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@Wilbur @MaxwellHowe Could be a chicken-or-the-egg situation...did they get 5 minutes because they weren't great, or were they not great because they only got 5 minutes? Holland looked like he'd never seen a puck before.
1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@nrandreycharles @T_Ry I'm going with a different '80s high school movie.Shanahan: "Okay, welcome to Possession 101. Let's take the roll...Dubas? <Here> Horachek? <Here> Spott? <Here> Carlyle?...Carlyle?...Carlyle?..."
1 week, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@nrandreycharles I thought that too. Like loomx says, we could be reading too much into it, but he also seemed to be choosing his words very carefully.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: 3 Days Off
@Jmessih @Pent_House @Loric76 My buddy summed it up nicely at the game in Ottawa on Wednesday - stopped referring to him as "Marshall" and just went straight to calling him "The Big Useless."
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39
@Armchair GM Where were you sitting, out of curiosity? We were with the big contingent of Chinese students in section 216 (all cheering for the Leafs because I always remind them, "I'm the last person who proofreads your report cards - stay on my good side").
@Armchair GM I mostly agree...thought Rielly's cautiousness was out of necessity, because he had to come back several times to grab the puck and calm everybody down. He still tried some rushes up the left side though. I also have mixed feelings on Bibeau; he made some fantastic saves, but then let in that really ugly bad-angle goal. Still just kids, really.
@Jmessih @mr_hanie He wasn't awful last night. He did hold back on a few hits, though; there were a few Senators in the crosshairs that he could have absolutely obliterated if he'd wanted to.
4 weeks ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Hmmm @T_Ry Yeah, the Vail line didn't see much ice in the 3rd (to no one's disappointment, except for maybe Ottawa's).
You had me doing a double-take at the "Ashton is a bit like John Leclair" comment, but then I realized you were referring to his relying on strong linemates. I'd say that's accurate based on what I've seen (which, admittedly, isn't a ton).
@mr_hanie @T_Ry His most notable moment was in a shoving match in front of the Ottawa net. Got his bucket knocked off, pushed back, and then it was over.
Not sure if anyone's said/read much about the game in Ottawa last night...it was definitely our B-squad, but I was there, and wasn't too impressed with some of the performances. For some of them, they're just not NHL-ready yet, and for others they're putting in time because a roster spot is all but assured. A select few were very good.
-Rielly and Carrick looked great; really impressed with how Rielly controlled the play and settled things down when necessary, and Carrick created a couple of chances for himself as well.-Bibeau was okay (some great saves, and then some stinker goals); Heeter was a rebound machine-Knodel is a big boy, but needs to bulk up and start tossing some bodies around
-MacWilliam held up on quite a few hits-I would not want to be on Tom Nilsson's bad side. One play, he pretty much picked up and threw two Senators in succession (one on top of the other)
-Orr and MacLaren...just...like...c'mon guys. MacLaren tried to get Neil to fight him, but that wasn't happening...aside from that, they were well nigh invisible.
-Solid game from Winnik. Booth was getting pushed around with ease. Ashton was invisible, but then, he was stuck on a line with Orr and Smith.-Vail, McMillan, and Marshall are three players who I would just as soon never see again in blue and white. Not sure why they dressed over some of the boys who really have a shot.
Not trying to be overly positive or negative; just my observations.
@Mind Bomb @T_Ry @peterbleafs Not criticizing your lineup; just mentioning that he wasn't any good last night. Ashton was also not very impressive...I'm not sure if he's ever going to really make them give him a spot.
Don't forget, they don't need to have two forwards in the press box...his leadership (such as it is) might help more in the A, where he can mentor the kids.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Mind Bomb @peterbleafs I took a group of students to the game in Ottawa last night...Orr was eight different kinds of useless. He does not look like a guy who's fighting for a job.
@Cameron19 I would love nothing more than to see Seabrook playing beside Phaneuf. That would be a solid pairing.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight
@Armchair GM Bringing 35 international students to the game. If you see a huge group of Chinese kids, many of whom aren't sure what's happening, that's us.
And I'm wearing the white...the early-2000s third.
@Cameron19 @gottabe_KD Bodie's a tough one...he gives a great effort and it would be great to see that rewarded; problem is that his best might just not be good enough.
@sniperstar @T_Ry @Mcost61 You're probably right. I'm just wondering at the possibility that some of these guys' growth could be stunted by playing in an inferior league when they're ready for greater challenges.
From my own experience: you give the smart kid an assignment that she doesn't need all her brainpower for, she's going to lower her effort level - now you have a challenge in raising it again.
@Mcost61 I understand why they brought in all the new forwards, but I'm also a bit concerned that it could stunt the growth of a guy like Leivo, who's probably ready to make the jump. Also makes it hard to really evaluate Ashton, because honestly, I have no idea what that kid's going to be (if anything).
If we're still in a rebuild - and that's probably open for debate - shouldn't we be throwing some more kids into the deep end to see who floats?
@Jmessih A little surprised that Tallinder isn't playing...I'd like to see if he's still got what's necessary to be a 6/7 guy.
@ingy56 @T_Ry Thanks, guys. I thought I read below that swearing is now off the table (severely limiting my vocabulary). I assumed there must be big changes, given some of the comments in the Sunday thread.
Apologies if this has been posted already, and I've just missed it - but if it hasn't been done already, would one of the mods mind posting the new forum rules? (I assume from the enormous conversation last night that there have been more changes than just the old "Keep off-topic conversations in the Mashup.")
@T_Ry @BoneChompski Thanks though guys!
1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@Hmmm @T_Ry @BoneChompski Tried. Restarted the computer too. Glitch in the Matrix seems likely at this point.
@T K O Taking students to see the one in Ottawa...hope they can see the good guys win!
@BoneChompski @T_Ry Not a bandwidth issue; the videos just won't start - I get a black screen. Flash etc. are all up to date, so I'm not sure what the problem is.
Anybody else having a hard time getting the videos on the main MapleLeafs.com page to load? And does anyone know if I could see the Kessel and Phaneuf interviews elsewhere online?
@Optimustic @T_Ry @Loric76 I just found it grating to listen to.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins
@Loric76 I was struggling with the play-by-play guy's voice...sounded like they kept a canister of helium handy.
@.JVR. @T_Ry I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars a year for channels I'll never watch. Hence the question about Gamecentre/Centre Ice.
1 month, 1 week ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal
@Mcost61 @T_Ry Maybe I mean GameCentre, not Centre Ice. My mistake if so. But you guys know what I mean - the online streaming package for NHL games.
@.JVR. @T_Ry I guess you didn't see the part about me not having cable.
Hey all - sorry if this question has been addressed a million times over the last couple of weeks, but: how does one subscribe to Centre Ice this year? Am I going to have to be a Rogers customer, or have cable TV? (We don't have cable, and have a different ISP.)
I know that there are other places to watch hockey online, but I'd rather have Centre Ice.
@Alec Brownscombe @T_Ry Yeah, from the village down the road...I don't know any Atkinses, though. I'm guessing they're a few years either younger or older than I am, otherwise I'd have come across them in high school.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason
Hey MLHS, wonder if you could do me a solid and help out with a prank. (Sorry if this is too far off-topic.)
Got a buddy who played just a couple games of Junior A hockey back in the day, and for reasons I can't remember, this summer we started treating him like he was a celebrity. (This really grinds his gears, so we've kept it going and are constantly finding ways to escalate it.) If you're on Facebook and have a second, please go to this page and Like it, and help us take it further.
If anybody has any ideas on how we can keep it going, I'd love to hear them. So far we've made hockey cards with his face, gotten random people to say on video how much they love and worship him, had random people go up to him in bars and treat him like hockey royalty...he really doesn't know how to react, which is why we've kept it going this long!
I know I don't always post a ton, but Declan says to add my ice bucket challenge, so I'll do what I'm told. (Sincerest apologies for forgetting to mention the importance of donations; I thought that part was a given, but I'm told it bears repeating.)
@ShiftyD @T_Ry Oh, thank god. You got me though. Guess it's past my bedtime.
2 months ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@steele123 They come along the St. Lawrence in droves, usually late May-early June...they completely cover your windows within a couple of blocks from the water, and when they splatter on your windshield, it looks like someone threw a handful of mushy peas at your car.
3 months, 1 week ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs
@The_Polish_Cannon @FRyan Why do you have to pick on Randy and give him the unsolvable enigma that is the bread-cooking machine?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
@Ian from Etobicoke I checked PPP the other day when I had a hankering for Leafs talk and there was nothing new here...in the first article I read, the writer misused "literally."
I'm an English teacher. That was enough for me.
(EDIT: Mind you, I'm also exasperated that "LeafErikson" can't spell "nada"...)
@Gilbey93 @Dewy Keon Hogturd @Burtonboy The Washington Generals.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@Burtonboy Pun-related groan (he's 6'7").
@Anthony Petrielli @Burtonboy I really think McGran was just kidding around about the line change, but it sure escalated quickly on here (and elsewhere, I'm sure).
@Dewy Keon Hogturd @T_Ry @Anthony Petrielli I can't decide who that says more about: the prospects, or the current team...
@Anthony Petrielli @T_Ry Of course, but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun with it. I don't think anyone here genuinely believes that these guys are going to save the franchise. It's just mid-July, and it's nice to hear that some of our prospects can walk and chew gum at the same time.
@Anthony Petrielli Bigger buzzkill than Buzz Killington.
@Bruffins @T_Ry @mcloki @LeafsGuru I agree; now that he's had one impressive morning, though, I can see that mindset going out the window for a lot of fans.
@Burtonboy @Yan28 20. Would seem to be a face puncher of some stripe.
@Bruffins @mcloki @LeafsGuru All kidding aside, can't you just picture 3 years from now if Toninato projects to be an NHL 3rd-liner, the weeping and rending of garments and such from the fan base? Our scouting is terrible, our drafting is terrible, etc.?