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@ninepaces The most realistic goal is to take a step forward. That may mean playoffs if everyone plays to potential. It may also mean dropping some vets and allowing rookies to develop. Tough call.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Go West
@Cameron19 @peterbleafs There is a split but IMHO it's more like 50/50. RC doesn't make them accountable. He keeps doing the same things. He never uses the 4th line (putting more pressure on line 1) and there are other teams who we are in the same conversation where it comes to talent and they outperform us.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – October 28
@Anthony Petrielli @Mind Bomb @charlieb83 They need to switch up Lupul and JVR and here is why. YES JVR and Kessel are great together, but Lupul and Kadri don't seem to be. If we can spark those 2 we will be better long run and I really don't think Kessels numbers will dip much from that change.
@Anthony Petrielli @Yaknowwhat @Kessel81 This is the 'extra 2%'. we need to figure out how to get.
Great notebook AP.
@LN-093 one of the rare occasions when i don't want to punch simmons in the mouth... tho i still would.
2 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
@theacs1966 @rickpearce76 well, not as fun to drive but I heard the penstar 3.6 is quite the engine also. Plus it's one of the best looking cars around imho.
2 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: More Hockey Tomorrow
@theacs1966 @rickpearce76 Is it the model with the hemi in it? I've got a Challenger R/T with a hemi and it is fucking awesome to drive.
@theacs1966 I'd like to but the wife won't go for another car.
@ingy56 I enjoy a fight as much as the next guy, but at some point ppl need to separate that enjoyment from any sort of importance or impact in the game. I don't buy this idea that a fight turns the momentum or changes the game in any way. I don't think it matters if anyone on the Leafs fights at all. I think it is really important that they can all skate, shoot, pass, and think the game. I think it's critical that they can all play more than 4 fucking minutes a night and not cause goals against. Today is both awesome and a little crazy. Because in 2014 a fan shouldn't have to cringe at the idea that Colton Orr might make their team. Finally our organization has figured that out.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs cut Colton Orr, Fraser McLaren, William Nylander; Roster down to 23
@Anthony Petrielli @ushaped I think Kadri hits 65pts this year.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking Down the Maple Leafs ‘Moneypuck’ Additions
@ingy56 @rickpearce76 @Burtonboy @Cameron19 @-Keon I think the part where a lot of ppl are getting too trigger happy is assuming this is the be all and end all. And that because you have great numbers one year or on one team that it will carry over. It's not always true. Sometimes guys have a great situation, playing against poorer competition or having a great linemate, or being on a strong team. IE) Versteeg looked like a champ before he came to TO and he was fucking terrible here because we tried to put him higher in the lineup.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @ingy56 @-Keon One thing Dubas said in an interview on the radio around the time of his hiring is that the stats are part of the puzzle and it helps mgmt and coaches determine the best situations to make players successful. For example, he referred to a young centre on the greyhounds who was being outmuscled by older kids on the 1st line, so he dropped him in the lineup and he was able to outplay those lines and score a lot more. Tweaks like this are where I see it being helpful to the team.
@Alec Brownscombe @TheCanucksnaphook @Cameron19 @dlb Mad Everyone just assumes Detroit drafts great and never pays attention.
5 months ago on MLHS in conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 1
@sniperstar @Ze_theLeafsFan @TheCanucksnaphook Feschuk needs time to call Phil's mom and see what size clothes she's been putting in his care pkgs.
5 months ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
@Mcost61 @TheCanucksnaphook if he keeps getting 30+ goals he can eat whatever the hell he wants...
@Reether @colino17 @mcloki would be better than only seeing bob at christmas for the world jr tourney.
@Alec Brownscombe @FRyan Despite draft status/ranking whatever, I think Gorges would make a bigger difference to the team than Josh Bailey. You are leaving out the part about a 9th overall pick who did nothing last year. And probably got at least some time with Johnny T. If he was on our team we'd be looking to give him away.
@Rielly_44 @rickpearce76 @TheCanucksnaphook @Yan28 I read something, on here, about there being some reason that they actually had to sign him. a 2k9 draft pick has had no less than 3 years to do something to convince the team he's worth keeping around. I think ya kinda gotta blame the player here honestly.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Yan28 only 50 contracts to be had and new guys coming up every year.
@skiingallday @Loric76 @ingy56 Randy, what line do you plan on putting the goons on?
5 months, 1 week ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs
@Reether @Yan28 Always the same shit. No matter what the Leafs do the media guys are smarter and point out the faults. If we sign veteran bums and don't play our youth we are wrong. If we sign some bottom 6 players cheaply and give some kids a chance we are morons for not signing vets. It's the perfect scenario for these media guys. And when the team finally turns things around they'll be happy as pigs in shit to write happy stories regardless what they thought about things before that.
@BrandonCheema we're talking about him more so than Rogers/Bell, which is mostly why they put him here. He's the "owner" figurehead. As a TFC fan I can say I appreciate what he's done for that team. The Leafs are a whole other animal, not so easy to just go throw money at problems. What would you expect him to have done by now? (serious question).
