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@DCDC @bermudaboy Not yet. The Leafs still need to suck for another few years.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game 78 Scoring Chances: Sabres 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@Mind Bomb What, a broken heart then? Should be good to play! Suck it up young man! Stupid NHL nonsense, just disclose the injuries instead of doing this idiotic song and dance, upper this and lower that, blah, blah, blah.
@deedrag @lister @mcloki @MaxwellHowe As a major market team fan I'd be in favour of that. I suspect though that the other markets wouldn't want it. It would be curious to see if the likes of the Leafs, NYR, Detroit, Montreal, Chicago, Philly, maybe Boston, get together to try to force that system. Imagine being a fly on the wall for that conversation. :-)
@MaxwellHowe @lister @mcloki A player like Eichel or McDavid (like Crosby, Tavares, Lindros, Lemieux, Gretzky) is going to get the ice time no matter where they play. That scenario is more for the lesser talent.
@deedrag @mcloki @MaxwellHowe The problem with that is the terrible teams would likely never get the top picks and stay terrible. The playoff bubble teams would likely come out ahead. There is something to be said however of being stuck in the middle never being able to improve.
@MaxwellHowe @mcloki Certain teams would love that and certain teams would hate that. It would never get enough votes to pass.
@mcloki @MaxwellHowe I do like that idea a lot. I'd rather cheer winning than losing. I think the fact that it would be tough for the GM to manipulate things is really good. If he sets up a shitty team at the start of the year for early elimination, which other GM is going to help him via trades to get better later on? Stocking young players in the minors waiting for elimination day then bringing them up to win probably isn't going to help all that much.
@wiski Sucker. Glad to see scalpers eat it finally for a change.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Monday Mashup: Connor Brown has 4pt game, Nylander adds goal+assist in Marlies win over Rochester
@mcloki @ingy56 @wiski I think the Arizona special was better as it included a bottle of vodka on all that. Or was that Tampa? Can't remember now.
@MaxwellHowe @CherryPicking Unless Leafs management have a legit young 1C in their back pocket via a future transaction, draft the center! I know that generally you draft the best player available but sometimes a glaring need must be addressed (hello Oilers!). The Leafs have enough young D as it is and unless this Hanifan guy is the next Bobby Orr, drafting the likes of Strome can't be that much of a talent drop off from Hanifan when the Leafs have such a glaring need at 1C.
@CherryPicking @lister @Marlies Man I think my life has been okay if I actually have missed any others. The signal to noise ratio is pretty low.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Monday Mashup: Connor Brown has 4pt game, Nylander adds goal+assist in Marlies win over Rochester
@Marlies Man Stop listening to the windbag. I did over ten years ago. The only two good points he's made are on automatic icing and stop signs on the back of kids jerseys. Other than that, meh. Do yourself a favour, mute his segment and grab a beer.
@CherryPicking @lister No, but the odds of at least some trying free agency either as an outright cash grab or to go where they really want to play should have been somewhat decent.
@CherryPicking Ultimately a full tear down should have happened after the lockout of 2004-2005. The one and only thing that could have not been predicted were no young high profile players hitting free agency. That caught me off guard and the final nail in the coffin was Stamkos looking like he'll be staying in Tampa.
@Yaknowwhat If we've learned anything over the years, TAKE THE FUCKING CENTER!
@ConnorCrisp @Axle_Goalie Not I. There's a 90.5% chance another team will get the first pick. Plan on disappointment and be pleasantly surprised if Lady Luck (or some shenanigans) result in the Leafs winning.
1 month ago on Game 73 Scoring Chances: Senators 5 vs. Maple Leafs 3
The other thing that would be nice to have happen is to have a tonne of cap space for the next few years so the Leafs can do some of those dump a shitty contract plus good prospect(s) to take the contract for those teams tight to the cap.
2 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: “If it’s not here, it’s not here”
@zoidbergman @Leafs_17 Yeah and the rest towards the draft and UFA day.
Doesn't really matter to me when as long as it gets done.
@mcloki The solution is lose to the Habs but play them hard, bang some of their key players (nothing illegal though) so they don't get far into the playoffs.
2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: “Scorched Earth” plan a go, blockbuster down the QEW
@phaneufoundlander @HHT I think that's a little cruel. Bernier has been solid to pretty damn good overall compared to Toskala and Raycroft.
Plus I don't think giving up Scrivens, Frattin and the 2nd round pick is the same as trading away Rask.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
@HHT Thanks for getting rid of it. While I very much appreciate fine looking ladies, having such pics scroll by at work is not good. I got in some heat for that years ago, strangely enough not because a chick bitched, a guy did. Needless to say he had other issues and was eventually let go a few months later.
@HHT Damn it! NSFW!
@Ze_theLeafsFan @lister Not sure any single player would net that. A package would be required hence the "whoever else added in" part.
For the first time I do hope what that windbag Simmons wrote in the Sun today is correct. He says the Leafs will be blowing things up, strip it to the wood, yadda yadda yadda. Though I would disaggree with one of the untouchables (with an asterisk) of JVR. If JVR can net you the first pick overall with whoever else added in, then you do it.
If this is true then I'm really looking forward as the trade deadline approaches and the draft. Finally.
