Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by Mess, May 9, 2021.
Tampa's PP winning them a game. Wierd how that works.
Kucherov with two goals. It pays to cheat folks.
There's skill at the point but is it the right kind?
It is the one thing that I think will sink us against the top tier teams. I think we can survive our special teams deficiencies in the first couple rounds...you run into a Tampa or a Boston and it can literally be the difference in the series. Hell we have lost 2 series in the last 3 years to the Bruins as it is because they have caved us in on special teams.
Im convinced when he had the surgery and the recovery timeline lined up like this, they made sure he wouldn't play until the playoffs. Is having him play 3-5 regular season games worth the cap casualties it would have cost? I don't think so. I don't think his injury was some big conspiracy, but i definately think JBB turned a bad injury into a fortutitous cap situation..
The special teams need to work themselves out throughout the playoffs, hopefully it heats up at the right time.
Goaltending and special teams so often are the difference in the playoffs. That's why I was so excited when we started the season so hot on the PP and also why there's good reason to be concerned.
BTW the popular POV seems to be that we'll get through the first rounds but people shouldn't sleep on EDM, they have a good team over there and I don't see why we should be big favourites against them.
We are doing the same thing...
Need a guy who can make quick, cross seam passes and we will be golden. Marner has not made a pass resembling that Huberdeau pass on the PP in months.
They also have their scorer's sticks towards the slot and not the boards. Matthews' stick is against the board.
That's the whole purpose of him not playing in the regular season, it is to circumvent the cap.
Lmao Huberdeau fanned on the shot
Well ya thats what im saying. People on one side have been saying 'zomg hes been healthy for months' and tampa fans 'oh it just conveniently turned out this way' when i believe hes been healthy for maybe a few weeks, or they timed the hip surgery knowing how long the recovery would take. Either way its not the first time ltir has been abused but if nothing else it needs to be addressed by the nhl this offseason, its such a farce on the salary cap in so mant ways.
Large number of fans in attendance do make a difference in these games. I doubt the North games will be anywhere as intense as what we have seen so far.
I applaud the move. The cap sucks, so if you can circumvent in any way, then take advantage of it.
What a play by Huberdeau!!! Wow!!!
2 more points for Bennett. Lol Calgary
Oh for sure. People mad should direct their anger at the nhl, we are no saints when it comes to flexing our financial muscles with ltir abuse.
Also, huberdeau is going to be a in a top 6 role on team canada it we go next year, no doubt about that.
Remind me when we sat our best player an entire season to circumvent the cap?
Not a whole lot of defense in this Bolts/Cats tilt. And man, a whole lot of power plays.
Man have I missed crowds
We did the same thing with Nash and Andersen to be able to afford other guys. They've been practicing for a few weeks now too and probably could have come back earlier in the regular season if we had the cap space to bring them back in the regular season.
It's not the same extent as Tampa, but we did the same thing to be able to afford other guys (Rittich, Foligno, etc.).
Andersen played in the regular season. The Leafs still had to be cap compliant to fit him in
4-4 tie. holy. what a game!
Goaltending has been iffy too. Not atrocious, especially given the number of shots and defensive misplays, but some really bad misplays in terms of positioning and sliding way too much in their crease.
Both goalies look very beatable.
And there's the bad from Bennett...
This game is like a more physical version of the Toronto Boston series...Florida fully carrying it at 5v5 but Tampa's PP being the equalizer. What a f***ing PP it is.
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