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I absolutely love seeing Bozie continue to take his game to new levels. For so long now, I have been defending him, as everyone and his Brother takes pot shots at him. Well... How do you like them Apples gents? Bozie tied for 21st OVERALL in points as of today. He's currently ahead of Getzlaf, Ovechkin, Toews, Kane, etc. etc. The kid is money on a breakaway, one of the best face-off guys in the game. And he's a good smart kid who has the potential to become a leader in the dressing room. Everyone, and I mean everyone, bashed him (and Nonis) for his $4.25M contract. Well, how do you like your crow gents? Great contract. Great player. Great future with this team.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
I have to say... Very impressive interview from Dion on LeafsTV. If you haven't seen it yet, you should. He's clearly taken huge strides in becoming the Captain of this team, and dealing with the media. He hasn't really had a great year thus far, but let's hope he can build off tonight's game/interview, and help push this team into the playoffs.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
I hope all you negative Nancy's from this afternoon like your crow with lots of salt. Hahaha! Go Leafs!
5 days, 19 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @Dogger Me too. Our PP is, admittedly, a little embarrassing. The Leafs desperately need a puck moving defenseman who has confidence. We haven't had one since Kaberle. Reilly and Gardiner aren't ready. Phaneuf is just horrible on the PP. And Franson doesn't have the foot speed.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@MaxwellHowe @.Kong. Max - That's half the problem as well. You'll hear the players often talk about not letting the highs be too high, and the lows be too low. This is exactly right. And yet I see this on this board with every win and loss. Toronto fans absolutely have this weird sense of entitlement. As though the Leafs "Owe them a Cup" for all their years as fans. Puh-lease. This team doesn't owe them squat. They owe it to themselves to play to the best of their ability, and nothing more.
@Dangle_My_Berries Dangle - Really? You think this is about consistency and effort? Have you ever played competitive sports? Well, I do, and I can tell you that MOST of the time, the problem is not effort. More often it is about the myriad of other factors that make or break a team. Things like... Chemistry, systems, lack of talent, nervousness (a HUGE factor with the monster that is the Toronto fans/media breathing down your neck), etc. The problem is not that the guys aren't trying hard enough. The Leafs face the best of every team in the NHL. Why? Because more than half of the NHL is from Canada, and Toronto is the epicenter of Hockey. And if you think that is an 'excuse' and not a factor, then you know nothing about the game. On top of that, as Carlyle aptly suggests in interviews, the other team is also desperately trying to win. And oftentimes, they have more talent, or more momentum, or whatever. But this whole "lack of effort" line that I keep hearing, is complete nonsense.
My boss at work - The first thing out of his mouth regarding the Leafs, of which he claims to be a fan - is ALWAYS, without fail, sour toned. Example: Following a win - "Well, we won, but only because of good goaltending. Cause Kessel is garbage, they have no heart, and..." blah, blah, blah. Oh my God. Please shoot me in the face. That is not a fan. That is someone who uses the Leafs to practice his self-loathing attitude.
Cameron19 - Thank God you're here some days. Honestly, imagine if all of us were in a room together, and everyone was whining and mad about a loss (that, by the way, occurred, what? 4 days ago). I'd leave you whiny bastards behind in about 3 seconds. Here's a tip for you... Nothing good ever comes of languishing in negativity.
HHT - You seem like that guy, that in real life, nobody wants around. But nobody wants to tell you because they will face your negative angry tone for the rest of their lives.
Holy crap. Where do all these nagative, sardonic people come from? This board is a bunch of whiny, self-entitled, cry babies today. No wonder why Wendelsway left. We just beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 5-2. Seriously guys? You're still, angry? about the 9-2 loss? Who even gets angry over something like that? I felt sick to my stomach. I felt bad for the guys. But angry? I'm sorry, but if a loss makes you angry, you're a whiny bitch.
@HHT Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.
@HHT Dude, please tell me you're trolling?
