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@Burtonboy @mike_84 @Cloud09 I think they just announced that his wife or fiance or whatever no longer wants to press charges..
1 day, 10 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@wendelsfist @theacs1966 Could Franson and Bozak get you one of the centers in Colorado.
I'd add to that to get Duchene.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@Cameron19 Clarkson looks better than Brown
2 days, 8 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”
@Cameron19 @Mitch_S2 @wendelsfist I'm willing to bet he gets off, whatever happened the charges laid on Varlamov?
But if he does get convicted and terminated does that mean he's a free agent haha?
@Cameron19 @Mitch_S2 @wendelsfist I'd take Richards to get Voynov.
@Cameron19 @wendelsfist Richards and Voynov please
2 days, 9 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”
@wendelsfist What do we get..... They have to move a ton of salary to make it happen.
@Mcost61 @Mitch_S2 Thats not a reason.
4 days, 6 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
Any reason not to make Leo the number one center on this team....
Also Toninato looks great. 9 goals and 13 points in 12 games.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow
@Nylander88 @Mitch_S2 14 points in 10 games, I would assume they are playing tonight from your comment, so not sure about that.
Nylander still tearing it up.
@Jmessih It's a personal attack. I'd really like Shanahan to come out and chew Seigel up.
Who are the morons Landsberg was talking too, Seigel is a totally dork.. clearly never played anything….
@Potcy @Jmessih smart people succeed, regardless of the level of education they receive. It's encouraging if you ask me
5 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow
Decent effort last night, didn't get the bounces. Need some extra effort tonight, I'd rather see Carrick in there than Smith
1 week ago on Game 17 Scoring Chances: Penguins 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@MaxwellHowe Impressed that Malkin went to bear huge Phaneuf after a clean hit to put his team down a man with two minutes left?? Yeah great play...
@AdamWolfson @Mitch_S2 Also Lupul spent one year with the team before Carlyle. Penner never played a game on the ducks without Carlyle.
They won a cup, Getzlaf had a 90 point season, Perry scored 50 plus goals.
Hell even Kunitz played his developmental years with Carlyle….
1 week, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – November 11
@DeclanK @Mitch_S2 @Anthony Petrielli I was trying to decide who drives the play on each line. That third line is tough. Kessel is obvious, I believe it's Kadri on the second line.
Tough to say on the third line, I would want to say Komarov but I also see him as complimentary.
@AdamWolfson @Mitch_S2 Getzlaf and Perry were dragged down by Carlyle, thats asinine.
They played like the first 6 years of their careers with Carlyle and were dominant players.
Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan spent zero time on the team before Carlyle, that couldn't be more wrong.
@vinoa @Mitch_S2 @Mind Bomb Yes he would. For example Kadri has the great possession numbers but he's not producing and we aren't winning games because of him.
Maybe that means he just holds onto the puck for to long…
@Anthony Petrielli @Mitch_S2 I think the quiet 5 on 5 play is practically a revelation.
@vinoa @Mitch_S2 @Mind Bomb I never said Stats have no value I'm just saying they are all over valued.
For me the easiest way to scout is playing. You know who's hard to play against.
I believe it was Glen Sather who would have his players make a list of the 10 guys they hated playing against the most, and at the end of the year he would target all of them.
@Mind Bomb @Mitch_S2 To me there is just too much going on in a hockey game to let stats sum it up. Regardless of how "all encompassing" these advanced stats are, to blindly look at them is ridiculous.
You don't knoq how many times just sticking my ass out in front of the net has led to a decent scoring chance.
Or even ripping a shot wide, that wraps around the boards and leads to an offensive chance for the other team. For me as an individual it was a scoring opportunity (attempted shot) but it had no chance of going in, became a turnover and led to a scoring chance for the other team.
@vinoa @Mitch_S2 @Mind Bomb Because we want the first spot? Wouldn't Detroit be challenging us for that 2nd spot.
Do Kessel's 80 points a year mean anything to us if we aren't winning a cup? No they don't.
When you win, anything that contributed to it was a positive, otherwise it's isn't worth squat.
