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Anthony, you are as much fun to read as the Leafs are NOT fun to watch. That may be a bit harsh, because at times the heartless wonders are pretty fancy and do some neat stuff. What I mean though, is that Anthony's observations most always make perfect sense , and what he sees/suggests should be obvious to Leaf management ....yet, so often the way that Nonis et all go about things, seems far removed from what Anthony...and really, many of us...see . As frustrating as those Leafs are ON the ice, management seems just as frustrating with some of their puzzling (as kind a word as I can summon up) moves  OFF the ice. I know it is difficult to orchestrate meaningful trades, but hey, even the Mad Hatter of Philadelphia completes true hockey trades. And, criticize Homer as much as you want, but things are never dull in Philly, and the last time I looked, the Flyers were still lacing them up . Misery loves company and we are all in this together...but for cripes sake, we need to see this team do something dramatic and stop being hockey's version of the Cubs.  

34 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs: Buy Low, Sell High

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Mention here by someone (Jordan?) that we keep our first round pick, and with luck, we add a forward who may step right in and contribute next season. I know there should be several forwards available at that #8 spot , and if we get lucky and pick the right one, he could be ready for prime time. Still, since I have read some reviews on Haydn Fleury , a big well rounded defenceman, I cant get the kid out of my head. After Ekblad, Fleury is the undisputed #2 defenceman in this year's draft. He is big, skates well , defends well without taking many penalties, has some snarl, and his offensive game is decent and improving. In short, Fleury has more upside than any of our defencemen other than Rielly . That includes all Leaf D men, and anyone on the farm ...and there are some good kids coming ...Percy, Finn, MacWilliam , Granberg . Somehow I think the Leafs will opt for one of those good forwards....Ritchie, McCann, a couple other, and I am ok with that. But, I will be really interested in where this Fleury kid lands .

4 days, 11 hours ago on Toronto Marlies to face Milwaukee Admirals in Round 1

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@MaxwellHowe @HeatherRickAkin I  know both guys are flawed  ie Dion and Spezza. I wonder, though ,if trading Dion might be addition by subtraction ??? It may force the coach (?) to give a lot of playing time to Rielly, Gardner, and whomever else is left ? It may be a recipe for disaster, but at this point, we couldn't sink much lower . I wouldn't fight tooth and nail to make that trade, and as ingy56 said, Ottawa wouldn't trade with Toronto anyways . Just a fun question....

1 week ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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Here is a 100% hypothetical question , because one of the subjects is going to be a UFA very soon(and sign for huge money, somewhere) , and the other is locked up at huge money for 7 years . I wonder what percentage of MLHS fans would trade Phaneuf for Spezza , even up ? If you assume that you would need to give Spezza a deal equal to Dion's , would you make the swap ? I will cast the first vote...yes, I would do it. 

1 week ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mind Bomb @HeatherRickAkin@LeafFan15 would love any of those guys, but for us, they may not be attainable. Make it happen, MB .

1 week, 1 day ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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@LeafFan15 there's the paradox...lots of grit on the farm, with little pure talent. Up with the Leafs, no grit, but quite a bit of pure talent . So, if you grab Ehlers, he may  look like Kessel on the farm , but we really don't need another Kessel. No offence to Phil...I love the guy... but we need high end guys like Toews, who are also snarly.

1 week, 1 day ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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Barring trading or switching draft picks in round one (possible, not probable),  I have been thinking that Hayden Fleury looks like a very solid kid to grab at # 8 . He is a large defenceman who reportedly plays a very good game behind his own blueline (may not fit in with our present group) , he skates well, and has a decent, improving offensive game (skating puck out of his zone, or puck passing skills) . As much as we know that the Leaf defence crew needs to move out one or two pieces , and upgrade via trading (very hard to do) or through our farm system , this kid offers better talent than anyone we have in our farm system . He projects to be , at minimum, a top four defenceman. So, I was sold on Fleury . Then I read something that someone wrote on that big Ritchie being "the next Lucic "   ....drool, drool, drool ........ 

