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it brings a tear to my eye...and yet more tears are to come...el general is going to be MIA if not undercover for the most part of the season...trying to keep above a 3.00 GPA...wish me luck, and maybe ill drop in a w00t or two for you boys, until then, go habs!

Tragic news, but do drop in whenever you can.

w00tness... :D

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Ha ha...read this article and had to add to emphasize this quote as an addition to the scout's report:

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news...46-e2d1ac7bfa0e

"In his first two starts in a Leafs uniform, Toskala allowed a combined 10 goals and was booed both times by the Air Canada Centre crowds. The 30-year-old finished with a 0-3 preseason record and a bloated 4.69 goals-against average.

Raycroft, who went 2-0-1 with a 3.31 goals-against average, was slightly better. But the 27-year-old still has a tendency to give up at least one soft goal per game."

omg :blink: I just read that Toskala's contract is $10M for two years. JFJ...you da man! I will send in every petition, e-mail, protest, whatever to ensure you remain the Maple Leaf's General Manager :lol::P:D:P:lol::D

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Ha ha...read this article and had to add to emphasize this quote as an addition to the scout's report:

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news...46-e2d1ac7bfa0e

"In his first two starts in a Leafs uniform, Toskala allowed a combined 10 goals and was booed both times by the Air Canada Centre crowds. The 30-year-old finished with a 0-3 preseason record and a bloated 4.69 goals-against average.

Raycroft, who went 2-0-1 with a 3.31 goals-against average, was slightly better. But the 27-year-old still has a tendency to give up at least one soft goal per game."

omg :blink: I just read that Toskala's contract is $10M for two years. JFJ...you da man! I will send in every petition, e-mail, protest, whatever to ensure you remain the Maple Leaf's General Manager :lol::P:D:P:lol::D

Its actually 8 mill HLD,,,,but whats a couple mill to JFJ?? :P

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/news_story/?ID...nhl-maple_leafs

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Toskala is just as bad as raycroft, if not worse..HTL...if you came after me with a cane ill tell my mom so... ur choice

Jury is still out on Toskala but it doesnt look too good so far.

P.S. Is your mom tough?? :P

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Leafs Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that six players have been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Forwards Simon Gamache, Ben Ondrus, Tony Salmelainen and Jeremy Williams, defenceman Jay Harrison, and goaltender Scott Clemmensen have all been assigned to the Maple Leafs’ primary affiliate.

Leafs Coach Plays It Mum

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/262555

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Its actually 8 mill HLD,,,,but whats a couple mill to JFJ?? :P

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/news_story/?ID...nhl-maple_leafs

Weird...so what's the other $2 Mil the other article is showing. A bonus structure maybe? Sounds like he won't be getting it.

Ah man...I can't believe the season is already here...can't wait till tomorrow. When I get up tomorrow it'll be like Christmas morning! :D

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Weird...so what's the other $2 Mil the other article is showing. A bonus structure maybe? Sounds like he won't be getting it.

Ah man...I can't believe the season is already here...can't wait till tomorrow. When I get up tomorrow it'll be like Christmas morning! :D

same here. It's my day off and I have to work the whole day but I don't care because as soon as I get home I know it will be game time :D :D

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About 24 hours to go before the MN takes its first hit of the year.

w00t w00t

here's to the boys! and to an exciting roller coaster of a season!

-Matt

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i'm excited for tomorrow too! (well technically tonight :D) ut i have class and i really can't miss it. thankfuly there's the school bar which i can check up the score during my break and i shoud get home in time for most if not all the last period! (class finishes at 8:15). GO HABS GO!

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I only thought about it once last night.. i let it drift from my mind.. otherwise i wouldntve fell asleep. But today is school is gonna be a looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggg day. And after school i gotta get a game of ball or ball hockey on the go or its gonna be a loooooooooooooonnnnnnnngggg day after school. 13 hours 5 min !

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The long wait is almost over. It is time for the first MN bonus report. But, before doing it, lets refresh

the definitions here:

1. MN (or MN playoffs) - Magic Number or number of points Habs should get to guaranty playoffs spot. The

magic of the Number guaranties the playoffs even if all of the opponents win all remaining games, including

games against each other. The season starts from the MN = 165. When MN reaches 0, habs are in. The MN drops

when either habs get points ot the team # 9 looses points.

