Took to wearing his oldest and most dilapidated Leafs gear in public since March so no one would confuse him with a bandwagon fan.
@Cameron19 @Ze_theLeafsFan Agreed. He's got to know who he can, and who he CAN'T fight.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
@Ze_theLeafsFan @dlb Mad @leafsince93 I think the real factor is that NHL players display a massive difference in defensive effort than KHL players do. In what I've seen of KHL play, the defence seems to be of the "wave your stick and kind of get in the way" variety.
@BoneChompski @Bring the Cup Home With Sparks injured right now, Heeter should at least get a chance to get some playing time and maybe impress another team if he doesn't play his way into a job with Toronto.
@Yan28 Carrick is everyones type of player. He's responsible. Knows his game. Sticks up for teammates when he has to. And seems to be low maintenance as well.
@Bruffins @leafmealone Orr/Maclaren only end up playing 4 min a night. And they limit the minutes of their linemates who are more effective. All of this while being complete liabilities defensively which other teams exploit by putting their top lines out against anyways. They can't be fighting the other teams scoring forwards/dmen.
The "idea" you're proposing has been debunked as myth more frequently than I thought necessary. Until I see that people are still hyping it as a reality that is.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
Is the idea behind keeping Orr/Maclaren to have them fight rather than Clarkson? Because I'd rather have Clarkson on LTIR and neither of those two on the ice.
@Pent_House @Burtonboy Good call, cause if last year showed us anything it's that this team has no need for depth at C.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4
3 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4
@Mitch92 @leafmealone @Bring the Cup Home @loomx I can't argue with the idea that when you're in a bidding war against the Oilers GM you should know you've taken a wrong turn somewhere.
As for me, I look at Clarkson and think "God I wish Mike Gillis still had his job."
@Bring the Cup Home @leafmealone @Cameron19 There's only going to be two players per team making that kind of money though. The original comment was referring to anyone making more than 3 mil per year. And that's really only guys who've finally been able to make that after playing their way to UFA on much less up to that point. The difference of 1 million a year to those players (who are DEFINITELY not on 6-8 year contracts) is massive when they're out of the league.
@Hmmm @philthethrill Unless hitmen are now being referred to as "loopholes" I wouldn't hold your breath.
@Bring the Cup Home @leafmealone Tell that to Charlie Sheen, lol.
@Cameron19 @leafmealone @Bring the Cup Home After taxes, agents, cost of living, etc. I'm sure it's an incredibly small number of guys who have that when they wash out of the game. It will be more now as salaries escalate again. But the flip side is the increasing youth movement-due to a push to get cheap output from young cost-controlled players in the new cap era-will force many guys to be out of the game even younger than previously.
@Bring the Cup Home @leafmealone @loomx Different times, different realities. That's the term you need to offer top UFA's now. That wasn't true when he offered Komi his contract. And being cap (and roster) fucked by a bad contract sucks regardless for how long it's relevant.
@Bring the Cup Home Yeah right. You can't spend goodwill when you're retired with no education or relevant job skills in your early to mid thirties.
@Bring the Cup Home @loomx *cough* Mike Komisarek....Tim Connolly....Colby Armstrong....need I continue? Should one include resigning current players to bad contracts before they could make it to UFA (Liles, Grabovski)?
@loomx @Bring the Cup Home Hey could be worse, at least it looks as if we've cut off the trend of adding a new one each year. Baby steps.
@wiski @leafmealone @loomx @FRyan It was pretty good for a while. Fell off though. Liked him more in Firefly/Serenity though.
@loomx @FRyan Really? I was thinking he looked more like Nathan Fillion (Rick Castle) in that shot.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4
@Bring the Cup Home @HeatherRickAkin Have to say it's really weird to see so many homegrown players on the cusp of (or already) actually contributing at the NHL level. It's like a bizarro world version of the Leafs.
@Cameron19 @leafmealone @philthethrill These are Leafs fans were talking about. Pretty sure there'd still be a fair number bitching about it if it was only relevant to last year. It's especially tough considering all of the terrible contracts and buyouts the teams had to deal with just since the last lockout.
@Burtonboy @wiski Much like with the girl you really like, he's got to stop trying so hard. He's got to learn to just play his game and let it happen.
