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@Dogger Two of the best to play over the past decade.
7 hours, 42 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@docmma @DWCMLHS @Ze_theLeafsFan @ProfessorRance Could happen. You can see the standings here: http://www.eliteprospects.com/league_home.php?leagueid=1
8 hours, 10 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@Ze_theLeafsFan @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Well, his team isn't doing very well. Last I checked, they were 10th. The top 6 teams make the playoffs, the bottom-2 (of 12) are relegated to the 2nd-division Swedish league.
I think he's allowed to come over when the SHL season is over. I don't see why not.
8 hours, 13 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Nylander is at least going to be a low-end, 60-point 1C, eventually, IMO. And he has the potential to be an elite, point-per-game guy, like Kessel or P. Kane.
8 hours, 25 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Kadri is fine. It's early. He'll be a 50-point center again this season, which is right where a 2nd-line center should be. I think he could put up more points over a full season on Kessel's line, but the longest stretch he has been given in that spot was only 12 games, and overlapped the toughest stretch in the team's schedule last season.
8 hours, 26 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance The ideal scenario has Bozak being traded, Kadri and Nylander occupying the top-2 center spots, and the fresh cap space being used elsewhere.
8 hours, 33 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@ProfessorRance @DWCMLHS It's nice that they're using him at center. But I hope when their season is over, he joins the Marlies. I think he'll be good enough for 2nd-line NHL duty by the start of next season. It'll be easier to make the transition if he plays on the small ice a bit more this year.
9 hours, 23 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
Anyone else love that Nylander is leading the SHL in points-per-game as a CENTER? Small sample of games, but what a start!
9 hours, 41 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 2m
Carlyle: "I think our compete level has to go up more than a few degrees."
Yep, that's the problem. Not a lack of talent. Moron.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One
@Doit4Dougie "Some leaf fans, including myself sometimes, have a memory like a gold fish"
THIS is why we need stats. People's memories fucking suck.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One
@drummond Wrong. This is a myth that is easily debunked.
Past 5 seasons...
Home: 91-73-24 for 206 points
Away: 75-89-24 for 174 points
The Leafs only had more points on the road than at home once over the past 5 seasons, in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. And it was only by 1 point.
@Bruffins Phaneuf should be on the right side. Y'know, where he has played his entire life.
6 days, 15 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One
Chasing specific types of players is how you end up with contracts like Clarkson's handcuffing the team so they can't actually amass an acceptable level of talent.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS The Oilers are where they are today because they have a crappy defence (like the Leafs), and don't have the goaltending to make up for it. That's their big problem. Not a "soft" forward group.
@Jay_Berg Not often, anymore.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS I don't care what style of hockey a guy plays. Not right now, anyways. I just want more good hockey players, and a coach that deploys them sensibly.
When we actually have enough good hockey players, we can worry about fine-tuning the roster.
We currently have just one top-pairing Dman. We have a 3rd-line caliber center playing monster minutes in the 1st-line center spot, and we have 3rd/4th-line caliber wingers being swapped in and out of the 2nd-line RW spot. And we have a coach that is a stubborn old coot, one whom has no idea how to use the players he has properly.
The stylistic make-up of the roster is the least of our worries.
@T K O @DWCMLHS He just turned 21. He is going to get better. A lot better.
It's 2014, and people still think we should avoid anyone that they see as "soft". What fucking nonsense.
The NHL is changing. Fans' thinking should change with it, but apparently, that's not happening.
@Xxxxxnew Plus/minus is a garbage stat. It's laughable that you even mentioned it. And Kessel actually played on a good team...
@gjdevlin @Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS Yeah, because that Kessel guy is so terrible. It's not like he's tied with Malkin for the 2nd most points of any player since the start of the 11/12 season.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS @gjdevlin The Oilers need defence and goaltending. Their forwards aren't the problem. They'd look way better with competent players behind them.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS @gjdevlin Lol. Yup. Let's avoid a potential elite player because we "need" a winger that plays a different style. Makes sense.
@gjdevlin Edmonton is a fucking train wreck. Yakupov is a good young player with tons of upside. His skating and shooting are elite. He has Kessel/Hall/Gaborik potential. If we can get Yakupov for reasonable price, we should be all fucking over it. He was a 1st overall pick for a reason.