1 week, 1 day ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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My first thought is that I would rather that the Leafs NOT try to recycle an old warhorse (sorry Barry) . They tried it with Randy, and the results, overall, are not good. Tampa brought in Cooper , and they are on a roll. Different team, I know. Still, the idea of a guy who gravitates to defence first, might be good for this swashbuckling, gutless , group . Yet, wasn't Carlyle supposed to be exactly that type of coach, after Pond Hockey Ronnie .  I dunno . I guess everyone thinks Randy is done. I do, too. Can any coach coax these guys to compete harder and not leave the D  zone before we actually have possession of the puck ? Lets hope someone has the strength of character to do what it takes. I think we are all growing a bit tired of the embarrassment .  

1 week, 2 days ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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Thanks for another great roundup of info, and opinion, Anthony.  Working backwards on your ten Storylines , I think its possible to address #10 Fix a Position , with that number 8 draft pick. While most people think the Leafs will select one of many fine forwards with their pick, what if they opted for Haydn Fleury . He looks to be a kid who is physically very close to being a man, and the description of his all around game is exciting. Solid and physical defensively, decent , with upside offensively, a likely top four D man, with a chance at top 2 . He is a kid who looks to plateau at a level that would trail only Rielly , in the Leaf depth chart. Higher than Gardiner , or Phaneuf, or any Marlie, or Finn, or Granberg. That's where I would go. You really cant trade for stud defenceman ....forget about Shea Weber . The other position to fix is centre , and unless the Leafs can bag one of the top two centres in the draft, they must hope to make the big trade for the likes of E. Staal , or maybe Skinner . Tough to do. But, Anthony does point out, there may be a fire sale or two. The trick with a fire sale acquisition is fitting such a dude under the cap. And trading one of our few young guns puts a bad taste in my mouth. Great piece of rhetoric on Reimer, Anthony . Typical of you to point out there is a ripple effect of shipping Reimer out. The Marlies ....someone out of that group needs to play for the Leafs next season, if for no other reason than to make the cap workable. I say two Marlies make it , but I think it would be great if three or even four made the jump (and succeeded). It would show that the development system is working. Finally, on coaching and management ..... most of it is bullshit, so I will pass on any commentary .   

1 week, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@Fish Head @Cameron19 nope, that's what I am reading. Bennett is a kid who has exactly what the Leafs need . He is your heart and soul type guy, and the comparisons to Doug Gilmore are there . Is there anything more to say ? 

1 week, 4 days ago on And that’s a wrap

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Bennet or Rhinehart , either Sam would do. I think we may have a real shot at making a trade of draft picks (with a package) and be able to draft one of the Sams. Next year, McDavid  comes along, but really, what are the chances that any team would trade away their chance to pick McDavid ?? Zilch. So, unless the Leafs finish 30th next year, that ship has sailed. Back to my question. Knowing that either Sam is still three years removed from being a number one centre in the NHL (and that is not a slam dunk), do we try to make such a trade, and if so, who would we have to ship out with our #8 , to get into the top 3 ? I would try for it, and ride Kadri and Bozak for the next three years (unless one of them goes in a trade).  Anyone ???

1 week, 4 days ago on And that’s a wrap

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@Fish Head I would do that deal....MacTavish, on the other hand, is able to speak in complete sentences, so, I don't think it gets done.

1 week, 4 days ago on And that’s a wrap

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@Leafs2 Isles1 Those are pretty good observations/thoughts. As usual, the most interesting time of the year for us....June, July and August

1 week, 4 days ago on And that’s a wrap

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Nice epitaph, Alec ....great read . I am curious to read peoples thoughts on who the Leafs draft ( if they keep their pick) , and secondly, who will our coach be in September . Sure looks like Randy is a goner ....he would be if I had a vote.  Glad we didn't make a late charge and fall just short. We have seen that script before and it really sucks. Going into the toilet like we did sucks, too, but not as much.  Finally, when I read comments coming from the Leaf brass , like, "we have to get back to the way we were playing earlier in the season" , .... are they kidding ??????? We were winning with smoke and mirrors. Outshot badly, outchanced badly, poor possession time. All of that needs to be changed before you can even dream of being a top ten team. The talent is there, but you need to move out some of the soft guys , and bring in some grit. You need soft, skilled guys , but you cant win with a team of them. Nor can you win with a team of muckers . Balance, friends, balance. Oh, and the DeBoer article has me totally on board. A peaceful Sunday to all.

