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Alright time for a pregame grocery store run, see you guys at the end of the 1st. 




All hail Optimus Reims, the true #1 goalie :P

13 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Luke_R @Cloud09 @Cameron19 Early season trades are huge gambles, traded away Simmons last year for Brown and was kicking myself mid way through the season. 

14 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Cameron19 Won't be able to get away with that shit in the Keon League :P

18 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Burtonboy @Cloud09 Lots of options this year BB, actually might be a good thing to have a large number of preseason games this year. 

2 hours, 33 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@DeclanK @Cali...Leaf @NinetyThree Easy enough to find if you are at all competent with Google. 

2 hours, 34 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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Tonights projected lineup:


Booth-Kadri–Leivo
Winnik-Holland-Frattin
McLaren-Carrick-Bodie
Ashton-Kontiola-Biggs


Percy-Granberg
Rielly-Nilsson
Mikkelson-Holzer


Gibson/Heeter in net

2 hours, 36 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@DeclanK Good luck, put up or shut up time for Cody. 

2 hours, 36 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Burtonboy @Cloud09 Wonder if they spent any time together with the Dicks. 


Edit: haha Ducks :P

2 hours, 38 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Mcost61 Can't remember when the last time ESPN gave a shit about the NHL. Pretty sure that list also has the Coyotes and Lightning in the top 10, so ya...

2 hours, 38 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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God finally some real action. It's been 5 months since the last game and I can't wait to see what the kids have instore for us. Really looking forward to seeing that Booth-Kadri-Levio line along with getting our first looks at Winnik and Kontiola. Rielly-Nilsson is going to be another pair we should be keeping an eye on.  Glad we are back to this, GO LEAFS GO!

2 hours, 39 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@FloorHockeyFlopper @Nikhil Daljeet @B_Leaf @wiski @Cameron19 @Anthony Petrielli @Cloud09 @The_Polish_Cannon Tucker's hit and that damn goal has been burned into my brain for a long time. 

17 hours, 39 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Anthony Petrielli @Xxxxxnew It's  definitely nice to have a video explanation to go along with the articles, just like pictures in a book it certainly adds another dimension to the idea being presented. 

17 hours, 49 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Xxxxxnew I'm from the younger group but I have zero interest in how these guys come up with their findings. I like the see the practical application and an simple explanation of what I'm looking at then getting right into the nitty gritty. I'm all for fighting but the days of staged fights are over and guys like Orr have no place in the game today. 

17 hours, 51 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Alec Brownscombe @Cloud09 Whatever man, I'm not going to argue with you about it. All I'm saying is you could have just told the guys what happened to Phook and your reasoning for it (even if you didn't feel the need to justify it) right from the start instead of letting this drag on for almost a month. You have to lookout for your writers and I agree with that but you also have a very loyal group of people who love what you have created and I think you owe them some kind of reasoning when they are asking for it. 


I'm gonna drop it here, as far as I'm concerned this is water under the bridge and I'm looking forward to tomorrows pre-season game. 

17 hours, 58 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Alec Brownscombe I'm glad you've came out and explained what's happened. You can choose to take my advice or not but it would be a nice courtesy to the guys who have been regulars here for the past 5-7 years to come and explain these things in a more timely manor. I think you would have nipped this in the butt a little quicker and there wouldn't have been this much pushback. This was a learning experience for all and I hope we all come out the better in the end. 

18 hours, 7 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Anthony Petrielli @Reversethecurse13 @Alec Brownscombe Anthony the last bit of actual serious Leaf hockey was the middle of April. It's been 5 months... There is only so much Leafs you can talk about without rehashing it to death. The off-topic stuff can get a little out of hand but trying to curb it in the middle of August when there is nothing going on except going into great depth on why the Leafs suck doesn't encourage a lot of fun Leaf banter. Once real games start getting played things will go back to a more "normal" state. 



18 hours, 12 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Cameron19 @Reversethecurse13 @Alec Brownscombe That's what happens when you have a collection of older people and the internet :P 

18 hours, 21 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Loric76 Never stopped Jason Allison from making this team.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Burtonboy @Cloud09 Hmmm... Sure is gonna be an interesting couple of weeks coming up. 

1 day, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Burtonboy So say guy like Ashton is in the first round of cuts, does he have to go through waivers to join the Marlies?

1 day, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Tommy Cat He played 58 games last year and couldn't garner one goal or help out with one assist. Those 110 PIM sure look good though... 

