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@Zep2 Desharnais was home grown as well.
2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #45, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Mind Bomb @Great Dane Nice. The same is true for me on each of the above! hahaha. Sounds like neither of us should be complaining!
@Xxxxxnew You mean completely unnoticeable?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Road trip continues in Anaheim
@Kessel81 @.Kong. I just found this (via Google Search)...
"Percy may well have stagnated in junior. There is a sense — or maybe it’s a hope — within the organization that Percy, a cerebral player, will perform at a higher level when playing with better players. That was evident on Thursday night, when the pairing of Percy and Petter Granberg outplayed the Blackhawks. The pair set up the game’s first goal, on the power play. “For me it just goes back to my smarts,” said Percy. “If I know where our forwards are running routes, I can find them easily. That just goes back to coaching and familiarity. “Once you’re familiar with that, it’s definitely a lot easier to play.”
@Kessel81 I love these sorts of articles. There definitely seems to be a new sense of optimism around the club right now (however fleeting that may be).
@Anthony Petrielli @Mind Bomb Look at what the Blue Jays have done this year - They pointedly decided not to resign fragile players, and specifically went out and signed more durable players. This was their well publicized strategy.
@leafsjon @Anthony Petrielli One of the interesting off-shoots of being in this fishbowl of a market, is that it doesn't just expose players, it exposes coaches as well.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – January 13
@rockydundas @mtommy We need to have patience with Jake. He has all-star level speed and hands. AP was right. We need to give him 300 games before we will know what we have.
@mapleaf13 I think the 1st PP unit should be Franson + Reilly/Gards. Franson is undoubtedly the better of the two (Between he and P9).
But yes, I agree.
Boy could we use a guy like Kaberle. He was a MASTER at gaining the zone.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – January 13
@Burtonboy Given that is not going to happen, the only real solution is to build him back into the player he once was. Stranger things have happened, but in this fishbowl, I'll admit it seems unlikely.
@Tommy Cat In fairness... Yes. But somewhere along the way he once again lost his confidence. I really hope he's seeing a sports psychologist - daily.
It will definitely take a while to assess this team under the new system. Right now, you can almost see the guys having to think the game. This split second of hesitation will get exploited on this team until the defensive system becomes 2nd nature. When the defensive system is purely instinctive, then we'll really know what we've got here.
While we are making the defensive system instinctive, we need to improve upon our transition game. These things need to go hand in hand.
"eventually you have to put Mike Santorelli on that unit." Agreed. If Santorelli had just entered the league, without anybody knowing any prior history, I suspect he would play on the 2nd line, and be counted on for more offense.
Frattin needs to play the rest of the season with the Marlies, and build some real confidence. I still think this kid could turn it around one day. He certainly has the physical attributes to do so.
@Anthony Petrielli @.Kong. That's exactly it. They needed a push, and that line loves to play together and try to prove everyone wrong.
"That’s a bad fourth line" Yes. Yes, it is. This is something that still needs to be addressed. Detroit for instance, rolls a fourth line that are a prick to play against. They never stop, tenacious as hell, and chip in with the odd goal. We need that as well. This should be a relatively easy fix, but it would be nice to grow our own.
"One thing I will say, though, is that when you’re down by a goal with under 5 minutes left, you should probably reunite that top line instead of putting a guy like Panik on the top line."
I couldn't agree more. This is the trade off when you're playing Winnik on the top line, for example. While he's excellent at digging up pucks, and is as tenacious as a dog on a bone, he just doesn't have the skills to complement Kessel. In last night's game, it would have been smart (though, risky), to reunite Kessel, JVR, and Bozie.
@MaxwellHowe @.Kong. @Mitch_S2 In fairness, yes, Gardiner did have a great game. I would just like to see him bear down a little bit on those rushes and take the puck to the net. On both plays (that I remember), he sort of chipped the puck to the net, which sometimes works, but had he looked shot, he might have been better off. Just my two cents. He played very well.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Los Angeles Kings 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
@Wilbur @.Kong. I think it was both, but you may be correct in saying his inability to find answers was the bigger factor.
@Cameron19 @.Kong. @Mitch_S2 There's no amount of logic and reason that I can apply to change your religiosity regarding P9. How you can even try to defend the fact that this formerly feared shooter, can almost never get a slap shot off anymore is beyond words. I give up.
