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@dlb eh @T_Ry I think the other side of that is that if we get a coach who'll use a system these players can work with, to some extent the defensive lapses will take care of themselves.  Like Eakins was saying the other day, there's an issue with square pegs and round holes here.

You're not wrong; I'm just hoping that those players don't all drastically have to change their games, which could confuse things.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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@Mind Bomb @T_RyI always forget about Komarov!  Good call.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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@Jmessih @T_RyFair enough re: Broll; he could be swapped out for Ashton.  I just figured he didn't look out of place in the few games he was up this year, and it would be good to see someone who wants the job really fight for the spot.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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First time I've tried this...pretty neato.

CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
CapGeek Armchair GM Roster
FORWARDS
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Matt Moulson ($5.133m)
David Broll ($0.591m) / Peter Holland ($0.851m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / Manny Malhotra ($1.000m) / Mike Rupp ($1.500m)
Jerry D'Amigo ($0.851m) / Carter Ashton ($0.851m)
DEFENSEMEN
Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Willie Mitchell ($3.500m)
Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.300m)
Jake Gardiner ($0.827m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m)
Paul Ranger ($1.000m) /
GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere ($1.500m)
BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
Tim Gleason ($0.833m)
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(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,130,041; BONUSES: $850,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $4,969,959

Way out to lunch?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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@.JVR. I don't know if I resign Franson at this point (unless his demands are very reasonable).  And Orr shouldn't be anywhere near the ACC.  Rather see another kid or two come up.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Burtonboy @T_Ry@Cloud09 It was refreshing to hear him honestly say that with defence, he was of two minds (either hit everything that moves, or try something different).  Maybe you want a coach to be confident in his system, but if it's not working, he should be open-minded enough to say, "Well, maybe we try something else."

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@TheCanucksnaphook For me, it all depends on what he'd cost us. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Burtonboy @Cloud09At 6:30, when he talks about how you can't force square pegs into round holes re: swarm defence, you can hear Dave Nonis hitting his own head against the wall all the way through the Interwebs.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Yan28 @T_Ry@whalzWhy don't you want Giguere?  If he's already played in this market, he'd know what he was getting into.  He's been a winner, and I think he could be a good influence, especially with another French-Canadian goalie as our starter.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Yan28 @T_Ry@whalzNo...never played an NHL playoff game, and he's under 30.  I think he'd be a serviceable backup, but I think you could fill that spot with one of the older vets that are going to be UFA this summer (Brodeur, Giguere, Khabibulin).

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Murph2417 @T_RyFair enough.  I just wonder, if this were to happen, whether he'd benefit more from playing 15-17 minutes with those two guys.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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@Yan28 @whalzI'd like to see the Leafs go with an experienced backup - someone who could win the majority of their starts, but would be a calming presence in the dressing room.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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If we were to try and turn more spots over to the kids:


JVR - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Staal - Leivo

Kadri - Holland - Clarkson

Bodie - D'Amigo - Broll

Phaneuf - Rielly

Gardiner - Gunnarsson

Ranger - Gleason


Bernier

Brodeur/Khabibulin


No idea what it'd take to get Staal (probably at least one of the players above would need to be involved), and I certainly haven't looked at cap stuff at all.  But a captain with a Cup ring would help, as would a veteran goalie with playoff experience.


If this idea seems stupid, feel free to let me down gently.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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Full disclosure: I wish I could just say, "Welp, it's baseball season now," and not be tempted to come on here.  But I have students' essays to mark, so here I am.


Ingy used a gardening analogy below to point out that maybe the Leafs' best strategy might be to let some other talents develop.  I'm inclined to agree, because I don't think a flurry of trades changes this team around enough - same old problems with playing defense.  And I'm no longer optimistic that they'll figure out the basics, because god damn, wouldn't they have done it sometime in the last 6 months?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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