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@Matty G @Wilbur Of course, Hall just potted a goal :)
2 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
Ryan Ellis just freaking cranked Taylor Hall. What an awesome hit. Caught him coming across the middle in the Nash end with his head down. Total clean hit.
@docmma I think they are drunk...
3 days, 4 hours ago on GDT: Game #9, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN 4)
As much as I think RC leaves a lot to be desired as a coach I agree whole-heartedly with him that the Leafs have a compete issue right now. They are on the wrong side of the puck way too often. That's partially a mental thing (knowing where to be) and partially a physical thing (having the skill to be get there) and partially a desire thing (having the will to get there). I think the are struggling in all three areas right now but I think it's mostly number 3. They are getting out-worked as a team and 1 on 1 far too often. This is a 60 minute league now. There are moments in every game where all teams get out worked but the Leafs are getting out worked far too often.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@T K O @Cameron19 @Wilbur @ingy56 Very little C last year and the longer he goes not honing his skills as a C the lest value he has as a C...
@T K O @Wilbur @ingy56 I'd certainly take a chance with ROR but not a chance are you getting him for Kadri straight up. Not even close at this point.
@ingy56 @Wilbur Thanks…Couldn't remember if he was UFA...
@ingy56 @Wilbur You make a big presumption Bernier would be part of that. Isn't he a UFA soon? Leafs go into full rebuild and I bet he leaves for greener pastures...
@MaxwellHowe @Wilbur But trading Dion and/or Kessel isn't part of the solution.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@ingy56 @Wilbur Aye, there's the rub….
To answer the question de jour…You keep both Phaneuf and Kessel. Leafs have nothing even close to Dion's replacement in the system and the cost to try and replace him well…You might as well have kept Dion. And Kessel is every bit the player Pat Kane is. We need a damned #1C/match up C. Leave Bozak and Kessel together and put a true #1C with JVR and you are good to go. Look at Toews/Hossa and Kane/Richards. Kessel is not the problem. Bozak and Kadri as the top two C's is the problem. It's a huge freakin' problem.
@MaxwellHowe Put it in RC's blender along with the forward lines...
@Cloud09 @Wilbur I think so. Not sure how Randy isn't having a coronary...
1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
For those of you wanting Perron out of EDM it's not happening while Carlyle is here. Perron is another left winger that shoots right. RC would shit himself if Nono got him another Lupul.
@ingy56 @Wilbur He's a young player with lots of talent and it's a young season but he won't be getting the money he wants as an RFA this summer at this rate.
@MaxwellHowe 2 games in a row...
KAdri not hard enough on the puck
If you throw that many hits you likely don't have the puck very much.
@LucienDeblois Horrible at supporting the D and supporting the puck.
@Savo43 Blake would have hit the crest.
Holland getting minutes with better players and looks much better tonight...
Kessel telling Spotter to fetch him a hotdog...
@mike_84 @Luke_R and Komo
@Bigfoot_for_1C @Cameron19 @Bruffins Kung fu Panda ;)
Shocking…Phil can score with other line mates...
Geez I miss Tucker, Domi and Roberts. Someone on NY would have died already tonight...
So all summer we and Nonis talk about the need for a 4th line and here we are in game 7 and not only do we not have a 4th line the coach is willing to play (for whatever reason) but we're sitting the 12th man and forcing others to play more. I guess I misunderstood Mr. Nono...
@Potcy @Wilbur I wish the Leafs had bad games as often as the Refs do…we'd be in much better shape...
All of the above!!!
We can complain about the refs all we want but the Leafs just aren't a very good team, period.
@Cameron19 Bye bye RC...
@Burtonboy @Yaknowwhat @Great Dane Maybe he's trying to show Shanny exactly what they have on this team?
1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@mr_hanie @Wilbur @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 Of course, we need to remember Phil's contract has a NMC and a modified NTC so the chance of trading him to a club that truly has the assets you want is much tougher so that limits the chance of him being traded. And of course the team likely doesn't want to trade him so there's that as well.
1 week, 4 days ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@mr_hanie @Wilbur @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 You're right…they don't trade #1C's. I think you have to look for a team that has someone that isn't currently a #1C but has the honest to goodness potential to be one and has a need for a winger like Kessel to help them take then next big step. It would not be a 1 for 1 deal. It would be Kessel for potential #1C + another top asset or two. It's Nonis' and his management team's job to find that gem on another team and cut a deal.
@mr_hanie @Wilbur @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 I don't want to answer that for fear of starting the whole Kessel/Seguin thing all over but no I would not. As bad as I want a young #1C I think Seguin has shown too many character flaws and that does not sit well with me.
@mr_hanie @Wilbur @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 To be clear, I'm not picking on Phil. He's a magnificent talent but I would trade him tomorrow for a young up and coming #1C. No team would give you their current #1C or they'd just end up with the same problem we currently have but if I could get a young up and coming #1C and another top piece I'd do it.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 I think there are days Lupul would like to punch Kessel in the head.
@mr_hanie @Mitch92 Kessel on his way out? ;)
@mr_hanie @Wilbur I think they are currently stronger at C than we are but sure I'll give you that. Now show me all the other playoff contenders and cup contenders that are weak at C...
2 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #5, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
If you want to have success in this league you have to be strong down the middle. I think our two goalies are good enough and despite the fact we pick on Dion and Cody I think we're pretty darn close on D (particularly with the young guys starting to contribute). Our real weakness is down the middle at forward and that hurts not only the forward group but the D group as well.
So, we are 5 games into the season and we still don't have a true #1C or a true match up C (those could be the same person but on many teams they are two different players) and we still don't have a 4th line we can entrust 10 minutes per night to and have them make some type of difference. We have a ways to go...
@mr_hanie Holland is being asked to centre the 4th line with a couple of plugs more or less. Fish out of water...
@Burtonboy @Wilbur @hometeem @Cameron19 Yeah, but he gets to play with Gomer (aka Franson) ;)
@hometeem @Cameron19 He's getting frustrated.
@DeclanK Him and Scotty…the two best in game tacticians
@Mitch_S2 @Wilbur I meant the fans are going to get ugly. You waitn
I told ya before the season started it's gonna get ugly this year...
Nice save there Jake