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I have to say that I appreciate the players losing since they are out of it. It would just be maddening if they started to play great and win at this point. Just keep losing!
17 minutes ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0
When you come into the AHL on time and perform like he has at both ends of the ice...that is a very promising sign.
11 hours, 16 minutes ago on GDT: Game #51, Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
So our future top line may have two guys with the name Connor?
11 hours, 18 minutes ago on GDT: Game #51, Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
If we got McDavid it would start a new era in Leaf hockey
11 hours, 22 minutes ago on GDT: Game #51, Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
16 hours, 10 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Where are you watching it?
17 hours, 12 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Kessel would top my trade list.
17 hours, 14 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Like McDavid good?
17 hours, 15 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
I wonder what even strength goals against look like?
17 hours, 19 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Lets face it the McDavid lottery is going to be fixed. The very nature of the process leaves no doubt that they reserve the right to fix it.
Having said that the Rogers TV rights has to be a league concern if they want big money again. Couple that along with the idea of the Leafs dropping seat prices and that would create significant financial pressure to land McDavid in the Toronto market. The league owes us big time. It would hurt them cause they hate us, but $ might just win out here.
20 hours, 11 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
In a heart beat.
20 hours, 16 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Probably so....Nashville it is, what have they got? :)
20 hours, 19 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
@Hmmm @Leafs2 Isles1 @ingy56 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe
The only similarity between Kane and Kessel is offensive talent, Kane is considerably more responsible defensively.
20 hours, 20 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
@ingy56 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe
It's probably true that if Kessel played with Getzlaf and Perry, and Webber and Keith he would prosper. But what is that saying. Anyone would prosper there. You want $8M players to hold there own. I mean there is no doubting the guy has elite offensive skills but equally weak defensive skills.
20 hours, 22 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
@Leafs2 Isles1 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe
However, effort, checking, and defensive hockey are talents as well.
20 hours, 25 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
OK, and generally I liked the way our whole team played. As a team we did a lot of the things "winning" teams do. I look at the way Franson, Bozak, and JVR played in that run and they were great. The team got great support from a guy like Mark Fraser. Grabovski's stat line looked like garbage but if you watch the games the guy did tons of little things to help. Kessel did play well in that series but he hasn't played that way much before it, and not a patch of it since.
20 hours, 28 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Personally I do not think Phaneuf is the problem with this team. Over paid a bit...yes. But the problems center mostly around forwards who are either unwilling or unable to play "winning" hockey. By "winning" hockey, I mean playoff hockey with tight checking, physicality, back pressure, fore checking. The player who epitomizes what is wrong with the Leafs is Phil Kessel. He is not the only one, but he is the foremost. Some people "get it", and some never will. It is what it is, I am sure Phil is a nice guy, I have nothing against him, I just would prefer him on the other team instead of mine. Since he is a pro athlete and subject to these kinds of criticisms...I share my thoughts.
20 hours, 35 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Sorry Lupes, but this team is just not very good. In critical areas like effort, checking, back pressure, faceoffs, and hockey IQ, this team may be the worst in the league or bottom five. The team is not built right, there is talent, but the deficiencies are significant.
20 hours, 44 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
@HHT @Burtonboy @DeclanK
I would rather Bernier right now since the need is to lose
20 hours, 51 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
@Leafs2 Isles1 @B_Leaf
I would think Hunter would have a hand in who is picked.
20 hours, 55 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Management, or lack of it is a huge part of the Leafs problem.
Having said that if the Leafs really want to win the McDavid lottery...cough..fixed...cough lottery, they should tell everyone because they suck sooooo bad they are going to reduce seat prices 50%. This would totally screw the leagues revenue and the cap. The Leafs could say if by chance we happen to win the McDavid lottery...cough..fixed lottery...cough, then they would see no need to reduce prices since they would be showcasing an elite young talent.
20 hours, 58 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
I just hope the Leafs do a complete reset. I would hang on to Bernier, Kadri, JVR, Rielly, and Nylander. I would have liked to keep Franson but his best years are likely his next four or five and the Leafs may not be competitive by then.
