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That draft breakdown vs. trades between how Det is built vs. Tor reflects how horribly we have drafted overall.  You can't build a team just thru trades. 

6 days, 11 hours ago on Game Day: Game #6, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Doorman @daniel marois @ProfessorRance


Hmmm.  I think a certain date in June when the Leafs head up to the podium to announce their draft selection will ease all the season-long suffering.  Just ask Isles fans how they are feeling this morning.  Funny thing is, their first rounders like Tavares, Okposo, Nelson and Strome up front are certainly making a bigger impact then the Oilers high-picks of Hall, RNH, Yakupov, etc.  Plus, it's nice when you get the first-overall pick and can select a franchise player like Tavares. 

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1

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@FRyan @Doorman @daniel marois @ProfessorRance


Ten is no good.  That is the territory we have been in the past few years. We need to aim for a top-5 pick. 

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1

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@Doorman @daniel marois @ProfessorRance


Ha! I just don't want us to miss out on the top-end talent beyond McDavid.  Tired of seeing the Florida, Isles, Colorados, getting these top-end guys from the draft and we continue to miss out. Nylander and Reilly are a good start.  But let's aim for the talent who can be a STAR in the NHL.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1

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@ProfessorRance @daniel marois


McDavid, Eichel, Barzal, Zacha, Strome, Sproung....there is a lot of top end talent beyond McDavid.  

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1

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I know no one here will support this but I WANT either McDavid/Eichel here.  They will not solve the current problems on the team right away - but at least we can build around a new core instead of the existing ones here. 


It's like trying to continually squeeze a square peg in a round hole for the past three-four years and it's not working.  The only formula to get in the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes is to drop in the standings so yes - I will root for them to lose in regulation time every time.  This is just like last year when people here said losing is stupid yet when we get to the draft every year we don't have a high pick because we didn't bottom out enough.


Here is our chance.  We CAN compete with Carolina-Buffalo, etc for a lottery pick.  Just keep the roster as is and don't add that Martin Gerber element to screw things up. 

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1

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I am lovin' the race for McDavid...you look at Crosby handle the puck and Leafs have no centre with that talent.  Imagine McDavid making those hard passes to Connor Brown next year. 

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)

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@newkb @daniel marois


Nah.  Just want us in the race for that kid or Jack Eichel.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #1, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Alright...well on our way for McDavid sweepstakes...as long as we don't pick-up meaningless loser points...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #1, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Noticed Stephane Quintal has been named Vice President of Player Safety.  Looks like Claude "The Clown" Loiselle could not nail that job as he was rumoured as the successor to Shanahan's post at the NHL head office.


Glad to see people realized that Loiselle was a loser based on his track record with the Leafs.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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Have you guys seen the twitter battle between Simmons and Mirtle over the Leafs hiring of Cam Charron?  It's awsome as Mirtle calls out Simmons for calling Charron a weasel for posting private emails.  Take a look...


2 months ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@The_Polish_Cannon @daniel marois


Well...being selfish...I don't want Spott taking over halfway thru the season and taking the Leafs out of a lottery pick if that is where they are when the decision to fire Carlyle comes along.  


I think it is better to bring Spott in the off-season next spring and let him start fresh instead of halfway thru the season. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@The_Polish_Cannon


I like the idea of keeping Spott as head coach with Marlies as he is the best coach right now to develop those young players.  He will be the best replacement when the time comes to fire Carlyle. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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I feel that the best thing is to have the two Marlies assistants get promoted to Randy.  Then if the team falters early on, hang on to Randy till the end of the season so you can stay in the McDavid/Eichel race (or top-10 pick territory).  


Then fire Randy after the season and promote Steve Spott to head coach as he will have a much better handle on the current Marlies on the Leafs roster and the potential Marlies who will be part of the Leafs in '15-16 season.