1 week, 4 days ago on And that’s a wrap

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@rustynail @HeatherRickAkin@Cameron19 agreed, but the measure of this trade , down the road, and from a Leaf perspective, is if Holland develops into a solid #2 centre, or ....perhaps a #1 . He is a good skater with decent size, seems to see the ice well, passes well and has some ability to finish. Its all there . If he grows it all, the Leafs have made a dandy trade. If not, we have parted with a #2nd round pick and a mid level prospect. Likely neither will amount to what Holland COULD be .

1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 some interesting options there . I guess there isn't a player on the team I would not trade , except maybe Rielly.  You trade anyone if it makes you better . The Leafs cap problem is restricting the team , given the cap situation they are in. Stastny may be better than any centre we have, but he will be more expensive. How can we make that work , with limited cap space?  I guess that's where a shrewd and creative , and daring, GM comes in handy. Is Dave Nonis any of these ?  Patient, yes, cautious , yes . I continue to like his Holland trade , but his other trades are non factors, and his big signings are very much contentious issues . Need more time on all three . I think Randy is toast ...easier to replace one coach (and his staff) than four or five major players (again, cap related) . At the moment, I am thinking draft .  No idea who is there at #10, or what the #10,  and a package gets you. For me, this team needs a defenceman that is better than Phaneuf, and shock therapy for the softest group of forwards in the league.

1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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At this moment, the Leafs appear to be in line for the 9th overall draft pick. Of course they could, and will, frig that up by winning in Ottawa . Doesn't matter who they play in net, he will be great, and some twit like Raymond will score three goals, and we will win. Its the Leafs . On the other hand, at draft position #10, there must be a handful of kids who could become top end NHLers .

1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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I didn't much like Brian Burke's bombasity, but he did a lot more good things for the Leafs than bad. I tend to gravitate to lower key guys....like Dave Nonis , and yet I can see that Nonis' job might be a little precariously positioned, at the moment. He really hasn't had a long time at the helm, and some might suggest his big moves haven't worked out so well. Kessel ? I think he gets a passing grade on that one. Phaneuf and Clarkson ??? In the short term, easy to criticize .  The other move that comes to mind is getting Holland for a second rd pick , and Blacker, who is and was, down the depth chart of young defence prospects. At times you look at Holland and can clearly envision a top six forward (#2 centre ...maybe better ? ). Who knows. My money is on Nonis being around for a while and running things , even if Shanahan or whomever, get hired. I continue to believe Randy Carlyle is done as coach . I don't know who could come in, though, and whip this team into the combat mentality that is so necessary to win in the NHL. I don't mean punching someones lights out...I do mean either winning most of those board battles, or totally exhausting yourself trying. Not a lot of that in many Leafs, as the team is presently built. Maybe I am wrong, and Randy's replacement actually finds a way to get this team ornery . Hope so. 

2 weeks ago on Brendan Shanahan being considered for ‘top hockey ops’ job with Maple Leafs

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@Greg Fenton it may not be an excuse, but it is a reality...Dion is gassed after 20-22 min. , loses his zip and strength in the pits . You cant make a gazelle out of a water buffalo . He is what he is.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 7

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Nice work, Anthony. Man, it is so crystal clear that, besides gravitating to guys who play "in your face " hockey . Carlyle simply has not given the kids anywhere near  a fair shot because of one thing alone: he is aware that his job is on the line, and pretty well has been for the whole year . So, you go with vets like the face punchers , who simply are not players. Really is a crying shame that Ashton, D'Amigo  and Holland didn't get a chance to play enough to develop a bit. Those three kids surely would have provided much more than Orr, McLellan, McClement and Smithson (Smithson to a lesser extent). The ripple would have been easing the minutes of your first line. Great commentary on Kulimen, AP, and it gives credence to not being overly generous with Bolland's demands .  I have to stop here, but not without saying, most every time I read these Notebooks, I have to roll back the screen several times to re-read what AP has said...theres so much stuff , and his observations are pretty convincing. The stuff from Dreger, I think, about what pussies the Leafs are to play against, hurts more than anything . And unless the team disposition changes dramatically , we will be looking at lots of losses, poor puck possession stats, and being outshot and outchanced by large margins . This isn't about skill....it's about desire . I have no clue how you change this, and obviously, neither do Carlyle and his gang of assistants. Just  to put the Orr/McLellan critique in perspective ....while they both suck , a whole lot more blame needs to be directed at the 20 guys who all play a pile more minutes than the face punchers . The first line are soft, the second line looks good about one game a week, the defence ....rests .  Dion was very good early, lately...very bad. Franson could easily play Rip Van Winkle , and the rest of the D were spazzy too. Enough already .... , but, I do feel a bit better now. .    

