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@Bruffins Leo, Robidas, Winnick (it pains me to say so, but it reflects how shitty I feel right now).

4 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@vinoa @Coldincowtown @MLHS_Luke Wilson, Burke would have been making that decision together.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Yan28 I agree. I think I would keep Kessel, not because I think he is a good leader, I just think every team needs to have an elite sniper and he is that for sure. The rest, bye bye and I would add a few names to that list if the return warranted the moves (Bozak, Kadri, Gardiner, Franson).

4 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@MLHS_Luke I think Phaneuf is a decent top 4 guy, nothing more, nothing less. He gets flamed here because Burke was dumb enough to anoint him Captain. He is a mediocre leader, but would garner good value in a trade and our D would be worse as a result. Which if we tank, is not all bad.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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While it was only one game, it was very telling. Without even watching the third period I saw a really good team completely control our team. Bergeron and Krecji controlled play from the dot and things flowed from there. Our top two centres may be near the bottom of the league and until that changes nothing will improve. You simply can't win in the NHL without being strong down the middle. I am not a Kadri hater, but man, he just needs to shut his yap and let his play do the talking. He chirps like he is a superstar. it is pathetic. Bozak is floating more than ever, perhaps he realizes that he is miscast and is just collecting pay cheques. Feels like a free fall is going to occur. A coaching change won't make any difference though unless the cast also changes IMO.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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At a time like this I need a little Jimmy Buffett (and tequila) to capture how I feel about our mess of a team , hope you like it (and for all you youngsters, google Jimmy):


"Don't know the reason, I stay here all season"

"Pray for McDavid, I think I will do"

"To be a contender, need a number one centre"

"How we go get one, I haven't a clue"


(sing with me)

"Wasting away again in mediocre ville"

"Looking for Phil's shaker to solve"

"Some people say that Randy Caryle's to blame"

"But I know, it's all managements' fault"


I feel better already.

4 days, 17 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Sorry, I miss-typed and meant three third line centres. I think it was clear, but just to be clear, we have three third line centres!!!….and a mediocre 4th!

5 days, 8 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Savo43 @Coldincowtown maybe, but I will never defend Bozak and Kadri as a one two punch. We accept this mediocrity year after year. We have been talking about this since Sundin left. So pathetic.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Savo43 @Coldincowtown start with good centres in your own end. 

5 days, 8 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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We have decent wingers, decent defence, good goaltending and three third line forwards. It is so pathetic that we rely on Bozak and Kadri.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Hmmm @Coldincowtown @Bruffins @djamon I have been really impressed with Hartley since he arrived. He is extremely positive with his team and I am sure they like playing for him. My guess is Calgary re-signs him before the year is out.

1 week, 4 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Hmmm @Bruffins @djamon having the benefit of seeing big Joe often here in Calgary I would say the biggest difference is he immediately got big minutes when he arrived in Calgary and gained confidence. He has added 10 plus pounds this year and keeps improving. and of course, Hartley dances circles around RC in coaching young players.

1 week, 4 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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Nice write up Alec. Very thorough and spot on. I am looking for ways to critique, but full props. You're a pro.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@MikeGartner11 @Coldincowtown @Cameron19 I don't know, but I sure would like to see what his game looks like if he was in Stamkos shape. Give me one season of slim Phil and if he performs the same or worse, fine, i'd alter my view. He will find it gets harder to maintain elite speed from here on in as things change when you hit your late 20's.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Doit4Dougie @Coldincowtown My hope i guess is that a terrific coach could bring that out in a guy like Phil. RC is not that guy, one of many problems currently. Sigh, I am so pissed off with this organization.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@MikeGartner11 @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown i don't feel "lucky", sorry. If Phil committed to training the way elite players like Stamkos and Crosby do he would score 60 goals. We accept mediocrity too easily. Waste of incredible skill. I don't buy the fat body type argument. I train with plenty of people who said that and then once they get nutrition advice and some discipline, their fat quickly melts away.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Let me ask everyone this question: If you are building an organization and you want two or three skill guys to set the best example as leaders, do you start with a guy that blows off summer training, looks absolutely fat in commercials for media (have you seen phat phil in those SN commercials) baits the media about the training comments and tells them to relax, or do you want a guy with incredible skill (which Phil has) who trains as hard or harder than the best players in the league and makes a statement like "i am in the best shape of my life and plan to lead this team to the top". Phil is coddled by mgmt, it is embarrassing that he is wasting exceptional talent in his prime. What is more embarrassing is mgmt.'s acceptance. Leaders set the tone for the team, period. Something smells in leaf land. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Afternoon folks, have not posted in a while but have been lurking. Not sure how to read the mood yet, but personally I have very low expectations this year after being quite excited the past few seasons. Feels like a transition year with Shanahan assessing the organization. I will say after game one that the top two forward lines continue to have very little clue how to play in their own zone and no change to bottom six or defensive core will change the overall momentum of this team until Bozak and Kadri lines commit to winning puck battles on the boards in our zone and actually moving puck out of our own zone effectively. I fear a same old season is in store, with these symptoms firmly intact from last year. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Saturday Mashup: Penguins in town tonight

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@.JVR. If Mike Richards can be a fourth liner, I think I would be ok with Bozak there some day. Sure would be nice to have that kind of problem. Dare to dream.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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@mr_hanie @Coldincowtown Yes, we did have that, he is now building a great team in Calgary. sigh.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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@ConnorCrisp haha, yes, that would change my opinion, but even Garth Snow isn't that dumb, so Nonis should be ok.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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Cap space = flexibility. We still may see a large trade for a veteran centre with a large contract (Staal, Thornton)?? maybe not. in either case, Phaneuf and Clarkson contracts look much much better now than a week ago. i don't like or dislike Nonis, but i do think he is smarter than most give him credit for.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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@Cameron19 I think it is just a sign of their demise/rebuild. The key guys want to join teams that are close to winning duo or they run for huge money and term, neither of which is a fit with Detroit.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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So, just checking in. Are we all now pissed at Nonis for having too much cap space? lol, just kidding, kinda.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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@TheCanucksnaphook With Monahan and now Bennett in Cowtown, Colborne is quickly falling down the depth chart. Bet they keep him on the wing from now on. It will be fun watching Calgary with these guys up the middle. Was hoping T.O. somehow found a way to get Bennett but very happy Calgary got him instead of any team other than Leafs.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs select Dakota Joshua 128th overall

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@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs @wiski Born and raised in Calgary. The best kind of swede possible!

4 months ago on Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

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@Mattmark @lukethenuke @Coldincowtown You are hilarious, ever consider comedy.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

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@Mattmark @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown I'm not minimizing the pick, just saying we do not know what else STL had on the table and if we really wanted Polak that was probably the difference. In any case, you both missed my point, will we really miss gunnar. Get off the cliff, everything is fine. 

4 months ago on Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

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I am surprised at all the Gunnar trade hand wringing. Do we really think we will even notice he is gone. Clearly Gardiner/Reilly are moving up the LD depth chart. I am happy to see a defensive minded tough RD man come back our way. As for the 4th round pick, meh, STL must have had some other offers that were comparable, but we will never know on that front. We need tougher D and tougher forwards. Step one of a few others I hope.

4 months ago on Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

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@DWCMLHS Isn't Broll watching from the press box in Marlies playoffs? How can we expect him to make the big club if he isn't currently playing any role with the little club?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Leo Komarov set to return to the NHL

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Wow, so the merry-go-round as a Leaf fan continues. I could see Phaneuf for ROR and us trading Kessel with Shanahan starting his re-tool by trying to reset with elite youth and different personalities. I don't hate Phaneuf nor do I think his contract is outrageous. A bit high yes, but he would have got at least 6mm as UFA and potentially $7mm. ROR has a big contract as well and AVs need help on D. I was thinking perhaps we offer up Kessel to Florida and use the pick to draft Eklbad, but I can't see them doing that deal as they need a young D to balance a strong forward group. Hard to know how this all plays out. The big difference now versus 5 years ago is we actually have some good talent to use as trade bait if a shake up is required. Something  is missing from our current squad for sure.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Carlyle Returns

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@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown OK, i like the way those four teams play in the regular season as well. Coaching is part of our problem, but we took a step backwards on personnel as well this year. We seemed to have lost intensity to our game with departure of Grabbo, Macarthur and Komorov. Addition of Raymond, Clarkson, Bolland/Holland didn't work. I do blame part of that on coaching, part on personnel. Defense, fourth line etc, could go on and on. My main point in any case,was, we should compare ourselves to the elite teams that perform well in regular season AND playoffs as they are the benchmark.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Decision on Randy Carlyle coming soon

