The sky is Burkie and White on my planet with a Thrill every game.
@MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat In February he will receive ALL the credit for the RC firing. :)
17 hours, 59 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million
@B_Leaf I want to believe Loov is going to be the Big Surprise
18 hours, 3 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million
@mcloki mcl remember good sir, Clarkson has a No Movement Clause so the bench meets that condition very well. :)
5 days, 13 hours ago on (Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential
@Bruffins Santorelli, Booth, Frattin, and who.....
5 days, 15 hours ago on (Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential
Whether there is any chance of ROR or not, easy fix for Shany is to get respect generated for our 2nd & 3 rd lines. Give our #1 line better opportunity and decreased minutes.
@Bruffins @Waiting4LSC @LeafsGuru On paper, what a D!!!!!!!!!! Off the charts excitement and expectation
@Bruffins @LeafsGuru Holzer needs to be traded IMO, we need roster spots for Nilsson & Loov.
AP: Great series, lot of insight, thank you.
5 days, 19 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
Solid AP, thank you.
6 days, 19 hours ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 2
No chance good sir. Has to be MacL and the Sherriff
1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania
Gruff: An advanced grade perhaps? Minutes in the office, minutes on the phone, number of email hits all being tied into an overall grade? :)
AP: did you get my request......a prelim grading from you on Shany's performance so far would be much appreciated!,,
AP: Yet another master piece. Major props to you and Alec. Would appreciate you grading Shany on his performance to-date. Same for Alec, Declan, Michael etc. I started out being anti-Shany, but I'm coming round.
1 week ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 1
@MaxwellHowe Let Dubas do the probabilities for you, good sir! :)
@loomx @MaxwellHowe Rule #2 Clarkson contract is really bad. Rule #3, too many NMCs will hurt you. Rule #4 have Shany punish you if you screw up.
@TheCanucksnaphook CORSI - Chicken On Rye Sandwich I think
Starting to appreciate Shanny's vision. The Management shake up makes sense to me. The flexibility and upside of good players on one year contracts. The changing dynamic of coaching, and presumably the statistical oversight of who plays and how they play. I have a lot more optimism. Add a #1 Center (and a #2 D-man if cap allows) would really get me passionate for the season.
Finally seeing some power moves from Shanny. Houston Rockets GM is huge on Stats, and so it will be interesting to watch how MLSE use them. Still take major issue with Shanny on retention of RC, but I will be more optimistic about culture change being mirrored in how the team is managed and how it plays.
1 week, 1 day ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas
@leafmealone @Waiting4LSC @Burtonboy Based on the quote, he's going to have to prove himself on the ice and with his team-mates. Hope his injury no longer ails him. I'm a big Franson fan, but his performance was bad at times, and RC did not hold him accountable IMO. I do respect Franson in one respect. He's taken a number of short term contracts that exposes him if he gets a career threatening injury. A longer term contract has to be his goal, so I wish him the best,
1 week, 2 days ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Burtonboy Props to Franson, if he really wants to be a Leaf. Give us your best and make us believers!!!
@deedrag So we'd have Flynn, Finn and the 2 Fins. Loving it. A broadcaster's dream (nightmare). :)
@loomx RC must love him, given the minutes he played.1 year contract hopefully matches RCs time in Toronto.
Would the Avs like Bozie+? Oh the confusion of Rielly and O'Reilly would be magnificent!!!
@mcloki @Waiting4LSC @wendelsway1 @Burtonboy The curse, understood. But we have some good tough players now, so Im thinking his threat would be significantly weakened compared to past years.
2 weeks ago on Matt Frattin on TSN 1050
@mcloki @wendelsway1 @Burtonboy If Franson keeps declining trade him to the toilet seats please.
@Bruffins Comment on Phil - And all of this without a respected second line.
@4evrblue @Waiting4LSC @Bruffins @TheCanucksnaphook Poker Sir!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs
@Bruffins @TheCanucksnaphook Hey I have 3 Bruffins and a pair of Phooks, do I win?
