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@LeafsGuru @jimmyg65 I'm not saying it's a good thing or not, but I do think it's going to happen. The Toews and Kane contracts have shown elite players how much money they can make if they sign with a big-market team, so it's probably only a matter of time before the Leafs lure a player like Stamkos with a crazy contract.
2 days, 23 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
@LeafsGuru @jimmyg65 the rest of the media are either trolls who trash talk the Leafs (while sucking up to the "dynasty" Habs) or put out Stamkos-style rumours for click bait. I can barely listen to the FAN or TSN anymore, and I only read articles that have recommended here on MLHS.
I do have a weird feeling that Stamkos will come to TO one day, though.
Great stuff, Anthony, better than anything else in the media these days.
@Reether Honestly, I don't know why some of the people on here follow the Leafs. It doesn't seem to bring them any joy. Vote for another team if you hate them that much....
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes
@LeafsGuru Leivo could also be in that fight.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards
@Cameron19 @jimmyg65 @Bobsyouruncle Maybe so, but I still don't get why people shit on skilled players. They seem to become easy scapegoats when things are going badly, whereas the Tuckers and Domis (players who I also liked in their day) are heroes for life. I can't tell you how many times I used to get into arguments with other Leafs fans over the value of Sundin to this team.
I agree with you about Gardiner's intelligence. He's never going to be as good as Reilly or maybe even Finn because of that, but I think he's a genuine talent who we can't afford to trade. And yeah, to Bob: $4.75 million is crazy for him at this point in his career.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
@Bobsyouruncle Voted to the All Rookie Team in his first full season in NHL. Played over 22 minutes a night in his third year on a terrible defensive team and still ended up only –3. Every team that's called up the Leafs to make a trade wants to include him in a package. But yeah, Gardiner sucks and can't play D. You should get a job with Sportsnet or TSN and shit on the Leafs players no matter what they do (unless they drop the gloves and do other "intagible" things). Never seen a fanbase that hates skill like Leafs fans. Never understood it, never will....
@Welder24 Leafs weren't, and shouldn't have been, in on any of those guys except for Gorges (meh) and Stasny, who wanted to play in St Louis because that's where he's from
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Leo’s Back: Maple Leafs sign Komarov to 4-year, $11.8 million contract
@TuckerForPunishment I think we'll see a deal for Franson today. That will cap off what has been a pretty good day....
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas to 3-year, $9-million deal
@Reversethecurse13 @Jordan29 Kadri: second year C with 50 points. Trade the bum
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Free Agency Day: Maple Leafs Targets
@Loric76 Wow, Spector pissing on the Leafs: stop the presses!
@ShiftyD The weather gods didn't like the return for Spezza?
Trading D'Amigo makes me think they're closing in on a deal with an established 4th liner with PK abilities. Or maybe I'm just drinking the Kool Aid....
@Loric76 And the fans of Toronto tell you to go F#$% yourself....
@ProfessorRance @Loric76 Gillis 2.0
@lukethenuke The day's first piece of good news...
@leafmealone Tells you everything we need to know about him. HAS HE BEEN TO BUFFALO????
@Loric76 @Walter_White NOt funny
@Loric76 If he doesn't, I'll trick myself into believing that the roster choice is intentional and that we're tanking for McDavid. I'm easily fooled...
@Cameron19 Where's the "Groan of Agony" button?
@reenergized @traNsplantEdneWfie @B_Leaf Leafs own his NHL rights until noon.
@Loric76 That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard, even from Kypreos. Are these guys that desperate for website and Twitter hits?
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out
Just finished a job and will heading to Guelph soon to watch draft on my brother's 58" TV. Intend to be hammered by dinner time. Great start to long weekend--I hope....
1 month ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived
@Cloud09 @Burtonboy I actually had a dream two nights ago that Grandberg was playing for the Leafs and was nailing opposing players into the boards. Prophecy? Or am I just so pathetic that I dream about the Leafs #6 D man?
@Cameron19 seems good
@Zep2 Work. Gotta finish something by 10 am...
With Reilly, Gardiner and guys like Finn and Nilson coming up I don't know why the Leafs would be gunning so much for Ekblad. Why not go for the #3 pick from Edmonton and pick Bennet or Reinhart? Maybe that's what they're planning.
1 month ago on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
@Tim Horton You can never drive anywhere in TO these days! Skydome should be no worse than any other game. Best to leave the car and take the subway if you can.
@Ricky_Vaives_slapshot Except here your family doesn't go broke and lose everything they own because a family member gets cancer or into a car crash. Biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in America is personal illness or injury because they don't have universal health care. That's why their taxes are so low--very few services or protections, therefore tons of poverty, crime, shootings, etc. Great place to be rich, not so much for the other 99%. I'll take Canada any day, thanks.
@rickpearce76 @jimmyg65 Now THAT would be tempting. With Giroux you know you've got a great 1st liner for the next seven years....
@rickpearce76 Not a chance. None of the top centres are pegged to be franchise players, just good 1Cs. I'd trade #8 and Kadri and a half-decent prospect for that pick, but Gardiner is one of the cornerstones of the Leafs future D core.
