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19 Jan 2021 18:42:15
Leafs trade Marner, 1st
Islanders trade Barzal

If you want to see what stats I’m going by then you have to go to Sznajder’s viz on Public Tableau and do the comparison yourself.

Look at all categories: zone entries, shots, generating offense, transition play. Barzal is in a league of his own. He is war superior not only to Marner, but the rest of the league in general.

The headline box scores don’t show it. Team effects take away from what could otherwise be spectacular numbers. But believe me when I tell you that I am not making this claim without justification.


1.) 19 Jan 2021 18:59:46
I have seen Barzal's advanced stats and been absolutely amazed myself. He's a better player than he's given credit for in the system he plays in with the linemates he has.

Marner (in my opinion) has been the opposite this year. He looks like poo most nights but ends up on the score sheet.

I actually doubt Lou does this though.

2.) 19 Jan 2021 19:01:01
Once each player changes teams the WAR will flip around for each guy

The teams they are on help each with all their stats

They are basically the same player in every way

If you don’t see it oh well.

3.) 19 Jan 2021 19:21:20
I wouldn’t do this trade Barzal is a great player but he’s a center which we don’t need I honestly think both teams value their players more for separate reasons and I think marner has been fine I think both him and Matthews are adjusting to having a 41 year old on their line and having to fight for pucks more where Hyman did that for them.

4.) 20 Jan 2021 02:53:05
Not WAR. It was supposed to say far superior. Lol. I was wondering if someone was going to mistake that.

Not WAR. Not even advanced stats. Simple things like entering the zone with possession. High danger passes. Set up chances per 60. Things like that.

Trust me when I tell you that Barzal is a better player.

At least he is in my mind anyway. But I don’t watch enough islanders games to be an expert.

5.) 20 Jan 2021 10:15:42
Thought WAR was a baseball stat but went with it since I trust everything you write. Thought their was a new stat I never heard of lol .

I view barzal and marner as the same except barzal is a center.

6.) 20 Jan 2021 13:58:34
Their is a WAR stat for hockey as well.

As for the trade. If I am the Leafs and doing this trade, I would need to be confident that either Barzal or Tavares can play the wing just as effectively as a centre and that Barzal is giving me a minimum 6 year extension at no more than $8.5M per. Otherwise, I don't see the point of doing it.

7.) 20 Jan 2021 16:34:12
Isn't it wins above replacement?

8.) 20 Jan 2021 17:53:56
Yes, it basically tries to determine how valuable a player is to his team compared to a replaceable player in relation to wins.

9.) 20 Jan 2021 21:38:36
I'd do this deal in a heartbeat!

10.) 20 Jan 2021 22:54:14
WAR, like all advanced stats (my opinion) is garbage on its own. If it wasn't then Tanner would be the biggest brain going.



09 Jan 2021 21:57:41
Leafs trade Lehtonen, Sandin, Niemela
Rangers trade Schneider, Lundqvist

We swap a few LHD for a couple RHD. Pretty straightforward for both teams and fills in Rangers left side and fills in our right side.


1.) 10 Jan 2021 03:55:17
Don't think you can trade Barbanov or Lehtonen unless you never want a KHL star again.

They come here because Dubas guarantees them a fair shake.

Sorry Zaitsev.

2.) 10 Jan 2021 08:25:03
I’m fine with never wanting a KHL star again.

Have we ever really had a KHL star to begin with?

3.) 10 Jan 2021 10:01:04
Lol very good point HL.

I guess I'm playing the "grass is greener" side of this.

They are extremely cheap labour for what you may end up with. Would you say no to Panarin? That's the real question.

4.) 10 Jan 2021 11:39:44
Topi is right handed.

