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Can we all take a moment and marvel at Masai Dubas?

This was suppose to be the most difficult off-season in arguably Leafs history and lets look take at what he's already accomplished.

1) Resigned Matthews (happened a while ago but listing it anyway)
2) Resigned Kapanen
3) Resigned Johnsson
4) Cleared Marleau's contract
5) Clearned Zaitsev's salary
5) Acquired Ceci and have him for a one year audition at a salary only slightly more than last year
6) Have added a few roster fillers at minimum salaries
7) Traded Kadri and Rosen for Kerfoot and Barrie (!!!!!!!!!)

Still have roughly 13 million which should allow them to match any offer sheets for Marner.
 

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yeah, but he didn't have the balls to fire Babcock so all these moves will amount to nothing more than they have accomplished the last 3 years.

Glad there was an offer sheet, but Montreal took a half swing at it. Should have upped the offer by 1.5 million or so and given up the second first round pick. Aho is worth a first, a first, a second, and a third IMO.
 

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yeah, but he didn't have the balls to fire Babcock so all these moves will amount to nothing more than they have accomplished the last 3 years.

Glad there was an offer sheet, but Montreal took a half swing at it. Should have upped the offer by 1.5 million or so and given up the second first round pick. Aho is worth a first, a first, a second, and a third IMO.
Really nothing to be gained from firing Babcock.

This is the first year of his time they are going to have a roster fit to win a playoff series. If they lose first round again this year (and arguably don’t make conference final minimum) then it’s a different story.
 

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Toronto had the roster to beat Boston this year. Babcock had last change in games 3 and 4 and still managed to get the wrong players on the ice at the end of both of those games, and in game 6 he pulled his goalie before his team had possession of the puck.

ONCE in his career has Babcock over achieved with a team, and that was 16 years ago. He underachieved in Detroit (With the rosters he had, how does he only win one cup!?!?!?!) and he hasn't made it past the first round in 6 years. Players do not like playing for him as well.
 

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Toronto had the roster to beat Boston this year. Babcock had last change in games 3 and 4 and still managed to get the wrong players on the ice at the end of both of those games, and in game 6 he pulled his goalie before his team had possession of the puck.

ONCE in his career has Babcock over achieved with a team, and that was 16 years ago. He underachieved in Detroit (With the rosters he had, how does he only win one cup!?!?!?!) and he hasn't made it past the first round in 6 years. Players do not like playing for him as well.
Only way Toronto was beating Boston was if they got it done quick. No way Lou's defense was beating Boston in a 7 game series. Like I said, now the Team will (more than not) have Dubas' defense and the true test for Babs will begin.

The NHL isn't the NBA or the NFL. Success isn't measured in championships it is measured in playoff appearances. There is far too much parody to base things off championships. Sure, eventually coaches do get fired because they don't get over the hump but Toronto isn't there yet. Everyone forget's that the Shanaplan wasn't suppose to get them to the playoffs as quickly as it did. They are a year and possibly 2 years ahead of schedule.

I have heard about select players that haven't liked playing the Babcock but that could be said about any coach. He expects a lot of his players and some guys can't handle that.
 

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The West got much tougher this off-season, the Central bulked up massively and have the defending Stanley Cup Champions. I look for the West to be the dominant conference for the next several years like it was to the end of LA Chicago's wins.

Lets Go Blues!
 

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Future cap implications of that brutal Kevin Hayes deal aside, he's still a very good player and I'm extremely thrilled with the Flyers forward depth.
PLUS, we actually have a real coach and a real goalie finally!

Dare I say it's our year?
 

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@Arya Dark;

Cashier at a local grocery store here in Marin County was wearing a San Jose Sharks cap, @Obfuscation;, and when I told him that I liked his hat he expressed a viewpoint similar to yours, that after the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues were able to win it all, he figures, "Why not us?"

We had a good, fecund discussion.

