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If miracles happen and we land McDavid I'd like to see Kessel play with an elite centre for a while in Toronto rather than somewhere else.

4 hours, 38 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Erixon's younger than Jake.

4 hours, 40 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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3 starts in five years.

5 hours, 17 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Just long enough for the new guys to sign big contracts and get people hating them.

5 hours, 23 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Red Wings give potential young centre a couple of years on wing before easing them in,

5 hours, 29 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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It doesn't have to go on TSN to be libel. It could happen here.

5 hours, 30 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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All that an apology does in a libel suit is possibly mitigate damages.

5 hours, 36 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Looks like there might be a lawsuit.

5 hours, 42 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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In 2003 Domi went public and told the media and fans they were morons for booing Belfour. He'd had enough of it.

6 hours, 20 minutes ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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From eight years ago:

"We're clearly drifting into Larry Murphy territory now.

It goes without saying that to heap the blame for the fact the Maple Leafs have won only two of their first seven games and are the NHL's leakiest defensive squad all upon Bryan McCabe's broad shoulders would be grossly misleading.

But as the club's highest-paid player and theoretically its top defenceman, McCabe was being very much counted upon this fall to deliver a bounce-back type season, and it's just not happening.

Since the campaign began, he's been hearing the boos at home, scattered at first but increasing of late, and he no longer is assigned to man the right point on the team's No.1 power play unit as he once did with such swagger.

Now this.

The moment McCabe inadvertently but authoritatively swatted the winning goal into his own net with four seconds to play in overtime last night, he had to get a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach.

Not just because it was a misplay that lost the game 5-4 to the Buffalo Sabres, but because he must have immediately recognized what would lie ahead.

First, there will be two long days of fan outcry and shrill criticism. Then will come Thursday's home start against Florida and quite probably a downpour of catcalls.

That's the way it went for Murphy as a harpooned Leaf a decade ago, booed viciously and incessantly until GM Cliff Fletcher took pity and moved him to Detroit at the trade deadline. Murphy got the last laugh on that one, of course, winning back-to-back Stanley Cup rings with the Red Wings.

McCabe can only hope his situation turns out as favourably.

Virtually from the moment he signed a five-year, $29 million, no-trade, no-movement contract in late June, 2006, McCabe's play and stock have plummeted.

In the 2005-06 season, he scored 19 goals, received Norris Trophy votes and played for Canada's Olympic team.

9 hours, 28 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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I'm in my 60s and I've had a smartphone since they were first issued. Had a personal computer since '84. Same with half my friends. Been online since Compuserve and AOL in the mid 80s. But I see your point.

10 hours, 14 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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I think it was something everyone agrees with anyway.

10 hours, 58 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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Subban said the same thing.

10 hours, 59 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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I thought it was higher under Carlyle, for sure.

11 hours, 1 minute ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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AND no one knew how much players were earning. Much criticism today is cased on individual contracts.

11 hours, 5 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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No reason to be pissed. The big money trades happen in the summer. More to do the TSN libel against Dion yesterday.

11 hours, 8 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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Kessel doesn't want to talk: gets crapped upon

Kessel talks: gets crapped upon.

11 hours, 10 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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Cookies for the 1,000,000th time.

11 hours, 12 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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NHL rules won't let them.

11 hours, 13 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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Let them serve as a warning to anyone else who has big ideas about playing here!

11 hours, 13 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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I don't know if you get the full horror of it until you're planted in the board office.

11 hours, 19 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Real_ESPNLeBrun: In short, Brendan Shanahan's work it just beginning. Not sure he truly knew what he was stepping into.

11 hours, 24 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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Feschuk's not from the states.

11 hours, 27 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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They wanted Halak to stay. I was actually at the first preseason game against Boston six years ago or so after Halak left and Price let in three beach balls and got booed. He basically told the media and fans after the game to fuck off and chill out because it was just preseason. And everyone did.

11 hours, 38 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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The network rushed to take it down because it was libellous.

11 hours, 42 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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It wasn't mysterious. It was on the TV screen.

11 hours, 45 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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His ELC is limited, and guys like Crosby make way more in the States in endorsements than they could in Toronto. Way more.

11 hours, 48 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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I'm sure McDavid's agent has nightmares about him landing with Toronto.

11 hours, 51 minutes ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Real_ESPNLeBrun: In short, Brendan Shanahan's work it just beginning. Not sure he truly knew what he was stepping into.

12 hours, 2 minutes ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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Him and anybody else in the future.

12 hours, 2 minutes ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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I guess my point is, going forward why would players want to play in a market as dysfunctional on so many levels as Toronto. You can do so much better personally and professionally just about anywhere else.

12 hours, 15 minutes ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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This thing is, no matter what anybody thinks, this type of stuff is no where as intense in other markets, not even in Montreal. And it's part of leafs history. There will always be a group of players that are despised and run out of town. There will be more selected from the next group coming up. I've seen people complaining about Nylander's game already.

12 hours, 19 minutes ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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Mich easier just to cross off Toronto as a destination. Whose family needs this.

12 hours, 26 minutes ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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From the Hockey News

Since the calendar turned to 2015, the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired four players – David Perron, Daniel Winnik, Ben Lovejoy and Ian Cole. And they’ve shipped out Simon Despres, Robert Bortozzo and Rob Klinkhammer and four draft picks – first- and fourth-rounders in 2015 and second- and seventh-rounders in 2016.

And they might lose in the first round of the playoffs.

The team they would play in the first round of the playoffs if the regular season were to end today would be the New York Rangers. They’ve added Keith Yandle, Karl Klingberg, James Sheppard, Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in 2015. And they’ve surrendered Lee Stempniak, Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a first-round pick in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2015.

And they might lose in the first round of the playoffs, too. Assuming they stay where they are in the Metropolitan Division standings, one of them is going to be hitting the beach by mid-April. By the time the Stanley Cup is awarded in mid-June, they’ll already be deep into their off-season training regimens.

All of which tells us one thing. The next time a GM prattles on about how important it is to draft and develop players in the salary cap era, you are free to roll your eyes. When the standings are as close as they are and the teams are as weak as they are in the Eastern Conference, it makes everything wide open. And when a team senses it can make a deep playoff run right now, to heck with the future. In fact, it makes you wonder whether all that much has changed since 1996, when then-Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher went on his famous “draft, schmaft” diatribe.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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@THNRyanKennedy: Steve Yzerman has now traded the first three players he drafted in Tampa: Connolly, B. Beukeboom and Gudas (2010).

1 day, 2 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Because a lot of people follow the leafs to hate individual players.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Can erixon go down without waivers?

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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We haven't had 14 top 10 picks in that time. Oil has had 3 No1 overall (possible 4th this summer) and 7 in the top 7 in that period. And they're still at the league bottom.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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I didn't want Dion coming back to haunt us for years to come since the Wings are in the east.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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I they use him right he's an offensive weapon.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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I wasn't judging at all. Edmontons had tons of top 10 picks over the last decade and don't come close to being as good as the rangers.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Looks like 90s Brian Wilson.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Or, edmonton who have had 14 top 10 picks in 10 seasons.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Rangers going 3-4 years without a first round pick.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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It's year 10 for Edmonton.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Eight transactions in three weeks.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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He's 38 and UFA in a few months.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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