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Agreed. I think it's imperative they trade up in the draft if they fall out of top 5.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4
I think it's been brutal watching this team since 04/05 lockout. But my standards are pretty high.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)
@Anthony Petrielli @Armchair GM @Cartsy I was gonna say... never worked for the Blues with Hull. They had Pronger and Macinnis too. I guess goaltending was also an issue once Cujo left
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – January 5
Hi Anthony. Great piece as usual, thanks. Quick question for you, or anyone: If "a scoring winger, regardless of how elite, is about the last thing you point to as the starting pillar to build a team around," then why did the Leafs start out this way? Seems the blueprint is pretty clear across the board on how to build a team. Even Nonis said in an offseason interview one time (and I'm paraphrasing), that with all due respect to wingers, they're the easiest position to acquire in this league. Not sure why Toronto can't figure that out.
Why don't these Leafs (other than Komarov) hit anyone? Have a little pride and get angry, jeez. I miss Roberts and Tucker.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #40, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m., HNIC)
Would anyone consider trading Reimer to NYI in some sort of package to get one of their defensive prospects? ie Reinhart, Pulock, De Haan?? Or are we looking for more proven commodities at this point?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Ben Smith’s Late Goal Keeps Leafs Alive in Playoff Race
Anyone know a link to watch the highlights of this game or even usa/slovakia? Or are we being forced to wait until 6? You'd think by 2014 highlights would be readily available, regardless of broadcast rights.
1 year, 1 month ago on Team Canada vs Team Norway Recap
Got a bad feeling about this one. The Canucks are losers of 6 in a row and usually there's nothing like a game against the Leafs on Saturday night to get back in the swing of things. Leafs need a good start or else this will get ugly.
1 year, 1 month ago on Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks Preview
@vinoa @Cartsy I'm not sure I remember it that well. I was probably still bitter from Roenick's dagger.
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Battle of the Floreast
In the picture above, why is there a guy wearing a Flames jersey at a Leafs - Lightning game in Tampa? Didn't Tampa beat Calgary for the Stanley Cup ten years ago? Time to go home bud.
@Burtonboy So tight jeans and an obnoxiously low-cut V-neck??
@theacs1966 @hoolihan I see your point, but just a thought.... You said "We were never supposed to finish 29th" and then followed up with "Remember who was here then. Toskala, Blake, Stajan.....that's it. We had no team and we had no trading chips." By that logic, wouldn't the leafs finishing 29th be a pretty likely scenario?? I mean, the Leafs were brutal. Sundin and Antropov were gone at that point. Why wouldn't they finish near the bottom? Even with Kessel in the lineup?
1 year, 2 months ago on Maple Leafs acquire Brandon Kozun for Andrew Crescenzi
Nice piece, Anthony. Once again, not too much I disagree with here. Raymond has been a nice story and is a great deal and all but yes, he's no top six forward. I too would like to see another player on that second line with Kadri and Lupul. Also, I was one person who was in panic mode when Franson wasn't signed at the start of camp. Boy, have I been disappointed. He has been awful this season and he waddles like a duck when he skates.
1 year, 2 months ago on Leafs Notebook – January 21
so.... Aaron Ekblad then?
1 year, 2 months ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Hurricanes (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@mike_84 @Cartsy lol meh... not my problem
1 year, 2 months ago on Leafs Notebook – January 8
@mike_84 @Cartsy I didn't look it up on hockeysfuture.com. Seen him play
@mike_84 Percy shoots left
"It’s not that I’m calling this an anti-Leaf conspiracy agenda on the part of the League..."
We know you aren't, Alec. You're too classy to suggest something like that. I, on the other hand, am suggesting it. Certainly seems a lot of calls or non-calls have gone against the Leafs this season. Kadri gets a head shot in Boston, has to leave the bench to get checked out, no one even blinks. He gets interviewed after the game about the hit and says all the right things. Next game Kadri throws, what looks like to me, a clean body check and two minutes isn't enough to make an example out of him. The look of disgust on his face when he was told by the refs he was out of the game says it all.
1 year, 4 months ago on Should Kadri have been suspended?
The sound ads on this site are a bit much
1 year, 4 months ago on Game in 10: Game #16, Leafs 2 vs. Devils 1 (SO)
After 11 games, I'm not so confident in this teams chances.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game in 10: Game #11, Blue Jackets 5 vs. Maple Leafs 2
Saying the Leafs were simply outclassed by the Blackhawks last night would be giving them too much credit for how they played. These guys have another level that they haven't shown yet this season. Let's hope they bring it soon.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game in 10: Game #9, Hawks 3 vs. Leafs 1
How was this guy not signed before Gunnarsson and Fraser?
1 year, 6 months ago on Franson wants 1 year, but the Leafs aren’t having it
@Yaknowwhat Further to your point about the quote from Nonis, I believe he made that comment when asked about a Kessel extension, not Kadri's ongoing contract negotiations. Although I could be wrong...
1 year, 6 months ago on Two Days Until Camp Opens…
In '93 I saw the Maple Leafs at Pearson Airport in the customs line on a return flight from Florida. I must have been 9 or 10 years old at the time. My mother and aunt told me it was the Maple Leafs and I should go say 'hi'. I walked up to Pat Burns and tugged on his sleeve and asked "Are you guys the Maple Leafs?" I was already a shy kid to begin with so I was probably sweating bullets. Burnsy never even looked down to acknowledge me, and I turned around and walked away. Growing up after that, I always thought Burns was a dick, but later realized that they were probably on their way home from a tough road trip.
