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@Marlies Man @wiski @Jmessih 

Goddamnit i wish that Kessel and Kadri would do like the truly elite and go that extra mile in fitness and see just how good they could become.  Kessel could honestly be MVP caliber if he had another and more strength hiding in that body.  

And Kadri could become a little beast and ACTUALLY be 1C quality other than just in his own mind.  

I'd just love to see those two at peak fitness and strength.  

1 day, 4 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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looking at rookie tournament invite list, my predictions for those that we'll be talking about as standouts in a couple of weeks are:

- Josh Leivo - he'll show he is now a man amongst boys at this tourney.

- Matt Finn - will get a bunch of praise from coaches.

- Nylander - will provide the flash.

- Bibeau in net proves himself our best goalie prospect. 

4 days, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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would love to see a line at rookie camp of:

brown - nylander - leivo



4 days, 9 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk

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also could be a breakthrough year for jake gardiner.  don't be surprised if he gets over 45 points this season.  hopefully he's defensively responsible while doing it. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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leivo is gonna surpass frattin at some point this year, and i wouldn't be surprised if it was right outta the gate at training camp with leivo winning the job on the 2nd line RW as a trial.  he'll probably falter at some point and then frattin would be given a chance there perhaps and leivo sent down for 15 - 20 games or so.  then he plays his way back up for the 2nd half of the season and we never look back.  leivo scores 12 goals in the last half of the season and we get a glimpse of what we have in this kid.  which will then become a responsible 20 - 30 goal, 40 - 60 point guy for our 2nd line that's homegrown. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Murph2417 @Cameron19 

i'd give up percy before finn.  i see big things for finn.  got the bones of a leader that i think will prove very popular and useful over the next decade in the blue and white. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home 

could also put percy or finn on the 3rd D pairing and, like gauthier, save a bunch of cap money for a few years on those roles.  that lineup would have some damn fine potential.  

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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@Cameron19 

you could throw gauthier into the 4C slot on that lineup and it'd be a fine 4th line.  

but man......what are you smokin?  that's a whole shitload of crazy moves.  i'll take two of whatever you just blazed......

1 week, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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great article here re. our propects:


http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/111523/nylander-leads-emerging-group-toronto-maple-leafs-2014-fall-top-20/


some thoughts i have when thinking about this subject:

- nylander being eligible to play with marlies is huge.  that is perfect for him to spend a year there learning the pro game in north america and getting stronger.  hopefully he turns into a point per game guy over the 2nd half of the season with the marlies and flashes some crazy skills there.

- josh leivo is getting VERY close to taking a full time spot on our roster.  should he STORM into camp who knows.....maybe he gets a look on our 2nd line RW to fill that spot.  i think he bumps up and down between leafs and marlies this year and then plays full time NHL from next season on.   good thing we have some 1-year contracts expiring cuz he'll need a roster spot soon enough.

- matt finn is going to be a HUGE upgrade on cody franson as our 3C within a couple of years i bet.  i bet he gets an Assistant Captaincy with the leafs by the time he's 25.  i feel very good about this guy developing into something quite special. 

- gauthier.  another guy that will warrant a roster spot starting next season i bet.  give him another year and he'll be fully ready for the 4C role on the Leafs.  Another good reason to have a bunch of these 1 year contracts for our bottom six this year.

- percy sounds like the next gunnarsson.  which would be fine with me.  could play either 5/6 D or perhaps pair with finn for our 3/4 pairing of the future if both develop fully.

- one of verhague or connor brown will never play in the nhl.  the other will be a surprise star. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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hard to believe that kessel got 36 goals WAY back in 2008/2009, when he was soooooo young, and he's only barely beat that total twice with 37.  is that because of marc savard?  you'd think that perhaps it had something to do with it.  i mean, a guy that's 20 gets 36 goals and you'd think that by the time he's 25 he'd be a perennial 40 goal guy.  of course, there's always heatly

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wake me up when it’s hockey season

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if kessel can kick it up one more notch (to a guy who scored 40+ goals and 85+ points a year regularly with a couple of 50-goal years)......and if the leafs make some good playoff runs and perhaps even all the way to the cup, you can bet that one day there'd be a kessel statue in Legends Row.  I mean, if he put up those numbers for the length of his contract and stayed healthy, he'd be at or near the top of goals, assists and points all time for the leafs.  okay......so it's highly unlikely he takes down salming's assists totals but goals and points are attainable, especially if he kicks it up one more notch for his prime. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Wednesday Mashup: Wake me up when it’s hockey season

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@Mcost61 @Bring the Cup Home @MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @TheCanucksnaphook 

well that's the problem.  any team who'd want kessel won't be anywhere near the mcdavid sweepstakes.  kessel can only get traded once in his life for a team in dire need of a rebuild based on super high draft picks.

