Confirmed Signing with Link: [TOR] Joe Thornton signs with the Maple Leafs (1 year, $700K)

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  1. X66 114-110

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    Spezza played wing in the playoffs, Engvall became center and that was one of the leafs best lines.

    To me it’s obvious, the leafs believe they can put thronton in a position to succeed, like easy minutes and 2nd pp time.

    But what they want most is the voice in the locker room.

    Spezza and Thornton will not be asked to play huge roles, which can potentially benefit both, it did for Spezza last year.
     
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    Who will be let go to find the money to sign Mikheyev and Dermott ?
     
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    it’s not like there is an order: win 1, then 2, then 3 rounds etc. If that were the case tampa wouldn’t win for 3 more years. this is the exact kind of simplistic thinking i was referring to.
     
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    Lmao I gotta hand it to Leafs fan, they don’t back down from anyone. They’re making fun of Tampa for winning the cup now, hahahah.
     
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    They could only win after resting for so long
     
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    I'm sorry and I wish you all due respect but why do 4 guys earning nearly 40 million dollars need inspiration? Is 10 mill not what it used to be? I watched the performance against the working man's Blue Jackets and I saw a frightened group, heck I could sense it just watching on TV. Adding a few old guys is not going to push them over the top, they need a better mix for those big dollars or nothing changes! No real playoff standouts in that forward group.
     
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    I don’t understand the hate for this signing and I hate the leafs. 1 year cheap contract for an effective 4th line centre who brings leadership and can be moved up the lineup if needed. And oh ya he’s not soft as butter like the 4th liners they have had the last 2 years minus Clifford. Thornton will actually stick up for himself and doesn’t get pushed around. Mathews and Marner should take notes
     
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    Dermott is getting traded in my opinion and the leafs have the money to sign Mikheyev now
     
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    The "risk" is that your bottom-6 may "play well" but still not be particularly well equipped for the grinding job that actually needs to get done. And you get eliminated from the playoffs immediately. :dunno:


    Like...yes, Spezza last year and now Thornton this year, are certainly still "good enough players" to handle some minutes, put up some points, play a little bit of powerplay even. But what they're not really as cut out for, is those PK minutes, DZone starts, a big "energy shift" to generate a spark when a team is a bit flat, etc. It's where building a truly good Team, isn't just about collecting a hodgepodge of high skill "good players". There are other niche skillsets that are important too.
     
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    Why would they keep Holl for a controlled Dermott who is a better dman, a decent 3rd pair and a person they could sign for below his cap hit?
     
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    It’s a bit sad this has more replies than the Pietrangelo signing. It’s a depth signing for league minimum, it’s not a good or bad move.

    I hope the gamble pays off and I think it will but it’s still a relatively nothing signing.
     
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    The Leafs rested as long and still could not pass through 1 playoff round.
     
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    I mean... I like the signing. A seasoned HHoF vet playing for his childhood team and trying to win the cup with them? Sure, a good deal!

    Whatever else happened in this thread... geez. We reaaaally like arguing over the pettiest shit, don’t we?
     
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    Not for a player who used to be a star+...
     
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    Because the left side is Rielly Muzzin and eventually if not this year Sandin. The leafs have tried Dermott on the right side and it just doesn't work. Trade the asset to a team where he fits better
     
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    As valid as ever

    I wonder what Saku Koivu is doing right now... obviously no Jumbo Joe but he could be that MTL #1C
     
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    Dubas said dermott to the right
     
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    I heard that also but I think the leafs are looking at this right now.

    Rielly Brodie
    Muzzin Lehtonen
    Sandin Holl/Bogosian

    I just don't see the fit for Dermott after the moves. I think he becomes part of a multi player trade with Toronto and a mystery team as of now.
     
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    I just don't want to trade the dman, who has the most defensive aspects on the team.
    Otherwise its a great 6.
     
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    I don't believe this is correct, since it was a fair amount of consternation, of why they don't.
    He did it in Erie and the CCC. Dubas said it will be tried this year.
     
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    I don't understand all static about this signing. Leafs signed a league-average offensive producer for league minimum salary. This is great value, and a good signing; what downside? lol.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    It's not about inspiration, it's about helping with pressure. One could even argue that the more money you make as a young player the more pressure that falls on you.

    What made the group frightened? They scored pretty much all of their goals from the greasy areas and that's where they generated most of their chances.
     
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    Imagine being 70+ and spending your days trolling on HF. I don't know if that's sad, hilarious or both. :laugh:
     
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    They could not overcome a much weaker Columbus team, I don't know if it was correct to say that they played scared but they certainly didn't look like a confident group in my opinion.
     
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