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@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats I also sometimes wonder if athletes take carb-loading too far....I know it's a long shot, but possible as well. I dunno..
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats I'm certain that Kessel trains with his sister (also a gifted athelete, albeit concussed this year)...Even at the Collegiate level, athletes are well educated on Kinesiology, training methodology, and most importantly, training their weaknesses. Consider that Kessel is executing a training regimen at this level thoughout the off-season for a moment....compare his level of commitment and and his God-given talent to Guy Lafleur or Mario smoking cigarettes year round and their contributions to the game...I really don't see the relevance or necessity to dispel the criticism or adjust his diet.
How many of us out there have known a guy personally who has poor genetics as far as their build goes, but is an exceptional athlete. I can name 2 or 3 myself. 20 years ago I chucked 80 lb hay bales as a 20 year old (in the best physical condition of my life) with my Mom's cousin. He is about 5'3" and 120 lbs. with a beer belly. I ran half-marathons and played semi-pro hockey at the time. This guy destroyed me from an endurance perspective!! Genetics and body make up were irrelevant in my case, just as they are in Kessel's case. Who gives a sh*t if he has a beer belly? The guy is obviously surprising teammates with his strength and speed....do you think any one of them wouldn't trade their Adonis-type physiques for Phil's talent? I know I would, and I stopped passing judgement on someone's build/stamina a long time ago after learning not to underestimate...The media needs to find a different topic of conversation IMO...I bet Kessel trains (dry land) just as hard as anyone out there, and will probably always have a belly...that's the way God made him.
@Optimustic @CanuckUKinToronto @.JVR. Ashton and Bodie should try careers in getting face-punched...they are very sucessful in that respect.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: September!
@Optimustic @CanuckUKinToronto @.JVR. I hate to say it, but Ashton is a plug.
@Cameron19 I see Booth and Santa on the 4th line...I dunno.
2 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Second Assistant GM Hire to Come Next Week
@Greg Fenton @Bernier_The_Boats @Cameron19 I'm pretty sure the new management aren't going to pull a Raycroft or Nolan...
3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @wiski @Bernier_The_Boats I like Kessel..he has improved every year so far.
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats I am trying not to be set in my old ways and hope that advanced analytics will help in some form or another...luck is a big thing too...could draft the best guy but if he blows out a knee in his last year of jr., scouting is not accountable.
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @wiski @Bernier_The_Boats look at the hand he was delt...the guy is a friggin' genious! (Minus the Lebad thing)
@Cameron19 @wiski @Bernier_The_Boats couldn't agree more...(for once) :)
@TheCanucksnaphook @Bernier_The_Boats just hackin' on ya a bit :)
@TheCanucksnaphook @Bernier_The_Boats On the same note, JFJ was in his 30's when he took over for Quinn, who was old guard, old school. It would kind of be like if you were replaced by a younger caddy who could walk faster, and patented a range finder that improved accuracy for his pro by 10%...
@TheCanucksnaphook @Bernier_The_Boats Haha....JFJ is a similar story, but had more of a political in due to his father....I think he was a better agent than manager....good point though.
...I see Dubas as the start of a paradigm shift that will take place at a management level. Advanced stats, new minds for the game and how it needs to be executed, and a cognizance for what subtlties and adjustments need to be made in order to eliminate the latent errors that are meshed into the current program. I have high hopes that in a couple of seasons, big things are very possible. These management changes are an excellent start to something big here...(repost from below)
@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton @Bernier_The_Boats Exactly...I see Dubas as the start of a paradigm shift that will take place at a management level. Advanced stats, new minds for the game and how it needs to be executed, and a cognizance for what subtlties and adjustments need to be made in order to eliminate the latent errors that are meshed into the current program. I have high hopes that in a couple of seasons, big things are very possible. These management changes are an excellent start to something big here...
@Greg Fenton This kid is going to help influence decisions that will hopefully turn TO into a team we can all be proud of....It's going to take some time for the Dubas/Shanahan relationship to catalyse
@TheCanucksnaphook @MaxwellHowe Might as well catch Cam's while your at it....It seems to be full..
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats @Greg Fenton Sadly, you've got me there...lol
3 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats @Greg Fenton I'm not talking about the legal ramifications of fighting...I'm talking about winning puck battles...quit manipulating...find something else to be good at for once.
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats @Greg Fenton I bet if you asked a few of the boys around the league, you may be humbled a bit...
