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seems like a distant memory when clarkson got hurt in preseason and everyone threw in the towel pretty much and was wondering why he's fighting in preseason.  well that fight may have been the best thing to ever happen to him.  i agree that him playing with a shield has perhaps helped him just play hockey and i hope he keeps it up when the shield comes off.  him like this and he is NOWHERE NEAR the worst contract in the league.  he'd be good value if he brought 6 more years of what we're seeing so far this season.  and it might be partly cuz of that preseason fight! 

23 hours, 42 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2

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tonight is a great example of how good this team COULD be if they played that way with some level of consistency.  the 3rd line is a revelation.  santorelli was a GREAT signing by nonis.  and komarov?  insane signing.  clarkson is gelling so well with those two.  our team has to get more like that line.  winnik brings that too. 

23 hours, 44 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2

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@Alec Brownscombe @wendelsfist 

yes he is, but McClement sure would look good in Holland's place about now.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs

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@T K O 

the drafting of Toews sure did wonders for the Hawks too.  i do agree with your thoughts though.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 20

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@loomx @Bring the Cup Home 

agree, but you know what i'm saying.  

3 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@loomx @Bring the Cup Home 

how about guys like:

- anze kopitar

- rick nash

- joe thornton

- eric staal

- mats sundin

- gary roberts

I'm talking big and skilled.  I agree we need small skilled goal scorers.  Just not a team full of them.  

3 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Mitch92 @Jay_Berg 

bingo.  it's either that or some crazy deal that has taylor hall coming our way......or we shouldn't talk to them.  

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@ProfessorRance @Bring the Cup Home 

i'm kidding of course.  but i'd seriously consider it just to drop the $100M in cap space we got tied up in them over the next 7 years, grab two high draft picks this year and build in a different mould.  

again....kidding.....just real disenchanted with our team so far.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@loomx @Bring the Cup Home 

yeah i want a team just like that.  the smurfs.  this is what it's come to.  look at the smurfs....let's be like them!

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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you wanna hit the reset button?  let's trade phaneuf and kessel to the oilers for their first pick.  we'd end up with potentially 2 of the top 5 picks in this year's draft and ditch our so called 'leaders'.  haha. 

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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hey let's get andreas johnson going, then get nylander over here and trade for yakupov and pretty soon our top six could have every single player under 6 feet tall.  that'd win a ton of playoff series in this league!!!

christ.....i feel hopeless with the state of leafland about now.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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what are the chances we trade peter holland and he does to us what colborne is doing now?

3 days, 1 hour ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@DeclanK @Bring the Cup Home 

dunno, but won't know unless we try him there.  i think he'd handle it fine.  

3 days, 5 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Yan28 

the leafs really gotta like what they've seen from him in the past year.  

3 days, 5 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@MaxwellHowe @Bring the Cup Home 

agreed.  with goalies though it needs to play out over a few years before they really become bona fide stars.  see raycroft, andrew.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@MaxwellHowe @Bring the Cup Home 

let's see if he can keep it up long term.  

3 days, 5 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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bibeau with a hell of a progression starting with last year in junior with the amazing playoff run leading into a great rookie camp, decent camp and now an awesome start to his AHL life.  hope this progression continues.  with goalies you just never know where the next all star will come from.  i hope he has a great year down there. 

3 days, 5 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@wendelsfist @Bring the Cup Home 

it just feels like we live in a world of mediocre.  not terrible.  not good.  look like we're potentially one or two pieces away from being good or one or two injuries away from being terrible.  gimme either legitimately GOOD or just go terrible and try and rebuild with a whole new look that doesn't involve dion and phil as our leaders. 

3 days, 5 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@Xxxxxnew 

yep.  could've had one in tyler seguin.  maybe that trade really was the turning point of turning the corner with seguin as our prized pick or going through door B and getting into this decade of futility.  

3 days, 6 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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enough of this bullshit with the 4th line already.  bring leivo up and play him on the 2nd line and get winnik down to the 4th line to teach those assholes how to play 10 solid minutes a night. 

3 days, 6 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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just how long will we have to suffer until the leafs are actually and honestly a GOOD hockey team????  It has been so damn long since we were good (mats led teams of the late 90's).  losing here seems to breed more losing.  there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.  are we looking at another 10 fucking years of being just plain bad?  or are we legitimately close to being a good team with our young players that are coming up and hopefully getting better?  i feel that we need a true 1C to get over the hump and i just don't see that happening until we are able to draft and develop one.

are we really just cursed?

3 days, 6 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad

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@LyGuy 

i like those D pairings.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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i'd try and sign santorelli to a 3 year extension at $2M - $2.5 a year right now if he'd do it. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@HHT @Bring the Cup Home 

no one who has landed with a top 2 pick this year will trade it.  no one.  

