Took to wearing his oldest and most dilapidated Leafs gear in public since March so no one would confuse him with a bandwagon fan.
@Burtonboy Boston sports media is to the MSM what Rob Ford is to municipal politics.
3 hours, 48 minutes ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
As much as I wish all the best to the two guys walking out the door. The Leafs cap has been horribly mismanaged since Burke took over. And these two were his hires.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas
@TheCanucksnaphook @leafmealone @Xxxxxnew OK, how about Pat Burns?
6 days, 11 hours ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@vinoa @leafmealone @TheCanucksnaphook @Xxxxxnew Yeah, tough to get those "burning bush" invitations through the mail since 9/11.
@Waiting4LSC @Burtonboy ie. he was playing over his head all of last year with the way he was used.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Waiting4LSC @leafmealone @Burtonboy I just think that his projection when leaving Nashville has played out. Great guy for offense on the PP, shaky in his own end, ceiling of a top-notch third pairing guy who can add value on special teams.
@TheCanucksnaphook @leafmealone @Xxxxxnew Christian Bale don't got much to do these days I guess. Just shows up uninvited now.
@mcloki @leafmealone @Burtonboy Neither of these two was scrutinized, just accepted as horrible, horrible moves.
@DARF24 @leafmealone @mcloki @Burtonboy Ooops. You're right. I'd forgotten him. Glad to see he signed with NYR, should be fun to see him on the other side of the ice for a change.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Xxxxxnew Gary Roberts? Dougie. Wendel. Cujo.
@Waiting4LSC @Burtonboy If he really wants to be a Leaf, he better spend the summer practicing to play the left side.
@mcloki @Burtonboy Berezin? Kaberle towards the end. And don't forget LACK (Lebda, Armstrong, Connolly, Komisarek).
@Burtonboy I hope he went to shake hands with the guy and then pulled back and yelled "PSYCH!"
@MaxwellHowe That might move into my list of top 5 douchiest tweets ever.
@Mcost61 @Loric76 @TheCanucksnaphook @MaxwellHowe Much more this. Much more. Throw in a kiddie pool full of jello/mud, and instant ratings bonanza. TSN should look into this, it might single-handedly cover the loss of the NHL rights. lol
@dlb Mad @MaxwellHowe How do we trade Franson and Bailey to COL, when it's Franson to the Islanders that would net us Bailey???
@DeclanK @leafmealone @Pent_House I would not think that Josh Bailey qualifies as a "good young player" anymore. He's bordering on bust for his initial projections. And with three more years at over 3 mil I think it just throws a monkey wrench into the cap flexibility that the Leafs were smart enough to engineer this offseason.
@wiski @leafmealone True. Just thinking out loud (as it were). IMO, if he really wants to start somewhere, then he shouldn't try to jack up the cost too high, as it would make him a far more attractive option. Short term on low-to-medium money and he likely becomes moveable to someone who wants to give him a chance. Like say Winnipeg, who can't pay him like a starter as they're already paying Pavelec that money.
@wiski Unsure, if he wants out, he'll ask for a ton so that the Leafs will walk away. But with his inconsistent numbers and the role he's played in three monumental collapses, I just don't see him getting a big win in arbitration.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Pent_House Not if it's for Josh Bailey imo. Rather get some picks at that point. Or see if he can be used in a package to get a more needed piece.
@Pent_House @djamon With who as his linemates? Does he see 2nd unit PP?
@wiski Nepotism in their hires? lol. Also, I wouldn't have thought it possible that Sid could be the "good looking" one in any family.
@Fish Head Thank the lord for the offence in that lineup, cause the D would get eaten alive.
1 week, 3 days ago on Peter Horachek on Sportsnet 590
@Burtonboy Thanks for the link @Burtonboy, like the guy or not, agree or disagree, I always like to hear as many opinions as I can from these type of sources. It's always good to look at how someone else sees these subjects.
@Cameron19 @leafmealone @Mind Bomb @Mcost61 Think they'll be close though. Still have great goaltending. And Vigneault seems to have the faith of the players quite strongly. Don't see it worth trading Dion for a pick in the 11-16 range. The only possibility of that working for us, is that we also finish in a similar spot to last year (without Dion quite likely to happen) and MIGHT be able to package that pick with our own to move up. And that might be almost impossible to do if this draft is as as strong as is being projected.
