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doubt it was us. Burke was seemingly against that

3 hours, 48 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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what did he say

3 hours, 50 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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Uvita Costa rica

4 hours, 11 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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Last summer I posted repeatedly Horton as one of 3 Clarkson options I saw feasible...but even I didn't really believe it could happen, lol

4 hours, 11 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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Yesterday. Could not believe it.

4 hours, 17 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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In a hammock on the beach but checking in regularly today

4 hours, 18 minutes ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours

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@djamon @Cameron19 Also, what the media says eventually trickles down into the fan base. You see that even here, with a relatively intelligent fan group. How often do we hear the broadcaster criticisms repeated here as if they were individual revelations?

6 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @Cameron19 I think of it as the whole package. Can you imagine what fills up their Twitter feeds after a season like this? I would imagine just the scum of talk radio type humanity spewing vitriol non-stop, lol

6 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@wiski @Jay31 Murica!

6 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Jay31 I believe that. I don't believe their media is as intense though.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @Cameron19 I don't know, it wasn't the media threatening April Reimer. And Carlyle said it was both that really hurt his social network and brought down all the people close to him. They hear about how awful he is from all angles - at work, at school, from friends, on television, in the paper, on forums, etc.... It takes its toll.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @jimmyg65 Yea, exactly.

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Mind you, they didn't know he was going to be that type of player when they signed him.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Jmessih It's not bad, it's just not great. 7 years at 4.3 or something, would have been fantastic. 7 years at 4.8 would have been solid. 5.5 is acceptable.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@mr_hanie @KingTon lol, Some of the greatest ever players who were essentially permanent media darlings? I would be more interested in hearing about how the media and fan pressure effects average players.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Xxxxxnew lol, PK Subban's farts were literally analyzed this year for their in-game effectiveness.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@jimmyg65 Good point...but, nothing but money involved in going after UFAs.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @Cameron19 I think it would be easier to play in NY than Winnipeg, as far as fan/media pressure is concerned. Sure, there are tougher markets - Philly, Toronto, Boston, Montreal (sometimes)....

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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It's a three way battle for his services.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @Jay31 If he's just a salary dump, then I'd rather him just play on the team.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@djamon @mr_hanie Well, it is in the flesh. He certainly can't go anywhere here without attracting a crowd.

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A bunch of bars had track suit themed parties for his departure. The fans are planning a track suit night for his first game back in town. It's a pretty intense fan base.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@mr_hanie That's just for two weeks though - not 24/7. And maybe 2 of the games are even challenging for our dream team.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Jay31 @Sharky_77 He's certainly an under the radar pick though.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Omac13 @Jay31 Really? All the scouting reports say  Pulock needs to work on skating, but is incredibly physical.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@wiski @Cameron19 Ha, nevermind, that's way too much for Leddy. 7 years at 4 - 4.5 would have been nice.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Baddestcat Smart if he works out though.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 @Baddestcat Yea, I would expect Montreal to have to overpay significantly to get any pieces from us. A 1st + prospect for Lupul? Sure, you've got a deal.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Baddestcat I wouldn't take Tinordi.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@udlbu @peterbleafs He seems to throw a fair few hits, but I'm kind of surprised how few PIMs he gets down there. Will be interesting to see how that translates to a Canadian market....you know, where the officials actually call things.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@peterbleafs I'm not too sad about missing out on DSP. For players of his type, I would rather either draft my own guy, or acquire a known commodity (i.e. Bryan Bickell types).

