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@Hollandaise  @Scooby64 With Booth and Lupul in our lineup that frees up 82 games due to injury for auditioning Marlies....I like it.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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If the Sens are looking for a goalie tonight we can lend them Reimer or Bernier....we will play the other.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@Ze_theLeafsFan @Claymish The one comparing him to Ekblad was an older article. He's also projected to go in the 2nd round not 84th by most sites.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set

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I completely disagree with people placing such high value on goaltending. Things have seemed to change in the NHL, unknown and or disregarded goalies mixed with back ups have shown equal if not better stats to teams so called starters..... Hammond, Talbot, Dubnyk, Mason, Hutchinson, Lack, etc all performing as good or better than their teams high paid starters.


Teams don't pay a premium for goalies anymore and they seem hard to trade. If a team wants to pay up for Bernier because they feel his ceiling is higher then i say SELLLLLLLLL. 


Maybe broke ass Arizona would pay a premium to get out of Mike Smith's $5.6 million over the next 4 years. Maybe just maybe they would be willing to switch picks, and Bernier for Smith......Marner or Strome and Bernier plus saving money is much better to them than old overpaid Smith and Eichel.

5 days, 4 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set

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@mr_hanie @Claymish  Yes exactly, money is real and a real PROVEN Gretzky was traded basically for money.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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Riddle me this...if money talks and the Leafs have lots. If they need to spend to the cap in order to take advantage of the Horton affect. Finally, and if the Leafs are in a rebuild.


Now, Arizona is all in on Marner to play with his London Knights teammates Domi and Dvorak. If they win the draft lottery we could get their pick.


Arizona trades the 1st pick to the Toronto for our 4th (Marner), Bernier, Bozak, Kessel + half of his salary we retain. Arizona gets a Phil Kessel for many years at just $4 million, a good youngish goalie, and basically 2 solid lines.


Toronto basically gets a 23% shot at McDavid if the groundwork can be set up prior to the lottery.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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If Edmonton doesn't win the lottery and pick 3rd......Does that 3rd pick, plus Nugent Hopkins,.....get them Malkin?

It's a win win for both teams, Pitts need cap relief, and a top prospect for Crosby to groom. Malkin and Hall would be insanely dominate.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@MaxwellHowe @Claymish  I agree, I just figured with Nugent Hopkins already there and draisaitl just drafted, they will go with Hanifin.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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My test... do the draft simulator once even if you don't like the results.... nhllotterysimulator.com then predict your picks.


1st   Arizona........McDavid

2nd Buffalo..........Eichel

3rd  Edmonton.....Hanifin

4th  Toronto.........Strome

5th  Carolina........Marner

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@Ron Tugnut @Claymish  Cherry picked? I went back 5 years, lol.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@Dogger  That's my point, defense is too hard to predict so don't waste a top 5 pick.

1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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I really hope we don't draft a D-man...Hanifin or Provorov. They are so hard to predict future success and I feel it's a waste to use a top 10 pick little alone a top 5.


2010....3rd overall Gudbranson, drafted after was R.Johanson, Niederreiter, Skinner, Granlund. 10th overall McIlrath, drafted after was Schwartz, Tarasenko, Bjugstad, Kusnetsov, Coyle.


2011....4th overall Larsson, drafted after was Strome, Scheifele, Couturier. Then 9th Hamilton, 10th Brodin


2012....2nd overall Murray, drafted after was Galchenyk then 4th-10th all D-men.


2013....4th overall Jones, drafted after was Lindholm, Monahan. 7th overall Nurse, drafted after Hovat, Nichushkin, Domi.


Drafted in the top 5..Gudbranson, Larsson, Murray, Jones. Only one could be dominate......please Leafs, do not take a chance picking a defenseman in one of the deepest draft in years!!!!!


1 week, 4 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@sniperstar @Claymish  So let's add last years #2 Sam Reinhart....is Strome or Marner a better pick than him?

1 week, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks (7:30pm, TSN4)

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I'm not convinced this years draft is any better than last years, minus the first two picks.


Who would you rather get to choose from in the 4/5 range

-Bennett/ Dal Colle or Strome/ Marner

1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks (7:30pm, TSN4)

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@colino17 @Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Xxxxxnew Yes, but nothing is stopping them from having a very specific answer to stupid questions.

4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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Well I'm signing off this place for awhile. I get the sense without trade talk there will be even more of the crap people are spewing on here today going forward. 


Are some of you people really so unhappy with your lives that you need to knock on others to make your life worthwhile? It is pathetic, we feed this negative environment and the media just gives us what we want.


Toronto is a great city, one of the best in the world, the Maple Leafs are a historic sports franchise, it's the negativity that is killing it.


Perspective people....Did you know your ex isn't really that bad of a person, just like you are not that bad person she told her friends you are? Others bring out either the best or the worse of us, we all have been in those relationships. Sports are no different, our team dynamic is flawed, but doesn't mean our individual players are bad. 

