The sky is Burkie and White on my planet with a Thrill every game.
@vji67 There is only ONE truth. The Bettman truth. I hope I can handle it. :)
1 day, 6 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
Looking for St. Louis to give everyone else the Blues. (If absence makes the heart grow fonder, man, when Shanny gets us back.....)
@DJBrianBurke @vinoa @Jay31 No, the Leaf fans will like it surely!!!! :)
3 days, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
Alec: Really appreciated the summary above.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls
@Alec Brownscombe @Waiting4LSC More than something Good Sir!!!! I would also give major props to BurtonBoy. He has made a significant contribution to this site IMO.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be a perfect fit for Leafs GM
@Alec Brownscombe Really want to give you, AP and Others major Props for the quality of posts. I too, am glad you are posting more. I get the feeling emotions are going to run high, so looking forward to you guys' objectivity.
@Jay31 @Bruffins @Alec Brownscombe Agreed. And there are rumors he has been playing with back problems. I would like to think that there is a grain of truth to this.
@BringBackYushki @Burtonboy Hope all is well with you brother!!!!
5 days, 10 hours ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix
Alec and AP; Strong post. So on point with NoNo's track record on C's and the McC-Grabs-Kuli walks. On this kind of day, I feel for the departed's families, but the fresh start gives me hope. If Shanny gets it right, the Blue and White become the powerhouse we all expect. History has not been on our side. This woeful train-wreck has to be righted. The passion and money Leafers funnel into their coffers need to be rewarded. I remain ever hopeful.
@Xxxxxnew Thinks I would like 007 as my number if i were McDavid
1 week ago on 2015 NHL Draft Rankings: Maple Leafs to draft fourth overall, pending lottery
Thommie Bergman, please give us another solid year of later draft picks.
Final game against the Toilet Seats. Special. Just hope its not special for the rest. Need to sit Rielly for this one. D can produce big holes, O can miss the net. 4th is a real good number right now. The finality will be a relief to many. Please, oh please, my beloved Leafs, skate quietly into the night.
1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Orr’s Send Off, Valiev joins Marlies
"Squeeky bum" time to quote an EPL Manager. May the Hockey Gods take a night off, along with the Leafs, or at least the Goalie. No spoiler needed. No luck needed. No points needed. Simple. Not so fast Leafers....... right???
1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #81, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m., SN)
@WereRiellyDoingThis @Waiting4LSC @traNsplantEdneWfie @B_Leaf Good point. I use Burkie as an anti ownership statement. But I agree a change is due. I have used Leo before, would consider even using the Stanley Cup. Enjoyed your post. Thx
1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: Bernier – “I’d love to stay here and for a long time obviously”
@traNsplantEdneWfie @Waiting4LSC @B_Leaf traNs, convince me and I will be happy to oblige. :)
@B_Leaf @traNsplantEdneWfie B_Leaf. I had hoped the bag would come off. Your avatar has to be the reason we had another slide this year. Any chance you might change (and not to a garbage can)? :)
@ingy56 @Waiting4LSC Ingy, I thoght Shanny did a solid job with Santo, Winnick, Booth, Rope-a-dope etc. Not thinking about the "Home Run" FAs at this point, but the strong vets that use the Leafs as a way back, while providing the younger players a kind of role model.
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Waiting4LSC Burn: Don't disagree. I've have been hugely disappointed with our overall drafting. particularly Burkie's desire for testosterone over skill. I liked the Euros over the past couple of drafts -- big time!!!l, I support your view very strongly. My post was etched in how much I h8 ownership. ;)
The path forward will rely heavily on Shanny's drafting abilities and cajoling of FAs. For me all will be for nought if he doesn't get the right Coach.
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Jmessih @traNsplantEdneWfie Burn: If our owners were Rogers and Hammerstein, tanking would give them revenue from a musical. Can't see Rogers & Bell entertaining that kind of drop in revenue from the fan base, no matter what the logic.
@Jmessih @Xxxxxnew JM That is what Shammy will want to be in charge of.
@Zep2 May I offer "Karma". :)
1 week, 5 days ago on Game 79 Scoring Chances: Bruins 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
@WereRiellyDoingThis @Waiting4LSC WRDT: I kinda thought that, but just wanted to clarify. Appreciate the post good Sir!
