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@Greg Fenton

You guys gotta get the notion of a 2nd and 3rd line outta your head.  


The two lines would both basically play about 15 minutes a night, so there would be no difference.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Bruffins

WTF are you talking about?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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What do you guys think of this lineup?

I posted it last night, but I'm assuming not many people saw it.


JVR   -   Bozak   -   Kessel

Komarov   -   Kadri   -   Frattin

Lupul   -   Holland   -   Clarkson

Winnik   -   Santorelli   -   Booth

(Ashton & Kontiolla)


Phaneuf   -   Polak

Rielly    -   Robidas

Gardiner   -   Franson

(Holzer)


Bernier

Reimer


I put Holzer as the 7th defenceman, as I'd rather see Granberg get minutes with the Marlies.



2 weeks, 5 days ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@TheCanucksnaphook

Big difference from being Top 10 and being 10th in the East, considering the majority of the top teams are in the West.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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JVR   -   Bozak   -   Kessel

Lupul   -   Holland   -   Clarkson

Komarov   -   Kadri   -   Frattin

Winnik   -   Santorelli   -   Booth


Phaneuf   -   Polak

Rielly   -    Robidas

Gardiner   -   Franson


Bernier

Reimer

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Sic_Transit_Gloria

Ya, I was wondering how he could be this advanced stats whiz, when the OHL doesn't really keep a great deal of stats.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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@prest0

So, a second line of Lupul/Kadri/Frattin and a third line of Booth/Santorelli/Clarkson and a fourth line of Komarov/Holland/Kontiola?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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@LeafsGuru

Obviously the lines will fluctuate throughout the season, but whatever line is playing better would get more icetime.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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So, what's the consensus on where Booth fits into the lineup?


I wasn't sitting around on a computer in the nice weather yesterday, so I missed the reaction.


I'm thinking he fits in on the third line, but unfortunately that probably bumps Komarov to the 4th line.  

As long as they 3rd and 4th lines get equal ice time, I guess that isn't such a big deal.


Something along the lines of this works for me:


JVR   -   Bozak    -    Kessel                (20 minutes)

Lupul   -   Kadri   -   Clarkson             (15 minutes)

Booth   -   Santorelli   -   Frattin           (12.5 minutes)

Komarov   -   Holland   -   Kontiola     (12.5 minutes)


Of course, the icetime/game would all depend on how many PPs and PKs we get.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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So, how exactly do we watch this video?

4 weeks ago on Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan Live Press Conference

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@AndrewGalea

True enough.

He just left Nonis "in-charge", so he can fire him if things don't go well this year.

4 weeks ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas

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So, lets get this straight. 


The Marlies make the Conference Finals and have iced a very competitive team over the past 3 seasons or so and they fire the GM.

The Leafs have one playoff appearance over the past 10 years and the GM is retained?  (I understand Nonis wasn't around for over half of those years and has only been in charge the past 2 seasons, but that's not the point)

4 weeks ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas

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@whalz

Whats with everybody wanting a forward in return for him?


If he's getting traded, I'd hope the return is a left-shooing defenceman! 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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So, with just over 15 minutes until Franson's Arbitration Hearing commences, it looks like they're not gonna settle and decide to go the nasty route.


If they don't get a deal done, their already rocky relationship will be completely destroyed and there is absolutely no way he'll be in Blue and White this fall.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Jmessih

Well, atleast we know that he'll be at camp this year, unless he's traded or injured.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Jmessih

Actually they are, but some of the new stats such as CORSI aren't admissable.


Doesn't matter anyways, as players rarely go to arbitration and the rumour is that the Leafs and Franson are closing in on a last-minute agreement.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Jmessih

A hits a hit.  Atleast he's making contact and not being a pussy back there.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Fish Head

As of right now, I kinda wish we still had Gunnarsson instead of Polak.


Even if Franson gets traded, the third RD spot could be taken by a young defenceman, such as Granberg.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Cameron19

If he leads defencemen in points and hits on a bad year, imagine what he'll be able to do in a good season.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub

Not taking every comment seriously, but I can't recall reading one good comment about Franny.

Maybe it's because I've been busy enjoying the summer, but all I ever read are negative comments about him.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub

Never seen so much hate for a a defenceman since the days of Larry Murphy.


Jeez guys, he didn't lead all Toronto defencemen in points for the past two seasons and hits last season for no reason.


Give the guy a 2 year deal at $3 million per and give him one more chance. 

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@MaxwellHowe

Not really interested in a 2nd rounder for him.


I'd rather move Phaneuf to the left side and keep Franson, than trade him for a draft pick.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@MaxwellHowe

What do you think the Leafs would get for him?

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Cloud09

He sounds like the left-handed version of Franson, minus the physical play and size.



1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Xxxxxnew

Ya, he signed an offer sheet with the Flames and Colorado matched, therefore they couldn't trade him until a certain date passed.