5 months, 1 week ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
Everytime Simmons tweets anything send him this pic:
@Yan28 @Mcost61 Not really. They did it to RW too and then brought in bobandy.
5 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@Bruffins @mcloki @LeafsGuru we haven't traded him for John Scott yet? #bustforbeast
@LeafsGuru @Mitch_S2 @Jay_Berg They are just the type or arseholes to tank and get McDavid... Imagine if Malkin and Crosby got hurt. They wouldn't compete in the AHL.
@Mcost61 @Burtonboy that's about the same size as Bishop I think.
@Jay_Berg and a healthy stamkos.
@Yan28 I think best case if Nylander doesn't make the Leafs is for him to go back to Sweden and dominate and hit the WJHC and dominate and then come over next year.
@MaxwellHowe We;d probably be better off signing his sister.
@mcloki @ingy56 Legal tax anyways. I'm sure he's paying someone out.
@Burtonboy @rickpearce76 @wendelsway1 @Ze_theLeafsFan I see it as a chance to get something for nothing. Maybe being around Gardiner and Rielly he'd be motivated to be part of that d-core and get back his old game. I do see the point on Ranger too.
@Burtonboy @rickpearce76 @barjv01 @Ze_theLeafsFan Valid point there, wasn't considering that aspect.
@wendelsway1 @rickpearce76 @Ze_theLeafsFan @Burtonboy Would you rather Ranger or MDZ?
@barjv01 @rickpearce76 @Ze_theLeafsFan @Burtonboy Maybe it's Percy or someone else then. We have to leave some jobs open and give opportunities.
@Ze_theLeafsFan @Burtonboy is he good enough to take away an internal promotion from a Marlie who we hope factors into our future? That's the type of decision that has to be made. Long term wouldn't we be better off giving that ice time to Granberg?
FWIW I don't think he's good enough to warrant that.
@Bruffins @LeafsGuru @TheCanucksnaphook When Dion fights the penalty trade off is NEVER worth it for us.
@TheCanucksnaphook @LeafsGuru @Bruffins I fail to see the necessity of fights. The spontaneous ones that happen out of raw emotion I can appreciate, but the staged fights between our goons and theirs are useless.
@TheCanucksnaphook @rickpearce76 @Burtonboy Cut off his shawerma privileges...
@T_Ry @rickpearce76 @The_Irv People need to look at the league stats and take a look at how many guys put up more than 50 pts. Last year 92 players had 50 pts or more. Every year more than 200 kids are drafted, most never even make it and only a small handful will go on to score more than 50 pts a season.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy I think he's more effective that way too. RC needs to find a way to get him to do that all the time.
@The_Irv @T_Ry The definition of bust in TO means: for a fwd: He either doesn't score like Stamkos or grind like Dougie or both. For a defensemen: he isn't Subban or Weber. Everything outside of these scenarios is useless to the common fan and they think there is a magic portal we can ship these players they discard and get all star players in return. Nonis's inability to find this portal makes him useless as well.
@dlb Mad @TheCanucksnaphook If we could get the team to buy into the idea that there is no 2nd/3rd/4th lines, but one scoring line and 3 secondary scoring/energy lines we could come up with some great combinations and probably distro the time fairly evenly or give more to the "hot hands" on any given night. Clarkson should get a chance with Kadri and Lupul to start but if its not working maybe he could actually help the team more by playing with others. Perhaps a Lupul/Holland/Clarkson line and an Ashton/Kadri/Frattin line would produce pretty similar amount and be about as tough for the opposition to play against. Egos need to be checked in at the door.
@FRyan @TheCanucksnaphook He needs 20-25 games on a line that uses some speed and skill (3rd line hopefully) and gets more than 10 minutes a game. A lot of his time on the Leafs saw him on 4th line filling a role that doesn't suit him. He even fought for no good reason just to try to stay up with the Leafs. If we give him this shot I am sure we will know what we have and I honestly think he will do well.
@peterbleafs @The_Polish_Cannon Throw some sort of stone/slate or something on top and use it as a side table for the BBQ. Or build 1 matching ones with the BBQ in the middle.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@BrandonCheema What systems? let the other team shoot at will?
@mcloki @rickpearce76 if Crosby/Stamkos was a UFA and the Leafs did not throw every dime they had at him the local media would eat them alive. Everyone just seems to think its OK for the Raptors to not be in on the best player of this generation. This is the very definition of double standard.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes
@mcloki @rickpearce76 Also, just to be a devil's advocate. You are saying LeBron has some choice in where he might sign and letting the Raps off the hook for not getting him but in the same breath saying the leafs could not convince Boyle or Gorges to come here for making the same choice.
@mcloki @rickpearce76 TL said he is leaving? Did I miss something?
Also, in order to have stability they have to be doing something for a while. It's been about 1 year so far with the new guys in charge. We need to give it time. We have a way better ownership than many teams in the league. I think we are over analyzing things.