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@docmma @Ze_theLeafsFan Gauthier is still really young. He won't be 20 for another 6 months.
19 hours, 51 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
Yeah, no sense at all in dumping it in when the rink it 20 feet wider. Easy carry-in.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
Huge ice surface with miles of skating room from what I've seen. I don't know about this game but the one I saw was pretty free wheeling without a lot of tight checking.
Reverse that, and if a coach is an idiot a player should be able to pack up and go play for whatever team he wants.
I worked in Hamilton for 12 years not long ago. The town is feeling this.
How about a labour law legal challenge over the concept of owning players in the first place.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Leafs-Sens Wednesday Night Game Postponed
Same way people get recruited into gangs, religious sects.
I chuckled at 'Hang of a start" for Winnik. That's the way Red Kelly used to talk. Used to say dang, and other archaic expletives. too. His mother made him promise to never swear. And this when he was Leafs coach.
Thanks for the wrapup. Good job.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2
@djamon @Xxxxxnew Yeah, it looks like it's a play they're using so I hope the forwards don't get dozy. I couldn't believe the announcers on replay of the goal he scored. "What's he doing all the way down there?" Well, if they were awake, one of the Islanders broke his stick and was useless as the Leafs were cycling, Polak saw that and stayed down low to outnumber them.
3 days, 18 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
@Jmessih I loved his footie goal tonight.
@djamon @Xxxxxnew I think they had him slotted in with Shattenkirk in the second pair, once he's ready.
@djamon @sniperstar Looks to me like the leafs D, or some of them, have the green light to move further in from the point when we have possession than before. I notice the D guys on the Marlies are doing it in some games too.
@sniperstar @Burtonboy I don't think Gunner's played yet, has he?
@wiski @Jmessih about 30.
@Mitch92 @TheLoovTrain I said that when they got rid of Imlach ... the firs time.
3 days, 19 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
@wiski So is Mason Raymond.
@TheLoovTrain @wiski He still hasn't been able to play yet.
3 days, 20 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
@wiski He'll be doing Loiselle's job according to TSN
4 days ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
From last year
4 days, 2 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
The "gets beat wide" stuff started after that one play against Montreal when Bernier let a stinker in.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
He wasn't comfortable coaching in Washington for one season. Had an opportunity to stay but went back to London.
Funny, I think Carlyle would be the perfect partner for Dion.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
The way the Leafs were talking they seemed to want a developing player with potential top six skills, for example, to play top six in Orlando if it looks like he might get parked in the bottom six with the Marlies.
I think the Leafs are treating Orlando as an extension of the Marlies this year, from what I've read.
Lupul mis averaging about the same as Bozak. Kadri's a bit above his TOI from last year. The third line is playing a lot more minutes this season.
Cherry can't read.
Looks that way so far.
You mean team, not business, right? Because MLSE is one of the most successful sports businesses in the world.
Looking at last year's time on ice stats for the Leafs. This year Bozak and JVR have averaged almost 2 minutes less a game than last year. Kessel is playing one minute less.
@ProfessorRance @djamon @Cameron19 Two of them earning $700,000!
4 days, 16 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew Trouble is, the draft is such a crap shoot unless you're in the top three or so . It's also hard because if you're sending top players to other teams in a trade they're probably going to help push that team out of the draft position you need them to be in order to have an impact pick.
I think it's a mess right now because of the changeover in management two years ago angled away a bit from what Burke was doing, altering the player mix, and depending on how Nonis fares it could happen again in short order.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Cameron19 You've stepped over to the dark side. But looking down the road a few years, and looking at how hard it has become to pick up players to fit the pieces that you need to build a solid team, I don't disagree. The Leafs don't have any other options as these players get older because I can't foresee how we can pick up a main guy down the centre in time to compliment the group.
In 1967 Phil Esposito, Fred Stanfield and Ken Hodge were traded to the Boston Bruins for Pit Martin, Jack Norris and Giles Marotte.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
Lindros to the Flyers for the rights to eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, as well as Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals—Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash. After the trade, the Avalanche won eight division titles and two Stanley Cup championships, due in part to the play of Forsberg, and the later addition of Patrick Roy, whom the Avalanche received in a later package deal that included Thibault.
He was 32 so maybe he was going to trade him without mentioning the injury.
"Late in the 1959 season, Kelly broke his ankle. The Red Wings kept the injury a secret, and Kelly played through the pain as the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. However, midway through the next season, a reporter asked Kelly why he'd been off his game for much of 1959. Kelly replied, "Don't know. Might have been the ankle." When Red Wings general manager Jack Adams got wind of the story, he was furious, and immediately brokered a four-player deal in which Kelly was sent to the New York Rangers. However, Kelly scuttled the deal when he announced he would retire rather than go to New York. Maple Leafs head coach Punch Imlach stepped in and tried to talk Kelly into playing for him."
The losers came immediately after he retired. In 1967. They're still rolling in.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
The Kelly trade was remarkable because Kelly had won four cups In Detroit , as a Norris Cup defenceman of the year, and then came to the Leafs and stepped in as the Leafs' No. 1 centre where he won four more cups. AND while he was a Leaf, he ran and was elected to Parliament ... Where he served for two terms while playing.
Ballard just didn't bother resigning him.
He and other players may never have a summer where they are the top free agents. It's luck of the draw who's up for grabs and who isn't, and if there's a bunch do big scorers available, that could cost secondary plenty.
I didn't mind Bolland as a player but it's the same story, secondary guys' salaries can skyrocket in a bidding war. when they're UFAs is a summer when not a lot of the big stars are up for grabs. And those opportunities don't always come along for lesser players.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
Tortorella said last year he never had to say anything to Santo. The guy came in and just played.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
I think Bozie's faceoffs give him an edge. You can't really let Naz take faceoffs in our end. It's like giving the opponent free possession.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
He'd be a pretty effective 2C in my estimation.
He played C in junior in Victoria, and also at U of Denver, and the Marlies. So he's played C since 2005 at least.
I don't think it's any coincidence that Kronwall was whacking the wrist Kessel injured last year, either.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20
From a story in the Sun:
Versus Kessel specifically, Babcock sent — among others — Niklas Kronwall to inflict pain and the strategy of the veteran Wings defenceman was to slash Kessel on the hands. The first one went uncalled and caused Kessel to flip out before he went to the medical room for a visit from Detroit doctors.
The second sent Kronwall to the penalty box — and by the look on Kessel’s face — he was this close to retaliating with a baseball swing.
Our old options ended with the cap. No. 1 C is the most coveted position in the league now.
6 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad