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@Jay_Berg @MaxwellHowe well, not sure its great for player development to be on a losing team.  Tho i suppose its great prep work on the road to becoming a Leaf

21 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Not Enough Games This Week

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@Jay_Berg @MaxwellHowe Not so much concerned about the Leafs losing him as the Marlies, who seem desperate at the moment

27 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Not Enough Games This Week

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According to capgeek, Trevor Smith would have to go thru waivers to be demoted back to the Marlies.  In fact, tho the Leafs have 14 forwards on the roster, not a single one is waiver exempt.  


I don't think Smith would be claimed tho.  The Marlies could certainly use him, and with Bozie, Kadri, Holland and Santorelli all healthy, the Leafs would be may be better off saving the cap space.  But they haven't waived Smith yet, so....

1 hour, 31 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Not Enough Games This Week

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AGREED.  The Leafs are on a mini roll and the schedule is broken up.  

3 hours, 17 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Not Enough Games This Week

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@Bruffins @wendelsfist I heard the Oilers want to give out team awards at the lottery draft.

17 hours, 50 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Burtonboy haha....wait, is there a storm coming this way?

17 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@BrandonCheema

Coach, whatta I do?

Stop Crosby.

uh?

87.  number 87

done

20 hours, 22 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Forever17 @MaxwellHowe @wendelsfist Blame may be a harsh word, but not sure if the forwards provide much support for Gardiner - at least notable that both thse guys play on team with defensively challenged forwards

20 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@wendelsfist I think their respective teams might have something to do with it.

20 hours, 58 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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That the Leafs are on pace for 93 points means little to me.  Still haven't matched up against the good western conference teams, and  the real test will come after the New Year when the importance and intensity of games rise.

21 hours, 1 minute ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@hometeem @MaxwellHowe hey, you're right, minus 3 last night according to the stats above

22 hours, 20 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@hometeem @MaxwellHowe By my count minus 4, but they were 0 last night

22 hours, 22 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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In 3 games against the Penguins, Kessel and JVR had zero points.  The good news is that the Leafs don't play the Penguins anymore this year , unless they meet in the playoffs 

22 hours, 26 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Anthony Petrielli @gda @Mind Bomb @MaxwellHowe Funny enough, Randy Carlyle is the perfect (though now historical) example

22 hours, 35 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Omac13 @MaxwellHowe I think he'll demand more than Brooks Orpik and Matts Niskanen - take a gander at the Capitals capgeek page.  Good Dmen are at a premium, he will get around $6 million IMO.  No one will be too concerned he was -20 with a crappy Leaf team

22 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Mcost61 He'll be fine.  I like his game lately.  That dam will burst soon.

22 hours, 53 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Anthony Petrielli @MaxwellHowe What do you think of trading jake and keeping Cody?  I'm not sold on that, but i see the merits.

23 hours, 2 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Anthony Petrielli @MaxwellHowe So really the Leafs need to find out what he is looking for in terms of a K before the trade deadline (or ASAP)



23 hours, 4 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@wendelsfist @MaxwellHowe dats not how we do things around here.  The Leafs sign players based on what they're worth to the Leafs - thats what it seems like to me anyway

23 hours, 6 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@deedrag @MaxwellHowe It would be a good idea to get an idea what he would sign for now

23 hours, 9 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Omac13 @MaxwellHowe He gonna want more than that.  He'll be pushing for 6 x 6 (assuming he plays as well as he has played)

23 hours, 11 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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So we've hinted around about it.  Should the leafs resign Franson, for how much, and if not, should the Leafs trade him?


Without a salary cap, I might be inclined to give the guy a nice contract for a few years.  But I worry this is all a mirage and he'll turn out to be another overpaid defenceman.  Then again, what defence options do the Leafs have without him?


What are the opinions here?  

23 hours, 18 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Potcy well, there should be an effort to resign some of  them to reasonable contracts

23 hours, 39 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @MaxwellHowe Look at Rogers cell phone service.  Do you really think these people will do the right thing?

23 hours, 52 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@mcloki @MaxwellHowe @Potcy But even conservative player management decisions don't guarantee the Leafs become a contender in 2, 3 or 5 years.  Rogers will take the here and now over the potential for revenue down the road, thats what i think anyway

23 hours, 57 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @MaxwellHowe It is an obvious source of conflict tho, isn't it?  Rogers should not be permitted to have such an ownership stake in the Leafs and own TV rights, thats just my opinion

23 hours, 58 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Potcy If the Leafs were 4 or more points out by the end of November, according to Elliot Friedman, they become a long shot to make the playoffs.  So the Leafs are still in it.  Its a tough call, but I can only hope that sober reasonable voices rule the day and mgt. has a realtistic view of the Leafs' current status.  Of course, on the other hand, the Eastern Conference is somewhat wide open, so maybe you think that as long as they make it to the playoffs, anything could happen.

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @MaxwellHowe well the TV deal is for 12 years.  So there is a time limit.  if I'm Rogers, I want the Leafs to give me a big revenue stream now now now, and not hope for possible profits down the road.  Thats just my line of thought, and I wonder if this is going to be a source of conflict at the corporate level.

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Potcy Brian Burke once said there was little point totrading assets in an effort to makea bottom playoff spot.  maybe the same mindset should lead decision making.  But, as i wrote yesterday, Rogers is 1/2 majority shareholder.  Rogers has the TV rights.  Do you think Rogers won't use its influence to get the Leafs to go all out for a playoff spot, player management be damned.  Maybe I'm paranoid, but if i was Rogers and i wanted to maximize my return on the costs of those rights, thats what i would push - playoffs at all costs

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@wendelsfist if its not one thing, its the other. Oh the Leafs...

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@DeclanK @Bruffins who woulda thought that Blake Comeau would be the guy they had to contain?

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@MikeGartner11 @MaxwellHowe Man, he was awesome against Tamp bay and Detroit.  On him to fix?

1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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If Randy wants a system that rewards good play, Komarov needs to move to the top line.  JVR can move to the second.  


Hows this:


Komarov - Bozak - Kessel

JVR - Kadri - Lupul


Maybe Kadri / Bozak can switch

1 day, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@MikeGartner11 oh, c'mon, Bernier didn't have a bad game last night.  he wasn't great, but I didn't think either goal was soft.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Cameron19 Rielly's penalty was garbage, no doubt about it

1 day, 11 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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@Shafty OK, but he was in a race with Cody and Dion, so maybe the ref saw the numbers and made a judgement call

1 day, 11 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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@Sandra87 @nrandreycharles trying to learn defensive play.  Still confusing for him.  It'll come

1 day, 11 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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Yup...got no problem with that kind of loss

1 day, 12 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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@Fish Head great effort.  deserves a salute /sarc

1 day, 12 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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Gutsy play by our Leafs.  They lose this game, they have my respect for the effort anyway.

1 day, 12 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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just tuning in. Not much noise from morons arguing about Komorov's contract

1 day, 13 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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Franson really is timing his pinches / stepping up well

1 day, 14 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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has the whole game been like this?

1 day, 14 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)

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