5.) 10 Jan 2021 13:22:43
Gonna break this down for fun

Sandin and lundqvist were magic at 2020 world jrs. They were by far the best pairing and both coulda won dman of world jrs. They went back to back at draft so dealing for 1 without dealing other can go be them chance to showcase their magic at nhl level

Dealing lehtonen could be bad for bad PR with khl. I personally could care less if leafs ever get another khl player but since his days with the Sau dubas has loved being in good standings by with Russia ice hockey federation by convincing Sergei tolchinsky to come to the O and play for him. So can’t see dubas dealing khl guys after getting them. Also with Amirov needing a contract before he becomes a khl casualty and runs out his eligibility to be a leaf best to keep relations with Russia aware it’s at now

I think leafs should keep topi as he is right handed and lookin like a solid puck

So with that I see best if leafs go after only 1 of the 2 RHD

If leafs want lundqvist I suggest
Dermott liljegren and a 3rd for him

Rangers need ready LHD bad and liljegren really laces lundqvist in system but to a lesser extent

If leafs want Schneider
Dermott Sandin and a 3rd for him

Schneider is a higher end prospect so it will take even more to pry him from the rangers. This should do it


6.) 10 Jan 2021 18:20:53
The thing that sticks out for me is the possible cost for Schneider. If it really would take Sandin, Dermott and a 3rd (not suggesting it won't), then seriously, why the */! - didn't we draft him when we had the chance as he is worth way more than our current best D prospect.

7.) 11 Jan 2021 03:04:27
I read that Niemela was also 165lbs now. So he’s packed on a bit of weight. Just the web sites haven’t updated.

It’s impossible to keep up with these prospects and their sizes. They are all at an age where any of them could hit a late growth spurt and see radical changes in their body composition.

Who knows with Niemela. He is the new apple of Dubas’ eye. He is a wild card. But if he comes out as good as Lehtonen apparently is, then the Leafs have done well for themselves with a third round pick.

8.) 11 Jan 2021 06:05:11
@HL it's a good point on growth spurts. I don't generally pay much attention to size unless it's extreme one way or the other for this reason. They are also in their primes as professional athletes. If someone is dedicated enough they can totally transform their bodies in one year.

9.) 11 Jan 2021 12:09:41
I have to think dermotts trade value isn’t all that high right now. Maybe a 3rd. Then Sandin is probably worth a lower 1st round pick. The 3rd was simply a sweatner to make sure the deal happens

Calgary at 19 dealt that pick to rangers for Carolinas pick 21 and got a 3rd round pick out of it

Then they dealt that 21 to Washington for their 24th plus grabbed yet another 3rd rounder.

So 2-3 spots in the middle 3rd of the 1st round costs your lower 1st rd and your 3rd round pick

So guess in theory to get a 19th overall pick and you have a 28th (Sandin draft position) it probably takes a low 2nd or 2 3rds to swing that kind of deal.

At the draft I got the feeling dubas wanted nothing to do with Chl players regardless how good they are. He only chose hits in the 1st 3 rounds that were currently and guaranteed to be playing some sort of hockey in the next calandra year. The possibility of 1 tournament of 7 games for a hole year didn’t sit too well with him as far as I see it

Looking at this draft class amirov seemed to be the most North American style ready from anyone in Europe available at 15 so he took it. I personally thought amirov was more suited for 20th-24th as their were 4 Dmen still available I think were more valuable for that pick. 3 of them were chl Dmen in which 2 were not playing and the other had a weekend of action on him at the time as the Q was only league playing. The other dman was the big bodied and named Russian dman who plays with amirov. Differance between the 2 is that amirov if the O was ready to play would consider playing year here while other guy wants to stay in Russia. Dubas having good pr in Russia simply could grab that big guy when he is 25 since I’m sure dubas time scouting both he got to know both and has good relations with both. Dubas is a people person seems to just get people drawn to him it’s quite remarkable seeing him work that side of business. So get amirov now then other guy in 6 years. 2 for 1 lol

Personally if amirov was who he wanted I thought dubas should of traded that 15th to rangers for Carolinas 21st. Rangers still get Schneider and give leafs the 21st plus that 3rd rounder and probably lias Andersson whom got dealt a bit later anyways. Odviously he’d have to do this before Calgary’s offer and make it appear he wanted Schneider to suck rangers in. That was my thinking until I realized Columbus at 18th wanted amirov and settled for the Russian they got (as they heavily scouted both and was picking 1 of them but preferring amirov) once amirov was picked. That’s probably why dubas took Amirov a bit high as I’m sure he knows even better than I do what certain teams may be wanting. As far as Mercer and zary I’d say they were only other 2 forwards available at 15 that may be higher value than amirov. Again it’s the whole chl not playing thing all over again. So 4 D and 2F possibly better than amirov at 15 leafs could of picked over him and that’s how I pegged him around 21 or so. Either way dubas got his guy

