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3 days, 18 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
I hope he does well for us, otherwise the difference between Dubas and Dumbas is one letter long.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas
It is never pleasant to be happy about someone firings. However, I have never beleived in the brain trust that BB put together. Good luck to them elsewhere and we hope the incomer/s do an outstanding job to propel this team upwards.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Poulin, Loiselle Fired as Assistant GMs; Leafs bring in Kyle Dubas
@Mind Bomb @Yaknowwhat Good Luck son of a gun
2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here
@Burtonboy I noted Kontiola, more often lifts the puck and shoots high. With tenders covering the bottom parts, this may help him score more goals.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
Talk about an epic collapse
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards
@Loric76 We may also add, welcome MCDavid
4 weeks ago on James Reimer Requests a Trade
I am so glade we went for skill. I would have preferred Draistal but neveer mind.
1 month ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs
@Bruffins @ingy56 Ala Clarkson ?
1 month, 1 week ago on (Saturday Mashup) Tread Carefully
@ShiftyD I am glade there is no leaf player in there for once.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date
@DeclanK @vinoa After failing and faltering so many times in the Playoffs, that seemingly is their only option. Although I am not sure if that is the best one.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Sunday Mashup) Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads
@Number44 @Faalcon @Anthony Petrielli @Greg Fenton @loomx RASK was a long time ago. Since Nonis and Burke we have only have a handful of high end players. Other have not done so well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on (Friday Mashup) Two Weeks to Draft Day
@Anthony Petrielli @Greg Fenton @loomx Anthony, do you have any info and knowledge about the scouting staff of other organization ? I don't think our scouting or drafting has been above average. Nonis, who presumably lets approves the body of work of these scouts has been here since 2008 and there is nothing much to show for it. Don't you think our scouting team needs to be changed ?
@Bruffins I hope he and that other guy along with him is fired as soon as possible.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) One more Kings win until the off season
@vinoa @Xxxxxnew Yes because they have been lucky to have able managers. In Toronto on the other hand, we never got brainy or able people period. And hence we have nothing to show for all the years that we sucked.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Ted Dent and Mark Morris
@Burtonboy bb This guy in his comments was not impressive. Nothing original in his speech so far.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7
So for moving 7 places we would give up, Phaneuf and Kadri ssuming that Jovenaski is retiring ?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dave Bolland on TSN 1050
I am so looking forward to the draft. Shanny said and I read some where that he wants a particular type character player and the director of am- scouting said he has received new marching orders. THANK GOD. I hope we will no linger be drafting pylons or duffers with size only.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Jake Virtanen Draft Profile
@Cosmos1973 @ingy56@BruffinsGREED AGREED AND AGREED Now let's see what Shanny can do to shine things up on this front.
3 months, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@Loric76 Well By now shanaban should be used to banning and banishing, in fact it should come naturally now.
@Loric76 @Faalcon@Welder24And he is still SLOW FROM HEAD TO FOOT
@Welder24 Ala Schenn?
@Radar O'Rielly It the most devastating feeling a human being could ever experience and one would not wish it on one's worst enemies. I hope the Stajan and his wife finds peace.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Circumventing Circumvention Penalties: Brian Burke Warned Us, But They Let ‘Em Off the Hook
This is the first trade deadline where I have tuned out the chatter. When it is all said and done, we will see what was done. Judging by our previous trade deadline, what are the odds to miss anything.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on NHL Trade Deadline Day: Is there anything doing in Leafland?
@dlb eh @wiski With respect this avatar is not pleasant.
5 months, 1 week ago on Team Canada vs. Team USA Open Thread
@Mcost61 @Faalcon And some more Hopefully.
@dlb eh @Faalcon yes but there is day in between. Let's enjoy this win for now.
This is not the time for dissection. This is the time for celebration. Great game and even greater result for Canada. Let win the Gold medal game and then revert to our default Go Leafs Go. By the way as good family members, we will not ask any questions from James or Phil as to why they did not produce against Canada. We will tell them they played great and should continue to play great for us.
@Komas Taberle @FaalconIf we win, I don't mind.
5 months, 1 week ago on Team Canada vs. Team Latvia, Quarterfinal Games Thread
I am so glade Kessel and JVR have played so well against other teams. However, I hope that they both fail against us. For team Canada to win against the US, one of our players has to be tasked to physically eliminate Kessel. Kane, can be neutralized by a fast defensive player. JVR, however, is a more daunting proposition. I am cautiously optimistic that we will win against the US.
@The Truth Hurts HH someone has a contract to terrorize you with the thought of Stajan coming back to the leafs.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs recall Greg McKegg
I am not impressed with Poulin. In fact, I think he is quite useless. I have never heard anything original from him and that is why I don't pay much attention to whatever he says. The only thing that I do remember is that he talked Lebda up when we signed that good for nothing player. I suspect his signing was at the behest of Poulin.
6 months ago on Dave Poulin talks Olympics, trade deadline, state of the team
Good job Anthony, it must take a lot of effort to dig into details.
6 months ago on Leafs Notebook – January 27
@-Keon-Did it involve Big Buff coming to us from Jets ?
