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16 hours, 51 minutes ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)
@Yaknowwhat Sounds perfect whats the problem?
2 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
No doubt. You would need a serious vote of confidence from management.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – January 22
I build the team that will win the most games regardless of the fans. Fans like wins they will get used to play style.
@WesternDP @Archie Vanlanda I guess I should have been more specific. Looking for lines and d pairings.
1 week ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
Anyone who follows the Marlies closely know what a full Marlie roster will look like if they are healthy and the Leafs don't have anyone up with them?
@Cameron19 The turnover!
Overall a much better team to bring young talent into though.
@Savo43 @Archie Vanlanda @mcloki Last game I went to I was telling my friends how I don't like his game and he goes out to put up 3 points... Scouting is tough.
@Savo43 @Archie Vanlanda @mcloki No doubt he has impressive hands. All the games I have seen he has been a perimeter player. Lots of players put up big points in JR and become nothing. I am not saying this will be the case for Marner but he has obstacles in his game that he will have to overcome. If we get to 5 like we were discussing He would not be my pick.
@Savo43 @Archie Vanlanda @mcloki We need a mixture of different types of players who all have talent. I have seen him live a lot. I don't love his game. It somewhat depends on where we end up drafting.
@Savo43 @Archie Vanlanda @mcloki I have been pretty clear on here about my thoughts on Marner. He is very talented but he is simply not the type of player we need. We have just drafted someone very similar.
@mcloki @Archie Vanlanda There is even a chance Carolina can over take us. I haven't looked to see what kind of schedule they have post All Star break though.
@mcloki I think we can end up in 5th. Hopefully Mr. Strome will be sitting pretty for us. If we don't win the lottery of course.
@Xxxxxnew They already have a Kessel.
1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Tank Battles of Ontario
I go to lots of Knights games. He is on the wing a majority of his shifts. Still has a ton of skill. Just trying to point out he is not a true centre.
We also have just drafted a player a lot like him in Willy.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game 46 Scoring Chances: Blues 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
Marner is not a centre.
@Gord Doesn't matter how good your goalies play if you don't score goals.
1 week, 4 days ago on Game 46 Scoring Chances: Blues 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
Looking at the standings I can see the Leafs dropping as low as 5th. Leaving Buffalo, Carolina, Arizona and Edmonton below them. There are some very nice prizes to be had at that position. People keep talking about tanking for Mcdavid or Jack which is unlikly for us at this point. That does not mean that this team should not start a proper rebuild.
Furthermore, when the decision is made to go into full rebuild mode it is not a tank for one year play. It takes multiple years to have a real effect. I am not suggestions tanking, although it looks like this team is doing it without any help from management. Simply pointing out that this year there are great players around that we can have in the draft.
@Yaknowwhat That is sad to think about isn't it. They did go full tank for a while.
1 week, 5 days ago on Friday Mashup: Slip Sliding Away
@Burtonboy Craig Button says he didn't see a penalty on that play.
@Yaknowwhat So what? You are still going to be a Leaf fan at the end of the day.
1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #44, Anaheim Ducks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
@dlb, just dlb Why would you trade Jake for someone with less than 40 games of NHL experience. If you move him its to get more experience not less.
@Mitch_S2 Why would Colorado trade their young first line centre?
Hayes referencing the cookies.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Los Angeles Kings 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
@Coldincowtown @Archie Vanlanda LA also had 3 players under 10 minutes. My point is you cant judge what Horachek's ice time usage will be after only a few games.
@Coldincowtown To be fair the team is going through injuries. Its not weird for call up players to get less ice time and the regulars to shoulder more of the load in this type of situation. Wait to see what he does will the full line up.
@wendelsfist @Archie Vanlanda @MaxwellHowe If over a significant amount of games the team isn'twinning then there is a bigger problem.
@MaxwellHowe I don't care how many he scores if they win.
