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@leafmealone @Xxxxxnew Who has he picked?
5 hours, 21 minutes ago on GDT: Game 78, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m., SN)
@MaxwellHowe @Scotty_8 Hodgson might be. Has he cracked the 5 point barrier yet this year?
5 hours, 59 minutes ago on GDT: Game 78, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m., SN)
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @drummond Done? They collectively have like 140 points this year. They each have at least another 3-5 years, the way they play. Sure, Datsyuk can probably only play 65 games a year now, but still. I don't think Detroit will be too hesitant about moving a prospect the way their scouts work.
8 hours, 41 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @drummond If I also had Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Pulkkinen, Larkin, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and knew I had a scouting team that finds a Mantha every year anyways? Yea, without much thought
8 hours, 45 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Coldincowtown @Cameron19 @Mind Bomb @drummond Deal killer? We don't know that. We don't really know anything. I think the way Detroit has played lately, and how little Zidlicky has done for them has only improved our standing, too.
8 hours, 48 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @drummond My opinion of Phaneuf's value has changed a little bit recently. I'm starting to realize how few options there are to improve your D. There are literally no defenders available. The best free agent might be Franson or Martin - which are horrific options.
I understand the contract is still burdensome, and so I'd be willing to eat salary, or include prospects, or take back a bad deal, or some combination of those things - BUT - I would also have to be getting a piece back that I actually like and can build around a little bit. Otherwise there's very little point.
8 hours, 49 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Yan28 Still a better place to live, and among the forwards, better opportunity. Better minor league situation, as well. My point was just that it's not like he had to be persuaded from joining a contender.
8 hours, 51 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Xxxxxnew Also, his other option was Buffalo...
8 hours, 59 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @drummond If it's true that Mantha is on the table with Detroit, than I would say to Dallas that Nicushkin has to be on the table.
9 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Coldincowtown @drummond That's not enough coming our way in that deal.
9 hours, 3 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@TIMERIXON @Xxxxxnew I think the hilarity is supposed to be at the expense of Leaf fans who got excited about something that wasn't true. Usually there's one about Gretzky joining the Leafs every year, and then all the fans of other teams collectively say "Haha, stupid Leaf fans!"
9 hours, 6 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @BPsotka Well, Kovalchuk is a no go. It sounds like he will either be a Devil, or not be in the league at all.
9 hours, 13 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@BPsotka @Cameron19 Depends how much salary we could clear.
9 hours, 17 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
In all seriousness, he is probably looking to return, and I would make him a huge short-term deal, which is probably what he would want anyways.
9 hours, 19 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
So what was the April Fool's bit about Radulov?
9 hours, 21 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mattmark @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe Well, they have been sending him up and down between the two clubs, so he's getting a workout right now. I don't think he's helping the Leafs too much right now either - nice assist last night aside.
13 hours, 51 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@TankNationRises I think I disagreed with every comment that guy made, lol.
13 hours, 52 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mattmark It likely had a word in that is tagged for admin approval.
13 hours, 53 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mattmark @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe I think they do, but are conflicted. The guy has earned his shot. He doesn't have much left to prove in the AHL. At some point you do have to stop dangling carrots and actually give them, or the whole process doesn't work very well. The guys on the Marlies are now seeing Carrick and Brennan and Erixon (even though his experience came elsewhere) getting legitimate chances, and I think that's important.. Much different than the usual call-ups guys like Carter Ashton got - 6 minutes between Orr and McLaren.
13 hours, 54 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@LoovTrain I would just target Winnik, myself. I feel Santorelli is going to fall off quicker, and I think Winnik has more uses. He also has better size. I'd give him 3 years at 3M with a declining salary (so he's easy to move in the last year, if neccesary).
13 hours, 56 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Mattmark @MaxwellHowe Just one more.
13 hours, 59 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mattmark @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe He didn't, but he had in most of the games before that. My hope is that we're bottom 5 again next year, so might as well give him a shot. I also really like having him in the organization for the Marlies though, because when he goes down there he seems to be able to give them a huge lift, and give the forwards someone to work with on the PP.
14 hours, 1 minute ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@MaxwellHowe @Mattmark True. Still, Kadri back and Kessel moving again isn't good.
