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Eckblad will go to Florida and Bennet will go to Buffalo. If you are looking for a centre you only trade up with Edmonton if you really believe Reinhart is a true future 1C. I think EDM will take Draisaitl and Reinhart will drop to Calgary.

12 hours, 12 minutes ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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@Burtonboy @Wilbur  Absolutely. I'm not saying he'll become that. A lot of hope and hype goes around at this time of year :) I'm just saying I see him as more that type than the Lucic type. Everyone is hoping to find a Lucic. He's pretty stinkin' unique. I wouldn't want folks disappointed if he doesn't turn out to be the second coming of Lucic. But he ought to be able to play the type of big man's game that this organization is still lacking.

12 hours, 35 minutes ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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@Burtonboy  Saw Ritchie on TV a couple of times this year. I like him. He's a skilled player in a big man's body. The guys on TSN last night were saying his main issue is the lack of consistency in his mean/tough game. But that's not really his game. He reminds me of John LeClair. LeClair was big and strong as an ox but he wasn't a fighter or a mean guy. That's not to say he never dropped the gloves. LeClair was a big man that played a big man's game - strong on his feet, standing in front of the net, driving the net, cycling the puck, leaning on opposition players. He also had an excellent shot and deceptive speed. Ritchie brings all those things. Yes, he likes to throw his weight around and drop the gloves from time to time. Right now he's a bit of a "man amongst boys" but that will change as he jumps levels in hockey. If the Leafs were to draft him it shouldn't be because of his "meanness" or willingness to fight. It should be because he has the ability to do what LeClair did in the NHL.

12 hours, 43 minutes ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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@The_Polish_Cannon @Wilbur @ShiftyD  Absolutely, RC has to go for numerous reasons. But…I'm at the point where I won't be shocked about who might be traded. In Feschuk's column tonight he mentioned that maybe RC took a shot at Gardiner today because he knows one of the two of them won't be here next year. I wouldn't be shocked if both RC and Gardiner are gone.

21 hours, 36 minutes ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@ShiftyD @Wilbur  I think Nonis is clearly pissed with the players (at least certain players). I think Big Tim is as well. It was obvious RC was at his wits end as well with some of the players. Hey, I think we need a new coach because I really don't think RC is that good of a coach (look at his numbers since ANH won the cup) but I've no doubt some of these players need to go this summer and some others need a massive change of heart/will/commitment if they are staying.

21 hours, 44 minutes ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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Didn't hear a direct quote but I heard on the radio tonight that yesterday Bernier said the coach wasn't an issue and the system wasn't an issue. The issue was players not being committed enough to defensive hockey. Anyone have an actual quote?

21 hours, 47 minutes ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@mike_84 @Tommy Cat  Don't even need to think about that one…I do it.

1 day ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@Dangle_My_Berries @DJBrianBurke  The secrecy is because there's only one ball and that's it. They put all the balls in a barrel and pick one lottery ball. That's the team that gets the gold card. Everyone else gets a white card. If they were transparent the process would take 5 seconds. 

1 day ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@Keeon  Their base skill set is better than his so it is/was a matter of time. I think MacWilliam likely tops out at a 6th Dman at the NHL level. It wouldn't shock me if he never has more than a cup of coffee with the big club.

2 days, 22 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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@Cameron19 @Tim Horton @Wilbur  Exactly. He has maturity the others haven't had a chance to gain yet. They will catch up to him and quickly.

2 days, 22 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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@Keeon  It gives you hope. I'm not pretending he's someone that he isn't nor am I suggesting 1 NHL game makes an NHL player. BUT…when I watch him it reminds me of Kaberle and Markov making the club at a young age. I think he is capable and I think he has it between the ears as well...

