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C'mon Josh Leivo . He is one of the few Leaf prospects who is too big to play for Team Smurfs . We need Leivo &/or Frattin to get serious about becoming 20 goal scorers in the show.
7 hours, 31 minutes ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday
@DylanJ @HeatherRickAkin I know , and that is bothersome. We really need to get lucky and have someone like Frattin or Leivo or even Biggs (fat chance) breaking through to help add some size to our front nine. I cant understand how Frattin lost his game (he is playing better now) and I have seen Leivo do some good big man type work on the boards , and he has some hands, so, you never know. Maybe we also snag a decent sized centre later in round one.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Todd McLellan in play
I just posted on the Strome article (audio) that we will very likely end up with Marner. The more I read the more I see it happening. Hanifan....good, but not as good as advertised. Strome ....very good, and big ....only lacks high end foot speed . Marner ....off the charts talent and able to do things at Mach speed . He is Hunter raised , and that isn't the reason that he will be a Leaf , but it doesn't hurt . Strome will be gone anyway to the Yotes . The idea of a guy who is as talented (maybe better) as Kessel , with better work ethic , is pretty exciting . I don't care if Marner is a bit light , he will add pounds and muscle . You cant add smarts and speed...it is there or it aint.
When Edmonton got the first pick, the Leafs chances of getting Strome vanished ....totally. Our worst fear was that Arizona, bless their totally useless hearts, would drop to third , and without hesitation, pick Strome ahead of Hanifan or Marner . While most of us would prefer Strome , he will be a Yote. I am ambivalent , but it seems a no brainer, that on a pure talent basis, Marner gets the nod over Hanifan . So, at this point , I see us ending up with Marner , who after McDavid and Eichel , looks to be the most gifted player in this year's draft. Yes, Hanifan would look good with Rielly anchoring our D for the next dozen years , but , surprisingly, I am reading that maybe Hanifan is not the super package some see him as. And even though we are not strong on defence, we do have some potential prospects who are getting close to NHL ready. Up front, we have precious little in terms of prospects , and other than Willy Ny , not one has high end potential. So, it will be Marner. You never know, the Leafs may also snag either a centre of D man in the first round who could become a difference maker. Marner in all likelihood will not be a centre, but a Patrick Kane type winger , from what I read.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Dylan Strome – Leafs Lunch, April 21st
I have felt for a long time now that MLHS is the most complete and entertaining source of info for Leaf, Marlie , and NHL news . The reporting is responsible and there are always many ardent supporters with their true blue comments . Anthony happens to do a great job on his Notebook , which is the flagship for this site. So, as others state very often, hats off to Anthony . I am really eager to see what comes out of this draft , and how the Leafs proceed . Luck will play a part....eg where will Nashville's pick be .... and also , can the Leafs get a good draft return on any of there expendable pieces (more luck, maybe ?). And of course how the Leaf braintrust ....Dubas, Hunter et al ....rate the picks . Anthony alluded to this in regards to Hannifan and Marner . Further, there are kids that may be attainable with picks outside the top ten (but not much outside) . I could toss out three or four names, and so could most readers...but if you can add one or even two of them (Zacka , Provorov etc) , it would make for a bountiful draft. And, yes, I don't think little Ronnie was anywhere near right when he said the Leaf rebuild would be a seven year thing. More inclined to believe what Anthony is stating...done right , you can be on the road to respectable in two or three seasons . This group is NOT Lowe , Katz and MacT .....thank the lord.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Leafs Notebook Season Finale – April 20
@Omac13 @HeatherRickAkin don't like that answer.....anyone else ? ha ha
1 week ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Does anyone out there think there is even a one in a billion chance that McDavid just tells Edmonton (the toilet bowl of ALL major sport cities) that he just aint going there, and to work out a deal with Toronto ? Lindros did it, and this kid is smarter than Lindros ....
@Mattmark @HeatherRickAkin no question ...all great players, and on the small side. But, you still need a balance, and I maintain you cant be top heavy with ballerinas, or ball busters. Need both . I don't think I would want to go into Boston with a top nine that featured Marner, Brown, Nylander, Kessel , the Swedish kid we drafted a while back...Andreas Johnson .... even Bozie , he isn't real tiny, but he never throws a check . So, I think the brass , if its a close call in the draft, will lean towards some size up front. If Marner turns out to be another Cournoyer, and Strome is the second coming of Wayne Carlton or some other mediocre behemoth, then if we choose the big lummox, we look real bad. Right now, more than more height and more weight, we need more heart ....so , lets see how this plays out.
