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@Optimustic Definitely worth another look. He's ermerged as one of the leaders on that team, and has evolved to more of a player- taking fewer penalties, and definitely less dumb penalties. Really improved.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@gjdevlin @Burtonboy Players under contract in the CHL cannot play in the AHL. Those contracts end after their draft +2 year. Players like Nylander, who was playing in Europe, are able to play in the AHL at 18.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@HHT Wow fantastic stop there

4 days, 1 hour ago on Leafs Notebook – March 25

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@DylanJ @NotSince67 @DeclanK I'd rather have Bozak, Kessel, and Lupul than their returns filling the marks.

5 days, 21 hours ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@djamon @deedrag I'd still prefer it i they televised the actual lottery, instead of dramatically opening envelopes.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Game 73 Scoring Chances: Senators 5 vs. Maple Leafs 3

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@zoidbergman @BPsotka @MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs @Jmessih I think Carlyle's system itself wasn't the problem. Sure, there were flaws but the most damage done was that he could no longer sell his system to the team. He miscast many players, putting them into roles that they weren't suited for (which he has a history of doing) and was not known for being a players' coach. He didn't make the most of the roster and it bit him in the ass, but he never should have returned in September.


It's terrible that we knew we were bringing back a coach that was not right for the job, but management wanted to wait a year to "get the right guy". There were many good (fantastic) options available last summer, whom we never even approached - I'm assuming because they wouldn't take a 1 year deal, and we had our eyes on a coach still under contract.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@MaxwellHowe @BPsotka @peterbleafs @Jmessih Because the coaches don't only determine personnel, but also strategies. We now have a rush-first line forced into playing cycle hockey. They have to wait for the defensemen to join them before taking the puck up the ice, which stunts their offence an insane amount.


If the coach were trying to win games, he would design the line to cycle, and let them cycle. Or, he could allow the line (and defense) to play a rush, counter-attack game and keep the top line built the way it is.


Horachek isn't coaching to win.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@peterbleafs @Jmessih Hard to change a meaningless stat when your management is trying to tank.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@dlbu dlbu E @Leafsboy1500 Dion is fantastic for our young defensemen, when he isn't being horribly miscast. Look at what he's done with Kostka, Holzer, and Franson.


He eats the big minutes that the kids aren't ready for, and he is incredibly reliable- again, when not miscast.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game 72 – SJS 4, TOR 1 – An even worse start for Toronto

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@Builder Lego @Optimustic Announced earlier their 4 centers tonight have a combined 10g this season.

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #71, Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m., SN)

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Also, damn announcers calling him "Jerry Damingo"

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #71, Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m., SN)

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Wow Ovechkin jumping in and getting a well-deserved instigator after a clean hit.

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #71, Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m., SN)

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@Jmessih Wow that gap between 7-8 is huge. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game 65 Scoring Chances: Lightning 4 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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Should that read "

Toronto struggled early, falling behind 7-4 in chances, and 2-0 on the scoreboard." ? Also in the first sentence, LIghtning

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game 65 Scoring Chances: Lightning 4 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Anthony Petrielli @BPsotka @dlbu dlbu E I want to keep Dion and Phil. But Dion at least hasn't been put in a position to succeed (and increase his value) since arriving.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Anthony Petrielli @dlbu dlbu E If management doesn't necessarily plan on selling Phil, then they want him probably distracted. Helps the lottery right?


EDIT: They seem to be doing a good job making the team far less than the sum of its parts.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@bear19 @BPsotka @Marleafs if you're bad at playing sports you're self-centered? I don't get the connection you're trying to make. They seem entirely unconnected.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Marleafs Many* members of the media think they are local celebrities. Just as many are not, I think. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@Radar O'Rielly @.Kong. @mtommy If he worked out better in the offseason, he wouldn't miss so many games to injury.



3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@mtommy You're part of the problem.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto

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@TheColborneUltimatum Would rather Polak be moved.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Chris Johnston ‏@reporterchris  36s

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The #leafs acquire Eric Brewer and a fifth-rounder from #NHLDucks for Korbinian Holzer. Trade call pending.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Jonas Siegel ‏@jonasTSN1050  2m

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With trade of Holzer, Leafs have moved every expiring contract, save David Booth.

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3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger  15s

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Prospect and pick from Habs to Buf for Mitchell.

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3 weeks, 6 days ago on Maple Leafs trade Olli Jokinen to St. Louis for Joakim Lindstrom & conditional sixth round pick

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A fucking wookie on skates...

4 weeks ago on Game 62 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@Anthony Petrielli This was actual context to Hornby's BS

1 month ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@Alec Brownscombe @Anthony Petrielli Did you guys watch the interview?


Because this is BS by Hornby. Nonis said these facts to make a very different point.

1 month ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@Bruce Gamble if you watched the interview, Nonis mentioned that DC turned down more money elsewhere as a point that TO meant a lot to him. Not that he regretted missing out on money.

1 month ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@North Kariya  thank you for making my optics lecture 10x more enjoyable.

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

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@vji67 @BPsotka Better to use this strategy to finish below where we should, and get a better draft pick in a good year. Get a good coach and compete quickly.

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

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@BoneChompski @DeclanK @ProfessorRance We're not in that position. A multi-year tank is if your team has no skill up front or in prospects. Ours has lots, and a two-year turnaround isn't out of the question at all if we do this right.

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

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@vji67 Not if you force a defense-only style onto an offensively-leaning team. That's how we're losing now.

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

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@North Kariya  @BPsotka @DeclanK Where do he and Marleau fit on the top 10 list?

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

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@North Kariya  @BPsotka @DeclanK Then I think we can't give them Dion and Phil. It'd have to be Phil and Boromir or something.

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

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@North Kariya  @BPsotka @DeclanK Question: are each meltdowns worth the same? Or the higher the meltdown factor the less worthy the player?

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

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@DeclanK Note how the players we deem too old for our own rebuild are being considered for other teams' rebuilds. #leafsfanlogic

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

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@Nylanderthal @BPsotka @North Kariya  @Baddestcat I'd rather make the playoffs and collapse than be on the outside looking in.


But just because there's a collapse doesn't mean the players are broken, or you can't win with them. It can be coaching styles, injuries, puck-luck, etc. In our situation, it was a lot of skilled but ultimately inexperienced players facing a resilient team. We had a coach who isn't made for a long-term gig, and he misused players in subsequent seasons. I don't think we have the players to win, but the players we DO have aren't necessarily a problem. Our team has been less than the sum of its parts the last two seasons, and that's on the coach/gm.

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

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@North Kariya  @BPsotka @Baddestcat Every year all players except cup winners are meltdown players basically.

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

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@Baddestcat Pretty sure there were lots of people on the ice when the Bruin's melted games 4-7 to the Flyers. Good thing they traded all of those meltdown players.

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

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@theselfishsloth @zoidbergman I'd like Polak gone now too, I don't think his stock will increase and I don't really like him on the team. Booth could go.

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

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