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@Luke_R

Would have been cool to see him with Gorges on his left.  As you mentioned, letting Dion be a little more offensive like he used to would have been nice for him.  Can't see it happening unless they put him on the left with Robidas or Polak (who probably shouldn't be seeing heavy minutes).

Gorges-Phaneuf
Gardiner-Robidas
Rielly-Polak

Anyways, who knows what they will try with this group.  Interested to see as well

2 days, 5 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@MaxwellHowe

You are not mistaken

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

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@Loric76

And just like that Darcy Kuemper is no longer thinking about the KHL

3 days, 10 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Cameron19

Yeah..I really hope he doesn't.

4 days, 9 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@mcloki


If the number is above 1, it means the Leafs gave up more a higher rate of shots against from that particular spot on the ice.  The colorr coding helps, as the redder it is, the higher rate of shots against from that area.  Under Wilson, we had a lot of numbers near 1 (slightly below, slightly above).  These are all the faint blue or faint red colours.  Means it was close enough to the league average that it isn't statistically different.  But under Carlyle, we get lit up from most areas, with the highest ones being at the point (a la Cherry) and in front of the net, but with improvement needed across the board.

4 days, 9 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@wiski

Thanks Wiski.  Been busy.  Liked your ice challenge vid!

4 days, 10 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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sweet dish by Nylander after a long shift

6 days, 8 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Cameron19 @CanuckUKinToronto @MaxwellHowe @Luke_R @rustynail @Jmessih


My girlfriend went from sciences --> MCAT --> and is now a teacher in Ontario.  so a similar swing in paths.  Don't think she has been working long enough to regret it haha

1 week, 5 days ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Alec Brownscombe @Nikhil Daljeet @Luke_R

Didn't know he had a newer special, going to have to check it out

1 week, 5 days ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Luke_R

Yup, seen him twice down in Boston..hilarious aussie

1 week, 5 days ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Doorman


Still looking eh Doorman? I'll play this year... 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Getting closer

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Low risk moves like these are fantastic.  Can't be more motivated as a player, cost effective, and adds depth up and down the lineup in case injuries hit.  Booth was on my short list of hopeful gambles before the off season started.  Not with the expectations that he comes close to his old ways or even hits 20 goals, but I like him as a hard working, physical bottom six player that will drive the net and has a great attitude to boot.  Can play up and down the lineup if injuries necessitate it.

Some saw it as laughable when Shanaban & co. targeted "character" going into the offseason because that's a vague concept that can so easily go awry.  But they've put their stock in the right guys in Komarov, Santorelli, Robidas and now Booth in that respect.  Watching teams like Columbus, Tampa (last year) and Detroit (without their stars) make the playoffs in the East - you know nightly hard work, determination and speed can go a long way.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

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Great signing.  Santorelli can play all three positions, adding versatility and depth to the roster.  More importantly he works his ass off every single shift. Adding three competitive, 100% effort guys in Komarov, Robidas and Santorelli should go a long way into setting the tone for this club and making sure some of the more skilled players keep their effort level more consistent (looking at you Lupul).  


JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Lupul-Kadri-Santorelli

Komarov-Kontiola-Clarkson

Ashton-Holland-Frattin

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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@unclejakescards @rustynail

I remember getting excited for hitting 100 comments on one of our blogs in the early days

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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@Ze_theLeafsFan @mike_84 @Nikhil Daljeet


Yeah I think it played into his decision.  Sounds like we were pretty close

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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@Mind Bomb @Nikhil Daljeet

Hey Darren, couldn't agree more, a ton of terrifying contracts were handed out.  Can you imagine the reaction here if Nonis did what Washington did today?  I definitely like all three signings for that reason.  Helps set the tone for the rest of the guys too.  Robidas and Komarov especially are super competitive.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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Good to hear that they were in on Brian Boyle.  He was third on my wish list today after Komarov and Robidas.  Would have made me 3 for 3 on the day.  But I did not see that Frattin trade coming!

Also, I would have preferred Gorges over Polak but since we have Polak I'm glad we didn't also make the move for Gorges.  I'm not opposed to moving Franson whatsoever, but having two d-men that have no offensive game in the lineup at the same time would have been overcompensation - from too many puck movers to too many defensive d-men.   That's why Robidas is such a good add.  He's great defensively but also makes smart decisions with the puck and has a nice outlet pass. He also has a solid point shot and should get a look or two on the PP especially if injuries happen.  But he definitely doesn't use it as much as he used to.  As long as he's healthy he'll be great.   He'll also make sure everyone else sees what it means to work your ass off and sacrifice for the team.  Komarov too.  

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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@Cameron19 @Nikhil Daljeet @mr_hanie


Did you see him take the ice with Leopold?  Polak can skate the puck out of trouble, and can handle the physical side of things, but suffers when it comes to his outlet pass and has no accuracy on his shot.  His partner Leopold is weak in all aspects of the game at this point in his career but especially with puck management.  Leopold is on his way out after this contract runs out or possibly even shipped in a trade before then. 


Compare that to playing with Gardiner (or even Rielly), who is the type of player that Blues fans have always wanted Polak to actually be paired with due to his strengths complementing Polak's game. 



2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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@loomx @Nikhil Daljeet @Cameron19 @mr_hanie


And that's why I'm still hoping we sign a guy like Stralman.  Not that he's #2 material, but he is a top four d-man that can help spread the load of heavy minutes with Phaneuf and Gardiner.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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@loomx @Nikhil Daljeet @Cameron19 @mr_hanie


I don't think anyone is disagreeing with this.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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@Cameron19 @Nikhil Daljeet @mr_hanie

They are better than him.  But we don't have Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk.  The only point I had was that on the current Leafs he could be a 2nd pairing guy given the set of players that we have.  He will complement Gardiner's game.


The ideal situation would have been to have both Gunnar and Polak, with Polak on the bottom pairing.  But we don't.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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@Cameron19 @mr_hanie


He could play 2nd pairing and PK easily on the Leafs.  He was stuck behind Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk on the right side for the Blues.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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@lukethenuke @Nikhil Daljeet

I think Boyle has some merit as a sheltered RD and quality PP guy.  But do we need that with Rielly and Franson?  If we get rid of Franson, I could see them making the move but doesn't seem like it'd be worth the cost.


Fayne would be a nice add.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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Hope we make a strong push for Stralman.  4 x 5 years or 4.5 x 4 years should get it done.


Phaneuf-Stralman

Gardiner-Polak

Rielly-Franson/Grannberg


Good LD-RD setup and the top two pairings would work well together.  Who knows what will happen on the third pairing with Franson, Gleason, Grannberg, etc. in the mix.  


Not likely to happen - but it'd be nice.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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Ehlers!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@beerleaguepuckstopper

Welcome to MLHS!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@Savo43 @Cloud09 @loomx  


Wins are not a tiebreaker.  Jets beat us in our games against each other and hold the tiebreaker.  As long as we lose and Van gets 3/4 from Cal and Edm, we can get 7th pick.

5 months, 1 week ago on Friday Leaf Links

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@mike_84 @Nikhil Daljeet  

Just edited my post, could go as high as 7th if Vancouver passes us as well

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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@mike_84  

They will be ahead of us.  Beat us both times this season. So if Van passes us too we could go as high as the 7th pick (9th currently).

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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@Belfour20/JB-45  

CBJ/hawks tied in the third 3-3.  Hawks been pushing hard since the 2nd

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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@Gilbey93 @Nikhil Daljeet  

I agree.  Hauls ass and hounds the puck. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #78, Bruins at Maple Leafs

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Bodie played 20 minutes, all ES

5 months, 2 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #78, Bruins at Maple Leafs

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Seems fitting that the Bruins will have the chance to finish us off for good.  We're catching them on the second night of their back to back and then have four very winnable games to finish off the year.   Not over until it's over

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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Colorado within 1

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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@Jay_Berg  


No harm in hoping they pull off the (very) unlikely #feelsgreatman

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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Dallas up on Washington

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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@Pazzuzzu  

Agree.  He could be streaky offensively but he is good for at least 20 20 in second to third line minutes.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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@Roenick72  

Hope so. Haven't seen that Lupul in a while

6 months ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #72, Canadiens at Maple Leafs

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@rockydundas @Welder24  

He has 42 posts and literally every single one is just raging at either Mats Sundin or James Reimer.  Literally nothing else in his post history.  Don't feed the troll

6 months ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #72, Canadiens at Maple Leafs

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Knowing Reimer he's going to finish strong.  Not that it makes up for these early ones, but he'll battle

6 months ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #72, Canadiens at Maple Leafs

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@Jay31 


Ain't over until it's over!  Get one before the period's done

8 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Hurricanes (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@Greg Fenton @Nikhil Daljeet 


He never looked like the next Pronger.  He looked like a Karlsson with a penchant for hitting with no regards to his defensive assignments.  His Norris trophy nomination was on the back of his offensive play, similar to Karlsson and Subban in recent years.  He is miles ahead defensively compared to his early years. This really is not surprising, considering most defensemen round out their defensive game as they grow older, especially those that are offensively-inclined early on.  He was a more "exciting"player in those days, no doubt.  But he is much better all-around nowadays.

9 months ago on HBO 24/7: Leafs / Red Wings Episode #2 Best Clips

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@Greg Fenton


That you think Phaneuf's defensive game in Calgary is comparable to his time in Toronto is laughable.  If your support for that is based on +/- only makes it more so.

9 months ago on HBO 24/7: Leafs / Red Wings Episode #2 Best Clips

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