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@Zep2 Gardiner had an excellent game. I thought Santorelli was top shelf as well.
6 hours, 46 minutes ago on GDT: Game #34, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., CityTV)
@Cloud09 @Wilbur I think Flozak was better IMHO….
6 hours, 52 minutes ago on GDT: Game #34, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., CityTV)
@Cloud09 @Wilbur NOOOOOBODY!!! ;)
6 hours, 54 minutes ago on GDT: Game #34, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., CityTV)
Gotta love my buddy Bozak coasting for the last 5 seconds of the first period then having an "oh, shit" moment when realizing the former Stanley Cup champs are going to skate until the buzzer and then taking the wrong man. 2-0 CHI and that was the game. Nice to see RC rewarded him by putting him back with Kessel and JVR to start the second period. FML...
6 hours, 56 minutes ago on GDT: Game #34, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., CityTV)
@MaxwellHowe AND…there's no bottom 5 teams in the playoffs. Coupe de Stanley here we come...
1 day, 5 hours ago on GDT: Game #33, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
@ProfessorRance @Wilbur At some point he will come to believe he truly does belong in the NHL and he will start to assert himself more consistently.
Kessel, Bozak, Lupul, Gardiner…Buh Bye...
@MaxwellHowe @phaneufoundlander And you have a problem with that?
@ProfessorRance @Wilbur Yeah, he gets watching a little bit. Reminds me of where Kadri was at last year. I'm happy to be patient with Holland.
1 day, 6 hours ago on GDT: Game #33, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
@phaneufoundlander Are you suggesting the difference tonight was Bernier?
What do we think of Holland at this point?
@Cloud09 @Wilbur @wendelsfist I agree wholeheartedly. I just think two years from know those in the game will be talking about him as one of the best #2Cs in the game...
@mr_hanie Think of the cost per minute? :)
@wendelsfist Kadri is going to be a fantastic #2C who in a pinch (i.e. injury) will be able to play #1C. GIve hime another year or two. Bozak? Ugh….I said the other night that one thing that became clearly, clearly obvious during the 10-1-1 streak is that Bozak is nothing close to a #1C.
@Cloud09 @Yaknowwhat Add Kessel? ;)
@JR from Halifax I tried to focus on Phil tonight. Given the choice of putting himself on the offensive or defensive side of the puck he makes the offensive choice what seems like 8 out of 10 times...
@Yaknowwhat They won a god damn lottery ;)
@HHT @Yaknowwhat Blue ribbon for participation...
Giroux was freaking awesome tonight. I have a hard time believing he is 5"11" - 172 lbs. Reminds me of Dougie...
@Yaknowwhat You think that was the worst of times? I gots me a bad feelin'
RC doing everything he could tonight to find a #1C…cause he know he ain't got one…..
@wiski Thank you Captain Obvious...
Deck the halls with eighteen wheelers…fa la la la la la la la la…..
@Zep2 I presume this is a rhetorical question? :)
3 days, 6 hours ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)
A couple of things that to me have become very obvious during the past 10 games that the Leafs have been on fire…
1) We need a 4th line centre. Smith is an AHL player. While he's doing a commendable job we definitely have room for growth/improvement right there. We need difference makers at each position and that's something he isn't.
2) Tyler Bozak, as well as he can play at times, is clearly, clearly not a 1st line centre. In no way, shape or form does he drive play. I get that Eric Staal is no longer worth 8 million (I'm not at all suggesting we trade for him) but you could see tonight when he gets the puck and moves up ice the Leaf defenders backed in to their own end. He drives play. Bozak does not nor can he be a match up centre.
I'm loving Kadri and Holland is steadily improving, even if a little over-rated right now but we need to improve in the #1 and #4 slot at centre over the next year.
@Brozak @Wilbur It sure is insane on the ice. Fricking JVR gets thrown on a line with Kadri and Santo he must have thought someone threw him on a treadmill at high speed. I'm sure he'll need some O2 after the last two periods.
Can we all agree that Kadri and Santo rock!!!! I think we're seeing something special develop here.
@gjdevlin Hopefully it sends a strong message to the team but hopefully to the frigging coach as well. Over the past 4+ games, even though we had depth scoring, we'd become somewhat of a one-line team again (the Kadri line). We've all been talking about it. RC should have changed things up 5 minutes into the game. He had to know this was coming. Definition of insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Go Leafs GO!
@LN-093 @Wilbur If RC read MLHS he'd have done it sooner.
3 days, 7 hours ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)
Good to see RC had his finger on the pulse tonight and got out the blender in the second period. He must have reviewed tape during the intermission and saw things weren't working so well. I know it was obvious to everyone else (and when I say everyone else I mean every fricking person watching this game) after 5 minutes of play but hey, why make changes then? Why not wait until the game is lost and then make them? FML! The changes he made were good. The Leafs more or less took over the game from that point forward. How the hell was he not ready to pull the trigger on changes as soon as he saw it wasn't working or was he oblivious.
@Hammertownleaffan @Wilbur I'll get back to you on that. Just have to check a few things...
1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
BTW…Holzer is here to stay. Polak will come back and Holzer will be our 7th Dman. There will be injuries and RC will choose to sit a guy every now and then. There's no way Holzer will make it through waivers and the Leafs won't want to lose him. He is here to stay. He has nothing left to prove in the AHL and he won't be damaged as a 7th Dman at the NHL level like a younger developing Dman might. He's here to stay.
@Cameron19 @Wilbur @.Kong. @DeclanK AP said earlier today he'd take Lecavalier off Philly's hands if they give us Couturier in the deal. Just have to find a way to handle Vinny's contract.
1 week, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)
@.Kong. @DeclanK @Cameron19 Get me a big strong two-way match up centre please. Who cares about Myers.
@Zep2 2 brutal Lupul giveaways and a dumb penalty 200 feet from his end…bad night
@MaxwellHowe I'd go Bernier Saturday against DET and Reimer Sunday against LA. I know it's Bernier's old team but that's what I'd do.
@.Kong. @Wilbur I'd prefer Reilly and Franson on the point. If they want to leave Kessel out there then moving the puck quickly to Reilly and then quickly across to Franson for the shot will open up the ice for Kessel eventually.
Dear RC and the rest of the coaches…
On a 5 on 3 power play please put 2 Dmen out that shoot the same way. It absolutely kills any chance of a one-timer when Franson has to pull the puck off the left boards with his back hand and then turn his whole body to make the pass across to Phaneuf on the right side for the one-timer. By the time the puck gets to Phaneuf the defenders are on him. Freaking turtles could defend against that.
And the refs put the whistles away for the last few minutes...
@Optimustic Wanted to make sure he could see it
@Savo43 I don't like shit. At the very least I don't prefer shit.
Lupul is killing us tonight
@philthethrill Shooting percentage rules !!!
@MaxwellHowe @Wilbur Mr. hockey? Too soon?
Can someone tell me if Datsyuk is playing tonight?
@BoneChompski @Wilbur Grabo spinorama
I smell a Gilmour to Clark in the last few minutes or a Rouse to Borshevsky in OT!!!
Panik would have buried that :)
@Dogger that's the average Kessel shift
@rustynail about a minute ago