Dubas loves to sign Dmen from Russia anyways so please tell me if liljegren and Sandin and even dermott can’t get fair chances under dubas why even care about not getting Schneider. He’d never get to play until it’s too late and his value is at all time low. Amirov like Robertson (got in lineup before following draft happened) will probably get a shot as soon as next year maybe even later this year when khl is done.

Anyways that was long and probably pointless but I got stuck on this thought for some reason.

10.) 11 Jan 2021 13:24:45
Good explanation Craigger. Personally though, if that is how Dubas thinks (which seems reasonable to assume) then he is not the right person for the job right now in many ways. After top 10-12 (depending on quality of draft), you should really be looking at BPA in my opinion. If it is too close to call, then take the BPA is in an area of need. Like a big, RD that can play at both ends. Schneider reminds me a bit of Muzzin but right handed. When looking at our prospect pool, did Toronto need Amirov or Schneider more? The answer should be obvious to all of us.

I also believe that Dubas feels that a player like Amirov will have better trade value than a player like Schneider since he values those kind of players more. So if he needs a piece through a trade, he feels the skilled forward prospect will get him more than the 2 way D-man prospect.

The one difference about Schneider was that he is an RD and plays a different game then Sandin and even Dermott. The type of game that we went out and got Muzzin for. Maybe he gets a shot because we do not have what he brings to the games ahead of him, unlike Sandin and Dermott who will have to leapfrog others.

Dubas is learning the NHL on the job, which means he is likely screwing up building a contender of a team that has the most talent we have seen in years. We can't afford to have him keep learning form his inexperience (he even admits this) because our top talent is only signed for so long before they walk (thanks to him) . It is not just not picking Schneider that irks me. It is the arrogance to think he has it all figured out and it needs to be built differently to win, when he has no experience at building an NHL team at all.

His mistakes are adding up and one day he will move on. But it is the diehard fans that will have the memories of another lost opportunity by mismanagement of the team. I hope I am wrong and Dubas actually knows what he is doing.



09 Jan 2021 21:48:08
Leafs trade Reilly
Rangers trade Fox, Gauthier

Seems that Rangers are planning on running a top line of DeAngelo/ Trouba. I have a feeling they would much rather have a true leftie in that spot.

I think it would be rather nice to have another big body with the last name Gauthier back on the team. I was rather fond of the last one. A casual fan might not even notice that they aren’t the same person.


1.) 10 Jan 2021 04:54:43
I was a fan of the goat as well. Your not the only one.

He hit more than he was given credit for, he played well defencively and he chipped in 15-20 points. What more do you want?

I like the trade rid the Rangers think they can win it all very soon. They might.

2.) 10 Jan 2021 08:26:16
Anyone who doesn’t think Rangers are going to be perennial Stanley Cup favourites for many years is misguided in their evaluation of that team.

3.) 10 Jan 2021 10:02:12
I agree they will be. I have the sens and Rangers as favorites for many years. I'm just not sure if they see themselves that way or if they want one year to figure it all out.

As a leafs fan, I suggest they go for it now though.

4.) 10 Jan 2021 11:42:11
They will trade away youth for experience at deadlines then sign overpriced vets coming out of their prime years or after a breakout year only to bury their prospects

It’s the rangers way for last 25 I’ve seen them doing business.

5.) 10 Jan 2021 13:30:09
I’m sure dubas would love to have another harvard standout to make the leafs a even more intellectual team off the ice and rielly might get this deal done

Julian gauthier being a big winger probably gets a better shot on a Keefe run team than Fredrick gauthier got as a big center. Keefe loves big wingers and 2 way skating/ I high iq center man. Keefe has been like this since running and owning pembrook. Same reason why Thornton is a winger now not center man, if barabanov can win draws expect spezza to be a winger very soon as well.

