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@Burtonboy 

yeah.  dead around here.  

16 hours, 31 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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one thing this year has been good for is some development.  kadri and holland leading the way in that department if you ask me.  i guess if you put leo in the category of developing he'd be there too, but i'd call his transformation more evolving than developing.

but kadri has added the missing element to his game.  all he needs to do is play like this and start finding more offense without sacrificing the new strong play at both ends, and improve a bit more on the dot and he'd be a real solid complete player. 

holland has found his NHL confidence and just needs to keep doing it night in and night out.

two guys i would've liked to see more development from so far are rielly and gardiner.  i have no fear that rielly will take a giant leap forward at some point soon (probably next year in year 3) but not so sure about jake.  he may just be what he is. 

16 hours, 58 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Xxxxxnew 

they, like burke when he got kessel, might think that this package (a high scoring center good on draws, a high scoring big D-man and a potential 1G) would mean their pick won't be top 2.  and it might not be.  then it very well wouldn't be a generational player.  

22 hours, 41 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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i tell ya though if we wanted to trade high, i would look at a deal that goes like this:

Bozak and Reimer and Franson to the Oilers for Perron, Scrivens and their 1st round pick this year.  We then hope to solve our 1C issues moving forward with that draft pick as ideally it would be top 2. 

send them 3 prairie boys. 

22 hours, 43 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@ProfessorRance @wendelsfist @Xxxxxnew 

maybe holland develops into a 2C as well, and we end up with 3 X 2Cs instead of a 1C, 2C and 3C.  might have to do.  doubt it would win us much though.....

22 hours, 49 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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man bozak sure does take a lot of heat for a guy that sits 21st in the league in points, is near a PPG pace, helps kill penalties (and scores shorties), is super solid in the dot and only makes $4.2M per year.  if we had of signed ANY free agent for $4.2M last summer and he was putting up a season like bozak is, we'd be saying it was the steal of the century. 

23 hours, 18 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Cameron19 @Jmessih @Mind Bomb @Xxxxxnew 

that's the next and final step of his development.  he knows he can light it up, and has focused on the other side of the game this year and i love it.  as you say, next step is putting them both together and then we'd see naz at his fully developed self.  i hope it happens.  that strong move along the boards and one handed pass to start that goal last night was just a thing of beauty.  

23 hours, 20 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

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@Xxxxxnew 

3 points with 1 game in hand.  after tonight.  i'm not feeling like tonight will be toronto's night.  raptors due for a routine loss (i mean they can't go over 60 wins....can they?!?), and leafs in real tough against the pens.  

1 day, 21 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: Game Day in Pittsburgh

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@Xxxxxnew 

totally agree.  just wish that for ONCE that luck would hit in leaf land.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: Game Day in Pittsburgh

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can't believe filip forsberg dropped all the way to 11th overall in his draft, while nail goes 1st.  man, every year there's a pick between 10 and 20 that turns into the superstar.  i just wish we could make that score one day. 
like giroux or corey perry or any number of others that went later in first round and turned into legit superstars. 

1 day, 23 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: Game Day in Pittsburgh

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say we don't bring back guys like santo next year.  what if our 3rd line looked like this:

leivo - holland - nylander

man i hope leivo take a big step forward over the next year or so.  he has the tools to become a great puck control winger with upside. 

or if not:

komarov - holland - nylander

2 days, 16 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Quinn tributes, Lupul and Booth set to return, Holzer recalled

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raps up to Number 3 on ESPN power rankings.  i doubt if they've EVER been that high on any power rankings list. the next few weeks as their schedule gets tougher will be a good test for sure.  here's a link:

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/year/2015/week/4



3 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@Ze_theLeafsFan @ProfessorRance @DeclanK 

hell, we could use him for the next month.

3 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@Ze_theLeafsFan 

kozun.

3 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@peterbleafs 

i personally think that the bans of some people, then the strict policies on what threads you can post in have contributed to this.  i agree it's slower these days and is easier to take time away.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@Xxxxxnew 

agree.  and i'm fine to keep him.  he is not our problem.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@kxbarillas @Xxxxxnew 

i'd take edmonton's next two 1sts and a 2nd for him.  

i'd take this summer's 1st overall pick for him straight up (once we knew it was first overall).


3 days, 23 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@kxbarillas 

he would get us a boatload.   he's elite....plain and simple.  locked up very long term at a reasonable enough contract and he'd fetch us a TON in return.  that said, i'd keep him unless we could get an absolute king's ransom in return. 

3 days, 23 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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here's my lineup with booth and lupul back:

Lupul - Kadri - Kessel

JVR - Bozak - Komarov

Winnik - Holland - Clarkson

Booth - Santo - Pannik

3 days, 23 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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holzer called up.  not surprising really.  i hope he plays okay.  i'd also like to see percy back up soon.  any word on percy's health?

4 days ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@Anthony Petrielli @Bring the Cup Home 

durant may end up coming here and be the final piece to making them the best in the league.  