@DeclanK @.Kong. Declan? I'm a little surprised to see you so negative. The 9-2 loss must have really got to you. Truth be told, I'm not surprised the Leafs have a 10-8 record. To me, they are slightly better than a .500 Hockey club.
1 week ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@Mo29 Lupes is my favourite Leaf. Such a shame he can't stay healthy, but clearly he is made of glass.
@Burtonboy This seems odd to me. Veteran players don't just get assigned to a farm team for conditioning unless the situation looks bad. Could you imagine the Leafs assigning Lupul to the Marlies for conditioning?
I'm curious... Is last night a sign that this Leafs team is maturing? Are they learning how to weather the storm, and find a way to dig themselves out, instead of cave to the pressure? Interestingly, I never allowed myself to get disappointed after the 9-2 drubbing. Is this a sign that I'm maturing as a fan?
Jonas. I have much respect for the job you've done up to this point in your career. Please don't resort to bullying players. It's beneath you. Kessel simply doesn't have a lot of confidence. You can see it in every interview. That's fine. He'll never be the leader in the room. But why call him out on that and embarrass him? It's unnecessary. I credit you for knowing (and reporting on) the players on a personal level. It's what makes you a promising talent. But please don't lower yourself to Howard Berger type of antagonistic reporting. You'll do much better by gaining the respect of players through integrity.
1 week, 3 days ago on Jonas Siegel on Phil Kessel
Anthony, if you are not already doing so, you need to volunteer to coach a small league hockey team. You have an excellent Hockey mind. Do it for fun, and see where it goes - You just never know where these things can lead (i.e. Brian Murray story above).
1 week, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – November 17
@vinoa @rockydundas Good one! haha. Still, the best one ever, was Phil throwing the bear - Posted in the playoffs a couple seasons ago. I still crack up when I see it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)
ES? What's ES? (I'm assuming it's an advanced stat indicator, but I'm not certain)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 15 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3
The boyz outta be gearing up for a good bag skate this morning...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #12, Arizona Coyotes 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@Knights2Leafs @.Kong. @Anthony Petrielli @hometeem I admit it seems more probable that the Leafs trade Gardiner in a deal similar to the Schenn-JVR deal. That said, if Gardiner were to continue to develop and become a star in his own right, Rielly could bring in a 1C a whole grade above JVR. Something along the lines of a Claude Giroux, or a Tyler Seguin - A Young up and coming star 1C.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3
@Fish Head @.Kong. @MaxwellHowe That's a fair counterpoint. If Lupes was healthy for the 20 games leading up to the deadline, he could prove to be a good rental. That said, an oft injured Lupul may still be of more value to the dressing room, than a 2nd round pick. He's the virtual Captain of this team, and the official spokesman. It would be hard to find a good replacement.
@Anthony Petrielli @hometeem I believe it is inevitable, that the Leafs will trade one of either Gardiner of Reilly. I'm sure there have been offers as well, as who wouldn't want one of those two to anchor the offense on their D. That said, the Leafs are being smart, and building the players into future stars. This is good asset management, as either of those two could bring in a big haul one day.
@Fish Head @MaxwellHowe Unfortunately Fish, Lupul is apparently made of glass. That's a tough buy for any team.
I'm not convinced that Kadri has stolen the #1 spot from Bozak as of yet, but I fully agree that Kadri is a better option on the #1PP unit.
I like the comparison of players against those in their draft year. It's a good way to gain perspective on what you have.
Another interesting read Anthony. One thing worth mentioning regarding how long it takes to build through the draft... The rebuild doesn't start the year the team drafts 1st overall... It starts the years before that, when teams trade away their talent, which allows them to obtain the first overall pick.
