The sky is Burkie and White on my planet with a Thrill every game.
@DeclanK @Waiting4LSC Declan: really appreciate your re-post.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2
@Mitch92 Mitch: My preference would be to wind up #47 and then let him lead.
Burkie had been impressed with Phil's character - particularly when he had apologized for a (USA?) performance. Aggressive style is where Phil excels. I want to believe the commitment last night reflected an endorsement of what the Notso-Hora system is about. A sample size of 1 yes, but its a bench-mark of success. Its in the squad's mind. A committed Phil is a very dangerous player. (While I am a huge Phil homer, can never give enough Props to Leo.)
@Mcost61 Just a comment: Would be a telling quote if elite players were knocking down the doors to the ACC. Instead they all seem to avoid the 401 (is it the Highway to Hell for them ?)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: No miracle fix in Horachek’s first game
@wiski Sounds like RC-Phil relationship! :0
@Yan28 @KingTon @Loric76 And if I may say that's Shanny's influence IMO
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@wendelsfist @Waiting4LSC WF: Sounds to me like Phil and Shanny need a "come to Jesus" meeting.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
@peterbleafs @Waiting4LSC PB: I'm not ready to fire Shanny. I believe Shanny has inherited a whole lotta trouble. I believe NoNo has badly managed the cap situation, and the team reflects a poor management structure over the last 5 years. I like what moves Shanny has made, and I am optimistic for him. But he has to change how this team is Managed. That will require a change in GM and a hard-nosed, defensive guru of a coach..
RC is fired, and a high percentage of comments are about Phil. I have been one of the biggest Phil fans since the trade. I recognize his shortcomings. But when "As Phil goes, so go the Leafs" seems so apropos, then the shame is on a piss-poor Management group.
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs MH: We know this, we believe this. I am saddened at the level of trade Phil comments. I respect all those who hold this view, but I believe you hold on to the jewels and put them into the best setting possible.
As Phil goes, so go the Leafs. Shame on Management is my view.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @LeafsForLife Even more than the beloved Prime Minister? :)
@Anthony Petrielli @Potcy Please not DeBoer.
@newkb Love the post. But in all honesty, would Babcock rather work for Ilitch than our "esteemed" ownership? I would.
@Mcost61 @Anthony Petrielli I would rather listen to your toilet flush that guy. :)
Alec, really strong post..
@Anthony Petrielli @Waiting4LSC @philthethrill AP: Phil with the right line and system is key. No need to trade IMO.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Randy Carlyle Fired
@Anthony Petrielli @philthethrill He's yelling at the Blue and White, just like the die-hards have been for years. :)
@wendelsfist Not sure I agree. NoNo extended him.
Simple words come to mind. "Finally" and "Amen". Phil, time for you to find your motivation.
@rustynail There should be two Winter Classic games. One for US teams and one for Canadian teams. At least we would get a look in more than once a decade.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #38, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins (7 p.m., SN)
@rustynail Rusty: Long time. Hope you are doing well Good Sir!!
Best Wishes for the New Year to all MLHS posters.
My New Year started well. Leo back and scoring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Special shout outs if I may:
Doorman, Yushki and any other Armed Service MLHers.. Sincerest thank you and Best Wishes to you and your families.
The Grinch, Bon and others no longer posting: Gone but not forgotten. Best wishes to you, and the hope that you will return.
1 month ago on Christmas Mashup: Happy Holidays MLHS
Alec, Declan AP and crew: Best Wishes for Christmas. You guys are better than good so hoping Santa rewarded you accordingly.
MHL Posters: Best wishes to you all. Thank you for making this sight the bomb that is.
@Scotty_8 Scotty: I don't believe RC has ever really solved a question. A winning street only seems to mask the fundamental problems IMO.
1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: Stars Before the Break
@wiski @Waiting4LSC @Yaknowwhat H-town won't see any of the white stuff. Wife is in Toronto for Christmas & New year. me I'm working. Glad you haven't chosen to follow the Grinch and Bon. Miss them both, but give thanks that youurself, Cam, Bboy, Rustyy, (the Originals) are posting heavily.
