Took to wearing his oldest and most dilapidated Leafs gear in public since March so no one would confuse him with a bandwagon fan.
@Tim Horton @leafmealone @mcloki PLUS, he had a NTC which meant he totally was in control of where he went. Otherwise he would have been in Nashville, for a package that everyone knows would have been better than what Ottawa got from Dallas. That's what happens when the player says "trade me, but only to like one of like three teams".
Johansen doesn't have that option. And there are a fair number of prospect rich Western teams who are desperate for a 1C player to keep up with the arms race out there.
17 hours, 9 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@Tim Horton @leafmealone @mcloki Spezza is what, a decade older than Johansen? More than a decade?? And only had one year at a big cap hit left before he could either leave as a UFA or demand another big money/term contract. Totally horrible comparable.
17 hours, 14 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@jimmyg65 @Tim Horton @mtommy Well, I'm not saying that Johansen is worth what he's asking. But I'm sure that CBJ would ask for and get more than Kadri & Percy for him in a trade. Percy is surely a good shot to be a solid bottom pairing player. But is probably only 50/50 at best to be a second pairing guy.
17 hours, 16 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mcloki Well, what can I say to that? Guess you'd be watching him get moved to some other team who understands the value of a big talented two way capable 1C, while you stand around with your "principles" in your hand.
17 hours, 23 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mtommy @leafmealone @mcloki Once you've played as far as Percy past your draft year, including a full year as a pro, your draft status is irrelevant. Do you imagine that the Leafs could get another first round pick back if they offered 29 other GM's Tyler Biggs?
17 hours, 26 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@Tim Horton @mtommy Johansen is younger, and played with weaker linemates versus Kadri for the majority of those games. And he isn't a defensive liability. Oh, and he can win faceoffs.
17 hours, 28 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mcloki Turris never had a year even close to Johansen. And had played in the league for longer.
17 hours, 30 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mtommy @mcloki Don't see a 1st round pick in that offer. And Johansen did that on an arguably weaker offensive team at a younger age than Kadri. And it comes down to size and Johansen having a far more solid two-way game as well.
@mcloki Kekalainen (sp?) is actually the GM for CBJ. And I am willing to make a gentlemanly wager that IF Johansen is moved, it will be for a better package than that.
17 hours, 33 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mtommy Big, young, offensively talented 1C's are super hard to come by in the current NHL.
17 hours, 35 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@mtommy duh. Pretty sure that CBJ would be laughing too hard to even hang up on Nonis if he called up and made that offer.
17 hours, 36 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
Really liked a good deal of what I saw in the three games. Wish we could have had a chance to see Rinat Valiev (injured), Domininc Toninato & Tony Camerenasi (players in school can't attend), or Andreas Johnsson (?). Plus all the young players headed to US colleges that we drafted this year. We actually have more in the cupboard then was represented in these games. Not to mention Nylander only playing in one game.
17 hours, 40 minutes ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@Henrik Tallinder Granberg is a prospect as well until he actually shows something at the NHL level.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
@AussieLeafOfTheGTA @Optimustic @leafmealone He'll play against men in Sweden while saving a year of his ELC from being wasted on AHL time. Three years of a super cheap Nylander on the Leafs is absolutely what they're aiming for.
@AussieLeafOfTheGTA @leafmealone He (Loov) himself said that the plan was to be playing again with MODO next year when he was interviewed earlier this summer. The only place that it's ever been suggested that he'll be playing in the AHL is by commenters on blogs like this. It's just a case of fans getting ahead of themselves. Besides, if the Leafs keep him in Sweden again this year, it means they're staggering Granberg, Nilsson, and Loov for when coming off their ELC's; as until they came over, they hadn't yet started.
That includes Loov himself when he was being interviewed during the scrimmages earlier this summer. Evidence can be found on the Leafs video page.
Why does this site keep stating that VIctor Loov is coming over to the AHL this season when every single other source I've read says that he's going back to play for MODO???
why is it that the audio is only on one channel? Listening on headphones and the left side is totally dead, only the right has sound. Have never experienced this with other similar posts.
1 week, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis on TSN Radio
@Mcost61 @leafmealone Sure. But Simmons is chief weasel number one. I can't comprehend how he can justify making that statement in light of his own behaviour.
4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
OK, just saw this and couldn't believe the blatant hypocrisy. Steve Simmons called out Cam Charron as being: "a weasel who can't be trusted." Steve Simmons called someone else a weasel???? Steve Simmons??? WTF!!!