1 week, 4 days ago on Marlies two points away from clinching playoff spot after win over Iowa
We need someone like Frattin or Leivo , who both have decent upside, to break through and become NHLers who can play the cycle game, and also score a bit. Hoffman and Stone did it for Ottawa and they are fifth and sixth round picks. Connor Brown may be good, but he is pretty lightweight . Same for Nylander....good , but will always be on the small side, weight wise. I think Kessel will get traded because the Leafs will most certainly want Nylander , and likely Brown , to become top nine guys . You cannot have a forward group with more than maybe two guys under 180 in your top nine. I am pretty sure that even though Hunter may love Marner, the Leafs will go to Strome , or Hanifan (I know he is not a forward) because I doubt they think they can float their offence if your cornerstones are both quite small . And I don't care if Nylander is 5'11'' and projects to 190lb. , he is not a physical guy and never will be. I hate to say that teams who own the corner boards win , but , it's true.
I think it was those guys at Pension Puppets who wrote a very tongue in cheek , very funny article on draft day , or free agent day (cant remember which) and the title was close to Who had a better UFA day, Dave Nonis or a potato . The potato won , Nonis is now out of work . So, with the price of luring an employed person from another franchise set at a second round draft pick , what are the chances that the Leafs may want to hire that shrewd (compared to Nonis) tater ? Would you like fries with that ?
1 week, 6 days ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
@mcloki @philthethrill great laugh ...
1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix
Quite the purge . The one guy who I have wondered about over the years is their head scout....is it Morrisson ? He has seemed at times, at least on this site, to get some backing. On the other hand , the Leaf prospect pool is , and has been for a while , rated as mediocre at best. Really , I have no idea . There seems to be a few guys who could emerge into good NHLers , and as a comparison, I believe Hoffman and Stone in Ottawa are only fifth and sixth round picks. Mentioned above is that the Leafs took Gauthier in the first round, knowing he was at best, a future third liner . Much worse is the frigging around to get Tyler Biggs, who so far , looks like a wasted pick ( I think). So , if Morrisson gets canned , would it be surprising ? Again, I have no idea if he has done good, bad or ok . It sure would have been nice though for the Leafs to have a Mike Hoffman emerge out of nowhere .
@In it to Winnik @HeatherRickAkin thanks ...getting kinda nervous now ....
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Monday Mashup: Bernier – “I’d love to stay here and for a long time obviously”
Can anyone answer this : If the Leafs and Canes finish tied in points, who gets the #4 pick and who gets #5 ? Thanks .
When I look at the Leaf prospect pool , I wonder why it is rated so badly . So many writers state that there isn't much in the Leaf cupboards , and maybe so , but other than Buffalo having a Sam Rhinehart , who actually has a sure fire star developing in their farm system ? My take is that you never really know what you have in a player until he is ready for the show , then you skate him out there and see if he is a fit. Kids like Leivo , Johnson, Percy , McWilliam, Loov, etc. may not be Connor McDavid , but if you believe what you read , they are crap, while other teams kids are potential top sixers, or top four defencemen . With our new management team and style, I think the prospect pool for us will grow, and some will become very useful Leafs . As most people state, proper development is a key element in a successful pipeline to helping your NHL team stay strong . There is evidence that the Leafs are embracing that philosophy .
3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Prospect Update: 2014-15 Season Wrap
@MaxwellHowe @HeatherRickAkin c'mon Max...don't piss on our parade....
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Game 78 Scoring Chances: Sabres 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@happy_gilmour @HeatherRickAkin I have to confess that I haven't seen the Leafs much lately...in Florida for March & April. But if you read Evan's report, Erixon had a pretty bad game last night and so did Smith . Anyway, I was kind of tongue in cheek with my statements. Erixon is a former first round pick, so you are right...you hope he has something. The Oilers, though , do worry me . No question, they should , and likely will, take Hanifan. I will feel a lot better when Nonis or Shanihan steps to the podium and says we are selecting Dylan Strome .
So the game plan for the rest of the season is to play Tim Erixon and Trevor Smith as much as is humanly possible. Got it. Still looks to me like we will have our choice of Strome or Marner , if Edmonton does the expected , and sensible, and takes Hanifan . But, geez, it's Edmonton. Worrisome.
Tip of the hat to Anthony on his usual fine work in his notebook . A ton of good stuff .