6 months, 1 week ago on Game Recap: Game #50, Leafs 5 vs. Habs 3
This was the trade that sent Byfuglien to Atlanta. TSN" in Byfuglien,
one of the breakout players for the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago
Blackhawks this spring, has been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers as part
of a nine-player deal.
Byfuglien, along with D Brent Sopel, F Ben Eager and F Akim Aliu,
are heading to Atlanta in exchange for the Thrashers' first round pick
(24th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 54th pick, and forwards Marty Reasoner, Jeremy Morin, and Joey Crabb."
If Nonis can pull something out of his hat and land Byfuglien now when he is availble,it will make the Leafs very hard to play against. He can handle Lucic and I would say even Chara. If we can match up against Bruins, the other teams would not be much of a headache. I sincerely hope some how Nonis pulls this off knowing our cap situation, . Big Buff will add the intangible that we have been talking about for a long time without having it.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Day Notes: Game #49, Sabres @ Leafs
@Yaknowwhat I am not sure TO has the stomach for that medicine. If you recall after reaching TO Burke signed a goalie because in his opinion those who matter in Toronto did not want to endure losing games in Toronto. We could have got the first overall that year. Clearly, winning long term was less important than winning short term or we don't know what pressure he faced than.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few
I have always maintained that the management is responsible for the success of lack thereof of a team. It is the manger who assembles the team ( knowing that every Manager inherits a roaster) and the coach. A manager has the power to make trades and the power to fire and hire coaches.
Pat Quin made horrible trades, JFJ although a good scout was a brutal trader. Keith Fletcher had passed his expiry date. The impatience of Buke and his commitment to Wilson came at high cost to us.
The onus is clearly now on NONO. He has the power to do things and he should be the one doing it. If doesn't do anything it is on him.
@mr_hanie@dlb ehYes and Yes Mr. Hanie
@B_Leaf Now I see the wisdom of your paper bag.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Hurricanes (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
This team is out of sink and God knows why
The Gleason trade seems very good for us. If he plays half decent, he will put a lot of pressure on our D men not named Dion and that will be a good thing as competition to earn ice time generally brings out better play. If he does work out, we will have a D that will become more difficult to push of the puck.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on New Year, New Beginnings
@TheCanucksnaphook@Leafs rule@JmessihDon't you want the the famous Truculence, Belligerence.. and Testosterone of the Burke variety, Exelby and Komisarek
7 months ago on Dion Phaneuf Contract Extension Almost Done
@wendelsway1Some please send him a link and ask him to stop doing this at least in future.
7 months, 1 week ago on Game Preview: Winter Classic Primer at the ACC
@vinoa@ingy56@Reversethecurse13@Jay31 I think Randy is pondering whether the toast can perform the "Cycle " without getting caught down low.
7 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Ghosts of the Southeast Division
@rustynail@Burtonboy I don't think stating your position to any one should be a problem. As you may remember we do not want the same unnecessary back and forth between Wilson, Burke and the media. It is a distraction we can live without.
@Pent_HouseNonis will be well advised to keep these contract lengths under control.
Unless we let Kessell have an extended run with a legitimate first line center or Kadri ( at present) and determine whether or not he is the one we hope to win a cup with, the offensive balance and stability cannot be determined. Settled teams have offensive leaders who bring it on when the going gets tough.
Similarly, unless our GM makes up his mind whther or not Dion in the top dog on Defence worthy of a cup run, our defence will not be settled. Nonis did make polite noises before the draft about trading Dion. Dion's contract, its terms and length will show clearly as to what Nonis thinks of Dion. I hope Nonis insists on having the ability to trade any player including Dion and Kessell.
I will only suggest that Coaches should use mostly if not always there should be one standard for all defencemen and all forwards. Soft or bone headed plays regard less who the player is should irk the coach. If the coach becomes arbitrary and selective instead of having a uniform standard for all players, he is likely to lose respect of the team.
7 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #36, Panthers 3 at Leafs 1
Good job Anthony,
Balanced well written and well thought out.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – December 16
It was a great win last night and I hope we build on it.The secondary scoring was a great help which is vital for success over an 82 game span. I am so glad that Holland and Culle got going. Kulle is more talented than his numbers or role would suggest.
One can only hope that going forward, Carlyle will somehow accept and make changes more readily and not stick with players or style that does not suit or work for this group of players. Both the slow but physical Ranger and Frazer have so far played poorly, however, Carlyle prefers them and he seems to be overly focused on the cycle.
By the way, I like the time out that Toterella took against the Bruins. In the game against St- Luis when we were losing 6-3, the Blues were forechecking ferociously even when there were only 3 minutes or so left on the clock. I thought to myself, it will be a great time for the Leafs to take a time out and that Carlyle should point the effort and fore checking to our team so that we can do the same in similar situations.
Finally a great game last night where the loud mouth Healy was muzzled by the Leaf's play and Carlyle should show videos of the muzzled Healy to the Leafs as a motivational factor.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on HBO 24/7 Leafs-Wings Episode 1: Best Clips
@Murph2417God Bless you
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Confidential: HBO “24/7″ Spoilers
He is one of the best if not the best.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Systems – The Penalty Kill