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I think a Wing is going to get hurt this game; our guys are pissed.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Game Day: Game #6, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
Stood strong on the PK with some real weak calls in the first, this is a big opportunity to turn this all on it's head.
@Alec Brownscombe It's Zetterbeard we have to watch out for...
2 days, 11 hours ago on Game Day: Game #6, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @mike_84 there's a link on the page, it'll start after 7:00
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @mike_84 http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-night-in-canada-maple-leafs-vs-red-wings-1.2800799
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @mike_84 I watched the last Saturday game streamed on CBC.
@Alec Brownscombe @elandan Percy looks like the sort of guy you want to be captain one day. 5 games in though....
@Alec Brownscombe @elandan JVR's just a kid, and he doesn't strike me as leadership material from what I've seen of the way he speaks, or even on-ice -- he's a damned good player, just not a guy who really sparks the others. Lupul's the obvious choice given league tenure and how long he's worn the A, how he's faced adversity in his career, etc. But there's always som injury or somehing.
Kessel is the best player, but no one wants to put that kind of pressure on him.
@loomx @Black_Hawk Trade me right f'n now!
6 days, 7 hours ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
Thought half you guys had packed up your bags and moved to Mtl after game 2?
@Jordan29 I don't think anyone has ever argued that Bozak is anything less than a top-notch 1st line centre, we've all known this for years.
1st ballot All Star. You'll see. Kessel will carry his bags to the airport.
@LeafsGuru Kozy drew a big penalty on the kill in the 3rd. Could have been a differn night..
@Jordan29 Iginla doesn't lose many..
@Cosmos1973 @Mattmark No panic level on the puck. Like an all-star.
@loomx @Lescott @Cameron19 I'm not disagreeing, just devil's advocate. He might be better tha Phaneuf on the powerplay, but Phaneuf deserves that spot over him for all sorts of reasons. Percy certainly doens't lose a spot, nor Reilly, Gards still has to make the team...
@Hammertownleaffan @Bruffins He's played like that for us for years now. I think he had a number of injury problems that hampered him last year.
@loomx @Cameron19 He's been our top-scoring defenseman for a couple years. People on here always want to talk facts...
He was really consistent tonight, I thought.
Percy is the only guy on our D-corps who can slow down and control the play like that. Gards and Reilly are great puck-movers, but not that way.
@MaxwellHowe I was thinking that he wasn't playing all that well too, except one play like that will make up for an off-night. Second line had a good game through-out.
6 days, 8 hours ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@loomx Whatever, no need to get even crustier than I already am. Good night folks.
1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@loomx Kessel isn't exaclty old, neither is Phaneuf. I don't really give a damn about their ages until they're either seriously declining or over 35.
You want to trade someone, you need to get something that's going to help you more - I'm guessing those trades don't pop up regularly. You don't trade people for trumped up half-concieved notions about how the business works.
I don't know, they certainly had a bad night, and the two quick goals to start didn't help the confidence. A couple better bounces and we get a goal in the first maybe it's a different game, but then all of a sudden it's three nothing.
It's the second game of the season; Im not ready to jump to conclusions or make any wild speculations or anything.
I was referring to the guy who was making assumptions about some sort of goofy consiracy engineered by twenty professional hockey players to intentionally lose hockey games to get someone fired.
@Czarofleafnation My brain tells me that guys who played hockey their whole lives and managed to be amongst the best at every level they played at to the point where they make the NHL don't have uncompetetive bones in their bodies and aren't so incredibly fickle as to think that way, especially in the second game of the season.
And as much angst and desparation as some Leaf fans get into, I bet the players feel infinitely worse about getting their asses kicked. They actually did lose, they were on the ice, they lived it.
I thought that game could have gone better. Glad we didn't trade Lupes like so many here wished for - probably our best forward for the past two games.
@Mcost61 @Lescott So does everyone. Everyone wants what they don't have. We aren't going to change that tonight.
1 week, 5 days ago on MLHS Bloggers Predict the Maple Leafs’ 2014-15 Finish
Top line's great, we can count on improving contributions from the bottom two lines, and Kadri and Lupes will be as good as they were in the shortened season. Phaneuf will have an offensive rebirth, Gardiner will be reliable, Reilly will blow our minds a dozen times and the new dmen will be steady. We have real goaltenders. Good times.
@Jmessih and then forced a turnover and nearly scored at the other end 10 seconds later...
