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@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @DylanJ
I hope he does great.
6 hours, 32 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
I dont think you will see Santorelli on second line.
7 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
Translation...we didn't hit or finish checks last year...Komarov and Winnick can come in and do that for us this year.
8 hours, 26 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@jimmyg65 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe
Sorry Jimmy...my question was not a shot...I have no idea how old you are...Just asked if you actually watched those years. Roberts carried the Leafs in some of those playoff years. And McCabe was quite a good D before the rules changed.
8 hours, 43 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
Did you actually watch hockey then? Do you understand the game?
8 hours, 50 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@MaxwellHowe @B_Leaf @jimmyg65
I have issues with both. Honestly if I was building a team, I wouldn't have either. Interestingly both were traded by their teams when young. At least with Kessel I know what I am getting. With Sundin you really didn't. It should be noted that any playoff success the Leafs had when Sundin was here largely came on the backs of Gary Roberts, Bryan McCabe, Alex Mogilny, and Ed Belfour or CuJo.
8 hours, 53 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
I think people here really loved the very highly skilled Doug Gilmour. You never hear a bad word about him because he played the game right at both ends and gave his all.
Sundin and Kessel had/have flaws. Personally I would actually take Kessel every day over Sundin. I still see Kessel improving.
8 hours, 59 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
Sounds like Spotter could have a future in this game...just not likely to be here...lol
9 hours, 10 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
That is actually a very good point. That quote from Carlyle is definitely a red flag if true. If true..that explains a lot, it really exposes current management.
9 hours, 17 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
Personally I think this team is a train wreck...I just don't see how the dynamic is going to play out successful. Spott's comments do not surprise me...nor do they particularly bother me in any way. The fact that Kessel was open and honest with the coach about how he felt he could best bring offense and still try to adjust isn't necessarily bad. As a fan I have had my questions about Kessel in the past, but have seen him adjust and grow as a player, hopefully that continues.
Telling the defense to prepare as if there is no help from the forwards on pinches does raise an eyebrow...but I have to think this comment has context that we may not be aware of. I cannot imagine that it means Morgan Rielly has to stop forward momentum at the other teams blue line.
9 hours, 28 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@Mcost61 @B_Leaf @Savo43 @barjv01
It is that defensive awareness I love in Bozak's game. Overall his hockey IQ is pretty darn good.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@Savo43 @Mcost61 @barjv01
That is a ton of money on one line...a line that would have defensive holes...but yeah they could sure make plays and snipe.
I am not sure how it would all break down...but I would love to have Johansen, Bozak, and Kadri up the middle.
Johansen is just coming into his own...so comparing him with vets is not exactly apples to apples. The question is...could he be like one of those guys soon? I think so.
I actually like Johansen as a player better.
I see Bozak as a very important piece on this team. Right now Holland is way behind him IMO. I would definitely not move Bozak. The key to aquriring Johansen would be to drastically improve our C depth
I wouldn't be opposed to a long term deal for him.
I doubt very much that Johansen would become available, but if he did, I think the Leafs would have to get in on it.
Personally I would give up a lot to get him. The key would be holding on to Bozak and Kadri to improve our depth at C. How great would it be to have Johansen, Kadri, and Bozak down the middle.
I would be willing to move a combination of names that include Gardiner, Nylander, Leivo, Gauthier, Reimer, Finn, Percy, or Granberg, I would also be willing to move our first from the upcoming draft for a guy like Johansen...he would be a great fit here.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
Sounds good me too!
1 day, 5 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
When I look at the Leafs roster, I am thinking there is zero chance Nylander sticks with big club. I doubt very much that they would even consider him as a bottom six player at this point. And while there is a spot on the the second line I really don't see Nylanders style being the right fit. Frattin, Booth, Leivo, or even Santorelli probably have the style Leafs are looking for there. The Leafs have to give priority to physicality in that position.
I think if there were an injury to one of our softer skilled players you could see Nylander called up as a replacement if he sticks here with the Marlies, but otherwise I don't see it.
