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I don't like Bernier calling out the team at all, especially considering I think he played a big role in the collapse this year.
However, I think people need to remember he's human. He's in a contract year where his team is leaving him completely exposed every single night. I would be frustrated too.
He should hide his frustration better maybe, but I don't entirely blame the guy.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto
@HHT @FrycersGhost Sadly I think the players are going to rally for each other too. I would not be surprised if the Leafs have a winning record for the remainder of the season.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4
I respect what Kessel is saying. I truly do believe that the media in this city is one of, if not the biggest reason the Leafs struggle.
Obviously this core needs work, but there is a lot of talent on this team. In another market, with less scrutiny, who knows if this core could have made something happen... It seems it's far too late now though, changes need to be made..
4 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
I don't expect much to happen in the next two hours, but I think it's important to consider that in past years the majority of the deals come through in the final hour or so...
Hopefully SOMETHING happens. If not, I won't be surprised. Most of the Leafs contracts seem more like summer deals...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Deadline Thread II: Dion Phaneuf to Detroit Rumours
@DARF24 @Burtonboy @Jmessih What happened? I missed it
What are the thoughts on this Clarkson deal? Obviously it's to clear cap space, but do people think it's to simplify trading either Lupul or Bozak before the deadline by allowing some cap flexibility?
Or was it simply to get it off the books, regardless of the cost?
I guess it could be either/both...
One thing for sure, it seems much more likely now at least one of Bozak or Lupul will be moving before the deadling IMO.
1 month ago on Friday Mashup: It Really Happened
@Burtonboy @hometeem How much was the 3 month subscription if you don't mind me asking?
1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Final (major) rental sold, Bozak rumours pick up
@BrandonCheema Where did you hear this?
@Mattmark I think we've got some NHLers in our current group of prospects. Drafting takes a good 2-5+ years before you start seeing results. It was only really the Burke era (after the trade for Kessel) that we starting drafting and retaining our young players.
We should start seeing some results soon.
In my opinion you trade Kessel for a top prospect and a first round pick.
Try and unload any of Clarkson, Phaneuf or Lupul for best deals available.
Hopefully pick twice in the top ten with the two firsts we have.
Carry on with the rebuild. Someone like Lupul might be able to get us a top prospect from a contending team as well.
That adds two 1st round picks and a top prospect. Rebuild has begun.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I went to the game last night and thought Robidas
Was one of the more consistent players on the ice. The guy battles and is only getting better so far.
he started off slow but i think he is a solid vet to have on your back end, especially now that he is getting back in form. Great presence for someone like Rielly to play with in my opinion
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
Should be interesting to see what goes on with the Oilers...
Also, very nice to see the Leafs have games in hand on every team above them in the division.
I prefer the team to be chasing all year as opposed to being chased. Comfort in sports is never a good thing.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wildcard
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @The_Irv That's good to hear. What a chump.
If passionate fans could actually sit in the lower bowl, instead of all the suits these types of things probably wouldn't happen, and we might actually have some loud games.
5 months, 1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @The_Irv Ooooo I didnt hear that!
@LeafsGuru I agree entirely. Start slow, and build as a team. The past three years should have been a learning lesson for everyone lol!
The only problem is Leafs Nation is such a vicious group they won't allow them any time to turn it around... We haven't even reached ten games and we've had two jerseys thrown on the ice.
Am I making this up or wasn't Blake Wheeler rumoured to be offered for Kaberle?
Refs are a big joke right now
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #6, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
@ProfessorRance I'm not a big fan of Randy as a coach, but I agree I think it's mostly the players. The top 6 do not buy into the system and I think they make life much harder on the D group.
How often do the D pass the puck to the winger to begin clearing the zone, only for the wingers to lose the puck battle and get hemmed back in the D zone?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1
@TheLoovTrain I tend to agree on a certain level... To me it's sort of like the Raptors last season. They trade away arguably their top talent to bring in quality players who compete night in and night out, and they became a team as opposed to a bunch of players getting paid to be on the court.
With the parity in the NHL these days it's all about chemistry and building the right group of players. To me, there is something wrong with this group.
I'm not hitting the panic button yet, we'll see how they are playing 25-35 games into the season, but this year may be the year we need change.
I just want the friggin Leafs to get respect around the league and stop being considered one of the easiest teams to play against. It's frustrating lol.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I think the biggest problem with this hockey club is the lack of true, respected, inspirational players to lead the way.
Players like Dion, Kessel, Lupul etc, don't seem to offer much in the form of inspiration. Are they good pieces? Absolutely but they don't compose the right mix to inspire a team to compete.
For this team, the sum NEEDS to be greater than the parts. The 93' Leafs were a great team to watch, and I believe a big reason why is because your best player was a 5'11" center who won the Selke and lead by example.
It's sort of like the Komarov effect. He inspires because he competes every shift, but to be a top team in this league, your third line left winger cannot be the hardest guy competing on the ice. You need your best players to be the guys setting the pace for the game and inspiring the whole team to play hard.
Where's Dougie when you need him?
@Luke_R @Mcost61 I'll take the over
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
Man I gotta say I really prefer the schedule when it works out to be a Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday. It's just a great balance throughout the week.
But these back to backs on Friday and Saturday are friggin amazing lol. So pumped for the weekend when I know we have two hockey games to look forward to.
Nice snipe by little Willie! Hope this is the start of a productive and confident year for him.
Also, its so refreshing to see Percy play these past four games... Isn't it about time the Leafs had a gem with a late first round pick?
It's early yet to tell but it looks like he may have the ability to stick in the Leafs top 4 and MAY have the ability to become a dependable #2 dman. Might be a little much to expect and I'm not saying this year by any means, I just think his ceiling seems a little bit higher than I had thought from what I've seen.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back to .500
@Jay_Berg @The_Irv @Yan28 I don't disagree with that. However, I believe he made the right call with Gardiner. Now here's hoping Gards comes out flying when he's back in.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – October 14
@Jay_Berg @The_Irv @Yan28 He's dumping on the coaches decision to bench him.
@Yan28 Lol it's just typical Toronto media. At the end of the day Gardiner was our worst Dman on the ice for the first two games, so Leafs brass decided to sit him. End of story.
He'll be back in the lineup soon enough and will hopefully have learned his lesson.
@Yan28 @The_Irv I'm not implying Franson is better than Rielly and Gardiner by any means. I just think he helps this team get goals. Agreed PP specialist is probably exactly what he is, and you can see how much more dynamic it seemed with him on the back end against the Rangers.
Man people can say what they want about Franson, but at the end of the day that guy helps us put up points on the board each night.
Both Rielly and Gardiner are great puck movers but they don't have that same ability yet as Franson to just get pucks on net.
Franson's ice time should be somewhat limited but I personally like what he brings to the table when he isn't having brain farts in the defensive end of the rink.
@Burtonboy At the end of the day, Jake has been soft defensively. I don't want him sitting for a long stretch, but he needs to improve his puck battles in the corners.
Mind you, if I were coaching this team I wouldn't have played Rielly and Gardiner together as a pair anyways... They were getting hemmed in the D zone far too much. They are better split up IMO
5 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #1, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@leaffan4life @The_Irv I think he's a good option to play alongside Kadri as well. Both Lupul and Leivo are fairly responsible, and both guys like to shoot the puck, so Kadri can dish the puck.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: Final Preseason Game Day
Nice to see Leivo playing with Kadri and Lupul. I think the kid can produce. He doesn't blow me away by any means, but he strikes me as the type of player who will produce at every level if given an appropriate role.
If he gets to play this year and plays the full year I would not be shocked with 15-20 goals by him.
I'm not expecting that from him, just wouldn't be shocked.
Nice work by Leo, great heads up play by leivo nd nice shot by Bozak.
6 months ago on GDT: Preseason Game #5, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN1)
I'm not sure how other people feel, but I for one cannot wait to see how Kadri plays this year. He's had a pretty long development path to reach the NHL but I feel like this year he is going to feel like he truly belongs and will push it to the next level. I often forget that this was his first true full season of NHL hockey (shortened season aside because I feel they are hard to gauge. Despite the fact he was almost PPG in the shortened season).
Personally I think Kadri has another level to hit, and I'm excited to see how the progression goes.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
Subban and Stamkos will both be Leafs in 2016 ;)
8 months ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
I know it hasn't been mentioned a whole lot, but I personally think Holland may be a good fit for the second line alongside Lupul and Kadri. I think Holland is a more effective player if he fits a top six role and gets more minutes a night. I know he is considered a centre but we have a couple guys who are going to have to shift over to the wing.
I personally really liked his game last year and hope he can't fight for a second line role.
Jvr - Bozak - Kessel
Lups - Kadri - Holland
Booth - Santo - Clarkson
Komarov - Winnik - Kontiola
Guys like Booth, Clarkson, Frattin may be fighting for that second line spot but I wouldn't be surprised if Holland is pushing hard for that position.
8 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@LynnMcMillan Haha this is such a silly/ridiculous post.
You're judging a player from a picture at a gold tournament where I'm sure everyone was eating hot dogs.
Do you personally know Kadri doesn't train hard?
Get a grip.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here
@Burtonboy I think that was one of management's goals... To fill the lineup with players who can help set the tone of the game by playing hard with energy, despite not always putting points up.
Our bottom six last year had absolutely no personality.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@T_Ry I can't even begin to tell you how many arguments I've already had this summer with friends and colleagues who all think Kadri is a bust and should be traded away.
A kid who isn't even 24 and has 113 points in 177 NHL games... While being sent back and forth between the AHL and NHL.
His first full season in the league he puts up 20 goals and 50 points but yet he is a bust lol. Give him another year or two and he may be a consistent 60+ center with a ceiling to go even higher.
A large majority of Leaf fans have NO patience, it's sad really.
Yesterday was fun. I wish there was Leafs news every day of the summer.
9 months ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
I think some of the good news coming out of this off season is that most of the major improvements have been to teams in the West. The East should still be fairly wide open, and I would not be surprised if the Leafs are in the playoffs next season.
Once again, I think they will be fighting for 6-12 roughly.
@Cameron19 As much as I like the sounds of this, I think Vancouver still have the sense they can compete with the core pieces they have.
Sure they are shifting and trying to go younger, but I think they still like their core pieces and feel they have a shot to compete with a new goalie, etc.
I think this would be a great move. Another low risk high reward if he were willing to sign cheap.
9 months ago on Troy Bodie re-signed to one-year deal by the Maple Leafs
@Dewy Keon Hogturd @The_Irv I hope you're right.
9 months ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract
@Dewy Keon Hogturd @The_Irv Well yea I would agree... However I think you could say that about most teams, most years.
Quality role players are very important to a team, and ultimately some of the kids will not work out as hoped for.
@Komas Taberle @lukethenuke AND the combined term from all three deals is hardly more than Bolland's new contract lol.
@Komas Taberle @Mitch_S2 Personally, although I like Kadri, I do not see this being enough at all.
Johansen is younger, and arguably more proven than Kadri already, and Franson is a Dman who most Leaf fans have been ripping on all off-season.
I think it's pretty obvious right now that the Leafs brass are trying to pick up players who play with heart and can help set the tone for the rest of the team.
For those worrying about the Komarov contract, I hope these short term, low salary bottom six deals are making people feel better.
The Leafs have filled out their roster, and will still have some cap space to play with if they can put together a deal for an impact Dman, or solid top six forward.
@RandomScrub @The_Irv Hmm.... Sounds alright to me!
Get the Finnish line going NoNo!
9 months ago on Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal
I don't know much about Hartikainen... Why do people keep bringing him up? What kind of role would he play?