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Would you not think Nugent-Hopkins is a bit rich for a second line centre? I'd want to move him for several other pieces, I think.

8 hours, 46 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

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I agree. This never happens. Career altering for sure.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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Gosh, he must be the first player since Theoren Fleury to snort coke.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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Oops. No, you're right. Mirtle is wrong. 24th if someone lower wins, 25th if a Division winner wins, or 30th if Nashville wins.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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I think that's right. If 4 teams lower than Nashville go to conference finals, they'll take the last four picks, the division winners take the four before that, Tampa Bay takes the 9th last, and the Nashville pick is 10th last, or 21st.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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Nylander, Brown, Leipsic and Gauthier are also unproven in the NHL, so that lineup could be crap... we just don't know yet. If Nylander scores 25 as a rookie, that's another story, but he's not Gaudreau or Stone until he's up and makes a big difference.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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Looks like Cox was wrong about it happening on Monday. Kessel's pulse hasn't even returned to a resting rate from the game last night yet... Or maybe that was from the sugar in the ice cream cake.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix

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It would ripple into the entire summer and then right on through to next season. Like the end of a world war... Like a lunar landing.

1 week ago on Damien Cox: Shanahan to continue “cleaning house” on Monday

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You'd be getting hi fives from cops. Anything goes when this goes down.

1 week ago on Damien Cox: Shanahan to continue “cleaning house” on Monday

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If the Leafs win the lottery, will there be instant street parties in Toronto? If I were in town I just might hit the streets wearing a sweet superhero leaf cape and face paint.

1 week ago on Damien Cox: Shanahan to continue “cleaning house” on Monday

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No. I don't think Buffalo would trade first overall for Crosby, either.

1 week, 1 day ago on 2015 NHL Draft Rankings: Maple Leafs to draft fourth overall, pending lottery

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And this picture above is likely from when he was 15... 16 max. He looks like a man for crying out loud.

If Bob Mackenzie says the Oilers are taking Hanifin, that's surprising as I thought he'd drop lower than that. If the Oilers are keen on getting a D, though, that's good for us.

1 week, 2 days ago on 2015 NHL Draft Rankings: Maple Leafs to draft fourth overall, pending lottery

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The end of the season isn't until the lottery for me, so you have time.

1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #81, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m., SN)

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He said he was going to reveal some kind of major secret or something?

1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #81, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m., SN)

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Now now... That's crazy talk.

2 weeks ago on Game 79 Scoring Chances: Bruins 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1 (SO)

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That's hilarious. Talk about keeping it simple.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Maple Leafs Prospect Update: 2014-15 Season Wrap

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Sitting 4th is an interesting spot because aside from our 9.5% chance of landing McDavid, we have a 45% chance of picking 4th and a 45.5% chance of picking 5th.

If that means we get McDavid, Marner, or Hanifin, how sweet is that? I'd love Strome, too, but I think he'll be gone at 3.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Maple Leafs Prospect Update: 2014-15 Season Wrap

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I've told this story before, but my father in law is buddies with JS Giguere's father in law, and he told me Phil used to eat entire ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen in one sitting. It's not just a media narrative or cancer drugs.

It's ice cream.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on GDT: Game 78, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m., SN)

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That's true but you must like Chychryun... Plenty of OHL highlights to watch there.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)

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This guy Chychryun is going to win a cup guaranteed.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game 77, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)

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Wow. 6'2" 195 and 16 yrs old. Has NHL in the blood thru his dad and uncle (Luke Richardson!)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Game 76 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Senators 3 (OT)

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That is funny... I missed that. It made me sad to see this live, though. It sucks wanting them to lose, especially when you see Horachek's reaction. The man wears his heart on his sleeve and I love that. It's too bad he's not leading them into the playoffs... we would have loved him for it.

3 weeks ago on Game 76 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Senators 3 (OT)

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Yeah, the heroes in men's league just don't get it.

In the game I mentioned above, I only played one or two shifts because everyone wanted their time in the sun and the hotshots ran the team. It was an NHL and European All Star team against us, the Abu Dhabi Scorpions, in a tsunami benefit game in 2005. We were up something like 6-1 after two periods and then they just decided to score some goals and ended up winning 7-6. We were just a hodge-podge team of ex-pats for the most part, but we had several guys who were still trying to live the dream, only to have it crushed on a whim!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 25

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I'm a B Division oldtimer but played against Jari Kurri and Vladislav Tretiak in a charity tournament. Tretiak played right wing and I got to line up against him on a face off. He wasn't playing goal anymore because, I guess, he didn't want hacks like me being able to say "I scored on Tretiak" even if it was off my ass in a game for kicks. The best part was shaking his hand... like grabbing a roast beef.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 25

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I know it's been written about how it wouldn't be prudent to blow this team to bits, but the poison is running pretty deep in this team.

