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Down River Dan's avatar

How long before TSN & Sportsnet go full blown wall to wall coverage of “Marner-Gate” ...sort of like they do on trade deadline day and Free-Agent frenzy day??

I wonder how Shanahan likes his job right about now…
tongue rolleye

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/11/19 at 12:39 PM ET

Paul's avatar

So true DRD, and I am being very selective on what I post.

Just wait until camp actually starts!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/11/19 at 12:40 PM ET

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That must do wonders for cohesion on that team.

Babs will be gone by Christmas as they fail to gel and sit at .500, and he’ll be the happiest man on the planet because of it.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/11/19 at 01:36 PM ET

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Babs will be gone by Christmas as they fail to gel and sit at .500, and he’ll be the happiest man on the planet because of it.

I don’t think he’ll be gone until they fail to make it out of the first round again, but I’m sure you’re right about how happy he’s going to be once he is.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/11/19 at 02:17 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/11/19 at 02:17 PM ET

At this point it just doesn’t seem like a comfortable fit for him. He and Dubas are both good at what they do, but I’m not convinced they are good working together. The disconnect seems to wide. And add to the mix trying to create a team bond among all this contractual haggling, he certainly has his work cut out for him.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/11/19 at 02:44 PM ET

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Imagine being in a position where you’re turning down an $80-some million contract on the base that it’s too long of a term.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/11/19 at 04:56 PM ET

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Pierre LeBrun had an article about how St Louis
has to keep a handle on “the small things” in order
to have any chance of repeating, especially in the cap era.

He goes on to talk some about the LA Kings and their efforts to
keep contending after they won once.

One comment from Dean Lombardi I think, was:
(After winning the Cup) guys start worrying about who’s
getting credit…(in terms of getting paid) and “that never happens”
when a team is building toward the big goal - or is losing.

But, are we increasingly getting to the point where not only are young
players - RFAs - seeking the big paydays and on player-friendly term
(few if any years of UFA bought), at the same time the cap sort of imposes
a narrower window to contend when a team can afford all its best younger players,
but also one where *no one has won anything yet* but there is already internal competition if not jealously among young stars on would-be contenders?

“But the AAV isn’t quite as high as his….but his five year term takes him right up to UFA…I want that, too”

Suddenly the LeBrun piece almost felt anachronistic.
Do young guys now want credit for the Cups they’re supposedly setting up to win,
but haven’t won yet? Are they too conscious already of what their teammates are getting paid?

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/11/19 at 05:56 PM ET

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Great analysis Lefty. Players used to be more team oriented and would give up pay if it would benefit the team. I think the Toews/Kane contracts changed that a few years ago as they both got paid without any real hometown discount.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/11/19 at 06:14 PM ET

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At this point it just doesn’t seem like a comfortable fit for him.

I agree and I think he’s definitely not the Leafs’ head coach next season (‘20-‘21), but I think the Leafs have enough talent to probably make the playoffs and then lose in the first round.

Having said that, if they do have a slow start or hit a particularly rough patch, I can definitely see Babcock being kicked to the curb before next summer.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/12/19 at 12:20 PM ET

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