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@Omac13 Can't imagine Jets unloading Lowry for any of those guys. He is a very big, capable C.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@Hammertownleaffan @B_Leaf correct, and that's why we should start the process sooner versus later.
1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (7pm, SN)
Well, actually scored some goals and move down one notch in standings. All in all, probably a good outcome long term. But, man have our goalies let us down in January. I know I will get flamed by many saying goalies are not our problem and to that I will generally agree. But, when you are playing like shit and can't buy a goal, you need your goalie to step up and keep you in it. Every single game a shit goal or two to start and not one save when they need it. When scorers are struggling and the other team pumps goal after shitty goal by you, that in itself will feed a tailspin. Full tank mode now lads, may the necessary trades start. I have little faith in Nonis and can only hope Shanny has many voices helping to make this happen.
@Yaknowwhat No argument here, unfortunately, my instincts and past experience tell me they will wait and screw it up.
1 week, 6 days ago on Game 46 Scoring Chances: Blues 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
@Yaknowwhat IMO, absolutely not, I'm just looking at the schedule and could see it happening.
@Dogger OK, what about Duchene and their first (which could easily be a top ten)?
It will be interesting to see what mgmt does over next five weeks. After a brutal schedule this past month, our schedule is pretty soft from now leading up to trade deadline. Only a few back to backs, more teams with losing records than winners and very few elite teams ahead. My guess is the evaluation is ongoing, but if nothing else, our recent trip through the west proves we have a long way to go to compete with those teams, so I am hoping for some change regardless of our performance in next 15 or so games.
@TheLoovTrain Was never a Who fan, but well played my friend.
@Yaknowwhat he awakened his inner Palmateer!
@Yaknowwhat i thought Bernier was pretty average during our road trip. I know we didn't score, but he wasn't great either.
@The Chap Man @mtommy You had me at your avatar :)
@Optimustic Nice. Man if we could somehow draft D. Strome and L. Crowse this year, combined with Freddy, I would start to actually get optimistic again.
NFL sudden death format sucks though. I would much prefer a 15 minute quarter. Nobody should win or lose because of a coin toss.
I don't think this deal would ever work for Colorado due to spending issues, but if they offered their 1st and ROR for Phaneuf and Kessel, would you take it?
never mind -)
Any one want to bet Packers miss the field goal?
@Knights2Leafs you forgot Stamkos :)
@mtommy @Coldincowtown Man, I would like that trade. Are we sure we aren't just drinking our own snake oil on that rumour though. First time I saw it was here.
@mtommy @Coldincowtown I think he will be a strong first line winger. No doubt he is elite. I just don't think we need that as much as elite D.
@mtommy Don't ever trade young, elite PMD. Rielly will be a 28 min / game guy in a year or two. Wow are the Packers ever choking!
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs If Shanny plays his cards right over next few months, we could look like this come June: ROR or Duchene, Kadri, D. Strome, P. Sacha, Gauthier, Holland, Nylander. Much better.
@peterbleafs I completely agree with that. We might still be crap next year as well depending on who gets moved, but we have some very desirable players that other teams will pay up for: Kessel, Phaneuf, Bozak, Franson, Lupul, Gardiner, JVR plus some of our spare parts. All of these guys will bring back high level prospects, younger roster players and/or picks. We don't have to move all of them, but 3 or 4 and we can reset course in a hurry while further stocking our prospect cupboard. Much better position than when Burke arrived. The worst thing we can do is stand pat.
@RememberSalming @Coldincowtown @HHT That might be the best approach. I would expect a first for him with a condition that he signs new contract with new team. The only thing that would bug me about moving Franson is I think he is one of the good guys on the team. Wants to play here and demonstrate the right attitude.
@HHT Cool, it took me 7 tries to see the B&W appear in number 1!
