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  1. Well, that was brief. Went from being a coveted coaching prospect to the streets in what, a year and a half? Well, good luck to him. I'm sure someone somewhere will give him a shot (Philly maybe?).
  2. Well, there are only 3 more games scheduled between today and November 1st. Hopefully Khudobin will be ready to go by then.
  3. Funny how the better teams seem to more breaks than the lesser ones, isn't it? Fortune favours the prepared.
  4. TSN panel is picking 4 candidates to finish dead last. Calgary, Florida, Colorado and guess who. Anyway, opinions are like...well, this is a family site, so I'll let you all fill in the rest.
  5. Maybe they're being asked to make a silk purse from a sow's ear? Evaluating player development isn't exactly a science since we'll never know how well someone like Jamie McBain would have turned out if he had been drafted by, say, Detroit for example. Fortunately, JR has a pretty decent record with his first rounders, which is the important thing. I hope the additional revenue coming in will allow JR to pad the roster with smart free agent acquisitions and make it work.
  6. Yeah, the only way this deal gets done is if Toronto takes no salary back or maybe a player with a 2 way deal. Or JR can go the underhanded route and toss Franson an offer sheet that makes the Leafs gag. Of course that could bite us big time, so...maybe not.
  7. I like the idea of a trade, however, all of you have to factor in Nazem Kadri being a RFA as well. If anything the Leafs will want to dump a bit of salary so as to leave room for Kadri's new deal which is likely to be $6 million plus.
  8. Pretty much every highlight reel hit Stevens ever dished out would be illegal now, what with all the scrutiny on head-shots. Personally, I'd settle for a responsible d-man who will keep the front of the net clear and win battles along the wall. Big hits are pretty, but often cause more problems than they solve (Subban and Phaneuf jump to mind).
  9. To be fair, he's marrying a local girl tomorrow and his first child was born a couple of days ago. Finding himself suddenly needing to move to another town under those circumstances might have set him off. Additionally, he's been a model student since arriving in Toronto (until today, lol). Phil Kessel struggled mightily for the first 3 weeks of the season, but he was given all the time in the world to work through it, while Grabo's minutes were cut. I guess he felt he deserved the same consideration since he did score 29 and 23 goals the last 2 seasons, respectively. Just saying.
  10. Well, if the numbers get too crazy then forget it. But at the right number and term, he would fill the hole at centre on the 3rd line allowing Lindholm to develop at his own pace. I've watched him for the past 4 years here in Toronto and he's a fast, skilled sniper who has a very effective fore-check. 3 years $9 M would be a reasonable risk, in my mind.
  11. Leafs are going to buy out Mikhail Grabovski. Maybe a piece for the 3rd line? His offensive potential is inconsistant, but he did score 29 in 2010 and 23 in 2011. At the right number I'd give him a look.
  12. Even if Lindholm wasn't the fan favourite going into the draft, we should at least refrain from bashing the pick. I'm not saying that people on here have been doing just that, but let's refrain from being "those kinds" of fans.
  13. I feel you, man. If Drouin had Kevin Dineen's (speaking of old Whalers) toughness, I wouldn't mind having him despite his size. As it stands though, we don't need another Skinner type sniper. One is great, but two becomes detrimental. This team needs to get bigger and Nich seems to be the best fit.
  14. My gut is telling me that the top 5 may not be carved in stone. It seems ever more likely that Nich could go anywhere from 2 to 5 and Barkov could very well jump up a spot or two. If Drouin does manage to drop to 5, I'd love to have him even if he is a bit small (5'11" and 175). As it stands, I'd rather have Nichushkin because once he fills out, he could be a Forsbergian beast.
  15. ...I mean head coach. He's the fourth man to have the job since 2009 after Ralph Kreuger lasted a whole 48 games. The Oilers are a train wreck waiting to happen. With all of the supposed franchise guys they have on the roster (Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov, Gagne, Paajarvi and Eberle), if they don't make the playoffs ASAP they may be this decade's San Jose Sharks or Ottawa Senators. Well, those teams actually managed to make the playoffs before soiling the bed, but you get the idea. Well, good luck to him. I will say this, though, there is enough hype around Eakins that even if he doesn't last someone else will likely give him a chance.
  16. As the saying goes, from your lips... I'm tired of reading about other teams draft steals (Lundquist, Z-Berg, Datysuk etc), it's time we got one (unless you count Ward).
  17. Sure, why not. If you can stay in the top 3 and add a decent roster asset (or 2), go for it.
  18. No link, but Darren Dreger of Hockey Night in Canada is reporting that Colorado won't consider dropping lower than 3rd overall even if they do trade their pick. Just saw it live on the Pens/Bruins broadcast.
  19. Your option does sound better, actually. If Florida is willing to accept McBain (or something similar) + Carolina's 1st then that would allow JR to pick a D in the second round and free up cap space to sign someone like Jordan Leopold come July. Come at it from both directions, get better now and stock up for the future.
  20. There are a few good veteran D-Men available as UFA's this off season. I would tend to favour that option as we would benefit more from a guy who's good now rather than a guy might be good 4 years from now. If Tallon is serious about moving his pick, then JR should seriously consider it. A guy like Drouin or McKinnon (or possibly Jones) is a once in a decade player. Worth the risk in my opinion.
  21. Probably. However, JR would essentially be offering a potential franchise guy plus another pick in a deep draft. Unless someone else is willing to offer up one dang fine roster guy, Carolina's 1st will be pretty hard to trump. Offering multiple players would be another possibility, but again, one of those players would have to be pretty damn good to get Tallon's attention. When Quebec traded Eric Lindros, Philadelphia was forced to give up the rights to Peter Forsberg along with a bunch of other assets. If he had it to do again, I doubt Bobby Clarke would. I'm not sure anyone would be willing to take that risk in a salary cap NHL where franchise rebuilds take a painfully long time.
  22. Both Micheal Ryder and Mike Ribiero are UFA's. For the right price, they'd make nice additions. On the back end Jordan Leopold could be had for a reasonable number, I think.
  23. Seems Dale Tallon has left the door open a crack in regards to Florida's 1st rounder. http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/31/florida-panthers-gm-ready-to-deal-no-2-nhl-draft-pick--for-right-offer So what do you all think? Should JR package up his 1st with a 2nd or something in order to move up? Getting Florida's pick might not cost an actual roster player since the 'Canes are picking 5th. Just saying.
  24. For what it's worth, sportsnet.ca is running an online fan petition. Anyway, here's the link: http://sportsnet.upi...contestid=70318 Edit: by the way, sporsnet.ca is owned by the same media company that owns the Leafs, if that lends legitimacy at all.
  25. There may be a cap on player salaries, but there's also a minimum which happens to be $525,000. He forgot to mention that, as well.
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