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@NotSince67 oldie but goodie!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
I know its a win and I always want my leafs to win but this win against the buffalo McDavids doesn't leave me feeling elated. We could be right back in the shitter by the week's end.
I'd throw Leo on the first line just to wake Kessel and Bozak up a little.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@peterbleafs @darthNihilus Sad but its the reality. You want him learning the habits of Dion and Co?
@peterbleafs @darthNihilus I think you are wrong. By playing with the big club he just gets ruined. Why dump him into this shitshow in his second pro season? Dmen take longer to develop too. Let him be a force in a couple of years with a better coach and better team.
I like how they sent Percy to the farm - Dubas said its better for his overall development to play 20 mins a night in all the right situations with the Marlies than 10 minutes with the Leafs sparingly. A wise decision.
@Sexyhairyman The experiment won't last more than 2 shifts unless something happens in those 2
@wiski we already have enough one dimensional players on this team LOL
@Dogger Sucks the same. Can't stand Cary's faces (though less of them this year)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Pressing question on all Leaf player's minds: guys how many days till golf season?
@HHT @darthNihilus Naz and Phil will ask for a trade right away :-)
@MaxwellHowe @darthNihilus we need a better coach than that. Maybe just as an interim.
Who will be the new coach of the maple leafs and when is he coming?
@Bruffins No its Shanahan throwing Nonis out the window!
@Bobsyouruncle to Randy Carlyle's (from what I heard)
@MaxwellHowe or avoid being upset when they trounce us 8-0 LOL
@Burtonboy You cannot leave. Without you we won't know what going on on the twittersphere! (machete don't tweet!)
@Burtonboy you'll be back after the next win (they have us by the short and curlys these Maple Leafs)
@Bobsyouruncle Still not keen on trading him but for the right return-this team has no untouchables.
@Potcy @darthNihilus @mike_84 Maybe we are not going to get the type of rivalries we had years ago. There have been some good games with hate full on displayed by Chicago and LA, some doozys between the sharks and kings, ducks and a few others.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark So what you are saying is that we could easily have won had we tried a little harder?
@Potcy Philly vs Pitts games can get ugly and intense on occasion. Their respective fans hate each other kinda like we hate the habs and they hate us.
@Potcy @mike_84 last year's cup finals were pretty intense and entertaining even without the big fights.
@Potcy @darthNihilus I'm not sure, habs and bruins? Hard to have rivalry with a team you play twice a year.
@MaxwellHowe @darthNihilus I'd prefer if Shanahan canned Nonis first. I do not trust him to turn these assets into god returns.
@Potcy I think the animosity is still there but the big fights have been scaled back. Perhaps all those guys passing away may have had something to do with it.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark And we were even more awful than they were. What does that say about us? Or about their ~ 80% success rate against us over the past few years?
@Shafty Without the massive overpayment we would not be the Leafs now would we? lol
@Potcy @darthNihilus You will not get any argument on that from me. He is awful. But sadly so are some of our players.
@Shafty Lets see what the next coach gets out of him. I don't like him paired with Gards or Franson so far. If Robidas can pick up his game he is a better partner for Dion.
@Cameron19 I believe 20 games or so after RC is fired.
@Potcy No. He needs to go first.
IN order to trade everyone (for a decent return) the Leafs need to go on a 10 game winning streak so that they can trade from a position of strength. Then it is time for the rebuild that should have started when Burke was hired.
Another thing that drives me nuts is bringing analytics into every single debate and blaming the current clusterfuck on the analytics proponents and the analysts themselves. Who in their right mind believed that the hiring of Dubas and Co. would yield immediate results on the ice? The kings for example did this for 10 years before the results were seen on the ice. I do not expect to see the full fruits of the analytics labor for another 5 years or so, with some intelligent and fact based decisions during the process in the meantime. But to somehow blame the proponents of analytics for the poor play of Kessel, Dion and etc is just absurd.
a problem with trying to make trades at this time is that from a position of weakness you rarely get a just return. Teams know that you are hurting and are looking to rip you off. When your best players are Komarov, Santorelli and Winnick your team is in deep shit. Add Reilly and Bernier and the rest of the team could go as far as I'm concerned. I opined early last season that the problems with the team went deeper than just Carlyle and I am even more convinced now that after he is fired we will need to clean house-does not matter who the new coach will be, because some of these players are just incapable of producing quality NHL minutes.
