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I asked Pierre McGuire to evaluate Leo Komarov on Ottawa TSN 1200 today.  He said he would have pursued Leo if would have been a GM.  He sees Leo as a very good player and a solid 3rd liner with a ton of grit and underrated skill.  A poor man's Wayne Simmonds.

6 hours, 55 minutes ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?

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Went to the Ottawa game on Wednesday... most impressed with Carrick (of course); nice touch on the first Leafs goal and he doesn't shy away from contact; several hits on Neil... two best hits of the night by either side delivered by MacWilliam... Reilly's wrist shot goal was a thing of beauty; overall his game was cautious... Frattin has good speed but you'd like to see more from him... his head didn't appear to be in the game a few times... Winnick was noticeable for his effort... flashes of speed from Booth; one flash from Abbot and not much else... Bibeau looked great...

5 days, 9 hours ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39

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@Savo43 @Armchair GM Thought they were playing in Ottawa?

1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Undefeated Pre-Season Leafs Head To Ottawa

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@king leary Does a guy like Ashton get more kicks at the can in the hope he ca approach his father's level of play?

1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Undefeated Pre-Season Leafs Head To Ottawa

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@wiski I was hoping to see him tonight in Ottawa...

1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Undefeated Pre-Season Leafs Head To Ottawa

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I'm looking forward to seeing Reilly, Carrick and Nilsson tonight... Nilsson has impressed the hell out of me so far...

1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Undefeated Pre-Season Leafs Head To Ottawa

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@Burtonboy I look at pictures of him and his youthful youth and I can't believe the kid's physically ready for the NHL...

1 week, 1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs/Flyers Part II

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Today, I declare my man love for Leo Komarov...

1 week, 1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs/Flyers Part II

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Can anyone recommend what browser works best for a Blackberry Playbook?

1 week, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I always enjoy ordering "Chairman Mao"chicken instead of "General Tsao" and then watching the reaction...

1 week, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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Just got tickets to Wednesday night's game in Ottawa... should I wear my white or blue jersey?  Anybody else going?

1 week, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@jimmyg65 @dlb Mad Jimmy, you're wasting your time trying to discuss Rob Ford in a logical manner with anyone who would or did vote for him...

1 week, 5 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@LeafsForLife Hate to say it but Galchenyuk the scab...

1 week, 5 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@loomx @Armchair GM Maybe that's why he's not a GM...

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Mcost61 Carlyle looks happy in that picture...

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@loomx @Armchair GM He did say he would have an analytics budget if he became a GM, but you have to have "boots on the ground" also.  Not really much different than what Dubas says... What he didn't say was how it focusses on the performance of player x to player y... I'm certainly no expert on the subject...

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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Carlyle has received a lot of criticism for his "just breathe" comment, but a lot of organizations including the US Army use breathing exercises and meditation as a means to reduce stress and improve focus and success...

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@ Keon I wasn't a big fan of MaclLean but Strombo is a lightweight... he'll apply his "he sees good in everyone" approach to HNIC...

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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I asked our favourite analyst Pierre McGuire the following questions on Ottawa TSN 1200 this morning as "Joe the Leafs fan": (i) can Carlyle still coach?  (ii) will Babcock re-sign in Detroit or could he move to the Leafs?

He said Carlyle can still coach, but our star players have to play like star players.  New assistants have been brought in to help.  

On Babcock, he said if he doesn't re-sign with the Wings many teams will be in the hunt besides the Leafs.  Detroit has refused other teams' requests to talk to their AHL coach Jeff Blashill whom he sees as one of the brightest young coaches around.  He sees the fact that Detroit is protecting Blashill as an insurance policy in case Babcoack leaves.

The hosts then asked Pierre about analytics - he said he wasn't a huge fan as it didn't measure intangibles such as character and grit.  Players like Mike Richards have poor analytics but are winners.

Joe

2 weeks ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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This documentary on the Russians is supposed to be good... it was shown at TIFF.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxiPwGjqAE

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Henrik Tallinder @Armchair GM I've seen Bernadette Peters, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman on Broadway... last year I saw The Glass Menagerie which was quite good... Carnegie Hall also has cheap shows sometimes... I saw a broadway singer there last year (Patti Lupone) for $10...

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Henrik Tallinder If you're going to see a play don't buy from TKTS in Times Square... pick the play you want and go to the box office early in a.m. for rush seats...

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Henrik Tallinder I've been seven times... in no particular order... Walk across Brooklyn Bridge; Central Park; Radio City Music Hall tour - meet a Rockette; Circle Line boat tour around Manhattan; Greenwich Village; Village Vanguard jazz club; Little Italy; Top of the Rock; Museum of Modern Art free Fridays; Long Island City view of Manhattan; Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; Century 21 best place for souvenirs... that's a start...

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Henrik Tallinder @mcloki When Franson publicly complained about his benching in his first year with the Leafs he said something like... "I thought this was the year I'd be moving up to take on a bigger role in the lineup..."

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy @Mind Bomb It's tough being a leaf fan in Ottawa... I've endured decades of abuse but my Leaf flag still flies in my work cubicle...

3 weeks ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Yan28 @Alec Brownscombe @sniperstar After Fletcher acquired him in the Gilmour trade didn't he reject the Leafs offer to re-sign or something to that effect?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Getting closer

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@wiski Probably acrylic latex... but I could be wrong...

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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I recall when the slimy Sens lost out on the Bozak sweepstakes and Murray acknowledged that Bozak was the type of player that could play on a team's top six... 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on A look at Tyler Bozak’s improved 2013-14 Season

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The great Jeff Beck... don't overdose on funk...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqUINS7NH44

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: Second Assistant GM Hire to Come Next Week

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@TuckerForPunishment The hot springs would be a good way to end a long hike...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@Xxxxxnew Need a Fin to win...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@wiski Rupert Murdoch strikes again... 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@mcloki The can KISS my A&%...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@Komas Taberle @ingy56 @Burtonboy Considering they have to broadcast in two languages and in the north they get dick all compared to other western public broadcasters like the BBC... if you want quality you have to pay for it...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@-Keon Careful... Franson likes to sue people...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs’ Penalty Kill – Part 1

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@Burtonboy Ian Mendes said this a day after the signing on Ottawa radio... young GM over his head...  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@DeclanK @Armchair GM Thanks Declan... very interesting...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@DeclanK @Armchair GM Thanks Deklan...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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A bit of information overload but I'll keep it as a reference.  What comes to mind is the Russian hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov and his approach to posession and shots - shoot only when you have a good opportunity to score... a very high scoring percentage will deflate an opponent's confidence...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@CanuckUKinToronto He's pacing his announcements...

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 @Jordan29 Same injury as Karlsson, wasn't it?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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I recall being questionned for proposing a Schenn for Subban deal straight up... 

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 @Armchair GM I expect Shanonis to trade for a 1C with Bozak or Kadri going the other way...

2 months ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Xxxxxnew @Bruffins Minimum wage is about $20 thousand...

2 months ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Cameron19 Isn't that a lot to give up for O"Reilly?  That aside your core addresses strength down the middle, but the D is the big question mark...  

2 months ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Xxxxxnew Too many back-to-backs... old man Fletcher was good at whining about the schedule when he first arrived...

2 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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