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In other words, I want to see Bozie on the defensive side of the puck far more often than he is. I want to see him come back low in his own zone to help the Dmen. I want to see him choose to initiate some contact (doesn't have to smoke people) rather than choose a fly-by or turn away. I don't want to see him blowing the zone early (harder to do when you come back deep in the zone to help the D).
3 hours, 21 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Now, if we could just get Bozie to totally commit to the defensive side of the game. This is where I'd like the coaching staff to do with Bozie what they've chosen to do with Kadri this year. Kadri is getting a lot of time with players that really aren't offensive players (yes..I realize Lups and Booth are out) but it's allowing him to just concentrate on his defensive responsibilities. At some point it will become second nature to Kadri. At that point he becomes a complete player. I think playing with Kess and JVR all the time has Bozie too focused on offence.
3 hours, 24 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
@DeclanK @ingy56 I'll probably get raked over the coals for this but I kinda like O'Dog…I find him amusing. Doesn't take himself too seriously like some of the others...
18 hours, 34 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight
@mikeyboy For sure. Goal and assist tonight….
18 hours, 38 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight
@ingy56 @DeclanK I've said nothing about PH9 today…;)
Dion Phaneuf buyout from CapGeek.com
4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@Yaknowwhat @Wilbur They're always helping the Leafs out like that :)
@Yaknowwhat None. YOu can't pay a guy for 12 years to not be on your roster. That's just gross...
@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy Put yourself in another GM's shoes. Would you take on Dion for 6 x 7 after this year?
@Waiting4LSC @wendelsfist I miss Pat Burns…RIP
4 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@Mcost61 If I show my wife this she may actually start watching the Leafs with me :)
@dlb Mad @sniperstar Top 4, bottom 4? Man, are you going to run 8 Dmen? :)
RC was a Burke hire back when Burke was still denying the game was changing. Burke has recently, and stubbornly, admitted the game has changed and is still changing. He doesn't like it but can't deny it anymore. Although, I'm sure he's happy with the RC hiring still as it got him Colborne ultimately :)
@dlb Mad @Wilbur This is one of the reasons I wanted RC gone at the end of last season. We need to determine what part of the core truly needs to go. I'm not putting the entire blame on RC but KnigthstoLeafs said it best below. RC goes if we want to move forward.
@Knights2Leafs Amen, amen, amen. Hello Shanny?
@peterbleafs @B_Leaf I noticed that too. We'll see how it goes when Stammer is lighting the lamp...
4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@MaxwellHowe Think about it….TBY, DET, PIT, WSH….what are the chance the Leafs win again in November?
@Burtonboy I, for one, think this article by JM is bang on. I said it in the off season that this was going to get ugly by the end of November. I thought it was just that obvious. I'm no genius and I'm certainly not letting the players off the hook but this coach….Ummm…No.
@wiski Wait till Friday morning after Stammer pots a hat-trick...
4 days, 12 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Burtonboy @Wilbur And if you are Shanny you must know where you are headed with the team and stand by your convictions and not be controlled by these games. He may do nothing until the off-season.
@Burtonboy I'm guessing Shanny is a little nervous/anxious right now. Remain patient during this trying time vs. lose hope for players, fans etc…You can't make moves for the sake of making moves but you also can't sit around while Rome burns. Tough one….
@vinoa If Dion and Clarkson continue to shit the bed he might ;)
1) I want to see Dion traded to free up cap space. Sadly, I'm not sure it can be pulled off at this point.
2) I want Bozak gone ASAP. He does nothing for me. I don't care about his points. He's soft, on the wrong side of the puck and sucking up cap space.
3) I'm happy to be patient with Kadri and Holland at #2 and #3 centre.
4) I want to see each line with one player that plays a physical defensive game. i.e. leave Winnick on the left wing with Kessel on the right etc...
@Jmessih I'm a positive, glass half full guy but I don't think this team wins another game in November.
@Yaknowwhat I'm sure he is playing with pride. I just don't think he's that good :)
@Yaknowwhat That's your emotion talking.
@Bring the Cup Home The only way Dion is stripped of the C is if he's traded. You don't strip a captain of the C in Toronto and then leave him in Toronto. What a shit show that would be.
@Mcost61 Primarily the players but coaching is a part of it.
