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@Burtonboy Ouch! THree guesses who that comment's aimed at...
19 hours, 46 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook Season Finale – April 20
@mtommy no player is that good. That's basically four top-5 picks (Nylander should have been a top 5) for one player
Great stuff as always, Anthony.
1 day ago on Leafs Notebook Season Finale – April 20
I guess it's good to know that the CBC/Sportsnet guys also wear the knee pads when the Habs play the Sens. Not just an anti-Leafs thing apparently...
1 day, 12 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@MLHS_Luke @Yaknowwhat McArthur, Kulemin and Grabovski: not good enough for the Leafs, all playing in the playoffs....
3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
@ingy56 I like this.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
@BlueWyt @jimmyg65 @MaxwellHowe Adjusting to the AHL, had a couple of injuries, still recovering from all the weight he lost when he had mono in junior. I saw him play a few times in Guelph. He should be a solid #4 D with a bit of offensive upside if he can make the leap.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
@MaxwellHowe If Percy gets past the concussion issues he's looking like a nice second-line D man. And don't forget Finn.
@HopeNeverDies The players for European teams wear corporate logos front and centre on their jerseys. The British A league is "Barcley's" Premiere League. As soon as a young player excels out he is literally bought by one of six teams for the rest of his career, who may then sell him to a European premiere league. Four teams in the Barcley's PL win the championship every year because they have more money than every other team. No sport in the world is more dictated by money than soccer.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
I don't care how good he is, I wouldn't want Subban on the Leafs. He's a cancer in the dressing room (at least four fights with teammates), he's a diver, a gutless chirper who hides behind the refs when a player his size answers the bell, and a cheap-shot artist. If he played in Toronto, the CBC and Sportsnet crew would be running him down every chance they got instead of putting on the knee pads for him.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night
@Robbies Feschuk will conveniently forget that he wrote this drivel when the Leafs get a huge package back for Kessel in the off season. Feschuk has no inside sources in the NHL and knows less about hockey than most people on this board....
5 days, 22 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
@Savo43 Not in a million years. We'd spend the next decade trying to replace the 1D that Reilly is going to be.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
@totalrebuild The only time Blair doesn't sound like a bored prick is when he talks about the Expos. Guy can't go five minutes without reminding listeners that he used to cover the Expos, like anyone give a shit...
6 days, 22 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
@RememberSalming @jimmyg65 @Savo43 Yes, the Leafs make it easy to pick on them, but the MSM often act as if they haven't made the playoffs since 1967. They also constantly over-inflate the rosters of other teams, especially the Habs, who would be in a lottery position if they didn't have Price and who have gone over 20 years without an appearance in the Finals. They also bash us fans, as if we don't know that the Leafs haven't won a Cup since '67, then go on to praise the loyalty of Red Sox fans (65 years without a championship) and White Sox fans (87 years) and Cubs fans (105 years) for their loyalty.
My problem with the MSM, though not all of them, is that they're lazy and often know less about the Leafs than the writers and posters on this site. Which is why I love MLHS and waste so much time here!
1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
@Savo43 @RememberSalming I lived in Vancouver for a year: trust me, the media here is 50X more negative than out there. Can't speak for other cities, but there's a tried and true formula here in TO, which is to concentrate solely on the negative where the Leafs are concerned. One of the reasons for that is that negativity generates more clicks and tweets, which is all that matters at media companies now (trust me on that, I work in the media), and because so much of the media we consume here is national media. The guys at CBC, Sportsnet, the Post, the Globe, TSN, etc. will do anything to appear "unbiased." The lazy way to do this is shit all over the Leafs. Bashing Toronto is also a pastime across Canada. Very predictable, very boring...
@Mattmark @jimmyg65 Yeah, I definitely want Strome on the Leafs, but I got a good feeling about Marner.
1 week, 1 day ago on Game 82 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Mattmark Which means we end with one of: McDavid, Hannifin, Strome or Marner. I'm okay with that...
@Dogger Burgers Priest at Yonge and Lawrence is so delicious. We live down the street. Best to try to drop in before or after the dinner/lunch rushes.
1 week, 3 days ago on 2015 NHL Draft Rankings: Maple Leafs to draft fourth overall, pending lottery
@In it to Winnik Murray has been a bit of a bust, but he's been injured a lot. I still think Finn will be an NHL D-man
1 week, 5 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Brendan Leipsic hat trick has Marlies within striking distance of playoff spot
@WereRiellyDoingThis @jimmyg65 @LyGuy @Wilbur Give him time. He may not be a fighter but I think he'll toughen up and start using his strength more. Would be great to see him paired with a more physical D-man though...
@WereRiellyDoingThis @LyGuy @Wilbur I agree that this team is built wrong. I'm REALLY hoping that Shanahan and his braintrust see that.
@WereRiellyDoingThis @LyGuy @Wilbur Everyone who's watched Nylander has commented on his willingness to go into the corners and the front of the net. Liepsic is not soft, neither is Connor Brown, neither is Komorov or Gauthier. Reilly is built like a brick shit house, possibly one of the strongest, fittest young players in the NHL. The guy jump six feet in the air.
@phaneufoundlander @jimmyg65 @Buds Mackenzie And watching the development of Reilly gives me even more hope for the future. I think his performance during Phaneuf's absence convinced management, if they weren't already, that they have an in-house replacement for Phaneuf. I think Phaneuf, Bozak and Kessel will be traded for a nice bundle of draft picks and prospects. Imagine if they got another top ten pick for Kessel? Best draft day ever
3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@phaneufoundlander @jimmyg65 @Buds Mackenzie Yeah, having another blue chipper to play with Nylander is very exciting. I think Gauthier will be a very nice addition to the bottom six, and Connor Brown just keeps proving the doubters wrong. There's some good (but not great) D prospects, and the Marlies goalies aren't looking too bad. Another year of tanking and this could get exciting.