1 month ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks (7:30pm, TSN4)

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If you haven't seen The Wire, you should give it a shot. Many rate it as the best of all time.

1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs

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It seems Nylander is 9th and could reach the top 5 all-time 18 yr old AHL point getters, which doesn't actually put him in elite company: http://www.quanthockey.com/ahl/en/player-age/18-year-old-ahl-players.html

1 month ago on GDT: Game #70, Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m., CBC)

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I disagree with the comment below (from niewendyk?). You can turn off Twitter in a snap... Just don't go in it. Nobody forces these players to have a Twitter account. Lupul favourites all of the negative tweets he gets and I think it's stupid. Turn that shit off and it disappears. Ask my 70 year old ex farmer/butcher/labourer dad about Twitter and he says what the fuck is that. There's no extra pressure here unless a player puts it on himself.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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Don't know if any of you heard Doug Gilmour on prime time the other day, but regarding Kessel and dealing with the media criticism, he said "you've got to just absorb it and say 'let's go!'... And don't float around out there."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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With Nashville losing 5 straight and the Blues just 4 points behind them with games in hand our 1st from them could be pretty decent as long as they lose in the first round.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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If you could choose between finishing 26th and winning 20 straight and making the the playoffs on the backs of Reilly and Kadri, which would you choose?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 62 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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I hope not. We just have been hearing so much that discredits the leadership on the team that I wonder how much support someone like Rielly is getting. Hopefully someone has taken him under his wing. If Jokinen says it's a very negative atmosphere in the locker room, what good are these vets anyway?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on McKenzie/Ferraro on: O’Reilly, Bozak, Polak & Leafs Coaching Candidates

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Regarding Lupul's comments, is he saying that, if you're a young player on a losing team, it's better for you to have some veterans around to show you how to take it in stride like a professional? Is that what's happening on this team?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on McKenzie/Ferraro on: O’Reilly, Bozak, Polak & Leafs Coaching Candidates

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Watch the Preds lose 20 straight.

2 months ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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Getting another top 5 pick would be awesome. We'd have as good a chance of getting McDavid as Buffalo or Edmonton AND we'd still have another top 5.

2 months ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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I don't care about the Habs. I'd rather see Ottawa suffer.

Seriously, every Hab fan I know doesn't give a shit about the Leafs and consider the Bruins to be their archrivals. I'd rather see them win the cup than, say, any team in the US. A cup in Canada would be good... Better in Mon than Van or Cal IMHO

2 months ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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It would be a lot easier to stomach trading him if we didn't win the lottery.

2 months ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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If we won the lottery, would we want to keep Kessel?

2 months ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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Where's Leiweke through all of this? Wasn't he supposed to be the ultimate CEO? What a shitshow.

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: “If it’s not here, it’s not here”

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One danger is if either Bell or Rogers sells out to the other during the rebuild, whoever is left with full power will want to make a statement which may compromise Shanny's plan.

2 months ago on GDT: Game #56, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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If the board of MLSE prevented Shanny from tearing it down earlier, they really wasted a year of the re-build. They basically hired a guy to be president only to not let him make the big decisions? And now that he's been proven right, they give him the green light?

The board of MLSE is the real problem here, I think, and until that is fixed, there can't be a meaningful rebuild.

2 months ago on GDT: Game #56, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Even with first rounders there's no guarantee, I know, but has any team ever picked four?

With our luck we'll pick Dave Chizowski reincarnated with our lottery pick.

2 months ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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Anybody know how many is the most first rounders ever selected by one team in a draft?

2 months ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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The way I see it is even the worst team has an 80% chance of not getting McDavid so the goal is just to lose a lot, hope for more growth from players like Rielly and Kadri, and cross your fingers when the ball drops.

2 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #55, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Leafs could win 8-0 tonight and we'd all be royally pissed, unless Rielly got a hat trick, in which case we'd commence a massive circle jerk and chuckle about how he's untouchable.

2 months, 1 week ago on Game 53 Scoring Chances: Devils 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Back in the good old days when we had our shit together...

2 months, 1 week ago on Game 53 Scoring Chances: Devils 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Not sure if it's fixed, but a cup in toronto would be the best thing for the NHL. People would love it and people would hate it.

2 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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Marnie Marner

2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks

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