1 week, 3 days ago on Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal
@Mind Bomb @leafmealone @Mcost61 Think about where their first ends up. Or the Rangers'. You're trading Dion for another late first round Biggs-Gauthier pick? Seriously? And Drouin is obviously not a piece that they'd give up.
@Mcost61 I cannot for the life of me see what pieces Tampa has (that they'd part with) that would have this trade make sense. Such total BS.
@Xxxxxnew @leafmealone @loomx No. Management moves -signing Clarkson to a horrible contract-f'ed the cap.
1 week, 5 days ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs
@Anthony Petrielli @loomx True. Although, I like the two different looks that each PP unit brought last year. And using Clarkson on the 2nd PP would be more less replicating the 1st unit PP with him in JVR's role.
However, if it got him more engaged and/or could reinvigorate his offensive game, I suppose that's a small price to pay.
@ingy56 @leafmealone @Anthony Petrielli Here's some free advice, stop cheering for the Leafs. lol
@loomx The cap is f'ed regardless. Screwing up your ability to ice your most effective lineup trying to pretend that's not the case is just doubling down on a bad move.
@ingy56 @Anthony Petrielli @leafmealone If somebody made me watch the Notebook, I'd cry too. ;)
As for crying during Leafs games, I tend to go catatonic. I've become emotionally numbed to the teams current trend of epic failure. I'm like Charlie Brown, and they're like Lucy holding a football. I'll keep trying to kick it, but I'll also end up unsurprised when I end up on my back staring blankly into space.
@ingy56 @leafmealone Oh. Interesting. Well, I agree then. Wish him all the best, sorry it didn't work out better with the Leafs.
@Anthony Petrielli @leafmealone Ah, I admit that's somewhat reassuring.
@ingy56 Playing where?
@Anthony Petrielli @leafmealone All that being said though, what's up the Notebook avatar?
@conis One, his mandatory dustup with PK Subban.
@Anthony Petrielli Good overview of the offseason so far, and what it bodes for the upcoming season. Found it interesting that you mentioned Nonis was a big proponent for Eakins. Seems like there is likely much more of a synchronous mindset between him and Shannahan than was first suspected.
At any rate, it's a valuable thing to have a viewpoint with some perspective representing this site.
@Xxxxxnew He re-married his ex-wife??? Holy crap. Especially as he was obviously in the midst of substance abuse during that marriage. This reminds me of the old SNL skit for three-legged jeans.
@TheCanucksnaphook @mikeshaver @Anthony Petrielli "Salary cap? What salary cap? I only wear golf hats." (Phook, July, 2014)
@Bobsyouruncle @Uncle Otis No way Shanny slums it with that she-gorilla. Leafs will win the Cup before Shanny jumps on that grenade.
2 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan There were plenty of links about him posted at the time of his signing.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
If it does go to the arb process as expected, then it's going to take a while if the Leafs choose to run a video package of all the times he got walked around by an opposing forward.
There is ZERO chance that Franson gets 5.5 from an arbitrator. None at all. So IF he is asking for that number (and I really don't believe that) then it must be so that he goes all the way to an award and forces TO to either accept it or walk. And if they accept it, he can choose a term that takes him to UFA status and finally get himself into a position where HE has the leverage for a change. There is no other rational reason that I can see.
@Jordan29 Source??? Your butt?
@ Don Cherry Bet we could sign him for an 8 ball and a case of beer. And HELL NO, btw.
@ShiftyD That thing needs it's own van with blacked out windows.
@ShiftyD And today's "most creepy 'stache" award goes to......
@B_Leaf @Gilbey93 Maybe he can actually learn from his mistakes?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
@loomx @Gilbey93 I thought it was more about the fact that Murphy played for Spott in Kitchener than anything else. As Murphy shouldn't have even been on that team. He couldn't make it for two years and was put on by Spott because he needed to avoid crushing the kid's confidence if Kitchener was going to get anywhere that year. Murphy wasn't a vet, he had no more status on that team than Reilly.