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@Builder Lego Huge game! We need the points :D
5 days, 21 hours ago on Game 74 Scoring Chances: Wild 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Big day for the Marlies! We play Rochester at 3pm and if we beat them and Hamilton and Adirondack lose (both playing playoff teams) we will be in 8th place! LETS GO MARLIES!
1 week, 2 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto
I think you are misled. RC did his best to keep the line up above .500. He coached the team to its strengths (key word). They got away with some wins but obviously the style of play is not sustainable over an 82 games season + playoffs (some might disagree though, just look at MTL). They made PH the interim because they knew he would bring in the style of play that he learned in his years behind Preds bench. As soon as this happened the smoke screen disappeared and the true nature of the team (hypothesized by many) was revealed. We have a line up of a bunch of pond hockey players that would rather cherry pick for goals than play a team defensive game.
1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
and then flip them at the trade deadline for picks. This is what we should have been doing since 2006. Too bad we just learned our lesson this season. So many UFAs that we let walk for free *face palm*
Dude, your whole ideology is wrong. This is exactly what people say the Leafs should avoid doing. We HAVE to keep our young players in the AHL for 3 -4 years to let them grow. There is no point in bringing up prospects to play on a tanking team. That is not "NHL" experience. That is "Losing" experience, just look at Edmonton. Also what vets will surround these players? We need vets that lead by example not by the size of their contract.
@Bring the Cup Home The key to developing the young prospects is to create a core of talented players in the AHL and have them play together for an extended period of time. If we really want to achieve the stable stream of prospects that teams like Detroit have then we have to keep our players developing on the Marlies for closer to 3-4 years if not longer in certain cases. You also hope this core can go on multiple extended playoff runs.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #70, Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m., CBC)
Shannaban train continues! Too much NHL15 on the PS4. So close to winning that Stanley Cup Naz!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Greatest Tank Battles
@TuckerForCompassion @Marleafs Does it not seem like the Leafs pressure is always gone after the trade deadline? lol Anyway, what I think I was getting at before is that the team and management is aware of the high pressure and expectations of playing in Toronto. That is why they put in extra measures to attempt to alleviate some of the extra stress. PR coaching is one of the most important ones. I have seen an immense change in Leaf player responses over the last decade. Granted, the media has changed a lot due to social media so new PR strategies are necessary.
Unfortunately the last 2 months the Leafs have beaten their own worst records so you can only assume s*** is going to hit the fan with the media, no matter how much PR coaching you receive lol This is arguable the worst time to be a Leaf fan in the history of the Leafs. Such high expectations and so much failure.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game 65 Scoring Chances: Lightning 4 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@Gene @gjdevlin He is like a cheetah. Good for a few short bursts throughout the game.
@TuckerForCompassion @Marleafs Only one way to do that... keep them on the Marlies for the next 3 4 years lol
@Waiting4LSC Yea seems some of them want to become celebrities. It also has a lot to do with the players personality. Not everybody is the same. The reason Loops gets in trouble on social media is the same reason he was picked to be the assistant captain at all star game. Its also the same reason he has a charity which can gather resources via twitter. I just think it needs to be managed better and the best response to haters is just to stay quiet. No reason to add more fuel to the fire for all to see.
@gjdevlin 8 mil can buy you a lot of burgers
@TuckerForCompassion Its not a secret.
@Jay31 ... at least Florida still has a chance to make the playoffs. This is the kind of arrogance that makes Toronto the laughing stock of the NHL.
@Zep2 Definitely not. I can't speak for other fans from other teams, but I think its safe to say some of those markets don't have as high expectations lol
@TuckerForCompassion @Marleafs Just sounds to me like your comment is based on assumptions and your own opinion of the situation.
@TuckerForCompassion @Marleafs 1. Why do you say the pressure is more than anticipated? Rumours swirl around this team all the time. Same happened in the Sundin and Gilmour eras.
2. How is proper support not given to the players? The Leafs put a lot of resources into PR and coaching.
Pressure from media and fans isn't an excuse for poor play. How is this team (not necessarily with this the roster) ever supposed to face the pressure of a Stanley Cup final if they crumble under the weight of the media and its fan base (at least as suggested by some in the comments). The reason TSN and rest of the media makes fun of Phil and the Leafs is because we have no credibility. The Leafs are the most popular team in all of sports that hasn't don't crap in over 4 decades. Its a never ending circle (or a curse if you want to be dramatic).
@colino17 @ProfessorRance @Jmessih They push the stream from AHL Live. Tough to watch those sometimes. lol.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Game 65 Scoring Chances: Lightning 4 vs. Maple Leafs 2
Go Leafs Go!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)
What I take away from all of this:
- media will never change my perception of the Leafs. I watch the games and can think for myself.
- most members of the media think they are local celebrities. They don't care whether the news is good or bad, they just want to be the first to report it and get more follows on their twitter accounts. Their journalism is laughable.
- fans that use twitter to bad mouth players are selfish. They are just looking for their 5 seconds of fame.
