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@MaxwellHowe Which is fine by me. Has he even had an NHL point yet? Diid I miss one in all those games he played?
1 day, 21 hours ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Ydargo No. Just...no. The Jays overhauled, and took time to gel. The Leafs haven't done squat.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on (Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft
@The_Polish_Cannon @KenBreadner @Loric76 @Anthony Petrielli I can't think of any other reason Bozak not only hasn't been traded yet but by all accounts won't be traded....
4 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
@Loric76 @Anthony Petrielli Phil Kessel is not going to allow Bozak to play 3C. I know it's for the good of the team but it's not going to happen.
@Anthony Petrielli @peterbleafs @MaxwellHowe The 'untouchable' label on Bozak really bothers me. It smacks of Kessel running the team, and that's never good.
1 month ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs
@mcloki So you're tired of the merry-go-round...but you want to fire everybody and start over? *sigh*
2 months, 1 week ago on Reforming Randy Carlyle
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs @Burtonboy Actually, I think you'll find--MLHS did an article on this ages ago--that the Leafs are above average drafting over the last decade. I think the problem is we're all close to Detroit and nobody outdrafts Detroit.
2 months, 1 week ago on D’Amigo scores OT winner, Toronto Marlies take 3-0 series lead
@TheCanucksnaphook I keep seeing Weber on these rosters as if he's expressed some kind of interest in leaving the Preds and coming here. Any sources for that?
2 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #29 with Down Goes Brown
It's at times like this that I really hate the media in this town. They should be asking the hard questions, and there are so many of them to ask. They should be asking how many points last year are directly attributable to coaching. Why a coach whose entire coaching philosophy is "MOVE YOUR FEET' is in any way qualified to coach this team. Why the Leafs so persistently ignore statistics. Why their only response to another sub-par season is to let the front office grow another head. You never hear questions like this and I'm sick of it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sticking by the wrong guy
@GeorgeCastanza wait a minute. You're blaming the fans? Huh?
3 months ago on Morning Mashup
@Komas Taberle @Cameron19 Phaneuf and Franson is not going to get you Weber. Weber could and should win the Norris. It would take half this team plus a couple of firsts before they'd do anything other than giggle helplessly at you.
3 months, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup: Brendan Shanahan to be introduced as President today
@Great Dane @KenBreadner Well, you can't have all rooks. You need some older hands around, even if you're starting from scratch...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Now What?
@Great Dane I'd be interested in keeping Lupul. To me, he's been the de facto captain of this team and it's obvious he bleeds blue and white.
@Hammertownleaffan Ah, yes, competence. Why is it that every coach that comes through here is only incompetent while they're here? Last year, as I recall, it was Eakins that was supposed to be the coaching saviour. He's done wonders in Edmonton, hasn't he?
4 months ago on Game Review: Game #73, Devils 3 vs. Leafs 2
@MikeGartner11 The only issue is that Leo sees himself as a second liner.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season
@darthNihilus or let's change all the players again? what are you suggesting? Since Fletcher they've been through about a churn and a half.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few
Interesting choice of opening on the first night since CBC learned their world was ending.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Luciano Pavarotti “Nessun Dorma”, HNIC Opening
@.JVR. @rustynail Reilly at least. Why is he even up here if he's sitting?
8 months, 1 week ago on Preview and GDT: Holland’s Landing – Sabres at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@weirdalyankadick @KenBreadner That's why I said 'if'. We need a natural center with some kind of talent. To get one, assuming Holland is one, with a piece we weren't even using, at a time when every GM in the league knows our center woes...it would be impressive.
8 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Acquire Peter Holland for Jesse Blacker (with other parts involved)
If Holland turns into anything other than a stopgap this has to be seen as a huge win for Nonis. Even if he's a decent stopgap I'd say the Leafs win this trade simply because they address a glaring need without giving much up at all. I used to be high on Blacker--remember him ordering Kaberle around?--but his development seriously stalled.
@djamon @Jordan29 Oh, yeah, JVR and Kessel are really sucking this year with Bozak weighing them down.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #12, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Penguins 1
@Cameron19 @Dangle_My_Berries I thought Kessel made some good defensive plays.