1 month, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Bruffins @Waiting4LSC @Yaknowwhat Bruf: Appreciate the response. Wasn't sure. Agree wholeheartedly with your post.
@Bruffins @Yaknowwhat Bruf: Sarcasm or sincerity?
@wiski @Yaknowwhat Sup brother . Hope all is well.
@wendelsfist When Babs is signed? :)
@Bring the Cup Home Bring: You say Nonis's plan...... I am starting to believe Shanny is the master-mind here. The newbies have made a significant difference this season. Guess we won't know where the credit should go, but based on history, I am thinking Shanny is the architect, NoNo is the "Action-ator"
@mcloki @KingTon @Xxxxxnew Hell of a team. I would go to the Gardens every time they were in town. Some nights the Leafs would be up there too, but that was fun to watch. Really enjoyed watching Coffee and Anderson too.
1 month, 1 week ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking
@Xxxxxnew XXXX: I signed on, saw your post and did a double-take on "shit show for a decade". I have not been impressed with our drafting over the past decade, some solid picks, and some "whoa, are you kidding me!!!" choices. Burkie did some good trades, and Shanny has done real well with this year's newbies. But we need to get our best draft foot forward too, IMO.
@Burtonboy @Armchair GM BB: Seems like the "Originals" are leaving us for whatever reason. Really glad you, Rusty, Cam and others are contributing heavily.
@Cameron19 @Waiting4LSC @MLHS_Luke Didn't see the Detroit game, but based my D comment over the last 4/5 games.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: Wings Again on Saturday
@MLHS_Luke Without lights-out tending we will be in trouble. D is not disciplined enough. Need them focused. We need to have neutral zone effectiveness. We need a lot, but these are the Leafs. Hope Leo is back. I am calling WIN.
Leafs... "Better to be lucky than good"... I happily remember the good old days when we had the Wings number come play off time. I just hope the Leafs can transition to Good consistently and not need the luck. Is that like finding the Holy Grail? Guess I will have to use my Santa wish again this year on Leaf success. :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)
@Anthony Petrielli @Waiting4LSC @Burtonboy AP: strong post. Really appreciate it!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Burkie Bowl
@Anthony Petrielli @Waiting4LSC @Burtonboy Then I commend the progress. Is this the O learning how to position to break out, the D coming of age (MR and Jake in particular), a combo of both? Or a new philosophy that the players are finding success with? Really interested in your view.
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli I'd be interested in average dump-ins per game. Thinks the Leafs might lead that one.
@Komas Taberle @Yaknowwhat @Anthony Petrielli KT: sad but true. I often wonder whether Phil would be different if the Leafs had had a sustained playoff run, and he had had line-mates that were strong enough to allow him to focus less on D. Phil is elite IMO, and so for him to thrive, he needs the rewards. Can't say any of our Head Coaches have delivered that and "earned" player respect. Bring on Babs, I beseech.
@Jmessih Fabulous when Leo is on the ice. :)
2 months ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
I want to shout out to a certain Fireman. You are not forgotten Good Sir! Patiently awaiting your return.
Today is Thanksgiving here in H-town. I want to give Thanks to Alec and the Great Crew, The Gift That Keeps on Giving. I want to give thanks for the posters here that make this a brilliant second home.
I also want to give THANKS to the Finish-er. You wanted to Be-a-Leaf., you proved that while in exile. Now you are proving that on the ice. Leo you are a beaut. You finish every play, may you finish with the Cup.
@FrankFerrant @Waiting4LSC Here's hoping they show a Special Effort for the rest of the season. :)
2 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Game Day in Pittsburgh
Leafs wear a special patch, I hope they show a SPECIAL effort. RIP PQ.
@ninepaces @Waiting4LSC Nine: RC has to be a motivator, although these athletes are supposedly self-motivators. If he has lost the room, then motivation is dead. Game options, I would suggest, are pairings and ice-time. When things go bad, like against Buffalo, a Coach may dismiss the result as a one-off and work hard with players to restore confidence. A coach can tinker with the system. But when a second debacle hits, like last night, I question what the underlying cause is. Inconsistency is the achilles heal of this team. If the players can't address this, then the "track record" suggests a new coach must. I support your post.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2