@wiski Joyeuses Pâques, mon frere!
@Burtonboy @Waiting4LSC Truthfully I'm finding the same. But there is a great bunch posting here.. Your links have been great, all very much appreciated. While Alex, Declan, AP and others give us the platform, you are a major contributor in your own right. Respect and Major Props to you, Good Sir!!!!!
@Burtonboy @Waiting4LSC Appreciate the insight. Kinda changes my view a bit.
On a tangent, I have been more a drive-by poster recently. Haven't seen anything posted by WW. Is she posting? Is she OK?
@WereRiellyDoingThis I would agree with you, Phil is having a bad season. I do not put any blame on Bozie. My comment was suppose to convey a Duschene type centre for Phil would make a different situation. I also wanted to convey that having a producing second line would create more favourable match ups for our first line.
I do not take issue with your post, but I want to believe that we would be in a different world if we had a Babcock style coach and a Nashville/Blues/Wings type GM.
My post was not to suggest "pity". I wanted to put my view forward as an explanation of the debacle. Its not down to one, two or five players. This is about major dysfunction, and the rot starts at the top, IMO.
For three seasons we have had a poor second line, a third line MIA, and a fourth line of one/two pugalists that get 5 minutes. Not the recipe for success. We have lacked a decisive group of players, and strong Coaching. That's my take. I maybe just one, or in a bigger group, but I beLeaf in Phil. But may I offer, the problem is multi-layered.
@Burtonboy @Waiting4LSC Do you think NoNo has the ideas? I subscribe to his view of not trading youth away unless it makes "excellent" sense. The recent drafts have not yielded what I would call strong results. The trades have been around the edges. My rating of NoNo for what he has accomplished would be a C, so not sure about his ability to really contribute .
@Burtonboy Bboy. Thanks for posting. My view has always been, NoNo is an Implementer. A good Field General. He is not an architect. Burkie was, and it would appear Shanny is. They needed a strong COO to run the daily stuff, and deal with initial negotiations and paperwork. I would not be surprised to see NoNo continue in this vain, as Shanny is the man responsible for our re-emergence, and accordingly will want to be keenly involved.
Now for my rant. Mr. Kessel, the uber-competitive player is fat, lazy, disruptive, needs to be traded. My view: Mr. Kessel gave and gave and gave. Management gave nothing back, other than good contracts. Mr. Kessel excels at his position (RW), but lacks the Center on his line and a powerful second line that lessens the double-teaming and focus on him. (Mr. Kessel and Mr. JVR played for the US Olympic team, and seemed inseparable. So all is not lost). Mr. Kessel has been in three major train wrecks. At some point, IMO, a player will get exasperated and his performance will inevitably suffer. His behaviour and attitude will eventually surface, as we know with RC. Mr. Kessel is not perfect. He has never come out and asked to be traded. He seems to want to be a Leaf. You can keep hitting your head against a brick wall. You can stop. I believe Mr. Kessel stopped, and we are now watching the result. An under performing and disinterested player. Funny that I see something of the same in Mr. JVR a player I deeply respect too, and one who has shown he wants to be a Leaf. too.
Whatever your views regarding these players, I see our current position as a perfect storm of ownership, management, coaching and players attitude coming together. I am saddened by this, no truthfully disgusted. I have had the privilege of being coached by major ex-EPL players. They recounted games, events, personalities often in training sessions. It was obvious they had egos, a sense of infallibility, but all had a huge drive for accomplishment. I do not believe Mr. Kessel is any different. I would suggest he is exasperated at the way the last few years have gone. I truly believe he, JVR and a number of others will rise from the ashes given the team is furnished with systems they believe in and a strong disciplined, motivational environment.
I truly want Mr. Kessel to retire as a Leaf, given the resources will be brought in for him and others to regain their game and realize their potential. Our core has not produced, but nor has our GM or Coaching. The Peg, Toilet Seats, Flames and Knuckleheads put us to shame right now. But we have talent. The results are not just won on the ice.
Mr. Rielly, I have great confidence in you. Please learn from this. Mr. Shannahan, maybe this is Mission Impossible, but you have a Nation watching and the expectation is huge. Mr. Kessel, I wear your name with Pride, I always will. I wish you would display more of the leadership qualities we believe a player should have, but I ask that you change nothing that gives you the elite edge you wow us with.