It's so easy to get caught up in emotion after two losses like these. There are some real bright spots on this team and some big changes that need to be made. I'm guessing there are a lot of people out there that would like to light the fuse and blow this to kingdom come but that would be a mistake.
We gave up 9 goals and I'm still not worried about our goaltending...
4 days, 13 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrowthere'll be sunJust thinkin' about tomorrowClears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'til there's none
When I'm stuck in the day that's grey and lonelyI just stick up my chin and grin and say, oh
The sun'll come out tomorrowSo you gotta hang on'til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrowYou're only a day away!
When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonelyI just stick up my chin and grin and say oh
The sun'll come out tomorrowSo you got to hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrowYou're always a day away
Tomorrow, tomorrow I love you tomorrowYou're always a day away ...
@T_Ry No…players are feeding the chickens...
@MaxwellHowe Going to get ugly. If they lose tonight and lose the rest of the week RC will be gone by Sunday...
4 days, 16 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
Just go Leafs, just go
@Jay31 It had nothing to do with being outmucsled but rather out skated...
@Yaknowwhat I think publicly most GMs will give it until the all-star break because they are always holding out hope. Having said that…as mentioned below…if we are 2 - 3 games out of the playoffs come December then the chance of making the playoffs is almost nil. We are already 9 points and 8 points respectively out of 1st and 2nd in our division. Truth is you could cut bait come mid-December 99 out of 100 times and likely not be wrong. Of course, what does cut bait mean this year? Total re-build? Minor changes? Change of philosophy and move wingers to upgrade at centre? My head hurts...
5 days, 4 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow
@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb Yes, but can he work a toaster? That is the question...
@DeclanK Had a P Stastny jersey when I was in high school in the 80s. Loved the Nordiques...
5 days, 12 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow
@DeclanK @Wilbur @djamon Oh, I'm with you on this one. To me it's either start selling off all the "older" guys and go really young with another rebuild or get really creative and take some calculated risks to build down the middle. I'm liking Holland and comfortable with him as 3C and eventually Carrick as 4C (we have others including Smith that can handle it for now). Bozak? Gone. Kadri? Have to really think. But if you were willing to trade JVR, Bozak, Gardiner, Kadri I think you could find a way to build some real strength down the middle including the top 2 spots. And Nylander could certainly take up a spot as a top 6 winger even though it sounds like the Leafs may be grooming him for centre. I would for sure be going after ROR and would love Cooter although I doubt the later is available. Nonetheless, I think there's a way to improve significantly down the middle.
Edit: Holland could even play the wing if need be...
@DeclanK @djamon You're depressing me Dec...
@Burtonboy @DeclanK With Lemaire at centre. Lemaire was a fantastic 2 way centreman. That's what we need to find Kessel...
@docmma @Wilbur @Yaknowwhat Yup…and if you are Nonis it's nice to have a boss who gets it…sure beats Peddie as your overlord ;)
1 week ago on GDT: Game #18, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres (7pm, HNIC)
@docmma @Wilbur @Yaknowwhat YOu have to wonder how much of that was Shanahan's doing or support for Nonis.
@docmma @Wilbur @Zep2 I see that as well. I think that is part of the maturation process but also playing with Clarkson and Leo/Panik as your wingers doesn't give you a lot of options. Those guys are north/south and not known for going to the open areas :)
@Yaknowwhat Yup…that's why I'm not crapping on Nonis. I don't know how many other GMs would have done it differently but I'm sure there would have been a handful.
@docmma @Wilbur @Zep2 I'm looking at the entire year to date. I'm watching Kadri improve at the dot, improve defensively, improve 5 on 5. I think he's been more of an impact centre than Bozak this year he just isn't getting points on the pp yet.
@Yaknowwhat Dion got the contract he got because he was playing well but just as important were the circumstances…Nobody else on the roster at the time even close to Dion nor in the system. Nonis couldn't play hardball. Having said that…I honestly would have traded him for the best I could get or let him walk and move on just like we did with Bolland. I think it's a mess now but we'll see...
@NotSince67 @Wilbur @Zep2 Yup…as per usual. No ifs, ands or buts….Holland and Kadri have been our best Cmen...
@Zep2 I thought there were a number of bright spots tonight including Holland, Kadri, Santorelli, Smith, Leo etc…but when your so called top Dman shits the bed, your starting goalie shits the bed, your boy wonder (Gards) shits the bed and your top centre who could have had a hat-trick can't bury one then you're pretty much done...