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 7

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Sorry, Declan , I am not on the same page as the "all" who were hoping for the Buds to stay in the playoff chase (as far fetched as that was) , because the sad reality is, the team are in an unexplainable nosedive to oblivion. The depths that these guys have reached would defy Cpt Nemo . I have been reluctant to say, blow this mess up, but given whats happening here, I would say that you could count the untouchables on your thumbs. Rielly, and ..... uhh....  Rielly and .  You have to wonder. Carlyle gone is a slam dunk. Is Nonis leaving town, too ?  This team needs a heart transplant, and it may have to start at the top.  There are just no words to describe the lacklustre state of this team. And the argument that , really, we are only at best, a bubble team, and therefore shouldn't expect anything more than being close to a playoff spot in the 77th game, or whatever, just doesn't hold water. This  is a team who have less heart than any team in the league. Period. More talent than probably twenty teams. But talent alone doesn't win when most every other team have better work ethic. Tim ran a team who had good talent, but most of them also carried lunch buckets . Our boys last carried lunch buckets when they were in grade school.   OK, so now, the race is on for draft pick position, for sure. Dive ! Dive ! Dive !  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@ingy56 Everyone who likes Peter Holland, raise your hand . Wow...that's a lot of people. Randy ? Randy, I said if you like Peter Holland, raise your hand .....   Randy ?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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I hope that Lieweke  is smarter than Nonis and Carlyle . Not that the team is a train wreck , but they are very clearly flawed , and either don't have enough of the type of hockey player needed to thrive in todays NHL , or a poorly constructed system of play, or...more than likely, some of each. Here sits the richest team in hockey, with what Brian Burke calls a very strong front office and scouting team .  And yet, we flounder, more often than not resembling the Islanders more than the Red Wings. More keystone cop than competent . Exciting, yes ....but getting outshot and outchanced, badly, by the likes of Columbus and Florida . Cripes, Stevie Wonder could see the flaws in this team.  Fix it, Tim. 


2 weeks, 6 days ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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It is over. All that winning a game or two does now, is move us down the draft order. The Leafs...kings of Murphys Law . 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #77, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Flames 2

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Thanks to Alec for the great write up . A couple of thoughts.... a ton of ballyhooing directed at both Carlyle and Nonis for moving out Grabbo and MacA . Hindsight is pretty close to 100%, but at the time , I was glad to see Mac go because after looking golden one night, he was a total non factor for the next few games. I think last year was a reflection of his career. This season, Mac has played really well for Ottawa, and if he maintains that, Ottawa has made a coup . Time will tell . When Clarkson was signed, albeit for bigger money, I was happy with the change ( DC in, MacA  out) . Looks bad at the moment, but lets give it another season (we have no choice, anyway). When Grabbo was sent packing, and it cost the club money, it was a bit embarrassing, but Grabbo had one monster year , struggled mightily against a big Bruin team (others did too, but not everyone), and you knew Nonis was going hard for Bolland . Kadri is akid, and a good one , and Bozak , despite injuries, is proving he is a very decent centre , either #1, or #2 ...not bad at all. So lets get over losing Grabbo and MacA because Carlyle didn't like them . Far more onerus, is Carlyle sticking with the likes of Orr, McLaren, McClement , Raymond , and overusing and over valuing them. That can even be extended a bit to Phaneuf , who is clearly a decent player (the pylon references are ridiculous ) but much much overused. Even when Dion was gassed, out he went. The man is a 20-22 min. /game player. Any more, and you may as well play Mark Fraser. Going forward, Carlyle has less chance of being back next year, than the Leafs have of making the playoffs.   Nonis et all had better hope a coaching change helps the team, because, due to bad contracts like Clarksons and Phaneufs, and the cap situation, you can pretty well rule out help coming via a big trade or two. Guys like Webber, Statsny and O'Reilly , even if they could be had, carry huge salary implications. We are stuck with what we have, give or take a couple of smart low level changes . By that I mean, guys like D'Amigo, Leivo, Granburg ....players of that ilk, come up, play well, and play for low pay. But, you gotta play em, not call them up and sit them in the press box, or the end of the bench. I am not saying we are flucked, because in spite of the collapse, there is a core to work with. We can improve with basically the crew we have. Its not a slam dunk, but it can happen. All the Leaf haters love whats happening now , but last year, they were a pretty quiet group. Lets hope we can shut them up next year.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Nonis’ expectations, an “exhaustive” Carlyle review