3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton @MaxwellHowe @Walter_White @TheCanucksnaphook 

ending up with mcdavid or eichel is a big IF.  

3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @TheCanucksnaphook 

kessel i think would be easy to move and we'd get a king's ransom in futures as a return assuing we'd also take on whatever team is making the deal with us's worst contract to give them room for kessel.  if we took their worst contract (because we can and we would be deciding to do a FULL and PROPER rebuild) then we could get a TON of future prospects/picks for kessel, who's locked up long term.


phaneuf?  i think we could move him and also get decent futures return if, again, we took on a shitty contract in the deal. 

3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Cameron19 @TheCanucksnaphook 

yep.  agree.  it'd be a full on race for mcdavid or eichel.  to be honest, that'd be the most exciting thing to happen around here in a decade other than the bruins series.  

with both those guys avaialble in next summer's draft, teams won't be parting with 1st round picks that aren't protected from being a top 3 i'd imagine.  

3 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Reether 

not really the most improved, but i think by the end of this season, josh leivo will have proven he deserves a shot at the big league level.  

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Bruffins 

what's the score?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@maximus_asinus @Bring the Cup Home @Cameron19 

i'd pay him $5.2 per year to do that.......as long as it comes off the cap!!!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home 

if they were able to ice that lineup in fall of 2015 i'd be beyond excited.  

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@Cameron19 

wow.  i love that lineup.  you've conveniently gotten rid of clarkson which would be a bit of a magic trick.  

with a lineup like that i could easily see leivo fitting in and someone like ashton or broll on that 4th line.  i'd still pencil lupul into a spot on the top two lines.  

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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the big trade this year:


i am thinking that, approaching the trade deadline, we'll see the following things happening:

- reimer has been playing well, proving he's a number one goalie but bernier is better proving he's OUR number one goalie

- franson has had a good season and his value is as high as it's been since the lockout shortened year

- either matt finn or stuart percy is playing well enough to allow us to assume that one of them will be a future upgrade on franson long term

- bozak looks like he would be an ideal 2C in the NHL.  so does kadri.  neither looks like a 1C


we then make a blockbuster trade by packaging reimer, franson (or one of finn or percy) and either kadri or bozak for our true 1C to a team that is underperforming and are lining up as sellers at the deadline.  they get 3 really good pieces that are all still young and long term benefits to their team.  we get a true 1C (and probably backup goalie) in return to make a big push.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@vinoa @Bring the Cup Home 

good point.  but he wasn't pencilled in on the 4th line for the year.  and i doubt he will be a 4th liner this season.  just happened in the playoffs for a spell. 

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 

no stuart percy?  i see finn developing into the 4D that you have blank and percy will be fine as a 3rd pairing guy worst case.  

you think there is any chance Nylander can fill that 1C role one day?

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 @DylanJ 

On a winning team, you don't pay a 4th liner $5.2M per year either.  

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@docmma @loomx @peterbleafs 

not a chance in hell they win the conference.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@docmma 

islanders turned down the clarkson for tavares straight-up trade offer we made

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@docmma 

the traded david clarkson for john tavares straight up.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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the best contract on our team i think is JVR.  man.....4 more years of him at a $4.25M cap hit is insane. 

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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i'd say the deal for phil kessel is going to look REALLY good now that elite players are all signing for $9+ million.  i mean, phil all through his prime at $8M will be great if he continues to pot 30 - 40 goals and 75 - 85 points per year.


the deal for dion at $7M will look okay too now when applying the new economics to the equation.



1 month ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@leafmealone @ingy56 

Hhahaha.  Post of the day!

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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love the gardiner signing.  could be our new JVR type contract where, like JVR......the last few years are an absolute STEAL!   helps offset the clarkson contract! 

