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@RandomScrub It's never a bad time to watch that victory.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards

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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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 13

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@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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 13

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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 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #64, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Rangers 2 (OT)

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Leafs are the hottest team in the NHL in the last 10 games:  8-1-1

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen

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@Cameron19 Have fun!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Fun with Numbers

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@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.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@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)

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@NotInsane @Airfreshener @Burtonboy Agreed...  But where has Frannie's offense gone this year?  It's completely dried up apparently.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Road Warriors

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@Murph2417 @.Kong. @Biltmore @ingy56 Murph...  The Leafs care what I think.  I'm calling Nonis right now using my direct line.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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@dlb eh @Jay_Berg Kuli for...  Orpik

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0

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@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)

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #10 with special guest James Mirtle

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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!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #10 with special guest James Mirtle

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@theacs1966 @Shift_Disturber1 Siegel's not an a-hole.  He and Mirtle are probably the best Leaf beat reporters out there.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #10 with special guest James Mirtle

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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.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: Tops in the East

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@Jmessih Kessel is becoming a man before our very eyes.  And what a sweet thing that is to be a part of.  For all the flak this kid has gotten since he came here (including some from yours truly), its great to see him flourish.

You're a good man Kess.  Keep it going bud.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #10, Leafs 4 vs. Ducks 2

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That's the most frustrated I have felt in a while watching a Leaf game.

- Kessel had his worst game this season.  Where was he tonight?  We really needed him with this depleted lineup

- Too many regulars out as well.  Tonight, it really felt like it

- Bernier.  Ouch.

- WTF was with that icing?  I don't understand why the whistle wasn't blown...?

- Ah well, we had this game in the bag, but we got a little lazy, sat back, and to their credit they came at us.  We have no-one to blame but ourselves for this loss.

- F, do I want to punch Staal in the face

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #8, Canes 3 at Leafs 2

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@TuckerForPunishment We were an inch away - Nazzy rung the bar with a beauty shot.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #8, Canes 3 at Leafs 2

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@Jordan29 @2minutes That's funny!  I just said the same thing!  Fenton = Andrew R!

11 months, 1 week ago on Marlies Update: A 3-0 start to the season

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@Dangle_My_Berries @2minutes @newkb I'm telling you guys, it's Andrew R!  Remember him?  He came on here every day, stirred shit up, pissed everyone off, and kept coming back for more.

11 months, 1 week ago on Marlies Update: A 3-0 start to the season

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Interesting point for you guys to chew on...  In the post game interview (after Minny game), Reims was critical of his play, despite only allowing one goal.  I actually agreed with him in a sense.  After watching a replay of the game, I noticed that he was still struggling with rebounds.  Part of the problem was that most of the shots were coming low, and he was being forced to stop the pucks with his legs.  I'm not sure if this was coincidence, or that Minny was looking to force Reims to create rebounds.

This feels like the first real evidence of one goalie pushing the other to be better.  Reims was disappointed in himself because he knows he needs to find a way to gobble up pucks better, as this is something Bernier really excels at.  To me, this is a really promising sign.

I'm eating crow by the bucket full this year after the Bernier deal.  In Nonis I trust.

11 months, 1 week ago on Marlies Update: A 3-0 start to the season

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@Dangle_My_Berries @CanuckUKinToronto I thought it was Monster of the season, not huge pack of Monsters.

; )

Too many to choose from.

11 months, 1 week ago on Marlies Update: A 3-0 start to the season

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@Greg Fenton @CanuckUKinToronto This is not always true Fenton.  Playing against greater competition can, and often does, ruin a players' confidence permanently.  This will become much more real down the stretch.  This season is so early right now, it's very difficult to say how he will hold up once teams really get going.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@CanuckUKinToronto There is nothing about this decision being a no-brainer.  Losing one year of his ELC is a big deal.  This is a very difficult decision.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@mlclearwater @Armchair GM What's wrong with Pierre?  He seems like a pretty good dude.  He's a big fan of junior hockey, and always gets behind young Canadian players.

I like him. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@LeafsManiac @.Kong. Good point.  That's exactly what is happening.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@B_Leaf I'll say it again...  Raymond may have been the best quiet pickup of the year this year.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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The question of the night...  Does Reims get the next start based on tonight's performance?

This is gettin' fun to watch!

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@Jay_Berg I thought tonight was Nazzy's best defensive game ever as a Leaf.  He literally saved a goal when he swooped in and swung up the middle with the puck.  He was skating back hard, reading plays.  Great game from Naz!

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@Zep2 @Cameron19 @NotInsane We have an awesome balanced attack.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@Canadian kid Don Cherry (the dinosaur that he is) was screaming from his bully pulpet, "He should have had his head up!  He should have anticipated that Lapiere was on the ice!"  And all that B.S.

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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My thoughts on the game:

- The shot count was not reflective of the 'quality scoring chances'.  Despite two breakaways by Minny, the Leafs had more quality scoring chances (8-7 or something like that).

- Referees were apparently color blind to red and green hues.  The penalties were what, 10-4 in their favour?  

- The Leafs are very good at bending and not breaking, and staying in games.  When required, we pour on the offense, score, and sit back again.  Rinse and repeat.

- We were missing three of our top nine players, and 2 from our top six

11 months, 1 week ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1

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@Burtonboy I don't think he should be upset about it, and it sounds like he isn't.  The fact of the matter is, it really is a long season.  Both our goalies will be better for this 'rotation' down the stretch!

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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@wendelsway1 @Komas Taberle @Mind Bomb I am now heading down to my pantry to find some soup!  You made me hungry!

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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@Burtonboy I sure hope so...  It sends the right message to the Reimer and the team as a whole.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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@Anthony Petrielli @.Kong. @mORRganRielly That may or may not be true, but the larger point is that having two guys who are a defensive liability (at this stage in their careers) might be more than Carlyle can bear.  This is especially true given the amount of attention our D is getting right now.  I'm sure Carlyle is racking his brain trying to figure out how to tighten things up.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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@Anthony Petrielli @mORRganRielly The better question, however, is whether or not both can exist on a Randy Carlyle coached team.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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@dlb eh @.JVR. It's always a great day for trade talk.  I don't understand what some people's problems are.  I can just about guarantee that Nonis is thinking about trades every day.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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Great job again Anthony.  I always look forward to your Leaf Notes.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook (Part 2) – Notes, Quotes & 5 Things I’d Do

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