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Old 01-02-2014, 02:47 PM   #731 (permalink)
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Default Re: NHL: 2013/14 Season - Leafs > Catalanotto

I think Orpik rounds out the defence a little better than Yandle does combining talents and all. They are building teams, not all-star teams. I probably would have gone Yandle over Faulk.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:49 PM   #732 (permalink)
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The winter classic crowd came off good on TV but of course I was watching the NBC feed and not the shitty CBC one that mutes the crowd whenever they're loud
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I understand why Team USA left Ryan off the team though I don't agree with it. It's a bigger ice surface and Ryan is not the best skater. But using this logic why the heck was Orpik picked over Yandle? Orpik brings zero offense from the backend and is as slow as molasses.

Is Bylsma the head coach? If so he probably had a huge influence in bringing in two guys from his team. USA will struggle to score goals. Torts should be the head coach.
USA is gonna get crushed unless their goaltenders steal games. I'm still wondering why the hell they brought in Howard over Bishop. Howard hasn't been on his game this season and has been hurt for a good amount of time too, whereas you have Bishop, who, yeah, doesn't have that experience on that big setting yet, but he's putting up a 21-5-3 record with a SV% above .930 and a GAA below 2. I don't know why they'd leave him off the team. Whenever I've seen him play, he's been great.

I also don't think experience should be an issue. Eventually, you need to give younger guys a chance so they can get used to the setting for later events.

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“They were direct quotes and it’s unfortunate they feel that way,” said Ryan. “That’s their opinions and they’ve got to form a team. I guess to a certain degree you have to respect it.

“You don’t have to agree with it, right? But you could have just cut me. You didn’t have to ... Actually I almost feel degraded when it comes out like that. It is what it is. That’s their decision. That’s how they feel about it. I will remember it and use it as motivation.”

“It makes you want to prove them wrong,” said Ryan. “I spent the first half trying to prove them wrong. I felt I was the odd man out _ even in the summer in my conversations.
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“I think we have to know what we’re taking with Bobby,” says Burke, who had him in Anaheim when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

“He’s a passive guy,” Burke says. And over 82 games, yes, Saad and or Pacioretty might be more attractive than Ryan. But Ryan’s a game-breaker.

“He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary,” Burke says. “It’s never going to be in his vocabulary. He can’t spell intense.”

If he’s not going to be put in a role in which he can score an important goal, use his skills as a sniper, he shouldn’t go, Burke says.
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Default Re: NHL: 2013/14 Season - Leafs > Catalanotto

The comments on Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson, and Keith Yandle particularly were cutting, but as Hyman Roth famously said: this is the business they've chosen.

Criticism is real when you have a behind the scenes access. A high level team like this was going to leave good players home so you have to be honest about the flaws of these players. Even at the levels of hockey I've played and coached, these discussions happen when you're picking a team. There's a reason they do not usually involve the players, it can get ugly when you have to pick apart someone's game.

For his part, Ryan has handled it pretty well. I especially liked his comments about using it as motivation. That's what he should do, it's really all he can do at this point.
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Bobby Ryan gon' get that hat trick tonight.
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Default Re: NHL: 2013/14 Season - Leafs > Catalanotto

looks like the Habs and Sabres are discussing a deal around Briere.

I'm really scared because I don't trust Bergevin one bit. Such a terrible signing in the first place.
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Do you guys think Crawford will make Team Canada?
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USA is gonna get crushed unless their goaltenders steal games. I'm still wondering why the hell they brought in Howard over Bishop. Howard hasn't been on his game this season and has been hurt for a good amount of time too, whereas you have Bishop, who, yeah, doesn't have that experience on that big setting yet, but he's putting up a 21-5-3 record with a SV% above .930 and a GAA below 2. I don't know why they'd leave him off the team. Whenever I've seen him play, he's been great.
Agreed. I don't know about crushed but we (USA) will need a goalie to stand on his head a little bit. Which makes no sense why we aren't sending Bishop. He has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this year. But with Miller and JQ we are in good hands there. Howard going makes no sense whatsoever. Craig Anderson probably should have gone in his place but Howard won't see the ice IMHO.

Lets not act like we are sending a bunch of scrubs over there though. Granted, we don't have the depth Canada does but this is a very talented team USA.
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Do you guys think Crawford will make Team Canada?
Probably. I'd say Luongo, Carey Price and Crawford.

This Dallas Stars fan is hoping Tyler Seguin makes it.
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Agreed. I don't know about crushed but we (USA) will need a goalie to stand on his head a little bit. Which makes no sense why we aren't sending Bishop. He has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this year. But with Miller and JQ we are in good hands there. Howard going makes no sense whatsoever. Craig Anderson probably should have gone in his place but Howard won't see the ice IMHO.

Lets not act like we are sending a bunch of scrubs over there though. Granted, we don't have the depth Canada does but this is a very talented team USA.
Craig Anderson has been horrible this year, even worse than Howard lol. They probably didn't take Bishop cause he's not proven enough yet, it won't matter anyway cause Miller or Quick will be the starter.
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Default Re: NHL: 2013/14 Season - Leafs > Catalanotto

I thought Saad deserved a spot on USA (no homer). Fast, can kill power plays, can provide offense on the advantage, good playmaker, etc,.
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