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Meds wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Curmudgeon wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:53 pm Thornton in Toronto is perfect. Tavares, Thornton, and Spezza can take turns mentoring the kids on what it takes to not win the Stanley Cup. Was Carl Brewer busy? Oops he's dead.

They seriously think adding Thornton, Simmonds, Bogosian, and Brodie, and re-signing Spezza will put them over the top, eh?
We can laugh all we want. Toronto is a better team now.

They already had buckets of offensive talent. They just added some sand paper and veteran leadership.

The blueline is still weak, and goaltending a question mark.

However they are better than they were. Probably a game 7 exit if round 1 rather than game 5 in a play-in. :P
I think the Leaves are a worse team this year than last.

And last year they missed the playoffs. Image

Thornton is basically a corpse at this point.

He died at some point during last season.

Leaves are supposed to run with just 21 players again this season.

Well that might be tough to do when they realize Joe is a zombie with a full NMC.

If he's no longer NHL material they can't send him down for cap relief.

As an aside, why is it so many of the players I hate wind up on the Leaves...
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Curmudgeon wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:53 pm Thornton in Toronto is perfect. Tavares, Thornton, and Spezza can take turns mentoring the kids on what it takes to not win the Stanley Cup. Was Carl Brewer busy? Oops he's dead.

They seriously think adding Thornton, Simmonds, Bogosian, and Brodie, and re-signing Spezza will put them over the top, eh?
lol at the Carl Brewer reference. Bwahahaha...good one Curmudgeon.



Dumbass probably thinks Pat Boutette can still help their penalty kill. :lol:
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Had to google Carl Brewer. I think I'm too young for this.
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I never knew Fred was black. That reinforces my ideas on blm.
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Topper wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:44 am I never knew Fred was black. That reinforces my ideas on blm.
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Megaterio Llamas wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:52 pm
Curmudgeon wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:53 pm Thornton in Toronto is perfect. Tavares, Thornton, and Spezza can take turns mentoring the kids on what it takes to not win the Stanley Cup. Was Carl Brewer busy? Oops he's dead.

They seriously think adding Thornton, Simmonds, Bogosian, and Brodie, and re-signing Spezza will put them over the top, eh?
lol at the Carl Brewer reference. Bwahahaha...good one Curmudgeon.



Dumbass probably thinks Pat Boutette can still help their penalty kill. :lol:
That was such a memorable era and year. The Leaves had a real team but Imlach just completely blew it up that year trading by McDonald and Williams, Sittler ripping the "C" off his jersey, and the bringing in of Brewer was perfect. Up until then I hadn't even shredded a Leaves fan, or any other team's fan, but I had a neighbour who was so obnoxious I just had to hammer him at every opportunity. It was such a pleasurable first experience I've continued on for over 40 years now.
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Imlach bent Jake Milford over sending Williams the wrestler here. I forget what he got for Lanny The Walrus

Edit- the Walrus was traded with Joel Quenville for Pat Hickey and Wild Paiment in a shitty deal for Toronto. Ray Miron bent over Imlach and then Imlach throatpumped Milford.
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Quenneville also went to the Rockies and they actually got good value. Wilf Paiement was a very good player and Hickey was good too but it ripped the heart out of the franchise and it didn't recover until the Burns/Gilmour/Clark era.

Milford did get hosed but Tiger has a couple good years and at least they went to the Finals once. I used to see Derlago around a few strip joints in Mississauga after he retired. lol
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Curmudgeon wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:47 pm That was such a memorable era and year. The Leaves had a real team but Imlach just completely blew it up that year trading by McDonald and Williams, Sittler ripping the "C" off his jersey, and the bringing in of Brewer was perfect. Up until then I hadn't even shredded a Leaves fan, or any other team's fan, but I had a neighbour who was so obnoxious I just had to hammer him at every opportunity. It was such a pleasurable first experience I've continued on for over 40 years now.
Yeah Imlach and his bird-of-feather pal Harold Ballard teamed up to go to war with their own players!

Most notably Captain Sittler whom they considered a commie for his union activities.

They traded McDonald only because he was Sittler's best pal.

The team's spirit was broken and Leaf fans were heartbroken! :lol:

Good times, good times...
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And so much of their drama played out on HNIC and it was must watch tv. People don't get the longterm Leaves hate but back then we hardly saw the Canucks on tv, here we have our own team and we actually saw the Leaves more. I built up a real resentment from that.
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Yeah, that and the way HNIC constantly coddled the Leaves!

"Canada's team" :scowl:
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While watching the draft I noticed how old Gary Bettman looks, I just wikkied him and he is 68.

I would say within the next couple of years he will be retiring and i wonder who his successor will be? He has been in this role since 1993 and I cannot remember the NHL without him in control, it will be a weird NHL when he goes.

Also wonder how some teams, who seems to own him, will act, are they going to control who replaces him?
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2Fingers wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:59 am While watching the draft I noticed how old Gary Bettman looks, I just wikkied him and he is 68.

I would say within the next couple of years he will be retiring and i wonder who his successor will be? He has been in this role since 1993 and I cannot remember the NHL without him in control, it will be a weird NHL when he goes.

Also wonder how some teams, who seems to own him, will act, are they going to control who replaces him?
Its amazing how he's the last of the 90s Sports Commissioners still standing.

I noticed at the awarding of the Cup how surprisingly well-spoken he was when he isn't getting booed.

I'm not aware of anyone being groomed from within to take over - certainly Colin Campbell is too old, maybe Bill Daly at a spry 57?
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2Fingers wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:59 am While watching the draft I noticed how old Gary Bettman looks, I just wikkied him and he is 68.
Yeah, he wasn't looking good, shaky in an almost Michael J. Fox kinda way.

Sounded pretty good though, as ESQ said...
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ESQ wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:01 am I noticed at the awarding of the Cup how surprisingly well-spoken [Bettman] was when he isn't getting booed.
I am always impressed by the fact Bettman speaks through the boos as if they don't exist. Its not easy to do that.

I also think its weird that he is so hated in a world where fans seemed to buy the owners' argument that a cap was needed (this poster sided with labor on those negotiations). Perhaps its just of ritualistic value to boo him. And that he has the look of a villian.

But love or hate the lockout, that's old news and the NHL and NHLPA seem to have a fairly productive relationship these days.
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