2. MN home-ice, division, conference - titles speak for themselves

3. MN to-no-go - How many points Toronto has to loose to be officially eliminated from the playoffs.

3. Bonus - these are points the MN drops without taking in account habs getting points themselves. I.e.

these are points lost by the team #9 in the NL (net points lost) standing.

MN Bonus available for tonight 2008.10.03:

No bonuses (except for MN to-no-go) tonight. Even more, no bonuses till Friday. The bonuses are guarantied on

Friday, if either habs get at least one point tonight (i.e. they don't loose in regulation), or Toronto and

Ottawa split their games (tonight and tomorrow).

As for MN to-no-go bonuses, we get as many as number of points Toronto looses tonight.

Have a great night everybody.

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THE PUCK DROPS TONIGHT!:

Here we go again folks. Our jerseys have been washed, our TV time booked, our beer fridges stacked and the speed dial updated to include the pizza guy who delivers the tastier New Yorker pizza. another season is upon us and I say it's about time. This summer's hockey drought was way too long, and I for one hope this year the boys should drive further in to the post season to ensure this tragedy does not repeat its self. and thus we face the question everyone is trying to answer: Can the Habs make the playoffs? Are we a better team? We've read the so called experts' articles on it, and now here is HLD's take on the subject:

Goaltending

By now most of us can agree that Huet's performance to overtake Jose Theodore's job two years ago was not a flash in the pan. He is a NHL calibre goalie and will serve us well as the bridge to close the gap as our young guys develop into star goalies. There is no guarantee that he will remain as brilliant as he was in his stretch to earn a spot on last years All Star team, however one thing is for sure; he can and will steal games and can and will make key plays.

The decision to keep Price at the NHL level is a good decision. Even though he did not spend too much time in Hamilton, given his stellar performance against AHLers in a pressure packed situation was proof enough for me (and obviously Bob) that time spent in the AHL has no value added for this talented youngster. Playing 30+ games at the NHL level will be far more beneficial to the team and his development.

With Halak in the AHL ready to jump in at any time (we all saw what he can do last year) our goaltending is as solid as last year, and even more consistent. We can pretty much guarantee we won't have 10 game stretches with Aebischer mishaps.

Defence

The tandem of Markov and Komisarek…enough said. They are solid, they have been and will be. Hamrlik and Brisebois are reportedly the second pairing. I don’t care what people say about Brisebois, and I don’t care what happened three years ago (although I still have some lingering ill feelings there). He is an established NHL veteran defenseman and is a great addition to our second line. Togeather with Hamrlik, they will be an experienced line which should play solid in their own end and move the puck comfortably out of our zone. For the third pairing, we have chouices of Bouillion, Dandenault, Streit and Gorges. I thinks these are pretty awesome names to have for a third pairing on D, and it gives the coaching staff various tools to use on a given night against teams with different strengths. Our first two lines will be able to move the puck up the ice, creating chances for our forwards. In other words, not only is this defensive roster FAR superior to what we had last year (and has more depth), but also it will contribute to our 5 on 5 offense in that the top two pairings will have an immense impact on our transition game.

Offence

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder will be as effective as last year, but even better. They cannot rival other star #1 lines around the league, however we can expect a consistent input from all three of them, both 5 on 5 and special teams.

Kostitsyn-Grabovsky-Kovalev will have the most part of my attention tonight. There is so much potential and talent on this line that point production is inevitable. The only question will remain as to how many points they will put up. I sure hope that Kovalev can be motivated by playing on a line with others he can speak Russian with. This might even be an advantage when they speak to each other in Russian on the ice without the opposition understanding what they are communicating to one another.

Latandresse-Plekanec-Smolinski will have big shoes to fill following the Bonk Johnson show last year. They were undoubtedly a great shut-down line in 2006-2007, however this year’s line has potential. Plekanec has proven to be a superb assets defensively, Smolinski has a reputation for shutting down big names, and Latandresse is a young kid trying to find a niche, who can hit and HURT the opposition. This line not only has the potential to shut down lines, but to put up a considerable number of goals in net (hopefully the oppositions net).

The fourth line, much like the third defensive line, has many names that it can accommodate: Begin, Chipchura, Kostopoulos, Muray, Dandenault, Streit. All are more than worthy (maybe not Muray) to be on a NHL team’s fourth line, and they all offer different tools to the coaching staff. Having this flexibility on our third D and fourth O lines gives the coaches an asset which, in my humble opinion, is worth a lot more than people give it credit for.