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Enjoyed Anthony's write up, per usual . His constant theme in almost all of his work is that he is simply not on the same page as Carlyle . He is not alone. The bad contracts that Anthony mentions may not be moveable, unless the Leafs are prepared to throw in some bodies...Leivo, D'Amigo, Finn, Granburg, Percy ...basically their top level prospects . That would hurt. I wonder too, if Nonis had a chance to move Phaneuf, would he do it. Theres a lot of hate out there for the captain at the moment, and the greatest fear, to me, is that some of that hate comes from the Leaf dressing room. Nothing much to base that comment on..just a feeling. I doubt the Leafs can move any of  Clarkson, Gleason and Phaneuf .  All three are overpaid, which is a cardinal sin in the cap world . To offset that a bit, a team needs to play and trust youngsters who play on the cheap. Carlyle hasn't done it, but he, or his replacement , will need to . Tim Loowicky (hell, why not) can blow as much hot air as he wants, he cannot just reshuffle the deck and surface in September with a hugely improved team. Some true improvement would be acceptable....and 100% necessary. We are really a mid pack team , and I just see that Maxwell Howe stated we have a shot at the #6 pick . That's the best news I have read for some time. OK, lets finish out the year with a wimper, and draft high.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 31

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Our thoughts may need to be directed towards the Marlies . Some intriguing kids there , the team is a contender and although they aren't swashbucklers , they know how to win and they know how to play defence. Huh ....  what in hell happens to players when the put on a Leaf jersey ? They completely lose any ability or desire to play serious hockey in their own zone . Doesn't matter who you move out, or bring in, until this team commits to a tougher brand of hockey, they will get run out of the rink on most nights, as has been the case for way too long. The Leafs can be exciting, but when other teams are putting it into overdrive down the stretch run, seems that our boys don't have it in them to pony up.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Poll: Now What?

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Alec, I believe is correct, in that the dismantle must begin with a coaching change. And then follow that with umpteen more significant changes that will take significant time. No one, and I mean no one,  sees Dion as a top level defenceman anymore , however, he is still the best piece on the Leaf blueline, which shows how frail a defence crew they have. Yes, Reilly and likely Gardiner will get better . The rest, I believe, have plateaued . There is hope on the farm , but I think the Leafs need an upgrade on the anchor position of the defence, because Dion , while a decent player, just is not the guy. I am not certain he is a guy you want for captain, either . This is not easy stuff to fix. Up  front, there is talent galore , but not nearly enough resolve ....just look at the ridiculous shots on goal differential, every night. Even when they win, they are outhustled, so there is absolutely no defence to the opinion that there are nights that our guys do play with more grit and passion than the opponent . They don't. And I cannot say they never do, but I can say they very rarely display that kind of drive. Is this fixable ? Not just by changing the coach . I say there needs to be several on ice changes made to try and change the character of the forward grouping. When Clarkson and Bolland came in, many (me too) felt that these two would help create a stiffer front nine . It hasn't happened. Clarkson has struggled mightily , Bolland had a great start and now you wonder if in fact he can ever get back to that level , and further, you just wonder if these two guys look at the rest of the collection, and think to themselves...why the "f" even bother . The shirts surely must be huddling at this juncture and saying that major change is an absolute . They may not say that, but you hope that they think it. I wouldn't say that this team are bottom feeders, like NYI, Edmonton, Buffalo and a few others. And, there are some good kids on the farm (Marlies, junior, college, overseas), but somehow with the moving out of pieces, and insertion of new blood, the culture must change . The Leafs don't need to become the hulking Blues or the boring as hell Kings , but with their pizzaz, they clearly need to add some of that piss 'n vinegar that teams like Montreal and Tampa possess. When we grade the Leafs this year, the same grade must be allotted to the on ice group, and the off ice group...Carlyle for sure, and also Nonis. Don't bother taking a bow, boys...it hasn't been earned.  

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #74, Blues 5 at Maple Leafs 3

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22 shots to 6 ....oh my ....Wanted ...hockey players....must be able to identify a puck and lace up own skates. Contact David Nonis  at 1-800 LOST.