@Bruffins Morgan, Jake, as well for me.
@4evrblue Less pressure IMO.
@ingy56 I can see why he misses the net. :)
@RandomScrub Leo will light the path for Naz. :)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here
If the collapsing system is reworked, if Clarkson can turn it around, if Kadri can anchor an effective second line, if Shanahan insures 4 lines are rolled, if Franson is traded, if this squad gels with a stronger physical demeanor, and if our Finnish contingent deliver like we hope they can, and Rielly does not have a sophomore slump, I believe we have a good chance at the playoffs. I hope Reims & Franson can bring us a solid trade. The core has to be under the microscope, and should be highly motivated. A lot of IFS but no BUTS.
@skiingallday @Waiting4LSC @ingy56 @Loric76 @TheCanucksnaphook Spoken by a true hockey fan. Good for you sir!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
@skiingallday @ingy56 @Loric76 @TheCanucksnaphook The Canuckleheads will beat them though, hands down ( :)), followed by the Toilet Seats
@Loric76 Loric: Stupid soccer? At least it has moved forward. Leafs have just stayed the same. A few meaningless promotions, a few decent additions, and a whole lot of spin about nothing. I'm dejected with our management team. At least with soccer I could forget about our huge challenges. Yes the rookie camp gives us hope, perhaps some great hope, but I believe we are seeing the Titanic being captained by the same goof. But as to Loric, I do hope you are having a great summer!
I have been bowled over by all the changes NoNo and Shana-? have made to the personnel. Dynamic, exciting, confidence boosting. We should be able to avoid past mistakes, and with our revamped players and systems, really pressure the East. Our new centers will provide so much more opportunity for the lines, our defensive acumen has been dramatically strengthened in the key positions. All this change, its finally come. Gunner be a great season. But I could be wrong. :)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
Spott - a momentous decision. Guess Rielly will once again benefit from less playing time. Man, the Leafs really know how to make power moves.~
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
@LeafsForLife @Bruffins Please don't suggest Spott. We need a successful experienced NHL coach, really bad.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@Loric76 Gimics. Really miss overtime until someone scores. Make effort count.
@ajp4to Not even a toaster. :)
@Murph2417 @wendelsfist @The_Polish_Cannon Disagree Murph. been a fan too long. Corporate season ticket revenue dwarf what the fans bring in ticket wise. fans dwarf everything on merchandise. Ownership never has cared because of the Corp backing. While fans keep buying they are laughing all the way to the bank, except they could be laughing with a lot more deposits.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs Off Season: Assessing “Plan B”
Why do the Leafs prospect camp have so few try outs. Are we restricted by NHL- NHLPA governance? I would like to see 60+ invitees. Good chance to stock up some talent in our junior teams. Please forgive my ignorance if the answer is obvious.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
I'll raise you Australian All Rules Football. :)
Guys, please help me understand the foolishness of my views. I do not see skill in our Marlies other than on our back end. Leivo could be a top 6, Nylander will be IMO. Holland and Frattin i view as part of the Leafs. Marlies forwards with a chance for the Big Club are bottom 6 potential. Big void in skill for top two lines. I am also sceptical on Gauthier. Be that as it may, please tell me why I should see things differently! Thx
Will you be Mr Innocent this year and attend an d report on the preseason activities. I really look forward to your reports on those. Otherwise, be true to yourself, Mr. Phook, you bring color to this temple.
Phook: I'd like to nominate you for MLHS Grande Wooden Spoon award. You the best stirrer here, brother. :)
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
I like your point about skill. I still harp on need for #1C and #2D. I do not believe we have a lot of elite talent in the Marlies, so have exposure for our future top two lines. Tenacity/character, absolutely. Our additions have everything to prove, which is a huge motivator. I am a huge fan of Leo, and believe he can be infectious on the team (but very concerned his cap will alienate fans thru MSM fueled articles). Also nervous about sophomore slump for Mr. MR. If the Suits are eyes wide open, and have some pucks, we could have something to cheer about.