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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
@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
@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.
@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.
@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
@Mind Bomb Morning MB.
@Burtonboy @WendelGilmour @TheCanucksnaphook Yeah, we'll see how much of an issue his skating is pretty quickly.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @WendelGilmour Yeah, a little unpredictability is good, just no dumb penalties at critical times.
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.
@TheCanucksnaphook I agree.
@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.
@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour Agreed. Both could help fill that void.
@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.
@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.
@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.
@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.
@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.
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.
@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.
@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.
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.
@Burtonboy Thanks,Bboy. I don't know much about him.
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
It looks that way. Obvious during the playoffs it's a must.
Ah well it doesn't matter what they think anyway. You guys do a great job. Thanks for the update.
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.
No, that's me.
Huge asset if used properly.
Oh yeah, I agree. I'm just talking about preseason.
He may get a look there early in preseason. I'd really like to see some Lupul -Kadri - Nylander though, or JVR - Kadri - Nylander.
When Nylander plays wing, is it right, or left?
@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”
@Uncle Otis Well said.
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
@Cameron19 @WendelGilmour Too nice to go in and watch here.
@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.
@wiski @WendelGilmour @Cameron19 Yeah, no solution in sight either.
@Cameron19 Wouldn't surprise me. It seems no matter how good the Argos have been for the last several years interest just keeps eroding.
@leafmealone @Sexyhairyman @Great Dane @WendelGilmour I hope so, I agree with GD, start getting used to NA and the rinks.
@mikeshaver @Loric76 Haha, great avatar.
@Great Dane @WendelGilmour Good point, forgot about them. Even better.
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.
@TheCanucksnaphook @WendelGilmour @Loric76 LOL, you going down this week?
@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.
@Loric76 Don't think they have been in the past, but could be wrong.
@Uncle Otis Jesus, I came up here to get away from that crap.
@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.
@Mind Bomb @Uncle Otis @WendelGilmour @Dewy Keon Hogturd Yep, I'm a big believer in the retaliation should be worse than the original action.