@wiski @Burtonboy lol, keep Colton as our 13th forward and just have him "re-aggravate" Clarkson's injury every time he looks ready to come back.
@Alec Brownscombe @leafmealone @philthethrill I get your point. However, I don't see the necessity of fighting McCormick when he chose to either. It was an unnecessary move at that point. And considering what happened the season before in his first appearance against the same team, one would imagine that a more intelligent person would be thinking "let's just get through this game without any drama". Sometimes you make your own luck.
@Cameron19 @philthethrill @leafmealone bad contract is a bad contract. You didn't say 5 worst contracts relative to the effect on their team's cap.
@Alec Brownscombe @philthethrill "Poor guy". That's meant to be ironic, no?
@philthethrill meh, every July 1st will bring a host of new contenders. Orpik has to be on that list from this year. Or the D that Calgary signed.
@Burtonboy I had the worst sense of foreboding that he was going to be playing his first game against Buffalo again. Was seriously hoping they'd wait for the next go around. After all, it's not like the coaching staff needs to see that much of preseason from an obvious fourth liner. Right?
@Burtonboy Starting with cutting Clarkson's cheek to reduce the swelling. (*rimshot*)
@ingy56 late to the party, table for one. ;)
4 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39
@Hmmm @leafmealone @Bruffins Not sure. Based upon how often his opinion proves correct and extrapolating from there, it seem pretty close.
@Bruffins @leafmealone exactly.....in your opinion......nuff said.
@golieguy19 @MaxwellHowe I'm sure there a number of trees that would agree with you. At least I imagine this to be true based on the lumberjacking he gave John Scott last year. lol
@Hmmm @Bruffins Keep in mind he said HE was 74% sure that was the case. Not that it was 74% ACTUALLY more likely to have happened. Consider the source.
@Hmmm @leafmealone @ErikP803 @DeclanK Hey, Hmmm are/were you a big fan of C&C Music Factory? ;)
@ErikP803 @DeclanK I think that Holzer has played some PP on the Marlies at least.
@Hmmm @DeclanK Tallinder-Holzer??? Anyone but Grannberg really.
@Burtonboy @leafmealone @Bruffins True that. Not a guy I'd suggest has the nose of a 16 year old post op Jewish girl.
@DeclanK @rustynail @mikeyboy RNH?
@loomx @FRyan Based on Carlyle's earlier comments re: Tallinder/Polak, I'm assuming that this is a potential pairing that RC sees as being one to replace the heavy % of dzone starts for Phaneuf. And this scares me greatly.
@rustynail @Mcost61 lol, and his next statement was how great the fanbases were in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Dallas?
@clark sittler Not a fan, but I assume it's about mobile devices/smaller screens. I'm guessing this is the wave of the future. Full screen surfers will be stuck with less functional formats for the benefit of commonality across all devices.
@Bruffins @leafmealone Am I the only one who thinks that Polak looks like he got a bad nose job?
4 days, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39
@Mcost61 That's funny. Because the Sabres certainly have a number of players who are dirty players and will incite a number of physical altercations.
Oops. Totally forgot Booth. Guess that sums up what I think of him based on what I've seen so far.
@Burtonboy Watching the number of weak attempts to clear the dzone fed directly to opposing players waiting for them on the blueline, this does not surprise me at all. And the neutral zone stat is just an extension of this, they rarely exited the zone without intense pressure (often one lone skater able to force it just over the blueline) and often turned it over immediately upon exiting as a result.
@Bruffins Why does Dion always get our worst D man as his partner. I know the Leafs made the playoffs with Kostka and Holzer spending time with him, but this trend has got to stop.
Don't get why Kevin Marshall and Tyler Biggs didn't get sent down. At least for Bodie, Orr, Maclaren, and Smith it's about being loyal to vets who've played with the team-giving them a few more chances.
Right now my take on the bottom 6 would include the following 5 names: Holland, Santorelli, Winnik, Komarov, and Frattin. I suppose that either Ashton or Kontiola are the likely last man in. Any one else see it this way/differently?
@Cameron19 @leafmealone *crickets*
1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs/Flyers Part II