With Leivo, I think he is going to push management hard for that second line spot. But in the end, for the sake of development, they may give him more time in the AHL. Management will also want to see if Frattin can re-establish himself as a poor mans power forward...with hope of more. Booth or Clarkson could also get that same consideration, although I still find Frattin the most intriguing. He has legit power. Leivo will have to force managements hand...and he just may do that at some point...he is almost certainly the first call-up to a top nine position.
The prospect who may turn his fortunes the most in the upcoming camp is Loov. He already has everybody looking his way. If he has a strong camp, I could see him sticking for some games to start the year...especially if Robidas or anyone else isn't ready. I know there is a line-up of Percy, Granberg, Nillson, MacWilliam, and Finn who are also vying for that spot. If the seventh D is going to sit...then I see it going to Holzer...If that guy is going to play because of injuries or performance...then right now I see it betwen Percy, Granberg, and Loov...Out of those guys, I have to say I am most interested in Loov...although that could change in camp.
I still think a trade for a quality C or a D is possible...nothing huge...but still significant.
What do you guys think??
That pass from Brown was reminiscent of a play Bobby Clarke used to do all the time.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
Finn looking good so far today
2 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@dlb Mad @B_Leaf
not on rogers anyplace I dont think
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That was my thought...kinda seems silly
Steen trade was really stupid.
These guys look like they are trying to impress Carlyle playing in their own end a lot.
369 on rogers in HD
386 on rogers right?
I still would like to see Nylander against those closer to his age while we can to gauge his talent
Wouldn't this be a great time to see Nylander against his peers?? Is there not some commitment to put out your best players for your fans who pay money to see this?
Not sure why so much of our young talent is held back in a three game tournament.
I hope not
2 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Rookie tournament wraps up this aft
Anything that gives the refs more authority to control games is not a good thing for us.
Is there a line up posted yet?
@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @ Keon
Loov was outstanding. The hit(s) were great but it was his skating and especially his passing that caught my eye. He made several elite passes in all three zones. Hard tape to tape passes with tremendous vision. I wonder if that is part of his game or if it was just a one off?
@Mind Bomb @dlb Mad
Finn's goal was a beauty...took the puck ff his back skate and shot it over goalie in one motion. But yeah he had a couple moments he seemed to be flat footed.
Did you get to see the second game?
@Mind Bomb @ Keon
Yup, only a couple guys stood out for me too.
Loov really impressed. Apparently he came into camp at 6'2, 210 lbs...he is a good skater...his passing was superb...a few nice hits.
I expect at 21 he is going to get a long look in camp.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Rookie tournament wraps up this aft
So far in the limited action I have seen and the reports I've read etc...Loov has as good of chance as anyone to stick on the Leafs. I certainly would not mind seeing him get some games to start the year and see how it goes. He is 21, has an NHL body, can skate, pass, and play physical. Nothing is decided today, the decisions are yet to be made.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Burtonboy @B_Leaf @Archie Vanlanda
Nilsson looked fine...really small sample size. But with openings on our D, I expect these guys are now in the conversation.
Leivo has to be in the conversation for top six as well...he will have to audition very well to take the spot, but he might.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Burtonboy @Archie Vanlanda @B_Leaf
Well it was a small sample size, so in that sense nothing can be taken too seriously. But based on the two games Loov has my attention.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Archie Vanlanda @B_Leaf
Agreed...his passing is what caught my attention too.
Good interview with Loov here.
Loov consistently made passes that were for lack of a better word...perfect.
Observations from the first two games.
I have been praising Leivo a long time, and he continues to impress...he looked like he was far ahead of the competition. He has to be given a shot with Kadri this year unless Frattin holds serve.
Loov has looked NHL all the way...skating, passing, and hitting all look to be in great shape. I think his hockey IQ is good too, although he got caught out of position a couple times (each time it really wasnt his fault IMO). Loov looks like he could be a steal. It is a very small sample size, yet very, very impressive.
Verhaeghe has a chance. Brown too.
Definitely an intriguing start for Loov...looking forward to seeing him in Leafs regular camp...I expect he has earned a game or two at least.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Burtonboy @B_Leaf @ Keon
I am curious to see how Finn does. I also agree Percy is a better skater. Finn could still be feeling the prolonged effects of mono. When he looks rested and fresh he is a much better player.
1 week ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal