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12 hours, 33 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Hammertownleaffan @Belfour20/JB-45 I'll say Bolland as well because of the money that would be involved in the bottom 6
12 hours, 36 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@ingy56 @Belfour20/JB-45 it was getting to quite in here.... let's get ready to rummmmble!
12 hours, 38 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Burtonboy @The_Polish_Cannon @rustynail listening to Poulin talk I'd say they're way behind the curve indeed. Says a lot if the best teams in the league have admitted to using some form of them
15 hours, 5 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@rustynail @Burtonboy it never should be the be all end all. I'm not completely sold on them but I think any organization that completely dismisses them is a fool
15 hours, 18 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@mcloki so awesome
16 hours, 9 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
can't like this comment enough
16 hours, 23 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Belfour20/JB-45 @The_Polish_Cannon @Greg Fenton @Darkside Beleafer @Bruffins he's miscast in the wrong role on the PP though. He's the puck carrier and put on his strong side with Kessel. Let Gardiner or Rielly QB the power play and put Phaneuf back on the right side for his one timer guaranteed his point totals go up again.
17 hours, 4 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Sundin_13 there's already 8 episodes of this ??? jeez where have I been
17 hours, 6 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Belfour20/JB-45 @Greg Fenton @Darkside Beleafer @Bruffins well you just have to look at the situations he plays in to find out why Phaneuf's point totals have been declining.
17 hours, 9 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Bruffins now Imagine Phaneuf was used on the right side of the power play to use his one timer and not relied on to be the puck carrier. Very few D men would be able to match his defensive responsibilities and put up the points he would be posting if used more offensively
17 hours, 12 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@Darkside Beleafer @ingy56 @loomx or leadership
17 hours, 21 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@CanuckUKinToronto @loomx @Bobsyouruncle @darthNihilus jesus fucking christ this team really can't have nice things. Kadri has been in trade rumours constantly from media types and fans. No one can put things into perspective, and when someone posts stats like this everybody flips out. Go ahead chase another good young player out of town, but don't come on here whining 3-5 years from now when he's tearing it up with another team.
19 hours, 32 minutes ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
Torts won a cup to, why doesn't anyone blame the players over in vanouver?
1 day, 9 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@MaxwellHowe @loomx absolutely ridiculous "Hey media guys, can you believe who one of our best young defence man told me, in confidence, who he compares himself to? Pfff kid doesn't have a clue"
1 day, 13 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread
@loomx are you high?! he was clearly a top pairing defenseman
@Yan28 I've hopped on the bandwagon also
@Czarofleafnation I've watch highlights on him and can't figure out why he couldn't sitick with the oilers. Need to find an oilers fan to enlighten us
1 day, 18 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@ingy56 jesus they failed to build a team around tavares, now they'll fail to build around mcdavid. Anyhow pick up the phone Nonis
@Bruffins @Burtonboy hahah nice
@Burtonboy ...because he's moving on to become head coach of the Leafs!
@Keeon I can hear the chants at the ACC now "LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!"
1 day, 20 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@Tim Horton @wendelsfist @The_Polish_Cannon chicago did that while drafting well and patiently developing. While not over paying for bottom 6 players. Same with every other team reaching success. This is what I fear the leafs will begin to do in urgency to become contenders.
I'm big fans of Kessel and Phaneuf. But i'm starting to feel like the organization won't be able to surround them with the proper pieces soon enough to be contenders. At this pace they'll both be in their 30s by the time Leafs can be contenders. They might over pay for guys like Bolland, and trade away a bunch of prospects and picks for an experienced top line centre, and bottom 6 leadership type guys, that might get us in the playoffs for a couple years. But than we'll be right back where we started when they're way past their prime and we have no prospects developing to make the next step.
I would not be opposed to the idea of stepping back, trading for huge returns right now, and building around Bernier, Rielly, Gardiner, Kadri, JVR.
Maybe be able to trade up this year or next years draft, get a good centre to start developing. I read a tweet that said something like over the past 20 years, only 1 team has won the cup without a 1C that they drafted.
@wendelsfist we don't know this, shhhhh
1 day, 21 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@Keeon Holland. Sure we might not win with him next year, but that's part of developing and growing as a team gaining chemistry. Holland could very well be the team's next Bolland, but we'll never know if we don't give our prospects a chance and continue to plug holes with over paid players running on past achievements. This is why the Leafs have never been good, because we've always had this mindset
@Jmessih well at least the Norris wasn't handed out to a power play specialist this year
@Greg Fenton @The_Polish_Cannon @Keeon could be part of it if you can get them on cheap short contracts. But don't hand out multi year deals with a high cap hit to 27 year old injury prone player because he won a cup with another team.
@Keeon You don't build around the complementary role players of successful teams. Good teams develop those pieces and let them go when they're about to demand lots of money because of the success of their teams. Than bring in the next group that have been developing behind them
@dlb meh you lost me at build around Clarkson and Bolland
@Jmessih really like this kid. He compares himself to a more aggressive rick nash because he goes to the net hard, skilled, likes to hit and will even drop the gloves.
@mr_hanie he also hasn't been GM for a very long time. It was what, 3 seasons in Vancouver? Not really significant amount of time to be establish a trend in coaching changes.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@BPsotka @The_Polish_Cannon Yeah I agree
I was just thinking about how much Nonis and Carlyle kept referring back to a couple good games the leafs played and how ridiculous that is. The team plays shit all year and they refer to a couple good games and feel like those games are the norm, and the rest of the season was attributed to execution, compete, and injuries. Teams that do more right than wrong will lose some games. Teams that do more wrong than right will even win some games. However, If you do more wrong than right for long enough the percentages will catch up to you.
@.JVR. @happy_gilmour meh the lottery is rigged anyway. I'd prefer bettman only select who drafts 1st than selecting 14 positions for teams.
2 days, 9 hours ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%
@loomx @Fish Head @Gilbey93 Virtanen goes to the net hard, plays aggressive, fights, has a heck of a shot
@Wilbur @ShiftyD say you don't fire Randy for his systems, fire him for his roster decisions
@Burtonboy its all fun and games was probably a bad choice of words. He could have said something like whether we pick 1st or 2nd we know we're getting a quality player
2 days, 12 hours ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%
@PEIleafnation Virtanen, he's awesome
hahahaah suck it Sabres, can't even tank properly! WOOOOO!
@Murph2417 maybe in PEI will win the lottery?!
FUCK all their ratings are plummeting now
this is pathetic
The suspense is killing me!!
@Cosmos1973 hey man Virtanen is sick
@CanuckUKinToronto i've already started calling him VURTANen so I'll continue it throughout his Leafs career
@lukethenuke they're doing it knowing full well it's only Leafs fans watching this lol
@mcloki @The_Polish_Cannon @Reether that's going to replace "Burn The Boats" on the dressing room wall lol
@Reether there's still a chance!!
@ShiftyD @mcloki at 3 am after the bar make a detour to go and egg Goerge Cope's house