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  1. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Maybe it's Maybelline
  2. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Yeah I really don't know much about him so it makes sense to be positive at this point. The thing is I haven't heard much talk about a crazy high ceiling for this guy. Like are we more excited about him than we were about Sergachev right when he was picked? At #3 you'd think we would be.
  3. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Yeah it's a little underwhelming at #3, you know there are stars on the board.
  4. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I'm in the same boat in that I don't like seeing new teams succeed right away, but if they reach the finals I'll definitely pull for them over Tampa and probably Washington as well. Pretty likeable roster tbh.
  5. Each film session will include a full viewing of the skills DVD. And don't worry, Kovy will be taking Chinese lessons.
  6. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    They've had one of the best drafting records for over a decade now. So many elite talents taken outside the lottery. Unfortunately Tampa also seems to be one of the best at drafting and scouting. I've always seen Timmins and co. as above average, but we're pretty far behind those two division rivals. I hope I'm not punished again for briefly rooting for the Bruins with another run to the final. I still like Tampa this round but game one didn't go as planned.
  7. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Well it's nice to rest easy and not hear about the Leafs in the playoffs for another year, but it'll be a long decade coming up rooting against them. I'll also have to wash off the stink of cheering for the Bruins ASAP.
  8. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    We're all rooting against the Leafs harder than any other team, even against the hated Bruins, right? We want the coverage to be sad, and to avoid the arrogance and smugness that so quickly surfaces. We want the Leafs to be losers forever, don't we?
  9. Carey Price: the 'WTF' thread

    Price's contract is one of the worst in the league if he's not playing at an elite level. It's probably not wise to have that much money tied up in the goaltender position anyways. I've heard some off-ice rumours that may account for Price's performance - completely unsutstantiated, of course: his wife wanting out of Montreal following an extra-marital affair, oblique mentions of sexual harassment.
  10. Not sure what the point is here... but, a big difference that the Leafs made is they fired Nonis and his stats-dismissing front office and hired a whole lot of young, smart, forward-thinking hockey minds.
  11. Both those teams were preseason Cup contenders with loaded rosters. I'm fine with squeaking into the playoffs if we have the talent to actually make a run, but we've never quite had that level of talent.
  12. There's no excuse for tanking for a decade, that's just poor management. 3-5 years is all a good management team should need before they're trying to actually win. I thought Buffalo would be a lot better by now - on paper they had a lot of talent heading into the season. I still think they have a pretty good core set up for the future, especially with this year's pick added to the bunch.
  13. It's better to be tanking than to be hovering around the 8th seed at best. And I was referring to the long list of hockey minds that the Leafs hired a couple years ago.
  14. For the GM position, we can get a figurehead who speaks French while having a robust and modern front office behind him, kind of like the Leafs having Lamiorello as an old school guy fronting a bunch of stats guys. This only works, of course, if egos don't interfere too much. MB has shown that he won't listen to the stats department and will value personal loyalty over results. For coaching, I still believe Julien is one of the better candidates out there, but long-term that's where the bigger problem lies. The coach has to speak to the media every day so the language requirement is more significant, and we'll be restricting ourselves to maybe 20% of the available candidates each time we look for someone. If we have a strong organizational philosophy and the best assistant coaches, the importance of the head coach is tempered, but we're a long way from all of that.
  15. I had my lowest interest level ever heading into this season, and then the results compounded it. It's new territory for me as a fan - I only got really into the team following that dismal turn of the millenium period. It was fun to cheer for an underdog that could just barely scrape their way into the playoffs. But that was a long time ago. Unless we get Tavares I'm with Machine: we might as well blow it up and install a bunch of forward-thinkers like the Leafs did. That's where our language situation and storied history tend to get in our way - it always has to be people with ties to our glorious past, or TBFGA (the best French guy available), not necessarily someone who understands where the game is heading.
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