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Franson should stay...he can be dealt at the TDL if that seems wise.

3 days, 6 hours ago on The pros and cons of trading Cody Franson

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@loomx @B_Leaf


4.2 isnt crazy money with the cap going up. You need three good centres.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe @reenergized


I know it hasn't worked well in the past...but I would be open to trying it because we may change some things in how we break out of our end which has been a big problem. 


I am not making a big point out of this just looking at the numbers and wondering if that is the plan.

6 days, 14 hours ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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It would be great to trade for O'Rielly, but for it to work for us we would have to hang on to Bozak and Kadri. Moving a winger or defender is an option. I would do Gardiner as the main player going back.


ROR, Kadri, Bozak would make us strong up the middle.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@MaxwellHowe @reenergized


All of that can work itself out...there is nothing that says the Leafs can't trade Franson at the 20 game mark or at the TDL, or not at all if they so choose.


A lot will depend on how the players play in the roles they are given.


I have no idea if Phaneuf could work out better on the left side but I would be willing to try it again.

6 days, 15 hours ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@Greg Fenton @B_Leaf @skiingallday @Bruffins


Right now they are a good group, but DeRozan has improved every year and is now working on his D with GP so he should get better.


JV and TRoos, especially JV, have lots of room to grow and should based on the huge steps taken this year.


This group could be great in time. They are coachable, team oriented, driven, and play defence.

6 days, 23 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@Greg Fenton @skiingallday @Bruffins


Leave the Raptors alone. I like them as is growing into a legit contender. Everyone likes to talk about having that one elite talent on a team. Well right now we have two all-stars in DeRozan and Lowry. JV and TRoss are growing at a very good trajectory.  


Raptors could honestly win the East this year...not out of the question at all.

6 days, 23 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@Greg Fenton @B_Leaf


I didn't say anything about the team being better...it was just a projection of what we have...where it's going. 

I am not sure what to think of it.


And yes some of the projections are best case scenario for sure. Not all will make it, nor will they be good.

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe


Nonis completely bungled the buyouts.


I would say the single biggest screw up from Nonis all stems from how he handled the Grabovski situation. The record has been made clear by both Nonis and carlyle that buying out Grabovski was Nonis' decision.


It is true that Grabovski had a below par season two years ago but there was no problem with effort...it was health related...Nonis even acknowledged this too.


Fact is grabovski was a leader on this team...over his four years here he excelled at puck possession...the single biggest problem this team now has. Grabovski's salary was a little high based on his performance two years ago but not as crazy as clarkson's. There were other buyout candidates much more pressing. The Leafs would look much better today if Grabovski was still here.


Worse of all is Nonis bought Grabovski out the day before his Toronto wedding to a local girl. He did this to the guy who was our heart and soul player...ridiculous to me.

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@wendelsway1


Nonis and Shanahan for Armstrong (StL)

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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JVR Bozak Kessel

Lupul Kadri Frattin

Komarov Kontiola Santorelli

Ashton Holland Clarkson


Phaneuf Robidas

Rielly Franson

Gardiner Polak


Bernier


I guess as it stands we are looking at something like this out of camp.


In two or three years time i guess we are looking at something like:


JVR Bozak Kessel

Lupul Kadri Leivo/Nylander

Frattin Gauthier Biggs

Komarov Carrick Broll/Ashton


Gardiner Rielly

Phaneuf Granberg

Finn Loov


Bernier





1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@peterbleafs @B_Leaf


Well Frattin has NHL caliber scoring ability. He showed that in his rookie season.  

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@ingy56 @B_Leaf


I think Spott will do well in either spot...seems to be a good fit.


I would take Poulin over Nonis any day...I think Nonis is just here to be Shanahan's fall guy to take the blame when things don't go well. Shanahan will keep him here as long as he can unless a good hire comes up.





1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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Enjoyed the article on the Marlies linked above.


