Like the Leafs and Marlies to a career debilitating degree
The good news is, the Leafs will mop the floor with the Sens this year and their stadium will be filled with our fans.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
@Matt Mistele @mlclearwater agreed
5 days, 19 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
@MaxwellHowe @mlclearwater yep, and he'll never be a star, but is showing signs of NHL ability.
@Loric76 @barjv01 @mlclearwater He just needs to play his style of game confidently against all competition, this can take time when playing against grown men night in night out. He could be a bottom six beast for us in the future. I still like Broll a bit more, but they are both hell on wheels
Biggs is starting to play like we need him to. Hit everything in sight, strong along the boards, get pucks in deep. I've been pleased so far.
Findlay = C. Hanson?
Hoping MNGT learns to buy low and sell high. At the very least move players we aren't gonna resign for young assets/picks. We've been awul at keeping and or acquiring draft picks well still missing the playoffs and spending to the cap. It's all gotta stop
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract
also good for Bibeau! Grabo's playing soccer now and Zidlicky signs for 3 mil? Thats a good deal right there for NJ
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7
Craig is ususally pretty close and has some people's fav Virtanen going in the 2nd round. Crap Shoot Central. Leafs stay pat and do nothing but we all speculate like fuck right up until the final drop. Gotta love it.
Oh really? Than lower your demands at once. In fact Komarov, Bolland and Clarkson could ruffle some feathers
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Prospects 2013-14 Season Wrap Up
I liked this read
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Defence falls flat, Toronto Marlies drop game #2 6-3
@TheCanucksnaphook @mlclearwater Yep, they are bound to lose. Love watching some of our younger guys get experieince. And yes losing, overtime, adversity are all so important. My hope for Leivo and Carrick to be solid contributors has certainly increased. I also really like mr mckegg. Lot of good things there
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Trading James Reimer: Not So Fast
@Bruffins or some ta ta's
Also, there is no need to give Reimer away. I agree with AP that we hold the cards, he's an RFA, relatively unproven track record and there are a lot of really good goalies available as ufa's. If he wants to be the number one on a winning team, just keep practicing, training, playing and banging your hot mormon wife. You'll get there
Hoping for another big W from the Marlies, have stopped caring about the Nhl plaoffs.
Would like to see Biggs and Broll get some games in too but the team is rolling. Has Finn been summoned?
@~Keon me too
At the very least Shanny and Nonis have to give Carlyle orders to play some of the younger kids in meaningful situations and minutes. As the writer mentioned, we have a great ahl team, that is young and has been winning consistently. They need to get opportunities and make way for the junior crop that will be looking to play pro next year.
Our Management and Coaches need to get on the same page with what this team is trying to achieve and how we are trying to achieve it
4 months ago on What do the Toronto Marlies’ successes mean for the Maple Leafs?
By no means the answer for our defensive woes, but potentially worthy of another shot next year
4 months ago on Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars
THis Dave Bolland thing bugs the faack outta me. The guy is constantly injured and wants 5 plus million a year? to be a 3c, c'mon Dave!
Every year we talk about trading up, every year we don't and when we have it resulted in Biggs (who is still young but certainly not showing the upside of many drafted after him).
i expect us all too speculate like hell about us getting into the top 3, we don't, than we draft a kid like Ritchie and all talk about how he's like Lucic. I don't know why im writing this but ive come to far. im going to drink now
4 months ago on Reforming Randy Carlyle
@~Keon we certainly need help back there too
4 months, 1 week ago on Reforming Randy Carlyle
@Murph2417 @mlclearwater @Gilbey93 I didnt forget that at all. I said he is physical, which he is, lead league in hits didn't he?
I never siad he has always been a tough hitter or that he is a mean fighter, just said he is physical and Gardiner isn't. No forgetting there
Captain obvious here: WE NEED A LEGIT 1C
Why? Well beyond the obvious reasons, a legit 1c acts as a role model/bar that other developing younger centre's will look to, learn from and try and beat. San Jose is a centre factory cause they got two great experieinced centre's and than drafted young talented guys who got to go to practice and learn from these guys every day. They are exceptional but still my point is, we need a legit 1c that our centre prospects can be like oh fuck that guys good.
Now how the fuck do we get a 1c? That's a bigger problem. I would go to SJ or Colorado and finally be prepared to pay up to get one of these guys
@Gilbey93 @mlclearwater hahahaha that's true
@Gilbey93 I don't think Franson and Gardiner are similar at all. One his huge, more physical and skate worth shit, the other is leaner, amazing skater with 0 physicality
@Mcost61 @Burtonboy I think Clarkson rebounds and Bolland comes to play game in game out.
If we can 15-20 goals outta Clarkson we're laughing. He needs to see some pp time but also needs to re-learn how to skate and not fuck up all the time
4 months, 1 week ago on First Line Centers & Trading For Florida’s First Overall Pick
@watson_brent @MapleLeafsHS @APetrielli I think he is going to be a great two addition to any team and be successful as a top 3 dman for years to come. Guy is a fucking horse that can skate, score and play d all day long
@Mcost61 @Burtonboy it's true though. Our centre's are weak, we need bolland, other teams would love this guy. We can't overpay and over-term him is our big challenge
@philthethrill @mlclearwater nope it isn't, we need to get better that's for sure. I'm not the debating type on this site, everyone is in bash the leafs and carlyle mode, that's fine. I'm not. These are my opinions, comment if you like or just move on to other ones.