4 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@DeclanK @Jmessih 

might have to trade franson while his stock is high.  he'll get overpaid by a bunch next summer.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@traNsplantEdneWfie 

i'd give him more than one.  i'm liking the winnik and santo moves a lot too.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@mike_84 

prototypical 3C ideally.  

komarov - holland - leivo

perhaps our 3rd line of the future?

4 days, 22 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@mike_84 @Anthony Petrielli 

he won't get the chance for a while, which is good cuz he probably would bail to another market.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@Anthony Petrielli 

i think that come spring, they'll be considered 3rd best in east behind chicago and cleveland.  i'd consider one playoff series victory a success this year, conference finals loss to either bulls/cavs and i'd be over the moon happy.  but one playoff series win would be good enough for me.  this team is just growing, still has some key young pieces (JV and Ross, with DeMar still just entering his prime).  i think they'll be a top 4 team in the east in each of the next 4 years, with hopefully one championship in there.  

4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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man through all the ups and downs does 1 player ever stand out this year.  leo komarov is having an absolutely brilliant year.  i'm so glad they locked him up for 3 years and didn't bring him on a 1-year deal.  he just looks like such a complete player.  the ultimate 3rd line guy if you ask me.  can move up and down the lineup.  play PK and put points up.  near league lead in hits.  just awesome.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@DeclanK @Anthony Petrielli @mike_84 

holy crap.  i can't believe they have to walk past there to get to the room.  i wonder if they'd view reimer as some sort of saviour.  i'd love to do a deal for reimer + gardiner + lupul for hall and a backup goalie if they'd do it.  

4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@BrandonCheema 

this is the best by far he has looked (other than maybe the lockout shortened season).  i'd take this kadri any day of the week, and i do feel the points will come.  keep in mind he's been playing with wingers who aren't really lamp lighters.  when lupul comes back, he'll start racking up some points, hopefully not at the expense of his much improved two way play.

5 days ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@wiski 

man......imagine if they get mcdavid.  with him and all their other young pieces, one would think that they'd be able to make a trade or three and totally change the dynamic of their team for the better.  unreal how many times they've been basement dwellers though.

5 days ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@Yaknowwhat 

we got more than our share of those types....

5 days, 19 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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nylander with potential concussion and head injury.  man i hope he can play at the WJC next month.....

5 days, 19 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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here's a glass-is-half-full comment:

this team has shown flashes of playing VERY good hockey, and for extended periods of time.  they've suffered only from inconsistency.  that inconsistency is usually caused by youth.  could this team, with only minor tweaks....be GOOD all year by finishing to grow into a mature, CONSISTENT squad?  perhaps when:

- kadri is 26

- holland is 25

- rielly is 22

- gardiner is 26

- nylander is 21

- JVR is 27

- kessel is 29

- percy is 23

- bernier is 29

Maybe this team will work out if they could only get over that inconsistency in their game.  

Wishful thinking probably.....

5 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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@mikeyboy 

wow.  interesting.  would be a big two points.  i just can't seem to get my mindset where it normally is when hearing news like that.  normally i'd be stoked and dying for the two points, but with the wild inconsistency this group has shown over the past few years, i just can't seem to get genuinely excited right now.  a big win tonight and i'll still be expecting a collapse later.  sucks but i can't help it.  ah well......i'm sure i'd snap out of it if they're still hanging around 8th place come march. 

5 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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and man do they know how to play as a team.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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gotta love those raps.  HUGE game tonight.  man if they win that'll be nuts.  i LOVE where that team is headed over the next few years.  i think we will be top 4 in the East for the next 4 straight years with one championship in there perhaps.  If JV can develop over the next two years into a 14 point, 10 rebound average type guy, they will be a force to be reckoned with. 

5 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: #SaluteGate still going strong, Wings in town tonight

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if the media can strut into the fucking dressing room and condemn every little damn thing they want to.....who is out there to condemn the media??

6 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 @Komas Taberle @Bring the Cup Home 

that's exactly what should happen.  hundreds of signs to the players telling them 'we're with you, and we know our media are human garbage.'

6 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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holy shit.  i'm watching the leafs interviews after practice and i am ashamed of every piece of shit media puke in there that are putting our players in this position.  fuck them.  how the hell do we get word out that these pieces of shit are ruining toronto hockey.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Luke_R 

gardiner seems to be just.....dumb.  he doesn't seem to have the ability to learn and he has a vacant look about him all the time.  i honestly think he may be gifted physically but shortchanged in the IQ department and that is leaving him with no ability to learn and improve at the rate he should.  

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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anyone got a link to shanny's interview?

6 days, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home @Burtonboy 

probably why we get these 1-year deal guys with regularity now.  

6 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 @Burtonboy 

yep.  we are indeed doomed. 

6 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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anyone know when nylander's next few games are gonna take place?  i can't find the shl schedule anywhere....

6 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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how can we organize a revolt against our media?  there's gotta be a way to let these douchebags know that they are not asking what we want to hear about.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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