1 year, 7 months ago on <!--:en-->mORRganrielly meets the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs<!--:-->
I believe it was Joe Bowen who had the "Down goes Brown!" call, not Bob Cole or whoever is doing play-by-play in that clip.
1 year, 7 months ago on The 5 most unlikely fights in Leaf history
@Yaknowwhat @Cartsy **they're
1 year, 7 months ago on <!--:en-->Morning Mashup: Fraser’s back and now we wait<!--:-->
@Yaknowwhat @Cartsy He claims their arguably worse with more money committed
Has anyone been over to theleafsnation.com today and read Ryan Fancey's latest? Here's a copy to the link:
Do these Leafs look better than the old Leafs?
I'm not one to be overly optimistic about any Toronto sports team but jeez, the backlash this offseason is incredible. What am I not seeing that everyone else sees about MacArthur? Why was Clarkson the most sought after free agent and MacArthur an after thought? Yes, I would have preferred if the Leafs kept Grabovski over Bozak but as long as Grabbo was put into a third line defensive role and not relied on for offense, I'd rather have a guy who makes less and cherishes that role. Fuck the stats, this isn't baseball its hockey. So many intangibles in a sport that's constantly moving with split second decisions.
Canada - Dave Keon, USA - Phil Kessel, Russia - Alex Mogilny, Czech - Tomas Kaberle, Slovakia - Peter Ihnačák, Sweden - Mats Sundin, Finland - Niklas Hagman
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality<!--:-->
@Dink @Loric76 @dlb eh He could be the odd man out unless Liles is dealt
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Four for Friday: Kovalchuk, Colborne, Gunnarsson and Franson<!--:-->
@Kouba I'm on the ledge right now
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak for 5 years, $21 million (4.2 AAV); sign Clarkson for 7 years, 36.75 (5.25 AAV)<!--:-->
Is dave bolland gonna be our 1c next year? (nervous lol)
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->UFA Day Open Thread<!--:-->
@Jordan29 i noticed that too
@TheCanucksnaphook @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan might have to roll one up myself... good call
@Area49th @Cartsy No. But enough with the Thankyou kessel bullshit. We get it.
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Leafs to use second Compliance Buyout on Grabovski<!--:-->
Thank god Boston traded Seguin.
@Komas Taberle @Cartsy True, but you could always see what the market does and then buy him out next season if something better comes along
The more I think about this the more I don't like it. I don't like what it could mean for Bozak resigning. I really don't want to watch him get dominated down low again. And if this was just to make room for say, Clarkson, and the Leafs plan to go with Kadri, Bolland, McClement and Colborne down the middle, I really don't believe Bolland is top 6 C, despite what role he may have had in Chicago. Furthermore, if we're going after Ribeiro, as one of my friend's suggested, I'll puke everywhere. I hate fossies. I guess I would have been fine with Grabbo for at least one more season.
no way they're bringin back bozak.
1 year, 8 months ago on <!--:en-->Mikhail Grabovski to be bought out<!--:-->
If Letang just turned down 56 million over 8 years, I don't want him. Who does he think he is?
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->Thursday Morning Mashup: Letang Prefers Toronto?<!--:-->
Why waste a compliance buyout on komisarek with only one more season on his contract?
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->Leafs Expected to Buyout Mike Komisarek<!--:-->
@canuckintheuk @Cartsy Actually, Bruins in 5 :P
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->Monday Morning Armchair GM: Clarkson vs. MacArthur<!--:-->
Love how everyone seems to think it's a forgone conclusion that the Leafs will sign Clarkson. With their luck, he will likely sign somewhere else, just like every other UFA that the Leafs or Leaf fans in particular wanted. (And when I say everyone, I mean everyone I've talked to. Not you guys on MLHS)
@rustynail @Cartsy probably two 1st round picks minimum for an offer sheet of 7-8 mill
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->Quick Thoughts: Leafs lock up Orr and MacIntyre<!--:-->
What do you guys think of this scenario? Larry Brooks mentioned the idea in one of his articles, and although it's a very radical move, it sounds intriguing none the less. I posted a similar idea on VLM a few weeks back.
Could a team such as the Leafs submit an offer sheet to one of, or both of Shattenkirk and/or Stewart for say 5 mill and after/assuming Armstrong matches, subsequently submit an offer sheet for Pietrangelo around 7-8 mill putting the Blues in a bind? I am not saying this will ever happen, but how good would a top pairing of Phanuef and Pietrangelo look in the blue and white?
A nice right-handed shot for the marlies and nothing more. Would prefer to see one of the young guys like blacker get an opportunity next year instead of kostka.
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Mike Kostka<!--:-->
@Pent_House @Cartsy I'd rather some how have both!
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Leo Komarov<!--:-->
@reenergized I'd love to see Torres in a Leafs jersey
Oilers remain keenly interested in D-man Paul Ranger. Ranger loved playing for Dallas Eakins and Eakins is a huge fan of Ranger....
Okay, fuck off Edmonton
1 year, 9 months ago on <!--:en-->Scattered Thoughts: Eakins, Marlies, Komarov, Lessons from Boston<!--:-->
This guy Leiweke says all the right things, but man is talk ever cheap in this sports market.
1 year, 9 months ago on Tim Leiweke (Extended Interview)