Carlyle had arguably the least defensively capable d core in the league and the weakest centre's also. Hard to get a working defensive system imo. ALthough he certainly deserves lots of blame
4 months, 1 week ago on Leo Komarov set to return to the NHL
I'm a sucker for picks, i'd trades some things to get it but agree Ekblad would be hard to turn down regardless of our stable of D. We all have a boner for Bennet cause everyone compares him to Dougie. Having said that Bennet would do just fine imo
We've been shopping everyone for years, i'll believe it when I see it. Yes there are some flaws and improvements that NEED to be made. Building a winner isn't easy and isnt quick. I know i'm drinking the kool aide a little here but the fact is we have some great pieces to the puzzle and we are sure as fuck better off than we were the last couple of years. all imo
Well this management team is sticking with the young and youngish talent we have assembled and pressuring them to look within to win and not rely on blowing up the team, firing the coach or trading the captain. Frankly, I kinda like it. We are young, have good young players outside the NHL and have winners in front office jobs right down to the coach.
As frustrating as this team has been, I like the reduced knee jerk reactions and putting the onus on the players to continually improve individually and as a team. Fuck I hate that i'm a leaf fan and trained to eventually find the silver lining
@ingy56 @dlb yeh @mlclearwater no way?
4 months, 1 week ago on Carlyle Returns
@dlb yeh @mlclearwater I was surprised when I saw Bibeau was their goalie, but great experience I guess. I still would like a blue chip goalie prospect in our system but i would like a lot of things
@ConnorCrisp @mlclearwater I will only criticize that we don't have more picks. And that some of our more recent high end picks arent looking to flashy right now.
But what we do have is showing some quality
Don't know if its been mentioned - The QMHL champs Val D'or's, (led by Mantha and his ridiculous scoring pace) starting goalie is non other than leafs 6th rounder from 2013 Antoine Bibeau who got traded there at the end of the season.
Pretty cool that we have a top scoring forward in Brown, a captain award winning and OHL champinship Dman in Finn and a QMHL champion goalie in Bibeau. Not to mention Mr. Rupert on the Knights, Leafs will be well represented in the Memorial Cup.
well whatever happens, i'l be watching every minute of every Leafs game from preseason hopefully to playoffs. I proved i'm mentally challenged when I watched the leafs through the Toskala, Bell, Blake years
@Greg Fenton @mlclearwater Their excess weight that they knew they were not bringing back
Lots of young players doing exceptional things in the Leafs organization. Keep it up boys and don't stop busting you balls until we have a goddamn stanley cup to show for it
@Greg Fenton @mlclearwater Actually, plenty of teams trade players for picks and successfully make the playoffs smarty pants. Columbus is already mentioned, Montreal, Anaheim, Dallas, San Jose all come to mind as well. Thanks loomx for having your head out of your ass and agreeing with me:)
@rustynail whats that award for? Top d man in the O?
God know we need forwards more but Haydn Fleury is an intriguing prospect on D. Wish to fuck we had more picks, Nonis is borderline retarded when it comes to stockpiling at the draft
1. Carlyle needs to use the Marlies as a feeder system more and realize that for us, the NHL is still about developing players
2. Subsequently he needs to roll 4 lines
3. Stop pissing all our players off and at the same time start getting all our players to stop pissing us off
The leafs are still miles ahead of where we were a couple years back.
IMO the real challenge now is turning good assets we have into good assets we want. Before (pre-Burke) we just didn't even really have trade able assets.
If Phaneuf isnt an asset we want to build around and allocate a large portion of our salary cap to then we need to try and move him for an asset MNGT wants to be a part of the core, even if there is risk involved and we lose a good dman like PHan with no one to replace im right away.
It's why we should've traded pieces like Kule and Raymond at the deadline for assets the team wants moving forward.
@Jay_Berg I need to learn to slow down and type better for my part:)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sticking by the wrong guy
@Uncle Otis @Jay_Berg Apparently not
@Jay_Berg Hey Aki, never siad remotely that kessel is the problem. Learn to read and process logic.
Kessel=Leader and highest paid player this team will have for awhile
Kessel=Player who appears to try and train the least. If nothing else he needs to pick it up to be a leader and an example to the players on this team who are busting there nuts to make 800k. Best players need to be hardest workers on championship teams.
Kessel is great, he needs to pick it up along with many other facets of this team
I think all the articles bashing RC completely are getting old. Let's move on, hope he changes some things, MNGT brings in better players and the players actually care.
I like Kessel and know he is an elite player, but you making 8 mil per now bud, try working out in the off season or practicing fucking super hard, not cause you need to but because all the players on this team are looking at you as a leader and you seem like a lazy yet supernaturally talented fuck. Write an article on that
Steve asks a tough one there. Sounds pissed
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Extend Randy Carlyle for 2 years, Fire Assistants
@Ricky_Vaives_slapshot @mlclearwater it's in several towns