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Welp, at least our Leafs have another 4-point game to play, tonight.
2 days, 19 hours ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
I don't put much stock in the draft at this point, Leafs will get a little healthier and likely won't make any kind of major moves until after the season. They can still be good enough to land outside of the top 10. They might even start getting some consistent goaltending.
1 week, 4 days ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
What do I believe? I think the players themselves want this train wreck ripped apart just as much as the fans. Playing on this team for the past few years must be like a nightmare that never ends.
And Kessel, just go get a start on the golf season already, why even bother closing this campaign out. Watching you and your roomie make my eyes bleed. And that's from watching only about 3 of the last 10 games– my interest in this debacle is waning more by the day.
1 week, 5 days ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs I wish there were a soccer net behind Bernie and Reims for the rest of the season.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Slip Sliding Away
@mcloki Not a complete destruction, but trade away the vets all day. Lupul, Bozak, Dion, Phil, Clarkson can all fuck off for starters. It might take a while, but all these dudes should be replaced with younger core assets.
How drastic does the systems tinkering get here in the next little while, with a half dozen real tough games looming? Special teams won't get much change, but I wonder about ES and line combos.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
'Carlyle canned', not exactly out of left field. But I have to say I'm unimpressed with Phil picking today to engage the way he did, no matter who or how he was provoked (I despise MSM like the rest). This guy has got to pull his socks up and start bringing some urgency to his game.
Could have been called goaltend int.
1 month ago on GDT: Game #38, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins (7 p.m., SN)
@Optimustic Bush league penalty for Nurse, but this kid looks like he's going to be a force at some point in his career.
intermission segments are atrocious. I just needed a reminder as to why I never listen to these idiots.
1 month ago on GDT: Game #36, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers (5 p.m., SNO)
Merry Christmas MLHS–excellent writers & classic crew of posters!
Playoffs, Santa please.
1 month, 1 week ago on Christmas Mashup: Happy Holidays MLHS
Seguin looks a lot like Modano to me, but a little more of a sharpshooter. Just happy he was sent West by Bruin stupidity.
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #35, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Dallas Stars (7 p.m., SNO)
Clarkson/Holland line 4 neutral turnovers that shift
Coach, not a fan. Core, not a fan. Blow it up, I wouldn't give a damn. But root for these assholes again tonight, YES I am.
Bozak line makes ALL our D look bad
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)
@Handlebar @Leafbites Maybe I will, hell with it
2 months ago on GDT: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars (7:30pm, TSN4)
WHo's the better late game, Sharks&Philly or LA&Bos?
@hometeem @Leafbites Obviously, team success will be more relative to the team's most prolific scorer.
2 months ago on Tyler Bozak is back to his old self. Mostly.
The top line probably spends %60, maybe more, in their own end, on a nightly basis. This team's winning percentage goes up exponentially when Phil gets on the scorecard. Theoretically, if Phil were spending more time in the offensive zone, his numbers and the teams likelihood for a positive outcome would also see a slight increase.
Though, on off nights Phil is guilty of committing a lot of egregious turnovers. In which case, more possession may be detrimental. It's a fine line.
@Mcost61 I think folks would be wise to start tuning out Dreger, who undoubtably gets his kicks from tossing grenades onto Leafland.
@Whalz Staal would rot in Raleigh before I'd give up a player like Kadri, on the incline, versus Staal, going in the opposite direction. That would be just poor mgmt.
@Burtonboy @Leafbites That's right, he'd be more effective with better possession wingers, as would the Phil and JVR be more effective with a better possession centre.
@hometeem @Leafbites That trio are very likely the weakest three defensively players on the team. However, with this talent on the wings, I'd like to see a more defensively responsible centre for this group.
And yes, he is a weak link in his position.
I'm typically a Bozak critic, mostly for what I perceive as a lack of desire or intensity on a night to night basis (as adv stats prove), but I have no problem giving him props for this seasons' body of work–mainly as an offensive producer and face-off machine. However, in terms of improvement up the middle for the Leafs, it's Kadri's game that has stood out for me. While Bozak doesn't capitulate to the talent of his running mates in the attacking zone, his defensive awareness leaves this unit vulnerable on the best of nights.
@Bruffins @BoneChompski @Burtonboy To paraphrase the best quote from Burke interview: media outlets in other cities (Calgary), will criticize and not whitewash, but generally want the team to do well...but this is not the case in Toronto. EXACTLY!
2 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@mike_84 @Leafbites That's right
Salutegate...Paaleeaasse! The salute is the dumbest thing in hockey, anyway. Well, that is besides the Toronto media.
@Komas Taberle @TheHawk And in any fucking order he wants.
2 months, 1 week ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”
@Cloud09 Well, this band of misfits were more or less cancers on other teams, that's how we inherited them.
The players tune out Randy–is this supposed to be new news? Not from my vantage point.
@Wilbur @Mcost61 when the captain says they weren't prepared after a drubbing by the worst team in the league....yea Dreger, you dumbass, the coaches get a free pass. I can't stand that clown
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@ingy56 Is that not another shot across the bow of the sinking ship, the SS Randy?
Clearly the players want Randy out. I mean these guys suck, but this stinks of mutiny.
Yep, one to forget, for sure. But folks need to relax a bit, it's only hockey.
As much as I enjoy MLHS, game threads are becoming unbearable. Grown men that sound worse than my teenage daughters, whining over every little play on the ice. Trade this guy, trade that guy...I say grow up.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@djamon I think so too, maybe wake up the bench
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #18, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres (7pm, HNIC)
great game so far, if this were 1983
@Yaknowwhat Actually what I saw was Pitt doing an excellent job of getting in shooting lanes.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)
@Burtonboy @Dangle_My_Berries I thought Pitt played a very good game all around
Where's the crowd trying to lift these guys, fucking brutal arena
weak goal, get some shots on this guy
@docmma @TheLoovTrain @newkb I thought he had a decent period as well, but some folks just hate him no matter what he does.
Huge key in tonight's game: STAY OUT of the penalty box...duh! Skate for sixty!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?
Good game in Anaheim right now. Anderson let in a brutal goal and was yanked, but the ducks just got one back. 3-2, for anyone interested...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)
Phil was just awesome–a tour de force.
A perfectly rolled cuban cigar, a fine scotch and a Kessel release.
Hit the showers, Tuuka
Johnny on the spot
Bernier looking smooth between the pipes
@docmma You mean, finally some communication in the d zone