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As much as it absolutely pains me to say it... For all those Bozie haters out there... I told you so.
6 days 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
1 month, 1 week ago on Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen
@Cameron19 Have fun!
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
@ingy56 @.Kong. Although it wasn't clear in my comment above, I was referring to the suggestion by Doug Maclean that you don't pay Dion $7M per year unless you feel he's a cornerstone player.
I just thought that comment made a lot of sense. When you bit that hard into your cap, you have to make damn sure he's a guy you're going to build your team around.
With respect to Dion... I'm not fullu convinced, but I don't think we're going to land Chara anytime soon, so Dion might have to be our cornerstone.
@dlb eh @Jay_Berg Kuli for... Orpik
I seriously could not be more proud of Phil Kessel. He's become an Elite team-first type of player, and you can hear that through the words of his teammates. Phil Kessel is exactly what Doug Maclean referred to yesterday - a cornerstone player you build your team around.
@theacs1966 @.Kong. @Shift_Disturber1 Whatever... It's easy to take shots at the media, but in reality, there are few MSM reporters out "there" worth following. Mirtle and Siegel are about as good as it gets. (I follow them both)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #10 with special guest James Mirtle
James Mirtle - Thanks for taking the time to stop in! I always thought you were one of the better Leaf reporters out there, and this drop-in only confirms it!
@theacs1966 @Shift_Disturber1 Siegel's not an a-hole. He and Mirtle are probably the best Leaf beat reporters out there.
Grabovski who? I'd take Bolland, Nazzy, Bozie, and even McClement over him.
Our team chemistry is so much better this year, and this move had a lot to do with that. We needed more players from Toronto/Ontario, and we have them now in Clarkson and Bolland.
I love this team. When we get healthy again... Look out league.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: Tops in the East
@Shift_Disturber1 @Dangle_My_Berries Hahaha! Love it!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #10, Leafs 4 vs. Ducks 2