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It seems the Toronto MSM takes direction from the hockey masses that loathe the Maple Leafs, and take pleasure in their failings. It's too easy for them to assimilate with this massive base of hockey fans. This is why so many GMs, players, and Babcocks use this organization as a negotiation tactic for contracts, they know that the Toronto MSM are working against the betterment of the Leafs and for the improvement of everyone else.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto
@PepTalk @Leafbites I don't think you'll hear another whisper from the Leafs camp until the end of the season, but I do think Nonis is a dead man walking.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address
It's possible that none of the guys with term contracts were dealt because Shanny plans to can Nonis and would rather someone else do the nuking. The legions of nonis detractors are possibly getting all riled up for nothing with this inactivity.
@mtommy @Leafbites RIght, I should just read your posts all the time if I want to stay informed. Asshat
2 days, 8 hours ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours
@djamon @Leafbites Yep, I meant his tenure as a Leaf, not his captaincy
@djamon @Leafbites Gotcha
@mtommy @Leafbites Well, they're trying to deal him, so?
Well, from all of this one thing seems for certain, Dion's days as the Maple Leafs captain are numbered.
Good morning MLHSers, fresh off the collective fist-pump for big ticket free agent part 2, 'release the anchor'.
More deals yet, please.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Friday Mashup: It Really Happened
This blindsided everyone in the media. I like the silence around this mgmt team, quietly going about business and not giving media a sniff.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton
Hey boys, I don't live in the Toronto area, but will the subway take you all the way to Columbus?
6 days, 3 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton
Good deal. Good luck to Winnick, if you end up facing the habs, please feel obliged to run Price early in the season at the Bell.
1 week ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh
I'd keep Robidas for a vet presence on the blue line over Polak. I'd deal this guy at the deadline if he's garnering the interest that's being reported. Him, Bozak and Winnick should all get new homes by March.
1 week, 6 days ago on Joffrey Lupul: “Who are we going to put on the ice next year?”
Who are we going to ice? The same players that we'll need to fill in for you two out of every three nights, Lupes.
Thanks, AP. I wouldn't really give a damn if we got anything for Bozak as long as it doesn't include a salary dump with term. If we're offered a 2nd, take it and run.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Leafs Notebook – February 17
I think the most satisfying aspect of this tank job, even more than the idea of a high draft pick, is watching fans of other teams and media get more and more nauseous with the prospect of the Leafs winning the lottery, as percentages inch up.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Friday Mashup: “If it’s not here, it’s not here”
For a team like the Ducks that have room for Dion's contract, and he'd be a very good fit with them, this injury getting him rested for the stretch may make him even a little more intriguing.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
I just want these boardroom idiots to attain at least one solid asset in return for each jettisoned between now and Bettsy @ the BB&T, and forget this multiple asset nonsense; a boatload isn't the best catch here, but rather a young legitimate(s) and 3 or 4 significant draft positions.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: Bad, but not Oiler-bad
Just caught the Nonis interview on TSN. Wow. This guy seems lost at sea right now, should he be at the helm?
4 weeks ago on GDT: Game #52, Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators (8 p.m., TSN4)
@MaxwellHowe What do you think we're all worried about...we're running out of ways to flukey lose.
Well, nice to see Kessel and his little buddy mail it in again, what a pathetic tandem.
@MaxwellHowe @Leafbites Ok, maybe bad timing right now, but in general and we all know it.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #52, Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators (8 p.m., TSN4)
I wish Bernier was as eager to fight through a screen as he is to blame screens for goals. It pisses me off more than all the softies he lets in.
@peterbleafs I would say ride Bernier if you want to finish bottom 6. That said, with a few bounces here and there, these guys are playing well enough to reel off a couple of win streaks to close out, especially now without any playoff pressure. The thought of playing .500 or above down the stretch and this being a Carey Price for the Conn Smyth year are possibly giving me an ulcer.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Goals? Never heard of ‘em
Welp, at least our Leafs have another 4-point game to play, tonight.
1 month 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 month, 1 week 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.
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs I wish there were a soccer net behind Bernie and Reims for the rest of the season.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 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.
2 months, 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
2 months, 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
3 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.
3 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!
3 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@mike_84 @Leafbites That's right