@Burtonboy Precisely. We sent the big awk (Phaneuf) out in the first shift, and he was his usual clueless self. Now a great way to start a game where one goal can be the difference.
@Mitch_S2 Reilly was outstanding last night. As was Franson. Robidas was very good as well.
Phaneuf was... Well, Phaneuf. (Slow, behind the play, and can no longer get a point shot off to save his life - wtf is with that anyway - He used to be a feared player for his shots)
At some point in time (as often happens), Randy soured on this team. His problem, was that he didn't know how to TEACH this team. He wasn't reaching them.
Times have changed. No longer can people act dictatorial to players. Players are human beings and want to be talked to accordingly. This is not to say they want/need to be coddled, but you need to be professional. No throwing them under the bus (like Wilson), and no 'my way or the highway' attitude like Randy.
If Shanny/Nonis hire another Dinosaur to run this bench, I will officially retire as a Leafs fan. And I'm not even kidding.
@Yaknowwhat Stop worrying, and just enjoy the process.
@peterbleafs That's where the Leafs still have room to grow... They are playing great defensive Hockey, but not they need to learn how to be a great 'transition' team. This was the difference last night.
@In it to Winnik One of our better forwards tonight
Winnik's been great
Bozie's been good (but not great)
Kessel's been OK
2 weeks, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m., SN)
@philthethrill @Cameron19 @Bruffins @Omac13 Oh, please don't say that.
@Cameron19 @Bruffins @Omac13 Oh God no.
@Bruffins @Cameron19 @Omac13 I was CURSING Clarkson when he took that penalty. For a smart and eloquent guy, he's a complete Fucking knucklehead on the ice.
Anyway, tense game. Enjoy!
We NEED the next goal. This game is VERY winnable. We have more speed and we can match their offensive weapons.
Someone needs to nail Doughty. The whiny bitch.
@Dangle_My_Berries Someone needs to step up in period 2, and let the Kings know we aren't going to be pushed around. Bodie tried.
@ProfessorRance @.Kong. @Jmessih Not negative at all. Just being objective. Leafs were a 1/2 step behind most of the period, but we did have some good looks, and some good chances.
@Bruffins Yeah, WTF is with Komarov. He's horrible right now.
@Jmessih While that may be true, his skating has looked like shit tonight
@Omac13 @.Kong. Not at all. Franson, unfortunately, always needing to make up for Dion's blunders, lack of hockey sense, and lack of quickness
@sniperstar @.Kong. I wish that were true. ALL the big hits were us landing on our asses. Not even close
- Kadri needs to get going
- Clarkson needs to step up in this game
- Brown a horse tonight
- Big strong team the Kings. Out hit us for sure.
- Kings played loose, where we looked really tight
- We couldn't make a pass to save our lives tonight so far
- Reilly very good tonight. The kid came to play
- Doughty on another level
All in all, we held in there despite a horrible 1st shift. As usual, Dion, Completely out to lunch. Has his back to the play on the goal. #ShittyDefender #TradePlease
@In it to Winnik I've had enough of the old fart.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on William Nylander is coming to Toronto
@Radar O'Rielly McCowan is such a nerd.
@MaxwellHowe @DeclanK @sniperstar @Cameron19 Hahaha!
@Jmessih Good man. Looking forward to a big win tonight.
@Mitch_S2 I saw that too, and I just cannot imagine Philly dealing with Toronto again after the Schenn for JVR deal. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be if the Leafs stole another player from them?
@ProfessorRance @Mitch_S2 I'd be shocked if it was Franson, unless the Leafs think that he's not going to resign in Toronto. Also, can you imagine what our blueline would look like without him?
Whelp. Big game tonight boys. Im very curious to see what Leaf team we get. Do we get the sound defensive system that held Columbus to 20 shots?
We beat the L.A. Kings before. There's no reason to think we cannot do so again.
Mine: 2-1 Leafs in a shootout
@Xxxxxnew Good point. And definitely a factor.
@Chris Jay @Mcost61 @Yaknowwhat (Let's cross that bridge when we get there)
@deedrag Hope you get better soon deedrag.