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Everything posted by WordsOfWisdom

  1. Just prior to the season-long lockout. Yes! I think we beat the Sens that year. Perfect.
  2. If it were up to me we'd be having a parade for every round of playoffs that we win.
  3. It always seems like Toronto has to overpay to get players here. Maybe they thought it was a crappy draft coming up? Maybe it's all or nothing right now for the Leafs? I don't know. Maybe Taylor Hall is so sh_t right now that Foligno was considered the more valuable commodity?
  4. That probably speaks volumes about how worthless Taylor Hall has become. Foligno was the captain of the Blue Jackets, so probably more than just a pure numbers guy. My only gripe here is giving up a 1st round pick for a guy who is on an expiring contract. You want to at least get a few years out of someone like Foligno if you give up a 1st to get him. If he does nothing for the Leafs and is let go at the end of the season, then the Leafs will have lost an elite player in the draft for nothing.
  5. I agree that with Buffalo's roster in YOUR division, they were never going to be in the playoffs this season. I think Sabres management probably thought they would be competitive for one of the final playoff spots. For them to be the worst team in the NHL was unexpected. I think if you look at the Flyers going into last season, nobody expected the Flyers to win a division title. They weren't even picked to make the playoffs if I recall correctly. It wasn't until that incredible winning streak that people really started to take notice of them. The Flyers play last season c
  6. Oh and for anyone who's curious, the 60-goal plateau for this season is at: ceiling(60/82x56) = 41 goals
  7. Only one 50-goal season so far. (Last season he finished with 55.) We have to wait until he hits 35 goals this season for it to be back-to-back.
  8. Sorry I couldn't hear you. My team's in first place. What were you saying?
  9. One has to question whether there will be a next season or whether we'll be entering lockdown #4, 5, and 6. At this point there's no reason to think anything will be different, even with the vaccine going out to people. It's not making any difference to the number of new covid cases in Canada for example. I'm thinking the prospect of one more season without fans and the NHL will put a halt to its operations until further notice.
  10. Hang on a minute. Your division has Buffalo, the worst team in the NHL. The Central division has Detroit. The Senators are bad, but they're not the worst team in the NHL. The North division is a division of mostly .500 teams. Playoff bubble teams who either just barely miss the playoffs or just barely get in. Ottawa is the only bad team in the division. If anything, you could say the North division is a division of 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's, in terms of conference rankings under a normal NHL season. There's no overly powerful teams but there's also no real pushovers either.
  11. You really are grumpy about these divisions aren't you? Now you know how it feels like to be Toronto and have Boston in your division. Too bad you couldn't have Tampa in there as well.
  12. I mentioned Campbell in a previous thread a few months ago that he was going to be Toronto's #1 goalie shortly and here we are. Andersen played his way out of the starting job and Campbell has certainly made the most of his opportunity.
  13. Usually it doesn't work out when a player becomes a GM. Yzerman is a rare breed indeed.
  14. Buffalo is probably #1 most disappointing. I think the Flyers were a little too good last season for what they were. This season's drop off is more of a correction. Although under normal circumstances, I think you would be one of those bubble playoff teams fighting for the last spot. To me, that's where the Flyers are. A .500, middle of the pack team. Far from the bottom, but also far from the top.
  15. I think it's safe to say that under normal circumstances, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Montreal make the playoffs. They're all "bubble playoff teams". They've all been making the playoffs recently. (Montreal might be the only one out.) The only thing missing from the North is one of the elite teams. There's no Boston or Tampa for example. True, but it's also a fact that the Leafs have been running into the #1 team in the playoffs in the first round every year, and that's not what the first round of the playoffs is supposed to be about. If not for covid screwing up la
  16. Matthews is closing in on that magical mark! To achieve the equivalent of a 50-goal season, Matthews needs to hit "ceiling(50/82x56)" = 35 goals. He now has 30. Five more!
  17. I don't know how long that dust bowl took to form but 3/4 of the NHL has formed since Toronto's last Stanley Cup win. Surely that's close enough.
  18. But the good news is that it got mentioned. I bet people living in Colorado said nothing about it at all. In other words, if it doesn't get reported on SportsNet or TSN, you can be sure that ESPN (or the Outdoor Life network or wherever the h_ll the NHL is broadcast in the US these days lol) certainly wouldn't mention it. The honest to goodness truth is that you could open up a newspaper in Colorado and read NOTHING about the Avalanche. You could open up the Toronto Star newspaper and find out every last detail about the Avalanche...... in a TORONTO newspaper. And i
  19. So if it's Colorado vs Toronto in the Final, you wouldn't root for Toronto to end their drought? Fixed it for ya lol. Interesting tidbit: This forum doesn't have any Leafs related feeds in its Twitter news feed. All the Leafs related news here comes from me. In other words, you're extremely sheltered from Leafs news in this forum, and I'd say every other story gets told here (if I'm being honest). The news feed covers the Coyotes as much as the Leafs. Plus, even if you're in Leaf-land like I am, our programs talk about all the teams. In
  20. Sometimes a loss is so deflating that you can't recover from it. Leafs never got over the game 6 loss. Gretzky carried the Kings on his shoulders in game 7. It also seems to be an unwritten rule in hockey that to win a Stanley Cup you need to get past the game's greatest player at some point in your journey. You can never dodge the Wayne Gretzky's of the hockey world, which is why the first impediment to Toronto's Stanley Cup hopes this season is without a doubt Connor McDavid. The Leafs will have to get past him if they want to see another conference final. Yeah it's a team game
  21. Interesting tidbit of knowledge: Rarely (if ever) did a medieval battle axe have an axe blade on both sides. Why? Well, it adds a lot of extra weight to the weapon, and you only need one side to strike with. Typically, the opposite side of a medieval axe had a spiked end designed to penetrate armor. Like this:
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