Post-Game Talk: Leafs win 4-2

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  1. HamiltonNHL

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    Copy that.

    I like Kappy better. I'm flipping Nylander for a solid D in a good contract. Nylander is crazy trade bait after July 1. I'm not in a rush to trade him. I'll keep him unless a good trade comes, but trades are hard in the no trade NHL.
     
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    Then we NEED Matthews to score.
     
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    I think he would. Chara is a perfect foil to Matthews style of play due to his long reach and big body. Can the bruins afford to play Chara & McAvoy against Matthews when JT & Marner is on the loose? The leafs should shorten the bench against the bruins and run 1st and 2nd line for at least 20 minutes each. That might hurt the PK but so be it. It doesn't seem like we can defend a short handed situation against Boston anyways
     
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    There are already teams looking more at the lottery than the playoffs.

    The question is how much are you willing to pay for a rental?

    Optionally, is there anyone on the Marlies who can play that role.

    Leafs don't need another small, playmaking winger.
     
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    That's a great question Ulf.

    I think back to the Mike Johnson-Darcy Tucker trade often. I wonder who is around 24 years old give or take a year...with some untapped scoring potential ready to beakout, yet has that Darcy sandpaper to his game. Maybe not quite as much offence (we don't need that anyway) but someone who could play in the top 9 and keep up with our speedy lineup. I'd be wiling to trade Kapanen for such a player if we could identify one. And I really like Kappy.
     
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    Leaf player comments from last nights game.

    JT on Hyman

    Over the course of 16:44 of ice time, including 2:03 while the Leafs were shorthanded, Hyman made his presence known. Along with his linemates, the trio consistently dominated play and controlled the tempo when on the ice. The 26-year-old controlled the boards and created space in the offensive zone for the highly-skilled Tavares.

    "I think all night I think you see his contribution on the penalty kill, on the forecheck," Tavares stressed postgame. "So much trust in him winning battles and 50-50 pucks - how good he is coming out of those. Just putting pressure on the opponent and he just makes things happen with that. So predictable that way. So consistent on a nightly basis. Definitely great to have him back and fortunate to be playing with him. "

    Travis Dermott on Hyman

    "He had a hell of a game tonight," added defenseman Travis Dermott. "I think he really proved what we were missing out there. Whether we showed it or not we really miss a guy like that. He comes in and like Johnny [Tavares] he'll battle for everyone on the ice and really, really battle in deep in the corners. "You want to play harder for guys like that."

    Ron Hainsey on Hyman

    Less than five minutes into the game, Hyman showed why he is so valuable to Toronto as he got the primary assist on Ron Hainey's fourth goal of the season.

    "I think Zach dug it out and got it up top [to me] and was in front," said Hainsey, noting how Hyman created the screen on Devils' netminder Keith Kinkaid. "It's just who he is as a player. He does it game-in and game-out and we certainly missed him. "

    Mike Babcock on Hyman

    Coming off a 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators at home, and three losses in their last four games without Hyman, having their dynamic winger was critical to the Leafs avoiding a slide. Hyman now has seven goals and nine assists in 33 games this season with an impressive plus-14. While his numbers may not be as eye-popping as his linemates, what he brings are the intangibles. As Babcock noted, "he was good for Tavares," who now has 29 goals this season. Despite Hyman missing more than three weeks, head coach Mike Babcock was also confident in his winger and had him out for the last minute of the game with the Leafs leading by a goal.

    Hyman on Hyman.


    "It's good to be back," Hyman, who was activated off the Injured Reserve following the morning skate, said with a smile. "I was excited to come back. It felt good in the first period, thought I had my legs.

    "It was a good team win and I'm happy we got that."
     
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    Alex Tuch

    But he'd cost a tonne.

    Sam Bennett
     
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    On a side note, 3 powerplays between the two teams.

    A typical Leafs game!
     
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    I like the idea of a shut down line but Boston would double shift the Bergeron line keeping the Leafs top players off the ice.
     
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    Yes too late to scoop him up at a reasonable cost. Need to indentify the next Tuch. I'd be looking at Carolina they have lots of prospects and a good farm system and there's some history with Sami there...
     
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    I'm not so sure about that, Matthews and Nylander did not have a good series and it was still a game 7 decision. We added Tavares, the Tavares line playing against the Bergeron line with Matthews and Nylander even playing average and we should win.
     
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    Maybe go back to the well ... what college player is flying under the radar?
     
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    My #1 wish list = Chris Kreider - LW - NYR.

    Age 27 ... 6-3" 220lbs .. 42 games 20-12-32 points. Still has term of this year + next at $4.6 mil.

    He is like a NFL linebacker on skates and can skate like the wind and hits everything in his path.

    Kreider -- Matthews -- Kapanen
    Hyman -- Tavares --- Marner
    Marleau -- Kadri --- Brown
     
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    That would be great but tough on next years cap, no?
     
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    Would they take Johnsson and a conditional 2nd (turns into a first if they make the conference finals)? Maybe add a B prospect to get it done?
     
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    Emerson Clark has a scoring touch and has a physical side. Would cost the leafs nothing. Could try him out on the fourth line
     
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    Alex Tuch would be perfect....maybe next year...:nod:
     
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    Right now we do not have the defensive personnel to stop the Boston forecheck and cycle. Putting Rielly and Gards on together could make it worse against Bergeron line. Marchand goes in and hits Rielly and we lose puck possession when Bergeron picks it up. Then the cycle starts until they get a good chance. We can't stop that issue from occurring right now. That line is fast and nasty and skilled. They can be stopped if you watched Washington last night they shut them down. They roughed up Marchand and Pasta all night long. Taking shots at them consistently. Orlov Niskanen and Orpik were hitting them all night long. Those guys don't like to be roughed up. No one does. That is the secret.
     
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    He would help on forecheck and could engage Chara. We could need someone if Bruins decide to do some physical damage to us tomorrow night.
     
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    What RD is coming along with Kreider for Nylander?
     
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    He had a great training camp
     
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    Yes that's my biggest concern with my idea. It might not be so bad though, they will give more ice time to that top line anyway but we can give more ice time to the Tavares and Matthews lines and play our 4th line almost never. It would come down to if our two top lines can do more damage then their one big line and if Kadri/Hyman/Kapanen even come close to holding their own, we should win easily. If we match up with Tavares then we need to come super close to breaking even with that match-up or we could be in trouble.

    I'm not sure about anything except that the Bergeron line is scary. Boston matches up well against us and they're right behind us in the standings despite being absolutely decimated by injuries this year. It would be a mistake underestimate them, they're still one of the best teams in the league IMO.
     
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    This was a very winnable game and another example as to how we can bully lesser teams.

    Saturday is a true test. A playoff game and we had better see the Leafs show up for that game because they seem to not show up for those big games.
     
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    TBH I’m not sure they would be able to shut them down without a solid D pair working with them. The Leafs just don’t have good enough D to prevent them from forechecking and cycling them to death.
     
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    Taking out Lindholm for a game would not change anything for us. But Clarkie could help us if Bruins decide they are gonna come out try to run us out of our rink tomorrow night. I would not put it past Bruins to make a statement game. They could say well we don't care about score but we will go out and try to inflict some physical damage on some of our guys tomorrow night irrespective of penalties. What would we do if we win the game on score sheet but lose Matty for a month or more on another bad board. It changes the risk profile for a guy on Bruins bench who wants to do something like that. I hope I am wrong but I think tomorrow night the Bruins will bring their nasty game. Babs does not want to be the coach looking to the refs to combat that game plan.
     

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