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Lol, Brewer. Where'd you go? 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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@kxbarillas He's 24... He's into his prime years already. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Phaneuf pointed to Bozak right away. Wasn't much doubt whose goal it was. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Jay31 @Zep2 Getzlaf was great in the 07 playoffs, but Andy McDonald was the Ducks' #1 center in the 06/07 season. 

4 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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@TheLoovTrain Meh. I like the moves that have been made lately, but I'd have liked to see Lupul, Bozak, Polak, Booth and Robidas moved. Booth is the only UFA in that group, so the rest can be moved at the draft, but it would have been nice to clear all of those guys out now, so Shanahan and Nonis can focus on whether or not they want to move Phaneuf and/or Kessel. 

4 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Franson, Santorelli for 2015 1st, Leipsic, O. Jokinen: Good.

Winnik for 2016 2nd, 2015 4th, Sill: Good.

Clarkson for Horton: Nothing needs to be said. Still can't believe this actually happened. 

Abbott for Brennan: Whatever.

Erixon claim: Good.

O. Jokinen for cond. 2016 6th, Lindstrom: Whatever.

Holzer for 2015 5th, Brewer: Whatever.

4 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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I like the Erixon claim. He's been improving every year. Can't hurt to see what he can do with a few more minutes than he's played for other teams. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Rangers' D just got a lot better

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Okay. What have I missed today? 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Silly Panthers. What are you doing? Catch those damn Bruins, please. 

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@TuckerForPunishment wrote below: "Is Phil Kessel a winner?". 

I don't mean to single you out, but this is a silly question. So many people refer to players as "winners", and it's nonsense. You win as a team, not an individual. No one player can win a championship alone. And there is no player that you "can't win with". 

There are players who are great leaders, have elite talent, and work their asses off that never win anything, and it's not their fault. There are also lazy, shitty players that have cup rings, without having contributed much at all. 

Phil Kessel can win. But he can't do it alone. No player can. Say what you want about the guy - he does have faults - but he's a great player. He just hasn't had a good enough team around him to win. 

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@Burtonboy Ugh. It's not black and white like that. He's so stubborn. An old-school thinker that hasn't kept up with the game as it has changed over the years. 

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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I was at the gym when the trade went down. Heard a notification on my phone in my pocket, didn't look to see what it was. Then I heard a second one right away. That usually only happens when the Leafs do something so big that the Leafs' app and NHL app both give me notifications. I looked at my phone, and almost started cheering like an idiot in the middle of the gym. This was just so unexpected. 

1 month ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@hometeem @DWCMLHS 4th in TOI/game on a team with a stacked defence. 

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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Remember when we traded a 2nd-pairing DMan, along with a draft pick, while retaining $200K in salary in the process, for a 3rd-pairing Dman? Fun times. 

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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LOL why didn't Malone kick away the rebound? 

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Yaknowwhat At least he hopped off of the stretcher and skated to the door himself. Looked really bad for a minute, there. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Joffrey Lupul: “Who are we going to put on the ice next year?”

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Trade Lupul, so he doesn't have to be one of the 4 guys that stick around and suck next year. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Joffrey Lupul: “Who are we going to put on the ice next year?”

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Leipsic seems to be a similar caliber prospect to Connor Brown. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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So, it was essentially a late 1st round pick for Franson, Brenden Leipsic for Mike Santorelli, and a salary dump of Olli Jokinen.

I hoped/expected to receive a late 1st for Franson, and a 2nd for Santorelli. Leipsic has definitely exceeded the post-draft expectations of a 3rd round pick, and I think his value is roughly equal to that of a 2nd round pick now. Jokinen will likely be movable on deadline day. We should get at least a late round pick for him. 

Overall, I like the deal. I can't help but wonder why it was made so early, but hey, we're getting shittier, and that's good for our draft position. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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Biggs will be 22 in April, and he's still barely an AHL-caliber player. He's a long shot to ever be a full-time NHLer. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@BringBackYushki He has looked good today. 4-game point streak now. 

He still has elite potential. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@bear19 @DWCMLHS @Dogger Marner needs to add weight way more than height. But that's controllable, at least to a certain extent. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@Dogger I have to assume you mean Dylan Strome, the draft-eligible one. 

His skating worries me a little. That's why I like Marner a bit better. Skating and hockey sense are the two most important areas of a prospect's game, when it comes to having their play translate well into the NHL, in my opinion. I still have Strome rated 5th overall, though. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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Hmm. Thought that would be blocked for sure. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@Archie Vanlanda @DWCMLHS Best player. Just in my opinion, of course. 

But the Leafs should draft the best player available when they pick. So both, actually. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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We will get a top-10 pick for sure. Hopefully top-5. Here's my current top-10 list:


1. McDavid

2. Eichel

3. Hanifin 

4. Marner

5. Strome

6. Werenski

7. Provorov

8. Rantanen

9. Kylington

10. Barzal


Let's just win the lottery and get McDavid ;) 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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Pleeeease don't move anyone useful to the Habs. We don't need to build them up for a playoff run... 

I know that we have to get the best return possible for our players, and maybe the Habs will make the best offer for one, but shit. It would suck so bad if we moved someone there, and they helped the Habs win the St- I don't even want to finish that sentence. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@Dan39 @DWCMLHS I think Lupul is a movable asset. Robidas, on the other hand, is going to be tough to move. We could have to retain salary to move him. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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It would really be nice if we could move all of Franson, Bozak, Lupul, Polak, Winnik, Santorelli, Booth, and Robidas for picks/prospects at the deadline. Then decide on Kessel and Phaneuf at the draft. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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@Jay_Berg 2015 1st-round pick, J. Honka, V. Nichushkin (not going anywhere), J. Dickinson, J. Oleksiak, B. Ritchie, J. Campbell are all decent pieces worth adding. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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From Dreger

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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Huge deal. Hearing Myers Stafford Armia and Lemieux plus a first for Kane and Bogosian as principles of deal getting close btwn Buf + Wpg.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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I was so drunk this past weekend that I didn't even realize we traded Ashton and Broll to Tampa Bay. Clearing contracts?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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@whalz I have him ranked 4th... Strome 5th. I don't get how some people have him outside of the top-5. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks

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@mtommy No. Crosby is the best player in the world, by a fairly wide margin, but he's already in his prime, making tons of money, and has had significant injury trouble. 


McDavid, IMO, will at least become a Tavares-caliber player, and he's the one guy that has the potential to possibly become better than Crosby down the road. Plus, we'd get way more years of play from him, including 3 dirt-cheap ELC years. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks

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How do these guys get paid to talk about hockey, when they don't even understand percentages? 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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The Leafs have had some atrocious luck lately. Watch them win 3 or 4 of their next 5, and idiots start saying "See! Phaneuf was the problem!". 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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I hate seeing a defensive RD in #8. Nightmares of Komisarek. 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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We should move all pending UFAs. Bozak, Lupul, Polak, Robidas, and if possible, by some miracle, Clarkson, can all go too, but those guys will be harder to move at the deadline, easier at the draft.

Stockpile picks. Use extra picks to trade up in the draft, if we're out of range to take Marner, Hanifin or Strome.

2 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back At It vs. Devils

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