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@Xxxxxnew I did my teacher's college in Adelaide, when their team was the Avalanche (now the Adelaide Adrenaline, because of ridiculous ownership issues)...$2 for a ticket, and it was pretty entertaining hockey at times.  Some ex-NHLers coaching and playing in that league, too, and they're all really nice guys.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@StanSmith @Mitch92 @HHT @Yaknowwhat If people at your job were constantly talking in front of you about how you were about to get fired so someone better could replace you, wouldn't that bother you too?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: On the road again

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@ingy56 @T_Ry @TheLoovTrain It was pretty shocking that he made that move, yeah...I think everyone had been hoping for a legitimate rebuild.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Alec Brownscombe @Cameron19 @Burn_the_Loov_Boats Two things worth mentioning if we're discussing Kessel's health:

1) the iron-man streak

2) got testicular cancer as a rookie; missed just 11 games


Any way you look at it, he's been nothing if not resilient health-wise.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@ingy56 @T_Ry @TheLoovTrain Point taken, but Kessel was a bit more of a sure thing.  Guess it came down to a gamble: hope the C prospect can make it as an elite NHLer, or take the RW who's already on the cusp?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@ingy56 @TheLoovTrain I can't say I blame Burke for moving on Kessel when he was made available.  (And blah blah blah Seguin, but it was reasonable to assume that the Leafs were moving up the standings, not down, by adding Kessel to the fold.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @T_Ry @Alec Brownscombe @Burn_the_Loov_Boats I think it's time that's the issue.  It's probably realistic to say that if there's a shakeup coming, it's 5-10 years before this team contends.  He likely won't be that same talent by then.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @T_Ry Having a double chin doesn't make you overweight, or even necessarily out of shape.  It just means you've got a chubby face.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Cameron19 I don't remember reading anything that unequivocally stated that he came to camp overweight.  Just that he had only skated a few times during the summer, and of course the ubiquitous comments about his appearance.  Who reported it?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Alec Brownscombe @Cameron19 @Burn_the_Loov_Boats This is the one-and-only reason I'd like them to explore trading him: I don't think they're going to be anything until he's past his prime.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@PepTalk @Alec Brownscombe @alex callis In this market, it seems to be easier to tear them down.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Top Jimmy At least go for a 40-pack.  The days of 20 Timbits for $2 are over.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry I could see him gunning for more...given the comparables, I agree that he'll get at least that much though.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@ingy56 @Alec Brownscombe @DeclanK "Trade with Montreal" and "merit" shouldn't be seen within a country mile of each other.

Edit: although they did give us Dougie back for a few glorious minutes in the spring of 2003...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Top Jimmy Not sure who you're replacing them with...I think we'd find out pretty fast that Phaneuf is certainly not the defensive weak link.

The idea of trading Gardiner just for the sake of trading him is abhorrent to me, no matter how many mistakes he's made.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry @ingy56 The big question: what kind of term/value is he worth?

Maybe more importantly, what is he going to demand?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry @Top Jimmy It's hard to tell how much of his decision-making is related to confidence, or whether he's just a bonehead.  I'm not in the kid's skull, so I can't say either way; all I know is he can be hard to watch at times (which, granted, is true of a lot of young players).

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Alec Brownscombe @DeclanK Hey, maybe Nonis had a plan to tank for McDavid and those were two key moves!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK @ingy56 @T_Ry Given that possession is the team goal, doesn't that possibility automatically mean you have to sign him?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Top Jimmy Start of the season, I really agreed with the whole "300 games to evaluate a defenceman" thing...but god, he's frustrating to watch sometimes.  If they can get something good for him, go nuts.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry Where do you think his level is?  Is he playing over his head this year?  Or is this is his new normal?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Top Jimmy Could've been Phaneuf that Friedman was referring to with the comment about guys they'd like to trade who would be difficult to deal.  Him and a few others <cough>Clarkson<cough>

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@DeclanK Things I wouldn't have said last year: "I really hope they don't trade Franson."

