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i would think that by the time percy, loov, finn are 26 years old, they will all be better than holzer is now. that's not even including granberg and nilsson who i think will be as good as holzer is at his age.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Polak returning, Shooting for Seven
completely agree with you. well said.
@Chris Jay @Anthony Petrielli
if we could get a 3rd for holzer i'd do it. love the guy and what he's done the past few weeks, but we have a bunch of young D coming up that are at least as good as him and he'll be way down our depth chart for years to come. i'd take a chance on a 3rd rounder for him, but we wouldn't get that much i don't think.
@Komas Taberle @Hammertownleaffan @Anthony Petrielli
nonis has said that the one pickup he made that he would do all day long again was robidas. leadership, work ethic, stable play. he does bring all that with the stable play getting better as the season goes on. for $3M per year he is a good value as the character he brings is worth it alone.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
i'll be honest....when polak and then leo went down long term i thought it would really impact us as those two brought a solid, tough game that was becoming a key element to our success. both near league leaders in hits when they went down.
i'm beyond impressed with the depth and very pleasantly surprised with holzer in particular.
nonis's plan to add the depth is certainly looking smart right now, and will create the problem he was trying to create for randy in the very near future.....tough decisions.
bound to have more injuries pop up soon though but leo and polak should be back anytime one would think so again, our depth is becoming our greatest strength.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
should be two more points, but let's face it, we're due for a loss. 2 more points would be great. the quicker we can get to 50 points, the better our chances look.
if phil kessel did what nazem kadri has done re. defensive game, he'd be a hart candidate. he's on pace for 44 goals and 44 assists. if he was able to do what naz is doing defensively the leafs would be that much better and he'd be hart material.
@DJBrianBurke @Bring the Cup Home @sniperstar @Burtonboy
there will definitely be a bunch that, on the right contract, would get back to the NHL. there will be some deals to be had next summer.
there will be a whole lot of russians coming back to the NHL next year. will drive the overall free agent pricing down this summer i bet. it was already getting where a lot of guys were finding it tough to find jobs and had to take those 1-year show me deals. they'll be available in abundance this summer. i for one hope we don't take on any russians defecting from the khl.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
yeah phil was looking a half step quicker tonight. almost like his normal self. i think he must have had some nagging lower body injury the past 10 days or so.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Game 31 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Ducks 2
@gjdevlin @.Kong. @Bring the Cup Home
exactly. do what kadri's doing.
5 days, 1 hour ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
the next two weeks will be interesting. come off the road marathon with a handful of wins and hit the halfway mark with 52+ points would be just fine with me.
completely agree. until they clean that up more they are not contenders for anything serious in the playoffs. moving in the right direction which is nice. not saying they have to become the stingiest defensive team in the league, but if they got to the middle of the pack in shots against it would be a sign they are ready to to compete for cup i bet.
yep. depth has been our greatest strength so far this year.
@In it to Winnik
we all did just immediately after the nashville blowout. that's what i recall being said on this board all night that night. i remember posting myself something like "we're totally fine guys.....we'll go 9-1-1 in the next 11 and be near the top of the conference and 4th best in the whole fuckin' league in goal differential.'
okay.....maybe we didn't predict this.
@king leary @Xxxxxnew
not sure i believe this post....
5 days, 7 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town
poor jerry. bumping around from town to town.
we already got it and are enjoying it. luke schenn for JVR.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town
nope. then we regress just like the oilers. it's the vets that are leading us to new heights right now.
@Ze_theLeafsFan @Bring the Cup Home
well they don't get all that for hall. i give them gardiner + reimer + draft pick or gauthier.
@ProfessorRance @Bring the Cup Home
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Hall - Kadri - Lupul
Komarov - Holland - Clarkson
Winnik - Carrick/Smith - Santo
Phaneuf - Franson
Rielly - Robidas
Polak - Percy/Holzer
That team in my opinion may be good enough to make a spring run.
@LyGuy @Bring the Cup Home
because there aren't centers of TOP quality available and we already have two that are of good quality.
gardiner + reimer + what for taylor hall?
great article here. i agree goal differential is a good gauge over the long term about the quality of a team. by the looks of it, we have reversed roles with the habs from last season in that regard. hopefully our fortunes are reversed in the spring as well.
@Cameron19 @FloorHockeyFlopper @Bring the Cup Home @TuckerForPunishment @Dogger
yep. i'd do the same.