@GeorgeCastanza Yeah I expected at least 6 goals from that line in the 3 minutes randy gave them on the ice. LOL
2 months ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
If we go 0-10 Randy will be canned first. Then the players will have one final chance to show that it was the coach or his systems that screwed the team over. If we still suck after that I expect the blow-up and rebuild.2 games into the season though is not enough time to gauge the adjustment to whatever the Leafs brass have Carlyle and Co doing. I prefer this honest mistake prone hockey that doesn't deliver a false sense of "everything is alright". Lets see if the big millionaires come out tonight and earn their paycheques.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game Day: Game #3, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers (7 p.m., City TV)
It seems as though while bodies may have changed the style of play remains the same. I know its only preseason but regardless of the winning record all the troubling signs from last season's meltdown are apparent again. Now that the Leafs brass knows a bit more about possession and zone entries I hope they make the right decision early in the season otherwise we will be competing for the #1 loser in the McDavid sweepstakes.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
It will be interesting to see who will replace Lieweke.
I like the hiring of the Darryl Metcalf, Cam Charron and Rob Pettapiece. The stats are never going away its time we embraced and used them to our advantage (the Leafs').
I can see Nonis and Carlyle getting canned before Tim L. leaves.
4 months ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@Yaknowwhat I want him for his political views alone, lol he'd be awesome
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
Aside from the Komarov addition (too much money though), the Leaf's off-season moves have been completely pathetic. The team is worse than last year and worse than it was 2 and 3 years ago. We did not add secondary scoring, we added no forwards with capability for a 2-way game, we added no workhorse to help Dion's game, we added no center help (I wont talk about the Finn cause I've heard this story before - most recently about Gustavson who "was the most coveted goalie not playing in the NHL").
The Toronto Maple Leafs management including Tim Lieweke have absolutely no clue. They are still talking grit and heart but not about skill. Heart and grit need to be coupled with ability. The signings and moves thus far show they have never consulted a stat sheet to see who they were acquiring. The Leafs are the richest, highest ticket price and most glorious NHL team in the league but make moves like an expansion franchise (even those were better). The inability to make a decent trade and the condescending tone in interviews make teh organization even more pathetic. They sell us a bill of goods and expect us to cheer but we can see with our eyes and are capable of simple maths that show us who a player is. The pathetic roster filling for next season is a disaster in making - which most fans would have been OK with had they come out and said "look, we are going to try this rebuild thing, we are not going to add any expensive free agents, we will try and improve our drafting so bear with us while we go through the growing pains". Instead they are telling us that this team is built for playoff contention. Really Nonis? Do you think we are that dumb? Being Leafs fans we hope that we are really that stupid and that you and the rest of management are really that smart but I just don't believe it. We'll see if 20-25 games into the season we are cheering or booing. But all your jobs will be on the line if you were wrong.
@The_Polish_Cannon @Jordan29 said in his last interview that he would not
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address
@CanuckUKinToronto @darthNihilus Did Frattin score 20 goals for the kings/jackets last year? Holland is ok by me I like him, but I have seen him play 8 good NHL games - have the leafs declared him as the replacement? (dont get me wrong I wanted Bolland gone)
@Bruffins @darthNihilus I dont know man, I only understand the laws of the universe and physics which say teh leafs are currently short of a legit 3rd line C and a 20 goal scorer. (Komarov replaces Kulemin so thats a wash). Which improvements were you speaking of?
who did we replace bolland with and who did we replace raymond with?
@NotSince67 well we are far worse than the kings and blue jackets so he'll fit in nicely in our lineup. Those other good teams were just too hard for him to make.
@DWCMLHS @darthNihilus long as its not here I am all for it
grabbo is still available
@ Don Cherry wasnt that always the plan? They are just filling out a roster.
C'mon announce that Stamkos trade to the Leafs and all will be forgiven! I won't even care who plays on the 4th line, I promise.