With his comment last night about how "It's time for us to grow up," and the way he's played, it seems like he might finally be putting it all together...he might be worth a re-signing.  Even if he's in his mid-30s by the time the Leafs are a contender, he should still be a serviceable guy back there.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Jmessih Like Yak reminded us below, Wilson had that quote about painting over a leopard's spots...at the risk of sounding like the folks in Tank Nation, I hope they don't pull off a stunning road trip; it might just gloss over the deeper problems that haven't yet been solved.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Optimustic @Yaknowwhat I don't know if there was ever a concerted effort to get him canned, but it definitely seemed on a regular basis that they weren't giving it everything they had.  Maybe another problem with having a youngish team: complacency sets in if, in their limited experience, it has always been this way and always will be.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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Is it wrong of me to still be a little hopeful that things don't go well so that broad, sweeping changes are made?  I can't see this team making any postseason noise whatsoever.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@Yaknowwhat I think the biggest coaching changes so far seem to be with roster setup and TOI...the pep in their step might come from the shock of the firing and the Shanny meeting lighting a fire under their butts.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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@wendelsfist @T_Ry @Yaknowwhat @Loric76 I like Kessel a lot, but I don't think he'll be in his prime by the time we're ready to contend, no matter what.  It pains me to say it, but I think trading Kessel is going to have to happen.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@wendelsfist @Yaknowwhat @Loric76 Mirtle summarized it pretty well in an article yesterday or the day before - basically, every road to respectability looks extremely long and painful. Really, I think we all know what should be done, but we'd prefer a route that doesn't include a slow and complete rebuild - and that's the route that we can't see.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry @Loric76 It was along these lines, but the quote he gave was to a Star reporter.  (I forget which one.)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Loric76 @T_Ry Polak has actually said stuff like that before...I can't remember the exact quote, but before the 10-1-1 run, he complained that some of their forwards have shown zero interest in playing D.  I hope the team keeps him around for a long time - he knows what it takes to win and is clearly up to the task.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Yaknowwhat @Kessel81 San Jose.  I forget who suggested it yesterday, but I feel like they'd be among the most likely to take some of our high-flying players - especially if they were able to unload a bad contract.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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Lot of talk about the Polak quotes below, but I haven't heard them; can someone do me a solid and tell me either what he said or where to look?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game 41 Scoring Chances: Capitals 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Komas Taberle @T_Ry @Marlies Man I don't mean like Peter Puck ("Screech Owls" series is also great) - different books.  Anyone else remember Scholastic book orders in school?  You could always get these crappy "Hockey Superstars" books, where it was pictures, stats, and a facile write-up of like 15 NHL players.  Paul Romanuk started writing those after he demanded more money from TSN and they said "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out."

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@hometeem @T_Ry @deedrag @FloorHockeyFlopper I do like him...just thinking, though, that without Kadri we'd be super weak at C.  Mind you, Toronto might have gone to get someone else as a result.


That's enough of this train of thought.  Bedtime.  'Night all.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@hometeem @T_Ry @deedrag @FloorHockeyFlopper Just looked up Gerber...he was 6-5-1 with the Leafs in 2008-09, and the way they'd been playing previously, it's realistic to think that they probably only would've won 2 or 3 games otherwise.  By that logic, without him, they would've had the 4th pick, and their choice among Brayden Schenn, Evander Kane, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, or Kadri.

Actually not positive that would put us much further ahead...is anyone in that group really head-and-shoulders above the others?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@hometeem @T_Ry @deedrag @FloorHockeyFlopper That's the one - that Swiss bastard won a bunch of games and probably cost us a top-3 pick, if I remember correctly.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@deedrag @FloorHockeyFlopper Who was the old Senators goalie Burke went out and got at the one trade deadline that fucked up the tank by winning a bunch of games?  Too lazy to google it...seem to remember that he was from a European country that doesn't produce many NHLers.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@FloorHockeyFlopper When he misused the word "foray" - as in, "Fehr jumps into the foray" - I had to mute the TV for a little while.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@Marlies Man @T_Ry This is part of the reason why I disagree with the Hughson hate...I've had to watch a lot of opponents' streams over the years, and there are much, much worse commentators than him and Simpson.  Romanuk is just one of many...should either send him back to Europe or tell him to go back to writing kids' hockey books.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@GibsonLPStudio @T_Ry Annoying thing was that Carrick was playing better than half of the other forwards.

Nearly tore the rest of my hair out when they reunited the JVR-Bozak-Kessel unit...nothing like a 40-minute experiment.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Gotta say: Paul Romanuk is just a terrible play-by-play guy.  Misuses words, can't tell the difference between Kadri and Bozak, and had to tell us 57 times that "By the way, you could be watching a different hockey game, but don't worry because this one's pretty much over and we'll make you watch the other one momentarily!"

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Sorry if this has been handled, but why was Sam Carrick nailed to the bench for the last half of the game?  Thought he had some good shifts.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #41, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@the sturgen Totally using that "Old Yeller" bit.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over

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@MaxwellHowe It fell apart for me when they used "then" instead of "than" in #6.  Yeah, I'm That Guy.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Calgary Flames 1

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