Like the Leafs and Marlies to a career debilitating degree
I want Mark Messier involved somehow
16 hours, 16 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
We need to stop trading our picks and start acquiring more. End of story.
Doesn't mean we need to tank but we do need a GM who realizes that with all MLSE's financial clout, we should be buying the best eye's for talent in the league and giving them enough picks each year to stock the fuck out of our prospect shelves. This means trading fat at the deadlines and signing veterans to good one year deals and trading them also at the deadline (where applicable) in order to get more picks.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@Jmessih @mlclearwater Raymond's a ufa and shouldve been traded at the deadline but ive bitched enough about Nonis's deadline blunder imo. But yes hopefully we are able to cut some fat and get higher picks for it and sign a couple of gritty, charater assholes to take this team to the next level
@Jmessih Either way we need size and skill up front, preferably down the middle and truculence on the back end. Really wish we had our second rounder!!!
1 day, 18 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@[BBirde] @mlclearwater I agree he had more restrictions there but I wouldnt go as far to say that Rinne, Weber and up until recently ryan Suter = basically nothing
2 days, 13 hours ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz
I am interested in Trotz but the comments remind me almost exactly of Carlyle when he was brought in - defensive, tough, open communicator- except Trotz may be a bit more loveable and Carlyle had more playoff experience.
I actually don't mind RC. Not saying I think he should be back or that he didn't piss me off this year. Found it strange he really threw Gards under the bus there. You can tell he is not a relationship guy and thats not good.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Randy Carlyle End of Season Presser
What to do with this team eh? Jesus
2 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=449217 - I wasn't sold on this cat really anyways
4 days, 16 hours ago on And that’s a wrap
SO who we drafting in round 1. Im saying Ritchie
3 days, 16 hours ago on Brendan Shanahan Press Conference Stream
@ingy56 @mlclearwater explains it right
I like Trotz and first reaction is 'go get him!' but if he doesn't have the horses to play his style I can't see much different happening than with RC. Remember RC saying he wished he had Nashville's roster this year.
@mr_hanie @mlclearwater haha I like it. I just think we need more balance and got seriously out muscled downlow and in front of our net. I guess we'll see what happens
3 days, 18 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Brendan Shanahan to be introduced as President today
We need a couple more big, mean, stay at home and clear the net defenders. End of story. Change the coaches, the forwards etc but at the end of the day if we go into next season with primarily offensive defensemen I believe we are still in trouble
3 days, 19 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Brendan Shanahan to be introduced as President today
@Cloud09 @mlclearwater under what notion? I'm not basing my opinion of Phan on a tv show and I actually don't even mind him as a player. Starting to seriously question him as our captain. I think the leadership of this team needs to be questioned heavily is all
@ShiftyD @mlclearwater@Cloud09 and that my friend is a good question.
@leafersutherland @mlclearwater you mean the line that choked when games mattered most?
@Cloud09 @mlclearwater hahaha ok thanks tips. Everyone is chirping this team but I guess Phan is perfect captain material and its every other component of this organization that is at fault. Does any blame lye with him?
@leafersutherland @mlclearwater We have a whole bunch of small, unphysical centre's and not a true number one in the bunch. I don't think one of them has touched 60 pnts in a season. If that isn't dire I don't know what is
@Cloud09 @mlclearwater you're a quick one;)
@leafersutherland We need to improve at centre and mostly on D. Big physical wingers are needed but I think we have other fish to fry first
@Cloud09 @mlclearwater watching every single game and the team collapse 3 years in a role while he is the captain is a good place too start
Well that got out of hand quick. Go Marlies Go and lets hope we have some men playing for this team next year and a captain that cares more about winning hockey games than his shoes, car and redbull endorsements
@4evrblue Heard good things about him. I hope we dont draft a kid under 6'1 190 for 5 years and just get bigger, meaner and stronger as an organization. Especially centre and defense. Actually just everywhere
6 days, 11 hours ago on Friday Leaf Links
@Jordan29 @mlclearwater here's hoping. Lot's of teams had serious injuries and got along jsut fine. Kessel and Phaneuf were here all year and both choked at the end. Not saying trade them both, but things need to be considered
Nonis failed to realize what he had and stockpile picks at the deadline. His patience for everything but snacktime can be detrimental sometimes
I would actually be willing to endure (another) just torturous reign of leafs getting molested for like 8 years and picking in the top 5 every year (not trading picks) and stockpiling picks. i'm that disappointed in the current group as a whole.
Anyone thing Phan could legitimately get moved this summer? I think we are going see some big moves ala impatient/success driven TL. I'm curious
1 week ago on NHL Draft Lottery Odds (updated: April 11)
I've been sadly impressed with Ranger lately. Don't if its because everyone has been sucking balls or what but I want him and Bodie back on cheap deals next year
@Cameron19 @mlclearwater They could get the puck out, clear the net, not pass it consistently to the other team in the slot, stick up for their goalies, not turn the puck over at the opposstion point on the PP all the time, etc, etc. Team defense is a two-way street and our current position has lots to do with how poorly our defensemen performed this season imo. And yes, our forwards, coaches, goalies and management
@rustynail Hopefully he's in the hjalmarson, kronwall mold for us a couple years down the road
@Cameron19 @mlclearwater Caught that the first time. I agree. You could also say the same thing about the forwards not having the right d though. Either way we agree there's work to be done overall to make this team better at TEAM DEFENSE from the forwards, coaches, defensmen
@Cameron19 @mlclearwater I agree the forwards need fixing, I wouldnt say first, maybe all at once?
If we want to be a big, physical, possession team we may need at least one centre over 6 feet who is a feisty fucker and can play both ends of the rink. Our top sicx wingers are all soft as shit too, that's why I wanted us to take a run at Chris Stewart and I love the E Kane talk but thats all it is right now.
May sound strange given his relatively solid year, but I could see Gunnersson getting traded if we can'y find a trade for Gleason or won't buy him out. I truly believe one of Fran and Gards is gone too. We need some tough fuckers who can play defense and clear the net. Gleason kinda is that but he's been struggling and has a very large cap hit.
@Shift_Disturber1 @mlclearwater The whole team should be ashamed, especially the 'leaders' highest paid and coaching staff. As a fan, I would welcome all contracts to be heavily incentive based. These guys folded like cheap suits all excuses aside
1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
IMO you make $8 mil a year and completely disappear (along with most of your team) when the games down the stretch mean the most. You should shoulder blame and we shouldn't blow sunshine up his ass for doing so.
The Good News - I'm taking my two young boys to a Marlies Playoff game.
1 week, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Do Kadri, Franson, Gardiner get another attempt next year?
Are Kulemin, Raymond, Bolland, Reimer gone
Will we trade Lupul, Phanuef, Bozak, Clarkson (hahah)
New Coach? New GM?
And most importantly...WHo the fuck we gonna draft? I think we trade our first + Remier to move up.
So much to discuss when your a leaf fan and your team never makes the fucking playoffs!
@rustynail We should put Antoine Bibeau in net too!
@CanuckUKinToronto @B_Leaf @mlclearwater The sad thing is Nonis tooks steps to make this more of a Carlyle team but left the defense mopre on the young, offensive side and the top six remained more a skilled, offensive unit than a gritty, two-way style. This team needs to determine if we want to run with the horses we have and let them develop or adapt a team philosophy that is more in tune with size, grit, defense, etc
@CanuckUKinToronto @mlclearwater I totally agree Randy has failed to adapt. I still like him as a coach and place lots of blame on the team and management also. To say you coach like Babcock is funny. I can tell you're a seasoned, elite coach by the sweater vest you have on your poodle;)
@Komas Taberle How do we get those guys? Hell I'd like Babcock
Also, I kinda like Carlyle (as frustrated as I am with some of his decisions) he simply hasn't got the horses to play his style and the team has quite cause they're embarrassed of playing a system that doesn't suit their skill set or experience. Even Phan isn't a shut down guy, he has always been primarily and offensive guy and has tried to change his game to become more of a quiet stay at home guy. More pissed at Nonis for not stockpiling picks but I've ranted about this plenty
Everyone's got a hard one for Dineen cause he coached the Women to Gold ( a 2 team tourny). I want a guy (or girl) who is tough but a players coach, sadly I kinda want Eakins or a Messier/Gretzky type. Bob Nicholson President, Messier GM and Gretzky Coach. If we can't ahve champions on the ice lets get our front office stacked with them
Sam Carrick is the type of internal grinder this organization needs to be supporting and giving a shot too. I still think Nonis should be fired based on his inability to realize what this team was and sell some players at the deadline and give minutes to our AHLers
1 week, 3 days ago on Leafs Prospect Update – April 6
Playoffs for Leafs Fans = Talking about who to draft, trade, fire, hire, sign and resign = Fucking sad times....still
@Murph2417 @mlclearwater@Belfour20/JB-45 RC has said it's a players decision. I don't want to hear the injury excuses from any of these guys. Step back if you cant do it
1 week, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4
@Belfour20/JB-45 he shouldn't be playing if he's injured cause he's getting burnt everynight. I don't respect that. If you're too injured to play, please sack up and admit it