9 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Edmonton Oilers at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Cameron19 @TuckerForPunishment @Bobsyouruncle That SO was impressive though. There were probably three shots that should have been goals. And it wasn't just THAT he played well, it's HOW he plays well. There's an absolute minimum of movement with him. He makes some very tough saves look trifling.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Prospect Update – October 11
@Komas Taberle @dlb eh @Dan39 Ranger was top four verging on top 2 in TB. I still think it will take about half a season for him to get completely up to speed. We'll like him when he does.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #5, Leafs 4 at Predators 0
@juliesucks @Alec Brownscombe You wonder when the media's going to have the balls to call Carlyle out on this. He owes it to the fans to explain why the players who give the team the best chance to win sit in favour of the players he seems to think give the time the best chance to not lose.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Avalanche at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., TSN)
@DJBrianBurke @wiski In Toskala's defence, I defy anyone to stop that Isles clear. That puck jittered about three feet. It looked terrible, but there's no way anybody could have predicted that bounce.
@peterbleafs @Armchair GM I harped on it too. I've seen too many goalies come with high hype after a stellar half season to a season...think Toskala, Vesa and Raycroft, Andrew. Some people had Bernier canonized before he ever donned the jersey.
That said, it's not THAT Bernier plays so well that is winning me over. It's HOW he is playing so well. He is calm and stable. You saw Reimer last night flopping around like a gutted fish. On two of the goals he had no idea where the puck was at all. Bernier plays so calm in the crease. It's just really impressive. I'm not ready to just *give* him the #1 role but he's pushing me that way.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #3, Leafs 5 vs. Senators 4 (SO)
@CanuckUKinToronto @4evrblue @Mind Bomb @Yaknowwhat If Gardiner and Carlyle continue to feud, I wonder what EDM would give up for those two in a trade.
@JMAC17 @4evrblue I feel bad for Reimer, I really do. He is a very good goalie who makes life very difficult for himself. Bernier seems to be a very good goalie who makes life easier, in that he's just as positionally sound but doesn't give up so many God-awful rebounds.
Last night the whole team hung Reimer out to dry, but he didn't help his cause much.
@4evrblue @Loric76 @CanuckUKinToronto Carlyle seems to think Rielly is close, if not ready, already. I am really starting to wonder if Gardiner is going to be traded.
@B_Leaf Bozak scores in shootouts and breakaways simply because there's no Kessel for him to pass to.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Post Game: Leafs 4 at Canadiens 3
This opinion is definitely in the minority here, and I'll be dismissed as a wuss, but there was one point in the aftermath of Parros where one of the CBC heads said something like "it's all wildly entertaining until something like this happens." I cringed. No. No it's not. It's not wildly entertaining *because* things like that happen. I don't know when it was that "consequence" became a dirty word, but it (sadly) is.
@Wilbur @Doorman @KenBreadner @T K O Sorry, guys, I'm wrong, you're right. I thought Liles got concussed within a few days of the signing. Pretty boneheaded move from Burke there, then....you never know with concussions, some of them don't seem to affect a player at all, others take a year or even longer to recover from, and some end careers...
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Preseason Post Game: Game #8 – Red Wings 1 at Leafs 3
@T K O I seem to recall people were okay with Liles' deal when he signed it. Not great, not even good, but the reaction wasn't the same as say Bozak for $4.2.
Then he got a concussion.
So many Leaf fans give no quarter for concussions. See Lombardi, Matthew. The guy wasn't even supposed to play, but he did. Did the Leaf fan base give him kudos for trying? No. The guy got death threats. DEATH THREATS.
Liles hasn't been the same player since his concussion, which to many people is completely inexcusable. The guy was being groomed for the Avs captaincy and has always been a leader in the room. Even now his game hasn't gone completely to shit and there's every chance he'll get it back.
@B_Leaf @Tim Horton Depends on what the issue was. I heard rumours that Grabo refused to set foot on the ice towards the end of that game 7 collapse. And even if those are completely unfounded, the way he handled himself (or didn't) on his way out of town suggests to me he's seriously lacking in maturity.
@CanuckUKinToronto @Loric76 @TuckerForPunishment What I can see happeneing is one of those core players, maybe even two, getting moved, either at the trade deadline or at the draft, in exchange for a Kessel-level player that alone makes 3/4 of what those two can be expected to sign for. Let the speculation begin.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #7 – Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 pm., Leafs TV)
@CanuckUKinToronto @Doorman Jeep--stands for Just Empty Every Pocket. But that's better than Hyundai (Helping You Understand Nothing's Drivable AND Inexpensive) or Oldsmobile (Old-fashioned Leisurely Driven Sedan Made Of Buick's Irregular Leftover Equipment). Enjoy the new ride.
10 months ago on Scotiabank Home Opener Viewing Party at Maple Leaf Gardens
@maple1967leafs @Burtonboy If only Kessel hadn't gone back to spear Scott after it was all over. That is what's gonna burn him.
