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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 week, 2 days 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

4 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

4 weeks, 1 day 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

4 weeks, 1 day 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.

4 weeks, 1 day 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.  

4 weeks, 1 day 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. 



1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago on Maple Leafs Trade Carl Gunnarsson, 4th round pick for Roman Polak

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Ehlers!

1 month ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@beerleaguepuckstopper

Welcome to MLHS!

1 month 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.

3 months, 2 weeks 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

3 months, 3 weeks 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).

3 months, 3 weeks 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

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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@Gilbey93 @Nikhil Daljeet  

I agree.  Hauls ass and hounds the puck. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #78, Bruins at Maple Leafs

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Bodie played 20 minutes, all ES

3 months, 4 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

4 months 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

4 months ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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Dallas up on Washington

4 months 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.

4 months 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

4 months, 1 week 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

4 months, 1 week 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

4 months, 1 week 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

6 months, 3 weeks 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.

7 months, 1 week 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.

7 months, 1 week ago on HBO 24/7: Leafs / Red Wings Episode #2 Best Clips

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@Yaknowwhat @Nikhil Daljeet @Alec Brownscombe @Murph2417 @ Black Phantom 

"Declining point pace" very much implies an ongoing process.  If you were referring to the initial dropoff from his days in Calgary that is the very obvious repercussion of actually playing defense.  If that much is not immediately clear to you then you likely did not watch him at all with the Flames.  What I was referring to was the additional fact that his point pace has gone up every year he has been in Toronto with the small sample size of this season being the lone exception. If your only criticism of Phaneuf is that he hasn't put up as much points as his reckless days in Calgary - then ok, because that's not much of an argument at all.

7 months, 1 week ago on HBO 24/7: Leafs / Red Wings Episode #2 Best Clips

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@Yaknowwhat @Alec Brownscombe @Murph2417 @ Black Phantom 

His declining point totals?  He's been miles more responsible defensively than his days in Calgary (although I am guessing by your comments you only watch the Leafs).  Even then, his point pace increased from 2010/2011 to 2011/2012.  Then it increased again last year, although that was a shortened season.  It's down so far this year in a minuscule sample size - rendering your point completely ridiculous.  And if you really think Phaneuf makes a significant amount of "bone headed plays at critical times" then I repeat - you only watch the Leafs.  All of the league's heavy minute-munchers on defense make mistakes.  It's part of being on the ice a lot against the very best.  Finally: the numerous team collapses under his watch?  LOL.  Ok, let's pretend the team's shortcomings are an indictment of one player.  I get that you don't like Phaneuf, but eliminate your baseless criticisms and as you said - you've "got nothing else".

7 months, 1 week ago on HBO 24/7: Leafs / Red Wings Episode #2 Best Clips

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@LeafsForLife

Speaking of calling it - nailed it with the 3-2 Leafs call early in the GDT

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2

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@Cameron19 @Nikhil Daljeet

Yup definitely.  Thought they had a great showing against San Jose and built on that to start off this game

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2

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@LeafsForLife

Thanks for reading!

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2

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@whalz

They came out hard to start.  Faltered in the third while holding two leads to a Dallas team that I've seen dominate many others in a similar fashion. Wasn't perfect by any means, but compare this effort to their previous few.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2

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@AdamPoirier @Murph2417 @Jmessih 

Hey bro! You posting from a mobile device?

8 months ago on Game Preview: Seeking a rebound in Pittsburgh

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Weird, watching the Leafs game and the Blues game.  Both Leafs and the Slugs scored on the exact same plays almost immediately...

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

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Oh snap

8 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Sabres (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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