Great chart! Amazing how much variance there is the rankings. Should be interesting.
1 month ago on Bob McKenzie’s 2014 NHL Draft Rankings + Mashup
@Jordan29 @jimmyg65 @RandomScrub I just reread my earlier post. Didn't see the word "jesus" anywhere in there, but keep putting words in people's mouths because you don't know any better way of winning an argument.
1 month ago on (Monday Mashup) Schedule Released
@Jordan29 @jimmyg65 @RandomScrub Ah, pulling the "I've posted more times than you have" shtick. Way to win an argument. I don't overvalue anybody, I'm talking facts. Reilly is, according to multiple, unbiased commentators, one of the best young D in the league (for his age). And Gardiner IS 23 and HAS scored 30+ goals and was named to the All Rookie Team. Those are facts, not opinions. This collective "you people" that you've created in your own imagination is not overvaluing anybody. You, in fact, are likely overvaluing the 1st overall pick or the 3rd. Those players are pure potential at this point because they haven't played a single game in the NHL.
@Jordan29 It's just that simple! See, it's just that simple!
@Jordan29 @RandomScrub Imagine: a 23-year-old D-man being "inconsistent." Trade the bum! Never mind that he's scored 30+ points twice already (with almost no PP time) and was named to the NHL All Rookie Team. Trade the bum! He's worthless! He wouldn't be the number 6 D man on another team.
And Nurse is as good as Reilly? Seriously? Reilly probably would have gone 2nd or 3rd overall in a draft year stacked with good young D if he hadn't missed most of his draft year. Even Leaf haters like the TSN, HNIC and Sportsnet panels have said Reilly is one of the best young D in the league. The TSN guys even predicted he could be on the next Canadian Olympic squad. How many said that about Nurse? NOBODY.
Honestly, if you hate the Leafs that much and love other teams that badly why vote for the Leafs?
I've got a writer friend on Facebook who knows a few scouts. One of them predicted last year that Seth Jones would fall to fourth. Same guy is saying Ekblad will drop to at least #3. Bennet and Reinhart are looking like 1 and 2. Still seems like there's a lot of uncertainty....
@TheCanucksnaphook @Biltmore And yet his teammates and coaches always talk about how strong and conditioned he is. Hmmmm, they spend every day with him, we've never met him...who am I going to believe? The guy can also skate circles around just about every D man in the league. But Leafs fans aren't happy unless they're complaining. It's the Sundin Saga all over again...
@Leafs_17 This year it's because of their great historical rivalry with the Washington Capitals....
1 month, 1 week ago on (Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date
@Jay_Berg Playing up that classic rivalry!
@deedrag Franson was pretty damn good in the Boston series. Really aggressive, using his body to box out guys or run them into the boards. I'd trade him for a good return, but the guy's only 26. Could come back to bite us in the ass.
@rickpearce76 Exactly. This place is starting to sound like the MSM: the Leafs are hopeless and have made nothing but decisions for 47 years. There's no future. Trade everybody. Fire the management.
Excellent article. I was lucky enough to attend a couple of Leafs game last year and was very impressed by Reilly's overall game. He is going to be something all right...
1 month, 1 week ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Powerplay: Room For Improvement
My daughter, who is a fourth-generation Leafs fan, and my wife, a converted Sens fan (she grew up in Ottawa), are about to take me out for Mexican food Father's Day feast. Maybe the Leafs will give all the dads a gift by announcing ANYTHING good....
1 month, 1 week ago on (Sunday Mashup) Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads
@MaxwellHowe At least a 2nd. All the experts said we'd be lucky to get a 2nd for Kaberle and look what happened.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Saturday Mashup) Goodbye HNIC, Hello Off Season
@Doorman @jimmyg65 They've got my vote! Anything would be better than the three clowns we had to pick from yesterday.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on (Friday Mashup) Two Weeks to Draft Day
@Doorman @jimmyg65 Hey, I'm not denying that the Liberals have run up the debt and been plagued by scandals. That's all true and people should be outraged. I'm only pointing out that it would likely be worse under the PCs. Honestly, I have no idea who to vote for anymore. I've never been this cynical about politics in my life.
@Doorman The Ontario taxpayers paid $104 billion to buy the land and build the 407 highway. Mike Harris sold it to his buddies in the private sector for $3 billion. Think about that the next time your paying the outrageous toll fees. Mike Harris's PCs also began the e-health scandal, blowing $500 million before the Liberals even got into office, and lied about the debt and deficit. Harper spent $1 billion on the G20 Summit, an event the British, who had far more serious security issues to deal with, put on for $750 million less. There were more scandals under Mulroney than any government in Canadian history. He also ran up the deficit by billions of dollars, a legacy that was largely fixed under the Chretien Liberals.
But yeah, we'd all be living in paradise if that idiot Hudak had won and cut 100,000 middle-class jobs with benefits and replaced them with minimum-wage service jobs. Stop listening to the paid lackies and CFRB at AM 640 and look at the facts.
I say this as someone who has no love for any of the political parties. I just haven't slipped into a fantasy world where we're all saved by the Conservatives, party of the rich and multinational corporations who would like to reduce Canada to a Second World nation like China, where people work 14 hour work days...