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Two years in a row the Habs have gotten the easiest opponent (by far) in the first round...

1 day, 5 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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@MaxwellHowe @Wilbur No kidding. Like he didn't see it coming and couldn't be prepared. Give me a break. I'd be pissed if I were Big Terry P….

1 day, 19 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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@MaxwellHowe He looked like a big freaking baby last night. I mean really…pull it together man. What an embarrassment. Hey Eichel, we know you're pretty decent but you really weren't the guy we were hoping for. 

1 day, 19 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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So, if we happen to draft Hanifin, does he make the Leafs next season?

2 days, 4 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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League's next biggest star buried in Edmonton. Late hockey games blah blah blah….

2 days, 7 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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7 years folks. We'll have him going into his prime :)

2 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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Watched parts of all 4 games last night. My #1 thought after watching those games? Skill, speed, compete level, hockey IQ all come before size. The number of "average" size guys and somewhat smaller guys showing the skill and speed and compete last night was awesome. The ability to show all that skill while playing at such a high speed as a team was great to watch. Also, the doggedness of so many players was great.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @Jay_Berg I think there'll actually be a lot of opposing GMs that look at this year as a complete organizational clustermess which may actually be a positive in terms of how they view certain individual players. "Hey, the player had an off year, who wouldn't in that mess"...

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@Jay_Berg It all depends on what the team wants in return. If they are able to ship out Kes and Dion for a decent return but not retain money they may be willing to retain money on Lupul...

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@Cameron19 @Wilbur @totalrebuild Yup…and he's made a handful of terrible moves as well. I think he is old guard in his thinking. Like BB just said I don't think Shanny is going after and established GM. I think he's building something new and different and will go after fresh thinking new GM blood. It will be a current assistant GM I think.

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@Cameron19 @totalrebuild Can't like that comment enough!

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@totalrebuild Too many "hockey people" like Dreger and MacLean that are stuck inside the hockey box. "This is how it's always been for GMs, this is how it is, this is how is shall be". 

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@totalrebuild There was certainly talk about it at the time. I think Burke himself even mentioned it at one point.

1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble

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@Xxxxxnew All expenses paid trip to Edmonton...

1 week, 1 day ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix

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@Bruffins That's a little too wordy for a bumper sticker...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Komas Taberle No they can't. If they are tied in points NSH wins the tie breaker with the greater ROW...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Yaknowwhat  Example: If the Leafs keep all their players this off season and hire Hitchcock there is not a chance in hell he walks in and says "well I see we have a bunch of run and gunners, like to play the rush, I guess that's what we'll do then". Nope…That's not how he believes NHL teams win championships so he'll implement the system he believes wins championships. It'll be up to management to go get the right players if the players don't want to assimilate. Same if Pat Burns were hired (RIP). Same with Babcock. Guys like that don't walk into interviews with GMs and blow smoke up their asses by telling them they'll build a system around the existing players abilities if they don't think that is going to win a championship. They are all about the championship.

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Yaknowwhat Well duh….Every coach coaches what he's given. The question is should the coach implement a system he believes wins championships even though the players he has won't be able to execute the system or does he build a system he believes the players he has can execute even if he believes that system won't win a championship and might not even get them into the playoffs?

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@newkb @Yaknowwhat Exactly. Randy would have had us miss the playoffs by a hair or two...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Yaknowwhat I doubt that was ever up for debate...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jay31 So when we suck sewage water next year and Kessel has a similar season to this one what will we get for him next year?

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Only Leafs fans could be fighting over who is the better loser coach...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@newkb @Wilbur @Yaknowwhat Gotcha…zero Stanley Cups with Leafs.

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@HHT But he is a shinny type player #seewhatididthere

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@deedrag WOuld it be much different than Ron Wilson had to say?

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@gilmourhalloffame @Burtonboy He's saying things we will regret. Reducing the value of trade assets ;)

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@TheColborneUltimatum @Wilbur Don't think Lupul will be traded until next TDL but we'll see. Bozak? 

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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I sincerely believe Kessel will not be back. I don't think Shanny is going to take the risk of Kessel having another year like this year and then really being behind the eight ball trying to move him next year. He'll get the most for him now. The return will help the rebuild.

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Yaknowwhat I'm sure the feeling is mutual ;)

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Burtonboy @Wilbur I think most keep forgetting the new compensation rules...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Luke_R @Burtonboy Carleton the Bear out…Tony the Tiger in...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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From Simmons tonight…Can't say I disagree much…


TORONTO - Phil Kessel has to go.

More than any single player in blue and white, Kessel needs to be removed for his part in the stench of this Maple Leafs tire fire.

Kessel’s unwillingness to lead, his seeming inability to lead, his negativity on the bench and in the dressing room, his surprising influence he has over his teammates is just a growing short list of why the Leafs must rid themselves of their most talented player.

Kessel is the eighth highest-paid forward in hockey and yet is 89th in even-strength scoring among forwards in the NHL. Maybe anyone can have a bad year, and this is certainly one, although Kessel’s career has been something of a straight line prior to this season. But the odour of this dreadful season, from his lack of conditioning, his disdain for coaching, his unwillingness to accept ownership of any difficulty, his part in Salutegate, his tone-deaf ways trump any singular scoring skill that makes him unique.

The Leafs must break up the core of this hockey club: That is now obvious. And unless somehow they win the draft lottery and the Connor McDavid presence changes everything, Kessel must be moved.

And fast.

THIS AND THAT

It is almost poetic that the Leafs’ final game-day skate of this irregular season is made optional by the coaching staff and that Kessel and Tyler Bozak are among the no-shows ... All we heard from Leaf players all year is how much they want to be here and what a great group of guys they have: Then the games began, and hardly anyone showed it ... Not sure what your view of this is, but from my perspective, this was the worst Maple Leaf season of my 50 years watching hockey ... Peter Horacek’s road record: 1-19-3 ... Imagine being Steve Spott. You grow up in Toronto. You put in your time coaching. You finally get an NHL shot, on your hometown Leafs coaching staff of all places. Dream job. And then you have this season and probably no more in blue and white ... A new name has emerged in the Leafs coaching wish list. I believe it’s still Mike Babcock first and Todd McLellan second, but if Babcock remains in Detroit, Leafs might well consider Jeff Blashill, the Red Wings AHL coach, who is thought by many to be the next Jon Cooper ... The Leafs have no intention of stripping Dion Phaneuf of his captaincy. They might trade Phaneuf, but if he’s back next season, he will be back as captain.


1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@TheColborneUltimatum Gilmour and Clark used to cry all the time ;)

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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What's with the bench camera angle looking up player's nostrils? Great….

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Radar O'Rielly It wasn't reviewed. Refs and linesman discussed and determined the call...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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It's about time MTL got some help from the refs...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Thank you HNIC and Healy for this...

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #82, Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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