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@Bruffins @~Keon This is true.
14 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@~Keon Me too.
15 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@deedrag Brown isn't even remotely comparable to MacKinnon in terms of talent/potential.
18 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@~Keon It's not impossible, but Crosby's a step above everyone. I won't ever project anyone to be that good, lol.
19 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
That goal was just fucking silly.
21 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
MacKinnon could reach the Stamkos/Malkin/Ovechkin tier.
22 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
Half a month younger, and MacKinnon wouldn't even be drafted yet.
32 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@Black_Hawk @DWCMLHS @mike_84 He missed a lot of time last season, but other than that, he's been playing at least 77 games a season for like 5 years.
He's no Dave Bolland is what I'm getting at.
7 hours, 16 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@mike_84 @DWCMLHS JVR - Kesler - Kessel
Looks like team USA to me, lol.
7 hours, 19 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@Chris Jay @DWCMLHS No has has not. He was better in 11/12 than 2013. And this season, he just rode insane percentages. He'll fall way back down to earth next season. Kadri is better and much younger.
7 hours, 21 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@mike_84 Bozak+ for Kesler, please.
7 hours, 24 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
Keep Kadri. He finished tied for 35th in points by a center at 23-years-old. He's an above-average 2nd-line center. Still could potentially become a 1st-line center. Trade Bozak while his value is artificially inflated by insane, unsustainable percentages. Phil will get over it.
7 hours, 27 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@Black_Hawk @ Don Cherry Ouch.
7 hours, 38 minutes ago on Morning Mashup
@mike_84 Keep him at RD for now, just in case.
3 days, 3 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Jordan29 Lock for 30th overall.... 25% chance of getting McDavid.
@NotInsane Don't you mean a "Lindback shift"? Weak goal.
Free Gudlevskis! Lol.
Go Bolts! Fuck the Habs.
3 days, 4 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
Lots of weird shit going on in here today...
3 days, 11 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@loomx @DWCMLHS I'm not convinced Montreal will even beat Tampa. They're close enough that I give the edge to Tampa, because they have home ice advantage.
4 days ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%
@[BBirde] @DWCMLHS Boston wasn't as dominant last season as they were this season. Their goal differential of +84 is the best any team has had since the 09/10 season. And I think the West is even better this season than last season.
Unfortunately, I think Boston wins the cup this year. Compared to the West, the East is a cake-walk. They'll have way more left in the tank than whichever Western team survives the first three rounds. The big 5 in the West (Chi, LA, Stl, Ana, and Sj) will destroy each other.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Randy Carlyle End of Season Presser
Today is a very good day. I can't believe I'm suddenly able to post from my phone. Haven't been able to for a long time.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Randy Carlyle End of Season Presser
I'm tired of hearing all of this "compete level", "identity", and "leadership" bullshit. Stop letting good players leave for nothing. Bring in more good players. Don't overpay for mediocrity. Make sensible lineup decisions. Play an actual system that suits the roster. That's how you'll turn the fucking team around.
Woah. It worked.
@Anthony Petrielli @DWCMLHS @Bruffins iPhone 5s. We've discussed this before. Couldn't find any solution.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14
@Great Dane @DWCMLHS I'm not sure if we'll be able to move Gleason. But his buyout numbers aren't very scary, so we could always go that route.
@Great Dane @DWCMLHS Same top-6 I had in the line-up I posted the other day.
@Bruffins @DWCMLHS @Great Dane I'd consider using Gardiner with Phaneuf if we don't find anyone else.
@Great Dane @DWCMLHS I want Gunnar to play with Rielly next season... if we can find someone to play with Phaneuf.
@Bruffins @DWCMLHS I used to, but for some reason I can't post from my phone any more. It really bothers me.
Phaneuf and Gunnarsson play the toughest minutes of any D pair in the NHL, all things considered. Gunnarsson isn't even a legitimate top-pairing Dman. Phaneuf is a #1, but he's never had a true #2 to play with. Phaneuf is fine, and is way too fucking valuable to the team to even consider moving. We can't even afford to lose Gunnarsson. Like I said before, he's not a top-pairing Dman. But he is a top-4 Dman. He may not always look like one, but that's because he's playing a more difficult role than he's capable of.
Couple blockbuster deals at the draft:
Bozak + Franson + picks/prospects to Vancouver for Kesler and Edler
Reimer + picks/prospects to Winnipeg for E. Kane
Kulemin, McClement re-signed. Gleason bought-out. Carlyle replaced.
CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTERCapGeek Armchair GM RosterFORWARDSJames Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) Evander Kane ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($3.250m) Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Peter Holland ($0.851m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) Jerry D'Amigo ($0.851m) / Jay McClement ($1.500m) / Carter Ashton ($0.851m) DEFENSEMENAlexander Edler ($5.000m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) Jake Gardiner ($2.000m) / Petter Granberg ($0.800m) GOALTENDERSJonathan Bernier ($2.900m) BUYOUTSMike Komisarek ($0.000m) Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) Tim Gleason ($0.833m) ------CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)(estimations for 2014-15)SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,779,000; BONUSES: $950,000CAP SPACE (19-man roster): $5,321,000
Plenty of cap space to sign a back-up goalie and carry a couple extra players.
A guy can dream.
1 week ago on Peter DeBoer makes some sense as the Maple Leafs’ next head coach
@Knights2Leafs Clarkson's buy-out numbers are brutal. That contract is beyond disastrous.
1 week ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #82, Maple Leafs at Senators
Gleason's buy-out numbers aren't that scary. We can get rid of him.
@vinoa @Cameron19 Kadri wasn't a bust under Wilson. He was just young, and not ready for the NHL yet. He took a few years to develop into an NHL player. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. He always projected to be a good 2nd-line center, and he is one now. He just had to work his way up to that level.
@Jmessih Shooting percentage will drop next season. He averages the same shots/game as Kessel, with the same career shooting percentage. Isn't nearly as gifted as a playmaker, though.
1 week, 5 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 7
@Greg Fenton It should be increased... when he's 100% healthy. It's unfortunate that we don't have the depth on D to allow him to rest longer when he's hurt.
Phaneuf was one of only 3 players to average 25 minutes per game each of the past three seasons. And he deserved that ice time. He wasn't even bad this year. His worst games have just come lately, which should have been expected, because his PDO had been so high throughout most of the season. His health is an issue right now, and the bad games are fresher in people's memories. He'll be fine next season. His luck on the PP will turn, and he'll return to being a 40+ point Dman. Hopefully he stays healthy, and hopefully we find someone better than Gunnar to play the shut-down role with him.
@Shift_Disturber1 @Greg Fenton THANK YOU. Phaneuf and Gunnar play the toughest minutes in the league, and it isn't even close. I thought this was obvious. Gunnar isn't even a real top-pairing Dman. Phaneuf has never had a real #2 Dman to play with. And he's been playing hurt. That's why his ice-time has been cut, and why he has taken so many "maintenance days" this season. He's a star #1 Dman, and is paid appropriately, all things considered.
@wendelsfist @DWCMLHS Clarkson is indeed one of the few players on the team with a PDO below 1000, so he's been even worse this season than expected. Will it go up next season? Probably. But he's so bad right now, it won't be anywhere near enough to justify that contract. It was never a good idea to sign him. It was obvious that he wasn't going to have the "success" in Toronto that he did in Jersey. It was also obvious that he was going to get way too much money, and way too many years on his contract. I can't understand why people didn't see this last spring. It's mind-boggling.
Getting rid of the team's actual good players probably won't make it better, (unless we're looking at a long-term tear-down rebuild). Dumping the crap and adding more good players will. Too bad Nonis hand-cuffed the team this summer with some terrible cap-management.
1 week, 6 days ago on Morning Mashup: Leafs All But Out Of Playoff Picture
"but you also have to question if you can win a championship with him"
Why do people say this? It's just silly, with any player. One player isn't going to win or lose a championship. Kadri is a good 2nd-line center. If he's playing on the 2nd line, he's fine. He's not a problem.
As for Phaneuf, he was bound to go through a rough stretch. His PDO was sky-high. It was inevitable. He's not a problem, either. Nor are Kessel, JVR, Rielly, etc. Clarkson's predictably disastrous contract is a problem. Carlyle's obvious ineptitude is a problem. Failing to add another top-4 Dman when it is the team's biggest need is a problem. Getting rid of good players for nothing (Grabo, Mac) is a problem. Bozak in the 1C spot will return to problem status next season, when his numbers fall dramatically.
Bring in a new GM. Let him hire his own coach. Keep the good players. Only move young players with lots of potential if you're getting real high-end talent. Add more good players. Easier said than done, I know.
Franson's fine as a 3rd-pairing Dman. He's currently our 2nd-best RD, though, and is the only one that has a right-handed shot. But Rielly's being groomed to play RD, and should take on more minutes next season.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #78, Bruins at Maple Leafs
From now on, I hope the Leafs either win every game, or lose every game. Sneak into the playoffs, or tank hard, fire RC, and get a decent draft pick. The latter is better for the team in the long run. I can't actually cheer against the Leafs, though. It's impossible not to cheer for a Leaf win every game.
Also: can we please fire Clarkson into the sun? Pretty please.
3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs
Why the fuck do players throw their hand s up when they think they might be getting a penalty? All they're doing is making themselves look more guilty.