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
Hopefully the Leafs , over time , will really benefit from the new age thinking that some of the young hires bring to the management team . I think the team will be better positioned and sharper at finding good draft picks , after the obvious first thirty or forty kids . Most anyone who follows this site could make a good choice in the first ten picks , most every year . But , for rounds two , to drafts end .... if you are very sharp there , you can help stock the cupboard with solid support guys, and occasionally , you can hit a home run . Detroit is likely the best example of that. In this years draft, it looks pretty clear that the Leafs will draft at #4 , unless the lottery moves us back to #5 (ok , forget the McDavid dream already) . Could it be any clearer that with McDavid, Eichel and Hanifan going one, two , three , that the Leafs will pick Dylan Strome ? I just do not see them considering any other player .
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: Kyle Dubas on How Analytics has Limited the Impact of Cognitive Bias on Personnel Decisions
Just looked at our schedule , and Carolina's , games remaining. I still think we end up lower than Carolina. us getting 65 points for the year, Carolina , 67 or 68 . I am nervous though , that the Leafs will do the purely Leafian thing , and , you know ....screw that up . Barring winning the lottery , which is unlikely , if we pick at #4 , I guess the large majority of Leaf fans would choose Strome . After that , barring some fancy and unlikely dealing , I guess we should get Nashville's pick , at around #25 , or close to it. Wonder if at 25 , with this deep draft, do you get a dandy ...or someone like Percy , who may be good , in time.
1 month ago on Game 74 Scoring Chances: Wild 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I just looked at our remaining games , and Carolinas . Trying to be totally unbiased , I see the Canes finishing with two more points than the Leafs will . That is pretty darned close . If it works out this way , we draft at #4 . I do not see us making up six points to catch Columbus , so, we are either at #4 or #5 . Then of course the lottery may change things. We should draft no worse than #6 . I did just read that the Leafs really like the Russian defenceman in the WHL...Ivan Provorov. I like him from what I saw at Christmas in the world juniors , but I doubt you use a #6 (or higher) pick on him. Wonder if there may be some jockeying of pick position , if the Leafs do not have a shot at Strome. I see Strome as the obvious pick for Toronto ...a big centre with first line material written all over him . If they cant get Strome , are there any other centres in round one who may be described as a home run swing ? McDavid and Eichel obviously should be gone before we pick. No offence to Marner , but unless he has Doug Gilmore testies , I pass.
1 month, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
Glad to see Anthony douse the flames on the thinking that canning Carlyle was an error . It was not. Randy is a dinosaur , and I believe statistically , his teams in both Anaheim ( a good team) and the Leafs (not so good) were a disaster . I doubt he gets another gig. Aside from the discussion on Carlyle , this notebook struggles to come up with anything meaningful , and that is no disrespect to Anthony. He is a fine writer with a strong analytical mind. But , at this juncture , I cannot be bothered to care a damn about this team , except to hope that they lose every game (but not get slaughtered in doing so). The guys who are not trying will not lose value , or suddenly become worse NHL players from now on . When next season begins , you will see more energy and caring . Next season will likely be a shipwreck, too , but I do not think we need to accept Ron Wilson's seven year prediction as anything close to accurate. Damien Cox has cited several teams who have turned things around in two or three seasons , so I think that may be possible here , too . Kudos to Anthony for continuing to churn out the Notebook, when there is so very little to care about at the moment . Maybe the site needs to put more focus on the Marlies over the next couple of months .
1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
I like Leo ...but when all you have to talk about is Leo and some guy named Smith being at the top of the heap .....guess that's all you need to know about this team . I hate to begrudge a win ...but ...why, Bozie ?...why ? .....
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 68 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Sabres 3 (SO)
Ya know , I have looked at Booth a fair amount this season , and up till the last few games, I thought he had totally lost his mojo when it came to scoring . Seemed like he would miss when it was impossible to miss. But, I have liked his drive all season long, and many times, I was surprised and pleased at how well he did in the scrums . He is a strong guy and he wins more one on one battles than most of our guys (ok , the bar is low on that one) . The team could do worse than lock this guy up for a couple years , on the cheap . Conversely , Leo Komorov has seemed to have lost all his doggedness since he was blind sided by that cheap shot artist in Washington , who the league thinks can do no wrong . Hope Leo comes back strong next season....we need more guys like him , and fewer guys like ....pick any ten Leafs .