Yes! A new Notebook! *Anxiously scrolls to the top to read*
@mlclearwater I agree with deedrag... He's lacking a little confidence in his shot right now. He's missed several great chances lately. But the good news is... He is getting chances.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Burtonboy Dion had arguably his best game of the year. He was very noticeable physically, wasn't giving away zone entries, and played Toewes very hard. Great game overall. I was happy to see him bounce back after a slow start to the season.
Awesome effort tonight by the boyz! Made me proud! Go Leafs!
By the way, I couldn't agree more regarding coaching (or, more specifically, Carlyle) and Leafs Management. I mean, did Frattin get caught F'ing Randy's daughter or something?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Leafs Notebook – October 28
Anthony... We're going to miss you here when you are the next big writer in the MSM. Great piece. Excellent insight. Keep up the good work.
@RandomScrub It's never a bad time to watch that victory.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Great piece, by the way, Anthony. I think you hit the nail on the head with regards to the Leafs giving ice time to players based on 'Roles'. That sums up perfectly why the Leafs choose to dress two goons some nights instead of our best players. Love it or hate it, it's the way Carlyle wants to run this team.
For what it's worth, I don't agree with the philosophy.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 13
@Alec Brownscombe @leafersutherland @Belfour20 I read the arguments for and against, and I came to the same conclusion. When I think of MVP, I think of who is playing 'Lights Out Hockey', and while Bernier's been outstanding for us some nights, Kessel has been on fire all season long.
As much as it absolutely pains me to say it... For all those Bozie haters out there... I told you so.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #64, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Rangers 2 (OT)
Leafs are the hottest team in the NHL in the last 10 games: 8-1-1
10 months ago on Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen
@Cameron19 Have fun!
1 year ago on Friday Fun with Numbers
@mcloki I'd buy a MLHS shirt, but not that one. I don't relate to the phrase whatsoever. That said, I do love that picture of Carlyle with the pope hat.
1 year ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors
@Spayde_D @Knights2Leafs The other point to be mindful of is that people think its simply math... Flames currently good at pressuring the puck, with limited offense capabilities. Simply sprinkle in talent in the top six, and then they'll be able to maintain the puck pressure, but score on all opportunities. Fat chance. This is not simple math. The high end talent may not want to play high octane pressure offense. They may prefer to play rush hockey, you know, like the Leafs.
@dlb eh I think we owed the Flames one... Especially after the heists we've pulled off on them (Gilmour/Phanuef for a bag of pucks)
@Cameron19 @dlb eh @Dan39 Guys like Weber, Kieth or Bouw, are easy picks for the Management team, as they have the full support of the media, and thus won't have to face any scrutiny should they tank.
@NotInsane @Airfreshener @Burtonboy Agreed... But where has Frannie's offense gone this year? It's completely dried up apparently.
@NotInsane @Burtonboy You say that now... But when speedy NHL forwards fly around Fraser for scoring chances, we might all be singing a different tune.
Reilly has really proved himself.
Alas, I too believe in the long run, we'll be better off with Fraser in the lineup, especially when we meet teams like the Bruins.
Ultimately, the decision as to who to dress may simply come down to match-ups.
@Murph2417 @.Kong. @Biltmore @ingy56 Murph... The Leafs care what I think. I'm calling Nonis right now using my direct line.
1 year ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0
@Biltmore @ingy56 @.Kong. True (Re: Chara), although as of this moment in time Chara >> Phaneuf. Next year, or the year after.... Maybe Phaneuf > Chara, maybe.
Anyway, I'm not happy with $7M for Phaneuf, but I could swallow it with less term. Having said that, unless a better option pops up (not bloody likely), he's going to get both.
@B_Leaf The problem for this team right now is... We're too talented. We haven't had to face adversity, and dig deep. That's what makes a team better. You saw it last year after we had some bad stretches. The team battled back and become stronger as a result. This year, this team simply scores at will, which sort of bails them out of having to deal with adversity. So in a sense, our talent has sort of delayed our development.
Having said that, it's a long season, and there's a better chance that at some point we're going to struggle. Our game will come.