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

1 day, 8 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Mcost61 Carlyle looks happy in that picture...

1 day, 9 hours 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...

1 day, 9 hours 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...

1 day, 9 hours 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...

1 day, 9 hours 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

1 day, 9 hours 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

5 days, 7 hours 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...

6 days, 5 hours 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...

6 days, 5 hours 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...

6 days, 5 hours 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..."

6 days, 9 hours 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...

1 week, 1 day 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?

2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Getting closer

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

3 weeks 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 ago on A look at Tyler Bozak’s improved 2013-14 Season

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

1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@Xxxxxnew Need a Fin to win...

1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@wiski Rupert Murdoch strikes again... 

1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@mcloki The can KISS my A&%...

1 month 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 ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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

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

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

1 month, 1 week ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@DeclanK @Armchair GM Thanks Deklan...

1 month, 1 week 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, 2 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@CanuckUKinToronto He's pacing his announcements...

1 month, 2 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, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Ottawa... the big O.

1 month, 2 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... 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 Minimum of 7.5.

1 month, 2 weeks 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...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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

1 month, 2 weeks 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...  

1 month, 2 weeks 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...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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I recognize practically everyone here hates RC, but he did do a good job mixing up his lines on the fly against Boston in the playoffs... our new depth may play to this strength...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Bruffins Habs had a lot of expiring deals when Gainey was fiinishing up... 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@dlb Mad @Xxxxxnew I recall a HNIC feature on the poor kid about 10 years later... working on the railroad like his dad did before him...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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Enjoyed the article... wouldn't it be great if Valiev could step in quickly like an Emelin on the Habs...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 1

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@TheCanucksnaphook Decor is all wrong... dreadful chandelier; bad rug, ugly bed cover, dumb fuzzy pillow...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @wendelsfist Not so sure... it took Burke a while to fire Feaster in Calgary...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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@TheCanucksnaphook Wonder what Gary Roberts thinks of Stamkos and his endorsement of Coke...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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The answer my friend, is Cody Franson... the answer is Cody Franson...

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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@djamon @Burtonboy I like a team in Quebec to piss off Hab fans...

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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Got the following info from a Finnish hockey fan that I worked with on a trip to Finland a few years ago:

Kontiola is our leading center forward of all current Fin-born players. Done really well on Fin national team and been a key figure there.  He is a really good team player, knows defensive duties, not just goal scoring. I would think he is more assistant than leathal finisher but those you have plenty ;-) He did so well in Russia/KHL that I believe he succeeds well in NHL. And he is not a rookie anymore, been in NHL at least a short period, so some things are familiar to him.

Leo Komarov you have seen. Hasn't change much from the days he played in my home town team "Porin Assat". And I liked him a lot at that time and he was young then, just about started his career.

Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas, played in your organisation 2-3 seasons, you may remember him too?
Came back to Finland last season and did well being best goalie in Finnish hockey league. Now he signed a contract with Dallas Stars and is returning NHL.  Just saw him yesterday in the town :-)  He is born in my home town, Pori and has a summer cottage in Luvia.

2 months, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd But with a number one goalie...

2 months, 1 week ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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@wendelsway1 @Mind Bomb @Armchair GM I judge him by his actions more than his comments... in getting a goalie like Bernier and a young exec like Shanahan I feel more confident than with previous executives like Peddie, Dryden, Burke...

2 months, 1 week ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes

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