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 10
If there is one guy on the Leafs at the moment who can be looked at positively, it may be Horachek . Although continually playing Kessel, JvR and Bozak is curious. I like it , though, because it helps the tank. Those three seemed to have given up the ghost, totally . Wonder what the Leafs odds are off finishing 4th lowest ? It seems a lock that they will either finish 4th, 5th or 6th worst. No chance they can slide below Buff, Edmonton or Arizona . Anyway, losing is ok , but losing embarrassingly bad is not, so you wonder how much these guys care any more. Again...good for the tank.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: Kadri sent home by Horachek
I read somewhere that Wilson's flippant 7-8 year rebuild comment is a reflection of Kessel and Phaneuf's contracts . Maybe . In any case, I don't think anyone in their right mind feels that the most challenging rebuild in any sport would be an eight year project. Toronto has always had the money to throw around, and I guess that money has cleared the Clarkson situation , and bought a few draft picks over the next couple drafts. Now , we all hope , they organization has got serious and added the brain power to make solid decisions in the rebuild . If the money and smarts are both on board , there should be no way a true rebuild will take 7 or 8 years . How about three to four years. That , to me , is realistic.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Ron Wilson: “Leafs Rebuild will take 7 or 8 years”
I want the Leafs to sink as low as they can , and I see that being 4th from the bottom . More realistically, as peterbleafs said, they will likely fumble around and finish 6th last. Still should get a good one there. As far as the present core goes, while Kessel is clearly the biggest slacker of the core guys, he will likely be staying. Elite finishers simply should not get traded , and when the team gets on track again , Kessel will still be Kessel , but he his production should jump back up to say 35 goals a year, maybe 75 points . Not perfect, but if you trade Kessel , teams will try to lowball you , given his occasional month off . As far as Phaneuf, Lupul and Bozak , for various reasons, they need to, and will be , traded . I don't have a hate on for any of them ....but, it's time .
As usual , the Notebook produces some light in darkness . A great read , and Anthony's heavy focus on the Clarkson fiasco will no doubt be proven 100% correct as time goes by..
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4
I think AP's notebooks need to be mandatory reading for all of Leaf management . Not saying everything Anthony writes is correct (most of it seems well thought out, though) , but ....it makes you think . That's an exercise that has been missing at times with the Leaf brain trust . And if you want to tank , keep on sending out Bozie's line in OT and other critical junctures . They rarely let you down .
2 months ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd
@DylanJ @HeatherRickAkin you have nailed it.
2 months ago on The Bozak-Corsi Dilemma
Here's what I think . The change of playing style from Carlyles outdated approach to Horacheks system has helped Bozie. I like a lot of what Bozie does . He skates decently, handles the puck ok, has some on ice vision , finishes ok , good on the draw. He is poor on one on one battles , has no mean streak , and will get outplayed by bigger guys. He isn't small , but he doesn't play big. I don't give a hoot about what corsi or fenwick or whatever . Bozie is an average player on a lousy team , who have way too many players who play like Bozie. Bozie, and most of those powder puffs, would do a lot better on a tougher team , where their softness can be insulated . Same for Phil , JvR, Gardiner etc . I don't need the fancy stats to pint out the obvious . If and when we trade guys like Bozie and Kessel , if they land in the right place , people will be crying, why the heck did we trade them. The answer is because , as I said, we have an overload of lovers . We need a lot more snarl . It was evident against Winnipeg last night in a chippy game, but that isn't really the nature of this Leaf team . Even Reilly, our close to untouchable , is a lover...albeit a truly talented player . Bozie will be Bozie, wherever he goes . But, at the end of the day, to change the chemistry of this team and make them harder to play against , some of these decent, soft players, need to be removed. And replaced with more aggressive types, until you find the right balance . Maybe corsi and fenwick can point that out...I dunno .
That, I think, is an interesting and likely, quite accurate assessment of what goes on behind closed doors, in terms of player selection....be it at a draft, or at the trade table. Scouts, after all , are pretty low on the totem pole , and they are paid to watch, then give their opinions. The big boys ....eg Brian Burke .... ultimately decide who it is they want ....eg ,Tyler Biggs, Luke Schenn ...whomever. Oooohhhh....maybe those weren't the greatest examples of Burkie's shrewdness . They do have tenacity, however. Or not.