I think the thing to look at there is the fact that we had many first year players who were playing in their first pro level playoffs. All in all they did well. So even some of the negative grades are like a pass. Comparing 20 and 21 year old rookies to three and four year vets 23 or 24 years old is apples to oranges. The fact that our rookies were in those games and winning is great.


This years Marlies should be interesting to watch with many young second year players, as well as several new first year players. Finn, Nilsson, Loov, Brown, and maybe Nylander could all be with the Marlies playing meaningful minutes. 

1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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I have no concerns about Frattin, he should be fine as long as he is healthy and is played properly by the coaching staff. Not to sound like a jerk but I am usually right about these things so everyone can stop worrying. Did we give up a good player in DAmigo to get him back...yes. DAmigo will be a quality bottom six player for many years, Frattin will be a top nine player. I would call it an even trade, I like both players. I am happy with the deal because I like the upside of Frattin playing with a guy like Kadri.


1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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@MaxwellHowe


Still a lack of quality at C after Kadri and Bozak.  But yes we have a little more depth. I think Clarkson's return to form or lack thereof will be a big factor as to how good our bottom six is. As of right now I see Frattin being up with Kadri and Lupul, so our bottom six has Komarov and...

1 week, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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@dlb Mad @wendelsway1


Bickell spent the better part of 4 seasons in the AHL after 4 years in OHL...so it does take time to develop these guys.  Sometimes he put up decent stats, other times not so decent.


He was 24 when he became a regular NHLer

1 week, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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@MaxwellHowe


Wow, that was powerful

1 week, 2 days ago on Matt Frattin on TSN 1050

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


maybe so, but i am not sure it will last


the other issue,

I don't want to see leo lose heart by being a lone ranger out there hitting, playing smart agitating hockey.   he needs a partner

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @Greg Fenton @B_Leaf


does ashton make the team?

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


I agree. But Spott has said he thinks he definitely makes NHL as a fourth liner, maybe a third liner.


http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=717671

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


How does that have to do with money influencing ice time if I say Carrick could fit really well with Komarov? I mean I can connect dots...but really it is irrelevant because management has left places open for Marlies. 


Peace.

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


Well when did I say that...you are sounding like Cameron from two years ago

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


Poulin isnt GM? 


You get the point. I said they talk about finding chemistry.


Look at what Nonis did last off season...he bombed in chemistry...voila...lottery

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf @Greg Fenton


GMs talk about it all the time...Poulin, Raptors GM...

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @Greg Fenton @B_Leaf


Bolland was 2C in minutes when around

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Greg Fenton @Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


It is about the collective sum not the individual parts

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


Holland would get more points...he is 16 months older...and he isnt terrible in his own end. But Carrick can play C and he could be the perfect partner in crime for Leo.  Leo needs someone to run with.  Dont say Clarkson

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


They could play 15 minutes. Which ever line plays better plays more.


Carrick might be better than the alternative 3C, and he would get the most out of Komarov and vice versa.

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Hey AP...What do you think about Carrick centering Komarov with a guy like Frattin on RW or maybe Clarkson or Leivo.


You gotta like Carrick with Komarov...no?

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@RandomScrub @B_Leaf @Tim Horton


Well I dont want to miss the playoffs...but I cant argue with the logic presented.


I give the Leafs a 25% chance

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Tim Horton


Great article...Nonis is a dead man walking as GM...just a matter of time. Once the failures of this year are apparent Shanahan hits the pressure release valve and sends the fall guy out of town. Nonis already blew it with the poor moves he made last year in the off season.

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@skiingallday @B_Leaf


No defencemen 

1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Just picking up on some of the conversation earlier...


Spott on Carrick:

"This game has such a large mental aspect to it, and confidence plays such a big role," Spott said. "Sam comes to the rink confident every day, knowing he is a go-to player now. I think he welcomes that responsibility and thrives on the pressure."

"I firmly believe he's going to be an NHL player because of his versatility and his physical attributes," Spott said. "He's a really hard guy to play against, he's very intense and he also has the ability to score. I think any coach that has a player like that would love him, because he's very self-motivated."

