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@Bring the Cup Home I think the reason we haven't seen Rielly take a big step forward being that (as strange as it sounds) he isn't the offensive part of the pairings/ systems. We know Polak loves to skate the puck and join the rush, and Gardiner obviously brings that to his game first. I'd really really like to see him with Dion, whose offensive prowess lies primarily in his shot. They could both partake in the offensive chances but we would get the best out of both.
Absolutely loved it on the PP for a few games when they were together. Now we just need to stop the stupid left side overload, and get Rielly feeding him one-timers all night long.
Note: Not sure if it is systems or Rielly being more hesitant to join the rush, but I'd especially like if we weren't afraid of both D-men going in deep a la Calgary. They'd just need good forward support.
4 hours, 42 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
@dlb Mad @colino17 Jan 1st is the earliest they can for contracts just signed this past off-season.
10 hours, 10 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
JvR looked pretty underwhelming today again. Fans complain that Phil doesn't show up for every game, JvR hasn't shown up for half as many as Phil this season.
1 day ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
@JR from Halifax Couldn't find his end-to-end versus the penguins either.
I think he's great in OT, but our pairings are shit. Play him with Rielly.
1 day, 6 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)
@Optimustic @Dangle_My_Berries Also, he had a baby this year too, no?
1 day, 7 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)
@JR from Halifax https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvyWOwuqL7s
@LeafsForLife @Jmessih How many more losses to Penguins until Randy learns to try Reimer?
@Bruffins Others won't like this but... Luke Schenn.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
@HHT Patrick Roy was very superstitious.
Its not like they're sitting there saying everything is peachy after a loss, we just need to stop saluting the fans. It just gives everybody something else to focus on, and keep the players distracted.
This is the definition of Toronto's over-analysis.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@FRyan The solution is to draft more kids from the OHL.
@Shafty I thought he was better than the public thought last year. The only reason to trade him is if he's player far stronger than capable of sustaining- which I do not believe.
I keep him.
@ingy56 @MaxwellHowe I think, in particular, the fans at the rink deserve no more than the game they pay to see. No extra respect for the suits that own oft-empty seats.
6 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@MaxwellHowe I've never seen so many jerseys thrown on the ice over a season when a team is 10-8-2
6 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@sniperstar *Nemestikov. Kind of reminds me of Goudreau on the Flames, albeit in only 1.5 periods of play tonight. Small and crafty.
1 week ago on GDT: Game #20, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30pm, TSN4)
@BoneChompski They must have bad leadership.
@Burtonboy I wonder how many of these players were 18yo but also not in the SHL as rookies. Does that give Nylander a leg up, already being used to 'playing against men' in this league?
1 week, 2 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight
I know the general consensus has Bozak blamed for our top line's deficiencies [insufficiencies], but for a while now I've seen JvR as the weakest link. While he looked more dangerous on the second line, he easily could be blamed for half of the goals against over the last two (small sample size for this point, my general opinion has been stagnant for longer) games. I guess it is his age, cap hit and high-profile at a young age that appeal to many, but if it were me, when Lupul is back I try him on the top unit again.
Even further, I'd try a different winger on that line even if Lupul isn't healthy. Leivo (I know many wanted him 'in a position to succeed' a la Kings model; is he even a LW or RW?) or Komorov might be worth a shot.
JvR I think said to the media that perhaps they (he and Bozak) try too hard to get the puck to Phil, and they needed to be reminded they were out there to make a difference. I had hoped a few games away was enough of a wakeup call.
EDIT: Thank you.
@Savo43 Richards would not be the main player coming back but Lupul is the main player going there. Would love Brown, but then our 1C position isn't changed, and Richards wouldn't be the one to change it.
1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: Predators tomorrow
@Bring the Cup Home Need Lupul back to do it properly though, unless RC has a brain re-wiring and tries a rookie (Leivo?) in a position to succeed.
@Jmessih @Ze_theLeafsFan @BPsotka Depends on the circumstances of the altercation I guess.
@Jmessih Kicked a wall in an altercation with a teammate, I think?
Reimer is the real deal.
@Xxxxxnew Do you know if it is a shorter season or if they have more time between games?
1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #18, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres (7pm, HNIC)
@Ze_theLeafsFan Does this count? http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/11/14/dion-phaneuf-hit-hornqvist-14112014/
@Burtonboy I see what he did there.
1 week, 6 days ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?
@MaxwellHowe @BPsotka @Jmessih well I wouldn't be. Neither of these goalies needs protection. Reimer doesn't deserve to sit, and I don't think either goalie has proven to be superior.
1 week, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: Back to Back On Tap
@Jmessih IThink it's ridiculous. Reimer. Had a hell of a record against the pens, and has been the better goalie so far this year. But RC has it in his head that Bernier is the number one so he gets all of the first of back to backs.
We have the best tandem in the league. Use it.
Interesting that our fourth line looks pretty good in the first game they get 10+ minutes.
2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #16, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs. Boston Bruins 1
@Falcon2 I liked Polak throwing him around a few times last night. Wouldn't complain with Buff though.
@LyGuy Does that on his real shot too though. Its just a hell of a wind up.
@Anthony Petrielli I was just about to link this. What a smart kid (didn't know smart Bruins fans existed, but "no they won't" was fantastic logic.)
@Potcy Its a patience that not many players have. That he's able to hold the puck that long and still be dangerous shows his high end skill.
@Potcy @TorontoMapleLeafs @docmma I still want him back on the right. Rielly-Dion
@LyGuy @DeclanK @BPsotka yep.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Bruins Wednesday
Fuck these guys eh fellas?
@dlb Mad @Anthony Petrielli Haha somebody complained on the other thread that there was no post here. I'm assuming this place is still good for comments directed at the article, which yours are.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – November 11
@StanSmith @BPsotka @Burtonboy Throwing it higher and harder would have been the set play, if in fact Rielly was in the wrong. It was analyzed well on TV: right off the glass would make a footrace between JvR and the senator defenseman.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3
@Burtonboy @StanSmith I'm sure it was a set play. But we don't know the details- if Rielly was supposed to get the puck out, or if JvR was supposed to be in the zone.
I'd just like to point out... we're in the playoffs.
@Sexyhairyman We trade people far too quickly.
@DeclanK I cheer for the Sabres much more this year when I know they're trying to tank.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #12, Arizona Coyotes 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@mike_84 Probably Mackinnon.
@Jmessih @Yan28 London Knights. Looks to be top 10 in June I think.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
@ingy56 Goddamnit Randy.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
@Yan28 @BPsotka I didn't. But yeah, doesn't seem to engage in anybody. It looks like he skates to where he should be but does nothing to regain possession.
@Yan28 Wait... he stick handles without the puck, without moving?
@4evrblue @BPsotka @DeclanK @wendelsfist That he looked much better than Leivo, all things considered. Definitely when the options are keeping Frattin or getting rid of Leivo.
@Whalz Nor, honestly, has Frattin yet. What, about 10 minutes added up so far? Tough not to make mistakes when you get thrown in cold for 30 seconds three times a night, knowing your every decision will be over analyzed.
@4evrblue @DeclanK @wendelsfist Frattin came out the gate absolutely flying.