2 months ago on Bob McKenzie on Leafs scouting
Even as we plummet in the standings (yahoo !!) , I feel we are in pretty good shape entering the draft, unless the press clippings on Hunter and Dubas are way wrong . F' rintance , we all know who the top two centres in the draft will be ..... but after that , you have Strome, Marner , and a good Czeck kid ...Pacha ?? who , I think plays in the O . You have to think that somehow , we will come out of this draft with a ringer who is at the very least, an upgrade on Kadri , whom I do not mind , but do not see as a true #1 C . I have been lukewarm on the Leafs scouting staff in recent years , and even though their head guy talks a good line , these new dudes aren't in town just so that the coffee parties are larger.
2 months ago on The Leafs shouldn’t retain a dollar of Phil Kessel’s contract
That's a great article, Alec , and as I read it ...starting with the "and not retain a dollar '' line , it is clear that you do in fact feel that our GM/Prez. , whatever , would indeed be outfoxed by a rival GM if the Leafs do end up trading Kessel , and retaining dollars . You would have a ton of support for your take on this , and I am totally with you . The others ... be damned ! Wouldn't it be fabulous if the Leafs actually drafted a true honest to God #1 centre in June , and the kid was fast tracked to being our #1 pivot . It is possible that McDavid , Eichel , and Strome could all be regulars in the NHL next fall. And , if Kessel was not traded , he would finally have an elite centre , which Bozie is not (still a good NHLer , though) . I am not saying you draft a kid and ruin him just to help Phil , but those three kids look like sure bets to take the quick street to the NHL . With all the trade talk on Kessel and Phaneuf, I wonder if in fact the Leafs feel a very strong need to trade Phaneuf , and not near the need to move Kessel , but by implying both are on the block, it may take a bit of heat/embarrassment off the captain ? Crazy ? Yeah , maybe...but , hey , it's Toronto .
So, I think Winnik gets our only goal, Santorelli plays well , and so does Franson . Lets suppose without those three, we would have lost our point . Hmmmm . Nonis is waiting till the 11th hour , but I think he will wait too long . If there are 6 to 8 teams on the bubble now, in two weeks time, there may only be 3 or 4 teams on the bubble, so now your buyers are fewer, and maybe they have filled their want list. My opinion is that Nonis will sit on his hands and we will end up keeping two of those three guys....maybe all three. And if it plays out like most Leaf hands, they will walk in July . These guys aren't Crosby and Letang...trade them now and get something, for cripes sake. Hope I am wrong, but the clock is ticking.
2 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #57, Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)
@Savo43 way too creative for our management group to orchestrate . But , a good plan .
2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours
Someone please answer me this : Franson is playing HURT . He has a sore hip . The Leafs in no way can risk this guy getting hurt . If he sits , it will help with the tank . So WHY IS HE PLAYING ????? Are there any other answers then that the Leaf braintrust are still the stupidest management crew in the NHL ???
@Airfreshener @TheLoovTrain yes, Lloyd .....
2 months, 1 week ago on Report: Brendan Shanahan set to go nuclear on Leafs roster
Nice hockey deal by Buffalo and The Peg .....good for both teams . Know why the Leafs don't do real hockey deals ? They can't, that's why . They are so screwed with bad, immovable player contracts that they literally cannot make a trade of significance. Even the joke Sabers are able to wheel and deal . The Leaf team is cursed by bad management and that is why they are where they are. And because of that nincompoop leadership , they now have to move out guys like Santorelli, Winnick , and Franson. They get to keep Clarkson , the three floaters on the first line , and many people's favourite whipping boy, Phaneuf . If , indeed , they do trade any of The Big Five , they may have to accept less than fair value . Clarkson, Phaneuf and Kessel are overpaid , so that makes a fair trade very difficult to do . Bozie and JVR are not overpaid , so there may be a way to get decent return on those two. Still , the bigger picture is the team are tight against the cap with bad contracts, and every GM in the business knows that . I'd be careful about that light at the end of the tunnel , given the shrewdness Leaf management has displayed over the past few years.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4
We desperately need to keep dropping in the standings. We have several marketable "pieces" , whom , once removed, will actually help with our tanking . All we need to do is move these helpful guys prior to March 2nd. After that, they are ours, and we no doubt lose them in the summer for zippo . What could possibly go wrong ?
I have read that Phoenix aka Arizona ...are interested in The Thrill . Makes sense . Phil is a marquee player , in spite of his warts , and he would sell some tickets in the desert . Yotes blogger suggests two trades, but the one I would do in a heartbeat is Domi, Michael Stone ( a young D man) and the Yotes first rounder in 2016 , in exchange for Kessel . I am a Kessel fan , but this team needs more heart and grit , and I think Domi would add some of that.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
Anthony , you have outdone yourself on this effort. The Notebook is always a great read....this one , even more so . Thank goodness ....at this juncture , Leaf fans need something to buoy them .
