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@Optimustic @Murph2417 He also has experiance dealing with the media in TO.  Maybe he could take out Simmons during an after game interview.

4 hours, 1 minute ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@sniperstar @Optimustic @Murph2417 Just get him moving,(roller derby style)  and watch him clear the front of the net.

4 hours, 7 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Murph2417 Rob Ford???  lol

4 hours, 35 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Loric76 Quick, somebody plug that toaster in!

1 day, 19 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Komas Taberle @Optimustic @skippysleafs yeah, good enough for the AHL but not for the NHL.   

2 days, 5 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@skippysleafs @Optimustic I thought so.  He was good with the Marlies, but with all our defensive juggernauts on the big club, he couldn't quite make it I guess.   lol,  ( I know he put points up, but just didn't do enough to shut the other teams down. )

2 days, 5 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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Is TJ Brennan still in the Leafs system, or has the page not been updated recently?  I thought he signed somewhere else a while ago.  http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/roster.htm?type=prospect

2 days, 6 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Jmessih I've been camping for the last few days.   On Lake Erie this time, and going to Grand Bend next Monday.   Glad that we didn't reverse the trips with the weather in Grand Bend last night.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@MaxwellHowe yup lol,  I thought the same thing.   They must have shown all his goals twice to fill up the tlme.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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EditorinLeaf says the recent signings will likely spell the end of Orr and McLaren in a Leafs uniform.   Something many of us have disputed or talked about lately.  They sure weren't used well in their roles last year. http://editorinleaf.com/2014/07/28/leafs-sign-daniel-winnik-one-year-deal/

2 days, 7 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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If Winnik has the ability to soak up tough minutes, he should be really comfortable in TO.  Lol, he should have been here last year.  I don't know how good (or not good ) he is ,  but he would have fit right in when Bolland went down .

2 days, 9 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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Thanks for the series Anthony.  It's obvious that the organization has developed a better group of players ( judging by what we see on the Marlies), and it's good to hear that they're continuing to focus on drafting and developing the kids.  

5 days, 21 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3

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Let's hope Franson is going to play for his UFA contract and earn a good one.  He hasn't looked like anything special defensively, but TO hasn't had any D=man that has looked special defensively in the recent past.  Maybe, just maybe it's the system( or lack of a system) that is our problem.

1 week, 1 day ago on The pros and cons of trading Cody Franson

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@.JVR. @Jmessih http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/07/18/the-cody-franson-arbitration-what-is-he-worth/ In the last paragraph, Elliot Saccucci explains that Franny can be traded after the arbitration hearing.   Though he seems to suggest that the Leafs will likely have him manning the point on the PP for another year anyway.

1 week, 3 days ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@.JVR. Yes, if he was to get an offer sheet, then he couldn't be traded for one year.

1 week, 4 days ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@Xxxxxnew @Optimustic @dlb Mad Sure seems like it sometimes, maybe they feel that onece they make it to the big league that they can take it easier.  Most of us could never reach their level of ability no matter how hard we tried. Not saying that they don't work to become better, but a lot of players have to put in a lot more effort and still don't make the NHL.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott on TSN 1050

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@dlb Mad @Optimustic No, I haven't.  Seems to me that when someone is brought in to be a buffer, that there is a problem though.   Even if it isn't RC's fault, they aren't going to continually replace the roster, eventually the coach will have to go.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott on TSN 1050

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@Cloud09 @Optimustic Yup, and that the players aren't getting along with him.  That's what I'm hoping was the reason for the poor results at the end of last season.   Either fix the problem between RC and the players or replace RC and we'll have a better season this year. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott on TSN 1050

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Steve Spott the " buffer between RC and the roster".   What does that say?    

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott on TSN 1050

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@Ze_theLeafsFan @Yaknowwhat That's how I read it too,   he could have had more per year, but opted for less for two years.  Looks like he's not afraid of the market anyway.  (like some lesser quality persons)

2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd @Murph2417 I've been looking at the Frontier too,  it may be my next vehicle.   4 X4 for sure with the towing package.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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@CanuckUKinToronto I haven't seen a lot of Devane, but I do like Broll,  More than I like Biggs.   You realize this means that Biggs will likely be much better than the the other two.  :-)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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Game over Germany wins.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Mind Bomb @The_Polish_Cannon Or in WW's case, you could tow it bihind your riding lawn mower.   :-)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@CanuckUKinToronto You may have had better reception if you lived in TO, but those of us from outside the city (I'm from Niagara South) watched on a TV that was so snowy that it was hard to tell which team was in the home or away jerseys.   

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@barjv01 @Optimustic Could be, but I thought he was possibly born overseas as well.  I could be wrong.

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@barjv01 Turk Broda was born in Europe I think,  but I've always considered him Canadian.  Maybe I'm wrong.

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@RandomScrub @Optimustic It was actually Ctrl and Shift, but it's fixed anyway.

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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Somehow my keyboard got switched to another language.  When I try to type a question mark I get this symbol, É.   Does anyone know how to switch it back againÉ

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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Dan Bylsma - Head coach and Ron Rolston -  Asst. coach.

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@Loric76 I hope he outlasts Randy too, but if I'm a betting man ...

3 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@Dangle_My_Berries @Jmessih The four Leaf skaters in the video of the Ott goal were Gunnarson, Kulemin Ranger and McClemment. Not one of them with the team now.  .lol

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards

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@Bruffins @Optimustic Thanks, I knew we drafted a big guy late, but thought he'd be bigger than that.  He doesn't look that much taller than Nylander.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards

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@Bruffins Connor Brown?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards

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@Bruffins 1 - I didn't think we'd get a good coach like RC.
                      2 - I thought he'd lead us to the playoffs last season.

                    3 - I thought he'd be fired by now.  Lol

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Leafs News and Notes

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I'm way late to the party here, but when I started reading this I thought,that I'd like to get Mislav's opinion of Kontiola.   The only one of us that would have any chance to know of the player first hand.

 Thanks for the article Mislav, good to here from you.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Petri Kontiola: Cometh the KHL, cometh the man?

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd I knew we should have held onto Gleason,  we could have traded him to Pitts for their 2nd line centre.  With the money they saved they would have likely retained salary to go along with the 4th round pick we'd get.  lol

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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@RandomScrub @Optimustic It means they'll likely be just going in circles again.   

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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"We were not sure what direction the Maple Leafs would be heading entering into today’s free agency period. To some degree, we still don’t." 

It's clear to me that the Leafs are headed NE going into free agency.   At training camp they'll be headed pretty much due North, then turning NE in Oct.   Come mid Dec, the team will veer straight to the East until the New Year when a right turn takes them on a SE course.   Mid March sees a direction change straight to the South until they head SE late in March.   April has them going pretty much due East again.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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@Yaknowwhat Didn't he nearly tune up Frazer McLaren a while ago?   McLaren nearly fell down laughing as I recall.  :-)

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address

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@Bruffins I've seen it all now. lol

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address

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@Pent_House Biggs and Broll?   Sorry, I see Broll now.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address

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Glad to see Leo and Fratts back again.  I'm OK with  our D changes, but not excited about it.   Still looking for our 1C, but it'll have to come through a trade by the looks of things now.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address

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@Ydargo Good morning for y'all, but I'm off to work very shortly.  Hope that those of you that are off enjoy your day, and that you enjoy any moves that the Leafs may make.  Go Leafs Go!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Free Agency Day: Maple Leafs Targets

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