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@Whalz 

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

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@Whalz 

completely agree with you.  well said.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Polak returning, Shooting for Seven

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@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.  

3 days, 7 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Polak returning, Shooting for Seven

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@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

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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

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@B_Leaf @DJBrianBurke 

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.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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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.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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@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.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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@sniperstar @Burtonboy 

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

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@nrandreycharles 

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

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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. 

5 days, 1 hour ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@gjdevlin 

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.

5 days, 1 hour ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Brozak 

yep.  depth has been our greatest strength so far this year.

5 days, 1 hour ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@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.

5 days, 1 hour ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@king leary @Xxxxxnew 

not sure i believe this post....

5 days, 7 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@wiski 

poor jerry.  bumping around from town to town.  

5 days, 7 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@In it to Winnik 

we already got it and are enjoying it.  luke schenn for JVR.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@wendelsfist 

nope.  then we regress just like the oilers.  it's the vets that are leading us to new heights right now.  

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@Ze_theLeafsFan @Bring the Cup Home 

well they don't get all that for hall.   i give them gardiner + reimer + draft pick or gauthier.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@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

Bernier

Scrivens

That team in my opinion may be good enough to make a spring run. 

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@LyGuy @Bring the Cup Home 

because there aren't centers of TOP quality available and we already have two that are of good quality.  

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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gardiner + reimer + what for taylor hall?

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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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. 

5 days, 8 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@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.  

6 days ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@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?

6 days ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@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?

6 days ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@TuckerForPunishment @Bring the Cup Home @Dogger 

either a good young forward or more likely a very solid prospect or 1st round pick.  

6 days ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@Dogger 

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

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@ProfessorRance @DeclanK 

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!

6 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@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

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i can't wait to see willie at the WJC.  i hope he owns that tournament, except when playing canada. 

6 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@Radar O'Rielly 

what a silly comment.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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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?

6 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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i'd love to see eakins take a gig back with the marlies and coach them. he sure did succeed in that role......

6 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@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)

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@Fish Head @Jay_Berg 

i still can't believe we got JVR for luke schenn.  i mean.....wow.

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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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. 

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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@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.  

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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@Sexyhairyman @deedrag 

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.

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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@sniperstar @Bring the Cup Home 

he's already taken a bigger step this year than predicted.  

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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@sniperstar @Bring the Cup Home 

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.  

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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other positives from today are brown with another point (he's a PPG machine lately) and percy on the sheet with 2 assists.  

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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bibeau with the shutout on the farm today. he's been up and down, but lately he's been way back up....

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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@Hmmm @Brozak @Kadrific @Bring the Cup Home 

bozak and kessel for joe thronton and hertl?

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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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 JohnsonToronto 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.

1 week ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)

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