As the Marlies continue to roll, Carrick is garnering essential experience competing in high-pressure games.

"It's critical," Spott said. "We've had a little bit of success [so far], but we're going to deal with adversity, and that reveals character. I know that once we do, Sammy will be able to handle it the right way."


B_Leaf says Carrick is in the lineup by game 40


Komarov  Carrick  Frattin/Leivo/Clarkson





1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Cameron19 @Anthony Petrielli


With new assistants and a refocused Carlyle...they may want to run the D differently. I know Phaneuf has looked better on the right side before but there is a case to have leftys on left side and rightys on right...maybe worth a shot because the Leafs had huge issues on breakouts.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Tim Horton @B_Leaf @Anthony Petrielli


I didn't see much of that series...I saw the last game...we didn't look to good in that one. 


Thanks for the observation.  Carrick was playing meaningful minutes as a 21 year old in the AHL and got to the final.  In some games this year he looked great.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


Yeah he is 6'0 207 so pretty strong and low center of gravity. Just 21 yrs old last year, now 22 so he is getting close. For a 21 year old I think he had a strong season.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


Even in the OHL you could see Carrick had some authority in his game...he has now showed it at the AHL level...so one expects he could show it in the NHL since his AHL success has come while he is still relatively young.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


People will laugh at me for saying this but I actually see Carrick being more useful to the Leafs team as it is built right now than Holland, Kontiola, or Santorelli. He may get 40 more games in the AHL, but I would guess by the mid season point he is playing 15 minutes a night for the Leafs.


My little prediction that everyone can laugh at.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @B_Leaf


Well at least they are reasonable depth players to help flesh out the roster. My expectations are low.

However someone is going to be getting minutes as a third line C...that person...Holland, Kontiola, or other will get the chance to make an impact.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Great article AP!


I like the hires made in the coaching department, will be interesting to see how the whole Carlyle dynamic works out. This is one of the big questions heading into the year.


The way this team played last year outside the top line, Bernier, and Rielly was just unbelievable. The lack of compete, physicality, and the total disdain for puck possession was beyond bad, it was ugly. Minus Kulemin and Bolland, add Komarov, Frattin, Polak, Robidas...maybe we are a little better there. 


Hopefully Clarkson can learn from Komarov and be an agitator rather than the agitated. We don't need points from these guys, but we do need them to hit, check and be disciplined. We need defensive responsibility from them. 


Frattin will bring some physicality and scoring depth if they play him with Kadri. Lupul needs to bounce back and play more physical.


At the end of the day both Bozak and Kadri will need career years and need to stay healthy...could happen? Bernier and Reimer will need to be great. And Gardiner and Rielly will have to be good...Could happen? If these things happen we could make the playoffs.

1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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One thing I can say about the Leafs and their prospects...They really target guys who can put the puck in the net. 


On the parent team you have Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Bozak...even with Frattin and Leivo, those two have goal scorers pedigree. In their system they have Conner Brown and recent pick William Nylander. 


Not sure any team in the league has as many guys with hands around the net like we have.


We really just need some of our big bodied guys, and defensive specialists to really step up their game to be NHL calibre. Would love it if we could speed track Gauthier, Carrick, Biggs, and Broll a couple years. Wow could we ever use a big year from those guys.

1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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@dlb Mad @B_Leaf


Yeah, Trouba missed some games to injury...thats all. What a player he is though.


Leivo should probably be on the list ahead of Brown, but like you said it is curious...definitely is giving Brown the head nod and slow clap

1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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@traNsplantEdneWfie @B_Leaf


It can be very difficult for some people to put on weight, but he can always improve his strength.

1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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@MaxwellHowe


Being in the top 50 ranking is very complimentary. He is the only Leaf in that ranking. Of course Morgan Rielly has graduated. But Brown is ahaed of Leivo according to that...not necessarily the case but interesting to think about.

1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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