Fascinating article here, @Obfuscation;:

http://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/sharks/sharks-biggest-threats-winning-stanley-cup-potential-nhl-lockout

Sharks' biggest threats to winning Stanley Cup: Potential NHL lockout

Editor's Note: Now that the Blues and Capitals have gotten off the Stanley Cup schneid, there's arguably no NHL franchise more "due" to win a Cup than the Sharks. This week, NBC Sports California will examine the five biggest threats to San Jose's championship aspirations in the relatively near future. We continue with the upcoming CBA negotiations that could result in a potential lockout.

The current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021-22 season, meaning there's no need to worry about any sort of lockout occurring before then, right?

Wrong.

Yes, the CBA expires after the 2021-22 season, but both the league and the NHL Players' Association have options to opt-out of it next month, just as teams are convening for the start of training camp. Even if neither side chooses to do so at that time, there is plenty of reason to believe the NHL could experience its fourth work stoppage under commissioner Gary Bettman at some point in the near future.

And, if that indeed does occur, one could make the case there are few teams that would be more negatively impacted than the Sharks.

San Jose has done an incredible job of prolonging its championship window -- more times than once. The Sharks only have missed the playoffs twice since 1998, reaching the Western Conference final five times in that span. The most recent of those trips came just this past season when San Jose was eliminated in six games by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

The developments of the offseason have done nothing to remove the Sharks from the list of legitimate contenders.

But, all good things must come to an end, and that window -- at some point -- eventually will close. The fact of the matter is, while general manager Doug Wilson has replenished the roster with several quality young players, the ones that have formed the backbone of so many of those playoff runs are getting long in the tooth.

Joe Pavelski is gone. Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture will turn 35, 33 and 31 years old, respectively, this coming March. Erik Karlsson, who signed an eight-year contract at the start of the offseason, turns 30 in May. Surefire Hall of Famer Joe Thornton is 40, and while he's currently unsigned, you can count on seeing him in teal for at least one more season.

All of this is to say, the Sharks can't afford to waste any time. They've come close -- very close -- to winning it all multiple times, but last year's team might have been the most talented in franchise history, and still it fell short. One naturally would assume that if San Jose is going to end its lengthy Stanley Cup drought, it will occur while some or most of that talented and decorated core still is intact.

Any sort of work stoppage -- for however long -- would therefore rapidly increase the speed with which that window closes.

Now, there is optimism that the two sides will be able to avoid any such lockout, but there are a few contentious issues that will be at the heart of the negotiations, most notably the percentage of player contracts held in escrow, and the feasibility of NHL players participating in the Winter Olympics mid-season. Given how certain star players have set up their contracts for the 2020-21 season, it's clear that optimism isn't shared by all.

For instance, $12 million of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid's $13 million 2020-21 contract is in the form of a signing bonus to be paid in July. Similarly, Toronto's John Tavares will make more than $11 million of his $12 million 2020-21 salary in the form of a lump sum, thereby ensuring he'll receive the vast majority of his salary whether there's a lockout in 2020 or 2022, or not at all.

The most recent NHL lockout reduced the 2012-13 season to 48 games. The one before that eliminated the 2004-05 season altogether. If the next one occurs anytime soon, it will steal time from the Sharks that they simply don't have.
 

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Got our #1 D and a top winger signed for the next 6-years for $12,000,000 total.

:ghost

Time to take the next step and WIN the Metro IMO.
 

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My standing predictions

Atlanta - 1. Tampa 2. Toronto 3. Boston 4. Florida(x) 5. Montreal 6. Buffalo 7. Ottawa 8. Detroit
Metro - 1. Washington 2. Pittsburgh 3. Carolina 4. New Jersey(x) 5. NY Islanders 6. NY Rangers 7. Philadelphia 8. Columbus
Central - 1. Dallas 2. St. Louis 3. Colorado 4. Nashville(x) 5. Winnipeg(x) 6. Chicago 7. Minnesota
Pacific - 1. Calgary 2. Vegas 3. San Jose 4. Arizona 5. Edmonton 6. Vancouver 7. Anaheim 8. Los Angeles

I would say the 7 worst teams are either in the Atlantic and the Pacific. The top 3 teams in those divisions are going to wreck the bottom 3 or 4 teams.

The Metro division is going to be pretty tough this year.
 
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