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12 Apr 2021 04:24:44
Let's look at playoff lines but I'm sure I'll have to do this again after tomorrow.
Galchenyuk Matthews Marner
Foligno Tavares Nylander
Hyman Kerfoot Mikheyev
Simmonds Nash Spezza

Riley Brodie
Muzzin Holl
Dermott Bogosian


Obviously you wanna have Thornton in your lineup somehow because he did come here to win a cup but I'm assuming there's going to be injuries and Riley Nash won't be ready until at least the playoffs so maybe if Thornton is playing well he stays in the lineup.

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12 Apr 2021 15:15:50
I think the leafs chose rittich hoping he can be signed cheap enough next year to keep Hyman, Reilly will be a little tougher, especially if micheyev has a good year next year.

The leafs want to scout rittich as a 1B in Toronto.

I'd love to see campbell and rittich play a play til you lose system next year.

12 Apr 2021 03:12:54
Everyone wants to talk about Foligno but the real news is Rittich. The acquisition has to mean the end of an era. You don't get a starting calibre goaltender if you believe Freddy is coming back.

I'll miss you Freddy. You may have aged out but you stuck by us in some bad times. Good luck in Buffalo.

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12 Apr 2021 12:30:53
Freddy will be back. If nobody gets hurt and soupy plays well down the stretch he gets the nod in game 1, no doubt, with freddy as the backup. I think its a great idea to challenge all the goalies and Rittich is great insurance.

12 Apr 2021 14:26:41
I think the idea is to bring in Rittich and resign him and move on from Freddy but the next question would be with Andersen being out so much of the season can you bring him back for cheap as in cheaper than 5 mil.

12 Apr 2021 15:20:04
I think I like rittich more than Andersen tbh, we now have 2 battlers in net. I was talking with my old man about that Ottawa game on Saturday, if Andersen was in net and they come back from being down 2-0, the games already over Andersen can't shut the door there. Campbell probably had his worst game of the season, but he made 4 or 5 big saves at the right times.

12 Apr 2021 19:40:31
@AF7 that's the big thing for me as well. Freddy can have some great games but he never battles back late in a game. You won't see him keep his team in it after letting in 4-5 goals.

12 Apr 2021 01:53:25
Good move today but I'm very curious as to what Dubas is up to he's taken on three guys and moved no one off the current roster does this mean more moves or is it the end of the line for a guy like Thornton

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12 Apr 2021 06:43:43
Was thinking that as well @L94.

Riley Nash is a better 4C than Jumbo. Foligno is obviously better as well. Kerfoot and Thornton get bumped down? What's the plan?

12 Apr 2021 11:36:52
I could see two things that could happen the leafs either double down and go get Granlund or laffalo or the pick up a depth d I wouldn’t mind either way I think our defence is the last hole Dubas will fix.

11 Apr 2021 22:28:16
Nice piece of business by Dubas. I'm not his biggest fan but he got the guy I wanted in Foligno without having to give up a top prospect

We will see how he finishes tomorrow

More secondary depth needed.

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12 Apr 2021 00:38:48
Next up, the trade with the Hawks. Kerfoot and a 3rd for Janmark and Zadorov.

12 Apr 2021 00:40:06
How much more depth are you wanting? Riley Nash and Foligno mean 2 guys currently playing will be in the press box.

If some how enough injuries happen you even still have Robertson and Sandin.

12 Apr 2021 15:21:10
And lily and Rosen.

11 Apr 2021 22:11:59
Let's look at the lines if the leafs don't make another trade tomorrow and that's a big if.

Hyman Matthews Marner
Galchenyuk Tavares Nylander
Foligno Kerfoot Simmonds
Mikheyev Thornton Spezza.

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11 Apr 2021 23:29:31
Interested to see how much Thornton plays in the playoffs with Engvall and Nash being scratched.

12 Apr 2021 00:40:54
I would sit Kerfoot and use Engvall but that's more preference I guess. Looks like it's coming together.

12 Apr 2021 04:02:12
I'd take Thornton out before engvall.

11 Apr 2021 22:02:00
We should claim Mete if no one else does, with the cap space made by nash

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11 Apr 2021 23:30:22
Bring home a nice Woodbridge boy and be 7th d man potentially trade Dermott plus for Oleksiak and then have a beautiful d core.