I don’t know if I’d ever dare do this deal but it’s definetly
something to think about long and hard

So good suggestion.

6.) 11 Jan 2021 03:08:19
I agree. In an effort to win sooner, rather than later, they will go all in and gut the system and stuff the roster. Selling from the future is never a smart idea. But it’s something that is irresistible to the brain trust that has limited time and under pressure to succeed right away. Most gm’s Only get 3-5 years.

Who cares if the next guy is stuck cleaning up your mess after?

I’m pretty sure that’s how most of them feel.

7.) 11 Jan 2021 06:06:51
I don't think it is a bad does if I understand your point correctly HL.

Had Dubas sold the system when Marner and Nylander were putting up 60+ points and Mathews was still in the running for 50 goals it's not inconceivable they make a cup run.

8.) 11 Jan 2021 14:25:29
Agreed LL. I do not beleve the concept is a bad one to go for it while young stars are on their ELC. This formula has been proven effective. Of course, it is more doable when you have other pieces already in place like Chicago and Pit had years ago (Crosby's first cup) . Look back at we we had. Bozak, Kessel, JVR, a bad defence core. It would have taken a bunch of maneuvering because Dubas wouldn't sign anyone to a bridge deal.



09 Jan 2021 21:42:04
Leafs trade Andersen, Nylander
Ottawa trades Murray, Tkachuk

The ever entertaining Brady Tkachuk would provide more than enough antics to keep Leafs Nation entertained at all times. His 303 hits last year would have accounted for a whopping 27.5% of total hits on the Leafs should he have played here last year.


1.) 10 Jan 2021 04:57:23
You won't pry Tkachuk from their cold dead hands.

One thing I think people don't realize. Muzzin hit way more in LA than he does here. It isn't all age. It's because of the system.

Sorry HL. You usually have some good trades here but this is not one.

Nylander one for one probably wouldn't happen. Throw in a rental in Freddy for a goalie they just signed after trading for. It just isn't plausible.

2.) 10 Jan 2021 08:28:21
Tkachuk is entertaining. No doubt about that. He would be Toronto’s version of Tom Wilson if we were able to acquire him.

Too bad he’s practically the face of the Ottawa franchise right now. Very possibly their next Captain. Though I would suspect they should give that role to Chabot.

3.) 10 Jan 2021 10:03:18
I would bet money it's actually Tkachuk. Chabot is a great player but Tkachuk is more marketable. For a team that only sells out when the leafs/ Habs come to town I see that as a selling point.

4.) 10 Jan 2021 13:40:44
Dubas loves Matt Murray but looking at the analytics of Murray the past few years I think he has seen his regression. We all know dubas was in on Murray until he found out his term and length. Then he decided no way.

Due to him not getting him then I don’t see him ever going after him. He made up his mind then and when have we ever seen him admit fault. He sticks to his decisions and never looks back.

Tkachuk for nylander is closer than people think. Skill wise nylander wins but odviously the rest tkachuk wins. If nylander ever decides to use his elite buff body the way Colin Murphy learned how to then and only then will we all ever respect nylander. So Ottawa I can’t see dealing tkachuk. In fact unless tkachuk has a difficult negotiation next summer I think he becomes the next Alfredsson in this city. Grit plus skill wins Ottawa fans over more than skill alone
Example Martin havlet (horrible spelling I think) had nylander skill but fans never liked him vs the alfredsson hossa and even Chris neils of the team.

Sorry this deal is a no go for Ottawa I’d have to think.

5.) 10 Jan 2021 16:29:10
Sorry meant Connor Murphy not Colin lol

Funny how summer of 2019 William nylander looked like a big boned but average toned not so fit guy. His brother looked like a talker but super skinny boned unfit guy (skinny fat) . They both have enough talent (William more than Alex) to get by at the nhl level but both showed off their unconditioned fitness (especially William ) always
out of breath after every shift lookin like vomit may come on at any moment.

Fast forward march-July break and watching Chicago playoff games Alex all of a sudden had more energy and seemed in better fitness. I really didn’t take to much from it afterall it’s only 3 months.

