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@peterbleafs @jimmyg65 @Burtonboy The Liberals have had over ten years to do something about it, so like you, I'm not holding breath while I wait for them to act.
1 week, 4 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Burkie Bowl
@peterbleafs @Burtonboy Read the article: profits from LCBO end up in public purse, not profits at the Beer Store--most of them go to three big non-Canadian brewers. That's the deal Harris set up, after much lobbying from those beer companies: the privately run Beer Store gets a monopoly on 12 and 24 packs of beer, which account for most beer sales in the province. The LCBO, which does a much better job of serving its customers, is forbidden to sell anything but six packs of beer.
I'd bet good money that Harris and his cronies have nice plum positions sitting on the boards of those international companies, or working for them as lobbyists. The Liberals do it too.
@Burtonboy Another gift from Mike Harris....
@vinoa Exactly, and could have traded down for at least one good D man. Look at what the Leafs got at 5 and 35: Reilly and Finn. The Oilers could have gotten those picks plus a little more for that year's #1, which landed them Yakapuke.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wildcard
@vinoa Also, no good players drafted past the first round, despite drafting 31st overall three years. They also drafted 8th and 3rd overall in the last six years. This is the worst-run organization in hockey, an old boys club of retired Oilers and graveyard for coachers and players. There is no excuse for that level of incompetence....
@Mind Bomb @jimmyg65 Looks like he's resting the noggin for at least a day or two. We're going to miss him...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2
Any word on whether Komarov will miss any games? I haven't seen anything about it.
@Knights2Leafs @jimmyg65 That's a great way of putting it. I actually like Carlyle, but like you, I think his best years as a coach are behind him.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?
@Knights2Leafs @jimmyg65 Yes, he knew how to handle the media without being all "Ron Wilson" about it.
Pat Quinn: one tough mofo Irish Canadian and a fantastic coach.
He used to come into the bar my dad managed. My dad said he was a real gentleman, good tipper.
@Radar O'Rielly @wendelsfist I've been calling for Carlyle's firing for two years now, as have a lot of others. He's a terrible coach even when the Leafs win. Always the same problems and inconsistencies. The game has so clearly passed him by.
1 month ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@Jmessih Something clicked for Holland last night. Still looked a little lost in the first period but he came on later in the game. So glad they didn't trade him for a 4th rounder....
1 month, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #14, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Rangers 4
@wiski @jimmyg65 He was sleeping on me while I was watching the game last night. He knows who Leo Komarov is now, that's for sure...
Leafs are 1-0-1 since this little guy came into the world on Wednesday afternoon. Fourth-generation Leafs fan (or he will be if I have any say in it). The madness continues....
@Great Dane @jimmyg65 I meant to write Kadri too.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
@Great Dane @jimmyg65 I'm sure a lot of GMs would disagree and would love to take JVR, Reilly, Gardiner, and Gardiner off our hands.
@wendelsfist @jimmyg65 Well, the Leafs outshot and outchanced and outhit the Hawks in the first two periods, after playing the night before and flying in at 2 in the morning. And the Leafs won. But whatever.
Regardless of the high shot total, the Hawks learned last night that the Leafs are not an easy team to play against anymore. A lot of Hawks waking up this morning sore and bruised. I was impressed by the nastiness our D showed around Reimer and the pounding guys like Komarov and Clarkson were putting on the Hawks D on the forecheck.
And not one fight. The Leafs are starting to show some team toughness, though they're not quite there yet. Definite improvement
@MaxwellHowe @jimmyg65 Both teams shrunk the bench in the third, but that's still pretty low, even for a fourth liner
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@MaxwellHowe 4:20 apparently...
@B_Leaf Phaneuf and Polak were just pounding guys in the front of the net in the last two minutes. Loved it...
Reimer looked shaky to start but what a finish. When he gets in a zone he is Hasek-like
Leafs score, CBC shows a Hawks highlite...
Had to turn down the sound on CBC. The sound of Hughson and Healy's knee pads hitting the floor every time the Black Hawks touched the puck was getting to me...
Leafs keep playing like this they should be fine...
@philthethrill @jimmyg65 I'm a harsh coach! (Here on my couch)
I would pull Reimer. Doesn't look confident. Backing into the net, letting out rebounds.
Reimer: when in doubt, fall on your knees, slide toward back of net.
Reimer should have had that. Bernier would have.
@JWaterdrager @jimmyg65 @philthethrill @Leafs2 Isles1 Well, that's a first! I put it all down to his assistants, or good luck, or the Hockey Gods. I can't put much faith in the Leafs until he's fired. Not that his firing will solve all their problems, but it's a good start.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
@philthethrill @jimmyg65 @JWaterdrager @Leafs2 Isles1 Maybe, but the Leafs last year had a bad habit of playing down to their opponents. I was just happy that they beat teams that they SHOULD beat. I guess that's what counts for progress if you're a Leafs fan....
