@Burtonboy @mr_hanie I think both were penciled on the roster before training camp opened.
Both favorites of the current coach.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: 3 Days Off
Just my 2 cents, but the good play of Leivo and Kozun have forced the coaches to re-consider 2 locks on the team, in McLaren and Orr
@Burtonboy @mr_hanie So its half vacation half work.
Are Leafs practicing in Collingwood or having a getaway seeing the sights and eating in restuarants ? I did not see anything except this "bonding" thing.
If both Orr and McLaren on still on the Leaf roster in January, Leaf still lack depth and will fail once again.
@Cameron19 @mr_hanie @Burtonboy Gardiner has to be less careless with the puck on the left side point, of the power play, for this to work. Gardiner is not really Mr. Patience.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
@Cameron19 @mr_hanie @Burtonboy Stopping Kessel on the powerplay, is what I mean as well as 5X5 after Christmas, because kessel is always at the halfwall so opposing coaches can devise their systems.
@Cameron19 @Burtonboy @mr_hanie I am not too worried about October. Kessel and JVR will be fresh and score tons of goals, so Leafs will be at the top of the standings. Its when the opposing coaches get wise and shut down Kessel after Christmas that I worry about....
@ProfessorRance @mr_hanie kessel and JVR have to score 60% of the goals, for Leafs to win games. If these 2 are shut down, opposing coaches can take it easy, behind the bench....
Leafs looked like last years team against the Red Wings farm hands last night. Not much improvement. Leafs will play 2 1/2 lines like last season, with Komorov replacing Kulemin. Orr/McLaren will in the press box but will see certain games. This is just some observations on the pre-season games...not too exciting at all.
@Burtonboy @leaffan4life Looking to trade Ashton before the waiver wire, me thinks.
@Burtonboy Frattin ??.I totally forgot about him....never saw him at all......
1 day, 23 hours ago on GDT: Preseason Game #8, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 p.m., LeafsTV)
@Burtonboy Wings goalie played good. Credit goes to scouting staff. Looked better than Reimer.
@deedrag @mr_hanie Some teams have already raided some of the Red Wing staff
2 days ago on GDT: Preseason Game #8, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 p.m., LeafsTV)
Its not fair that Detroit's scouts are so good. Wings could have no 1st round picks for the next 10 years and their scouts would out perform Leafs scouts.
@ingy56 @mr_hanie Some team would give a 6th or 7th round pick. Habs gave a pick for Parros last year.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
It could be that Ashton along with Orr and McLaren will be traded so the Leafs get something back than lose them for nothing on waivers. They are still on the roster, pending a trade.
I really want Kozun and Leivo to make the opening day roster. Both are NHL ready.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
@Great Dane @Burtonboy Bodie does not win many fights, so not a favorite of Carlyle.
@Great Dane Under RC McLaren and Orr will be on the 4th line, but see limited minutes, Ho-Hum same as last year.
@jbman5 I like Kozun very much, I wish he was a pest like Gallagher.
@Mcost61 @Burtonboy Would Babcock be willing to coach the Leafs ? I doubt Wings would let him go., but you never know in sports....Scott Bowman went to Pittsburg and Detroit.
@dlb Mad @mr_hanie Being the greatest shortstop in Yankee history means something. Played 20 years at a high level, not many teams have players of this ilk.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
@dlb Mad @ingy56 Derek Jeter one of the greatest shortstops in history......
Those 1 year free agent signings by the Leafs in the summer look under-whelming. Through training camp none of those 1 year deals should make the opening day roster. Leivo, Carrick and Kozun have played better, but knowing Leafs and the politics, they do not want to embarass their pro scouting staff, most of those free agents will be in the roster.
2 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO)
The Marlies players so far that have impressed are Carrick, Kozun and Holzer. All 3 are potential callups due to injuries.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39
@Pent_House @Cameron19 @Jay_Berg @Jordan29 Kozun may be a call-up. He may not crack the line-up in October, but he looks NHL ready.
@Hmmm @T_Ry Ashton looks like an all-star with the Marlies, but the speed of the NHL has him a step behind the play.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Jmessih I watched MacWilliam get burned outside by AHL players, so the book is complete on him.
@maple1967leafs @mr_hanie @LeafsGuru Like Ford Square has no crack so you have to bring your own.....
@LeafsGuru @mr_hanie Its for Ford Motor Co. but the perception is great for the comedians.
They can run with this for weeks.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
Leweike giving final screw off to the City of Toronto and its fans renaming Maple Leaf Sq to Ford Square right in the middle of election season. Can't wait to see the jokes fly on Jimmy Kimmel now.
With the impressive showing of Carrick and Kozun, this puts Kontiola further down the depth chart. I doubt very much he wants to play for the Marlies, because after 2 games that's where he belongs..He may negiotiate a buyout and go back home. I really like Kozun this camp...reminds me of a Gallagher.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Luke_R I think Leiweke is talking about the Toronto FC soccer club, which is a joke in Toronto, filled with me first players
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
Elliotte Freidman seems out of place in the Toronto sports scene....he is a very good journalist, which means another city with better sports writers, will court him....
1 month, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@ingy56 @mr_hanie Also very involved in trying to buy Buffalo Bills...
@ingy56 @mr_hanie Tannenbaum seems to be the common factor since Richard Peddie's days...of all the front office turmoil.....
It would not surprise me if George Cope, from Bell took over as Leiweke's replacement, to screw Rogers.
@ingy56 Still do not the full facts, whether Leiweke jumped ship or if was pushed over-board....
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Analytics, Analytics… Nothing but Analytics
Maybe George Cope of Bell forced Leiweke's hand.? Doubtful it was Rogers, or else that poor Blue Jays GM would be gone years ago.
My guess is that Balmer wants Leiweke to run LA Clippers as those rumours hit a few days ago. Can't blame him, LA is is home for him. I think a Canadian should be president of MLSE.
I remember King Clancy saying if there was a Leaf player on all the Leaf Stanley Cup teams, which player he would choose....King Clancy said Teeder Kennedy.... the best Leaf center and player of all time.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wake me up when it’s hockey season
With the "swarm" defense coming back next season, along with Carlyle, its going to be very ugly again watching Leafs goalies getting 45 plus shots a game...very disappointing to read....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties
@BlueSmoke @mr_hanie I think Frattin gets a shot at right wing.
2 months ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
@BlueSmoke I would like to see Nylander play against NHL players before I crown him the second best right-winger after Kessel
@Burtonboy Jim Nill is one of the best talent evaluators in hockey....does he really need adv. stats ?
He was pretty successful without adv. stats while picking those late picks for Detroit.
2 months ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
Its funny how people here have appointed Leivo as Leafs second line RW. The country club still exists. Very doubtful he can even make the team . I saw Leivo with the Marlies, a few times, and he looked ordinary to me.
Ashton really impressed with the Marlies.
Its going to interesting how Carlyle handles Gardiner now that Gardiner has a large 5 year deal. Remember how Carlyle dissed Gardiner at the end of season interviews.....
2 months ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million
I am surprised that Leafs are paying $4 million to Gardiner. This means Leafs consider Gardiner to be the number 2 D-man on the team. Its going to be Phaneuf & Gardiner as the shutdown and PK pair. Gardiner is an upgrade on Gunnersson on the offensive side, not too sure about Gardiner facing Crosby, Stamkos etc on the PK.
I remember Dale Tallon signing a bunch of free agent forwards, a few years back, just to reach the cap floor. They surprised and made the playoffs. Seems Leafs signing a bunch of free agent forwards too.
2 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal