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@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 week, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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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.


https://www.facebook.com/brockvillebravesjoshrupert


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!

1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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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.)

http://youtu.be/1t3k-RefTyw

1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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@ShiftyD @T_Ry  Oh, thank god.  You got me though.  Guess it's past my bedtime.

2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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@The_Polish_Cannon @FRyan  Why do you have to pick on Randy and give him the unsolvable enigma that is the bread-cooking machine?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@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"...)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches

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@Burtonboy  Pun-related groan (he's 6'7").

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@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).

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@Dewy Keon Hogturd @T_Ry @Anthony Petrielli  I can't decide who that says more about: the prospects, or the current team...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@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.?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@ingy56  That Morrow signing could be good or horrible, depending on the dollar amount.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@rickpearce76 @The_Irv @T_Ry  I agree completely.  Had a buddy tell me the other day that Gauthier was a pointless draft pick, because he'll never be a top scorer.  I had to insist quite a bit that a team isn't made up of scoring forwards, and at some point a winner needs checkers.  Gauthier isn't an Art Ross candidate; he's a Selke candidate.

Someone needs to play down the lineup, and that's what a lot of our Marlies could do at the NHL level.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@TheCanucksnaphook @T_Ry  I'd like to think I am too, and I think most people would say they are.  With the majority though, when the rubber hits the road, they get impatient again and can't deal with the losing that precedes the winning.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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We can all say we're patient enough for a rebuild, but look at how Leafs fans talk about our prospects to see how patient we really are.  "Oh, they're 25 years old and they've never lit the world on fire at the NHL level?  They're useless; trade 'em."

That said, it'd be nice if we had a coach who would give these guys a legitimate chance, but Shanahan's comments about intentionally leaving jobs open for competition were encouraging.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@ingy56  I was going to say "That's crazy," but the more I think about it, the less crazy it seems.


Still a little crazy, but that's where I live.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@peterbleafs @T_Ry @MaxwellHowe  Yeah, I really do think the Carlyle extension is going to serve as a severance package...remember how much the extension for Wilson meant.  I think they plan to start the 2015-16 season with either Mike Babcock or Steve Spott as head coach.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@MaxwellHowe  It really seems like they're playing the long game, which is a lot more encouraging than signing one or two big-money UFAs and hoping for a huge improvement.

Of course, maybe that's wishful thinking and they're really just rearranging the deck chairs.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week

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@Bruffins @Burtonboy  Reminds me of every store's weekly flyer ever.

"$5 off riding lawnmowers!  WOW!!!"

"10% off granola bars!  ZOWIE!"

Et cetera.

2 months, 1 week ago on (Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft

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@MaxwellHowe  That would be a shocker, given how many people have been pumping Ekblad's tires. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie’s 2014 NHL Draft Rankings + Mashup

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I'm starting to get the sense that the best possible outcome on Friday is just to not be disappointed with the Leafs' pick.  Really don't want to get my hopes up about moving up, especially given some of the "rumours" from "insiders" of what it'd cost (I won't mention the website's name, but it rhymes with "Socky Fuzz").

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie’s 2014 NHL Draft Rankings + Mashup

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@Tim Horton @T_Ry @Dewy Keon Hogturd  Oh, I misunderstood.  I thought you meant that a 5th was ridiculous speculation because it was a vast underpayment.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge

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@Tim Horton @Dewy Keon Hogturd  You know that's exactly what the Islanders paid to acquire his rights, yes?

(Edit: it will become a 4th if he signs with them.)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge

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@ShotgunCharlie  A far more honest comment than the umpteen claims I've seen of "If the Leafs acquire/jettison Player X this summer, I'll stop being a fan then and there."

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge

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@hoolihan  I assume the interpretation of the regulations was the problem; I also assume that's why they've hired someone to deal entirely with cap implications.  Otherwise, like you say, they could have an intern do it in Excel. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge

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@hoolihan  It's impossible to know from our vantage point just who the blame should fall on...maybe "Claudie" told "Noni" that they didn't have the cap space to do it but Nonis did it anyway, or maybe Loiselle got his math wrong. Either way, the whole situation reeks of incompetence.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge

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@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb @T_Ry @MaxwellHowe  Wasn't the knock on JVR that he lacked physicality and was weak on the boards?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@Komas Taberle @Loric76 @T_Ry  If we're really Dregerring:
"Uhhhhh Phaneuf will remain...untraded...until ahhhhh such time as Dave Nonis feels inclined...to move him.  But uhhhh until that juncture, Dion Phaneuf will remain, for better or for worse uhhhh a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs."

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@MaxwellHowe  There we go...now we're in Eklund's wheelhouse.  Dominos, e5, more to come.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@MaxwellHowe  I'm a bit surprised that no one's talking about Moulson, actually.  I know we don't need wingers, but I wouldn't mind seeing him on the near side of the lake.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@darthNihilus @T_Ry  Yeah, I could see it happening too. I'll reserve judgement until I know what the price tag is, or what other moves are made.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@Komas Taberle @T_Ry  Welp, that was easy.  Guess we can call it a day.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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G'morning all.  If there's no Leaf news, can we start making it up yet?  It's worked out well for Eklund...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@Burtonboy @Great Dane @Dewy Keon Hogturd  Or, just as likely, that no one does at all.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) Still Waiting for Leafs News

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@Mcost61 @T_Ry  I don't disagree; that's why if there's any truth to the rumours that we're trying to move up, I'd rather see them spend fewer assets and get a kid at #3 that might be just as good as the one who goes #1.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on [Thursday Mashup] Crazy Rumour Season

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Despite the noise about how the Leafs want to grab the top pick, it still doesn't seem like there's a consensus #1.  If the top 3 guys are Bennett, Reinhard, and Ekblad (in any order), seems to me it'd make more sense to get the #2 or #3 pick for cheaper, and pick whichever of those guys are left that you like best.  Especially since our needs at C and D are equally dire.


(Apologies if this has already been suggested umpteen times.)

2 months, 4 weeks ago on [Thursday Mashup] Crazy Rumour Season

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@rustynail  Looks an awful lot like Komarov's...

3 months ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7

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@Adam Yeats @T_Ry  Ah, I was under the impression that sign-and-trades weren't allowed under the CBA...I guess that's just RFAs.

3 months ago on Toronto Marlies even the series with a 4-1 win over Texas

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@Adam Yeats Maybe it's me, but I can't see any way that Florida does that deal; same (but less so) with Buffalo.  That would be a pretty great lineup, though.

3 months ago on Toronto Marlies even the series with a 4-1 win over Texas

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@charlieb83 @dlb Reggie  Kinda reminds me of the "Office" where Oscar tells Michael he's Mexican, and Michael gasps and says, "Um, is there a term besides 'Mexican' you'd prefer?"


(Not trying to steer this towards other unrelated TV shows; just agreeing that "Jew" is not a derogatory term.  Charlie's right: say anything with a sneer and it'll sound bad.)

3 months, 1 week ago on Defence falls flat, Toronto Marlies drop game #2 6-3

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Not sure if anyone watched the game last night, but on the 6th goal, Keith lobbed a soft backhand pass that fell well short of its target and onto Carter's stick.  Predictably, he scored on the empty net.

What do you think the fan reaction would have been if Phaneuf had made that same play?

3 months, 1 week ago on Five Questions on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach candidate Adam Oates

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@NotSince67 @T_Ry@BrandonCheema@FrycersGhost@Mcost61 Because of those guys, I get upset every time I hear that the Leafs have handed out even a partial NTC.  Once bitten, I guess.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Sticking by the wrong guy

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