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@loomx I certainly hope our scouts see him working well in our system... he's a Leaf now, so go Polak go!
1 month ago on (Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie
@TheCanucksnaphook Hate to admit it, but he has a good point
@Cameron19 @happy_gilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Perhaps I am stuck in the mode of 20 years ago, but you can dish out the black and blue without getting penalties if you build up a core and learn better positioning... talk to rugby players about how much bruising happens in scrums if you don't know how to do it properly
1 month ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak
@Loric76 We prefer the term cougar...
@loomx Can someone check to see if NoNo is still employed by the Leafs? lol
@loomx we give a 4th and retain salary? man
@TheCanucksnaphook they ain't got nothing on Barb ;) hope this guy makes playing against Toronto tougher a bit... maybe he and Gleason (if he is more like the first month Gleason) can start bringing some black and blue in front of the net and punish mouthy smurfs...
@The_Polish_Cannon Where is the JVR rumour coming from? just returned from some work stuff...
1 month ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived
I hate how work gets in the way some times... argh... don't they know the draft is today?
@DeclanK We have a general idea of why he's a good prospect, what would you have him focus on to be a great one?
@ProfessorRance @JMAC17 Depends on if you are taking short medium or long term view I suppose? I would say no for the short term for sure
@JMAC17 @Burtonboy Or if you have to give up PH9 (which I would not for that), I'd do something like Dion + Gleason + 8th for 5th + Strome... doubt NYI would do that, but doubt we'd do PH9 for 5th... ok, so both bad trades... let's get on with it already!
@JMAC17 We battle them for a play-off spot, so it's hard... I think we'd get a damn good prospect, but our defense would be a mess... I guess it depends on what they'd do with the extra cash?
@Dewy Keon Hogturd Just a lot of different tweeters out there... I actually don't follow them, i rely on all you guys :)
@KingTon @happy_gilmour Ah, cool, thanks
Mods - can't remember if this was discussed before, but any way to do a tweet box so that people don't take down Livefyre with all the embeds (I know it's being cleaned up over the last few days)
@Dewy Keon Hogturd Kadri also draws a ton of penalties...
@mike_84 no way
1 month ago on (Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft
@HHT @JMAC17 Whoever is left of the big 5? they are all enticing!
@mike_84 @JMAC17 @Bruffins RT @michaelgrange: League source telling me no deal for Ennis to Toronto: "Phoenix wants him"
@mcloki @mike_84 Is Capela still on?
@mike_84 @happy_gilmour yeah, stupid... oh well... worked when we got Carter!
@mike_84 Unless he's being dealt to Raps...
@colino17 @happy_gilmour @Greg Fenton I like your Richards comment, but I think Richards plays (or at least played) a lot harder... also, with wingers like Phil and JVR, I don't think you'd get as much as a drop off... and the LA offence is different... Statsny would most def be the #1C for now
1 month ago on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
@Greg Fenton @colino17 @happy_gilmour Out of curiosity, why are you so against a 28 year old who has put up decent numbers without elite wingers like Phil (and now JVR)? what does waiting do for you? if he flops after a few years trade him, he'd still be only 30.
And I'm more worried about losing out on Phil and JVR's talent than a bit of an over payment for Statsny.. I think with his skill set, he's only being over paid by a Colton Orr away or a Gleason regulation buy out offset (to be replaced by a Marlie)
@Greg Fenton @happy_gilmour @colino17 What are other OBTAINABLE options? Who else could we get and make more use of The Thrill (and soon to be JVR's) potential? Wait and keep waiting? need to roll the dice at some point. And the reason why we have a GM is to make decisions and get into good situations / out of bad situations... kind of like Masai with the Raptors.... even Colangeo with the Raptors had the balls to admit mistake and try and fix them... indecision is the worst thing.
@Greg Fenton @colino17 I partially agree... The Sams won't be ready, someone like Statsny buys time and turns into a trading chip or mentor / vet to take pressure off. I'm in the camp of signing him, but won't get into that debate here again!
@NinetyThree yeah, you hear the latest rumour? Salmons + 2nd rounder for 22nd + Prince
@leafmealone @happy_gilmour What do you think it would take? I think Nashville is in an interesting space since Trotz is gone... they will probably want more free flowing (and less defensive), hence Reimer who had the polar opposite defensive scheme in front of him ;)
Truthfully, I just think Forsberg is a good prospect who has been developing and may be ripe soon...
