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@vinoa @T_Ry@wiski Could be, for sure. It's also possible that the old "blue-and-white disease" is setting in at the NHL level again, and they don't want to work hard for their money (so hard for it, honey).
2 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – March 4
@TheCanucksnaphook @CanuckUKinToronto@wiski Looking at the quotes, this could just be that a reporter said "If Reimer was to be dealt, is MacIntyre ready to fill the void at the NHL level?" and Spott just said "absolutely."
@vinoa @wiski I hope that in private, he's not just acting as a fluffer. Great to hear him pump their tires to the media, but I hope he's not doing his best Paula Abdul impression (my father watches American Idol; it's not my fault).
@vinoa @T_Ry@Reversethecurse13 Yeah, for sure; it'd be interesting to see how many goals they score per PP minute played. I remember a CBC commentator pushing that statistic a few years ago as a better measure of PP effectiveness; I'm inclined to agree.
@vinoa @T_Ry@Reversethecurse13Wow; I'm surprised it's so even. Certainly does make it hard to fix what doesn't seem to be broke...
@vinoa @Reversethecurse13I'd be interested in seeing the effectiveness of our PP1 vs PP2. Anybody have that stat? I know the second unit has definitely chipped in some goals, but I'd be interested in knowing how many.
@Reversethecurse13 @Anthony Petrielli@JmessihWhat about taking Lupul off PP2 and substituting Clarkson? Maybe it's just me, but Lupul hasn't looked too effective lately (except for the one crossbar in the Montreal game). Or have Kadri win the draw, then quickly change for Clarkson?
I agree that Clarkson, if he's willing to pay the price in front, should get an extended look on that unit. Forget who's earned what in that instance.
@MaxwellHowe I think Kadri + Gardiner is probably an overpayment for Staal the Younger, isn't it? Maybe if we can find some way to pry that Gleason fella out of there; he's a shot-blocking machine OH WAIT!
2 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #63, Blue Jackets 2 vs. Leafs 1
@lister @T_Ry@Yaknowwhat Yeah, like I said, those are do-it-all guys who are solid in their own end. I misspoke when I said I was just looking for "Defensive defencemen;" I just meant someone with a little more grit and less of a propensity to fart the puck right onto the opposition's sticks.
Speaking of which, if anybody's seen the Ottawa highlights last night, Ceci's giveaway on the first goal will make you feel better about all of our players.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #61, Islanders 5 vs. Leafs 4 (OT)
@lister @T_Ry@YaknowwhatBTW, I am in no way suggesting that Gardiner on his own would land us one of those players, or that there's even the cap space right now to make the trade anything close to realistic. Just that those are top-drawer players who, along with 75% of the names on Team Canada, it would be amazing to see in blue-and-white.
@lister @T_Ry@Yaknowwhat Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. (Not solely stay-at-home D-men, but guys who are very solid in their own end.)
Don't misunderstand me; I'm not saying I want Gardiner to be traded. Just the opposite, if you read my first post. I'm saying if we are to trade him, I want an upper-echelon player, because he's got way too much value and potential to just jettison him for anything less.
@lister @T_RyOh, yeah. They'll cheer louder for the Leafs losing than they will for the Senators winning. Some exceptions aside, it's generally a pretty pathetic fanbase, and I think the inferiority complex reflects the entire relationship between the cities as well.
6 days, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Game #61, Islanders 5 vs. Leafs 4 (OT)
@lister @Yaknowwhat@T_RyI wouldn't complain about a #1 centre, but it would have to be a really top-drawer guy. (I'm thinking Getzlaf-esque.) Our D just seems so porous at times; a top-pairing defensive defenceman might help to stabilize it and settle things down back there.
@Yaknowwhat @T_RyI can get on board with that. I just don't want us to undervalue him; he's a young defenseman with a lot of potential. I'd like to see a solid stay-at-home guy come back this way; seems to be a glaring need.
@Yaknowwhat He's still just a young pup...unless the return is fantastic, I really hope they don't trade him, at least not yet. That's a mess we don't want to get ourselves into again, trading young players before they have a chance to really blossom.
@hoolihan Oh, I certainly don't offer moral support. And when you think about it, what with revenue sharing, even the money I spend on beer is really going towards the league.
Plus, the Senators' existence helps me too; otherwise I wouldn't be able to watch the Leafs in person very often, if ever.
@CanuckUKinToronto You'd think they'd be indoors, on their computers.
@ShotgunCharlie @T_RyOh, man...I take it you've never been to a game in Ottawa. Doesn't matter who's playing; if they can, they'll boo the Leafs or cheer against them. Out-of-town scoreboard, random guy holding a "Leafs Suck" sign on the jumbotron, chanting "Leafs Suck" during the pump-up music...such an inferiority complex.
A couple of years ago, Chicago was in town, and their players remarked afterwards about the Senators "fans" doing that shit. "They know we're not Toronto, right?"
@ShotgunCharlie @T_RyThe missus is a Senators fan, and her parents have season tickets, so we get a free game every now and again. Detroit hanging 4 on them in the first period helped a lot...truthfully though, the best scenario for Toronto there was a Senators regulation win.
True to form, the only "highlights" they displayed from the Leafs game were the two shorties from Grabner...and bear in mind that Toronto was winning 4-3 at the time.
@DJBrianBurke @Burtonboy@The_Polish_CannonKadri is capable of being a pest on occasion, and Clarkson too. I'd like to see them really get into that role; it could make for a very effective line (and open up some more ice for Lupul).