@mcloki Then why are my feet so friggin' cold???
@Buds Mackenzie I hear you. It's sad how excited I'm getting about the Leafs choosing between Hanifin, Strome and Marner. The draft lottery is our playoffs, but it's better than picking 10th...
@dlbu dlbu E At least it was a good game to watch.
4 weeks ago on GDT: Game #74, Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Burtonboy It's click bait. That's how the MSM works. Editors are given website targets to reach every quarter. If they don't meet enough of them, they get fired. Same goes for the guys who write for the editors: meet your quota or you're gone. Negativity and scandal are the easiest way to get numbers, so journos search out someone to make a negative comment about somebody connected to the Leafs---BOOM, instant spike in the numbers.
Don't kid yourself that it doesn't work this way. I've worked in the media for over fifteen years (as has my wife at a much higher level) and have seen this in action. The bean counters don't care about quality, analysis, long-term readership, fans--they want numbers, they want to trend on Twitter, etc. Some of what you read is true, but it's not posted BECAUSE it's true, it's posted to get you outraged (if you're a Leafs fan) or to make you gloat (if you're a Leafs hater). It's destroying good sports reporting. One of the many reasons I spent way too much time on this site...
1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – March 17
@MLHS_Brown Not Nylander. Too much upside. I'd do Kadri or JVR in the scenario you describe.
@Anthony Petrielli @Yaknowwhat And I don't remember anybody blaming ALL of the Leafs' problems on Carlyle's coaching. Most people on here made intelligent arguments about consistent team-wide problems under Carlyle, which he did nothing to fix for three years.
1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 10
@ingy56 Be great if it was a three-pointer, with the Canes winning in OT
1 month, 1 week ago on Sunday Mashup: Kadri sent home by Horachek
@Stop! In The Name Of Loov @jimmyg65 @MaxwellHowe @Markovv55 Agreed! But right now I'm still fantasizing about landing McDavid and seeing him and Kessel and JVR (or Nylander?) light up the league. A man can dream....
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 65 Scoring Chances: Lightning 4 vs. Maple Leafs 2
@MaxwellHowe @jimmyg65 @Stop! In The Name Of Loov @Markovv55 I agree that if you're going to trade him you do it sooner rather than later. I just don't think that people should kid themselves about what we're giving up--one of the most lethal scorers in the NHL. It's not like trading Phaneuf, a good but not great D man. Can you get back enough in return to justify trading Kessel? If you can, I'd do it, because of the reasons you list.
@Stop! In The Name Of Loov @jimmyg65 @Markovv55 Two or three years from now he'll still be potting 30+ goals a year. I thought folks on MLHS were smarter than the media trolls and phone-in dummies. He's an elite player just entering the prime of his career. He has unbelievable, unteachable skills, as players like Kane and Subban have pointed out. We went ten years without being able to find an elite winger for Sundin and now folks want to make the same mistake by trading away an all-world talent.
@Markovv55 Kessel is a first-line winger on every team in the NHL. One of the half-dozen highest scoring wingers in the league in the last six years. How do people come up with this shit?
@monkeyman There's no one way to win the Cup. Bruins didn't have a single high-drafted player on their team when they won, except for Seguin, who was still playing protected minutes. The core of that team was traded for or drafted mid-1st round and later. Kings highest pick is a #3 overall, and the Oilers suck with three #1s, a #4, etc.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Ron Wilson: “Leafs Rebuild will take 7 or 8 years”
@Potcy @jimmyg65 @Markovv55 SInce you didn't read what I actually wrote, I'll leave you to it....
@Markovv55 @jimmyg65 Exactly. There's some good pieces, and some other pieces that can be traded for assets.
That's one of the reasons the media pile-on pisses me off so much. This is not the Quinn/JFJ era Leafs, or, God forbid, the Ballard Leafs of the 80s.
@Markovv55 I agree. Two years ago the Habs finished third last in the league and picked Galchenyak. Next year they made the Conference finals. I don't think the Leafs are that close, but this is not the team that Burke inherited five years ago, which had almost ZERO talent on the roster or on the farm. Management just has to be smart and not rush things.
@theselfishsloth @jimmyg65 If we play like we did on the weekend we could easily lose every game. I just don't want to get my hopes up...er....down...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel, Kyle Dubas speak out on media treatment in Toronto
Too early to call tonight's game a "must lose"?
@Mattmark @Cameron19 It's based on the fact that big-ticket trades often happen in the summer, after management has fully assessed what they have and after the salary cap has been set for the next season. Playoff-bound teams are often reluctant to make big trades--"hockey deals"--during the season out of fear of disrupting team chemistry so late in the season.
Guys like Grange write these so-called "think pieces" as click bait and to get people riled up, which gives the on-air idiots something to talk about all day. It's the 24-hour news and opinion cycle.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
@Jordan29 @MaxwellHowe We're a LITTLE smarter here, or so we all like to think so...
@mcloki I hosted an event that Scott Morrison was speaking at. Had lunch with him. One of the nicest guys I've ever met.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2015 Trade Deadline Open Thread
@FRyan TMI, as the kids say
@Dan39 @mcloki TSN has the O'Dog, The FAN has Kypreos: I prefer The FAN.
@mcloki One of the joys of working at home: I can have MLSE open all day and no one will give me shit about it.
@burroz If the Leafs trade Reilly for anything less than a McDavid I'd stop watching for a few years. He's the #1 D man we've needed for more than a decade, or will be in a couple of years.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 62 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 0