I hope we somehow can trade up for #3 or #5 as I think they are more obtainable than #1... having said that, I don't expect either to happen... I actually hope we can work something out like #8 + Reimer for #11 + Forsberg from Nashville... although, deep down inside I think we need to keep Reims around and think he would get flipped at the deadline
@Greg Fenton @Xxxxxnew Chicago has a team with talent and talent that plays well ina good team system... Johnny T had... Moulson and Vanek... he probably took a bit of a cut on that deal with the promise of Snow turning the Isles into something like Chicago with the right moves... if the Isles continue on the path, Johnny T will either break the bank or move on... but kudos to Snow at the time, originally would've thought Johnny T would've taken a shorter contract, but good on Snow's negotiation skills on that one.
@Xxxxxnew He will have sooo much leverage during the next negotiation
@Mcost61 @Xxxxxnew Snow job
@MaxwellHowe Thanks for bringing a smile... fantastic comment!
@AussieLeaf @happy_gilmour You are in for a treat, Munich rocks... although, I know a lot has changed since I left... Kunstpark Ost is no longer the same I hear (big club/lounge area)... enjoy your time there, will be jealous of you!
Noch einmal... remember that phrase (basically ordering another beer)
@AussieLeaf Ned Kelley's bar still there? I remember when they opened that place up... man, I miss Munich!
@Greg Fenton @happy_gilmour @LeafsGuru I agree he's not your prototypical #1C, but the reality is, how many of those are really out there and will really ever become available (in today's world)? you either have to draft them or they get old and people try to ditch them... that's the issue... if we stayed on our readmill, I don't know if we'd get anyone better than Stastny... but that is just the cynic in me
1 month ago on Bob McKenzie’s 2014 NHL Draft Rankings + Mashup
@LeafsGuru He's 28... 5 years wouldn't be that bad, would it? To me it's more about optimizing the Thrill and JVR in their prime years... in this case, the sum is bigger than its parts?
@TheCanucksnaphook That's why we're all here posting...
@RandomScrub @happy_gilmour Well, wouldn't say that, but if people are saying yes at $6.5M but no at $7M, I'm just curious at what the breaking point it... they are the most lethal Winger pair in the league IMO
Ok, with all the Stastny talk, here is a question... if we take the "prototypical #1C" off the table (e.g. big do it all guy) since it doesn't seem like any is available that is within a reasonable age (to give up the assets we all know it'll take), then how much would we over pay someone like Stastny to get more out of The Thrill and JVR? I think the premium on that is what we're really talking about when we talk about Stastny?
With this in mind, I think Stasny at $7M is worth it (e.g. an extra $500k over payment)... and to make it work I'd cut Orr to free up a contract slot and bring up a young Marlie.
@Mattmark @happy_gilmour @Jordan29 slogans are like assholes, we all have 'em... and yes they stink some times, but that's why we give a shit
1 month ago on (Monday Mashup) Schedule Released
@jimmyg65 @Jordan29 Ha! We over complicate things sooo much, somethings you need to keep to the KISS principle... it's like the business world... all the up and comers come up with all these complex ideas and intricacies and what happens in the end? the old boys club goes for a round a golf, gets a framework in place, tells their errand boys to work out the details, go back on the links, and sign the deal at the bar.
@Jordan29 Yup... you have to give to get!
@Jordan29 @happy_gilmour I'm not sure I agree with that... I think Great captains do mean a lot... I remember when Yzerman was out and Federov was "acting Captain" and even he said that when Stevie Y came back, everyone - including vets - tightened their skates more and wrapped up their sticks better... I think the problem is that now adays there aren't those types of captains and people put young guys (Crosby, Landeskog, etc...) in that driver's seat who aren't ready for it, and it dilutes how captains should be... so I somewhat agree with you... but yeah, seems token these days with the vets doing what needs to be done anyway
Or for Cancer because it'll eventually eat away at you
Given the market... if we do trade PH9, who possibly could take on the C... or do we go C-less until someone comes to the forefront and run with a bunch of A's...?
In case you all are as bored as me... site that seems to cover a lot of papers, etc... http://www.prosportsdaily.com/nhl/nhl-rumors.html
@Burntheboats @TheCanucksnaphook Mr. Bean wannabe
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Ted Dent and Mark Morris
@T K O @happy_gilmour @Mcost61 Interesting... I see Smid as a lot different than Franson... of course, Franson has the booming rightie shot that would be hard to replace