Turning it over to MLHS graphic designer and power user mcloki for this morning:
Hello, Gents. It’s Mcloki. Last year, I suggested to Alec and Declan that a consistent look should be developed for the GDT. Foolishly they said yes. Those banners were done in the rush of adrenaline that came with the end of the lockout. The old banners were nice, but they didn’t bring a tradition or regularity to the site. And the Game Day Thread is special. When posted, it announces that it’s hockey time in Leaf Land.
I want to create something that will be instantly recognizable and deliver the needed info to the unwashed masses of the MLHS fanbase. You know who you are. Of course, the teams names are needed and I added the date, time and TV Station carrying the game. I knew these would be archived, so they make a good historical header. And at a glance you know where to get your hockey fix.
The first design was a little clinical. I was rushed after the lockout and just happy that hockey was back. I wanted to get these out pretty quick. It was very utilitarian.
I wasn’t satisfied, so I ended up adding in the team logos besides the teams names. It was pretty dull, looking back at it now. I hated it. There’s nothing like contempt to spur you on to greater creativity, because then it hit me – always remember who your target audience is. The audience was all the regulars on MLHS. They know hockey and the Leafs inside and out. They don’t need the facts, they need a bit of humour, a little levity, and they will get the joke.
I’ve changed the entire thinking of how to portray the other teams. Rather than team logos or shots of hockey players on the team, let’s get a little funny. Let’s find an image that epitomizes the team to MLHS fans. No respect. No logos. We can make fun of the other team. We’re a Leafs site, dammit. We do it every thread. Last year we ended up with Boston as the Care Bears and Carolina as the Dukes boys jumping General Lee. Let’s step it up this season.
I’ve got plenty of time to come up with the banners, but I have to do the entire league, and this is where I’m going to ask for you help. During the dog days of summer we’re going take suggestions from the MLHSer’s on proper images for each of the teams. We’re going to go per conference, so it’ll be 7 -8 teams per day. I’ll go through your suggestions and try and pick the most appropriate and doable one.
Let’s start with the Pacific Division:
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Some are going to be easy. How many diving boards will I get for Vancouver, or For Sale signs for the Coyotes? But some of the other teams are going to be hard. That’s where the combined warped humour of the MLHS board will come to the rescue. Please, suggest away.
Just a few caveats. Looking over my images from last year, the food reference didn’t work. Montreal was almost a bowl of poutine. The cartoon characters worked really well. Nothing too pornographic or too offensive. Keep it funny. These images have to last a full season. I won’t show the winners until we actually have the games, that way people will get a game day surprise.
Monday Morning Links…
TLN’s Top 20 Prospects
Justin Fisher kicks it off with some honorable mentions.
If you could only re-sign one of Phaneuf or Kessel, what’s your inclination?
That’s an ugly question, Michael.
How the departure of Grabovski and MacArthur will force the Leafs to think differently
Extremely tough mins for McClement – Bolland – Kulemin, giving a top 6 of Lupul – Kadri – Clarkson & JvR – Bozak – Kessel prime scoring opportunity. Sounds good on paper.
Clarkson on THN Cover; Bernier's new mask: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/08/20/clarkson-on-thn-cover-berniers-new-mask/…
After today's game the Jays will be .004 ahead of the end of last season in winning %. I am sure there is time to finish worse though.
wonder what we do if Franson or Kadri accept an offer sheet. Clever move by some one to screw up our Cap maybe
Just noticed clarkson @ 19&19pts, 38 uhhh nope ,since he will be playing back home he will smoke that with 24 goals and 32 asssts =56 ,well he has to be better the Mcarther eh ,he just has to ,but Im sure he knows that already
Kadri is right. It isn't his job to manage the salary cap. He shouldn't have to take less money than he's worth because the Leafs are low on cap space. Nonis didn't have his priorities straight this off-season, and now the Leafs are in cap trouble. We had so much space entering the off-season.
@rustynail What's this about?
@Bobsyouruncle That's Carey Price at the Calgary Stampede parade!
@Bernier_The_Boats not really
@rustynail something like Lile+Colbourn to like CGY or something for a pick or something
@rustynail Rusty Start with who has the cap space to do that? Not to many teams. And are those teams willing to give up 1st round draft picks.
@rustynail trade liles with a good prospect or high draft pick to get rid of his salary most likely
@Leafs rule without Naz he may not be close to those numbers :)
@Leafs rule whats it like?
@4evrblue awesome its like cujos
@DWCMLHS Kadri should take the Subban deal though, don't you think?
@DWCMLHS Two things;
1. You're right, its not his job. But there is a reality in which he lives, and in that reality the team with his bargaining rights is strapped. Most teams are strapped thru internal caps or the NHL cap. His options are few, and holding out is the worse one available.
2. Let us not forget that the Leafs spent a good bit of cash on Clarkson who, from Kadri's perspective, is the best type of linemate he could have. Someone who can battle along the boards to free up the puck, or offer protection when it is necessary. So yes, the cap space disappeared. But Kadri might consider the money well spent. Or at least he should.
@Jmessih no use crying over spilt milk.
Easier said than done. If only Nonis had used the 2nd CBO on Liles instead of Grabo, and had let Bozak walk... we would have like $2.5 million more cap space (and a far better top-6 scoring center, but I'm not going to get into that again right now).
I don't think Kadri is doing that. He's just making it known that it is the team's job from here on out to make space to pay him what he's worth.
From Kadri's perspective? Did he say that Clarkson is his ideal line mate, or is that just an assumption on your part?
Clarkson is a good player, but he definitely doesn't deserve $5.25x7. And Bozak got way more than a 3rd-line caliber C should make. The Bernier trade and signing was bad cap management, too. Our cap costs haven't really been "money well spent" this off-season. Although Ranger at $1 million is good, as is Gunnarsson at $3.15 million.
@phaneufoundlander Uhhh no :) maybe a late 1st ,Liles is not that bad imo
@DWCMLHS Isn't what he's worth a function of the market? And its a market which has placed artifical constraints on all the buyers.
Totally agree with your FA take however, we needed Clarkson and if we overpaid by .75-1.25 per and had to add on 2 more years than was ideal....... so be it.
I disagree with your assessment on not being able to build a winner through the trade market. Burke significantly improved the team with the Phaneuf,Kessel and Lupul deals.
I was ok when Burke made the Kessel trade because he expected to challenge for a play-off spot and he expected the 2 picks to fall in the 10-20 range over the next two years. He clearly overrated his Teams talent but he still acquired an elite talent.
Nonis and Co clearly must really like the player. We have upgraded in Goal at the expense of some good potential in a 3rd line role of Frattin.
Don't think you can ever have too much depth in net. Any " Expert " opinion that I read loved the deal from a Leaf perspective. Also, it is pretty tough to fill all your holes in one off season.
So you would prefer that we hadn't signed him ? The whole world knows that we overpaid in avg salary and term however, we got araguably the best player available in FA.
Hopefully he plays like a Top 10 goalie and then we will be more than happy that Nonis acquired him.
The Bernier negativity from many posters gets a little tiring.I fail to see how having 2 potentially very good/potentially star goalies is a problem especially considering Reimer's health issues over the years.
Kadri certainly was quoted this year saying he appreciated the degree of protection provided by Orr/McLaren - thats my recollection anyway. Was Bozak paid too much - probably. But overall the Leafs have done fairly well in terms of cap managment. The only real sticking point is Liles' contract IMO. Assessing the Bernier trade now as bad cap management is easy and a little unfair. Wait until the end of the season - Bernier might prove you wrong.