1 month ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #74, Blues at Maple Leafs

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What a terrific site this is . Loads of differing opinions, with one common theme : we all want the Leafs to win . Cheers to all.

1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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At a time when all seems lost, and it just isn't fun to read about the Leafs (because they lose every game). thank you AP . The news here is still far from good, but Anthonys analysis and opinions are well thought out. I know 100% that Anthony absolutely abhors the way the defence pairings are used, particularly on the power play . I think he is right, and if Carlyle cant or wont see that the PP pairings are wrong, he is hurting the team. To me, Randy's insistence in using the slow footed duo of Phaneuf and Franson ( the f' up boys, if you will) is a death wish when you have two fleet footed kids waiting until there is , maybe 30 seconds left on the Leaf PP, to hit the ice. To take it a step farther,  Randy does much the same thing by giving very limited playing opportunity to the likes of Holland, D'Amigo and maybe one or two more talented kids , while continuing to try to find ice for guys like Orr, McLaren , Smithson . As a coach on a bubble team , we all get that Carlyle wants to sink or swim with veterans who fit better into his fold, and avoid playing the high risk/higher reward kids. I guess you do what you gut tell you, but at this point, Randy's choices look like a sure shot at the guillotine .  I agree that Franson is a goner, and hopefully, maybe in a package, the Leafs get a valuable piece coming back (if they package an attractive offer). With guys like Komorov, Hartkinnain, and maybe Leivo, D'Amigo and Holland ready , they could part with a couple decent roster guys. Take your pick. The face lift for this team, should at least in part, to make them a more all around miserable group to play against .  That doesn't mean ice time for the Orrs and McLarens. The first measure is that you can actually play, the second is that you play with attitude .    Tim Murray in Buffalo said that , we are a 30th place team...NO ONE is untouchable . The Leafs aren't nearly that bad, but I would say hardly anyone is an untouchable, including grossly overpaid defencemen and grossly overpaid grinder forwards . The problem would be to find takers , but if you do, and the return is right, away they go. No disrespect to either guy...they both can play, but if the trade is right, you make it .  Wow...I just saw Camerons comment. Now there is an optimist ....hope he is right (But I still see Randy as toast). 

1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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What Leaf fans need to focus on now is not can we make the playoffs ....that ship has sailed. Its where we finish in the standings vis a vis draft position. Watching a bit of that Detroit game , and both Detroit and Minnie going at it like Tasmanian Devils . The Leafs win on pretty, but pretty alone just doesn't cut at this point in the season. Yep Reimer has lost his game, Carlyle is on everybodys hit list, but there is just so much wrong with this team.  They are as soft as warm butter and as a team cannot or will not commit to defensively responsible play . They would be first round fodder for Boston, so why not fold the tent and try for the number ten overall draft pick. It would be a step in the right direction, but a huge summer of astute moves (adding and subtracting) is really needed .  Sorry, but reality has reared its ugly head   .   

1 month ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #73, Maple Leafs at Devils

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Have only seen the Leafs once in the past month (T Bay beat them) and my guess is that the team aren't terrible, but whereas they got points earlier in the season on nights they really didn't deserve a point, or a win, now its beginning to even out. All four of these losses were close, and with luck, the Leafs may have gotten a point in every one of those games. It didn't happen, and now they need 12 points in the next ten games . I doubt they get the points needed to make the playoffs, but you never know .

1 month ago on Game Review: Game #72, Canadiens 4 at Leafs 3

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Back to the drawing board, and time to give serous thought to the draft order and where we might pick at. Right now, this team has way to many shortcomings and they wont finish 9th or 10th the way things are headed . Lower , probably (which is good for draft position).

1 month ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #72, Canadiens at Maple Leafs

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I believe I hear the fat lady ...and she aint just singing about tonight ..... 

1 month ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #71, Lightning at Maple Leafs

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Been down here in Tampa Bay area for a few weeks now, so have seen this T Bay team several times. They are fast, skilled and very strong on the puck . They are healthy now, and playing against arguably the lousiest defensive team in the NHL .  You just have to feel sorry for Reimer.  After having played last night, I cant see the Buds being able to keep up with that Tampa team .  Nasty hit on Ranger, for sure. Somehow the Leafs have to tighten up behind their blueline , but they just don't seem to have that figured out. Not gonna predict a final score tonight, but.....it may be ugly .

1 month ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #71, Lightning at Maple Leafs

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