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If the draft was legit, it would be done on tv in public with ping pong balls.
6 hours, 13 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
@hometeem @gjdevlin @B_Leaf
Thats how they have done it in recent years so I expect the same.
6 hours, 18 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
From what I understand it is done via computer print out...but it is done inside a closed room. Bettman walks out with the print out to the team reps waiting outside. Why on earth would you structure it like that unless you planned on fixing it. Why not have ping pong balls in front of everyone.
6 hours, 23 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
Considering that we can still draft as high as sixth and quite possibly fourth or fifth that means we could miss on all of McDavid, Eichel, and Strome. It is also possible we get poor returns on Kessel and Bernier. If that happens how bad will it be in Toronto next year. I mean they might not sell any tickets. I mean you couldn't pay me to go. This would profoundly effect the NHL and the revenue, not to mention the TV people who paid the NHL large. Since the draft is clearly fixed, I really cant see the NHL doing anything but give the Leafs McDavid.
6 hours, 29 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
It depends how the playoffs go, but I could see the draft going...
If a team like Edmonton picks 3rd or fourth they might take one of those D.
2 days, 3 hours ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Komas Taberle @traNsplantEdneWfie @B_Leaf
Hunter mentioned him on the radio yesterday
@Komas Taberle @B_Leaf
I think the top two picks in the draft are both going to be franchise type players, then I think picks 3-8 are all pretty close. It depends on what happens the rest of the year in the playoffs but I think 3-8 could end up anywhere in there. Strome, Marner, Hanifin, Provorov, Crouse, and Barzal could go anywhere in there. There are reasons to be high or low on any one of those players.
Ottawa playing Boston really tough.
6 days, 22 hours ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks (7:30pm, TSN4)
@MaxwellHowe @TorontoMapleLeafs @Neon Dion
What a dirtbag hit.
1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
@In it to Winnik @Ze_theLeafsFan
Glad you are OK!
1 week, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
But it was OK for Kelly to viscously and intentionally elbow JVR's nose bloodied in game seven with not even a penalty. It is not what you do, but who you are and what jersey you wear.
@In it to Winnik
Do you think CBJ would do their first rounder this year straight up for Kessel?
@Komas Taberle @MaxwellHowe
Definitely that argument could be made.
1 week, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
Sundin was no where near the conversation, several centers were better in his day.
Gilmour was right there in the years around 92 and 93...people in hockey knew how good he was...he might have been the best for a year.
And Sittler was probably third best in his time...definitely in the conversation.
I am not so sure about that. Hard to fathom.
Does anyone think it might actually be possible that the Leafs drop their prices next year. They may wait until after the draft lottery. Obviously if they win the lottery the fan interest in McDavid will be significant...they might raise prices, lol. But if they don't win the lottery...I think it might be possible they drop prices, because I really don't think they will sell tickets.
I know a lot of people have seasons tickets and wont want to give them up...but after 7 playoff games in 10 years and no significant hope in sight, you have to think some people might just say "enough".
I have been a huge Leafs fan...and you would have to pay me money to go watch this team right now. I would be embarrassed to be seen at the ACC cheering. Not joking one bit.
Regarding Kadri's hit...you can clearly see from the reverse angle that it was an accident. He immediately went to the players aid. It was a game with little or no emotion...no way was he intending it, and unless skating by an opposing player is now considered careless, you cannot say it was careless either. Ferrence hit was an elbow to the back of the head. I don't know if it was suspendable but it seems like it was a senseless retaliation. Hopefully both players are OK.
This team better get McDavid, because if they don't the NHL is in some serious trouble.
Anyway guys...hang in there...I am out.
1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #71, Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m., SN)
Did people just cheer? Seriously? Are they maybe Oiler fans?
4-0 suits me fine
Shut up Millen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really the league should just go with a complete lottery system for all of the non-playoff teams even odds for at least the first 14 picks.
Good call boys!
I hear Newfie is getting snowed bad
@mike_84 @Savo43 @ProfessorRance @B_Leaf
Personally I think McDavid and Eichel are close and well above the rest.
He is very good.
Oilers are getting dangerously close to Hanifan...not a bad player but well below Eichel IMO.
I know we have almost no chance at Eichel, but wow that guy is going to be very good.
I think Connor is the only option
That a boy Bernier...how can you not laugh your guts out.
I mean Go Leafs Go chants had me laughing and then in seconds the goal...you cannot script stuff like this!!!
That avatar just sums up everything Leafs...lol
Sportsnet will occasionally cut out to show Maple Leaf Square at various intervals of the game to liven the broadcast.
A Yawner for Conner :)
Nice to know we are back in fourth for now
I will feel better if we lose...so there!
So you can go to bed happy?
I cant believe I am actually turning on this game...Surely I wont watch it
@In it to Winnik @colino17 @mtommy
Yeah, I remember that...I just couldn't believe it at the time.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game 70 Scoring Chances: Canucks 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @FrycersGhost
I always thought he was overrated as a player. I think he had hatred for the Leafs when he was in the league office. And he has done absolutely nothing of consequence since being here. He gives me no reason to think he can run a hockey team, I would rather go with someone I respect in that way. I am not blaming him for the way the team is built, but I do hold Nonis responsible and Shanny hasn't done anything with that. The best management the Leafs have had in my life is Burns and Fletcher. I would like something like that.
1 week, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #70, Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m., CBC)
@mcloki @B_Leaf @FrycersGhost
Well then I agree with that sentiment...not because of the article above though...I haven't read it...
I would keep Dion and move Kessel. The only way I move Dion is if the return is sufficient. Been saying that all along.
I would also relieve Shanahan and Nonis of their duties.
What have the Leafs been able to build through the draft?
All they have to show from 2008 is JVR who they were able to acquire with the fifth overall pick Luke Schenn (yes that was nearly seven years ago.
2009 7th overall Nazem Kadri and nothing else
2010 appears to be a complete strikeout unless you count Granberg and Carrick
2011 with nine picks (two 1sts) and virtually nothing, still time for Percy and Leivo but nothing significant there
2012-14 is a little early to tell. Rielly, Brown, Loov, Valiev, and Nylander appear to have a chance.
Pretty weak drafting.
I would take it...If I cared
Is the NHL prepping to intro a new team to Toronto area...One has to wonder