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Thanks for the nice words yesterday Phook, Lukethenuke and co. Appreciate it.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@BoneChompski @Burtonboy corsi rel just compares you to your teammatse
1 week, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wake me up when it’s hockey season
@dlb Mad Franson looked bad, but also watch Wheeler before he even gets the puck. Winds up without being deterred, and is going full speed when he gets the puck, taking a pass from a puck carrier who is not being pressured at all either. Just can't happen.
1 week, 1 day ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs’ Penalty Kill – Part 1
@CanuckUKinToronto @Anthony Petrielli
Quietly thinking Boston is going downhill right now. Want to look into them more before shouting it from the rooftop though.
1 week, 2 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli @CanuckUKinToronto Oh they definitely will be... The West is stacked though. The step from very good to elite is massive to me.
@Hmmm I wonder if Brodeur's puck handling has helped NJ succeed on the PK. Going to try getting some video of their games.
1 week, 2 days ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs’ Penalty Kill – Part 1
@CanuckUKinToronto @Anthony Petrielli I really like their team, but he needs to settle down. Would still put all of LA/CHI/STL/SJ over them. They are somewhere in tier two.
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli Curious to see what he does with the D pairings/responsibilities.
@Burtonboy Not because of this, but he seems to be a really good coach from what I've read BB.
@Mattmark Yeah, pretty unlikely he suddenly forgot how to kill penalties.
@Bobsyouruncle @TML__fan Right, which is why I noted that it is not strictly about winning/losing draws, it is about how you pressure after you do lose the draw. Bozak did that because he was going right off, McClement did not because he was staying on regardless, so yes it does matter how many games Bozak played.
@wiski Yeah he will be, just a question as to how much PK TOI he will get per game. With Kulie and McClement both gone is he about to be one of their top two PKers, or will he be on the second unit again?
@mcloki @Anthony Petrielli I guess I'm missing the joke haha, who is that?
Appreciate the board-moderating today, everyone.
@lukethenuke @Anthony Petrielli If Komarov can play C (which he has done in pro hockey), maybe Winnik-Komarov-Clarkson??? Winnik could be the C too.
2 weeks ago on An interview with Maple Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott
AB: In past seasons under Carlyle, the Leafs have had a dedicated checking center... Do you think there may be more of a by-committee approach of shared responsibility?
SS: That’s something that will have to morph and take care of itself. We’ve got some ideas for line combinations we’ve got up on the whiteboard, but generally speaking, those situations will need to take care of themselves in terms of where everyone fits in. As you said, we’ve got an abundance of forwards now, so that’s going to be a real interesting subplot, to see where we end up with our 12 guys.
Did not get the sense from this answer that they are going to have a dedicated checking line and rigorously line match. Some matching/zone start specifications and whatnot will obviously happen, but seems like running a four line attack is the sticking point.
@Burtonboy I'm not saying he isn't or that it doesn't matter, but remember Carlyle saying that about Clarkson during the Olympic break? I wouldn't put much stock into it.
@Greg Fenton @Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf The point is that those other teams wouldn't make that move, not that the Leafs shouldn't.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs
@Greg Fenton @Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf I think everyone knows the Leafs need a 1C. They explored trading Lupul and Dion this summer. That's pretty much where it ends, especially when it comes to getting good value back (IE- not trading Kessel for a 1C stud) to evaluating the core and deciding who to keep.
@Greg Fenton That would be a huge jump.
Thank you for all the nice words. Have been in a meeting and just catching up now.
@B_Leaf I do believe I touched on that though when I said:
"With everything that happened and what they lacked last year, it makes it extremely difficult to evaluate the core that many wanted blown up or at least altered, because they had no support. With the pieces put in place he can now do that."
Tough to judge the best players considering they had zero support elsewhere, which I have hammered for months now.
@Cameron19 Apparently Chicago is going to try and take advantage of their window while Hossa is still good and Toews' and Kane's contract extensions aren't on the cap this year. So don't think they'd trade a top 4 rock for them. Moving Leddy and having 13 forwards to start the year might make more sense for them if that's their mindset.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@Bruffins @Anthony Petrielli
B6 last year being:
Clarkson (I know, I know), and Kulie.
I was saying no team has 6 better bottom six players than Winnik specifically, FYI.
@wiski @Anthony Petrielli @Mind Bomb Pasta cooking contest.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@wiski @Anthony Petrielli @Mind Bomb Yeah I saw that pic. Let's have a cook-off.
@Mind Bomb @Anthony Petrielli I'm up north and the weather is muggy, so I decided to pop on for a second. Welp.
Come onto the board to see what's happening... And well... Yeah.
@leafdreamer I think they were debating the value of trading down and whether it was worth it. They love Nylander.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
@StanleyB4idieplease It was the other way around. Holik actually said Sundin was the toughest guy in the league to play against.
Holik had a really good career and was a top 10 pick so I wouldn't make that comparison. I don't like player comparisons in general, so I think the hope is that Gauthier's just a solid shutdown guy at C and PKer with very minimal offense, at the moment. 3-4C type, but with a presence.
@Burtonboy Moving the Marlies to Toronto was a big step in my mind. Easy to recruit players and have them in the same city as the big club.
@wendelsway1 It's not bad reading all the nice comments while drinking a coffee of my own!
Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for all the nice comments. Morrison is a really good guy to chat hockey with.
@Jordan29 He wasn't mentioned because nobody thought he was coming here, not because he's some no-name dummy. Anyone who follows the hockey world vs. the Leafs in a bubble knew who Dubas was long before his hiring.
4 weeks ago on (Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential
@Waiting4LSC I want to see what happens with Franson and Reimer first because the mix still seems a little off to me. Very happy with what they have done so far though.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania
@MaxwellHowe @Anthony Petrielli @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Yes.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Thanks man. Still two parts to come. We chatted for over an hour and a half.
@mike_84 @Anthony Petrielli 6'2, middle weight fighter, that has some untapped skill.
@silvermaple The answer to that will be in one of the next parts
4 weeks, 1 day ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 1
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Was reading them on and off throughout the day but I was busy at work so I couldn't take the time to acknowledge them. Appreciate it though.
1 month ago on Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract
@Bruffins @Anthony Petrielli Hoping for addition by subtraction and that Polak can do some dirty work.
I've been saying this for weeks, but what a nice summer for the Leafs.
@Xxxxxnew @Anthony Petrielli It's a highlight montage. They just started with that for jokes... And they show the apology too.
1 month ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli @Mind Bomb @mcloki No you're right on the quote. It's just from Sinden.
@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb @mcloki *Harry Sinden