14 hours, 4 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Mattmark The Booth dust up brought Kessel and Bozak back to life, and that's the issue here. When they're trying, suddenly the whole team is competent.
14 hours, 10 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
1 day, 3 hours ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@wiski @HHT We win by demanding more in other areas and shifting our thinking away from the blame game. Instead of shitting on Kadri for not being elite, everyone needs to start worrying about how to add more Kadri like players. You get enough of them on one team, and suddenly they all look a whole lot better.
1 day, 4 hours ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@DeclanK @wiski @Bruffins At the time, being critical of the team was akin to being critical of Carlyle - which a segment of the board just wasn't having.
1 day, 6 hours ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@loomx @Cameron19 Oh, I wouldn't bother trading for a goalie if I were them. Try to sign Niemi, or just wait. Goaltending isn't the problem there. Scrivens looks great when he gets an iota of support. My goal would be to address the team defense to the point where I could better evaluate my goalies.
But if I were Boston obviously I'd trade a goalie prospect for a 65 point winger all day long.
@loomx @Cameron19 That's a serious rumor?
@Bruffins I predicted 12th in the Conference I believe.
@DeclanK @Cameron19 I would cross the bridge when I come to it.
If the Oilers end up with Eichel, they should be able to start filling in the blanks finally:
Hall - Eichel - _____
____ - R.N.H. - Eberle
Pouliot - Draisaitl - _____
Pluck some quality veterans with size, trade Yakupov for a defender. We better hurry up if we don't want to be left being the sole embarrassment of the league.
@DeclanK @Cameron19 Strome can start on the wing like Montreal has done with Galchenyuk. Then O'Reilly or Kadri can move if he everr becomes the better option. Everyone but Kadri over 200 pounds.
@BPsotka @Cameron19 @DeclanK That description is accurate, but not a good sell. He would be the best 3C in the league, basically. And then with Gauthier behind him - we'd be a strong defensive club.
@BPsotka @DeclanK @Cameron19 Bolland only plays 40 games a year and sucks.
@DeclanK @Cameron19 O'Reilly - Kadri - Couturier
@djamon @BPsotka You can get really lucky in the playoffs, too. Your goalie can get unreasonably hot. Your opposition could sustain a couple key injuries. Bam, just like that a whole series changes.
1 day, 7 hours ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@DeclanK On the subject of the Flyers, I would take back Umberger or Lecavalier to get Couturier - especially with the comment that Lecavalier might be willing to retire early.
@DeclanK I actually stumbled on that before you posted it. Wow. Great read!
@peterbleafs @Jon5200 We have tons of roster spots moving forward. That's not a concern. Lots of guys are going to come off the books this summer.
@wiski @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe No, just 1 I think. I think we only had 8 games left when he signed with us.
@wiski @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe Yea, I know, but now it's burnt, so either give him a real look, or send him down.
@zoidbergman @Cameron19 @NinetyThree @mr_hanie I don't think that's right.
1 day, 8 hours ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@zoidbergman @NinetyThree @mr_hanie @Cameron19 Yes, he is. But he had to play a game this year for that to be the case. Otherwise he would be RFA a year later.
@Ian from Etobicoke @peterbleafs While I doubt Bailey is ever anything significant for this team, I do think it's probably difficult to say all those things after 6 minutes next to some garbage players on a garbage team, on a kid's first night in the league. Like I said above, give him a couple games next to Kadri if you want to seriously evaluate him. If not, send him down
@MaxwellHowe Bailey should be with the Marlies anyways, in my opinion. Unless you're going to give him 14-16 minutes next to Kadri to see what he can do, what's the point? What are we going to gleam from 6 minutes next to Trevor Smith?
@peterbleafs @Ian from Etobicoke I don't think they signed him for that purpose. I think they signed him for Marlie depth for next year. It just so happened that part of the agreement was giving him a burnt year of his contract, which means he has to sit on our roster right now.
@mr_hanie He went to great lengths? Didn't he just offer him a contract?
@Ian from Etobicoke @Cameron19 Hmm, well, I'm going to wait up and see what he can do for the Marlies next year before deeming him totally worthless.
@Ian from Etobicoke Haven't we only seen him play one game?