@ingy56 @leafmealone About the only thing that would make me want PK in TO, is Leaf fans going to Montreal and subbing in PK for Ole, and doing the chant when he scores on them in their home rink. Fuck Mastercard, cause that would be priceless.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
@Mcost61 @leafmealone Not a lot of room left on that one. lol
I'm beginning to wonder if the Habs really believe that they're already sure to lose PK in free agency so they're just trying to get what they can out of him as cheap as possible before that happens?
@Tim Horton Dress your dog up in an epi-pen costume. Or a bee one. Your choice.
@Burtonboy @barjv01 Agreed. I imagine that the first preseason game will be filled by all the new faces/lower rung guys so that they can start thinning it out right away. Wouldn't be against the rules re: dressing minimum of NHL regulars as Booth, Santorelli, Winnik, Bodie, Ashton, Holland, etc. all have enough NHL games under their belts.
@Burtonboy @Reether At least they let Gionta know in advance that they weren't bringing him back. But out of all of the players they had to deal with, I find it very telling that the only one they made an absolute priority was Markov. I'm not entirely sure why, as he's far and away the one with the least left in the tank, and I really don't see them as close to contending despite last year's finish.
It reminds me of the year Halak put them on his back and the team/fans suddenly thought that they were right back to perennial Cup contender status only to blow a few tires in the subsequent years.
@Bruffins @leafmealone @Jordan29 That's what he said. (see what I did there?)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
@Bruffins @leafmealone @Jordan29 A jokes a joke. I'm not comparing him to a potato like PPP or anything. Especially as the joke has nothing to do with his job performance.
@Bruffins @Jordan29 @leafmealone I believe Nonis gets paid in Pillsbury cookie dough tubes.
@Jordan29 @leafmealone Well, that would make it easier.
@Jordan29 @leafmealone I could slam my dick in a car door. Doesn't mean I'm going to do it though.
@Jordan29 Rather than getting into the "fantasy land" scenario of much of this roster, I'll just ask....Komarov on the first line??????????????
@Gilbey93 @Yaknowwhat Why? It was my guess for sure. Before marrying him she was in full-out party all the time mode. She was pretty much posting daily pics of her and her friends drinking. I could see her getting him into trouble.
Actually, she was so desperate to be famous in a Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian type of way that I could see her having married him just for the sake of trying to up her celeb quotient. She could be less committed to that relationship than Ceelo is to personal fitness and it wouldn't surprise me.
@Bruffins Have to assume that it's someone on D. Probably one of the new additions. Just a hunch.
@NinetyThree @wiski No doubt, needs another straw at the other end. lol. Now that's a boat race.
@wiski Wow, Wile E. Coyote-level super genius.
@Pent_House @Gilbey93 @Yaknowwhat could be wrong, but I think you mean hoosegow. Never heard of it called a hooskal.
@Sexyhairyman @wiski at that price point I'd be looking at the Chilean options as well.
@Greg Fenton @dlb Mad Translation: "He was referring to me." lolol
@Anthony Petrielli Great article. Been thinking many of the same things, particularly (most of today in fact) was thinking the exact same thing re: Clarkson having players who are more complementary to his style of play. It's tough for one guy to do that by himself, especially if he's used to Jersey where the systems are so uniform and understood/implemented by the entire team.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs
@wiski @Mind Bomb Missing in this photo? The dozen kids on the other side of the see-saw like an asian family on a scooter, hung up in the air waiting to drop back to earth like a stone when he gets off.
But by far my favourite part of the pic is the kid in the background in the Argentina jersey. You can see he's thinking, "Hey, I don't come and smoke your crack, so why are you hogging my see-saw?"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@TheCanucksnaphook @leafmealone Could be staying. Either way, not any interest I hope. PED guy big time. Also wildly inconsistent.
@TheCanucksnaphook Front of rotation SP.
Also, I think Clarkson should have to play next year with "Albatross" on the back of his jersey. Just sayin'.
I think having a shitty coach who can't properly use his players should get you some kind of extra cap space.
@LeafsGuru Maybe just a little too creepy. Especially as Alec &Co. are now getting some level of acknowledgement.
@LeafsGuru @Cloud09 No doubt, eating 40% of Clarkson for another 6 years would be just plain terrible.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@Ze_theLeafsFan @dlb Mad I don't see him leaving the KHL unless he's guaranteed some time at the NHL level. It's why he left Edmonton. And if that's his stance, he can stay there.
Any way we could be sending Clarkson to the Jets with Reimer if we're taking Pavelec back? More pieces to this deal in theory, but still possible?
Well, with all of these one year contracts at bargain basement prices, if the playoffs aren't in reach we could at least get a good haul of draft picks moving these guys out. Little money and no term makes them very attractive to teams at the deadline.