4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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@Mattmark Simply because Deadline day is when teams add pieces, expiring contracts, etc, for a playoff run with their already "established" good team. Adding long term contracts involve trading long term contracts, which team in a playoff spot is willing to screw with their chemistry at the 11th hour....It's not a time to screw up your team chemistry.

4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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OOOO Even better option for entry level contracts..... Every non playoff team gets to offer 1 Entry Level Contract before the Entry Draft. Then the 1st round will be seeding of lowest to highest pt total of playoff teams. Round 2 and onwords would just simply revert to worst to first 30th team to 1st.

4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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Drafting for all sports is barbaric and go against labour laws. Imagine finishing up university and being told who you have to work for if you want to work in your field. Secondly, also being forced to move to another city or country if you want to ply your trade. Thirdly, being told the max you can be paid for the next number of years.


How about this system:

Each NHL team is permitted to sign 7 Entry Level Contract Placements.

These Placements are assigned a max contract based on where you finish in the standings 1-30. 


If a young player wishes to sign with a top team then they will be doing so knowing they will have to do so at less income plus less opportunity since those teams are already established winning teams. 

Top 10 players will choose which team they want to sign with based on salary, location and opportunity. If they want to take less pay to work for a team they love then that is their choice.

4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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Unfortunately there wasn't enough movement for us to give some Marlie boys a shot going forward.


-Booth, Robidas and Smith need to be put on waivers and if unclaimed play in the AHL the rest of the way.

Call up some of the other prospects Carrick, Devane, Loov, MacWilliam and see if they are part of the future or not.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs trade Olli Jokinen to St. Louis for Joakim Lindstrom & conditional sixth round pick

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This was like Christmas. Getting to pick one present to open Christmas Eve and opening the Clarkson trade...the best present.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs trade Olli Jokinen to St. Louis for Joakim Lindstrom & conditional sixth round pick

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@vinoa @Claymish I'm unimpressed with Holland's vision and passing ability. He is a shoot first player, so not the center for Kessel.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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What do you guys think of Radko Gudas? He's basically a much younger Polak in my opinion. He is out for at least a month, maybe we can snag him from Tampa in a Polak deal.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@Hmmm @Claymish Ya it appears they don't work well together unfortunately....or is that a product of Kessel knowning if they don't work well then he gets to play with Bozie...all the more reason he needs to go.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@LeafLife No, the way I understand it in basic terms is we would need to be tight to or over the cap to start the year to take advantage of the LTIR. If we are only at 65 million with Horton factored then there is no advantage at all.....obviously management is still planning on spending to the cap next year.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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My most urgent to trade is Bozak, so long as he is here he will always default to the #1 spot preventing opportunity for others. Secondly, Phaneuf simply because I did say the captain has to go down with the ship. As far as everyone else, well we have until this time next year to maximize our return.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@vinoa @Claymish @Nylanderthal @17Forever @Dan39 Well it's not just us fans on here, it's the media saying the same shit. I'm no mathematician but with 30 teams in the league and Dion being named in the top 30 means he is a #1 D-man.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@Nylanderthal @17Forever @Claymish @Dan39 Okay Nylandethal...list 20 d-men every team would rather than Phaneuf...bet you can't.

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@17Forever @Dan39 That is ridiculous! Phaneuf has to go yes, the captain must go down with the ship. However he has huge value and we don't need 'favours' to trade him. Most people can't name 30 D-men they would rather have on their team more than him. 100% of people can't name 60 D-men better than Phaneuf...he is for sure a top 2 guy. Add to that, how many D-men can be named that have somewhat of an all around game? 10?

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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“I had a call like that today that I never thought I would get on a guy,” Murray said. “He actually said, ‘Can you believe I’m calling you on this guy?’ And I said, ‘No, I can’t. But let’s talk.”

Hmm... Leafs calling about  Hodgson's crappy contract?

1 month ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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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.

1 month ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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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.

1 month ago on Leafs re-acquire TJ Brennan in exchange for Spencer Abbott

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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.

1 month ago on Leafs re-acquire TJ Brennan in exchange for Spencer Abbott

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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 month ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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@Jay31 @Claymish Well that's what I'm thinking, it would all be conditional on GP in the playoffs.

1 month ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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Jokinen will get us at most a conditional 4th, Booth and Sill combined might net us a 5th.

1 month ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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@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 month ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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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?

1 month ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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@ProfessorRance @Burtonboy Gudas and a pick would be excellent.

1 month ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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@Jon5200 @Jmessih @Claymish Neither players would nor should be classified and a winning teams "core".

1 month ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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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.

1 month ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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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 month, 1 week ago on The Leafs shouldn’t retain a dollar of Phil Kessel’s contract

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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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #56, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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@zoidbergman Love that guy speaks his mind.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #56, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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