@HHT Rielly has to stay IMO. Build around him, Bernier, Kadri, Nylander. Draft the best C available in this years draft. Perhaps move out some others to get one or two other firsts and re-boot. This does not have to be a complete burn the furniture rebuild. As noted, other teams have reset and become respectable rather quickly. Unlike 2009, we actually have some good players to deal. Just need some smart addition through subtraction. Move out assets to land O'Reilly. Move out assets to add draft picks. Resign guys that play the way we want (Winnick, Santo). Either sign Franson or move him for assets. Make sure all of the above reset our core and get us younger. I do believe this approach also should involve moving two of our top three line one guys. Bozak for sure and one of Kessel/JVR. Marquee player or top five pick as a minimum return. Something is smelly with that group in Leafland, time to address it is now.
@Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat I can't imagine management would move three D though. I think we will see Rielly play increasing minutes as this season unwinds. He clearly has the mobility and strength to become a horse for us. I think he has the smarts as well. He still makes plenty of mistakes, but I can live with watching that if he develops into our Doughty. I could see two of Gardiner, Franson, Phanuef moved prior to draft though. I think mgmt wants to see if they can sign Franson to a liveable contract first, but move one of Gardiner or Phaneuf before they announce Franson as that gives them better leverage in any trade scenario. As soon as we sign Franson, other teams will know we have to make a move, so better to keep quiet.
@Cameron19 @RememberSalming @Coldincowtown I have a good read on how we get O'Reilly but how do we land Couture? I think we have to hope we draft our Couture this summer with our top ten pick.
@Hmmm @Coldincowtown @Cameron19 @RememberSalming I agree they play great D but I never find Boston boring. They hit and beat down their opposition and have plenty of very smart hockey players. That's why I hate them so much, jealous that we can't have a team like that.
@Cameron19 @Coldincowtown @ingy56 @Yaknowwhat Haha, that is too funny. Now I get the "curse you Potvin" posts.
@ingy56 @Coldincowtown @Yaknowwhat I generally agree with Friedman, he is one of the few credible media guys. I think he is out to lunch on Phaneuf though. I do agree most moves likely happen this summer.
@Cameron19 @RememberSalming That approach has worked well for Boston.
@Bob Vermette :)
@Cameron19 @ingy56 @Yaknowwhat interesting, how did you ever become such a diehard leaf fan?
@ingy56 @Yaknowwhat I agree that Nonis has not performed, but the only contract we are handcuffed on is Clarkson. The rest are very moveable.
@Whalz Lot's of room on Flames bandwagon partner! They play hard and are fun to watch.
@Top Jimmy JFJ didn't trade Steen, Fletcher did.
2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #46, Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues (7 p.m., CBC)
Not feeling confident. I think 5-1 Blues.
@Cameron19 Better odds than before. I would only actually hold out real hope if NHL broadcast the lottery with ping pong balls falling from a device. This cardboard flip crap is a total fix.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Slip Sliding Away
@Luke_R I am quite confident that will not happen.
@Whalz The minute we trade our 1st it will become a lottery winner or top five guaranteed.
@Yaknowwhat @Coldincowtown @ConnorCrisp I hope so.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #45, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m., TSN4)
@ConnorCrisp I would never wish that on any player. Getting a little insane on this board. Time to take a break.
Talent wins. We have no answer for Getzlaf, Kesler. Our answer, a second line centre, a third line centre and two AHL'rs . Man it is just pathetic how poorly this organization has developed the centre position. We have a long road ahead.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)
@Xxxxxnew Colborne plays third line wing. He is ok. He is no saviour. I think he is actually moving down flames depth chart as they have a pretty good collection of forward prospects. I suspect Calgary will be pretty active heading into the trade deadline. Need young D, have plenty of forwards. I don't think big Joe would have much impact with us, perhaps 4th line centre.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Road trip continues in Anaheim
@Burtonboy Wow, what a joke. Maybe if they add a top six to that and their first. The undervalue Kessel hyperbole is almost unbearable. Stay in the press box Kyper, you are a moron.
@Bruffins @Coldincowtown @Top Jimmy it's not nice to wake someone up when their dreaming Bruff!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – January 13
@Xxxxxnew Well shit, I'm Coldincowton, and I live in it, how can I not know that. I feel shame.
@Xxxxxnew Really, he grew up in Ontario no?