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Riddle me this...If a Florida reporter can talk to Kessel about Florida why can't a Bell or Rogers reporter "wink wink" let it be known to Stamkos that his promo and endorsement money will make his league high salary look like peanuts.
12 hours, 33 minutes ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton
Being Leaf fans we lose sight of the fact there is real money that needs to be spent by other teams. Yes this was an epic win for Leaf Nation, but for the Blue Jackets even if Clarkson is half the player Horton is, they aren't really spending any more money to have someone on the ice.
13 hours, 24 minutes ago on Leafs re-acquire TJ Brennan in exchange for Spencer Abbott
13 hours, 49 minutes ago on Leafs re-acquire TJ Brennan in exchange for Spencer Abbott
I really want to see the Leafs do a help me now trade for Calgary and pluck Sven Baertschi from them. He's kinda the forgot man there now who still has a huge potential.
13 hours, 55 minutes ago on Leafs re-acquire TJ Brennan in exchange for Spencer Abbott
Looking around you would have to think San Jose is seriously going to have to make a big splash before the deadline.
Phaneuf? plus retaining $1-$1.5 million for?????
1 day, 12 hours ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh
@Jay31 @Claymish Well that's what I'm thinking, it would all be conditional on GP in the playoffs.
Jokinen will get us at most a conditional 4th, Booth and Sill combined might net us a 5th.
@Mind Bomb @Claymish Sounds like he will be going in the Colorado/ Philly range and they would be looking for NHL ready D-men...Phaneuf or Polak....makes sense @Mind Bomb
1 day, 20 hours ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours
@The Toronto Maple Leaf @Claymish Hanifin is a lefty as well.
I'm not feeling warm and fuzzy about the draft possibilities. Pretty sure Arizona will want Marner to go with their Dvorak and Domi picks from London. Also if Carolina stays ahead of us I'm sure they will snap up Dylan Strome as a future Staal replacement and not go after Hanifin.
Does Leaf nation want Hanifin in a draft with lots of centers available? Would we then want to trade down to 8th- 10th for a center?
@ProfessorRance @Burtonboy Gudas and a pick would be excellent.
@Jon5200 @Jmessih @Claymish Neither players would nor should be classified and a winning teams "core".
1 day, 21 hours ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours
I am tired of hearing during a game that so and so are from the Toronto area and have family and friends here tonight....It's a great feeling knowing other teams always have 2-4 players extra pumped to play in Toronto while we have only one core player from the area (Kadri), who wasn't even a Leaf fan.
I'm of the no rush and panic to get rid of Phil, i could see us keeping him another season. We actually might have a young center to play with him next year. If and when a deal is made we better not retain salary or take on a crap contract...he is being paid accordingly.
Same with Polak, why would we trade a tough righthanded D-man that's a cheap contract?
1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs shouldn’t retain a dollar of Phil Kessel’s contract
Franson, Winnik, Santorelli, Booth, and hopefully Phaneuf will be gone by the deadline. Bozak in the off season and unfortunately that's it to start next season....mark my words.
2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #56, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
@zoidbergman Love that guy speaks his mind.
Kessel for R.Strome and Dal Cole? or Bennett and Baertschi?
2 weeks ago on Report: Brendan Shanahan set to go nuclear on Leafs roster
@mapleaf13 We have great lawyers, let's find a way to void his contract haha.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – February 10
We have 3 Americans in our core who I am certain grew up like most American hockey fans lamenting the Leafs- Kessel, JVR and Gardiner. (It's fine to have 1 of the core American but not half)
Our team has the largest fan base of any professional sport, we sure as hell could have players playing for us who grew up fans. These players will play with heart and determination. (I'm not talking about players like Clarkson, I'm talking about having core players)
The make up of the team should be Ontario boys, and Swedes since we have had some of the best Swedes play for us over the years.
I would be happy with N. Kadri/ B. Schenn/ P. Holland as our top 3 centers for the next 2-3 yrs with prospects pushing for their spots.
@Whalz There is no way in hell we get Miller.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
Why can't something be worked out with the Oilers Nikitin and Leafs Clarkson? They are unhappy with him and wanted Clarkson.
Now I'm not a trade Kessel advocate buuuut does trading him to the Islanders get us Ryan Strome and Micheal Dal Colle?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: Bad, but not Oiler-bad
@Radar O'Rielly Rask trade, that's a no brainer.
I would really like to see the Leafs pull off some smart moves. Picking up injured players from teams fighting for a playoff spot. We don't need players to play for us right now, we need to see what we have in the system for next year, and faith in next season.
Tanner Pearson LA, Evander Kane WIN, Justin Braun SJ, Dimitri Orlov WAS, Radko Gudas TB, Ryan Ellis NAS.... to name a few options.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks
Craig Smith is comming to the Leafs.....Him and Kessel both from Madison WI.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: The Small Victories
What would it take to get Seth Jones? Nashville wants to win now, Gardiner, Franson and Riemer for playoff insurance?
Just the thought of Reilly & Jones as our top pairing for the next 10+ years would be worth it.
@udlbu @Claymish Much better to see how it works before throwing money around as per our norm.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: 6.5% and growing
Brandon Sutter is a UFA after next season, would Pitts be willing to trade him for the right package? He has a lot more offense to give and would be amazing between JVR and Kessel.
My view on our goaltenders is that we should be playing Reimer more. As it stands right now Bernier hasn't earned a big contract (which is great for us) and we should be able to sign him to a similar deal to Reimer's.
I was against keeping both goalies (kinda like still keeping the ex around when you have a new gf), but there doesn't seem to be any drama surrounding it anymore, Reimer has been very professional.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Game 50 Scoring Chances: Coyotes 3 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Well, only the second game this month not facing a hot goalie. Add to that, we are playing one of the worst teams in the league...LETS SEE SOME GOALS!!!!
Nope, didn't happen, I've officially jumped to the lets slide, play the rookies to see what we have for next year and hope we get a good draft pick.
Lets hope ladies and gentlemen that we can look back to this horrible season 2 years from now and go "WOW, imagine if we didn't sh*t the bed back then, we would have never been able to draft that guy."
If 2012 wasn't such a short season we wouldn't have made the playoffs...yes it was a nice treat, however we would have drafted a Nichushkin, Horvat, Domi or Monahan instead of Gauthier.
@Cameron19 @djamon So even worse..." Hey Mike, so I have a trade set up to send you to your hometown team where you will probably be their number 1 center feeding the puck to AllStar Phil Kessel." ..."Your joking Dean, seriously there are no other options?"...."Well, I could send you the AHL?" "Excellent, thanks Dean!!"
1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
@DeclanK @Claymish I'm so lost without Capgeek. Thanks
I just realized!!!....It's so obvious.... Lombardi had a trade done to ship out Richards, but Richards wouldn't accept so Lombardi said F-U and put him on waivers. Lombardi likes Richards too much to put him on waivers, he clearly had his hands tied.....Probably to the Leafs but he wanted no part of our circus years ago he sure doesn't want part in our side show now.
@Xxxxxnew Well it only happens if they can't get any decent offers. They would save money and at least add something to their roster. If he doesn't work out then maybe Clarkson's contract, since it's back loaded, maybe cheaper to waive?
Just read the PPP article on David Clarkson Is A Balrog, just pisses me off even more. Seriously, taking a chance on Richards with his contract to lose Clarkson's contract would be a dream. Leafs should jump on it, throw a prospect, who the hell cares. Please Please Please make it happen.
Oleksiak + 2nd, and conditional 2nd next year from Dallas for Franson....too much? Too little?
@sniperstar @Claymish Doesn't have to be a top 6 to play with two top wingers as we have seen with Bozak. The only difference I'm saying is having a center who can actually pass with consistency, be a lefty, and be naturally defensively conscious.
To change the team identity we only have to unload Bozak and Phaneuf. Replace Bozak with a left handed defensive center who is at least an above average passer. Phaneuf can be replaced with a tough physical d-man, since Gardiner and Reilly will be getting more minutes.
Ooooo Bidding war for Phaneuf, and Franson.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@Burtonboy Not if they keep their gloves on as well.
Franson for a 1st + Smith-Pelly?
Opportunity knocking???? Tanner Pearson probably gone for the year and a RFA this summer. Great chance to pick him up for pieces the Kings need right now.
T.Pearson + M. Richards for Phaneuf + Santorelli + Ashton?
@LyGuy Matching Salmon Bathing suits...umm no comment.
1 month ago on Friday Mashup: Nylander set for Marlies debut tonight in Hamilton
@Xxxxxnew Yes, however neither are core players. Our core needs to be home grown talent. Hell even Europeans would be better since Toronto is the center of the NHL universe to them.
There are a lot of NHL players who grew up as Leaf fans, why wouldn't we make these players our core? They would play with pride and determination. Our core:
Kessel, Gardiner and JVR- American
Phaneuf, Lupul, Reimer, Bozak- Prairie Boys
Rielly, Franson- BC Boys (Although Franson was a Leaf fan, so he is a home town guy in my eyes)
Kadri- Hometown Boy....however grew up a HABS FAN!
@WB_222 @Omac13 @Claymish I will predict that the Leafs will be getting Baertschi by the deadline, so long as the Flames stay in a playoff spot.
1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – January 22
@Mcost61 @Claymish I think Patrik Berglund can be had, it would be interesting to see what he could do with more ice time and in an offensive role.
Would love to see the Leafs pull off a Erat for Forsberg type deal with a team looking to add for the playoffs. Like a Jaskin from STL, Max Reinhart or Baertschi from CAL, Jurco from DET, Namestnikov from TB, JT Miller from NYR.....none shiny new prospects nor major contributors right now.
How often has a UFA been traded at the deadline and resigned with the team that traded him? I'd think Winnik would resign if traded.
@Yaknowwhat @TheColborneUltimatum It's not counterproductuve to our longterm goals if we play Holland, Panik, Frattin, Carrick, Percy, etc more and win.