10 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Hot Stove Hangout Ep.#2
@Black_Hawk You know what? It won't. This team can survive that loss for ten games. They are a TEAM now. Even more than last year, you screw with the Leafs at your peril.
10 months ago on Fight Night in Toronto: Preseason Post Game #5 – Leafs 5 vs. Sabres 3
@Nikhil Daljeet @Belfour20 I'd be royally pissed too...but not stupid enough to say so to the frickin' media. That was just dumb on his part.
10 months ago on Introducing the Maple Leafs Hot Stove Hangout
@Savo43 @-Keon- Agreed. Keon, I don't know how you can look at Raymond's performance thus far and suggest he's not good enough to be a Leaf. I'm reserving final judgment until I see a few more games but my first impression of him is excellent.
10 months, 1 week ago on Preseason Post Game: Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 3
@dlb eh Ovi is and always has been a player who likes to win. Give me players who hate to lose...I'd much rather have a team stocked with hate-to-lose players, even if they're not quite as talented.
10 months, 1 week ago on Training Camp 2013 – Day #3, Live from the MasterCard Center of Excellence
I want to chime in and thank you, Phook...phenomenal job. I really miss the MLHS Annual but this site has outdone itself this year already.
@Knights2Leafs @Zep2 I'm sick and tired of people anointing goalies...Bernier has comparable stats to Reimer, but even less NHL experience. The list of goalies who looked phenomenal in their first 80 games is a long one, and it includes some familiar names such as Toskala and Raycroft. I'm not saying Bernier is that bad--he might be the best thing since goalie pads--but how people can somehow *know* he's destined for greatness is a mystery for the ages.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kadri’s in the house.. What now?
@RielledUp @Optimustic @Great Dane No, the thing about Lombairdi, that everybody seems to forget, is that he suffered a very, very serious concussion and he wasn't considered likely to play at all. He was the price for Franson. That he played at all was a bonus.
There is some similarity to Raymond in that he too had a serious injury. But he is much further along in recovery from it.
@CanuckUKinToronto I remember when this kid was drafted, mostly because I thought he sounded like a Mafia don. I remember the paltry and pithy writeups that basically admitted "okay, folks, we got nothing on him". The consensus was--random pick, not going to go anywhere or amount to anything. Now look at him.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on <!--:en-->Toninato makes the cut<!--:-->
@Pent_House @Mind Bomb You must not have been one of the dozens clamouring for him to be a Leaf last year.
12 months ago on <!--:en-->Paul Ranger Signs with the Leafs<!--:-->
@Welder24 Only the top scoring Leaf of all time, despite playing with a pair of soup cans on his wings for most of his Leaf tenure. Yeah, completely forgettable,
12 months ago on <!--:en-->Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality<!--:-->
@Aaron's Sister Yep. But somebody in MLSEL says he's not good enough, and they brought in somebody with less experience to be the #1 next year. Still shaking my head at that.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->James Reimer – 2013 Season<!--:-->
@DAOLGY @Jordan29 @Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat There were people who hated Quinn. Hell, there were people who hated BURNS. I'm guessing at this point that it really doesn't matter who coachers the Maple Leafs, because all coaches turn to shit behind that particular bench...
Is Carlyle perfect? Hell, no. But he's not Ron Wilson and he's not Paul Maurice.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Questions for Cronin<!--:-->
@Komas Taberle @MaxwellHowe Can we please stop saying it's been fixed, on the basis of 30 games or so of NHL experience. This is what ruins Maple Leaf players: they come in here expected to be saviours. Last I looked we got Bernier, not Quick.
@manabouttown If your boss and colleagues were comfortable with your performance, but a bunch of people banging on the windows of your office said you were a dork, who would you believe?
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Tyler Bozak on his critics<!--:-->
@MaxwellHowe @KenBreadner @Komas Taberle What does Reimer have to do to be a #1 goalie? Score goals? He was quite miffed and surprised when Bernier was acquired and he has every right to be. Forget about the money. Suppose you excel at whatever it is you do and in response, your manager says "we've brought in somebody with less experience than you, and we're paying him more." The assumption you would make is that (a) this person is taking your job and (b) the job you did was totally unappreciated. Isn't it? Wouldn't you want to work some place where people actually noticed the good job you do?
1 year ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->
@Komas Taberle @MaxwellHowe @KenBreadner Players do care what other players get, why else do you think Bozak demanded so much $? Bernier makes more than Reimer, ergo Bernier's the starter. He has less NHL experience than Reimer does and stats that are at least comparable, and you are far from the only person suggesting he's worlds better. I'm skeptical.