1 day, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Like going into a time machine. The 80's were a weird time. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@The_Polish_Cannon Probably because he isn't a fan and has come across as overly critical of a crappy hockey team who's made the playoffs once in 9 years :)

2 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Burtonboy Yup, that was just before the olympic break when Phil was on fire carrying the team on his back. 

2 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@ingy56 TSN lets Feschuk like their balls once in a while so it doesn't surprise me to see them pushing this narrative. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@CanuckUKinToronto @Cloud09 That would be ideal but Nonis and Carlyle seem hellbent on having 3RD and 3LD in the lineup. The Leafs do need another top 4 guy though. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Loric76 @Cloud09 This is all stemming from this article http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=731001&navid=DL|TOR|home and this quote specificaly


"Carlyle said Polak and Phaneuf could form a minute-munching top defense pair."


I don't want Polak paired with Phaneuf but this is coming from the horse's (Carlyle) mouth so it's going to be debated. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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Give Polak a shot with Phaneuf. If it turns out to be a useful pair then kudos to Polak for improving his play. However if this pair doesn't gel Carlyle needs to nip it in the butt quick and try something different. Can't have the Holzer/Kostka situation happen all over again.

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@dlb Mad @Cameron19 Even if Polak is the same quality of defender as Gunnarson it will be a lateral move and not much will change. It's not a knock on Polak to say he isn't a top pair defender.

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Cameron19 @dlb Mad I'd like to see Weber, Keith, Pietrangelo and other players of that ilk put into the same situation Dion is in and see if they are able to succeed. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Cameron19 @dlb Mad Doesn't work very well with an inadequate partner. I think it would work just fine if you can get a player of Dion's calibre instead of trying to plug in lesser quality players. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Jmessih @Cloud09 @Doorman Lol, won't be feeling much with those goalies :P

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@hometeem You'd think that would be the case but it wouldn't surprise me to see him buried on the 4th line again. 

2 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@dlb Mad @peterbleafs Really enjoyed having him give updates.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Doorman Pumped for the season! Losing the championship to you sucked but I'm coming after ya this year. Thanks and good luck Doorman.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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I'm glad PPP rewrote that Feschuk article and took out the all the sensational bull crap. I will admit I got a little caught up in it but knew who wrote it and with the altered (probably more correct version) makes the article seem pretty tame. 


Here is the link for those who haven't seen it yet. 


http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2014/9/18/6388909/leafs-kessel-spott-collaborate-on-breakout-strategy

3 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@gottabe_KD @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs @Loric76 Playing nice with the media is the whole reason why Burke was fired in the first place. Nonis is MLSE's nice little choir boy and will pull the company line without stirring the pot. 

4 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@drummond @Burtonboy Even before that the boys would switch to light beer ;)

4 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Rhaegar_ @sniperstar God no. Polak is a 3rd pair defensemen. You put him up with Dion and it's Holzer/Kostka all over again. 

4 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Mind Bomb @sniperstar No kidding... Leafs might have 3 RD now but they are going to get destroyed if put on the top pair. 

4 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Cameron19 @Cloud09 @Luke_R I'm willing to give it a shot, I understand where the management/coaches are coming from keeping the defense on their strong side. They still need to get a better partner for Dion regardless if he is on the left or right side. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@wiski @Cloud09 @Alec Brownscombe Hard to cut the cord.


That and it's the only place I get my Leafs news.

4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Luke_R Nonis' interview with Mackenzie pretty much made it out like Dion is going to the left side this year. I think it's a good idea but aside from Robidas there still is no one to pair with Phaneuf. Even saying that Robidas isn't the greatest option either. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@wiski @Cloud09 @Alec Brownscombe I'm with Loomx, I just want to watch some hockey. Don't need any of this extra bullshit that goes along with it. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Luke_R @Cloud09 @Alec Brownscombe People are going to pick out what they want and most will run with the whole Kessel hates Carlyle and Spott bit.  There is a potential for this to be blown way out of proportion.

4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Alec Brownscombe @Cloud09 Yea, definitely the last place something of this nature needs to be. I gotta feeling the rest of the week is going to be all Kessel talk. 


Going through the article again this really stood out, 


The Leafs assistant shared other tidbits. He told the clinic that the team’s search for better defensive play will see them strongly discourage defenseman from making high-risk keep-in plays at the opposing blue line — pinching, in the parlance. Spott said that Toronto’s defencemen will be instructed to “never trust a forward” to backcheck or cover.


Smoking gun IMO on how inept the forwards are at coming back and supporting the defense. Could be a real ugly season if this coaching situation becomes toxic. 


4 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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