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    Quote Originally Posted by 2014olympicgold View Post
    Thanks for finding that. I wanted to watch it again after discussing it. Forgot it was a 6-0 game too. You would think they would have been upset by that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eskimo Brother View Post
    Thanks for finding that. I wanted to watch it again after discussing it. Forgot it was a 6-0 game too. You would think they would have been upset by that.
    I forgot the comments from Atkins. Saying he had to stick up for himself sometimes, and how it seemed like Atkins didn’t even show the team how bad that play was. It was an all around mess. I don’t think any forward on the ice play the role of “tough guy” but any of the 2 D out there should have been right in there. Hall eventually stepped in, but it showed me he tries, but he’s not a leader. He’s a Kessel style player when it comes to leadership. A voice in the room, but not the guy who wants to be do anything outside of his role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucafen4 View Post
    I would only touch Connolly on a AHL only contract. He appears to have little to no NHL upside. He'd really be a waste of a contract spot for us. I'd rather bring Timashov into the AHL this year than him. By all accounts the NHL was overwhelming to him and he never adjusted to the speed of the game. Yzerman made out like a bandit with 2 - 2nd round picks for him.
    Agree 100%. No need for him to take a spot on this team, rather use it with a promotion from within. The Connolly ship has sailed with a lot of teams. Also prefer Polak over Wiz. The Polak signing is a need of size on the back end. Wiz isn't needed since Reilly and Gardiner have speed and talent. If Wiz was supposed to bring mentorship, Polak fits the bill for that too.

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    Bored. So I'll give this a try....

    JVR - Kadri - Komarov
    Michalek - Bozak - Nylander
    Martin - Matthews - Greening
    Lupul - Holland/Laich - (insert one of the Marlies who deserve it, I guess, and add Marner to the mix)

    Is there any room for Marner? I can't see him playing more than 40-50 games.

    Hunwick and Rielly stick together Id assume. Both lefties though.
    Gardiner and Zaitsev?
    Marincin and Polak


    Anderson
    Sparks
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    I can see Michalek eventually getting less minutes as the season progresses. I think another season for the Marlies kids will be good. Can't see them sniffing NHL action unless injuries hit like last season. Another run with the Marlies can only be seen as a good thing. Theres 10M coming off the books next year in Laich Michalek and Greening and there will be three open spots open for Marlies players then. And then another 5.25M coming off the books the following year....Lupul. Leafs are in great shape, cap wise.

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    Couple of opinions from me:
    Matthews should be first line
    Brown, Soshnikov and a couple other guys will likely push out the injured Lupul, Michalek etc.
    Marner I think sticks for at least 70 games (no where else productive for him to go)
    Carrick should be in the conversation for top 6 D.
    Lou said he will be signing a backup, at this point it's likely Enroth or Ramo.
    And just to be really anal about things, it's spelled Andersen

    They are a tough team to peg though with so many new players/rookies etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eskimo Brother View Post
    Couple of opinions from me:
    Matthews should be first line
    Brown, Soshnikov and a couple other guys will likely push out the injured Lupul, Michalek etc.
    Marner I think sticks for at least 70 games (no where else productive for him to go)
    Carrick should be in the conversation for top 6 D.
    Lou said he will be signing a backup, at this point it's likely Enroth or Ramo.
    And just to be really anal about things, it's spelled Andersen

    They are a tough team to peg though with so many new players/rookies etc.
    Agree if Matthews isn't first line then what's the point?
    It won't take much for any of the young guys to push out Lupul, actually Lupul usually takes care of that himself.
    Agree with Marners GP
    Carrick and Zaitsev should crack the D corps for sure
    The right choice for back-up was made
    Way to autocorrect things in here Esk.

    Hopefully the Leafs can have a good season (growth wise) and end up with a top 3 or 5 pick in the end.

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    Babs said Matthews starts as C3.

    Kadri will play the shutdown C1/2 role to play against the other team’s top line.

    C1: Kadri/Bozak/Nylander, C2: Kadri/Nylander/Bozak, C3: Matthews/Bozak, C4: Bozak.

    I really think Bozak will be everywhere in this lineup up and down.

    In a video game, Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Carrick, Rielly, Zaitsev, and Gardiner get as much time as possible. But it’s not a video game and older players will get time. I think this is one of the hardest lineups to peg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2014olympicgold View Post
    Babs said Matthews starts as C3.

    Kadri will play the shutdown C1/2 role to play against the other team’s top line.

    C1: Kadri/Bozak/Nylander, C2: Kadri/Nylander/Bozak, C3: Matthews/Bozak, C4: Bozak.

    I really think Bozak will be everywhere in this lineup up and down.

    In a video game, Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Carrick, Rielly, Zaitsev, and Gardiner get as much time as possible. But it’s not a video game and older players will get time. I think this is one of the hardest lineups to peg.
    When/Where did Babs say that Matthews was starting as C3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eskimo Brother View Post
    When/Where did Babs say that Matthews was starting as C3?
    The night Matthews was selected lol.
    http://theleafsnation.com/2016/6/24/...rd-line-centre
    And I forgot Nylander is starting on the wing.
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    Fair enough!
    Toughto peg where he plays right now though. If Marner's play dictates whether or not he makes the team, then Matthews' play will dictate what line he centres.
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    Meh, I think Babs will play around with that lineup a ton. Eventually he will realize Matthews belongs at the top. Shouldn't take long for Matthews to be C1 and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets it within 10 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feenom View Post
    Meh, I think Babs will play around with that lineup a ton. Eventually he will realize Matthews belongs at the top. Shouldn't take long for Matthews to be C1 and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets it within 10 games.
    I think Matthews and Marner will get PP2 time, but be very sheltered at the beginning of the season. Then by January/February they’ll actually be given a fair bit of leash.
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    Matthews will play 3C and PP time obviously. Probably 2nd PP to start the year.

    Not sure why thats a bad thing? He'll still get his 14-16 minutes a game. Perfect for a rookie. No need to rush him to #1 duties against #1 defenders.

    Also, I might be in the minority but I think Bozak is a integral part of this team still and will get about 1:30 of PP time a game. He's our best faceoff guy (top 10 in the league) and I think that'll secure him some PP duty. I can see Matthews filling in for Bozak for a week or two, but I think it's best for him to start on the third at least for the first month of the season.

    Bozak-Kadri, out top 2 centers.

    Bozak will be a pretty expensive 3rd line center next year at 4.2M though.

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