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@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
5 days, 16 hours 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.
@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 week, 3 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Leafs Eliminated from playoffs
1 week, 5 days 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.
Great stuff as always, Anthony.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 10
@ingy56 Be great if it was a three-pointer, with the Canes winning in OT
3 weeks 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....
3 weeks, 2 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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...
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
4 weeks ago on Game 62 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 0
LA just got better, and so has Nashville. Other teams in the West who want to win it this year should be more willing to upgrade their roster with a Bozak or Lupul or even Phaneuf.
1 month ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh
@Cameron19 @jimmyg65 True, but Horton is still a risk--cap space gone, roster spot taken, money spent.
One thing working in Lupul's favour, besides his obvious skill, is that his injuries, at least since his back problems, have all been unrelated. The guy may just go on a long run of good health, probably starting the day he leaves the Leafs...
1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: Calm Before the Storm?
If teams were willing to take a risk on Horton, who was one head shot away from retirement, I don't think people should be too surprised at the interest in Lupul.
@ingy56 @Xxxxxnew Or the Oilers' picks outside the top 5....
1 month ago on Leafs Notebook – February 23rd
@mcloki It's not like anyone at MLSE is going to go outside in this freakin' cold today...
1 month ago on Sunday Mashup: Winnik with the Gordie
@Yaknowwhat Can't imagine that happening to my little guy or my daughter. Strangely enough, my first apartment was on that street... I'll definitely say a prayer for the poor kid.
1 month, 1 week ago on McKenzie/Ferraro on: O’Reilly, Bozak, Polak & Leafs Coaching Candidates
@Xxxxxnew Toews is probably worth it...
1 month, 1 week ago on The Leafs shouldn’t retain a dollar of Phil Kessel’s contract
@Xxxxxnew Yikes. They're going to regret that contract, especially with the Canadian dollar stagnating.
@Xxxxxnew Who makes $2.5 million more than Phil...
Good for Phil, but let's keep it at 2 boys...
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #58, Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
@Komas Taberle We can dream...
Like most Leafs fans, I'm just trying to see the bright side here
If they keep playing like this, the Leafs may not win another game this season....
@Top_Jimmy North York!
1 month, 1 week ago on Dave Nonis on Hockey Central at Noon
@.Kong. He's the anti-Jeff O'Neal. I've stopped listening to Leafs Lunch until O'Neil is taken off the air. He is literally the stupidest person I've ever heard on the radio.
@Mcost61 Is Percy still hurt? Wondering why he isn't getting a call up...
1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators
@TorontoMapleLeafs @jimmyg65 Yes, I was agreeing with you! Those are not backup numbers. They're not great, but they're middle of the pack starters' numbers.
1 month, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours
@TorontoMapleLeafs Both have career save percentages over .910. Those aren't backup numbers...
@DamianSmith It would be almost impossible to replicate the Oilers' poor drafting record and their inability to acquire good young players through trades and development. By hiring Hunter and Dubus, Shanahan is showing he has no intention of repeating their mistakes. We also have some great pieces in Reilly, JVR, Nylander, Gauthier and several young D and goalies who may or may not pan out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Report: Brendan Shanahan set to go nuclear on Leafs roster
@Conis THree promising goalie prospects in AHL/ECHL. One of them's gotta be a keeper (no pun intended)
@Jay_Berg It's still too early to crown him, but I see Reilly as the future captain. Seems like a really classy kid, with skill to burn and built like a brick shit house.
@peterbleafs @jimmyg65 I have another photo of him with his "I'd settle for Strome" face...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: “Scorched Earth” plan a go, blockbuster down the QEW