11 Apr 2021 08:11:44
Anyone who has been on this site for awhile knows I was never a fan of Mathews. He never made me a believer. I thought his defensive game was crap, he took nights off, and his general effort tended not to be there.

Man has he been proving me wrong.

Defensively he has shown massive progression. He has been playing extremely well without the puck this entire season.

Mcdavid ppg 1.64

Mathews ppg 1.36

Mathews is currently sitting at 31 goals in 38 games while Mcdavid is at 23 in 42 games.

This is not me starting a who's better debate of any kind. I just don't think people are actually playing attention to what Mathews is doing right now. This guy has reached anotjer level this season that I honestly didn't think he had in him.

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11 Apr 2021 14:49:42
If he didn't mess up his wrist he may have kept pace for a goal a game.

11 Apr 2021 16:30:27
He’s taking a bigger leadership role and trying to win u can see it.

11 Apr 2021 18:17:15
For what it’s worth, I’ve always liked Matthews. I mean, how could you not?

This season is definitely one for the record books for him.

Matthews and Nylander come up the year before Tavares and Marner. Leafs can’t possibly re-sign both. Unless they trade either Marner or Tavares.

Dubas should have just paid Matthews an even $12M a year for the extra year.

11 Apr 2021 19:24:36
During 2015 WJC everyone was McDavid vs eichel but I stated then Matthews will be the one mcdavid should worry about

During 2016 WJC the Matthews or laine debate began and many liked laine. I stuck to my guns stating Matthews is the better puck

Leafs win 2016 lottery and the debate continued. I wanted leafs to take Matthews and thank god they did

Game 1 Matthews scores 4 goals and I stated Matthews is the exact player I create as myself every year since 96 when you could create a player in the EA series.

Now I no longer create myself as Matthews is already that player.

This kid I’ve been hockey giddy over since 2014. He is a generational player. I knew his defensive side of game would happen and once it did mcdavid vs Matthews is a real debate

Mcdavid will always own him points wise but Matthews defence faceoff dominance and his already goal scoring ability puts this debate much closer now

Only thing I can’t stand about Matthews is his damn length of contract. I’ll never debate the money it’s the term that sucks.

11 Apr 2021 21:23:52
@Craiggers and HL.

I would have been fine with more money for more term as well. If it was even 13-14/ 8 I'm not as annoyed by any means.

11 Apr 2021 01:43:17
I said it when we got galchenyuk play him on the top line 10 pts tonight don't touch it keefe

Leaf going into the playoffs

Galchenyuk matthews marner
Foligno(hopefully) Tavares Nylander
Mikheyev Nash Hyman

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11 Apr 2021 05:07:17
I really liked Mikheyev and Hyman with JT. Unless a serious upgrade comes I would like to see more of that.

11 Apr 2021 13:59:09
I got 1 word for you


Enough written.

11 Apr 2021 15:58:35
I was debating posting a trade around forsberg out of Ottawa to backup Campbell and then I saw that game lol.

11 Apr 2021 17:05:17
Craigger don’t be a sour pus lol I know it was against Ottawa but still hard to do only other duo to do it this year was mcdavid and draisital.

11 Apr 2021 18:19:04
I loved the galchenyuk pickup and was one of the few who endorsed him joining main roster game after game when he was on Marlies. I also stated putting him in top 6 when most disagreed with me.

The guy is an offensive talent who isn’t tiny at all. He can produce but only if put in right situation, he has never been a line driver ever. Not even in Sarnia

He is a waste on bottom 6 so it’s top 6 or nothing for this guy.

Funny that 2012 top 5 drafted only 2 became full time roster players consistently since debuting in nhl.

Reinhart and yakupov became absolute busts .
Murray is alright
Gally was becoming a right off
Rielly should of went #1

Galchenyuk has most games 3rd most goals and 2nd most points from that draft so I still see big things from him if given right chance and proper spot in a lineup

I’d even go as far as Dubas taking a low risk signing in yakupov and test Tavares in between the 2 then nylander can be dealt or have his own line to drive

But for now gally pickup could be that gamble that pays off large.


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