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Congratulations, Morgan Rielly. I'm looking forward to the next 20 years of your career with the Leafs. Game on.
9 months, 1 week ago on Rielly officially staying, Lupul bruised
It's pretty amazing how much quality writing is being pumped out of MLHS and other blogs like Langlois' each and every day. Fantastic post, Alec.
9 months, 1 week ago on Breaking News: Leafs performance level statistically unlikely to continue
@Mind Bomb @mORRganRielly @Greg Fenton @wendelsway1 I missed the second and third because I stopped watching after the first. So because they started playing better in the second and then third, I couldn't tune back in.
9 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 No. Phaneuf's Corsi For % has been LOWER when paired with Gunnarson and the goals against are HIGHER with Gunnarsson. The fact is, the Leafs are next to impossible to score on when Phaneuf is on the ice.
You're insane if you think Phaneuf hasn't been impressive. This is absurd. The evidence has been laid out and you're still spouting off with anecdotes while using shots against as the only evidence against Phaneuf that is a team-wide issue.
@Loric76 PRAISE THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Not really. In close situations, Phaneuf has been on the ice for .232 goals per 20 minutes of play -- 1 goal every 4.5 periods. In addition to that, the goals against aren't much different between Bernier and Reimer -- in fact, Phaneuf hasn't been on the ice for a goal against with Reimer on the ice in the same situations.
I don't think you understand just how bad Gunnarsson has been this year. Phaneuf has shutdown Toews, Kane, Staal, Semin, Getzlaf, and Perry to the tune of one goal against in the last three games -- the only goal against was a horrid clearing attempt by Gunnarsson that Raymond couldn't chip out -- Staal scored on that turnover.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Except the fact that he eats ice-time means that he's going to be on the ice for the most shots against. Do you realize that without Phaneuf, the Leafs would have a top-pairing of Gardiner or Franson with Gunnarsson? Chew on that. Let me know when you're done your therapy session to deal with that nightmare.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=342&withagainst=true&season=2013-14&sit=5v5
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Phaneuf has been on the ice for 24.3 minutes per game, which would place him 19th overall among defensemen. In addition to absorbing the ugly minutes so that Gardiner, Franson, and Rielly don't have to, he's been on the ice for FOUR even strength goals against, which (according to my quick glance) would place him at the top of the defensemen with more ice-time for goals against.
Four goals. 24:30 minutes per game. That's an absurdly low 1.5 goals / 60 minutes at even strength.
In addition to that, he's doing the heavy lifting and throwing down the hammer with a partner who hasn't been playing well at all.
@wendelsway1 Without Phaneuf, I don't think the Leafs even get a .500 record in their first ten games. He's been unbelievable.
I will check my Galaxy Nexus later when I use this site. I have a RAM tracker, so it will give me an idea of whether there are any issues cropping up when I browse the site, Declan.
@Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy I took another look at the Staal goal. Not even on Phaneuf. That's on Gunnarsson.
9 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #10, Leafs 4 vs. Ducks 2
@NotInsane Yea, it was an interesting presser there. I think he mentioned that the team was trying to establish a forecheck, but struggled with the short passing game -- no better example than on the power-play.
That was in regards to the first period by the way.
9 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Ducks at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@B_Leaf Who cares? We don't need another player playing five minutes a game.
Oi. I don't know who to start tonight. Bernier or Hillier. Do I play Fowler and Getzlaf? Or do I play the Leafs players I have on my roster? I have a very weak hold on first place in my 16 team keeper league -- I'm constrained by the salary cap at the moment, so my options are limited.
What do you think, guys? Be honest.
9 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Leafs vs. Ducks
@wiski I heard it's pretty good now, but I'm so deeply rooted with Google, that it's not really practical any more lol
9 months, 1 week ago on Notes: Carlyle showing patience, Rielly’s status
Two words, guys and girls: Ad Block.
Never mind. It's at the bottom.
9 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Mashup: Has the word “rivalry” lost all meaning?
One minor oversight. You guys missed the sub-heading for who wrote the article.
Nice work on the make-over! Next up, find out whether @APetrielli is just Andi Petrielli wearing men's clothes.
Finally. Jesus Christ. I just got laid, engaged, married, became a father, and divorced while waiting for the comments to load.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Marlies Update: A 3-0 start to the season
LOAD MOTHERFUCKER. LOAD.
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@ConnorCrisp @Jmessih Some Toronto girl sat on his face and he's still getting colour back to his face.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1
The room got awkward when Raymond said in front of the media, "Thank you, Kessel."
@toleafs Thought the Nashville game was the team's best overall effort.
Team Breimer. I like it.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Wild at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
One: Kessel is beautiful.
Two: The Leafs have two horses in net.
I love this team.
Just want to point out that the team badly needs stability more than anything. Several years of roster turnover, this past off-season isn't really that different from others, and when you're the youngest team in the league, it can be a difficult adjustment.
@Jmessih He really thread the needle just before his little move to get the puck to Raymond.
@Alec Brownscombe This period, yes. Previous two, eh.
@Jmessih Both have been superb. I love how passionate Lupul is when he senses the momentum turning. His sense for the game is excellent.
@Burtonboy Ways to earn a bunch of likes: State the obvious. Example: Lupul is handsome.
@juliesucks @MaxwellHowe Leafs leading in shit totals I think. I'm a terrible fan.
@juliesucks Yea. Percy too I think.
@Alec Brownscombe I've pretty much given up trying to figure out why they can't see to hold onto the puck longer than ten seconds in the other team's end lol
@Alec Brownscombe I remember that post... =/
Rielly with two points tonight. This game has been hilarious if you're anti-Corsi or just neutral. Twitter's exploding with confusion, derision, and anger.
Love the banner. One of my favourite books when I was a kid.
@CanuckUKinToronto Actually, it's Kuemper. Never mind. He's good.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Preview: Leafs look to break down the Wild
@CanuckUKinToronto Oooo, I didn't know that. I thought it was confirmed! Guess it's Backstrom?
I guess the fact that Harding's numbers are unsustainable and Reimer's numbers can only go up should make this a game in which the outcome should favour the Leafs. At least I hope so. The team can't do much worse than they played on Saturday night.
Go Leafs Go!
@Greg Fenton Carlyle is the GM.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do
@Anthony Petrielli @mORRganRielly I don't know Anthony. People I don't even know say that they can't, so I completely trust them.
@Anthony Petrielli @mORRganRielly I'm sure the organization recognizes the sheer overwhelming dominance that defense can have together.
- What a play by Gardiner to feed Lupul a pass for the game tying goal. He could have easily just thrown the puck on net and hoped for a good bounce, but he saw the passing lane and Lupul, and fed it through softly.
- By the way, coaches don’t put players on the ice in the final minute of a one goal game if they are pushing them out.
I think this needs to be repeated over and over again. Of course, the whole thing is worrying, but I never thought of Gardiner being on the trade block -- ever. He's here to stay IMO.
Gauthier goal at 1:10. Make sure you have a change of pants around.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Prospect Update – October 14
@Loric76 The problem is, I don't think we have a true zone entry game breaking defenseman to back up Gardiner if he goes down. If he goes down, the complexion of the defense is defensive, not offensive. That's a very tough pill to swallow, especially after how the defense played against Boston when Gardiner had the leash taken off.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 1) – The looming Rielly decision
@george Yup. That's how I feel. He's ready to play in the NHL. If he needs time away from the pros, he can be loaned to Canada for the WJCs.