I know this is not the plan from Management, but I hope this is how it plays out.... 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@Marlies Man


What second rounder?  We don't have one for next year to offer.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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I am fine with the moves today but I hope it unintentially gets us into a lottery position next season.  After watching the draft and being envious of the players the top-5 teams drafted (I do luv the NYlander pick BTW), how can you not want to get into the McDavid-Eichel race?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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With Montoya gone....I would like to think Wng will re-visit trading for Reimer and up the ante. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Free Agency Day: Maple Leafs Targets

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Does anyone know when the rookie summer camp starts?  It is usually a few days or a week following the draft. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Draft Day Two Wrap Up: Gunnarsson for Polak, offensive focus to Leafs’ draftees

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@Wilbur @Anthony Petrielli


I noticed Dreger mentioning Tor talking with Buff a lot during the draft.  They have 3 second rounders.  I am sure Nonis was inquiring about the price to grab one of those latter second rounders.


Remember, Nonis traded a second rounder last yr for Bolland and he may walk with nothing to show for that trade.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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Garth Snow just swore LOL

3 months, 4 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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@Jay_Berg


Damn.  Was hoping Sabres and Leafs had something going. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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Notice Doug Wilson did not congratulate Kings on winning the Cup?  Had something to do with blowing a 3-0 series lead.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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@Scottish Leaf


Again McKenzie nailed this pick

3 months, 4 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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To have Nylander develop right away in the AHL with Steve Spott is a dream scenerio

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@Anthony Petrielli


Wow.  To have him develop right away in the AHL with Steve SPott is a dream scenerio.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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Leafs picked the top centre available and lucky to get Nylander.  COuld have easily went to Van. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@Loric76


Ritchie....now

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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I think the fact Ritchie has fallen past ninth makes the Nylander pick even more tantilizing

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@Loric76


Taking  a page out of the Red Wings drafting propensity

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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We needed to get a top centre and many might say Nylander is a steal at 8

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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I CALLED It!

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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if Fleury goes next, better be Ehlers or Ritchie.  I say pass on Nylander

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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i think Car takes Fleury...then things really gets interesting for Leafs...

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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awesome. Ritchie, Ehlers or Nylander for Leafs!

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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Have to admit...excited to see who we will get at 8.  Good to know it should be a highly skilled offensive forward. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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@4evrblue @daniel marois @Zep2


Well...something would have to give there because how do you squeeze Bozak, Gganer, Kadri and Holland in the lineup when Gagner and Kadri battling for second line centre duty.  I suspect Leafs are hoping Holland can nail the third-line center position in this scenerio. 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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@Zep2


That does make sense.  Why bring Dion and add another $7 mil when you just signed a d-man for $4.5.  Unless Oilers moving out a big salary player like Sam Gagner. 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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@Kouba @daniel marois @4evrblue


Virtanen is interesting but he is the one in a lot of mocks who happened to fall outside top-10 but mocks don't mean a whole lot.  I suspect if he is available that means perhaps Ritchie and Ehlers would have been already picked ahead.  It's hard to pass on someone on the verge of a 50-goal campaign who scouts bill as maybe the best skater in the draft.  And he had a hell of a showing at the World U-18 tourney. 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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I think moving up in the draft this year makes more sense given the talent available.  If Leafs are sitting at #8 pick next year no way they move up into a top-3 scenerio with McDavid and Eichel available.  Teams won't be trade first rounders so easily with that type of star talent on the table. 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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@Kouba @4evrblue


Not my proposal - give credit to some guy who bills himself as "Hockey Insiderr" LOL.  Who is your pick for the Leafs at 8? Do you want them to move up into a top-3 pick? 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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@4evrblue @Kouba


Yup.  Something more would need to be added.  Like that crazy rumour that the Leafs are sending Phaneuf and Kadri with #8 to Florida for #1 and Kulikov.   That trade WON'T happen - but at least someone else is coming back other than a draft pick. 

4 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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@DeclanK @Murph2417


If Tor gets in the 3 spot - I think it is after Florida picks Ekblad and Sabres take Reinhart.  Then Tor guaranteed Bennett if they then trade up into number three slot.  That's how I see it going down if both Oilers and Leafs agree to the deal. 

4 months ago on (Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft

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@HHT


I think NoNo and Shanny know Leafs fans restless since April and deserve something to talk about following the draft.  An no, I don't mean just discussing who they pick at 8.  Something more juicier - but doubt that even comes close to happening.

4 months ago on (Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft

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