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@mcloki @gjdevlin I mean wow..he did look upset..just wow.
9 hours, 53 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@gda @Bigfoot_for_1C Done deal - shuffles papers.
9 hours, 55 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Go west young man they said. Let me put on my Backstrom hat. I'm you. I'm an 18 year old hockey player. I've been selected to go number one to the Oilers. What do I do? I simply tell the Oilers that I'm going back to junior OHL for another year because right now your team is pathethic. You've had three or four first rounders and you still stink. That's what I would do. I wouldn't bother reportingng or signing with the Oilers for at least a year.If Buffalo or AZ won fine but the Oilers are where the first draft picks go to die. They will NOT develop him properly. I feel bad for the kid.The Leafs will move on. There is NOTHING we can offer to the Oilers for their first and we are not going to divert from our rebuilding phase. We have two first and some amazing prospects coming up this fall - Fratlin, Byron, Gauthier, Nylander etc - maybe even Marner? Who knows.
Also alot could happen trade wise from now to June 26th.As I said before, the Leafs have nothing to offer to land McDavid in a trade - Phaneuf, Kessel, Bozak, Lupol I'm sure have the Oilers on their "no trade list" at all.
Oilers are hurting for a turnaround - McDavid will not give them that for at least two or three years given their current lineup which sucks really.
I wish you the best Connor - I wish it were the Leafs but alas - hold your chin up and go west young man.
9 hours, 57 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
He can opt to return to jr next year and tell the oilers to get their fucking franchise in order
10 hours, 35 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
He doesn't look happy going to the Meat grinder where all draft picks go to die..wow Oilers very undeserving
10 hours, 39 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
So regardless of the situation it was determined that Calagry was the into gators thus the responsibility falls on the coach? I think it is in the last five minutes then - I recall the rule now...
13 hours, 5 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
There was a fight but Hartley can ice whoever he wants right?
13 hours, 11 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Wow Hartley fined 50 thousand for icing players to fight? I don't get it?
13 hours, 16 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Out, demon, out!
13 hours, 21 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Is it possible to move up one spot?
13 hours, 24 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
So after three years he is an RFA right? He still has to sign that?
13 hours, 25 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
The Jack Eichel comments on making a decision to go back to school next year could be a bargaining ploy and cost him a pick spot. Teams can interview these picks and determine if he is not serious. Which means that if he falls the. Marner and Strom could be gone
13 hours, 48 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
This guy is in the wrong smoking car
13 hours, 55 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Jay31 @gjdevlin @Savo43 @sniperstar Wow..a team could trade for him by asking permission if they trade for him will he forego college and play for us?...interesting.
16 hours, 51 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Savo43 @zoidbergman @sniperstar I live here and I want out - to go back to the east coast.
16 hours, 52 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Jay31 @gjdevlin @Savo43 @sniperstar how many years of school does he have left?
16 hours, 53 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Jay31 @Savo43 @sniperstar But either team owns his rights for three years?
16 hours, 55 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
I ripped this from the latest Star Wars Trailer...everyone has overlooked this pivotal shot.
16 hours, 56 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
In all my years of watching the Leafs - with this current crop of misfits - this is basically the first time I've ever felt real angry about this current group. In the past, I've felt like - well this guy needs to go - perhaps switching out the coach etc but this year - I'm just so pissed that I want to jettison the entire core - get rid of Kessel, Lupol, Bozak and Phaneuf - I don't care about long term consequence - just let the young hungry guys come up and play the game the way it should be played. Now with Shanahan rebuilding, it makes me hopeful for the future - at least maybe we can seriously compete for a spot next year.
Lupol says he wants to "redeeom" himself over the summer by doing work outs. I don't care.
17 hours, 8 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@NinetyThree @gjdevlin Yup yup triple yups!
17 hours, 13 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@WesternDP Just awesome for the Marlies. I would love to have the marlies line up with the Leafs next summer if we dump all our dead weight.
