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1 hour, 27 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
I really just hope we don't draft fourth or fifth.
1 hour, 37 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
@ProfessorRance @LoovTrain @B_Leaf
Lou is getting older no?
15 hours, 1 minute ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
That is the essence of my quarry.
15 hours, 2 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
I would love to be able to move our assets for high picks in this draft. Do you guys think it is possible given the fact most teams in the top of the draft are in a rebuilding phase? Obviously any team taking a guy like Kessel needs to be competitive now, same for Phaneuf. You could likely move JVR to a rebuilding team because he is still young and has a favourable contract.
I think picks 6-14 are all potentially strong spots to draft from. Plus I think you have several teams who would be happy to get better "now" by moving their pick. LA certainly could compete for the cup next year. Boston, Florida, Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia are teams who may feel with the right add, they could make significant movement up.
So do you think we could get the following picks as the centerpiece of a deal for the following players (Of course there may need to be other elements to these deals).
JVR for a top 9 pick...potential teams NJ-6, CBJ-8, SJ-9? Could we? Would we?
Kessel for top 13 pick...LA-13, Dal-12, Fla-11, CBJ-8? Could we?
Phaneuf for top 20 pick?
What do you guys think?
15 hours, 24 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
Trouba is better than Rielly but not by that much. It is still possible for Rielly to overtake him but I doubt it.
15 hours, 45 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
1 day, 16 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night
LOL, If the Leafs have to hire a GM who knows "less" about hockey than Shanahan, well where does that leave us.
Maybe good for tanking...I have reconsidered
He is just not a good player at all
NO Stop it :)
45% Hannifan or whoever
I guess there is a chance Marner could go third or Hannifan maybe, but it looks like Strome is a pretty sure bet to go third now. If the Leafs draft fifth I could see them surprising us with the pick or possibly moving back a spot or two. Or maybe they take Hannifan and wait to see if Barzal stays on the board for a few picks. Then trade Hannifan for Barzal plus. It would be so much simpler if we could just draft first.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
Willy actually scored pretty good at the draft combine for strength. It will come down to the Leafs getting him to buy into a physical game and creating the right line mates to support that.
He definitely needs time in the AHL to fully develop all parts of his game.
I think it was Burke who wanted Kessel, not the ownership.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
Right, but when have we even had that big a chance, lol. 9.5% for us is the best we have had in a long time.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Shanahan’s Media Address: Notable Passages
Here is my deep thought for the day...Probably the next best thing to winning the cup this year is winning Connor McDavid, and we have a 9.5% chance...4th best chance in he league! It's been long time since we have had such great odds at anything good.
It is amazing how the Toronto sports fan can find solace in just a glimmer of hope.
Gilmour only had health issues late in his career. He was extremely durable for the first dozen or so years. Unfortunately Clark was grossly mismanaged until Burns came in.
Even if the GM is not in place I think you will see some core players go if other teams are interested.
I think any of Phaneuf, JVR, or Bozak could bring back value. I am worried about Kessel. If I were a GM I wouldn't take him at $6M a year and a 7th round pick. But maybe there is another Burke out there.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
McDavid would sure give us a major building block moving forward. It would infuse some badly needed purpose into the roster.
Man do we ever need to win the lottery.
Burke must accept responsibility for the mess just as much as Nonis. But Nonis could have changed the direction, but instead bought out Grabovski...
4 days, 15 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
People in hockey who really know the game were just shaking their heads at the Leafs in astonishment at the decisions being made by Burke and Nonis.
It was so easy to see for some people...hard to imagine how Nonis couldn't see it being in that position.
Actually I tend to agree Ingy
@RememberSalming @Burn_the_Loov_Boats @B_Leaf
If you are a GM who actually understands hockey...the evidence was plenty clear on what was needed. I am not talking hind sight here...I said all these things years ago...I knew this was inevitable like some other people here and in hockey. You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to see the flaws in the way this team was built.
So Nonis is finally gone...been waiting for this for a long time.
What was Nonis' biggest mistake?
1) Trying to build around Kessel
2) Buying out Grabovski
3) Signing Clarkson
4) Mismanagement of buyouts
5) Didn't build team right...no checking.
So Montreal is challenging for home ice thru east, Ottawa makes an incredible run to the playoffs, the Peg make it, Calgary makes it with a bunch of kids after losing one of the best Dme in the league, the Canucks come out of no where to make playoffs....and the Leafs once again play some of the most uninspiring hockey of all time, missing the playoffs for the ninth time in ten years... Good job we have all kinds of great prospects coming to show for all that misery....wait a minute...doh!
6 days, 9 hours ago on Is Dave Nonis long for Toronto? No one knows, not even his cousin
I hope we hit everything in sight.
1 week ago on 2015 NHL Draft Rankings: Maple Leafs to draft fourth overall, pending lottery
@dlbu dlbu E @B_Leaf
We can just go with Vladiator if we draft him
I would like the Leafs to select Vladimir Gavrikov with the Nashville pick or get into the second round early with another pick and get him there. The guy was a boss in the WJC.
Fire them all!
@Komas Taberle @B_Leaf
Who protects McDavid?
I don't dislike Kessel as a person at all. I don't mind his approach, he is honest about who he is and what hockey means to him. He is a one way offensive player with many holes in his game.
Do I want Kessel on my team? No.
I do not want a guy who makes $8M per, and does not check, who is out of shape. If he is so good as some people like to say, then great we should get a boat load for him. If he isn't then we won't. But if this team wants to build a team right, they need to Change the GM, and trade Kessel.
That is probably what Nonis would do. I wouldn't put McDavid anywhere near Kessel.
If I were NJ, I would consider it. JVR can be a pretty good player, he is young, and has a great salary. I am not in a hurry to move JVR. He is a tremendous asset on the PP too. Kinda depends what Lou is thinking about where they are at.
We are most definitely rebuilding from scratch.
If we somehow miraculously won McDavid, I would really love to be able to get another pick in the top ten via JVR or Kessel if possible, and land Crouse.
It would be really nice to have a physical, hard working, defensively responsible winger to play along side Conner. Kadri could play the other wing.
Meanwhile Nylander, Brown, Gauthier, and Leivo spend another year developing on the farm.
I wonder if NJD would trade their first for JVR?
I think JVR has the most value because of his salary and age. Kessel and Phaneuf are hard to move for good value because of their contracts. I could see Phaneuf going for a late first rounder. I have no idea what Kessel gets you, personally I wouldn't give up a second rounder for him.
Because it is fixed. If it wasn't it would be transparent.
More likely Boston
1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Orr’s Send Off, Valiev joins Marlies
Peg Loses in SO...If LA comes back, it makes Saturday interesting.
@In it to Winnik
Trouba leading in ice time
In all honesty I don't know that we could get a top ten pick in this draft for Kessel...maybe JVR?
Not that I would be that specific about who plays with who...But yes you do need some size in the line-up, great when it can be talented and at C.
Peg picks up a point so far.
JVR to NJ for the sixth pick
Kessel to CBJ for the ninth pick
Phaneuf to Det for 20th pick
Lupul for 2nd round pick
Please tell me this is possible
@In it to Winnik @B_Leaf
Thats what we could be looking at. I dont honestly know enough about any of these players...only what I read and see in clips.
The one guy I hope we get with the Nashville pick is the Russian captain of their junior team...he went undrafted. I thought he played like a boss at WJC.
Personally I think one of Strome or Marner is gone if we pick 4th, if we end up fifth maybe both are gone. Reality check.
What is Marner now...5'11 165 lbs?