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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:40 am 
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Well the team is at preseason camp here in Niagara at my "home" rink.

Added a couple of Vets in the off season in Marleau, Hainsey, and Moore to fill out the line up and offer some vet experience. Looking for further development from last years impressive Rookies. May see a boost from a healthy Andersen in net who had a slow start last season coming from an injury. Think it is important that Kadri continue to be the player he was last year, my opinion is that guy's career has gained the most from Babcocks demands and motivation.

Suspect they will move from bubble to expected playoff team but not considered top contender. Still need to find a boost in D-men but they can continue to look with in this season I would think.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:07 am 
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not sure what to make of Lupul.

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/maple- ... 14053.html

Seems it would take an awful lot of collusion for the Leafs to LTIR a healthy players so do not see that the most likely thing, Maybe Lupul is having denial and pride issues with what ever ails him?

But Lou has pulled some sketchy moves in the past so there is that.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:13 pm 
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https://theathletic.com//104793/2017/09 ... directed=1

Bizarre! I wish someone would pay me to stay away!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:31 pm 
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Not sure why Lupul would yak on IG and not take further action.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:53 pm 
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Season opener Wednesday night. First time I've been this optimistic since Sundin was playing.

Mathews and Nylander look like they are ready to go and Andersen looks dialed in after starting slow last year.

Still their is a annoying voice back there telling me not to be so optimistic...old habits maybe another successful season will get rid of it?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:56 am 
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3-0 start with tons of goals and moments of broken down structure...thing is those moments are getting shorter as the players mature so all in all an awesome start.

Oh and massive respect for Brown. A 20 goal rookie last year finds himself on fourth line due to the Leafs depth and goes out and impacts the game hard no matter where and who you line him up with to start a shift. Oh and Babcock is finding him his ice time, carat only works if players think they can catch it.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:00 pm 
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Gah, now that was a hockey game last night.

James Mirtle on Twitter wrote:
Matthews played majority of his ice time against Keith, Seabrook, Kane.

84% possession. Even strength shot attempts were 29-3.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:39 am 
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So much for going 82-0

Shot total looked good but many Leafs dropped the intensity last night they took for granted a young and hungry Devils team, Good teaching moment for Babcock I would think.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:40 pm 
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So it's only one loss but already I'm hearing some sharp criticism from the talking heads in Toronto that the Leafs didn't do more in the offseason to shore up their defensive situation. I think they made the right decision to stay the course (what were they gonna do, sign Karl Alzner?) but one wonders what the plan is moving forward. Probably shouldn't just sit and wait and hope Travis Dermott pans out, but bringing in a top-notch guy will likely require trading someone big. So who goes? Marner? Nylander? It'll probably take more than just JvR otherwise it would've happened by now. Either way I think Babs needs to do something other than Hainsey on the top pairing.

In any event this team is fun in both good and bad ways.

Still utterly flabbergasted at how good the Devils look in the early going.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:40 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Either way I think Babs needs to do something other than Hainsey on the top pairing.


He has been okay in the role, it is the swedish rookie bottom pair that has been getting abused and then throw in the expected Gardiner gaff and you have D issues. As well as someone who has watched all the games they and the goalie have been unlucky as far as where the chances end up, tips and screen shots more often than normal are hitting corners and post and in.


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