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@Hollandaise @MLHS_Luke @Burtonboy I don't think it's about 'the fix being in'. It's just that there are so many conspiring factors; being owned by the media companies that are currently tanking because of a) how bad the team is and b) how bad their hockey program is; ACC at record low attendance levels; Shanahan's apparent closeness with the league; the Canadian dollar causing a minor crisis for the cap and NHL revenue; etc, etc, etc.
Combine that with the fact that the lottery is done behind closed doors, and of course people are going to talk.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Hollandaise @Burtonboy I don't think you have a full appreciation for how big Toronto is vs other markets. McDavid here could sell a million jerseys in his rookie year. Crosby probably sold 100,000.
How is Montreal tied for first in the NHL? This league is begging me to give up on it.
6 days, 9 hours ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@leafersutherland If someone below us wins the lottery, it will figuratively break my heart.
1 week, 1 day ago on Game 73 Scoring Chances: Senators 5 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@King of Kensington wow.
@Builder Lego I guess that's why everyone wants someone like Babcock, someone who commands respect.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto
@mcloki @MLHS_Luke Well, I thought if I stopped watching they'd get better. I haven't really watched since Carlyle got fired.....so, that didn't work.
1 week, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks (7:30pm, TSN4)
@peterbleafs @MLHS_Luke You said for the NJD pick, right? IMO a #7 pick for JVR is borderline running him out of town.
I can't believe how people want to run JVR out of town. When the games matter, he is generally one of our top players.
That being said, I take some responsibility for his poor play this year. I bought his jersey this year, and I'm jersey-cursed:
1st Jersey: Luke Schenn
2nd Jersey: James Reimer
3rd Jersey: JVR
Have the Leafs been relegated to TSN4? How the mighty fall.
@DeclanK @MLHS_Luke Oh, I stopped watching that thing ages ago.
1 week, 5 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
Sigh. When is the lottery?
Interesting that he suggests moving Bernier and keeping Reimer.
1 week, 5 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
@Yaknowwhat @Bruffins So by your logic Gretzky should have been an amazing coach. That worked out well.
1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
@Cameron19 @MLHS_Luke @MaxwellHowe Wouldn't surprise me if Rogers pushes back pretty hard. Look at the viewership right now, or the crowd in the ACC. Even here, I haven't seen it this dead since the site started. How long can Rogers bleed money before they force Shanahan's hand?
The conspiracy theorist in me hopes that this is the very reason we will win 'the GD lottery' in June.
@Cameron19 @MLHS_Luke @MaxwellHowe I hope you're right.
@Cameron19 @MLHS_Luke @MaxwellHowe That's even more concerning to me. I thought the autonomy issue was resolved with Burke; are we going back to being run by the boardroom?
@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe ...or it was complete incompetence, and we're giving Shanahan too much credit. Who knows?
The fact that they didn't outright tank from the start of the year on, which they clearly should have, makes me not trust this management as much as you do.
Is the lottery here yet?
@Mind Bomb @MLHS_Luke I've watched part of one game (against Montreal) in the last month. I don't know that I've watched a full game since Carlyle was fired. Unprecedented - I have missed more games this season than the past 10 seasons combined. I think next year will be even worse.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #68, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN)
I was going to say you should start a subsection called 'This is why we can't have nice things', but you can just rename it: "MSM Articles"
@DeclanK @MLHS_Luke I hope those ratings spur proper - but not quick fix - changes. Unless we win the lottery, it's only going to get worse over the next few years. That said, I'm not going to waste my time watching until we have some tangible changes.
LOL are people actually watching the games still?
@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy I don't think I agree with the way Burke went about things, but I don't think it's fair to judge his plan when he was fired just as it started to take off.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
@Burtonboy I don't disagree, but I think it's mostly because we were effectively sold a bill of goods in 2008, with the signing of Brian Burke. We'll never know if Burke's plan would have worked, but the problem is we've just gone through 7 years of absolute futility, but now we're being told "don't worry fans, we're going to do it right this time!"...anyone that isn't suspicious and jaded at this point is a bit naive, imo.
Back in 2008, I think a full rebuild would have been generally excepted. Now we're basically having to go through two in a row. Can't really blame people for being frustrated.
4 weeks ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours
...can he say that?
At least they're making light of the fact that there's nothing going on and that they're stooping to cheap tricks.
@Yaknowwhat @burroz doesn't make it right.
I can't believe I'm watching this.
4 weeks ago on 2015 Trade Deadline Open Thread
@DarthBurke sigh..it isn't even 11AM and we're stooping to Berger?
Not surprised Simmons is from a boxing background; he sounds like he's taken a few too many to the head.
Michael Stephens @MLHS_Mike 40s
Can't be legit, can it?
Igor Eronko @IgorEronko 1m
Slava Voynov's agent told @galkevich32 Voynov's traded to #Flyers #LAKings
@Burtonboy A 5th it is then.
boo. Better someone else trading with them than us though.
Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug 17s
Petry to Mtl, done
I find it hard to believe they move Kessel today.
Teams are telling me the Maple Leafs are working hard to trade Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf today. #tvasports
@Yan28 don't go to the dark side!
@RememberSalming @MLHS_Luke haha, as a country boy, digging a sweet tunnel seems like a lot more fun than the punishment we put ourselves through around here..
@RememberSalming @MLHS_Luke yea, that's a little odd. At least it sounds like it wasn't anything nefarious.
For any of you following that tunnel story in Toronto:
@Radar O'Rielly @Nylanderthal @Burtonboy @MLHS_Luke He just looked like someone's grandpa excited about all the attention he was getting. Kind of sad, really.
@Nylanderthal @Burtonboy @MLHS_Luke there's supposed to be a certain amount of professionalism in situations like that. He has none.
@Burtonboy @MLHS_Luke He's just making himself look foolish. Pretty disappointing, I used to be a fan of his.
You stay classy, Ronny.
@Wilbur Still 100x better than Sportsnet.