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He isn't better because he's surrounded by morons. He needs different usage and a better supporting cast. Put him on a team like the blues or hawks and watch him exexcel.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: All Star Weekend
Phaneuf is one of the best d's in the game why would we unload him for nothing? If he goes we need to get back a first, a prospect and a good d or forward coming back the other way. Please nonis don't fuck this up!
I hope we Don't get suckered into an ROR trade. He is not worth 7 mil, i'd rather Bozer at 4.2. And fuck all the teams wanting to steal Kessel and Phaneuf for nothing cause we're hurting right now. If they get traded we need to see a proper return!
2 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: All Star Weekend
@vinoa Hasek over Roy any day.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@Savo43 This is the kind of shit that makes people think leaf fans are batshit crazy. First Kadri was the next gretzky and when he did not deliver everyone was on his ass. Now you're projecting 2 players that have never played a game in the NHL as 1st liners. lol
@Mcost61 @darthNihilus @vinoa Exactly. Why not let him go have fun on a contender, score 50 goals a year, perhaps win a cup and in the process help his old team by getting us a prospect that could be part of turning this shit show around?
@vinoa No one is shitting on him but he's one of the few that may put us on a path to respectability
holy fuck we've turned into ppp =-(
@Savo43 @Mcost61 @Yaknowwhat @vinoa He's almost 30. Why not turn him into something that helps us down the line instead of waiting and building around him for 5 more years. How good will he be by the time we get him the right pieces to play with?
@vinoa You're right. And on a stacked team it does not even matter and like Savo says you don't need a Kessel type to be defensively responsible-just go out there and score some goals. Problem with the Leafs is that we are not stacked and all our players are Kessel minded.
@Savo43 @darthNihilus I don't have the exact stats but for every goal Kessel scores he gives the opposition 2 chances the other way- is that good? Maybe the strategy is to put Kessel on the ice for short 10 second shifts where if he does not score he quickly comes off the ice?
@Savo43 I'd rather have a 30 goal scoring 2 way power forward winger than a one dimensional 50 goal scoring winger that costs his team each time he is on the ice.
@Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe I heard that if we hire Babcock Kessel will magically turn into Brett Hull, Bozak into Adam Oates and JVR into Cam Neely. Who wouldn't want that?
@Yaknowwhat @dlb, just dlb I think Reimer is better than Bernier, and that's saying something. lol
@MaxwellHowe @darthNihilus Good. Shanahan should hold another closed door meeting and tell the players to play any way they want to as long as they are losing.
@MaxwellHowe I hope we lose them all. Its going to be a tough race to the bottom of the league!
4 days, 23 hours ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@Yaknowwhat @MaxwellHowe We are playing with better possession but receiving poor results. The indication I get is that the current leafs are ok for run and gun but nothing else. Let's see at the end of the season by which time some of Horachek's lessons may have partially rubbed off on some of them.
@MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat I would call this era worse than the 80's. At least in the later half of the 80's we had hope, we had fun watching Wendel, we had fun watching Damphousse, fun watching Marois score 30 and Leeman 50. Who the fuck likes watching Kessel and Co mope around on the ice or Dion throw a nice hit once every 10 games or so?
I'm glad that we are finally (sort of) playing with better corsi and fenwick but continue to lose. By the end of the season it should become apparent to everyone (fans, management and stats nerds) that this team is not capable of executing the type of hockey that is required to win in today's NHL. A very small percentage of people have been saying this since the time Burke was hired and decided to forego rebuilding and wanted an "exciting" brand of hockey to be played by his club. The run and gun Wilson shit got us nowhere and Carlyle's anti-possession shit got us nowhere. Could it be that Kessel, Bozak, JVR, Phaneuf etc etc etc are just not cut out for the "good" hockey that we need? Until now the statisticians had us convinced that the problem was the coach (no argument there) and not the players, but through this short sample size it does not appear as though the coaching was the problem but the player's ability to execute.....something. I hope at the end of the season and another wasted year brings us to the conclusion that we should have started a re-build 8 years ago and while some of the guys on our team may be great players on other teams they are shit players on our team when required to play 2 way defensively responsible hockey. Let's rebuild this shit once and for all the right way with patience and player development, drafting and good coaching and we may live to see the fruits of that labor somewhere down the line.
1 week ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Jmessih fat lazy cookie eating bastard ;-)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: No miracle fix in Horachek’s first game
@Wilbur @darthNihilus don't live in Canada so fuck it
@Wilbur What did he say to tsn that he did not say to sportsnet?
@wiski hope not
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @DARF24 no there's a reason he's on the 4th line
@DARF24 Can we have Kopitar instead? (they can have kessel, dion, clarkson, bozak, jvr, lupul, kadri - whoever they want)
@Burtonboy @darthNihilus Worse comes to worse the dressing room gets divided between the hard working responsible group and the pansies.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@TheLoovTrain @darthNihilus Phaneuf upset his buddy Kessel? Never happen. Nor with JVR, Bozak etc.
If Polak keep telling the media the truth in post game interviews he's going to be the first guy to be traded (or given the Leeman treatment) LOL
@Burtonboy @darthNihilus Lets see. I think if there is no noticeable improvement from the "core" by the trade deadline - hard decisions need to be made.
@TheLoovTrain @darthNihilus @Burtonboy Wasn't there a time Ovechkin was considered the second best player in hockey after Crosby? Wow have times changed.
@Burtonboy Yeah but on the Caps it was one floater here Horachek has to change 3-4 floaters. LOL
Now that the carlyle crutch has been removed (we did need a new coach -not named babcock) I am curious as to what kind of team this will be and how they will play. The core (P9, Phil, JVR, Bozak) will get to show the management and everyone else whether it was the coach's systems not working or that they lack the ability to adhere to any type of system. I think the next 40 games will determine whether the Leafs tear it all down or just require minor tweaks. I think this team will be blown up at the end along with Nonis.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
@Bring the Cup Home Scotty Bowman could come out of retirement to coach this team and it would still suck shit. The coaching sucks for sure but there are deeper problems with this team and their ability to execute simple judgement and simple plays. Babcock has never coached a veteran and skill devoid team like the Leafs.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #40, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m., HNIC)
@Yaknowwhat the stats nerds say there is no such thing as "character" and everyone in the league competes at the same level so there is no "heart" either. Qualities that cannot be measured do not exist. (its not because of lack of trying that Kessel floats around the ice its because Carlyle hasn't taught him where to go or what to do)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat or ROR
4 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Is this the beginning of the annual nose dive? All it takes is 3-4 wins in a row and all is forgotten/forgiven.
@Yaknowwhat the analysts believe that the problem is with the coach and the systems he deploys. We will know better once the coach is displaced and we see the performance of the team. Getting outshot 2-1 on a regular basis cannot be only because of bad coaching.
@NotSince67 oldie but goodie!
3 months 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.
3 months 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)
3 months 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?