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@FRyan


It has everything to do with the way each team plays.

Raptors work hard, they are physical, they smother teams defensively, they get to the rack, they get to the foul line, they are well coached, they play as a team, they have leadership, they have dedicated pros improving there game, they made the playoffs...etc

Leafs can score...


Whatever cheers the Raptors get...the Leafs could get twice as much with the same kind of team

5 hours, 48 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@DeclanK


Leafs will be tough tonight...players will be a little nervous if the effort isnt there.

5 hours, 53 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Bruffins @Savo43 @FRyan


Seriously....I've spent some time on Raptors Republic and a couple years ago some felt that way but no thanks we are quite happy with this group.

5 hours, 55 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Savo43 @Yaknowwhat


That was hillarious last night with the fans serenading Bruno. Then the guy goes out and has the alley oop of the year.

6 hours, 8 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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The Raptors took out the Bucks last night like an 18 wheeler on the Trans Canada. Sorry for the 18 wheeler reference. Anyway this team is really putting out. Big tilt in Cleveland tonight with Lebron. Lets go Raptors!!!!!

6 hours, 15 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @B_Leaf


Besides the commitment to defense that is probably the other area for improvement...playing as a team, a five player unit. 

6 hours, 23 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @B_Leaf


It (back pressure leading to turnovers) is one of the things that can really work for this group. A strong counter attack...we have good playmakers and good finishers...probably as good as anyone in the league. 

6 hours, 36 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @B_Leaf


Shanny actually makes some great observations about the team. He commented that when/if the Leafs back check hard...we can turn those turnovers created into goals whereas other teams might get turnovers and possession. Goals > Possession.

6 hours, 40 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @B_Leaf


I was saying that with a smile..sorry if it sounded nasty

6 hours, 42 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Burtonboy @B_Leaf


What am I? Superman on the keyboard. Listen to it.

6 hours, 45 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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For those who have not had a chance to listen to the Shanahan interview at the top of the links...it is pretty good. Besides the part where he tries to smooth over "no salute gate" the rest of the interview is pretty good. Simmons asks some good questions too.

Perhaps one of the interesting points is when Simmons quotes one of the NHL GMs who says the Leafs sometimes looks like the best team and the worst team in the league. There isnt another team who goes from one extreme to the other so often as Toronto.

6 hours, 46 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @Yan28


I believe the Leafs got Kulemin a year later in the second round, that turned out well. Sometimes injury or late physical maturity plays a role. I think with Bozak, he grew a fair bit well after his draft class.

9 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Yan28 @B_Leaf


Wow, that is a bit of a shocker.

9 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Yan28


Thanks Yanner...I really like Valiev too...size, toughness, and really good offensive instincts. He looks "nhl" to me.

9 hours, 52 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @TheLoovTrain @HHT


I think that is the whole point Cameron...the player salute didn't mean much...but the team made a collective decision right now to not do it it...Kessel even ran around reminding guys not to do it...so to them it was more than just nothing...this was a middle finger to the fans.

I have been at the ACC and seen the Leafs down 6-0 in the third and playing terrible, and they score a PP goal with 3 minutes left and half the crowd cheers like they just won the cup...seriously after the effort this team puts in to middle finger their fans...they have just made it worse. I think we may see a couple strong efforts but can they maintain it, when they dont what will the fan base do?

11 hours, 9 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@MaxwellHowe @TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 @HHT


I could care less about the salute (although it is a nice gesture), but the fact that they collectively made a decision to not do it right now with some of their comments was without a doubt a middle finger to the fans.  If people are buying what Phaneuf is selling...lol...wake up!  

Like I said below...we may see the best Leaf effort in a long time tonight because I think they are afraid to fail tonight. Fact is Detroit might just be better anyway...and if things go sideways tonight it could get really ugly.  

11 hours, 17 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Sandra87 @djamon


I dont really think there is much doubt that the players collectively made this decision because of the jersey toss. They may find the jersey toss embarrassing but this team's effort has been embarrassing too many nights. The fans paying big money to go to the ACC have had to endure their share of miserable efforts. I could care less about the fan salute of itself, but the collective decision to not do it as if to say that somehow the fans are to blame for this teams failures is beyond stupid. 

I can guarantee the Leafs will be tough Saturday night because they will dread making mistakes or losing with the fans ready to show their feelings.  But I don't know if this team is good enough if the Redwings bring their A game. This could get really ugly. 

19 hours, 13 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Mind Bomb @Mo29


For those of us who watched him...it is pretty hard to listen to him talk about back checking etc

1 day, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@sniperstar @ingy56 @MaxwellHowe


I agree with that...I would imagine they didnt feel worthy to salute the fans until they string some good efforts together.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@MaxwellHowe


I wasnt to impressed by JVR's comments...like as if it were the fans fault...wow

1 day, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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I am at the point with this team that I would like to see a high draft pick.   It's like these guys decide before the game whether they will put the effort in or not. 

1 day, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Czarofleafnation


If the Leafs wanted to salute the fans they should give back the money the fans paid to see the Preds game

1 day, 22 hours ago on GDT: Game #20, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)

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This win only means that we miss the playoffs and the top of the draft. 

1 day, 22 hours ago on GDT: Game #20, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)

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@Bruffins @B_Leaf


They sure have put it together.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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What a win for the Raptors tonight...they are everything the Leafs aren't.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@peterbleafs


Gardiner switched on last night?  

3 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Grabovski with a goal last night and third star as the Islanders crushed Tampa...Nice buy out Nonis!

3 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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maybe there is something in the water...really

3 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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That last shot deflected off Polacks skate over Reimer

3 days, 23 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Gardiner is just brutal...brutal (while head is shaking side to side)


3 days, 23 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Yaknowwhat


And after McDavid is drafted,,,then we tank

3 days, 23 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Well I am asking myself...why am I watching this...so...



4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Not as bad a call as the one on Polack...that was just laughable

4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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What is the over/under on two jersey's getting thrown on the ice tonight.

4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Hammertownleaffan @B_Leaf


Then the poor sucker gets to his rental car and has to pay parking $32.50

4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Just imagine being one of those guys who paid $700 for a pair of platinum's or the guy who flew his son in from NFLD to watch this game at the ACC...

4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Start by moving Gardiner and Phaneuf.

4 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@DeclanK @Cameron19


I think he could do good here.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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@Mcost61 @B_Leaf


I would love a top five pick this year.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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Leafs will get crushed tonight. 5-1 Preds. Jerseys on the ice.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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@Hammertownleaffan @B_Leaf


Bozak knows how to play too...he just aint

4 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow

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