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Very well played game by the Leafs. Dare I say it, they seem to be bringing structure to their play. Adding Booth and Lupul makes a big difference. I didn't like Robidas on left side and would prefer they move Rielly with Holzer. Anyway, good comeback. Kadri was a beast particularly in his own end. I never thought I would say that.
1 day, 12 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)
@peterbleafs @Burtonboy @Radar O'Rielly Living in Calgary I have a bunch of friends that are Oiler fans. They are the equivalent of Habs fans West. Don't ever feel sorry for them. Even in defeat they act like the smartest hockey people in the room. Enjoy their continued demise. They don't deserve McDavid, I hope they somehow draft 4th or 5th and pick another dud. btw, was at Flames game last night, there is some really good young talent on that team now, Gaudreau is fun to watch.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
@Marlies Man @peterbleafs @Cameron19 I live in Calgary and am friends with many Oiler fans. You do not ever have to feel sorry for them. They chirp all the time about how great their franchise is and boast about their hockey knowledge. They are the equivalent of Habs fans West. Don't feel sorry for them. btw, I was at Flames game last not. Wow, terrific young talent on that team and great work ethic. Gaudreau is something.
@Cameron19 @Savo43 @Coldincowtown That could work, I would still like Jordan though, as the lineup proposed its still quite smallish down the middle.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @Savo43 I'll concede the serious injury concern. As for old 26 and hard minutes, I don't buy that argument. If that were true, we would be saying guys like Toews and Crosby are on the downside of their careers (different players for sure, but simllar age and also on many deep run teams).
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @Savo43 While not stated in my opening proposal, I would only do both trades together, not one or the other. I want all three Staals.
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @Savo43 I wouldn't say Jordan is on the down side of his career, he is 26 years old.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown all part of the package, had to dump some salary and take on some salary and getting Eric to waive would be critical to getting all three to move (not sure if Jordan or Marc have NTC's).
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown Eric is 31, Phaneuf is 30. They both have their best years behind them. Marc and Jordan are a bit older than Kadri and Gardiner.
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @Savo43 No doubt, and two past stanley cup winners would put him in his place in a hurry if was behaving like a jack ass. Besides, we could still trade Kessel.
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown I was responding to your trade proposal for Phaneuf and JVR.
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown My logic is in trying to build a lineup that is bigger down the middle and has some winning pedigree. I admit the Staal experiment has not worked in Carolina, but part of that is due to shit goaltending and injuries. Two past cup winners. If Eric is a bust, we just don't resign him, freeing up cap space. As for Phaneuf, I would love to trade him straight up to NYR for M. Staal but there is no chance of that happening.
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown and bowman is falling off his chair laughing at you.
@Komas Taberle @Zep2 @Coldincowtown Too late, that has already happened.
@ProfessorRance @Coldincowtown Good luck with the rebuild, we are wasting away again in mediocre ville, picking middle of the pack with this crew.
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @Savo43 I thought about trading Kessel, the challenge is he is a scoring machine and every team needs at least one. The Staal's would make sure Kessel just did his thing, which is score goals.
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown if you think the three Staal brothers are crap that is pretty funny.
@Leafs_17 @Coldincowtown I gave the like for the pun, but not the feedback.
@Zep2 @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown Saskatoon doesn't have a team :)
@Zep2 @Coldincowtown I think the option to play together in a hockey market would be pretty damn tempting for these guys.
@Savo43 @Coldincowtown You wan't to shift the culture, you need to move out some of the core.
Here is a trade combination that would light up this board:
Phaneuf, JVR to NYR's for Staal and their first round pick;
Kadri, Gardner and the just acquired NYR pick to Carolina for the Staal brothers.
Kessel, E Staal, Lupul
Clarkson, J Staal, Nylander
Winnick, Holland, Booth
Komarov, Bozak, Santo
Three Ontario brothers all capable of handling the media nonsense.
@DeclanK I look forward to him replacing "they" with "we" in that quote next year!
Lupul out for two to three weeks with a strained oblique muscle injury suffered while changing old man's tire, lol
@peterbleafs @Coldincowtown Maybe, but I hope we never have to see the fan salute again, as i said on an earlier post, hang around the rink and sign autographs or give a few kids some hockey sticks post game if you want to endure to fans. This stick salute is such a joke.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight
Wow, only in Toronto could this salute gate become a front and centre story. Maybe the players were really pissed that fans were hating on them so bad that they threw jerseys on the ice and would have felt like hypocrites if they saluted so soon after that debacle. Maybe, just maybe the media could do their job and report on hockey stories not this crap. Wow, just wow.
I never liked the end of game salute. Comes across as cheesy. I actually like the fact that they ditched it and they should not bother going forward. If they really want to engage with fans, give out sticks to young kids in the crowd after a win.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@vinoa @Leafs_17 I'd throw P9 into the Kessel for Seguin deal. I personally never liked Spezza and wouldn't want him on our team.