2 days, 22 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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Have had the chance to watch Granberg with the Marlies a few times this year. Liked what I saw from him then and liked what I saw from him last night in limited time and a limited role. This is exactly the type of Dman I was talking about last week when I was saying we need to find a Lefebvre type within our own organization. This kid has good size and physicality. He's strong on his feet and thinks defence first. But he is also a strong skater and can handle the puck. He has the ability to turn, skate back into his end, grab the puck, make the first move and then either pass it off or skate it out. He also has the ability to angle opposition forwards to the boards and stick 'em there. I'm okay having a third young defenceman in the lineup next year if it's a kid of his style and ability. When Gardiner, Rielly and Granberg (and possibly Percy eventually) have 250 - 300 games in the NHL under their belts they will be a solid core.

2 days, 22 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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@Keeon @Wilbur  The whole muffin? Muffin top? Muffin base?

3 days, 11 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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FRANSON’S REGRESSION


When the seven-game series with the Bruins ended a year ago, I asked a Leafs coach if the playoff work of Cody Franson was his coming out party as an NHL defence man.


The coach looked at me and didn’t exactly share my enthusiasm. “Watch his footwork,” the coach said. “He needs to work on his footwork to get to the next level.”


The next level didn’t happen in this disappointing season for Franson and the Leafs. In fact, there was a regression in his game.

The footwork the coach alluded to is a constant talking point among NHL scouts: “Watch him,” said a veteran scout. “He’s big, but he’s not physical. He’s not a defensive defenceman, but he’s not an offensive defenceman either. His side-to-side mobility is poor, which makes him vulnerable. He has a good shot but he doesn’t take. So what is he?”


A restricted free agent with less trade value that he had a year ago.


Not sure if you guys saw this yet or not. The above is an excerpt from Simmons' column late last night. I tried to post it last night but MLHS seemed to disappear into the ether last night :) Makes you question the value of Franson in a trade as an RFA. Let's face it, many of us see these same things in Franson. I think they forgot to add that he's not the brightest bulb on the tree either.

3 days, 11 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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So if I understand correctly we are guaranteed at worst the 9th overall pick if a team behind us wins the lottery and we are knocked down a slot, correct?

3 days, 21 hours ago on And that’s a wrap

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I've no doubt our Leafers will hammer Ottawa 6 - 2 or 6 - 3 tonight just to piss most of us off and further screw with whatever emotions we have left at this point. Instead of 7th we will have 10th place and come Tuesday whomever has 7th pick will win the lottery. FML...

4 days, 12 hours ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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How pissed are you guys gonna be when EDM wins the freaking lottery again?

5 days, 21 hours ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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So, if I understand correctly…In less than a month the Leafs have gone from spots out of first overall to 9 spots out of last overall. Again…holy shite!

5 days, 21 hours ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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@darthNihilus @Wilbur @Burtonboy @rustynail @CanuckUKinToronto  He's a little older than the average kid coming out of Junior. Do you think he'd be okay with another full year with the Marlies if it's needed?

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@darthNihilus @Wilbur @Burtonboy @rustynail @CanuckUKinToronto  I'm not looking for a scorer or offensive Dman. Can he skate and handle the puck like Sylvain Lefebvre did? Cause Lefebvre never scored more than a couple goals in a season but he could skate (ask Jeremy Roenick) and he could handle the puck like it wasn't a grenade. It's just that in this new NHL you have to have Dmen that can skate and handle to puck or the opposition will take advantage of that the way they are doing so right now with us.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@Burtonboy @rustynail @CanuckUKinToronto  Can he skate and can he handle the puck? Preferably, at the same time?

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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Step 1: Fire the coach (because it needs to happen no matter what)

Step 2: Determine what type of team/style you want to be/play

Step 3: Identify your core players

Step 4: Identify the core within the core


You don't trade any of the "core within the core" players. You can trade "core" players as long as they are not "core within the core" players but you only do it for a significant return.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@shafted @Wilbur  Ranger should be 7th at best and Gleason needs to go some how, some way.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@bob sacamano @NotTheCanucksnaphook @OTL  The system (or non system if you will) that RC uses is played only in a few select NHL cities. Possibly, just Toronto...

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@NotTheCanucksnaphook  Oh, and if we can't get Boyle I'd consider Carrick coming up on the cheap. Like this kid. 