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
It isn't as though we look at the roster every Fall and think that this team is worse than it was last year. We might argue about details or individual players or what have you, but the team does seem to be progressing.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #9, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1
@Hmmm Well, if you ask the player to do something and they do it wrong then it's not wrong to blame the player, but at the same time you have to put the player in a position to succeed. If you don't have the proper cast to put every player in thier desired roles then they will have to do things which they aren't used to though, and so you have to hope that they can expand beyond their comfort level.
It was Dion who did things he shouldn't have, it was Carlyle who put him in the wrong role, and it was Nonis who didn't have the right cast, but Nonis and Carlyle have to make due with what they have and Phaneuf tried to do what was asked of him. I don't see that anyone intentionally did anything wrong.
@Cameron19 @Lescott Yeah, I just mean the style of play and the sheer amount. Go play 40 minutes in your own zone and win us the hockey game, Pronger.
@Cameron19 @Lescott I think Carlyle was hoping he would be Chris Pronger for him.
@Cameron19 @Lescott Yeah, I know, and I'm just saying that last year it looked at times like he was feeling sorry for himself or it might have been exhaustion or whatever. How he would coast to pick up loose pucks and lose out on them, or how he didn't always support his d partner with possession, whatever. Last game he seeme more driven, like he wanted to take the fight to them. Maybe that is just having a defensive defenseman as a partner, but I hope to see more of that out of him.
@deedrag @MaxwellHowe You think these guys playing at the highest level, as competetive as it is and they are, you think they sit on the bench and right before their shift they're thinking about their next contract in ten month's time?
@Cameron19 @Lescott Yeah Cam I know how some people are real Phaneuf supporters out here. But he didn't have the drive all of last season which really can separate him as a player. Too many minutes, wrong partner, tough competition, whatever. He can be better than he has.
@MaxwellHowe he's got a great feel for playmaking, but doesn't always do the right thing at the net. He needed to shoot that earlier when his angle was better or try to wait Gus out.
Thought that was a heady shift by Lupes when Gards coughed it up to the front of our net and he chopped it out to the boards and then recovered the puck as the only guy on the forecheck and really should have scored.
And Phaneuf looks like he will redeem what alot of us didn't like about his game last year.
@LeafsGuru @Mitch92 @MaxwellHowe Percy has the head for the defensive side of things, and he's more mobile, he's only going to get better. I'm worried Franson might have reached his ceiling.
@Fish Head @Lescott @mlclearwater Yeah, just to shut people up, if nothing else. It's a shame to lose people for nothing, but that's the risk you run in this game.
@LeafsGuru @Loric76 Raymond didn't kill penalties and he wasn't 24 years old.
@mlclearwater I think Frattin's worth the risk. He showed what he can do in that first game. He's got hustle and skill and he's built like a bowling ball.
I feel for Ashton, but you only get so many chances.
@MaxwellHowe @Lescott yeah, well he made some big pad saves on Lupes, Phaneuf and someone else.
@MaxwellHowe @Lescott sarcasm because Gus wasn't great for us? Or have 10 people said that already?
Jesus, we could have scored 10 that game if Gus hadn't been so great.
Bullshit. A couple bad years at the end of generations of the best ever.
4 months, 1 week ago on (Saturday Mashup) Goodbye HNIC, Hello Off Season
He was also obe of the most dynamic forwards in hus time except he was overshadowed by Lemieux and Gretzky and then made a commitment to be a two-way player when everyone else at the time was too busy with g's and a's.
He would be one of the top 3 or 4 best players in the league right now if he was still in his prime.
4 months, 1 week ago on (Tuesday Mashup) One more Kings win until the off season
Why is it a close call on Stamkos exactly? He's a generational talent, probably unmatched outside of Crosby, and sometimes Ovechkin and Malkin.
4 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Ted Dent and Mark Morris
Mainly due to bad trade deals we've signed over the years which forced everyone into offering cheaper labour and governments to bend over backwards. Poor billion dollar companies need all the breaks they can get to keep those share prices high and the expenses where they belong: externalized.
If Justin Williams or Drew Doughty score just give them the Conn Smyth abd hand that big silver cup over to Brown.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Craig Ramsay, Perry Pearn, Rick Tocchet
Thought Reinhart was top of the rankings?
He can do a pull up, right? I mean that doesn't affect his draft position, but I wouldn't want to draft a professional athlete that is pathetically weak...
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7