I am a Leafer, have been for decades. My heart is in Toronto, great great city. I am saddened at the negativity and hatred that follows us now, deserved or otherwise. I remain the biggest Phil fan through all of this. I want better times. But I also believe in credit where credit is due.
Happy Easter to MHLS posters.
AP; Solid post. Thank you sir! I am very pro Winnick and Santo. Would really like to see them resigned.
Saddened by last nights win. I dont believe in tanking, but we are so close to getting a strong pick. I would have thought Mgmt & Coaches would be mindful of this when selecting, and allotting ice time.
We need a Center. have done for years. No GM has found a way to deliver. Now we have our best chance, and they will screw it up. Situation normal for a leafer.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Xxxxxnew True. NoNo has a lot of "rebuild" experience, and I'd rather a different approach be brought in this time though. :)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
@Xxxxxnew Xxx neither can I, but the Shanny connection, and our need, intrigues me.
@Burtonboy @Waiting4LSC @MaxwellHowe @traNsplantEdneWfie I agree. But I want to believe that a hybrid of Shanny-Babcock could work. Bacock will not want a GM like NoNo. But in an enlarged role, and the money, and the prestige of becoming a real icon....... please let me dream.
@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy @traNsplantEdneWfie MH: I still like the idea of NoNo goes and Babcock assumes the Coach/GM role. Shanny then benefits from the multi-skill set, solid experienced Management team.
@traNsplantEdneWfie Maybe the Leafs could bring in a policy of two players defending the crease at all times. :)
@Burtonboy Can they have NoNo as the GM and the Leafs acquire a new one that can bring in skilled players please?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Game 74 Scoring Chances: Wild 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@MLHS_Luke Sacre Bleu, mon ami, you cannot give up. Remember, good Sir, tis the darkest before the dawn. :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@LoovTrain @traNsplantEdneWfie AS goes Phil, so goes the team. Phil can't carry the team the whole season. For me keeps coming back to Mgmt never getting the right 1C.
Solid piece AP. One word that seems to sums up the club, the play and the Management Group: "Dis-functional" It's going to be a long off-season. Hope there are some bright spots in it.
1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
@Potcy @North Kariya @Dogger Potcy: Possession in Soccer is irrelevant. Man Utd are living proof. Its the number of quality chances created that is the most meaningful. Possession can be so misleading.
1 month ago on The 25 Controversies (And Counting) Involving The Toronto Maple Leafs & Toronto Media This Season
@MaxwellHowe MH: True. For me though, the saddest episode was the Burkie "firing"!!!!
Wednesday, Thursady, Friday.!!!!! I have lived in London, Toronto, Atlanta, North Philadelphia, Chapel Hill North Carolina, and Houston Texas. I have been a MUFC fan since childhood. Nowhere I have lived have I ever experienced the anti-sports team MSM-bullcrap as spewed out on Leaf players. Everywhere I have lived have major sports franchises, where the radio,TV and press coverage is primarily "Homerville". This kind of perennial attack mode would not be tolerated. Owners, GMs or Coaches are out in front. Dumb players do some damage, but that is usually set aside by fans and press alike, as coming from an idiot. Not in Leaf land.. Without the Fans and the Players, there would be NO team in Toronto. So I watch the daily parade of garbage and just think, winning ways and passionate ownership could right this ship real fast. So sad. Me, you can tell where my loyalties reside.
@BringBackYushki @Waiting4LSC Take a guess. Leafs & Utd in the toilet. Always next year. :(
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #68, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN)
@BringBackYushki Yushki: Hope you are doing well good sir!!!
@DeclanK @Nylanderthal @Mattmark Randy's pressers may be remedial, but No-No's are just No-No's.
@Xxxxxnew Now Burkie's pressers were something else. :)
@17Forever The Leafs' own Dick Vitale? :)
Interesting line up. Phil is second line. Second line are the worst at defending, getting fewer minutes, so this would be a bad move for Tankers. Phil's line is best at scoring on fast breaks, so fewer minutes would be a good thing. Guess it comes down to whatever Hora-show does will get an adverse result. (Naz, bad news son, gonna have to watch the sh-t show, just like us). But hey, this is my beloved Blue and White, so whatever you guys do on the ice, just get the biggest head-shakes form Shanny and No-No.