@Cameron19 @Burtonboy That is the part that makes me nervous. You have to have value per contract in the league to win. I'm am not sure you get that with him. Of course every team has some bac contracts, the ones that have terrible value. The Leafs already have a major one in Clarkson. Can we afford another?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on William Nylander is coming to Toronto
@dlb, just dlb @Yaknowwhat I think it will be a great environment for him. He has fellow countrymen in the dressing room all trying to figure out life and the game here. He will have to work for everything he get in the AHL. It is a tough league.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Sunday Mashup: On the road again
@Mind Bomb @Archie Vanlanda @MLHS_Brown I just don't think the Leafs have the right players to retool or rebuild or whatever you want to call it without those high draft picks.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Thursday Mashup: No miracle fix in Horachek’s first game
@traNsplantEdneWfie @dlb, just dlb What has he done to prove he is anywhere near the best cetnre in the league?
@wendelsfist Carolina Buffalo Edmonton Arizona will be tough to catch.
@Mind Bomb @Archie Vanlanda @MLHS_Brown Every team bases their plan on hoping the players they draft will reach their potential. Of course you do everything you can to help them develop along the way, but their is an element of chance to every player.
@Mind Bomb @MLHS_Brown Just have to hope our scouting staff and development staff know what they are doing.
@Anthony Petrielli @Archie Vanlanda @Xxxxxnew @Leafs_17 Well said.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Anthony Petrielli @Xxxxxnew @Leafs_17 I don't know why anyone would think a coaching change would make a difference in one game anyways? Brian Hayes said it best. Today would be a day where if the Leafs won, it was all Carlyle and if they lost, it is all on the players.
@Knights2Leafs @Anthony Petrielli Heads over to Wortley Road House to get hammered.
@Luke_R @Archie Vanlanda That site has us drafting 21. Probably not very accurate.
3 weeks ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Luke_R @Archie Vanlanda I have watched him play a fair amount live and don't like him for our needs at all. He doesn't play centre he is small and is a perimeter player. He wouldn't be my choice. But I'm no scout.
I don't see the Leafs dropping into the bottom 4. I think 5th it the lowest they could drop. Hopefully someone in the top 4 passes on Strome so we can draft him. If not there isn't a centre in the rankings for a while.
@Knights2Leafs Wasn't his quote about hard work? Pinching in the ozone is something I wish our D did a lot more. What would allow them to do this is hard work on back checking from our forwards. Of course Polak will make a misjudgment from time to time every player does. The point is afterwards you work hard to try to fix it and also learn from the experience.
@Mind Bomb @Archie Vanlanda @Yaknowwhat Goalies are one position that you do not have to draft. Because the position is so unpredictable good goalies are moved all the time. Its something that makes their rebuild even more impressive looking. Get the players in place then when you are ready to push add a goalie and away you go. Adding a good goalie at the start makes the rebuild more difficult.
@Mind Bomb @Archie Vanlanda @Yaknowwhat They still don't have a goalie.
@Mind Bomb @Yaknowwhat To my eyes they seem to be taking the right course. That team could be scary. The size on the backend is impressive.
@Dangle_My_Berries @.Kong. You can't. You look for young players with potential.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
@Yaknowwhat @Archie Vanlanda But what if they can't show it on the ice.
@Yaknowwhat So he should be silent when they keep asking him the same questions over and over?
@Mitch_S2 @Archie Vanlanda Adding Bjugstad over Holland does make you better. Adding organizational depth at the most important position makes you better. Of course these guys are not elite centres. It is very rare for second and third year players to be elite. They are both leading their teams in goals and are 1st or 2nd in points on their teams. There is lots of potential there.
Ya I want an elite centre too. Good luck trading for one. They have to be drafted.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Randy Carlyle Fired
@Mitch_S2 @Archie Vanlanda Of course they haven't done much. That's why its evaluating potential and not just trading one good player for another. I not suggesting you trade the cookie monster straight up for either of these guys or at all. I simply think they would be good young centres to add to this team.