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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funny thing with the leafs is that, as one poster pointed out below, they only get one thing going at a time.  last year the 1st line carried everything and 3rd line sucked.  this year the 3rd line is the only one worth a damn (and maybe lupul's) but the 1st line won't click.  is it still because we're 'young' and therefore 'inconsistent'?  the veteran 3rd line that we have seems to be very consistent.  lupul seems pretty consistent.  bozak is bozak and as we all know is miscast as 1C and until that changes that line will never be all they could be. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@Jay31 

good read.  agree with you.  the quote from eakins describes our top line perfectly.  

“The message to our team over the last probably week is that I see our group so excited to score goals, like, boy, they love to score, but we need a group that is equally encouraged and excited to stop goals. It’s the same thing on the scoreboard.

“Like the Boston Bruins, they are excited to keep pucks out of their net. They are excited about it. And we’ve go to get that into this group. and I’m not sure our group is quite wired like that, but eventually they’ll be wired like that.”

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 

right around trade deadline if we are out of it is when he'll get the axe. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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man i hope gauthier is able to step up and provide a 4th line center option as early as next year that works.  i hope his skating gets to the point where that could happen.  watching his role on the world juniors last year that is EXACTLY what we need right now.  shutdown 4C who plays in all tough defensive shutdown situations. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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okay randy carlyle, if you're not going to play the 4th line more than 3 minutes a night, why the hell don't you try a different group there and see what they can bring?  why keep going to the pannik and holland well when it's not something that you are willing to play??  fer cryin' out loud, try something down there. 


what we need is winnik playing on that line to anchor it.  i'd try calling up leivo and giving him a shot on the 2nd line, and moving winnik down to 4th line.  once booth comes back i'd try:

JVR - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Leivo

Leo - Santo - Clarkson (don't touch this)

Booth - Holland/Carrick/Kontiola - Winnik

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@Cameron19 @T K O @Bring the Cup Home 

that's your opinion.  i see the oilers as a team who may very well think someone like phaneuf would be what they need to get over the hump they can never seem to get over.  only problem is, they'd want to part with yakupov and not hall or eberle to do it.  

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@T K O @Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home 

phaneuf for eberle straight up.  

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@Mattmark @Bring the Cup Home 

well that sure is a jump to conclusion that we are never satisfied.  i agree we are fickle, but winning the cup 9-1 is a little different than playing 1 playoff round over a span of 10 fucking years.  just a wee bit different. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@bigjim 

i'd rather do something like gardiner and nylander for taylor hall.  but the oilers won't give up hall.  

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@bigjim 

oh hell yes.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@bigjim 

gardiner to the oilers for their first pick.  
hopefully catch them thinking he'd be a piece to take them to the next level, much like burke did with kessel.  then, like the kessel trade, hopefully that pick ended up in the top 2. 

3 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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i'm still giving them 20 - 25 games to then really see where we are at.  i think if the type of play and record keeps going along the same lines as where we're at after 6 games there will be a big shakeup coming.

question is.....would that shakeup start with carlyle or would nonis pull the trigger on a fairly large trade to shake things up?

3 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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funny thing is if we ended up trading phil he'd probably look absolutely amazing where he landed.  he'd end up on a team where he is the final compliment and not the centerpiece and his deficiencies would be hidden.  plus.....we'd most likely get a less than stellar return and regret the move at some point. 

3 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@Bruffins @JMAC17 @Mitch92 

it's been neutral for me.  not great, but certainly not bad.  i could see this year being one that is neutral for him and then next year he takes another leap forward.  him paired with gardiner is just not a good idea.  

3 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)

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@WesternDP @Bring the Cup Home @LeafsGuru 

if he keeps this type of play up, it won't be anywhere near the worst contract out there.  it'll just be a marginal overpayment.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@LeafsGuru 

i'd take what clarkson's been bringing for the next 6 years and be happy.  it would be an overpayment but not nearly as bad as last year and like you say, over the final 3 years wouldn't be bad at all with a higher cap available.  

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Alec Brownscombe @gjdevlin 

not that bad last night, but pretty bad the first two games.  point is....you gotta better than 'not that bad' when you make $7M per year.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@DWCMLHS 

agree but clarkson's line has been the best on the team so far this year.  

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@Chris Jay @sniperstar @gjdevlin 

agree on franson for yak.  i'd then immediately try to flip yak for a more all around forward with a lower ceiling.  

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@Alec Brownscombe @gjdevlin 

yeah if dion regresses he will become untradable and will be an albatross for 7 f'n years.  

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@Leafbites @Bring the Cup Home @gjdevlin 

i'd agree with you if the suggestion was to trade gardiner for another D-man.  it isn't robbing peter to pay paul when the idea is trade a D man for a forward.  it's where we need more help.  

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@Leafbites @Bring the Cup Home @gjdevlin 

not talking about getting weaker in that area.  talking about trading him for a forward who brings puck possession strengths to our forward core where it's really lacking.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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gardiner or phaneuf for the oilers 1st pick in next year's draft straight up.  how about that?

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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@DWCMLHS @Bring the Cup Home 

your thinking is EXACTLY what got the oilers where they are today.  we don't need yak.  we need forwards who can take care of their own end and have some skill, while being able to control the puck along the boards and win battles.  leivo is gonna be the guy who fills that need.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One

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