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@docmma @.Kong. I'm sorry man, but you're not thinking this through.  Imagine if your employers came to your work, then televised you working for millions to see, and then boo'd you when you made a mistake.

And besides how ridiculous the above is, it is horribly counterproductive. Booing doesn't cause players to play better.  It makes them feel worse about themselves.  These guys are professionals who put a ton of pressure on themselves.  

They don't need undue pressure from 'entitled' fans.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. I'm sorry if you lack the ability to spot a leader.

Perhaps if you were a leader, you might recognize one, or recognize a lack thereof.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. @phaneufoundlander OK, ok, I get T - You're a huge Kessel fan boy.  

And since there is no convincing a fan boy.  I give up.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@phaneufoundlander When it comes to the whole French-English thing - Unquestionably.  They're near insane when it comes to that.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@docmma @.Kong. @Bruffins @Komas Taberle Yes, sure, they "have the right to boo".  What does that mean even?  What gives them the right?  Are they in the NHL?  Are they coaches?  Have they ever, in their pathetic lives, played a competitive sport in front of millions of people?

Booing is horribly counterproductive.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. hahahaha!  That's hilarious.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @phaneufoundlander Why does Phil Kessel get a pass on character?

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@phaneufoundlander Thank you.  I will never forgive blowhard for what he did here.  Had he deployed a strategy similar to Shanahan's, we be light years ahead of where we are right now.

Having to watch Montreal win 1st overall in our conference while we eat dick like this, is one of the worst feelings I have ever had as a Leafs fan.

And yes, I endured the 80's.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. No offense dude, but you suck?

Lame.

Obviously, you missed the whole point.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@docmma @Bruffins @Komas Taberle @.Kong. Booing is the most ridiculously stupid thing a fan could ever do for his team.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. Wendel was the epitome of resiliency.  He was ALL heart.  He weight 185 lbs and yet took on the league's heavyweights with a smile.

In 92/93, when he had the proper supporting cast, he scored 3 goals in a comeback game against the L.A. Kings, and were it not for some of the worst refereeing in Leafs History, those would have been series winning goals.

I'm sorry, but Wendel is the wrong example.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@docmma @.Kong. I wholly disagree.  There is no market in Hockey like the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Perhaps Montreal, but still not the same level.  They support their teams no matter what, and the media doesn't instantly attack it's players.  They love their players.  Very different.

As a result, the pressure is MUCH different in Toronto than anywhere else.

And as such, the players who have really excelled here, are extremely resilient human beings.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@TIMERIXON @.Kong. These aren't unfair expectations.  At least not for me. I've never believed our core was capable of getting us to the promised land.  I never ever wanted Phil Kessel in Toronto.  Not from the first time I saw him in an interview.  Because one look at him and it was obvious that he lacked the resiliency to lead this team.  And I'm sorry, but I would NEVER pay a player $8-10M unless said player has the capability to ELEVATE his game when the pressure is on.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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"We need to have an incredibly resilient group of players that love to play in Toronto. We need an incredibly resilient group of managers, from top to bottom, committed to doing this in Toronto"

This is what I was saying some time ago about why players like Clarke, Roberts, Gilmour were such heroes in this blue collar city.  These players worked like dogs, had huge hearts, and were extremely resilient against the pressure of this market. These are ESSENTIAL traits for players that come to this city.


4 days, 20 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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Another excellent piece Alec.  Well done.  I could see a day where you follow Petrielli as an Elite reporter in the MSM.

4 days, 20 hours ago on Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls

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@peterbleafs NHL suspensions/fines are a complete joke.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1

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Go Oilers!


(Now only 6 points back, with a winning record in their last 10 games)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1

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@Mcost61 JVR must go as well.  I just cannot stand his nonchalant attitude.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1

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@Ian from Etobicoke It's going to come down to what type of player Edmonton wants more:  A D-man or a Center.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1

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@LoovTrain @Kessel81 Weird. That list contains a who's who of top players.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1

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wtf is with Carolina...?  They clearly have their sites set on drafting in the 4 position.

THAT'S OUR SPOT CAROLINA!  Now, hurry up and win a couple games please.

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

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@DylanJ If it looks like the Leafs are going to keep Kessel around next season, there is a good chance I will not watch another Leaf game all season long.