@Jay_Berg At least Komarov is an NHL-caliber hockey player...
1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
@Potcy @Cameron19 @DeclanK Would't have changed a thing.
@Cameron19 @DeclanK This. Clean hit? Sure. But Scott isn't an NHL-caliber hockey player. He has no business in the league. Grabovski is a very good 2nd-liner, and now he's going to be out of the Isles' lineup, probably for a long time. It sucks to see good players get injured by useless pieces of shit.
Phaneuf and Iggy went out for supper together whenever the Leafs played in Calgary. They are good friends. But on the ice, as opponents, it doesn't matter.
1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Jmessih @DWCMLHS Thanks
I hate that games start so early here. Anyone have a working stream? TSN4 has the game, but it's blacked out for me. Fucking regional broadcasts are a joke.
The Leafs finished 9 points out of the playoffs last season, with a 9-4 shootout record (not likely to be repeated), and a .923 save percentage from their starting goalie (also not likely to be repeated). All of this, despite playing in the shitty Eastern conference. They still use a 3rd-line center in the 1st-line center spot, they got worse at the 2nd-line right wing position, still only have one top-pairing defenceman, and retained arguably the worst coach in the league.
What the fuck do you guys expect to happen? This is a bad hockey team. It sucks to see them lose, but everyone should have seen it coming from a mile away.
1 week, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Breaking news: Bad team beaten badly by good team.
What a shocker! Everyone jump off of the nearest cliff!
This isn't a playoff team. But we're one step closer to the end of the Randy Carlyle era, and that's a good thing.
Phaneuf is dropping 'em like flies.
1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)
Clarkson doesn't fit in on the PP.
Bernier is struggling. Polak has to have Kunitz there.
That one wasn't Bernier's fault. It was a nice set play. Robidas lost Crosby.
Bernier needs to stop those bad angle shots
@Cameron19 @Loric76 @loomx Or because he was our best center. By a fairly wide margin.
2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow
So... how long is the pre-game ceremony going to be? I hate when the team has to sit through all of that nonsense after warming up, and the guys are sluggish to start the game.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Season Opener Mashup: The Day Is Here
Guys. Pre season.
3 weeks ago on GDT: Preseason Game #9 – Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (7:53 p.m., SNET1)
@Yaknowwhat Lol. It's pre season. Gunnarsson is a 2nd-pairing Dman. Polak is a 3rd-pairing Dman. That hasn't changed.
@Jmessih Ummm... Bozie didn't make it to Phil's birthday supper? For shame.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup
"Don't be so negative" - idiots.
The team has made the playoffs once in the past 10 years. And it was a total fluke, only made possible by the season being shortened to 48 games.
If you're a realist, and look at the team objectively, you shouldn't be expecting much success from them. Not this season, at least. They finished 9 points out of the playoffs last season, in the shitty Eastern conference, despite owning a 9-4 record in the shootout. That's a very bad hockey team.
Let's be honest... the Leafs probably aren't going to make the playoffs. Acknowledging that makes one realistic, not negative. If they do defy the odds and make the playoffs, awesome. But it's probably not going to happen. They didn't do enough this summer.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?
People are talking about Loov possibly making the team. I don't see it. I think he should play a year in the AHL first. I'd put him and Nilsson together.
1 month ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0
Kessel doesn't need to try in the pre season. It was nice to see him trying to set up Nylander all night, though. Wanted the kid to score his 1st NHL goal.
1 month ago on GDT: Preseason Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, TSN4)
Nylander looked a little nervous with the puck, which is understandable. Kid has insane skill, though. And he's so fucking sneaky.
Still say he looks like a young Kessel/P. Kane hybrid. Will he be as good as them? Maybe.
I'm kind of glad Polak isn't looking very good. We don't need him to be used with Phaneuf on the top D pair. He is - and will continue to be - a fucking 3rd-pairing Dman. Use Gardiner, Rielly or Robidas there.
@Burtonboy AKA: Stop fighting. We're all on the same side, here.
1 month ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey