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I like him as well.
Was listening to the fan on my drive home today, and actually agreed with Kipper for once, when he was saying how players will have more respect for Shanny as well. No disrespect to Nonis, but I think it means something if your GM has been there before and has been a true leader on the ice before.
I think it's all about inspiration and bringing in guys to try and change the culture. Shanny has no experience but he is a character and should hopefully inspire so,e of the young guys on this team.
1 week, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14
I couldn't tell yea.., but I think personally I'm gonna be cheering for St Louis or the Avs this year.
I'm all for drafting the best player available. If it ends up being a defenceman then so be it. I would prefer a future top 6 type forward if possible, but I will not complain if it's a dman either.
I would love to land a player who starts on a development curve similar to Trouba or Lindholm. Also as much as I like our youth for the back end, I feel we could use some guys with size.
@loomx I think the decision on Randy has been made. I would be extremely shocked it they brought him back. It would be a nightmare if the team opened the season on a skid or anything like that.
1 week, 3 days ago on Brendan Shanahan Press Conference Stream
I agree entirely. Grabos play would have been more inspirational this year over Clarksons. God I hope he can turn it around next year. But that's exactly what I mean. Get some inspiration in the dressing room. Clarkson wanted to be that guy but he wasn't.
1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2
Well ultimately I think the biggest change that has to be made this offseason is the hiring of a new coach.
This team played so soft it was unbelievable. I was tired of all the Corsi BS this year, but bottom line this team was outplayed and outshot in 95% of games this year. They won with goaltending and opportunistic goal scoring and that is not enough.
I can't believe how many people defended this team every night they were getting outplayed, outshot and out worked.
This is a bad team with good players. Most of the core is okay, but the rest needs retooled. And definitely needs another solid piece up front and on the back end.
Yes potentially. But this franchise has the money so why complain. Personally I like seeing hockey greats attached to this franchise. Eventually someone has to turn this ship around.
Personally I really like the Shanahan hiring. Not that I think it will have a huge impact but this team needs to get some respect from around the league.
As much as it's been doom and gloom the core of this team is alright they just lack overall support. Revamp the bottom six with Marlies and a couple solid role players.
We need players with respect who know how to win. This core is just too inexperienced. Need players who inspire. Maybe try and sign Marty on the cheap for a year as backup to get a voice in the dressing room with reason (I know he considered it on his last contract). He could mentor Bernier for a year.
If I'm a player I'm sure Shanahan inspires much more than Nonis would. I like Nonis and I'm fine if he sticks around but it's people like Shanahan that will hopefully help mold a new winning culture for this hockey club. I am sick and tired of one of the most cherished and the wealthiest NHL franchise being a laughing stock around the league and "the easiest team to play against". This core needs someone to show them what it means to play for a team like the Maple Leafs.
Stick with the youth and surround them with guys who inspire and play hard to win. People always ask why Detroit remains competitive with middle of the road draft picks. The answer is because they have patience with prospects and let them learn from some of the best in the game.
Rookies on strong cores and developed teams are the best example. They learn from the best pros. IMO this is the same reason Edmonton still struggles is because although they have chosen first overall for the last ten years it feels like lol, they have no inspiring role players, they don't know how to develop a winning culture.
I personally think this team you mention (as in last years team) had more chemistry and offensive depth. I think it's a better lineup. Mind you, at the time of signing Clarkson, it was tough to be critical on Nonis for finally getting a top free agent for under the rumoured market value. Unfortunately he was overhyped but he may have a better year next year if he can learn to play his role and not go crazy.
This team has some solid personnel, it just needs to get a top 4D and build some chemistry and depth in the bottom six.
Hopefully picking around #10 this year is the best thing for the future.
Bring in a new coach, pick roughly a top ten or close to, and find some quality role players for the bottom six and this team is back in the playoffs next season.
Disappointing season, yes, but it's not hard to see the bright spots. We are still on the upward swing.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
I'm not saying he should be our top pairing d man next year. I'm just saying that when the games have meaning to them he seems to have that ability to elevate his game. So in a couple years we need to try and surround these young guys with the right stabilizing partners so they can take advantage of their offensive side of the game.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
IMO Gards has been one of if not our best player through the last 10-15 games. He may have some sleepy games throughout the season but when the games matter he has a second level he can bring his game to. Last year in the playoffs he looked unreal and he has looked great lately as well.
Once he develops full confidence in himself and cleans up his defensive zone coverage he will be unreal.
Rielly and Gards on the back end for years is so exciting. Just need to surround them with stabilizing D men with experience, who have clean responsible games.
I cannot stand the way Randy coaches. He needs to go. Not just ice time but systems and judgment calls.
some of his decisions/lack of decisions in game 7 were absolutely mind boggling.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #78, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Boston Bruins 3
@Gozo I think a lot of it has to do with patience and effectively developing the players. Leafs management are finally providing players appropriate time to develop and are hanging onto them as opposed to moving them out for older players.
I think in the very near future we may see some late round surprises as well if management continues its focus on develop (possible examples may include Leivo, Brown, Finn , etc)
3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee
We will have to wait and see... I'm going to give it another half season or so before I start jumping all over the contract. This was a funny year so I think he deserves a bit more time before he is entirely written off despite how bad he has been.
Next year will hopefully bring in a new coach and he may thrive in the system.
Very likely, yes.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs
I for one am not going to count the boys out yet... It sure looks bleak but this has been a streaky team all season long. They may very well win 5 or 6 of the remaining games... Unlikely, but possible... Tonight will either provide some new hope or put the nail in the coffin. This is a big game and if we were going to win one of the two games this weekend this is the one we need.