Coaching Staff

The coaching staff went through a training period last year. They have openly admitted to making mistakes and learning from them. Given the characters up there (Carbonneau, Muller, Jarvis, and Gainey) I cannot doub t for an instant the hockey knowledge, the work ethic, and the will to win that is present at the top. Furthermore, given those four names, our special teams can be expected to perform at a high level yet again. Everyone can keep talking about Sheldon’s shot we will be missing on the PP, but let us not take credit away from where it’s due. Given the myriad of tools the coaching staff is presented with, we will undoubtedly shut down the opposition on the PK, and perform at a high level on the PP. We may not be 1st, but we will remain in the 75th percentile and that’s all a team really needs.

Summary

As this first post of the season turns into a novel, I’ll gather my thought and present you with my conclusion. This team is marginally better in offense, marginally better in goal and far superior in defence. Further more we are better 5 on 5 (mainly thanks to our new found transition play) and will remain as competitive on special teams. The icing on the cake (and the reason why I am confident we’re making the playoffs) is that we have dramatically reduced our areas of weaknesses. I expect a more modest beginning to the season, but a more consistent output through out the year.

As I always say, we can all speculate, but….only time will tell.

Let’s go les Glorieux! GO HABS GO!

NL STANDINGS OCTOBER 3:

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The long wait is almost over. It is time for the first MN bonus report. But, before doing it, lets refresh

the definitions here:

1. MN (or MN playoffs) - Magic Number or number of points Habs should get to guaranty playoffs spot. The

magic of the Number guaranties the playoffs even if all of the opponents win all remaining games, including

games against each other. The season starts from the MN = 165. When MN reaches 0, habs are in. The MN drops

when either habs get points ot the team # 9 looses points.

2. MN home-ice, division, conference - titles speak for themselves

3. MN to-no-go - How many points Toronto has to loose to be officially eliminated from the playoffs.

3. Bonus - these are points the MN drops without taking in account habs getting points themselves. I.e.

these are points lost by the team #9 in the NL (net points lost) standing.

MN Bonus available for tonight 2008.10.03:

No bonuses (except for MN to-no-go) tonight. Even more, no bonuses till Friday. The bonuses are guarantied on

Friday, if either habs get at least one point tonight (i.e. they don't loose in regulation), or Toronto and

Ottawa split their games (tonight and tomorrow).

As for MN to-no-go bonuses, we get as many as number of points Toronto looses tonight.

Have a great night everybody.

Nice update choc. Do you still remember how to update the MN blog? If not PM me and I'll send you the user name and password ;)

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THE PUCK DROPS TONIGHT!:

Here we go again folks. Our jerseys have been washed, our TV time booked, our beer fridges stacked and the speed dial updated to include the pizza guy who delivers the tastier New Yorker pizza. another season is upon us and I say it's about time. This summer's hockey drought was way too long, and I for one hope this year the boys should drive further in to the post season to ensure this tragedy does not repeat its self. and thus we face the question everyone is trying to answer: Can the Habs make the playoffs? Are we a better team? We've read the so called experts' articles on it, and now here is HLD's take on the subject:

Goaltending

By now most of us can agree that Huet's performance to overtake Jose Theodore's job two years ago was not a flash in the pan. He is a NHL calibre goalie and will serve us well as the bridge to close the gap as our young guys develop into star goalies. There is no guarantee that he will remain as brilliant as he was in his stretch to earn a spot on last years All Star team, however one thing is for sure; he can and will steal games and can and will make key plays.

The decision to keep Price at the NHL level is a good decision. Even though he did not spend too much time in Hamilton, given his stellar performance against AHLers in a pressure packed situation was proof enough for me (and obviously Bob) that time spent in the AHL has no value added for this talented youngster. Playing 30+ games at the NHL level will be far more beneficial to the team and his development.

With Halak in the AHL ready to jump in at any time (we all saw what he can do last year) our goaltending is as solid as last year, and even more consistent. We can pretty much guarantee we won't have 10 game stretches with Aebischer mishaps.