The key guy to trade as far as I am concerned is Kessel...he should bring back some value. I would love to see a big deal at the trade deadline, but just can't see it happening with the $8M price tag...but it must happen before this coming draft and it must bring back at least one high pick or one very good prospect plus some other picks.
I think we could net a mid first easily for Franson, a late first for Lupul, and Winnick, Santorelli should net a couple of 2nd rounders plus a fourth.
In the off season I think you explore a deal for Dion that can hopefully net another first.
In total I would love to see us pick twice in the top ten (our pick and one from Kessel deal), pick once around the high teens (Franson return), once or twice in the 20's (Lupul and Phaneuf deals), and then have several picks in the rest of the draft.
Having several picks including five in the first round of a strong draft would really help us set a good foundation.
21 hours, 3 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Especially considering they blew some high picks on those types
1 day, 11 hours ago on Maple Leafs Rumours: Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik “highly likely” to be traded (Bob McKenzie)
Well we need to turn it over again and get the right guy.
I hope not...I would like to see him fully develop his game first.
I think it is just bad management
What if we draft 6th and the top 4 C's are gone...Would you draft Crouse or offer the 6th pick to Calgary for Bennett?
What is it about this team?
1 day, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 6.5% and growing
Toninato on tsn tonight 930
1 day, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 6.5% and growing
OEL would make a fantastic partner for Rielly
1 day, 20 hours ago on Friday Mashup: 6.5% and growing
Just keep losing
2 days, 14 hours ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
Because we don't hire the right people. Look what Burke did. That Kessel deal, with that team at that time was beyond stupid.
They need a real hockey guy...I don't know, Hunter may be that guy...if he is...give him the keys...let him drive it...Nonis is not the guy
4 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
The only way you get really good players is by drafting them...there are a few exceptions.
From a competition point of view, are the Leafs the most irrelevant team in the NHL? When you cut away the money, the massive fan base, the grass roots, and the media attention, what are you left with? A team that has put together one playoff appearance in TEN YEARS. They have not drafted a significant player, they have not even drafted from a significant position. The one chance they had to draft high they traded for an enigmatic winger who scores 35 goals but costs the team 40. They are loaded to the cap maximum. After one decent season in ten years that ended in a first round exit...the team is on the verge of a rebuild that is at least five years before significant compete levels return.
Can we please get a real GM...Is that too much to ask?
If the Leafs try to rebuild without moving Kessel, I will just shake my head and face palm.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@TheLoovTrain @KhoreAchek (formerly 4th collapse)
1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (7pm, SN)
@Coldincowtown @Hammertownleaffan @B_Leaf
I am not sure we can move a contract like Kessel before TDL, but we should and must move him before the draft, and get guys in our system from this draft.
Kessel and Clarkson must go. And there are a handful of others like Lupul, Gardiner, and maybe Phaneuf who should also be shopped.
This summer is a strong draft, I think the Leafs should try to acquire as many picks as possible. I am not sure what they can do with big contracts before the draft, but I think they could move Kessel before the draft and hopefully pick up another decent first rounder as part of the package back.
What can you say at this point other than thanks for losing guys...dont start winning now.
Really at this point the big question is...Who should the Leafs bring in to run the team and make hockey decisions?
I know there are guys out there I like, but they have jobs. I think Hunter is OK to keep around but not really sure who should run the show.
1 week, 4 days ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I wonder if a team like the Flyers would trade their first rounder plus for Kessel at the draft?
better than Clarkson
so if a fan threw a hat on the ice after play started after a hat trick...same thing?
That is true...but charging them is also a little over the top too. I dont want to debate it but it is a game where people shoot pucks at opposing players on purpose sometimes and get no discipline...it is a league where you can face punch...hit from behind, concuss a guy and no suspension.
I wouldn't either
What do you guys think we get for Kessel in a trade at the TDL? or the draft?
Should Dave Nonis be charged with public mischief for throwing crap on the ice during play.
@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @lister
Well I dont agree with throwing the jersey during play...and quite honestly I wouldn't throw one at anytime...however I have been at the ACC and spent hundreds only to watch some of the most pathetic efforts in pro sports history. It can be pretty disappointing.
1 week, 5 days ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I didnt watch all the game...I didnt realize they were thrown during play...I was watching Raptors most the night. Were they thrown into the path of someone?