Then fast forward august-present. All of a sudden both nylanders are taking off their shirts in pics and showing off their skin. Yes William has always loved the camera but never ever with his shirt off. Always in fashionable clothing but never half naked. What changed. Oh yeah he has a buff body now. Also judging from his last few intrasquad games and practices he doesn’t look winded. In fact he was always laughing and looked full of energy on bench instead of his typical head down ready to puke fashion we were used to.

Now I’m no genius and all of my stories are fact based only on my experiences in the business. However, isn’t it coincidental that Alex got dealt and now plays on the team with one of the most fit and buff dudes in the game. Much like Murphy, Alex started his career highly touted for his skill but lacked the fitness. Murphy changed his attitude and became a huge workout freak summer of 2015 after 2 miserable years in Arizona. Next 2 years he improved but not enough for Arizona to keep him. Then moving to Chicago and joining an elite bodybuilding gym his body and nhl playing and stats improved huge and he transformed his game into a top 4 dman when not injured due to his workouts (weird how that happens)

Now again I don’t know but judging from basically 8 months off I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago and or Alex asked Colin to help Alex get in shape. Then before playoffs start William sees Alex progression after just 3 months and is impressed. Then once Chicago is eliminated William asks his brother and Colin to join him at his Florida mansion. From their a rec room is transformed into a body builders dream gym. The nylanders with Murphy’s help transform their bodies. Murphy after a month goes back to his condo in Chicago and back to his gym to train and get back in his routine while the nylanders continue their training based on Murphy’s strict schedule.

Now 5 months later both nylanders are buff and showing off their bodies every chance they get. William simply looks bigger than Alex because he was bigger boned and in that sweet age spot to be a bodybuilder that his body transformed a bit quicker than Alex.

Now I’m not a guy who works out much. During my teens I ran 70-90 KMs a week while lifting weights for wrist arms biceps triceps shoulders as I double sported in hockey and cross country/ mud distance track thus never wanted to get too big upper body but needed strength for hockey still.

Once my hockey ended at 16/ 17 due to concussions and to focus on running I only worked out what coach told me to do

Once my running came to end at 20 due to injuries I stopped everything only to work out a few times a month or when I binge work out every few years when getting close to weight I can’t stand

That’s my workout background so I’m no expert.

Hockeyluvr if u r still reading this long response maybe you can answer

Can William get this buff in 5 months?
Also due to me not knowing anything about Murphy and the nylanders true offseason can u see my hunch to be close?

Thanks for reading if anyone stayed with this.

6.) 11 Jan 2021 02:26:12
Yes. He can.

But he would have to be working his ass off for it. And I mean really busting his balls. All day. Every day.

Go into HockeyDB and click on Nylander’s picture. It will show you his profile picture every year since he entered the NHL. Once you get over the fits of laughter seeing him in bright pink lipstick and makeup and just focus on the pictures themselves, it’s easy to see what you are talking about. The difference between his first year and his current picture is startling.

So the question is, do you think Nylander has the work ethic to do this on his own?

I’ve never used steroids. I never needed them. But I have seen the results. And it is breathtaking at the gains these guys can make.

I liked the way you used your history to paint a picture, so I will do the same.

At 18, upon entering university, I was already the same height and weight I am now. My bench press was 225x12, and I too was running regularly. I lifted weights twice a day, every day. I almost never took a day off. Ever. Conventional wisdom says you should take one day off a week at least. I took maybe one day off a month. I ran 10K 3-5 times a week. By this time I was also participating in multiple sports, including swimming, soccer, and ball hockey (I haven’t played anything resembling real hockey since before high school) . I even tried playing volleyball. That was a real laugh.

Between lifting weights and playing sports, I averaged about 6 hours a day of pure exercise throughout university. I went from 185lbs to 195lbs my first year. My body fat also dropped, so I actually gained more than just ten pounds muscle.

Second year my body weight hit over 200lbs. By the time I was done university I was 220lbs, benching 315x8, running 10k in 50 minutes and could swim 50 laps in an Olympic sized pool in less than an hour. My body fat was an astonishing 4%. I was making better gains than the guys using steroids.