@JWaterdrager @jimmyg65 @philthethrill @Leafs2 Isles1 Hey, you'll never catch me defending Carlyle! I wanted him fired two years ago. I do think the new assistants have helped cut down shots against, improved D-zone breakouts, etc. Reilly especially seems to be improving.
@philthethrill @jimmyg65 @Leafs2 Isles1 Yes, the Bruins are on a downhill slide. I couldn't be happier. I hope they don't make the playoffs.
@philthethrill @Leafs2 Isles1 The "worst team in the modern era" took the Bruins into OT the next night.
It's funny, everybody agrees that it's important to win games against lesser opponents, but when the Leafs do that and throttle the Jackets and Sabres, people still come on here and piss all over them. They did what they had to do: they beat the lesser teams. That's a good thing.
@Knights2Leafs My wife is due in two weeks. It's going to be a boy. I already have Leafs regalia for him, but I'm beginning to wonder if I want to pass on the curse...er...tradition.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #9, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN 4)
No fourth line again. Carlyle is determined to make Leafs fans a laughing stock for reasons known only to him. This guy is a joke. The scary thing is that the Leafs under Wilson, who had Matt Stajan on the first line and the worst goaltending in the league, were generally doing better than the Leafs under Carlyle (strike-shortened season being unrepresentative of their success. The Leafs, talent- and goalie-wise, are stacked in comparison to most of those Wilson teams, and there are still people defending Carlyle. He is not the only problem with this team, but until he's fired you cannot make an accurate assessment of who to keep and who to trade. I've stopped watching most Leafs games and will continue to until they fire Carlyle.
@Burtonboy Pure speculation. No one on that team is playing Carlyle's "system" so why pick on Kessel? He's not a great defensive player. So what, lots of high-skill wingers aren't. He back checks, does what he has to, and then does things that maybe 10 other players in the NHL can do. But this is who we're complaining about? Maybe he can see what so many other people can: that Carlyle is a terrible coach who hasn't kept up with changes to the game. Kessel is a perfectionist who hates to lose. It gets depressing having to come on here every day and read people complaining about the only elite player we've had since Sundin.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Had to turn the sound down on CBC. Got sick of the announcers lining up to felate the Bruins...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Hmmm @gjdevlin We need a coach. Who plays 7 D in the NHL?
@djamon @Cameron19 And there were at least another four "easy" calls that should have gone against Detroit. I think that's everybody's point--no consistency from the refs.
2 months ago on Game Day: Game #6, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
@Yaknowwhat What is Carlyle's fault is playing Franson on the first pairing and first PP. ANYBODY would be better in his spot.
2 months ago on Game Day: Game #5, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
@BrandonCheema @T K O Exactly. The game has so obviously passed Carlyle by it's actually a little sad. I'm not blaming all the Leafs woes on the coach, but Carlyle is lost out there, especially against a coach like Babcock. That was obvious on the 24/7 locker-room segments, where Carlyle just said the same BS cliches over and over again while Babcock broke down the game for the players and gave them useful advice on how to adjust to the game. If Carlyle had his way, we'd still be dressing goons and using the swarm and then telling the media he has no idea why his plan isn't working. I wanted him fired before the Leafs/Bruins series and nothing he's done since has changed my mind that he is a terrible coach. I still can't figure out why he wasn't fired in the summer.
And all these arguments about players not "buying in" get a little thin after a while. On paper the Habs are not much (if at all) better than the Leafs. Why are they so consistently a better team? Because they are not asked to "buy into" a system that only works if you've got the 2007 Ducks playing for you.
@FRyan Maybe they could invite some Canadians who've been here a few generations for a free day at Ricoh. Just a thought....
2 months ago on Friday Mashup: Wings back to back on deck
@NinetyThree This generation of athletes weigh, on average, about 40 pounds more than players in the 70s, are two to three inches taller, wear body armour, skate much faster and have incredible core strength. It's simple physics: bigger, heavier objects banging into each other at higher speeds. The human body can't take it. Nothing to do with toughness.
2 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
@Burtonboy @jimmyg65 Thanks. Could be interesting to see Leivo slotted in there. Or maybe they give Frattin a chance.
Any word on whether Leivo could possibly step in for Lupul? Is Leivo still hurt?
@wiski No, it's Uranus (sorry, couldn't resist)
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Potcy My brother and I would get new sticks a couple of times a year when we got Leafs tickets from one of my dad's buddies at work. Those were fierce matches....
2 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back to .500
@theacs1966 thank you for pointng out what should be obvious, at least to the media guys. Kessel also said that he only took a month off after the season before returning to summer training. He came in 3rd in fitness levels at camp. People need to stop repeating the same Simmonds BS over and over again. It's starting to feel like the Sun's comments section around here...
2 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
We looked good for the first 5 minutes...
2 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)