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 10
I just looked over the rest of the Leaf schedule . Of the 28 games remaining , I ballparked the Leafs doing as poorly as 7 POINTS in those games. Of course, I am wildly biased as I want the team to drop as close to 30th as possible . I realize that Buffalo , and Edmonton are clearly out of reach . OK , 7 points in 28 games .... maybe not . How about double that ....say 14 points the rest of the way , and we end up the season with 64 points. If we unload some veterans , and replace with prospects/picks, I think around 64 points is reasonable . Am I nuts ? And if 64 is reasonable , where would that land us ?? 27th overall ?????
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 54 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Oilers 1
With the ton of Leaf jokes making the rounds on the internet, etc. , I am sure this " trade " , will serve to spike even more cheap shots at our boys . Things such as , yes, it's changing the culture , or changing the core group jokes that will surface right away. Unless of course the management team actually do make some meaningful trades . Tick tock, tick tock ......
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs trade David Broll, Carter Ashton to Tampa Bay for conditional 7th round pick
@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew Cameron , you are a hardass with a lot of your opinions...but you also make many astute observations, such as this one.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks
As usual , a great job by Anthony in his Notebook . The most pertinent parts of this Notebook that I wish to comment on are the Leafs not going to the dirty areas in the O zone, and Nonis hanging around as a lame duck GM , and this basically making the front office a dysfunctional joke , at a critical time , with the trade deadline weeks away, and the most significant draft in a decade , just ahead. With a reluctance to go to the dirty areas in the O zone, it is a combination of not having the stomach/desire to do so , and , maybe , being a bit undersized as a forward group. The Leafs , besides needing a true #1C , direly need a couple of Lucic type wingers . Willie Nylander , with all his skill , doesn't address that. So , we clearly need to shed some of the lightweights (not Willie) . And, as Anthony is clear on , a far more monumental problem than the roster itself , is needing to act on the management disarray . For the love of God , make a statement that Nonis is no longer running the ship, that Mark Hunter (or his dog) is now the de facto GM . If Nonis is not surgically removed, the team brass will waddle around in the water, do nothing , and the trade deadline will pass. Sigh ..... I guess this is exactly how they do business , so ...trades ? what trades ?? Inquiring minds want to know .
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3
Goals ? There is only one goal for this season ....ONE . Finish as low in the standings as you possibly can without Commissioner Weasel calling Mr Shanahan and saying something is smelly in The Big Smoke.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Goals? Never heard of ‘em
@wiski nah, wiski, I think the first star is that gorgeous thing next to Louis
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0
Holy cow ...the stars seem to be aligning . Arizona wins today , Minnie is ahead of Van ...... if we continue to stinko , is #3 overall totally out of the question ??? Shanny needs to tweek things a little to hedge the odds a bit more . Moving out a couple of hard workers like Santo and Winnick for futures , and trading Franson for a pick and/or prospect , may do it. Doesn't seem like there is a big chance that Franson stays , for various reasons .
While I am not much of an analytical fan , Evan's great work often sheds light on how well (or not) guys are doing on various areas of play . The news isn't all bad , and even though the Leafs couldn't hit the ocean with a paddle , at least they do not resemble the keystone kops in their own zone , as they have so much of the time in recent years. Yes, I know firewagon hockey has its great moments to watch , but ultimately , you lose to teams that do not play that way (that is ALL the good teams) . So while this is painfull to watch , I believe the direction is correct. The bonus here is that with every loss , we enhance our draft position , and we are solidly in the bottom ten . My feeling is that we will draft 6th, 7th or 8th , because we simply cannot go another thirty games and lose , say , 25 to 27 of those games . If we dump some players for prospects and picks and leave our roster thin on veterans, then yes, we may continue to struggle to get points against teams who are in the hunt for a playoff spot. The sooner we move out useful guys like Santo, Winnik , Franson , and higher end guys like Lupal ( I doubt Phaneuf or Kessel get moved before Mar 2) , the better it is for the tank . I do not think Jake gets traded . Could Bernier get moved ? Maybe , bit given the return , that one could really come back to haunt you . Riemer is fine but I still think Bernier has more upside. Bibeau , with one more year after this in the AHL , may be a dandy , but it is too early to call (even though the kid seems to have made the jump to the pro game look easy). Tanks for reading.