@Komas Taberle I really, really want to believe Bernier is that good. But I have been burned so many times by the promise of goaltending saviours and I don't want to be Bernier'd again. We've been through this and through this, but if I'm James Reimer I'm demanding a trade to anywhere that people actually pay attention. Because Nonis acted very much as if the goaltending sucked last year...
I look at Clarkson and aside from money that's going to rub some of his team-mates the wrong way and term which rubs EVERYBODY the wrong way, I like the pick-up. I haven't paid overmuch attention to Clarkson in the past; reviewing videos I see an exciting player there who should click with Kadri. If, of course, he doesn't get hurt. His stye of play does seem to produce injuries.
On D--yeah, to me and many here it was obvious this was our top area of concern and T.J. Brennan ain't gonna cut it. We need a minute muncher. And being as we're going to be scraping the cap right quick, he's going to have to come cheap.
@Tim Horton @Savo43 Really? Nothing? Is there some no-trade clause exclusive to the Leafs that I am unaware of?
Let's see who Nonis trades for and signs before we go apeshit like a bunch of Leafs fans.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Goodbye Grabovski<!--:-->
@borjesundin Regards Grabovski's contract. The only alternative was to let him walk for nothing. Would you have done that?
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Leafs to use second Compliance Buyout on Grabovski<!--:-->
@Mapleleafs1344 Bozak is NOT a top line center and almost certainly never will be. No, he doesn't need 100 points to have value but playing with Kessel and--well, let's face it, Bozak doesn't notice anyone else on the ice, he's like a puppydog that way--he should be putting up MINIMUM 60-65 in an 82 game season.
@McSlapper (A) I don't think Vinny really wants to play here--his heart's in Montreal, from everything I've heard).
(B) While I recognize the need for a true 1C on this team and do believe Lecavalier fits that bill, the cap implications scare me a little. Quite frankly, the guy's going to be overpaid, and probably by quite a lot.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Dave Nonis Friday Media Availability<!--:-->
@mcloki No problem with what went, only what came back. At best Bernier becomes what Reimer already is. Trade was totally unnecessary.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Weekend at Bernier’s<!--:-->
@WatsonB @Cameron19 I'm not sure it matters. It's pretty obvious Nonis is no longer in charge. Tim Leiweke is, and he likes the big splash. Problem is, in hockey as in diving, a big splash is a bad thing.
@TheCanucksnaphook Geez, glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks jerseys become worthless as soon as the player moves on. I have a Schenn home and a Sundin away and I never wear either anymore...
@mORRganRielly I like your post, and I wish I could think as positively as you can.
Bernier is adamant about being a starter, This has Harold Ballard, I mean, Tim Leiweke, all over it. Reimer will be traded now, and we had better hope Bernier is as good or better. I doubt that. I doubt it very much.
1 year ago on <!--:en-->Leafs Acquire Jonathan Bernier from Kings<!--:-->
@MLHS_Luke A BIT? You're giving up Frattin and Scrivens for Scrivens. This makes no sense at all.
Guys, refresh my memory. Wasn't Kostka the one-man Marlie wrecking crew that played for Norfolk?
1 year, 1 month ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Mike Kostka<!--:-->
@MLHS_Luke Some of those are HYSTERICAL.
1 year, 1 month ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Mark Fraser<!--:-->
@DWCMLHS Gordon ran the PK last year, too. Remember last year's PK?
Is Carlyle perfect? Hell, no. Is he a damn sight better than Wilson? Hell, yes.
1 year, 1 month ago on <!--:en-->Pick One<!--:-->
Bozak is a bit thorny. Being Kessel's BFF, you have to wonder if letting Tyler walk means Phil walks too.
The thing about Bozak is that I believe he has all the tools to be a competent 1C buried in there somewhere. Not an elite 1C, not the 1C Kessel and Lupul deserve, but a 1C nonetheless. He's money in shootouts and he has the hands to make some slick moves. His biggest problem, as you've said, is that he forgets there's anyone else on the ice besides himself and Kessel, and sometimes he even forgets himself. How many times did he have a lane to the net and he passed off to Phil?
All in all, I'd prefer he disappear, especially if he's looking for Grabovski money.I'd rather he not move down the depth chart because (a) he won't produce and (b) he'll mope about not playing with Phil.
1 year, 1 month ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Tyler Bozak<!--:-->