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

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Thanks AP...  Lots of great stuff top chew on here.  I've been away for the last couple weeks, and have missed out on a lot of Leafs news.


1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – March 10

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@FRyan Healy is a complete knobshine.

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #66, St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Let's be clear on something...  Leafs can bottom out for 2 years, drafting Top 5.  Or they can bottom out for 4 years, drafting Top 5.  This depends on a number of factors:

- Our approach (does Shanny/Nonis/Ownership want a 5-7 year rebuild?)

- How quickly our draft picks and prospects develop

- Do we choose to sign any big name UFAs (again, approach)

How deep we choose to go with our rebuild will dictate the number of picks and prospects we stock.  

For example, everyone uses Edmonton as the example of how not to build, but if they continue to draft Top 5, eventually, they will build a dynasty for the ages.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Ron Wilson: “Leafs Rebuild will take 7 or 8 years”

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@Jay31 For me it's more anger, than freaking out.  I mean, where the F was this fight in them when the 18 wheeler was going off the cliff?

Instead, they all tucked their tails and skulked away.

I hate this team as it is currently constituted.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4

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@Cartsy Imagine what it would take to trade up into the top 5?  We would have been better off making a bad deal at the deadline.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4

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Mirtle is a Class A Douche

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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NOW this team decides to show up.

F'ing Leafs

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@mtommy @dlbu dlbu E Tommy - I agree that the anger is misdirected, but it shouldn't be at themselves either. This is self-defeating.

The anger needs to be directed at the opposition.  In the form of fighting back, and winning games.

Our best game this year was against Winnipeg a short while back.  We fought them for every inch of the ice.  That is how this team needs to direct it's anger.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Alec Brownscombe @hawkeegooroo @DeclanK Alec...  Just ban this knobshine and call it a day. Please.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@leafmealone Dion it's hard to say, but I cannot imagine a world in which Kessel wants to stay here.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@DeclanK @mcloki @17Forever @North Kariya And yet it has a massive readership.  This tells you everything you need to know about people.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Lescott Respect.  That is really it in a nutshell.  Well said.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Radar O'Rielly @.Kong. @mtommy Think of how much better he could be if he took his offseason training/diet seriously.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Radar O'Rielly @mtommy There's another way to look at this...  How about, get off his ass, take his off-season seriously, go see Gary Roberts - Like Stamkos did - And put on 20 lbs of muscle.  Then come to camp serious and determined, eating intelligently throughout the season.

Be a professional.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Markovv55 This team should have gotten REALLY PISSED when the 18 wheeler started going off the tracks, and used the same level of passion in Kessel's interview - ON THE ICE.

Anger is good sometimes.  We need to push back as human beings.  The Leafs needed to push back on the Toronto media.

#TooLittleTooLate

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Edward_Flannery @Radar O'Rielly Brian Burke failed miserably.  BB had the best opportunity ever of building this team via D&D (Draft and Development), but because he is a brash American blow hard, he blew it.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Xxxxxnew I don't want to hear Kessel talk.  And frankly, I think the Leafs should have protected him from doing so a long time ago.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Xxxxxnew Good point.  The bottom line is, every aspect of this team is under a microscope.  This is bad right now, because we don't have the intestinal fortitude to withstand that, but when we build a solid core of youngsters with heart, that same microscope will build these guys into heroes.

(Assuming Shanny and Nonis can pull this off, of course)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Markovv55 @Yaknowwhat Precisely.  Our top players do not have the mental fortitude to withstand the pressure in this market.

Leadership must exist at all levels of the team.  Right now, they do not.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Yaknowwhat I disagree.  I don't believe this is an effort issue.  I think this is primarily a chemistry and leadership issue.  We have the talent, but this team does not play for each other.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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My cousin is a big Montreal fan.  He went out of his way the other day to tell me that the Toronto media is stupid for the way they treat this team.

And while he acknowledged that Montreal media could be harsh sometimes, that it was nowhere near how horrible the Toronto media was.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@hometeem @.Kong. @Potcy @Yan28 Don't say that too loud around these parts hometeem, you'll get comments like - "I'm glad you're not GM of the Maple Leafs"

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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@Potcy @.Kong. @Yan28 I think I just didn't ask the question correctly...  What I meant was... If those players were available today, do you think that other teams wouldn't have found a way to trade for them?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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