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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:45 am 
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"Long suffering leaf fan here. No pressure future savior. "

Sparks is a member on the near dead once active goalie forum. This was my quote to him in the thread for when he was drafted, now I know why I've been hyping him since training camp I want to be a prophetic. ;)


Nice!!! Didn't watch but sounds like a fantastic debut for the kid.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:13 am 
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Good and steady with a couple of post that hit the good side of the bar he didn't need to be spectacular but he filled the space and was on his angles with decent all be it not perfect rebound control. He is a big guy that moves around really well, which sums up what most goalies are now I guess. :lol: really like his tracking and recovery speed as well his fight when he does find himself swimming.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:21 am 
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Hounsy wrote:
Good and steady with a couple of post that hit the good side of the bar he didn't need to be spectacular but he filled the space and was on his angles with decent all be it not perfect rebound control. He is a big guy that moves around really well, which sums up what most goalies are now I guess. :lol: really like his tracking and recovery speed as well his fight when he does find himself swimming.


Yeah I think I heard on the radio that his movement is really good. Tracking is so important now with all of the traffic in the slot and shots from the point, and it goes hand in hand with recovery and movement to adjust.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:38 am 
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Garret Sparks ‏@GSparks40 10h10 hours ago
That was for everyone who started me on their fantasy team tonight.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:16 pm 
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Garret Sparks ‏@GSparks40 10h10 hours ago
That was for everyone who started me on their fantasy team tonight.

funny guy.


Dude's story sounds a lot like Reimer's. Happy guy who was overlooked, worked his way up from the ECHL to the NHL. Hopefully he doesn't get kicked around by management and coaching like Reim did. It was disgusting when the only people sticking up for the guy in the Leafs org were his teammates.

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Bosc wrote:
Hounsy wrote:
Garret Sparks ‏@GSparks40 10h10 hours ago
That was for everyone who started me on their fantasy team tonight.

funny guy.


Dude's story sounds a lot like Reimer's. Happy guy who was overlooked, worked his way up from the ECHL to the NHL. Hopefully he doesn't get kicked around by management and coaching like Reim did. It was disgusting when the only people sticking up for the guy in the Leafs org were his teammates.


I can't imagine the current regime being as bullheaded and unprofessional as Brian Burke and Ron Wilson were. I'd love to see what the count is for players Wilson threw under the bus. I think the body count in The Walking Dead is lower.


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Av-merican wrote:
Bosc wrote:
Hounsy wrote:
Garret Sparks ‏@GSparks40 10h10 hours ago
That was for everyone who started me on their fantasy team tonight.

funny guy.


Dude's story sounds a lot like Reimer's. Happy guy who was overlooked, worked his way up from the ECHL to the NHL. Hopefully he doesn't get kicked around by management and coaching like Reim did. It was disgusting when the only people sticking up for the guy in the Leafs org were his teammates.


I can't imagine the current regime being as bullheaded and unprofessional as Brian Burke and Ron Wilson were. I'd love to see what the count is for players Wilson threw under the bus. I think the body count in The Walking Dead is lower.


Carlyle did it to Reimer. Wilson had legitimately bad goaltending except for Reimer(I don't recall him throwing Reimer under the bus, it was more after the Leafs made the playoffs and then traded for Bernier that that happened). Look at these lists.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play-in ... r_by_asc=N

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play-in ... r_by_asc=Y

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:39 pm 
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Bernier going to AHL on ten day "conditioning" stint.

Guess if the coach will no longer play the guy he has to prove yourself somewhere. Surprising yet makes sense I guess.


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Bernier going to NHL on ten day "conditioning" stint.

Guess if the coach will no longer play the guy he has to prove yourself somewhere. Surprising yet makes sense I guess.


I assume you mean the AHL. Or are they giving him 10 days before they run him out of town?

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Bernier going to NHL on ten day "conditioning" stint.

Guess if the coach will no longer play the guy he has to prove yourself somewhere. Surprising yet makes sense I guess.


I assume you mean the AHL. Or are they giving him 10 days before they run him out of town?


Ah yes AHL. All things considered he is effectively been ran out of town already and needs to play his way back.


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Looks like Bernier's career is now in the hands of OTP's goalie preview author.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:32 pm 
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https://twitter.com/GSparks40/status/671877947092025344

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So, @GSparks40 starts his 1st @NHL game and gets a shutout. I had one going for 1:48 before sniper Curt Giles scored on my 1st shot. Hmmm.


Garret Sparks

@Panger40 @NHL Don't know if you remember, but there's a reason I started wearing 40!
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That's awesome! I think had hair back then! Proud of you ! @GSparks40 @NHL



Love the Felix Potvin pads too.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:06 pm 
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I'm not even sure how this is possible...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyY972OB2c


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Hounsy wrote:
I'm not even sure how this is possible...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyY972OB2c


Holy crap that's incredible on its own, but the Transformer sound effect made it way better!

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Oh did not have speakers on when I saw it. Ha.


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Well, Bernier finally steps up when the Leafs need him the most.


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Av-merican wrote:
Well, Bernier finally steps up when the Leafs need him the most.


:lol: What? He moved them out of last place :lol:

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Well...they can't be going all Buffalo on this now.

I really wonder if Reimer will be there next season. Talent and drive are obviously there, durability is not. He ain't in Pascal Leclaire territory yet but geez...


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Av-merican wrote:
Well...they can't be going all Buffalo on this now.


They don't have to shoot for the absolute bottom, but losing as much as possible is good for the long-term. When the difference between the 3rd pick and 1/2(just as an example, I have no idea how the draft looks after Matthews) could be Cam Barker instead of Ovechkin/Malkin, Bogosian instead of Stamkos/Doughty, or(and this still remains to be seen) Strome instead of McDavid/Eichel, then you really don't need your struggling goalie to step up and steal you some games.

There is a massive dropoff historically after the first 3 picks. Still a significant dropoff after 2.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/anal ... aft-picks/

http://www.tsn.ca/statistically-speakin ... s-1.317819


Process and asset gathering is important for the Leafs. If the team plays well, guys improve their value, and the process is there but the goalie shits the bed, then that result lends itself to improving their draft position, which could easily be a better scenario than Bernier improving his trade value.

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They are more interested in acquiring picks all over than out and out tanking. Tanking would be counter productive to the system building that is already in place, but that is not to say with the talent deficit they have that good system or not they finish last. I'm figuring on a pick in the 3-7 range and add that to Rielly, Nylander, and Marner and a very young and successful AHL team and I like how the season is going.


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