6 days ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking
@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home @TuckerForPunishment @FloorHockeyFlopper @Dogger
that tides us until holland, rielly and bernier are up. i personally think we won't be able to keep franson and gardiner. i think we'll need to rely on a young guy to fill a spot on D next year and do it cheaply for a few years.
@IveHadPhaneuf @TuckerForPunishment @FloorHockeyFlopper @Bring the Cup Home @Dogger
@Cameron19 @TuckerForPunishment @FloorHockeyFlopper @Bring the Cup Home @Dogger
do tell how we keep franson, gardiner, kadri and do you also have us locking in winnik and santorelli?
@FloorHockeyFlopper @TuckerForPunishment @Bring the Cup Home @Dogger
if you were forced to choose due to cap issues between jake and franson next summer, what do you do then?
@TuckerForPunishment @Bring the Cup Home @Dogger
either a good young forward or more likely a very solid prospect or 1st round pick.
i'm afraid we bet on the wrong horse with the contract we doled out to jake. should've given it to franson by the looks of things. nonis would've been fried if he had of back in the summer though, cuz at that time it looked like jake was way more of a sure bet. i doubt jake is with the team after the deadline. nonis is gonna want that money to work on contracts for franson and others.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking
come on, let's face it, we don't deserve better than where we sit on this. i have no problem with it. i for one am not gonna believe we're for real until sometime in late march!
@NiagaraFallsThunder @Bring the Cup Home
yep. agree. i just liked how eakins worked with the younger players.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking
i can't wait to see willie at the WJC. i hope he owns that tournament, except when playing canada.
what a silly comment.
okay so say the season plays out like this:
- leafs make playoffs by finishing 6th or 7th in conference.
- they win a round and then lose in the 2nd round.
- fan base on high still. think the future is bright and we've turned the corner
- babcock thinks the same thing and thinks 'i want to give that a shot'. his agent tells nonis
so the question isn't 'what would you do?' but rather.....what do you think nonis would do?
i'd love to see eakins take a gig back with the marlies and coach them. he sure did succeed in that role......
@Marlies Man @.Kong. @sniperstar @Kadrific
if that line were to pull the 180 kadri has and commit to playing as well in their own end as they can, the leafs could very well be a contender in the east.
edit....but i'm not holding my breath.
1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)
@Fish Head @Bring the Cup Home @Jay_Berg
not really off the top of my head. you?
@Fish Head @Jay_Berg
i still can't believe we got JVR for luke schenn. i mean.....wow.
a good young forward.
morgan rielly sure has had a quiet year. not bad, just quiet. especially lately. seems like he's not in a sophmore slump, but he's also not any better. i hope next year is a breakout year for him.
@hometeem @Kadrific @Sexyhairyman
yep. they really could make us a contender if that line showed the determination kadri has to improve on the defensive side of the game.
we aren't getting mcdavid or eichel. funny that we are near the top of the conference and we are still looking to the draft.
@sniperstar @Bring the Cup Home
he's already taken a bigger step this year than predicted.
between him and brown we definitely have a chance to score a REAL good player (assuming one of those two pans out big time in the NHL) later in the draft.
other positives from today are brown with another point (he's a PPG machine lately) and percy on the sheet with 2 assists.
bibeau with the shutout on the farm today. he's been up and down, but lately he's been way back up....
@Hmmm @Brozak @Kadrific @Bring the Cup Home
bozak and kessel for joe thronton and hertl?
just over at hockey's future and came across this nice snippet in a recent article ranking 'diamonds in the rough' at the prospect level:
2. Andreas Johnson – Toronto Maple Leafs
Johnson is a
scoring threat, and one of the best danglers not currently in the NHL.
Last year’s SHL Rookie of the Year (he beat out Alexander Wennberg, and Kevin Fiala,
to name a few) came out of nowhere to surprise the hockey world. He is a
mix of playmaker and scoring threat not often seen in even first round
talents. How Johnson fell so far in his draft year is a bit of a
head-scratcher. He wasn’t exactly undersized at 5’10”, and he was a
terrific skater with a great toolkit, and he put up solid numbers in the
Swedish junior league. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked 33rd overall
in 2013’s final rankings, so it’s not like he was off the radar.
Andreas Johnson is the true meaning of a diamond in the rough who must
have been in some pretty deep grass when Toronto stumbled upon him.