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@Burtonboy @4evrblue Fair point and LA definitely plays that way. When you look at their team though, the puck possession is driven by the forwards as their D has a few mobile guys (Doughty, Voynov) and the balance is big, strong with modest puck moving skills. Their forwards grind the crap out of opposition and are relentless on the back check. Man I want our team to be built and play like that!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Decision on Randy Carlyle coming soon

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The more I watch the quality teams in the playoffs (LA, Boston, Anaheim, Chicago), the more evident it becomes that we have a personnel issue. In short, we need bigger forwards and we need some defencemen who are physical. This team went soft, soft, soft when it counted. I don't think this is a major personnel overhaul, rather tweaking of 4 or 5 players. It is quite possible there are a few rats in the room that have a "me" versus "we" attitude. Shanahan will sort that crap out in a hurry.  I actually have tremendous faith in Shanahan and Leiweke. I have been around long enough to watch many Leaf management fiasco's and I am in the business of investing in management teams that fix problem companies, so on this front i actually feel qualified to offer an opinion. These guys are different than past appointments and have the pedigree to fix this stinky mess. I look forward to seeing what transpires.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Decision on Randy Carlyle coming soon

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@Cameron19 @Belfour20/JB-45  meh, I enjoy Belfour20's off the cuff sarcasm. 

We have all earned the right to take the odd cheap shot at the Blue and White. We are obviously still fans since we are still hear avidly following the Marlies.

6 months, 1 week ago on Carrick strikes twice, Toronto Marlies down Milwaukee Admirals

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Coldincowtown He gets ice time on 4th line for now, insurance in case of injury.

7 months ago on Game Review: Game #77, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Flames 2

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My roster moves this summer:

Sign Bolland if he still wants to play here. Sign Statsny. Find a stay at home D man please (not sure who).

Use Reimer, Kadri, Franson and Lupul to upgrade D and add a top six forward with some grit.

Say bye bye to snow storm Raymond. Bring back Komorov.

That is all, oh, unless we can also find a new coach to replace RC. I want a defensive minded coach like Tippett please. No more run and gun. We need a coach who has the balls to tell Kessel to stop with the never ending giveaways and poor point man coverage and not be afraid to bench him and any other player if they don't play strong D. Too many soft players on this team.

7 months ago on Game Review: Game #77, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Flames 2

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Played in a Flames charity poker tourney last month and got to speak with Burke as he was there. He is a beauty, totally classy about his time with Leafs, has plenty of nice things to say about Nonis. A pro, and he likes to toss back the beers, tops in my book.

7 months ago on Brian Burke shares thoughts on current Leafs

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@lukethenuke @LeafsForLife  Wrong, there were many people totally saying that after SJ loss. A bunch of crap was flying. Happy from Reims. He is a quality pro.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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@Leafs rule  I remember when we thought 80 points was a respectable season. I like the view much better now.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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@.JVR. @Coldincowtown  We will be ok. Two days to rest, and it is still a road trip so the boys will be sharing laughs about their Saturday night in the nations capital. We will get three points in our next two for a very solid road trip.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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i called the Reimer shut out! Of course, I did call it against SJ, but hey, my timing was just off. I am so pumped right now. Great road trip in death valley. Only second team all year to get 4 points. we are for real my friends.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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@.JVR.  Wow...booo.... and wow. Best nostalgic avatar with a nice save on new handle, but seriously JVR, we love you but you may need prozak!! lol.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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Alec, my apologies up front, but for all you fuckers who shit on Reimer, go cook a sock. He may not be our number one, but he is a player on my team any day of the week. What a battler. The douche bag who was trolling him last night can go suck it.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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@Komas Taberle @Coldincowtown @skiingallday @Welder24  Really, I find that hard to believe.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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@Komas Taberle @skiingallday @Welder24  Clarke is a douche if he said that, he looks good in a Sens uniform.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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I have a man crush on Gleason and proud to admit it.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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@Belfour20  IDK, if u watch replay, JVR pushed Marleau out of the way just as P9 committed.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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@CanuckUKinToronto @Coldincowtown  Like him or not, we will need Reimer playing well for us down the stretch as well. Many back to back games coming, so i think Reims will see the net a half dozen games and we need him to help us a win a few of those. Tonight was ugly, but I don't blame Reimer. We stunk. Time to move on.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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