Defence

The tandem of Markov and Komisarek…enough said. They are solid, they have been and will be. Hamrlik and Brisebois are reportedly the second pairing. I don’t care what people say about Brisebois, and I don’t care what happened three years ago (although I still have some lingering ill feelings there). He is an established NHL veteran defenseman and is a great addition to our second line. Togeather with Hamrlik, they will be an experienced line which should play solid in their own end and move the puck comfortably out of our zone. For the third pairing, we have chouices of Bouillion, Dandenault, Streit and Gorges. I thinks these are pretty awesome names to have for a third pairing on D, and it gives the coaching staff various tools to use on a given night against teams with different strengths. Our first two lines will be able to move the puck up the ice, creating chances for our forwards. In other words, not only is this defensive roster FAR superior to what we had last year (and has more depth), but also it will contribute to our 5 on 5 offense in that the top two pairings will have an immense impact on our transition game.

Offence

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder will be as effective as last year, but even better. They cannot rival other star #1 lines around the league, however we can expect a consistent input from all three of them, both 5 on 5 and special teams.

Kostitsyn-Grabovsky-Kovalev will have the most part of my attention tonight. There is so much potential and talent on this line that point production is inevitable. The only question will remain as to how many points they will put up. I sure hope that Kovalev can be motivated by playing on a line with others he can speak Russian with. This might even be an advantage when they speak to each other in Russian on the ice without the opposition understanding what they are communicating to one another.

Latandresse-Plekanec-Smolinski will have big shoes to fill following the Bonk Johnson show last year. They were undoubtedly a great shut-down line in 2006-2007, however this year’s line has potential. Plekanec has proven to be a superb assets defensively, Smolinski has a reputation for shutting down big names, and Latandresse is a young kid trying to find a niche, who can hit and HURT the opposition. This line not only has the potential to shut down lines, but to put up a considerable number of goals in net (hopefully the oppositions net).

The fourth line, much like the third defensive line, has many names that it can accommodate: Begin, Chipchura, Kostopoulos, Muray, Dandenault, Streit. All are more than worthy (maybe not Muray) to be on a NHL team’s fourth line, and they all offer different tools to the coaching staff. Having this flexibility on our third D and fourth O lines gives the coaches an asset which, in my humble opinion, is worth a lot more than people give it credit for.

Coaching Staff

The coaching staff went through a training period last year. They have openly admitted to making mistakes and learning from them. Given the characters up there (Carbonneau, Muller, Jarvis, and Gainey) I cannot doub t for an instant the hockey knowledge, the work ethic, and the will to win that is present at the top. Furthermore, given those four names, our special teams can be expected to perform at a high level yet again. Everyone can keep talking about Sheldon’s shot we will be missing on the PP, but let us not take credit away from where it’s due. Given the myriad of tools the coaching staff is presented with, we will undoubtedly shut down the opposition on the PK, and perform at a high level on the PP. We may not be 1st, but we will remain in the 75th percentile and that’s all a team really needs.

Summary

As this first post of the season turns into a novel, I’ll gather my thought and present you with my conclusion. This team is marginally better in offense, marginally better in goal and far superior in defence. Further more we are better 5 on 5 (mainly thanks to our new found transition play) and will remain as competitive on special teams. The icing on the cake (and the reason why I am confident we’re making the playoffs) is that we have dramatically reduced our areas of weaknesses. I expect a more modest beginning to the season, but a more consistent output through out the year.

As I always say, we can all speculate, but….only time will tell.

Let’s go les Glorieux! GO HABS GO!

NL STANDINGS OCTOBER 3:

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Excuse me, everyone. But that's what I call a perfect post. Just perfect.

Thank you, HLD. And I look forward to the rest - oh how I've missed them. Hadn't realised until I read it.

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OK on to business...for anyone who may be wondering what the order of the NL standings are...well as of this morning there is no order. All the teams names came out as per the macro and the NHL.com current standings (which is by division and then alphabetically...I think). The only modification I made was for the first and last place teams ;)

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OK on to business...for anyone who may be wondering what the order of the NL standings are...well as of this morning there is no order. All the teams names came out as per the macro and the NHL.com current standings (which is by division and then alphabetically...I think). The only modification I made was for the first and last place teams ;)

I was wondering why the leafs were at the bottom :lol:

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Excuse me, everyone. But that's what I call a perfect post. Just perfect.

Thank you, HLD. And I look forward to the rest - oh how I've missed them. Hadn't realised until I read it.

Thanks...although it will be difficult to top a few of my posts from last year. Mainly the "Jerry story" and the satirical piece. I'll give it a shot thought :D

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