@MaxwellHowe @Mitch_S2 Lupul, Getzlaf, Perry, Penner, Ryan …. all 20 year olds that developed under Carlyle……
@Mind Bomb Every stat is over valued, at the end of the day the only stat that really matters is the number of Stanley Cups. Goals mean nothing without wins, Wins mean nothing without playoffs, playoffs mean nothing without Cups.
Surprised you didn't touch much on Hollands play. I really think this is Spott's influence we are seeing here. Holland has been very responsible defensively, hopefully that can turn into some trust and allow him to open up more offensively because the kid is talented.
some praise for the leafs
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Season 2 Episode 2 with Gus Katsaros
@Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy Want me to sub in??
@Pent_House Doesn't make him sound near as innocent as he claims to be.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Game Day in the Mile High City
@Jmessih Kind of odd he's taking the "high road" and not appealing this suspension if it was a genuine mistake.
@MikeGartner11 @Mitch_S2 @Burtonboy Your totally missing my point.
@MikeGartner11 @Mitch_S2 The competition is definitely worse over there. Seems to be a large talent gap between all the kids but there is no denying this kids skill. Skates with his head up stick handles while keeping his feet going. He looks like a little Crosby.
@MikeGartner11 @Mitch_S2 @Burtonboy I wouldn't argue that, they are a very similar player though when you consider their offensive style/ abilities and defensive attributes. I don't think they would both be effective as a team's top centers.
@Burtonboy @Mitch_S2 I'm merely commenting on the fact that there are a similar player and Kadri's contract status could be affected by Nylander's play and developmental curve.
@MikeGartner11 @Mitch_S2 Dependent on Kadri's year obviously but if Nylander is ready to play in the NHL it would be tough to have him and Kadri in a teams top 3 center spots.
With Nylander playing center and producing and Kadri looking for his big deal, does this mean the writing's on the wall for Kadri?
@GLG Not sure you need to give up Kadri to get Couturier. I'm a big fan of Couturier but at this point kadri has alot more offensive upside.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #12, Arizona Coyotes 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@Airfreshener @Mitch_S2 Not convinced it's that far off.
Thoughts on a trade like this
To Col: Kadri, Gardiner
To Tor Duchene
Colorado want's MAckinnon to be there guy, Duchene is a much better two-way player and a great talent. They get worse at center but better on the backend. Thoughts?
hopefully the leafs go hard after this kid
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
@Cameron19 @vinoa If you look at the last three games we were supposed to win the first two and Carlyle's guy got the start, the one we are not supposed to win Reimer starts. To me its just Carlyle giving his guy the right opportunities.
If he starts Reimer against Columbus and we win and Bernier against Chicago and we lose then there's no reason to keep going back to Bernier in the short term.
All that being said Randy is fighting for his job, above he I think he's just doing whatever he thinks is best to win.
Holland needs to run with this opportunity. Kid has talent
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Mitch_S2 Randy CArlyle isn't the issue with this team.
He may not be helping but with essentially the same core as Wilson his results are essentially the same.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Mitch_S2 A step forward to Strome.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Mitch_S2 Still building towards the future with both those trades. Getting younger and forming a new core.
Last night showed more than ever our need for another quality centerman. As of right now I'm not sure there is a huge difference between Kadri and Bozak as an impact-full player but it does show how much more talented Kadri is.
That pass where Kessel gave it to Kadri a couple feet behind him and Kadri turned it into a toe drag around the dman (Myers I think?) and a great scoring chance. Kadri's issues are between his ears everyone knows that by the time he's Bozak's age I'm willing to bet they are irrelevant.
We still need to capitalize on Bozak's value as of right now.
To Arz: Bozak, Gardiner
To Tor: Ekman-Larsson, Samuelsson
To Phi: Phaneuf
To Tor: Couturier
Add and Subtract to make it work.
Lupul - Kadri- Kessel
JVR- Couturier- Leivo
Komarov- Santorelli- Clarkson
Winnick- Holland - Frattin
Franson - Percy
I don't see Carlyle fired this early if the Leafs lose.
The teams record under Carlyle is pretty similar to Wilson's with the vast majority of the core still intact.
If upper management has seen enough the need to make a big trade.
I can't see them firing him after such a small opportunity to turn things around.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky