Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by jrgtml67, Feb 10, 2019.
It's not an official Kadri thread without Pookie!
Yeah, I'd agree with you. Kapanen is good at using his legs to put pressure on teams, causing them to lose their structure a bit defensively, and Kadri loves that. He's at his best when the play gets a bit frantic. Matthews and Nylander both like to play more a structured game where they can pounce on plays when they don't have the puck, so you need someone who can force teams to play faster than they perhaps are comfortable with. AJ can do that, and he can also be another option who is good at getting open and putting the puck in the net from in close.
Good points. Also, on the topic of line combos, do you like marner and JT long term? Sometimes I would love to see JT with Naz. After penalty kills babs sometimes rolls out those two with matty and the clinic they put on is absolutely beautiful. Maybe if we can get naz in there with JT to cycle the crap out of the puck with mitch, and have nylander centre his own line with hyman. I have always thought william has his best games when he has defensive responsibility and when he is playing as a C.
Probably not but you never know. Every time Kadri has so much as a mini slump this nonsense starts again. Kadri's one of the few players on the team who you can count on to not be intimidated ever, and no matter how much people talk about the "new NHL" and so no, playoff hockey is still playoff hockey and we need more players like Kadri, not less. I don't know about the "spookie" crowd but I badly want to win at least one round this spring. Idiotic thread.
It's not an official Kadri thread without people trying to silence his opinion ... HUSH PEASANT POOKIE, YOUR WELL REFERENCED ARGUMENT HAS NO PLACE HERE !!!! now it's an official Kadri thread... carry on...
Even the most blindly loyal fans have to admit, he is been invisible on more nights than visible. If the last two season was Kadri in full effect, this years version has to be called Kadri-lite.
Kadri is saving himself for the playoffs.
It would be nice if the Leafs showed up this year in the playoffs with a line that is fresh and not worn down by the grind.
If they don't make it out of the first round there will be changes, and I could see Kadri being an asset used to improve in areas of need.
Certainly, you could look at the youngsters, but it should be the veterans who lead the way in the playoffs.
After last year Kadri should be hungry to make up for his hot-headed play that cost him games.
If they lose in the 1st round, the most likely reason that happens is that the team is too soft and Kadri will be the last player they will be looking to move. We need more players like him not less. Agree Kadri should be hungry and he will be, I'm not worried about him at all.
I think it depends on how he plays in the playoffs.
Everyone gets older and Kadri has looked older this year, he's looked slower, and less aggressive but that is less important than how he plays when the real games start.
I wasn't particularly advocating either keeping or trading him, just listing his pros and cons, and suggesting we stop going over and over and over them ad nauseum.
I agree with your diagnosis but not exactly with your cure. Maximum chaos can be achieved by putting Hyman and Kappy with him. Marleau has slowed a bit but JT and Marners creativity can still make use of him. The physicality of that third line should spark some inspiration among the rest of the team. Matching lower pairing dmen will be a mistake for other teams due to speed and physicality.
This is true.
To add, the idea that only Kadri hits in the playoffs is easy to debunk.
Consider the “lazy” JVR threw 15 hits in the playoffs last year. Even 32 year old Tyler Bozak threw 11 hits in that Boston series.
Not bad considering they had to cover for Kadri who had 14.... with one very gutless one.
Let’s hope he shows up this year.
what well referenced argument, the guy was constantly trying to trade Kadri during the back to back 30 goal seasons too
I haven’t been trying to trade anyone.
I don’t work for the team.
I did say in reference to trades that we should be moving on from Bozak, JVR, Leo at the deadline and that Kadri offered the best market value.
You upset about 1 of the 4?
I like this. And have AJ on with the Matthews/Nylander pairing.
My brother from another mother! You old fogey.
Yeah, it's been WAAAAAAAAY too long between cups. We are getting old, my man.
How does trying to trade him during those seasons negate their arguments exactly?
I'm referring to the, I am rubber and you are glue argument... it's really an impossible one to dispute.
When someone's been going on about trading a player for over 5 years regardless of how the player is performing, I doubt anyone bothers even listening to his "arguments" any more. It's kind of like if someone comes to you with a story they read in the National Enquirer, how much time would you invest in "negating" their arguments?
Ask the Men in Black.
Why would he be playing below his potential because of his low contract? Do you know how people are compensated in professional sports? Its not by lacking production. Lol jeeze
The other day I was reading something about the New York Rangers current rebuild and came across an interesting point. One Rangers fan spoke about how for the past number of years the Rangers lived and died by these industrious middle six, top nine forwards who could play a very workmanlike two way game but lacked game breakers, which ultimately did them in on their playoff runs.
When you look at a lot of playoff bridesmaids like St. Louis, Anaheim, Nashville, etc. you'll notice their rosters are littered with guys who can play that robotic, heavy, consistent workmanlike game, but can't score for **** in the clutch because they don't have the gamebreaking ability.
When I think about the cast of players assembled by Burke and Nonis: Kadri, Kessel, Gardiner, Lupul, JVR, etc. they all had that ability to break a game open offensively, but were maddeningly inconsistent in what you could expect game to game.
To this point in his career, I don't think Kadri has found that balance to be that ultra reliable middle six guy who can be the same night in night out. Still depends on the opponent, his linemates and whether he feels engaged enough to bring his A game, or his sleeper game. And that's trouble, because we are envisioning him as that solid middle six player who can backstop all the gamebreaking talent ahead of him.
A 0,0,0,-1 stat line is good? 10 shots coming on the power play?
Not scoring on 12 shots is a rather dubious distinction, not one to be worn with pride.
Leafs ran into a hot goalie, but there were a lot of chest shots.
If a trade comes up that helps our team, Kadri should be traded, his production has fallen off dramatically and as a 3rd line center he is not well suited to play this position.
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