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@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.
2 days, 5 hours 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.
4 days, 11 hours 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...
5 days, 4 hours 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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 6 days 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....
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
We looked good for the first 5 minutes...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)
@Black_Hawk Last year Phaneuf put up some amazing numbers playing against Crosby, Toews, Stamkos, etc. But numbers and facts have never had an effect on Phaneuf and Kessel haters.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow
@BPsotka @jimmyg65 @T K O I was giving them the benefit of the doubt. I hope it's just rust, because they seemed to be trying as hard as anyone else. Just couldn't make anything happen.
3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
@T K O I think he and Bozak are playing more hurt than the team has let on. Not good....
@mr_hanie The Habs were dropping like le stone when Price was injured last year, a fact the media here in TO ignored when talking about the Leafs' deficiencies....
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Season Opener Mashup: The Day Is Here
@Doit4Dougie I dreamt about the game last night. Leafs won, though they weren't playing at the ACC.
@reenergized They should be talking about whether they make the playoffs or not. They way over performed last year, lost players in the offseason and the Leafs, Islanders and Panthers have gotten better.
@wendelsway1 @Yaknowwhat When people stop making insane arguments about why we need to dress one or two guys who clearly can't play hockey at the NHL level, when none of the contending leagues in the league do it anymore, then I'll be glad to stop talking about Orr and FML.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
@Mcost61 @jimmyg65 That's one of the things I love about Kessel: he really doesn't seem to care what ANYBODY thinks of him.
4 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?
@Mcost61 @jimmyg65 I get the microscope thing, It's the lens they use that pisses me off. Obviously they're not all like that. I like Ray Ferraro for instance, and Friedman and some of the beat reporters. It's more the "commentary" guys and the radio hosts, who are too lazy to generate intelligent conversation and so go straight for any bullshit controversy, even if they have to invent it. Simmons would be a perfect example, and the lazy jackasses on Leafs Lunch.
Kessel leaves a practice early, guys on TSN already talking about his fitness levels. As much as I love the Leafs, and have my whole life, if I were a player I would think twice about signing here, not because of the fans but the relentlessly negative, cheap-shot media.
@Pent_House @FRyan Still my favourite press conference video clip
@Cameron19 @jimmyg65 @colino17 Or imagine if the Leafs had signed Subban for $9 million: the coverage would have been all about how he was basically cut from the Canadian Olympic team after one game. This is why I always turn off the radio after about three minutes of Leafs talk. It's so bizarrely one-sided, and dumb.
@Cameron19 @jimmyg65 @colino17 Having said all that, $7.25 million is probably what he'd get on the open market in the summer. My beef is with the coverage of the signing and the ludicrous comparisons to Kessel.
@Cameron19 @jimmyg65 @colino17 I guess Ryan's got those "intangibles" we hear so much about...
@colino17 If the Leafs had made the same deal they'd be raked over the coals about it for the next seven years. $7.25 million for a guy whose got a career PPG of .72 and a playoff PPG of .6, achieved mostly while playing on one of the best teams in the NHL. The coverage would be all negative, all the time.
We already see this with the constant questioning of the Kessel deal. On TSN this morning, Siegel was putting Kessel in the same category of "Good but not great players" as Ryan, completely ignoring Kessel's superior numbers and elite talent level (one of only six or seven players with six consecutive +30 goal seasons). Kessel's numbers also trending upward, Ryan's down. Ryan didn't even make the US Olympic team last year--Kessel was considered one of its best players during the tournament.
@clark sittler @Bruffins No, groundless speculation, endlessly going on about size and grit and "intangibles." I saw Nylander play in an exhibition game at the ACC. He was already one of the best players on the ice and he wasn't afraid to go into the corners, etc. He needs another year of seasoning, then he will likely be a great asset for this team. He's just under six feet tall and has a medium build. He'll be fine.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?
I've thought Carlyle was a terrible coach since the 2012 season--there's no joy in being proven right over and over again. The game has passed him by. If he keeps Orr or McClaren this team will be the laughing stock it deserves to be. I've been trying for months to figure out why Shanahan didn't fire Carlyle and I'm no closer to an answer. I really hope there's a plan we don't know about...
@JWaterdrager @Jmessih Well, not zero. He did get a few points. More than can be said for Orr and McClaren. Send the three of them down and bring up Broll or Carrick.
@Alec Brownscombe Komorov and the future of Nylander. Winnick looks like he could be a very good PK guy
1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: 3 Days Off
@Mcost61 @peterbleafs Is it just me, or does preseason feel longer than normal this year? Do we really need this many exhibition games? I was so pumped to see some hockey--now I want some REAL hockey.
Every time I think I can't hate Rogers any more, they raise the bar higher.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Leafs Make Cuts, Booth Out 4 Weeks
1 month ago on GDT: Preseason Game #6, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@ingy56 @jimmyg65 @Jmessih I could barely see what was going on, but the janitor hooked up speakers to the TV so we could hear.
1 month ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4
@Jmessih I remember watching that game in the school gym on an 18 inch TV with about 200 other kids. The place went nuts when Henderson scored.
@4evrblue I remember wishing we could pick another first rounder to grab Glennie. I guess you never can tell with a lot of guys...
Best Boy Band ever, The Recess Monkeys:
@B_Leaf O Dog is the worst. Just dumb. Going on why nobody talks about Connor Brown--BECAUSE HE'S BEEN CUT YOU IDIOT!!!
1 month ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@philthethrill I was at the game and I'm not worried. Four D men who will be playing on the Marlies who couldn't clear the puck. Three goals against a goalie who will be a back up on the Marlies. Kessel was barely trying most of the game, because he played the night before and doesn't want to join the list of injured players around the league. Gardiner, JVR and Kadri looked great. Reimer was rock solid. Franson was ready to play. Of the regular-season guys, only Kontiola was terrible.
Oh, and Gibson: Very average. The Leafs would have killed the Sens if they'd kept Reimer in the whole game.
1 month ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #3, Senators 3 vs. Maple Leafs 2
My impressions of the Leafs game at the ACC:
Loov: looked totally overwhelmed by the speed of the NHL game
Reimer: Rock solid and on his game
Kadri: A man on a mission to become the Leafs #1 centre. Beautiful goal, drew two penalties.
Gardiner: That $4 million contract is looking really good right now.
Leivo: Invisible until the 3rd period, when he woke up and won some battles for the puck.
Brown: Needs a year in the AHL.
Nylander: Not as easy to knock off the puck as you might think. Crazy skills.
Grandberg: Looks NHL ready. Solid D, uses the body and a surprisingly good skater
Percy: Almost there. A little behind Grandberg in development.
Kontiola: Not that impressed. Maybe a good 4th liner and PK guy.
Kozun: Can't score but had a ton of energy.
@Bruffins @jimmyg65 Had it back there for the summer. I don't like to look at my Leafs stuff when there's no games. I get depressed...
1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Undefeated Pre-Season Leafs Head To Ottawa
@wendelsway1 @jimmyg65 At least I'll be able to see. Hooray for Hakim Optical!
@FRyan And Jordan Staal out for a couple of months. Guys are dropping like flies in the East
I'll write down my thoughts about the game, for whatever they're worth, when I get home later