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Thread: 2017-18 ECQF | Boston Bruins (A2) v. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)

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    Great game... TOR isn't very good. At least for a playoff team

    Most people are going Tampa but I think it's going to be super close.

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    Winnipeg is now Canada's last hope to end their Cup drought since Montreal in 1993.
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    Fucking Leafs The Bruins got away with murder in that game though. Terrible officiating. Although the Leafs really showed their inexperience.
    You gotta imagine an experienced Rangers squad with Lundqvist in goal would've brought home the win taking a one goal lead into the third period of a Game 7...

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    Did Lou Lammy do anything this year? Seriously, why does Shanny need him? A washed up Plakanec?

    They got fairly lucky with a group of elite kids and they did nothing at all to upgrade the roster. Even after their playoff series last year and a division that enabled them to easily lock down a playoff spot, they stood pat. They don't act like they belong. That needs to change.

    They also need some new key players starting with a top pair righty, as well as competent blue line depth. It's urgent, if they wish to compete. We'll have some competition for a good RHD this offseason. They could also use a guy like Kreider, on a different line than Marner. They'll have to find their own power forward who can stretch the O.

    At least all the pretenders are gone. These are 4 excellent series. Maybe one of the best and most interesting quarterfinal round ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fletch View Post
    Winnipeg is now Canada's last hope to end their Cup drought since Montreal in 1993.
    They were/are the only one with a realistic chance. But man, Nashville. wow!

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    That's what happens when you are a cheap fuck. With McDonagh they would've won this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myusername View Post
    Great game... TOR isn't very good. At least for a playoff team

    Most people are going Tampa but I think it's going to be super close.
    They took the 2nd best team in the East to 7 games and they're not good?

    Huge eyeroll.

    They're one D away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    They took the 2nd best team in the East to 7 games and they're not good?

    Huge eyeroll.

    They're one D away.
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    If Toronto was one dman away, then mgmt really screwed the pooch, eh? And their fans who pay MSG-like prices.

    Zuc, I think it is less being cheap $ wise and more that they couldn't shift their thinking from their rebuild (and hoarding every single pick and asset) to actually giving something of future value up to improve a major weakness. And they didn't have a strong enough belief in themselves.

    And they still haven't won a series in forever. They may have extended Boston, but they would have also lost to the Caps and Pens too. They deserve no pity or kudos, screw the Leafs they deserve zip.
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    Theyve said all along they werent going to trade major pieces this season. Wait until next trade deadline - theyll get their dman
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Theyve said all along they werent going to trade major pieces this season. Wait until next trade deadline - theyll get their dman
    Then they obviously believed they were more than one piece away. Otherwise, that was the dumbest strategy/decision this new regime has made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Theyve said all along they werent going to trade major pieces this season. Wait until next trade deadline - theyll get their dman
    Well it is time they do something impressive. It is easy to trade everything they own for assets and finish with a terrible record a few years in a row. It is easy to select Matthews when he is handed to you. Or Marner. Seems their hardest decision was choosing between Nylander or Ehlers. What a bunch of brilliant moves.

    There best move was taking Travis Dermott at the top of the 2nd round. Other than Dermott, it is hard to point to an impressive personnel move they've made.

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    I think NOT trading away assets this season will prove to be an impressive move, honestly.

    Next season, theyre not losing much, while their kids get older - Mathews, Nylander, McD, Lilypad, Brown, Marner, Kap. Theyll add a veteran to their depth via small trade or FA, and possibly make a deal at the deadline.

    They werent good enough, IMP, to be contenders. They had a great series, but I couldnt imagine that team going through and winning the cup, even with McDonagh.
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    Yeah, I mean, McDonagh would have helped, but I'm with Wyshynski on this — they're two competent D away from contention. I don't even think they need someone the caliber of McDonagh, who is going to cost an arm and a leg to retain. They just need a couple more guys like Dermott who are good in their own end.
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    Gardiner was soooooo fucking bad last night. He's gonna be seeing those goals against in his nightmares for years to come. I didn't realize he was that much of a liability in his own end.
    Zaitsev seemed indezaitsev at many times and got caught in no man's land.
    Who was the third pair? Polak and someone? I barely even saw them, but yeah, they really need help on that blue line. We kinda knew they weren't addressing it at the deadline and I think that's ok.
    They have a young core who will be competitive for years to come, so why overpay for this year's run? Maybe they did the same thing our FO did: look around the league and determine, "are we really competing this year?" And while they were in the playoff race the entire season, maybe they saw the separation between WPG, NSH, TBL, BOS and themselves and didn't want to overpay.

    That's my assumption. I imagine they'll look to upgrade the blue line in the offseason.
    LGR!

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    Time to buy way low on Gardiner, eh?


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    Andersson was bad 4 out of 7 games in that series. He was very shaky in games 1-3, stole game 6, and shit the bed game 7. Not a great goalie in my opinion and had he been at least average the Leafs could have won game 7.

    I don't think they deserved to win the series but they absolutely could have.

    That said Tuuka looks lost as well. Tampa has the edge.
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    No surprise to me goaltending let Toronto down. They’ve struggled in that area for awhile.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThirtyONE View Post
    Andersson was bad 4 out of 7 games in that series. He was very shaky in games 1-3, stole game 6, and shit the bed game 7. Not a great goalie in my opinion and had he been at least average the Leafs could have won game 7.

    I don't think they deserved to win the series but they absolutely could have.

    That said Tuuka looks lost as well. Tampa has the edge.
    That's true. I initially thought Boston was going to take the next series, but Rask has been pretty bad too.
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