After university I didn’t have the opportunity to play organized sports. There just wasn’t really anything available. So I focused on lifting weights and running. My weight and strength stabilized until I was about 30 and had kids. Then I didn’t have the time to do as much. I was basically just lifting weights at this point. My body weight dipped to 185lbs, where it has been pretty much stable ever since. But my body fat and strength fluctuated. I’ll get to that in a moment.

After I separated, I went back to my pre-marriage routine of killing myself every day. I was working out my frustrations and anger by pounding the weights twice a day every day. I started playing ball hockey on my own again. Running drills and sprints. And firing the ball at the wall for hours and hours on end. IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS after the divorce I was bench pressing 275x8 and had a 2.8% body fat. I was 33 years old.

I was able to maintain that conditioning until into my early 40’s. Then it was a slow and gradual decline until the point I am now. I’m still 185lbs. But my body fat has crept up to just over 10%, and my bench press is something I don’t care to brag about. I’m in good shape for a guy my age. Actually, I’m in good shape for a guy any age. But far, far away from where I was for the vast majority of my adult life.

Diet is a big thing too. I used to drink 4-6 protein shakes a day. I ate only twice a day. In the morning I had bran flakes and fruit, and for dinner I ate boiled chicken breast and vegetables. In between meals and even overnight I drank protein shakes mixed with milk or water.

So yes. Nylander can make significant gains in a short time. Even coming off his already elite fitness level. But it would take an extremely high level of dedication to his development.

So again, you need to ask yourself if Nylander has it in him to commit to such a high level of dedication.

Because the vast majority of people, including professional athletes, do not. The temptation to take the easy way out tends to be irresistible to those who have the access and money.

Sorry for the late response Craigger. I just woke up.

And I almost always read everyone’s entire post, no matter how long winded.

7.) 11 Jan 2021 06:09:26
Good read @HL.

I can say I have a few friends that have used different types of steroids for many years now. The gains these guys see are insane.

I can also reference this though with the fact that my cousin plays football for team Canada under 18. He put on 21 lbs of muscle in 11 months.

I wouldn't doubt if over half of all professional athletes are using some for of PED but I doubt Nylander would be one. Does he really strike you as a guy that wants to look like some of the old body builders do now? Lol.

8.) 11 Jan 2021 11:35:18
The memories of a man in old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.

Thanks LL

I enjoyed sharing that.

Reminded me of good times long ago.

9.) 11 Jan 2021 13:21:08
That was a great read

Thank you for answering

Knew you’d be more equipped to answer this than I was.

Connar Murphy is a great story. If he has anything to do with Williams transformation I wouldn’t be surprised. Just lined up perfectly to happen. Again, I have no clue just if it in fact did happen just a mere observation

Thanks again.

10.) 11 Jan 2021 13:38:16
Good read HL. Admire the dedication.

11.) 12 Jan 2021 03:37:54
No one answered the question. Lol

Does anyone think Nylander has the dedication to do this on his own?

12.) 12 Jan 2021 10:11:43
If the results where there in first month or so then yes nylander can have the dedication to get ripped when it comes to his body

Hockey on the other hand and being dedicated to hit and play defence then no he has no dedication on that end.

13.) 12 Jan 2021 12:46:47
I love that answer.

He seems to be floating by on natural talent for hockey and is more dedicated to his bodybuilding efforts and photographs.

Alexander Daigle 2.0.

14.) 12 Jan 2021 13:24:31
Lol. Daigle is probably going a little far. lol

As for Nylander. A good indication was how poorly prepared he was after his holdout. He skated like a guy who hadn't skated in months. The one thing he could have done was prepare physically and also by skating often. He was horrible when he first came back and played like a guy who had put very little into his preparation to actually play hockey.

He will never play physically. He may be physically prepared, as he was embarrassed after his lockout. Does that motivation last his whole career? I wouldn't bet on it.



03 Jan 2021 18:20:06
Leafs trade Sandin, Abramov, 1st
Whoever has the 10th

Leafs draft McTavish

Assuming Robertson doesn’t make the Leafs, he will have to go back to the OHL. Now that SDA is over 20, McTavish would be Robertson’s centre next year.