1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Leafs_17 @vinoa @Coldincowtown @MaxwellHowe it means a lot. He would fetch us a big return if he was dealt. I don't personally think Kessel is the root cause of our issues, but I would still make him one of many on the trade list if it allowed us to grab elite young talent to start a reset.
@MaxwellHowe @Coldincowtown ….and Raycroft!
@Leafs_17 @vinoa That's why they might be ripe for a deal, just like us. Anyway, doubt it happens, but i'd take Seguin in a leaf uniform for Kessel right away just to reset our make up. Both great talents.
@Leafs_17 @Coldincowtown I'd play the shit of out Seguin in the middle. He would instantly be our number one centre.
@Bring the Cup Home @Wilbur He's tradable. Plenty of teams would take P9 as long as we were willing to eat a bit of his salary, which I would.
@Wilbur @Bring the Cup Home Yes, I still remember Sittler ripping the C off his jersey. I thought that was a low point as a Leaf Fan but they continue to test me.
@Anthony Petrielli Somebody should tell Dreger something drastic already happened, as in 15-4 in last two games. Holy hell he is a dumbass. I used to listen to Dreger, now i change the channel when he talks. He has no info worth listening to.
@MaxwellHowe @Coldincowtown Pretty much. Something stinks in leaf land. Can't only be the coach. We may need to completely reset.
How about these trades:
Kessel to Dallas for Seguin (throw in a prospect);
Bernier, Gardiner and JVR to Boston for Rask and Hamilton;
Boom, we have exorcised two bad trades.
If Boston or Dallas would throw in Julien or Ruff for Caryle I would dance in the streets with cow bells on!
I would also move P9 to anyone willing to listen (ideally for a good two way winger) just to clearly hit the restart. Play the hell out of the kids and wait for top 5 pick again. I don't care if none of these trades make sense, I enjoyed typing them!
@Optimustic @Coldincowtown It is partly his fault, but mostly the leaders of this team. It is a joke. He is as good as gone though. That's just the way it works.
@Omac13 I'd rather see Spott. Let him ride these prima donna asses and see who actually has character. Use the balance of the season to decide who stays.
Maybe P9 can punch himself in the face and get concussed! Sorry, it was too easy. Poor Dion, I shouldn't pile on as that is too easy. This blowout is the best thing that can happen. Clearly shows Shanny that he has a big job ahead. On a happier note, I have now switched to Flames game and am quickly becoming a big fan of them.
Bye Bye Randy. Take P9 with you please. Leadership issues abound.
I am almost afraid to look at the comments tonight :)
@PepTalk @Coldincowtown @Anthony Petrielli @docmma @T K O I think of Franson as a top 4, but note top two. Great on PP.
1 week, 4 days ago on An Advanced Stats Look at Leaf Players through 18 games
@PepTalk @Coldincowtown @Anthony Petrielli @docmma @T K O I think Lupul would be very tradeable if Leafs shop him in the spring.
@4thcolapse If our GM(s) wanted to make an impact move, a combination of Gards combined with any one of JVR/Lupul/Bozak might get us an impact centre. Colorado always seems like best fit to me. They have started winning lately so perhaps they will sit tight. It would be ironic if they tanked and somehow won the lottery for McD. Yet another great centre.
@PepTalk @Anthony Petrielli @Coldincowtown @docmma @T K O I think Franson gets a contract like Gardiner ($5mm +). One of Gardiner or Phaneuf goes if we resign Cody. I think Phaneuf would be tough to move at 7mm. Say what you want about Franson, he plays way tougher than Gards in his own end. The good news is Franson and Gardiner would both fetch a good return in trade market.
@Anthony Petrielli @Coldincowtown @docmma @T K O I agree completely. Percy does everything pretty well, just needs time in NHL with the same partner.
@docmma I think Polak has been the biggest/nicest surprise for me. I don't miss Gunnar at all and have been really impressed with Polak's game. Very surprised STL traded him,
@docmma @Anthony Petrielli @T K O exactly, which is why it makes more sense to pair him with a speedy defence partner, Rielly or Gardiner. Franson has some elite skills that are under appreciated. He will grab a big salary if he goes UFA. He is average on D, but has high end offensive skills and an uncanny ability to get a quick dangerous shot away on the point. We will miss that if he moves on.
@deedrag @Bring the Cup Home @docmma Franson is growing on me. I think we generally do not appreciate how tough it is to find D men that can control the point and put up points like Franny does. I think if I had a choice I would re-sign him and see one of Gardiner or Phaneuf depart. I think Gardiner fetches a good player in return and would be fine seeing him play elsewhere as I think Rielly, Franson give us the offence we need long-term. We have some interesting decisions ahead.
1 week, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2