1 month ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / N Kadri ($5.000m) / W Nylander ($0.950m) 


jordan29 just posted that lineup and this 2nd line sure looks like it could be crazy good.  JVR would most likely be up on line 1 but to balance scoring this 2nd line sure would put the puck in the net a whole bunch. 

1 month ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Jordan29 

that 2nd line sure could be potent.

1 month ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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if we could replace clarkson with a winger at the same salary that is FAR more worth it re. 2nd line potential, i'd be very happy with our lineup.  with clarkson eating up the salary of an impact player, i'm not happy with our lineup. 

1 month ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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we could have gotten a king's ransom in return for reimer and franson if we traded them two months into last season as a package.  not so much anymore.  i say we keep 'em and see how they do. 

1 month, 1 week ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season

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@Xxxxxnew 

and if there is yet another gear hiding in phil somewhere i just want it unleashed cuz he'd be one of the best of the best.  

1 month, 1 week ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3

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@Xxxxxnew 

i guess the question then is not his pyhsique but his offseason work ethic. he still doesn't strike me as the guy who is working as hard as some do out there to be in peak physical condition.....

1 month, 1 week ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3

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i can't help but wonder if kessel will one day crank it up another notch or if he is what he is by now. 


don't get me wrong, he's an elite player and one of the best in the league.  and it may just be perception but it doesn't seem like he puts in a ton of time re. fitness and strength, etc. in the offseason.  he always looks a little pudgy and sometimes out of shape.  i wonder if at his age if he will decide to one day go nuts re. fitness and decide to crank it up so that he ends up as a perennial 40 - 50 goal guy instead of a perennial 30 - 40 goal guy. 

1 month, 1 week ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3

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man i wish we had the clarkson money and the gleason money for a $6.5M winger to play on that 2nd line.  if we could only make that one change, we'd be a good team.  the way our lineup looks now, i'm not overly optimistic about this upcoming season.

1 month, 1 week ago on Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

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@Cameron19 @lukethenuke @Bring the Cup Home @Jay_Berg 

i completely agree.  and i am hoping that kadri, gardiner, rielly, komorov improve and become that build-around-our-core this year, and that some of our young guys (leivo, percy, finn, granberg, nylander) become those upgrades that are built around our core in the next few years.  

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub @Bring the Cup Home @Jay_Berg 

agreed.  the comment was meant to illustrate that he needs to get 65+ points to 'play to his full potential'.  whether that ended up meaning more power play time, a stint as 1C when bozak is injured or due to hot play or whatever, it's not unreasonable to say that he is a 65+ point player if he reaches his full potential.  hell, he got 44 points in 48 games two years ago, and he wasn't on the first line then.....

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@Jay_Berg 

lots of blind hope in leafland.  i think many have finally succumbed to accepting mediocrity.  suggest we are thin at D and suddenly 'all teams are'.  suggest kadri could be better and get hit with all sorts of comments that he's awesome just as he is.  i wonder what it's like to be a red wings fan or blackhawks fan or kings fan and actually expect a great lineup and know what one is made up of?  damn that's be nice.....

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@WendelGilmour @Bring the Cup Home 

to me that's just a ridiculous opinion.  i'd take JVR over Kardi on my team for sure.  
unless kadri showed more than 50 point totals. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub @Bring the Cup Home @loomx 

i guess i'm the only one that thinks he had an off year and has room to improve.  cool.  i'm on board.  let's go for 10th place guys!!!!  

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub @Bring the Cup Home @loomx 

decent stat line yes, but i personally see his potential as much more than 50 points in an 82 game season.  i think that's why he was drafted, and that's where his value lies IF he realizes his full potential.  20G and 30A years?  i'm hoping for more from him. unless he vastly improves his defensive play. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@WendelGilmour @Bring the Cup Home 

do you really think kadri is more of a lock to perform than JVR?  

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub @Bring the Cup Home @loomx 

i'd much prefer to have the 44 points in 48 games version of him who took a few games over and won them himself.  not the 50 point version we got last year.  and using our centers as the benchmark and saying that 'none of them has done that' doesn't mean much to me, unless we're happy where we are as a team that has proven to be absolute shit recently. or unless we have at least one center on our team putting up 65+ points. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@RandomScrub @Bring the Cup Home @loomx 

and has proven a defensive liability.  are you saying that kadri, as is without imrpovement, is the 2C you want on your team?

1 month, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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