In all my years of watching the Leafs, I've never been so angry about our current crop of misfits.
@TheColborneUltimatum @NinetyThree @gjdevlin Strome is from Missauga and is a die hard Leafs fan. Marner is from Markham, Ontario.. dunno if he's a Leafs fan.
17 hours, 15 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@mcloki @Jay31 @ProfessorRance Prefer Marner or Strome - we do need to stock up on the forward end.
17 hours, 17 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@NinetyThree @gjdevlin yeah that's the gist I picked up from him. I was really impressed with his hand eye coordination - he has the ability to knock down passes in the air or intercept them - he knows where the puck is going as to opposed where it is. His vision is astounding as well. He's a rare kind. He's also got a fantastic tv personality - quiet and humble - a franchise's dream. Definitely captain material.
17 hours, 18 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@mcloki @gjdevlin Oh I agree! Any idea who management is keen on drafting if not (Shahahan eye roll) McDavid?
17 hours, 20 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Wow so much hype after reading the Cox article. I know McDavid is super talented and I can vouch for all of us here if people accuse us of having high expectations of drafting McDavid but in reality I think the majority of us know the odds are high and we will not land him. That said, a few questions:
1. Do we have any idea of who our scouts/management the Leafs expect to draft? Who are they keen on? Marner or Strom?
2 I saw McDavid play at the World Juniors - his hand to eye coordination and presence around the net is very very good - however he seems to lack a physical game unless I missed it? Thoughts?
17 hours, 23 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Edward_Flannery @gjdevlin yeah but the downside is my wife has valley fever..:-( but she's managing fine though.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
@Edward_Flannery @gjdevlin if you can afford the cushy side of Scotsdale then it is awesome. The golf and the country clubs are great - that part is paradise. I played at the Desert Highlands Country Club - nice course but rock hard greens.You are snowbird so that doesn't "count" :-) 2-3 months of the year? Are you joking? I live here all year around. The heat kicks in at the end of April to the first week of May and doesn't take its foot off the gas until the end of September tops.
If I could afford the life of a snowbird, I would not mind coming back to AZ as the winters are nice and October is my favorite month.
Yes - the occasional cold snaps can kill you in December if you are homeless or not in a shelter.
@bear19 @gjdevlin @Leafs_17 my wife wants to move there..(groan)
@LN-093 @gjdevlin @Leafs_17 For Canada it is a tax nightmare for the players. Phil Kessel makes a shit load of money. He gets 13 paychecks. So let's divide 8 million by 13 - which is 615,384 every two weeks.
Now 615,384 x .49% (tax) = 300,000 (approx)
300,000 x .20 = 60,000 so he brings home 240,000 every two weeks (The 20% is player escrow salary - he gets it back)
Then there are more expenses such as his agent.
Now you think well that's still a great chunk of change. Oh yeah but you see for each day (or game) he plays in each state in the US - he must pay the state income tax - that's scratched from his paycheck as well - California has a whopping 9.3 state income tax for each paycheck.
So a lot is taken out. For Kessel - oh pooh on toast - but some players make 1 to 2 mill per year and a large chunk is taken out and their playing careers on average might last 4 years so they have to save for the future.
@Leafs_17 @gjdevlin Heat - 100 degrees every fucking day from late April to End of September. "It's a dry heat" - that's bull. Then it climbs to 110 to 115 in June then settles to 105 or so in July and August when the monsoon kicks in. I don't mind the summer monsoons as the storms bring relief but it's only temporary. The heat is tedious though.
@LN-093 @gjdevlin I PREFER California over AZ because of the beaches and the breeze but California is frightfully expensive.
Doesn't surprise me if Buffalo lands McDavid as first. I will be mildly surprised if Arizona lands him but at the same time, I will feel sorry for him. I live in AZ and I can't wait to get out and leave the brown and yellow behind and the shitty heat. It may seem awesome living here but after the honeymoon phase is over, Arizona sucks - it's the worse place to raise kids.
