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@TheGroobster The last thing we need is another F who has trouble with intensity. Pass.

4 days, 10 hours ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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@Bring the Cup Home @WendelGilmour I think you're missing my point. JVR got 61 points last year, if Kadri got the same time on ice he would have gotten more with the same linemates. JVR plays with Kessel, and gets 1PP minutes, yet Kadri outscores him, and plays a more robust game. Go ahead and take JVR, I'd take Naz every time.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Bring the Cup Home @WendelGilmour Yes, I do. Much more to the game than points, and JVR is more of a defensive liability than Naz. He just does not win board battles, at either end.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Bring the Cup Home Interesting that JVR is viewed as a "lock", yet Kadri actually outscores him based on time on ice, even playing with guys like Clarkson and Kulimen. Never mind that he also plays much more aggressively than JVR and imo is still improving. 

4 days, 22 hours ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Mind Bomb @WendelGilmour Gorgeous, gonna be a hot one. A good 10-15 minute nap floating around in the pool works wonders.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yeah, we'll see how much of an issue his skating is pretty quickly.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Yeah, a little unpredictability is good, just no dumb penalties at critical times.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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Two things I like about Spott;


- as Marlies coach he would make line changes both in game and from game to game. With the flexibility with the roster now there's no reason we should not do this. The players playing best should see the most ice-time in a game. Burns was a master at this. How many games did Holland have a strong start in a game only to see little ice later, or Kadri have a strong game on the dot, only to have RC replace him with McClement for draws anyway. Not the way to build a winning mind set. Players notice this stuff.

- he's familiar with Kadri and knows what he is capable of. IMO Kadri should get the same opportunity to play his way out of little slumps as the Bozak line, who got the majority of ice-time regardless of how they were playing.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Absolutely agree, Bboy. The Leafs did a fine job hiring Spott, they need to do it again to replace him, and keep the pipeline full.


Both Horachek and Spott seem to be no nonsense, direct guys who handle the media well. I am concerned also, but it seems both can build a good relationship with the media this way.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yeah. If the Leafs could just get him to pick his spots and play a heavy game he could turn out ok.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yep, I've read the same and Underhill seems to help everyone she works with. When I watch Finn play he seems to always be able to put himself in the proper position to be effective. Great stick and body position. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour I'm hoping. IMO both should be in the hunt for a 4th line role at camp. Devane seems to keep improving, and Broll got some games last year.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Agreed. Put kids like that in roles they can succeed i at camp and preseason. IMO they both should also get at least a couple of games in that RW slot. Put them with good players and see how they produce. Make decisions as to who stays based on this, rather than age or experience. If you perform you stay.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Yeah, agreed. Sounds like Granberg will get a real look. Finn, imo, has the potential to be a very very good NHL Dman and will move real quick to the top of the depth chart. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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I really like the Spott promotion. He was doing a great job with the Marlies, but you need to show your top performers they will be rewarded. Same philosophy needs to be applied to players. That's why I loved what Shanny said about purposely leaving a couple of openings for youngsters to grab. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Same here. I'm really hoping guys like Nylander and Leivo get a serious look at the RW spot beside Kadri, and I also believe Freddy could be a good player down the road.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Exactly. It's the only way they will grow, and I believe some of these kids will be some of the biggest contributors going forward.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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Listening to Horachek, both himself and Spott putting a lot of emphasis on the young kids. Very encouraging if they can make sure RC plays them.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy Thanks,Bboy. I don't know much about him.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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I've always believed it's both coaching and players. We'll see who redeems themselves.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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It looks that way. Obvious during the playoffs it's a must.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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Ah well it doesn't matter what they think anyway. You guys do a great job. Thanks for the update.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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Hey, Alec. Congratulations. Any progress on livefyre not working on a Z10? I can like, but not comment or reply. It's been about 3 weeks.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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Huge asset if used properly.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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Oh yeah, I agree. I'm just talking about preseason.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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He may get a look there early in preseason. I'd really like to see some Lupul -Kadri - Nylander though, or JVR - Kadri - Nylander.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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When Nylander plays wing, is it right, or left?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@wendelsfist There's usually some interviews and features, but they don't show the scrimmages I don't believe.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs Off Season: Assessing “Plan B”

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Anyone seen a list of who will be at prospect camp next week?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour Too nice to go in and watch here.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour Yeah, me too. Long time fan. I went to the Grey Cup here a couple of years ago and spent the day at the pre-game parties. Great time, very uniquely Canadian.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@wiski @WendelGilmour @Cameron19 Yeah, no solution in sight either.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Cameron19 Wouldn't surprise me. It seems no matter how good the Argos have been for the last several years interest just keeps eroding.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@leafmealone @Sexyhairyman @Great Dane @WendelGilmour I hope so, I agree with GD, start getting used to NA and the rinks.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Great Dane @WendelGilmour Good point, forgot about them. Even better.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Thinking of the Marlies, Finn, Brown, Rupert(s), maybe Nylander additions this year. Is our depth in the drafts since Burke arrived finally going to show? Does a Ross get bumped to the ECHL by someone like Rupert (example only)? They will be even younger next year, and while they will have difficulty replicating last year's success, will likely be a more talented team.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Loric76 @WendelGilmour Leafs TV usually has a ton of interviews and hilights, but really don't recall entire games. I think phook gave us most of the insight.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Loric76 Don't think they have been in the past, but could be wrong.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Uncle Otis Jesus, I came up here to get away from that crap.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Uncle Otis @WendelGilmour @Dewy Keon Hogturd Detroit has been successful no doubt, but I cannot watch that team play. I hate their style. Not to mention I believe they are the dirtiest team in the league. Sneaky, cowardly dirty and never willing to back it up.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Mind Bomb @Uncle Otis @WendelGilmour @Dewy Keon Hogturd Yep, I'm a big believer in the retaliation should be worse than the original action.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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