not being taken seriously by several hockey "experts".

Jackets play the Caps twice in the next two weeks, should go a long way to settling the President's Trophy, but the Pens are also lurking and play the Jackets one more time this season.





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posted on 3-22-2017 at 09:02 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Jackets are good...but they are streaky, and young. So yeah, lots of folks are going to think they are a step below the Caps and Pens. Caps have been solid for years, and the Pens have the best player in the game.

Game tonight should be a good one, and hopefully a full two points for Toronto. Things for you to watch for from Toronto are Zach Hyman forechecking, Nylander's shot, Marner's passing, and the PK. I'm assuming you know to watch for Matthews.

And something not to look forward to, but is starting to be a thing...the Islanders and will they move John Taveres. If they do...man will there be a lot of teams lining up. Something that will likely make this a thing from now until he signs a contract (or actually is traded) is people looking at what they'd want (NHL roster centre, 1st round pick, top quality prospects) and realizing major markets like Boston, Rangers, and Toronto could all probably give the Islanders something to seriously consider. Bozak, Kapanen, Leisic, and picks would be a lot for one season...but if JT is willing to sign an extension I think Toronto would through in another prospect (Bracco?).

A sleeper destination could be the Ducks if the Islanders just want young defense.

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posted on 3-23-2017 at 10:55 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I'm thinking July 1's biggest news is going to be the Islanders resigning Tavares to a long term deal... Unless Tavares is set on going elsewhere (he's still saying the right things about wanting to be an islander) there is no way the Islanders can have that hanging over their head for the last year of his contract, and to trade him for anything short of a new franchise player would probably be a bit of a coffin nail in the team in terms of keeping their fans happy.

There is a lot of talent in the Islanders system, but they need, and can probably afford to pay what Tavares would command.

If for some crazy reason Tavares does become available I wonder if Detroit would be a destination... New Arena... yeah they probably need an influx of talent via the draft and good trades, but Tavares would be still young enough to build around and Detroit has never been shy about spending. Plus, with Datsyuk off the books that's about $7m free for a team that had cap space anyway.

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