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@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy @T K O @jimmyg65 If you actually read what I wrote, I said that Phaneuf IS a number 2 D man on any team, and even a #1 on some teams. Almost every player whose made it to UFA like Dion is overpaid by at least a million. People should stop comparing his contracts to RFA players because it's apples and oranges. Phaneuf is one of the 30 best D men in the league: at his age, $7 million is not a bad contract. That's why a number of GMs have come calling with reasonable trade offers.
What I get tired of is all these armchair GMs insisting, in spite of all evidence and statistics and comparisons to other players, that he is only a #3 or 4 D man. He's not. Get over it. Move on.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
@T K O No team in the NHL save Chicago is going to slot Phaneuf any lower than #2. This anti-Phaneuf shit gets so tiring.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @phaneufoundlander @jimmyg65 The Leafs have had three Conference Final appearances since the last time the Habs won the Cup. The Habs have appeared in a few more playoff games in that time. They're both bubble teams who play in a weak conference, and neither show any sign of doing what it takes to win a Cup in the next five years. If the Habs played in the West they wouldn't have made the playoffs last year, and their last Cup win was a fluke.
The fact is, the Habs haven't been a legitimate top six team since the early 1980s. Yes, that's better than the Leafs, but if their fans were as picky as people say, they would have boycotted the team for long periods of time since the early 80s. But like I said: sellout every night.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@phaneufoundlander @jimmyg65 @Mcost61 @LN-093 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I get so sick of the MSM (and my Habs-fan friends) going on about how good that team is.
@Mcost61 @LN-093 21 years and counting without a Cup appearance and none in sight. One goalie injury away from a lottery pick. Building is still full every night. The myth of the take-no-crap Habs fan was started by hacks like Howard Hamburglar. Don't believe it.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@dlb, just dlb @Burtonboy I saw Finn play a few times when he was in Guelph. He impressed me as a solid, smart player with a lot of character. He lost a year of junior to mono and bounced back, so he's faced adversity before. I'm pretty sure he'll be on the Leafs in two years.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@MaxwellHowe @peterbleafs "Fans" who don't like Kessel don't know shit about hockey
6 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Perennial All Star
@Mitch92 @Sebastian James @Dogger Phaneuf has more points than almost any D man since he's been in the NHL. Averages 40 points a year. He's not a shutdown D and never has been
1 week ago on Saturday Mashup: All Star Weekend
@Dogger You're probably right, and it's looking like we'll never know if he could have been a real number one in TO.
@Mitch92 Phil Kessel: third highest scorer in NHL in last three years, one of only six players to be on a five-year 30+ goal streak, point-a-game player in the playoffs, one of the best wrist/snap shots in the game. No way that bum should be on the All Star team. (where's the sarcasm font?)
@Mitch92 Franson is not worth $6 million. He's been playing well this year, but it's a contract year and he knows this is his big payday. They should trade him. You can't pay $6 million for a #3-4 D, especially when you're already paying $7 million for a #2 D.
@Yaknowwhat Quinn used to come in to the bar my father managed after Leaf home games. My dad said Quinn was a total class act--funny, no ego, good tipper.
1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Nylander set for Marlies debut tonight in Hamilton
@mr_hanie And the occasional All Star in the second round, like Shea Weber
1 week, 3 days ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@newguy1 Let's see how Feschuk would do if he was interviewed in a room full of reporters and colleagues about something his former boss said about him in an interview. He's a gutless puke, the new brand of sports reporters who do nothing but stir the pot to get more clicks for their dying newspapers. He's second in gutlessness and lack of real hockey knowledge only to Steve Simmons. I wish Kessel had clocked him one.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
@Yaknowwhat He's a terrible coach. At some point, you are your numbers. And I don't care if he won a cup in Anaheim--that was eight years ago and he had Pronger and Neidermayer on the blue line. The game has passed him by and he refuses to learn from his mistakes.
@Yaknowwhat I haven't changed my tune. I said all along that you couldn't properly evaluate the team until Dinosaur Carlyle was gone. Now that process can finally begin and I can start watching Leafs games again...
@Yan28 Thanks. I'll watch him today.
4 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: All aboard the 18 wheeler
@Jmessih Has anyone watched Valiev play? I haven't seen a Russia game yet.
@wendelsfist @jimmyg65 @Forever17 I agree that's too much to pay for Kane. His salary does show how "reasonable" Kessel's contract is going to look in the next couple of years....
@Xxxxxnew And he's still getting them into the playoffs with a steady stream of call ups from their AHL team, even when Datsyuk and Zetterberg are out with injuries or playing hurt.
@Forever17 Kane makes 10.5 million and is only a little better than Kessel. We'd have no problem trading Kessel and getting a very nice return. He's been one of the top scorers in the league for six years now. If he played for any other team, every fan and radio host hack would be whining about how we can't get guys like him to play for the Leafs and dreaming up trade scenarios to bring him here.
@wendelsfist @jimmyg65 Perry and Getzlaf aren't generational players?
@Anthony Petrielli @jimmyg65 Always! Love the site.
After watching the first couple of months of Leafs games, I've gone back to the vow I made at the end of last season: to boycott the Leafs until Carlyle is fired. I still keep up with them and read MLHS, and it's not like I'd ever vote for another team, but having that idiot as coach was the last straw for me. He is "coaching" a far better team than Wilson had, including a genuine number one goalie, but he's doing worse than Wilson (or Maurice before him). If Wilson had had Bernier in net the Leafs would have made the playoffs at least twice during his tenure.
The guy is a dinosaur who still rolls three lines and won't play young players because he's trying to save his job. What I don't understand is the people who defend Carlyle, saying he doesn't have the horses to get the job done or a core who "buys into his system." Apparently the Anaheim Ducks, who've been burning up the league since he got canned there, couldn't buy into his system either. He won a Cup with the Ducks because he had two generational players as his 1 and 2 D-men. When they left, so went the Ducks' winning ways.
Having said that, the Leafs obviously need to make some trades/dump some players, but until Carlyle is gone I don't see how that can be done effectively.
Lying in bed with seven-week-old son still sleeping ob my arm while wife makes pancakes and bacon. Great Xmas so far. Have a great one everybody
1 month, 1 week ago on Christmas Mashup: Happy Holidays MLHS
@Mcost61 i just asked the same question
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #35, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Dallas Stars (7 p.m., SNO)
@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 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 4 weeks 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 months 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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....
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months 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
3 months 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...