- I appreciate Bob McGill and Leafs TV that much more.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto
@sniperstar @skiingallday Never. They control what is put on that website. They do not want any bad press. They even mute certain parts of interviews when coaches or players say bad things about the team.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
@FrankFerrant @Marleafs Yea, that was an excellent season. I was there for every home game for that play off run. That goal was a heart breaker. (Bit of trivia: It was scored by Mike Kostka who played with the Marlies the next season) Too bad Norfolk was a beast. One of the best AHL teams ever.
@Hammertownleaffan @TuckerForPunishment As long as we don't have to retain any salary.
@FrankFerrant @Marleafs I want to see them win the Calder Cup. I agree with not rushing the young talent.
@DeclanK Ph9 face should be on the dude hugging Kes.
@Jay31 The truth here.
@FrankFerrant Definitely liking the new skilled look.
@Dangle_My_Berries Social media for players can lead to a lot of positives. Consider all the charities for example. Its unfortunate that immature people use social media to blindly attack NHL players. Its just a matter of time before this type of "cyber-bullying" becomes illegal. Its not any different than a bunch of high schools kids picking on each other on Facebook.
What sort of obligation do NHL players have to the media? Why even be part of that circus? Its practically impossible for Toronto players to receive a positive response from the media after an interview. If the player is drawn back the media says the player doesn't have leadership. If the player gets upset, they media thinks they want to be traded. You can't win with these guys. The media makes a story out of everything in this market. So how about the players stop feeding them? Just focus on the game.
Media is there to point out negatives. That is the main reason I have stopped watching the news.
@ninepaces I think the new organized defensive system is beneficial for Reims. Under RCs "system" there was way too much chaos in the dzone. Add in Reimers slightly unorthodox style and the dzone panic goes skyward. I found Bernier was a very comming influence in the dzone, even under RCs system, as he was able to get a lot more puck freezes then Reims. Right now Bernier is off his game so Reims + new systems is currently the better choice.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
@Anthony Petrielli @Marleafs If the Leafs follow their usual trend, expect a final push after the trade deadline. Its a matter of Shanahan having the guts to throw in the towel. I hope he recognizes his inexperience in leading a team from his current position and begins a slow tear down. Has to start with our UFAs. As you said already, bigger deals in the offseason.
2 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back At It vs. Devils
@Anthony Petrielli Very common trend for the Leafs. We have become a "2nd opportunity" team for bottom 6 players in the league that no other team wants to sign. They make 1-2 mil for the season and get a nice raise with another team the following year. The only difference this year is that instead of losing these players for nothing in the offseason, we are actually trying to get some kind of a return for them.
@phaneufoundlander @philthethrill JFJ traded away all our young talent. Nonis has not done that yet.... yet.
2 months ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
@Sebastian James @Marleafs @philthethrill I still consider his numbers to be "deflated" since he was inserted into the line up at the tail end of our "hot streak". Everybody's possession numbers since then have been disastrous. I would give Holzer a few more years to develop. He will be a solid bottom pairing shut down dman.
@philthethrill @Marleafs @Sebastian James No point in talking possession numbers unless you look at zone starts.
@philthethrill @Sebastian James @Marleafs How are his o-zone starts compared to the other Leaf dman?
@Savo43 @Sebastian James @Marleafs @phaneufoundlander Clarkson talks started way before the game 7 collapse. I still think he would have been added to the roster. Kulie and Mac were both due for raises. The Leafs wouldn't be able to keep them.
@Sebastian James @philthethrill Not sure why people hate on Holzer so much. He is one of the best shut down dmen in the AHL, always playing against the top line. Considering his age he is well on his way to succeeding in this league.
@phaneufoundlander I wonder if we would be a different team today if we kept that lead till the buzzer.
@Burtonboy @Pent_House Cause every 4th line needs a washed up vet. Its the only way to succeed.
@CanuckUKinToronto LMAO, I cant believe you are complaining about Marlies playoff coverage. Have you ever watched a game on AHL Live?
10 months, 1 week ago on Defence falls flat, Toronto Marlies drop game #2 6-3
@Great Dane Its a long offseason. Training camp will have a lot of surprises.
10 months, 1 week ago on Toronto Marlies improve to 8-0: Defeat Stars in Game #1, 5-1
@4evrblue @dlb Reggie @Burtonboy I was at the Ricoh for that game. Could not believe it.
Trade Bolland, we got Sam Carrick.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Carlyle Returns
@wendelsfist Offload the garbage and give the young Marlies a chance. Nothing good will come from UFAs and not 1 trade can make or break a team.
11 months, 1 week ago on Toronto Maple Leafs: Buy Low, Sell High
@CanuckUKinToronto Do you watch Marlies games? These guys skate and work hard every shift. Something stats will never show you, but just look at the team, 3rd in the Conference and 3rd straight Division title. Most people didnt even have the Marlies making playoffs at the beginning of the AHL season. Shows you the true characters of the team and the players.
11 months, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup
Lets Go Marlies!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Prospect Update – April 6
@Belfour20/JB-45 They didnt hockey properly since game 1.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4
@Reversethecurse13 @4evrblue Watch some Marlies. Ashton will be a dominant bottom 6 in the big leagues. I hope they are patient with his NHL development.
12 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee