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@Yaknowwhat Drives me nuts that those were probably their only two options.

3 days, 17 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Xxxxxnew @Coldincowtown Yeah, and a couple of European guys on the Rags brought it to the NHL...not sure why other teams decided they had to do it, too.  If I was a player, I think I'd be more inclined to do it in a building with a lot of fan support, where you felt the crowd made a palpable difference.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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Sorry if this has already been addressed, but I'm confused: when we "burn the boats," are the players already on board?

1 week ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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The past week has repeatedly made me think of this Calvin & Hobbes strip.  In case the analogy is only clear in my mind (and I'm grasping at straws), picture Calvin as Leafs fans, and equate the hope that Hobbes provides with the Boston game.

No matter how many people won't admit it, most of us got pretty high after that win, which is what makes tonight suck so hard...but let's keep in mind that games in Buffalo like this one have been happening for a long, long time.

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@NotSince67 So in order to do well, the Leafs need to do well?

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@DeclanK @T_Ry @Burtonboy Welp, now I feel like an ass.  Deleted.

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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@MaxwellHowe @Bruffins Hahaha..."EVERYTHING SUCKS AND I HATE IT."  Actual post.

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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@Wilbur Just a glass-half-full guy tonight, eh?

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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@Bruffins @vinoa Honest question: if Booth is ready to go tomorrow, do you sit someone and put him in?  It would be a shame to sit Leivo, Smith, or Panik, the way they've played the last couple games.

1 week, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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@Optimustic @T_Ry Didn't see the comment...perhaps that's for the best?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3

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Sorry guys, gotta share this. The fiancée and I just got our engagement pictures (ugh) back, and thought this one turned out well (and is appropriate for this evening):

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3

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@Alec Brownscombe @T_Ry Zing.  (Also not conflicted on Panik; for the nothing he cost, I think he's played well.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3

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I'm not conflicted on Polak at all.  Great pickup...fun to watch, and better than Gunnarsson.  Only inconsistency I can see is that half the time he plays hard, and the other half he's in beast mode.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3

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@docmma @T_Ry @Knights2Leafs That's it, though: I can't think of times when I'd consider Hughson a hater.  Not arguing with you, because I know I'm in the minority in here on this, but I'm genuinely not sure what everybody's referring to.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #15, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (6 p.m, SNO)

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@Dogger I used to love Bob Cole; he was my favourite when I was a kid.  Now I just find that he's way behind the play a lot, seems uncertain of who's on the ice at times, has a hard time finding words...I guess age takes its toll.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #15, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (6 p.m, SNO)

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@Knights2Leafs @T_Ry I've gotta say, I don't mind Hughson.  I know he gets a lot of heat on here, but I don't generally have a problem with him or Simpson.  Healy is the pits; no argument there...but I do find the other two generally call a pretty fair game, especially in comparison with a lot of other broadcasts.


Can't beat Miller/Cuthbert and Ferraro, though.  Best of the best.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #15, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (6 p.m, SNO)

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Did everybody have to listen to Randorf and Galley call the game?  Or was that just in the Ottawa area?  The way they called it, a blind man would think the Senators were amazing, the Leafs were pitiful, and it was just 60 minutes of Senator domination and lucky Leaf bounces.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #15, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (6 p.m, SNO)

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This commentary is painful...JVR lying on the ice holding his head while Romanuk drones on about faceoff percentages...Millen ripping Kadri for his faceoff woes, only to mention (10 minutes later) that he's 5/9 on the draw tonight.


It helps that I just expect less from Sportsnet by default.  Gotta lower them there standards.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@peterbleafs @T_Ry @Mind Bomb I agree, but at some point, don't we have to fault the guy who's bringing in these faulty players?  I don't want to put all the blame at Nonis and Carlyle's feet, but I do think a top-to-bottom overhaul is what the team really needs.

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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@cryptotho @ingy56 @B_Leaf If the current work ethic persists, I don't think Stamkos or Crosby could fix this team.  Start at the top (just south of Shanny) and work your way down.

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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@peterbleafs @Mind Bomb @T_Ry That's true, Pete, but if it turns around, I think we're a middling team at best.  I think there are a few building blocks towards being a true contender (Rielly, Bernier, Nylander, some other prospects - and god, I love Percy) but I think a deeper rebuild is needed first.

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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@phaneufoundlander @T_Ry I would absolutely love a 10-year rebuild...but part one is finding a GM that can do it, and committing to him.  I maintain that the reason Nonis didn't can Carlyle is that every GM gets to fire one coach, and Nonis wants to save it for when he's sitting squarely on the hot seat himself.  I say they both go now, Shanny and Spott take the reins till an heir is apparent, and then we settle in for some long winters.

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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@ingy56 @T_Ry Very true. Made the mistake of listening to the TSN call-in radio show after Saturday's game (went to see Fury with my Boston fan father instead of watching the first two periods - very worth it).  Some crazy ideas being shouted, but the consensus seemed to be that this just generally isn't working.

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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Mornin' all...hard not to advocate blowing this team up, eh?

1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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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 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@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 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Burtonboy Gross.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: 3 Days Off

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@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."

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39

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@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").

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39

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@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.

2 months ago on Friday Mashup: And then there were 39

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@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.

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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@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).

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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@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.

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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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.

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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@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.

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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@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.

2 months ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

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@Cameron19 I would love nothing more than to see Seabrook playing beside Phaneuf.  That would be a solid pairing.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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?

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@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.

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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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.")

2 months ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight

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@Hmmm @T_Ry @BoneChompski  Tried.  Restarted the computer too.  Glitch in the Matrix seems likely at this point.

2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@T K O  Taking students to see the one in Ottawa...hope they can see the good guys win!

2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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