@Dan39 Late first is probably the best pick they'd get as only serious playoff teams would be bidding. Unless they have an earlier pick traded from some other team.
Sportsnet.ca has posted about the Ashton & Broll trade for a conditional 7th round pick trade and has a poll for who won the trade. Seriously Sportsnet?!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)
@TheLoovTrain @phaneufoundlander @Yaknowwhat If the Leafs will be in tear down mode, a real tear down not a half fast one, then resigning Franson is a waste of time. Everyone is on the trading block other than Reilly. That doesn't mean players get traded for a bag of pucks, particularly the younger players like Kadri, JVR, etc.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks
@Knights2Leafs And how exactly has the current plan for the past ten years been working?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Saturday Mashup: In Philly Tonight
Please, please, please Shanahan, blow this thing up and take the long route to building a competitive team. Get the necessary smart people in the front office (they may be mostly there already.) Tell Bell, Rogers and Tanenbaum to fuck off and that this is the plan. Trade whatever you can for high draft picks and young players. I've waited ten fucking years for a proper rebuild coming out of the 04-05 lockout. I can take another three to five before things hopefully show some promise. I held out hope that with free agency falling to age 25 that the Leafs would be able to snag one or two really excellent, if not superstar, players but the history of resigning franchise players over the years and the latest headlines of Stamkos likely resigning in Tampa have officially killed that dream for me. The quick retool IS NOT possible. Do whatever is needed to influence the draft lottery pick. Get pictures of Bettman. Kidnap his loved ones. Bribe, steal, cheat, whatever.
Just do it!
@philthethrill@traNsplantEdneWfie@Mcost61 Nothing to work out. That's the rule, $925K. The rest is simple math.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@Omac13 @lister Don't blame Stamkos at all.
3 months ago on Friday Mashup: Nylander set for Marlies debut tonight in Hamilton
@wiski @Wilbur @lister I don't know about five years. If you consider Reilly a star then I'd say 1-2 years.
@Wilbur @lister Yeah.
With Stamkos likely signing in Tampa there goes our last hope. Time to do what should have been done coming out of the 2004-2005 work stoppage: tear this sucker completely down and suck for five years. No more of this mediocre mushy middle shit. Yeah it hasn't worked for Edmonton but I'd rather try this approach than continue the past ten years.
@Yaknowwhat Keep Reilly unless someone blows you away. Trade everyone else. Strip it to the wood. Suck for a few years. The fan base can take it. Draft high and hope this is a better path than this current decade long one.
3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Top Jimmy Courtnall for Kordic anyone? Ugh.
@B_Leaf The idiots throwing jerseys on the ice during *PLAY* should be charged. That's a safety issue. When the play is stopped or the period or game is over, have at it, chuck away but not during play.
@traNsplantEdneWfie Despite how crappy the Leafs have been playing over the past few years, these teams aren't as bad as some of the '80s teams. Those were brutal plus Ballard on top of that.
@Yaknowwhat A trade isn't necessary. Now that all non-playoff teams have a shot at the number one pick Shanahan just needs to convince Bettman to throw the draft lottery, this time, the Leafs way.
3 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #44, Anaheim Ducks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
@Archie Vanlanda @Burn_the_Loov_Boats @ProfessorRance Remember all non-playoffs teams have a shot now. Just have to lean on Bettman to throw the secret ballot. He's done it before so... :-p
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Randy Carlyle Fired
@Burtonboy Babcock. No DeBore please. There's no cap on non-players. Throw money at Babcock and fix the players mess, as tough as that may be to do.
@wiski @lister Downtown TO. Condos. Real fibre straight into your unit not that Bell Fibe shit. No caps. No traffic shaping. No bullshit. Symmetrical upload/download. I can get up to 500/500 Mbps if I wanted. 100Mbps will do for now. :-p I've waited a long time for this.
No I don't work for them but I've tried to get hired. No dice so far.
If you're living in a downtown TO condo get your board members to talk to them. Ditch Bell and Rogers!
7 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
After a year with only OTA TV watching HNIC games and listening on radio, I'm back with fibre TV via Beanfield! I intend though to be productive during games making homebrew. That way I'll have some good and cheap beer to cry in should this season follow the last bunch.
Still, all things hopeful! 82-0!
@Loric76 Hottest place I've been is southern Taiwan in July. Temperatures are 30-35C but with humidity it easily feels like 45-50C. From about April through to November it very rarely cools down unless it rains and that's a brief respite or if you go up into the mountains. In the evenings the temperature falls 2-4C but the humidity usually remains. Stepping outside a wave of heat hits you and sweat starts in mere minutes. I don't mind it during the day but when trying to sleep A/C is necessary requirement.
When they put out some warnings about the temperature here in Toronto last week and this week I said "Oh finally!" then "Meh" when I went outside.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Getting closer
@Mind Bomb @lister I see you've started drinking already. That's two words.
I'll be up at Lake Simcoe this weekend with friends. No strip bar unfortunately.
8 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@Mind Bomb @lister Got the beers and BBQs covered. No babe until next weekend when she's finally back.
@Mind Bomb And the long weekend!
If you like good beer there are a few places in Peterborough that serve the stuff: http://www.ratebeer.com/places/city/peterborough/59/0/