I would be shocked if Edmonton wins McDavid and a bit pissed because Edmonton has ruined many of the first rounders and have not gone anywhere.
I would shit my pants if we (Leafs) land McDavid but I know it is not going to happen.
That said - (forget McDavid) The Leafs - (before they were fired or the current management) which player are they rumored to be keen on when draft day comes? Any ideas?
I find it interesting that New Jersey is willing to trade their 1st if they don't land McDavid...
1 day, 16 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
@totalrebuild Is it possible for the Leafs to drop to third or the system is built that they cannot go higher than fifth?
I think the standings will stay pat. Hope we pick a forward.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke
@In it to Winnik @gjdevlin The plot thickens.
@In it to Winnik @gjdevlin Who is Stephane Quintel?
I must express my surprise that PK Subbhan was not suspended for a day. Wasn't Phil Kessel suspended for slashing in a pre-season game at (Ott's) ankles?
I mean this guy wasn't even on the draft radar?
2 days, 7 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
For sure he will be at camp then they can give him a two way
Bryon Frose (sp) a pleasant surprise - I wonder if he will see some time with the big club this fall if the leafs are going with youth
Based on the Leafs rebuild I would say there are no plans at all to acquire players with high salary cap
4 days, 16 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
The comment on Kyle saying not to pigeonhole a player as a top six bottom D etc makes me wonder if the Leafs could try Gardiner as a forward?
Wow the little guy will have to wear a jock for a face mask
4 days, 17 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan
Burke was a prime example akin to wiping lipstick off a pig.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
When the Leafs drafted Biggs were they all in on him or dissenting over the choice? Remember Burke gave up two draft picks for a ballerina.
@totalrebuild @gjdevlin dreger...forget him. I really cannot stand most of the Leaf reporters..they don't like it when someone disagrees with their views.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on
@LargusMeans @gjdevlin well yeah you are right - I agee - reasonable 1MM UFA's are fine not over priced ones though.
Wow...Sunday Bloody Sunday...and somewhere Donald Trump weeps in admiration.
Probably the best move is to jetson the entire staff and come together as a collective conscious group
I have a feeling that Bernier will be back next year. I don't have a problem really because I did read an article sometime ago that Robidas, Bernier and another player had dinner together to try and break the "culture" they were playing in - get the other guys into the system. This brings me to Horachek's comment:
Some guys want to play offensive. Some don't want to change.
This smacks of un-coachability that also points to Kessel. Quash that rumor all you want - I truly believe his is no longer a fit for this team.
Bozak has hardly ever been injured playing. Kessel has hardly ever been injured either. Think about it. Those guys don't like to get dirty. They just float. There was a scrum last night - Bozak grabbed..Gallaugher...oh come on. Wimp. Looking for the easy way out? Awww. So cute. Tough guy.
I like Shanahan's approach. Keeping his cards close to his best. Keeping his mouth SHUT. Not going all bombastic in front of the camera's and making proclamations about who they are going to draft like Burke did.
Draft. Trade. Get prospects to fill in all four lines who like to grind the corners. Yeah, Phill Kessel has scored 36 goals and we have gotten no where.
I would rather have each player on each line who is capable of maybe putting up 15 goals - that's 45 goals. Spread the attack around.
If the Leafs jettison the current entitlement garbage, I think we will have a decent team next year that could grind their way to a play off spot.
That said - I still prefer to keep JVR. :-)
No UFA's this summer. Don't bother. Most come here to pick up a social security paycheck and do nothing.
Let's see what transpires tomorrow and this week.
Yeah he wasn't a good captain I'm afraid. I heard he's a nice guy off the ice - reserved but he's just not captain material
6 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix
Good riddance. Sportsnet saying that Phaneuf shouldn't have been captain - it's a video and not captioned. What was said?