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Jmessih

Simple solution would be to move Phaneuf to his "natural" position of LD.  I know he's played RD his whole life, but the left side is the "natural" place for a left-handed shot to play.


Phaneuf   -   Robidas

Rielly   -   Polak

Gardiner    -   Franson


Would have been great if that ex-scHab Gorges would have waived his no-trade clause to come here, but no point in living in the past.


If the arbitration award comes in at less than $3.5 million, the Leafs will have no choice but to give him the 1-year deal, however I'm not sure how arbitration affects your ability to trade a player.

I'm guessing that because Franny opted for arbitration, they could probably trade him right away, whereas if the Leafs had opted for arbitration, there would probably be a waiting period.



1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@rustynail Lacrosse is our other National Sport

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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Don't necessarily hate the guy as much as most on here do, but if he gets awarded anything more than $3.5 million, I think Nonis and Co. should walk away!

1 month ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Black_Hawk

Fucking Gorges!!


Would be quite pumped about our defence right now if we were able to ice the following next season:


Gorges   -   Phaneuf

Rielly   -   Robidas

Gardiner   -   Polak

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@Cloud09

Thanks for clearing things up man.


So, July 5th is basically the deadline to file for arbitration.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@TOHockeyNut

Not too sure, but I'm sure I read something saying that the July 5th deadline had passed for offer sheets to be submitted.

It was news to me, as I always thought a RFA could sign an offer-sheet anytime before they signed, unless they elected for salary arbitration.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@TOHockeyNut

That and the fact I believe the deadline for offer-sheets was July 5th.

Can't remember where I saw that, but I remember reading it.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@Optimustic

I believe he'll be an UFA next summer, so no chance of an offer sheet.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@peterbleafs

Really wish Nonis would have held off making that trade until he had moved Franson.


Gunnarsson   -   Phaneuf

Rielly   -   Robidas

Gardiner   -   Franson


or


Phaneuf   -   Franson

Rielly   -   Robidas

Gardiner   -   Polak


??????

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs 

I don't really see how he fits into this roster, seeing as we added Robidas and Polak in the off-season.  


Combine that with Phaneuf and guys like Granberg, Holzer and Nilsson coming up as right defencemen and there just isn't a spot for him.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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Quick question.

Are we still able to trade Franson after his arbitration case is done on Monday?


From what I can remember, if the team had filed, they wouldn't be able to trade him, but because he took them to arbitration, they are still able to trade him (and walk away if the award is over $3.5 million)

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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I'd be alright with Franson for another year somwehere in the middle of what the two sides reportedly want.


Maybe $3 million for next season, but there is no way he's gonna resign here after the way he has been treated since his arrival.

1 month ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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@MaxwellHowe

JVR/Bozak/Kessel line showed too much last year to break up.

Also, I like the combination of Holland/Lupul and wouldn't mind seeing Kadri with Komarov and Frattin.


JVR  -   Bozak   -  Kessel

Lupul   -   Holland   -   Clarkson

Komarov   -   Kadri   -   Frattin

Ashton   -   Santorelli   -   Kontiola 


Although, I wouldn't mind seeing Kontiola and Komarov together, as they have a history together.

1 month ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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@MaxwellHowe

Still thing Winnipeg is the most probable landing spot for Reimer (and possibly Franson)

1 month ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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@Armchair GM

Top Fin-born centre?


Hmmm, good luck convincing the Panthers that, cause there is no chance in hell they'd give up Barkov for him, lol.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dangle_My_Berries

They were interviewing DJ Smith about a month ago.

Reigning OHL Coach of the Year with the Oshawa Generals.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@B_Leaf @RandomScrub

Komarov   -  Kontiola   -   Clarkson

Ashton   -   Holland   -   Santorelli 

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@dlb Mad

Ya, I was wondering WTF that was

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook

Do you really think so?

If so, I guess he'd have to bump out Ashton for 4th line LW.


Also, Smith and Bodie will probably be given every opportunity to make the team as well.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd

Because even though getting arid of Phaneuf would free up $7 million, there is nobody available to spend that money on.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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JVR   -   Bozak   -   Kessel

Lupul   -   Holland   -   Nylander

Komarov   -   Kadri    -   Clarkson

Ashton   -   Santorelli   -   Frattin

(Kontiola) 

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd

It's one thing to have the money available, but it's another to actually find someone to spend it on.


Name a top pairing defenceman that is available right now, that we could acquire for nothing more than $7 million cash.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd

Ya, I'm not really sure how losing your best defenceman is susposed to improve things?

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd

Gardiner   -   Phaneuf

Rielly   -   Robidas

Oduya   -  Polak

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook

There's enough youth on the blueline right now with Rielly and  Gardiner.

I don't see how bringing in a defenceman with a Cup ring would be a bad idea.

1 month, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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