November 2019 NHL News

PedroSpecialK

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Credit to the CBJ announcing team - they had every right to go over the top like Edwards or Errey would if someone on their team got an unprompted assault carried out on them, but they kept it pretty measured.

Lucic must be seeing Neal lighting it up again and feel he has to do something every night to earn his current deal. Next best thing is to forfeit it with suspensions I guess
 

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Leafs lose Marner for 4 weeks to an ankle injury. They also lost to Chicago 5-4 last night.

Interesting times in Leafland. They are a pedestrian 9-6-4, 6 ROW, 95 point pace. Not bad, not great, especially for a team with the kind of talent they have. The problem for them is there isn’t a ton they can do with the roster because they are capped out. Hutchinson has been a disaster as backup G but they don’t have a ton of options to replace him.
 

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Leafs end up waiving Hutchinson today. They’ll role the dice with Kaskisuo as the backup in the short term.
 

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Vegas waived Pirri today. $775,000 cap hit this year and next. I’d claim him, he’s more useful than Ritchie.
 

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The cap space is pretty irrelevant for a guy making $775K. They can waive and demote and clear the hit entirely off the cap if/when they want to. They are also in LTIR already so they aren’t accruing space daily.

He hasn’t has a great year but he’s got a track record of scoring. I think it’s pretty low risk and would take a shot.
 

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Big ouch. 12m over 2 years left after this year as well.
 

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Yeah he's boasting a wonderful save percentage at even strength of 83.3% and a PK save percentage of 71.4% and GA%- of 160 yikes. Meanwhile the young'n Blackwood is at 89.4% and 81.8% and 104 (right about league average). Just not a great season for him and it's a pretty quick cliff even if the last few years have been down years, since the 16-17 season he's basically been a slightly below average goalie.
 

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Bobby Ryan leaving the Sens and entering the player assistance program. Hopefully getting help for whatever it is he’s getting help for makes him a much better person.
 

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It’s not new news, but people are remembering that new Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was involved in that crazy Mike Danton / David Frost story, both as a victim and alleged perpetrator of sexual abuse while in juniors. If anyone doesn’t remember, Danton tried to hire a hit man to kill Frost, who by then was his NHL agent.

By all accounts, Frost was a borderline cult leader who physically and sexually abused his players.

Edit: link with some background: https://www.espn.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=joyce_gare&id=3640434
 
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Wow. Tell me he got at least two minors for that? One for the initial and one for the I’m already going to the box so I’m going to try to injure him second check.
 

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The first one isn’t as bad as it looks, he really didn’t hit him that hard- Arvidsson should have been ready to get bumped if he’s hanging out in the crease. But the follow up cross check to the lower back of a defenseless player should garner a suspension for sure, it was dirty, intententional, and intended to injure. And wtf Binnington? What a dickbag.

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Wow. Tell me he got at least two minors for that? One for the initial and one for the I’m already going to the box so I’m going to try to injure him second check.
And no, gutless call by the ref to only give 2.
 

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Great for the sport when a no talent shithead like Bortuzzo can knock out a really good player and get maybe 2-3 games for it if that.
 

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Meantime, yet another reminder that Mike Babcock was a dickhead:

View: https://twitter.com/iangraph/status/1198770855691591681?s=21


If you don’t want to deal with Twitter, a Toronto Sun article mentions an incident 3-4 years ago where Babcock forces a rookie to rank teammates by work ethic, then told the bottom ranked player in front of the rookie. Ian Tulloch of the Athletic says the rookie was Mitch Marner.
 

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Babcock confirms the story, says he realized it was a bad idea and apologized to Mitch.

View: https://twitter.com/friedgehnic/status/1199046130526511110?s=21


I think Babcock could be out of the NHL for a little while now. He’s hated by the vast majority of players who have played for him and he doesn’t have the recent postseason success to make guys suck it up and deal with it. 5 straight first round losses sandwhiched around a DNQ, and I personally think he was a big reason the Leafs couldn’t get past the Bruins. Hard ass coaches seem to be dwindling. Even Torts has toned it down.

I don’t see an obvious landing spot If he chooses to get back into coaching. Teams that could make a move are Detroit, New Jersey, Calgary, Nashville. Obvious connection to Detroit but would he want to sit through a rebuild? He did for 1 year in Toronto but they already had Marner and Nylander and were clearly tanking for Matthews. There was a shorter path to contention in Toronto than there currently is in Detroit. New Jersey is a blend of veterans and youth. They could probably win now if they could get an goalie who could stop a beach ball. They also have the Hall elephant in the room and Babcock could drive him away. Nashville is a veteran group, but going from Laviolette to Babcock doesn’t seem like changing much. Calgary is a mess right now but they are only in year 2 of Bill Peters. Not sure they’d can him just yet. Treliving inherited Hartley, fired him 2 years in, hired Gulutzan, fired him after 2 years. So maybe? Would ownership even let him fire another coach without handing him his pink slip as well?
 

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He's gotta be gone. Conflicting reports now that he's already been fired. Jeff Marek reporting he's been fired. The GM saying a few minutes later they haven't decided yet.
 

PedroSpecialK

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How is this remotely a tough call? In addition to being a racist sack of shit, Peters has them 11-12-4.