@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton forecheck=puck battles and compete=physicality..not face punch
@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton then quantify this and I might understand, "Leaf fans take note - lots of Hawks on this list. The game isn't about physicality and intimidation. Chicago's top shutdown D is on this list. Look familiar?
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats @Greg Fenton Last year we were an ultra fast reasonably skilled team that couldn't win one on one battles....(with a good tender)...no more, no less...and forget about equating fighting to physicality, they are not the same thing..
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats @Greg Fenton Blue glasses my friend...take them off and see what we are really made of...sheesh!
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 Exactly...as much as I hate the Habs, this year's run they played like someone set their mom on fire...complete compete and a will to win..Physicality doesn't equate to face punching, it equates to stick battles, finishing checks without taking yourself out of the play, and such..
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 Another example is taking a puck possession team like Chicago/Detroit and your coach saying, "c'mon boys, let's play just like they do"...if you don't have the skill to maintain the system in place, it doesn't take long to flop...teams quickly realize what they actually are when they face the top tier teams...and being able to adjust and adapt when you are clearly not putting up points as a team can happen a few different ways...work ethic, will to win, physicality, grinding and a good goaltender will turn a bunch of less skilled guys into a playoff team, there is no doubt in my mind that where the leafs are at comparative to top tier teams in the league, I am happy that physical catalysts like Komarov are back...we are simply not ready to change to a puck possession system....AKA Chicago (with their poor hit differential)
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 If you have a team made up of skilled players, physicality is not that necessary....where as....if you have a team made up of 3 skilled guys and a bunch of "Ham and Eggers/Joe Junch Pails" an element of physicality is absolutely necessary to even the playing field. Try playing organized hockey Cam, I've played on many different teams both top skill in the league type, and "Johnny Punchclock" teams where they only way we could be competative was to grind the skilled teams down. No offense, but sometimes the game is, in face, exactly about physicality and intimidation. You work with what you've got...
@LeafsGuru @Bernier_The_Boats @Yaknowwhat agreed..
@LeafsGuru @Bernier_The_Boats @Yaknowwhat I have always had high hopes for Fratts since Burkie signed him...tons of potential but always a question mark related to his maturity as a man...throwing stuff out of his dorm room window in college and such.
@LeafsGuru @Bernier_The_Boats @Yaknowwhat Wouldn't it be nice to kill 2 birds though..
@Burtonboy @Yaknowwhat I also like the physical game that Frattin plays. He's not afraid to take the body, which is also an upgrade on Raymond..
@Yaknowwhat Frattin was a Hobey Baker finalist...there is no doubt he can put the puck in the net...If he can find his old form, we will have found lighning in a jar...hopefully this will replace Raymond' goal production.
@TheCanucksnaphook 7 hole..
3 months, 1 week ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here
@Cameron19 @sniperstar @loomx We lacked an element of intimidation and toughness when going into the corners in our own end last year...Mark Fraser was on the team when we made the playoffs...not the best skater, but not afraid to hit. Gunnarson was decent positionally/boxing out/shielding puck, but definately not a bruiser by any stretch of the imagination. Polak can crush bodies, I just hope that he doesn't get exploited and that the element of toughness returns to our back end.
@Loric76 @Bernier_The_Boats AAAAAh....I like your thinking ;)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract
@reenergized Yeah...that's cool
Better than a Lombardi...
I personally like using Santorelli as a 1 year plug rather than tying up Legwand on a multi-year deal. By this time next year, some internal development/improvement will hopefully be available in the "C" position. (This is based on Santorelli coming into camp motivated)
@dlb Mad 99 of course.. :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal
@dlb Mad That .6 is extra to cover his out of pocket contractual expenses..
@LeafsGuru I wonder what's taking so long...nothing on Twitter A.T.M..
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats THX Cam..
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats would you mind showing me how much space and who's left to sign?
(I know you are good at that stuff)
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats Winnik would provide some grit though..I'd just like to see some cap room for a big gun..
@Cameron19 @Bernier_The_Boats I really hope that Leivo can develop into the sniper I think he can be...his shot is world class IMO.
@Cameron19 It's my belief that Leivo will make the big squad out of camp this year...If so, Winnik will not be necessary.
@Jay_Berg @Bernier_The_Boats hehe...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on (Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie
Wouldn't it be great if Nonis could unload Phaneuf+ for Subban?