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@NotTheCanucksnaphook  I'd leave Leivo down for more maturing.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@NotTheCanucksnaphook @Wilbur  Also, thinks Ashton should have been playing and thinks RC messed that up. Brought him up and played him 2 minutes a game with Orr or left him sitting. Send him down where he scores, bring him back up and sit him. Didn't need to be on a top line but should have received decent minutes and lots of opportunity with good players.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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Ferraro on TSN: On a 23 man roster next year he expects 7 - 9 new players. Would let Bolland, Raymond, McClement and Kulemin go. Would trade Reimer, Franson and maybe Gunnarson go. Would resign Bodie on the cheap for the 4th line. Thinks Lupul and Kadri may be on the trade block in order to bring something good back but doesn't want to trade Kadri.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@MaxwellHowe @Belfour20/JB-45  Luc Schenn? Is that the French version? :)

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@loomx @Wilbur @wendelsfist  See my comment above. He wasn't cherry picking players. Looking at it as a whole and specifically referring to the run up to the playoffs not the whole year. Of course, feel free to call Cujo and give him what for...

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@loomx @Wilbur @wendelsfist  He didn't bring up any names. SImply looking at the team as a whole. I think it was related to total effort and being willing to sacrifice. He used Kelly Buchberger as an example of a certain type of leader.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@wendelsfist  And he defined leadership as 1) blocking shots 2) scoring timely big goals 3) doing what you're supposed to in your role on the ice

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@loomx @Wilbur  And this is all vs. the freaking East

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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24 freaking days! 24!!! 2 - 10. NO wins in regulation. 3 points up on MTL after the LA win. What a freaking collapse. How???

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@loomx @Belfour20/JB-45  Burke and WIlson screwed up when they named him captain. Never should have happened. Not because of his leadership skills or lack there of (we can all debate that). Burke more than anyone should have understood the potential for Dion to be a lightning rod of controversy and the kid just didn't need that. He needed to be able to come here and just be a part of the team and play defence. Never should have been captain.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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Phil Kessel…27 years old as of this coming October. Can't wait 3 - 5 years or he might as well not be part of a rebuild.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@MaxwellHowe  If Pat Burns can put Mike Eastwood out between Rob Pearson and Kent Manderville and have success (even in a different era) then Carter Ashton can be part of a successful team. Of course, he may need to get more ice-time than 3:19 per game :)

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@wendelsway1 @Wilbur @CanuckUKinToronto  But I'd be okay with Dion, Gardiner, Riellly, another young whipper snapper from the Marlies and two new vets added. As long as they can all skate and handle the puck.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@MaxwellHowe @TheCanucksnaphook @4evrblue  Musical notes shaped like hockey sticks…That would be really nice.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@CanuckUKinToronto @Wilbur  I lived through the '80s. I don't want Dion + 6 guys ages 19 - 24. The other thing all those guys you mentioned above outside of Rielly have in common…they don't play in the Toronto fish bowl.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@TheCanucksnaphook @4evrblue  Yes, but he fixed that with Toskaloss...

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@ingy56 @4evrblue  I wonder how many other teams have similar records when looking at their top forward's numbers.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@CanuckUKinToronto  I don't think we were judging on age but judging on maturity (physical, mental, emotional) and experience. Of course, those folks are usually young in age.  I'd have no real problem putting one more young kid on the D core next year. 

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@wendelsway1 @Burtonboy @mcloki @CanuckUKinToronto  And what's worse optics if you're Nonis, firing RC now or starting with him next year - the year goes south quickly, fans are chanting fire RC at the ACC and on the road, it gets really ugly and then you have to can him. It should happen over the next couple of weeks.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@mcloki @Burtonboy @Wilbur  I don't see the need to rush them right now. Especially, when we have 2 young guys back on D already. I'd let them get well seasoned with the Marlies first.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@Burtonboy @Wilbur  Yup. I don't mind veteran Dmen right now as long as they are mobile and can handle the puck reasonably well. Also, that means when some of those younger players you mentioned are ready, we don't have to bring them all up at the exact same time.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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