6 days, 6 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Dan39 @Cameron19 @philthethrill @Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe He had a set back at the start of training camp, and I'm sure the injury hindered Gunnarsson's value - but clearly, he's a talented and useful player. You said he hasn't played that much or that well. He's played most of the season now, and has been very good. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Yaknowwhat Nope. Also, for me, once we have them, I very much like the idea of trading them. When we had the two late 1sts that eventually turned into Percy and Biggs, I was very vocal about saying we should trade them both for an impact player - much like what Buffalo has done with Kane and is trying to do with O'Reilly. So that is one way to use acquired picks effectively. I also think that gives your own high-end draft picks a better chance to succeed when they come up. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Dan39 @Cameron19 @philthethrill @Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe  So? He was injured to start the year, and is still excelling in the top 4 of one of the better teams in the league. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Yaknowwhat @Cameron19 @Mitch_S2 Outside of the top 15, you pretty much have a 4% chance of hitting with every pick you have. Let's round that up to 5%, and then let's say you have the best scout / manager in the business, and he's 4 times better than everyone else. That still only gives you a 1 in 5 chance of hitting with every pick. 

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And by hitting, I mean getting an impact NHL player - not just an NHL player. I think we do a fine job drafting NHL talent - above average even. It's just very few of them are significant pieces. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@philthethrill lol, It took Winnipeg 8 seconds to achieve 10 000. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Yaknowwhat @Cameron19 @Mitch_S2 To me, the prospect of acquiring multiple 2nd round picks is terribly unappealing. We are far more likely to miss on all of those picks than to hit on any of them - improved scouting or not. And even if you hit on a couple of them, what ground have you gained? 

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Build through the draft, yes, but to me that means keep your picks, give yourself a chance in each round, and then do a good job developing your picks. It also means to manage assets - i.e. don't let MacArthurs and Raymonds walk for nothing because of blind hope. That's a situation where you want to get picks. But I wouldn't move Polak just for a 2nd. Why would we do that? He could easily fetch a 2nd at next year's trade deadline. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Mitch_S2 @Yaknowwhat This is not a year where a 2nd is like a 1st. Like all drafts, the talent will fall off dramatically after the top 10 picks, and again after the top 15. After that it's a lottery. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Dan39 @philthethrill @Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe St. Louis is loving Gunnarsson

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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@Yaknowwhat We would get way more than a 2nd for Polak anyways. I wouldn't get too excited about this narrative. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?

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Well, I'm off. Might get a chance to stop by tomorrow morning, but after that, it's off to Costa Rica for 12 days. Enjoy the trade deadline everyone. 

6 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 I think Edmonton would just take Eichel and feel more comfortable trading other assets for some D. I think the only plausible trade up scenario is Arizona ending up with the 2nd overall. I think they could be convinced to fall back to 4 for a sizeable return

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 Put the bottle down, Loov. Go to bed, lol. 

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 Sure, that's a good start to the rebuild - but that's a long rebuild, I think, depending on how those draft picks turn out. 

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 Again, doubt Kessel waives for NJ, and a perpetually empty arena. 

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 For me, no, it wouldn't. 

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain @Cameron19 Well, I think there are issues with the Columbus trade. I think they see Jenner as a part of the core and would be unlikey to move him alongside their very high draft pick. I also think it's unlikely Kessel would have Columbus on his list.

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I like the J.V.R. trade - I think I proposed the same one earlier. I very much like the idea of drafting Provorov and acquiring Larsson and essentially shoring up our future D in one move - Rielly, Larsson, Provorov. I think it's a fair value trade, but it really depends how Lou views Larsson. Obviously Lou favors players a little further along, so there's a chance.

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I think that's a fine return for Phaneuf, but I don't know if I would retain salary for that. Maybe 1M. Theodore has some nice numbers, but lots of guys are ripping up the WHL lately. I like D.S.P, but I fear despite his size he's not an overly physical player, and may be expected to be something he isn't here.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@TheLoovTrain What's up?

6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@Xxxxxnew I like the idea of Duchene and Barkov. If we end up with McDavid or Eichel somehow though, I would consider targeting lesser centers +, or a potential elite winger +.

1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd

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@DeclanK @Cameron19 I see lots of 27-30s in there.

1 week ago on Sunday Mashup: Winnik with the Gordie

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