The possibility of two guys netting 50+ goals would be a real pleasure to see. Especially if they both somehow ended up in our pool of prospects.


1.) 04 Jan 2021 01:47:54
Power, Hughes, Beniers and Johnson are the fab 4 from Michigan
Clarke is the offensive D in this draft from Ontario
There’s a whl D up high
2 Qmjhl forwards in top 10
Then you have the Swedish dman and forward cracking top 10
Then Raty from Finland who had dropped a bit but still top 10 caliber.
Throw in the American college guy who is hurt but was top 7 before injury I’m guessing he’ll come in right after this group

After that 13-25 is where mctavich should fall. No games is hurting him. Hopefully he falls when leafs pick so no need to trade but if dubas thinks he will top 15 I see him dealing 2021 1st along with 2021 2nd and a prospect in abramov range.

Remember Keefe sold pembrook jr team to masons dad back in 2013. That plus the massive scouting on Robertson after he was drafted to see how his game is progressing, i'm betting mctavich was heavily looked at as well.

Can see him being leafs main target since after first 12 the next 16 can go in any order so mctavich is a perfect target.

2.) 04 Jan 2021 17:06:25
McTavish has got to be the Leafs target this year.

If he has a stellar season, which he will (assuming there is a season), then his draft position could easily go up. If he goes too 10, he might be out of our reach. I don’t think Dubas has the assets he would be willing to trade to get into the magic land.

There’s a lot of defensemen projected to go high this year. Four of the top five players projected for the draft are defensemen.

Only one RHD in the top 30 though, and that’s Clarke. Projected to go 2nd overall. I doubt Leafs come anywhere close to landing him.




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20 Jan 2021 12:53:23
Believe it or not, I would rather keep Holl. He isn’t as good as Dumba (or is he? ), but he’s a lot cheaper.

Holl is a very underrated player. He is exceptionally good. There is no way I see anyone on the team knocking him out of 2RHD right now. I’m more than comfortable with him on the team. He provides exceptional value for his price point. Can’t say the same about Dumba.

Minnesota is in a good spot this year. They have four of the worst teams in their division. They also have three of the best. So long as Minnesota can tread water, they should make the playoffs ahead of the four teams beneath them. I don’t think anyone considers them contenders though.




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20 Jan 2021 12:47:39
Komarov has been a healthy scratch and passed waivers. We could have had him for free. It’s looking like even Lou has given up on Uncle Leo.

Now Ho-Sang is an interesting case. Apparently he has talent coming out the wazoo. But his attitude is extremely poor. And it has been an ongoing issue since forever. Following him from team to team.

If this was last year, maybe. This year, probably not.

NYI get a useful player in Engvall and a possible future nhl’’er in Korshkov. Leafs get a guy who is not capable of playing in the NHL anymore and a guy that never was.




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20 Jan 2021 02:53:05
Not WAR. It was supposed to say far superior. Lol. I was wondering if someone was going to mistake that.

Not WAR. Not even advanced stats. Simple things like entering the zone with possession. High danger passes. Set up chances per 60. Things like that.

Trust me when I tell you that Barzal is a better player.

At least he is in my mind anyway. But I don’t watch enough islanders games to be an expert.




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17 Jan 2021 17:23:14
Tkachuk would pick on Nylander. Beat him up in practice like he did his good buddy Logan Brown.

I can’t bring myself to think Ottawa would want Nylander.

I hope Robertson is ok. I didn’t watch the game last night, but I saw the replay. He went down pretty awkward.

I don’t know what to think. Everyone said he was going to get hurt. And he did. It could have happened to anyone. But it didn’t. It happened to Robertson.

I just hope he’s ok and didn’t sustain serious injury.




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16 Jan 2021 17:17:20
But it is his money Craigger. And yours. And mine. And every other fan of the Blue and White.

That’s why fans have the right to criticize their favourite team and demand accountability. Because it is our money.

I spent hundreds of dollars on Leafs merchandise alone last year for me and my kids. And I am not a high income earner.

Hockey revenue comes from somewhere. And it comes directly out of our pockets.





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