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A couple winters ago after one of my sons complained about the Leafs in the standings, I said to him, "When Kulemin-Grabovski-MacArthur are the third line, then Toronto will be a contender." Now I catch myself daydreaming that Komo-Santa-Whoever is our fourth. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, so I have little interest in hearing "Grabo wasn't a checking centre" or similar yadda-yadda's.
Clarkson doesn't seem to be falling down as much this season, so I think that sums up the overall progress I've seen the last two years.
5 days, 5 hours ago on Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)
In honour of history repeating itself, Toronto wins tonight 7-5.
1 week, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #1, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
6th in the East. Cup Finals, beat the Sharks in six. I'm not in this for the negative waves.
1 week, 4 days ago on MLHS Bloggers Predict the Maple Leafs’ 2014-15 Finish
@golieguy19 @ProfessorRance @ingy56
Start at $20.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Final Preseason Game Day
@Loric76 The overall length of the chocolate bar is shortened after the single piece is removed, the fact it's still a rectangle is what's deceiving.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
I was at the game last night with my son. About half way through i said to him, "This is like the All-star game but without the skill." So many guys mailing it in.
Nylander is wonderful to watch live, very slick and graceful. Chiasson and Stone looked good for Ottawa.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@skiingallday @Biltmore Weather's nice in Cairo too.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
Winnik got out just in time... Anaheim is going the way Detroit did civics wise - as a hollowed out shit hole.
Ballard had a plan, it just wasn't about hockey. He cut corners anywhere and everywhere so he'd have more money to buy up Gardens stock. His goal was to own 100%. The rink sold out no matter how many games the Leafs lost, so Ballard had no incentive to put money into the club. If the rink had been half full, it would have played out very differently.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@hoolihan That's a hand grenade question. I doubt there would have been an open and honest answer to that.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 2
3 months ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Yaknowwhat Some guys only feel right in a certain jersey. Wendel Clark was like that (not saying Frattin is Wendel). But hopefully Frattin's one of those guys.
3 months ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview
Fox in the henhouse. Will make for a sparkly season.
3 months, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
Leafs announce hockey schedule starts in autumn. #gotasummertofill
3 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
I think it takes around 5,000 gallons of water to get every pound of beef to market.
3 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: The Leaf – Episode 9
@Mattmark I've been saying all tournament that if Brazil loses the fans will burn down whichever stadium they were playing in. Looks like that's off the books though, as no fire could burn through the tears.
3 months, 1 week ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards
I love Frattin and hated to see him go. Glad he's back. Not everyone has to be Crosby good to be appreciated, and I appreciate his hustle and skills. Hope he has a successful return. I'd much rather see him on Kadri's wing than Clarkson.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: Leafs News and Notes
Jeezus, just give the money to Kulemin. Yes, I am a broken record on this….
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand
Like Kulemin? Let it be Kulemin. I hope he's off the radar in Pittsburgh because he wants to play with Leo.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart
Have Kulemin (much hope) centre that third line, drop Holland to centre the fourth. No way RC could leave a fourth line of Ashton, Holland and Clarkson on the bench all season.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address
Great to hear about Leo. Hope against odds Kulemin comes back.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Leo’s Back: Maple Leafs sign Komarov to 4-year, $11.8 million contract
If we lose Kulemin I'm done with this team. Not that Kulemin's a star player but he's a an incredibly effective role player that continuously works hard and is difficult to play against. If we can't find room for a guy like that I have no interest in their Plan B.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
And all that bitching by the fan base about needing a #1C and mobile defense core have nothing to do with that.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on (Monday Mashup) Schedule Released
@peterbleafs @TheCanucksnaphook @Biltmore
Fitness and body fat are two different things. Go watch old Larry Holmes fights, he looked like... hey, the Pillsbury Dough Boy. But under that grizzly bear winter layer was an incredibly fit muscle layer.
He scores goals. If you want models, subscribe to GQ.
When you score 30 in the NHL you can bitch about his conditioning.
Something I think that's close in value as a good power play is the ability to grind other teams down in their own end when 5-on-5. Lengthy possession/pursuit wears them down, and comes to fruition with an icing. Fresh legs can come on while the other team has stay with the same exhausted five on the ice. Goal scoring opportunities then are almost like having a pp. Three lines are needed to be able to play this way to be effective in the long haul, leaving the top line to be a pure skill/score off the rush line.
4 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Powerplay: Room For Improvement
@wiski @Burtonboy @rustynail @Alec Brownscombe @HHT
You're thinking of Clarkson.
4 months, 1 week ago on (Friday Mashup) Two Weeks to Draft Day
Does Brain shoot right?
4 months, 1 week ago on (Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?
Boyle and Komarov.... each 2 yrs x $2.5m per year.
I will be ordering lunch tomorrow but I haven't decided yet what to eat.
4 months, 1 week ago on (Tuesday Mashup) One more Kings win until the off season
Here, go to bed with Melba Toast on your mind...
@mcloki I'll go over the glass and take a swing at Tocchet if he ends up here. Just saying.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli
@peterbleafs @TheCanucksnaphook I'd punch a puppy for Malkin.
@conis @TheCanucksnaphook Florida just fired 30 people from PR and ticket sales.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies defeat Stars 3-1, Force game 7
@Burtonboy He sucks. Am I doing it right?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Jake Virtanen Draft Profile
Man, Virtanen has a Kovalchuk release.
Granberg's read to break up the play at the 1:37 mark was Lidstrom-esque.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies even the series with a 4-1 win over Texas
@Zep2 Sakic wasn't a great skater when he came into the league. The right training and technique can go a long way.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Prospects 2013-14 Season Wrap Up
Gotcha. I'll stand down.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: Western Conference Final Preview
@4evrblue They seed the storage rooms. It's not real, everything's scripted. Like asking how they had a constant supply of graham crusts on Gilligan's Island for all those coconut cream pies.
Marlies know where to play in their end on the PK. Always one in front and one high slot.
@deedrag @Burntheboats @hope_smoke
Learning to juggle helps too.
5 months ago on Jared McCann Draft Profile
We need a new thread because I can't look at that Blair Witch photo of Oates any longer.
5 months ago on Five Questions on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach candidate Adam Oates
So the only thing Oates did well in Washington is replicate the PP process he had with Brett Hull.
No wonder there's so much talk this morning about landing McDavid.
I'd take him in a heartbeat.
OV – Kulemin – Komarov
5 months ago on Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars
Clarkson, just to make the turn to the dark side complete.
Pick up your socks.
5 months ago on Former Asst’ Coach, Scott Gordon on TSN
I don't know if this has been discussed yet, but in the Star today they implied the Leafs were interested in moving Kadri and Gardiner. If that's at all true I'm done following the Leafs. Watching those two (and Grabo last year) moved out to appease Carlyle would be the end of my line following this team. Not another dime going to tickets, not a minute watching them on tv. I gave up on MLB when they cancelled the World Series in '95, and have probably watched a total of four innings of the Jays since then. I considered giving up on the NHL after the '04 strike, but come on, it's hockey. But now, there's one thread left holding me to this team.
5 months, 1 week ago on Toronto Marlies win 5-2 over Chicago Wolves, take 1-0 Series Lead