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@MikeGartner11 @Bring the Cup Home @T K O 

could very well be right.  i just have a feeling that holland is gonna turn some heads this season and be the one guy who has a 'breakout year'.

55 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@T K O @Bring the Cup Home 

helluva nice balance with that lineup.  great bottom 6, particularly the 4th line as a HUGE improvement over last year.

1 hour, 1 minute ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@WesternDP @Bring the Cup Home 

i can't see ashton cracking the lineup with all those new guys that have experience coming in.

1 hour, 6 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@mike_84 @Jmessih 

ha.  was just thinking the exact same thing as i posted a potential lineup above....

1 hour, 8 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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Lupul - Bozak - Kessel (19 minutes a night)

JVR - Kadri - Clarkson (18 minutes a night)

Booth - Holland - Santorelli (13 minutes a night)

Winnik - Kontiola - Komorov (10 minutes a night)

Frattin (fills in for Clarkson or Santorelli if one of them needs press box time or injured)


Phaneuf - Robidas

Gardiner - Polak

Rielly - Franson 

Granberg

Bernier

Riemer


1 hour, 9 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@FakeJake51 

my bet is holland WILL shine!

1 hour, 14 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Pent_House 

what about him?

1 hour, 18 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@KesselJVR 

poor rielly.  i could see this entire lineup working except i do think holland is the guy for 3C duties.  i'd also carry a younger guy as the 7D like granberg or even loov.

but looking at your lineup it's nice to see that we should be much more balanced this year, both on forward and on defense.  with those D pairings i could see the minutes going something like:


Phaneuf - Polak  play 21 minutes per night

Gardiner - Robidas play 21 minutes per night

Rielly - Franson play 18 minutes per night

(the 3rd pairing there should actually get some serious PP time considering how offensive they both are so phaneuf - polak then become the shutdown pairing)

1 hour, 20 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@Jmessih 

i like this lineup.  i like it a lot.  

1 hour, 24 minutes ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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@ Keon @Bring the Cup Home 

well i guess it would depend on how the year ended.....if there was a playoff series win, even just make it to 2nd round, he'd be loved.

21 hours, 14 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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@ Keon @Bring the Cup Home 

if the leafs turn around by having a good year, carlyle will be loved again.

21 hours, 15 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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Booth - Holland - Clarkson


Booth and Clarkson with comeback years and Holland with breakout year.  Could be a helluva 3rd line.  One that i could see being very tough to play against if all went well with those 3 players.  

21 hours, 16 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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@ Keon 

wtf?  if we have a good year what will we think?  if good year involves back to playoffs i'd be happy.  

21 hours, 18 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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with the playoff run that holland had for the marlies last spring and with him just 23 years old and gradually gaining NHL experience, i think he may just be our breakout player of the year this year.  if he ended up snagging the 3C role and played well out of the gate, i wouldn't be surprised to see 40 points out of him.  he was almost a PPG game player in his AHL career, and then the playoffs last spring he took it to another level with 7 goals and 8 assists in just 11 games.  This could be the year he puts it together at the NHL level and filling the 3C role could be just the right place for him.  40 points not out of the question for him this year which would be f'n awesome to see. 

21 hours, 23 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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@ingy56 @barjv01 

yeah i'd do that in a heartbeat.

21 hours, 40 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey

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@Cameron19 @ShiFty_D 

agree but i would also say this year is make-or-break for frattin.  i mean honestly, at what point do you say 'he is what he is'.  he'll be 27 years old in january for cryin' out loud.  27.  halfway through his prime.  sure there's the odd exception but are we still planning on calling frattin a 'potential talent' when he's 30??

1 day, 3 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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okay, i'll start by saying i am guilty as charged in following the ridiculous media stories that permeate sports these days.  but man, the way i'm feeling now (after a pipe just cleared my head!) it is just out of control and stupid.  i guess this is what a dozen all sports channels and websites and blogs and twitter accounts need to feed them all.  stories like:

- phil kessel's fitness level and workout regime

- the NFL and their silly criminal players

- does this player get along with that player

- anything an owner in the NBA says that has nothing to do with basketball

- at least half of sports media these days and all they say


I mean it's just overload and someone below posted how it's beyond annoying now and i tend to agree.  the players in toronto may just get over this hump by laughing it off and talking in the dressing about just how stupid it all has become when they talk to press anymore.  Everything has to be a soap opera with the media and it's only because they have 24 hours of airtime on a bazillion outlets to fill. 


Bring on the season i say, where we're hopefully going to be able to start talking more about hockey!!

1 day, 17 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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so is it correct to assume that if dion plays left side that he and gardiner will not be a pair?  what are you all thinking the D will look like?

1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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kadri is gonna have a banner year in my opinion.  i predict 20 - 25 goals and 40 - 45 assists. 

1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@Cameron19 @Bring the Cup Home 

I think JVR will hit 40 in his career once or twice. 

1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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who hits 40 goals in a season first in their career, phil or JVR?

1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@gottabe_KD @canadianthriller 

our team may actually be good when we can replace frattin with a more mature leivo or nylander on that 2nd line wing position.  should be next year for one of those two to prove worthy in my opinion.  

2 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@jimmyg65 @Bring the Cup Home 

i agree that phil MAY be at the top of his game and has no room for improvement in his compete or fitness levels, but i personally think it's also quite possible that he IS leaving up to 10 goals and up to 20 points on the table.  sure it's possible that this is not the case but you can't tell me it's ridiculous to suggest that it's possible.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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i can't help but think a few things:

-  Perhaps it's the media's fault.  Perhaps it's us....the fans' fault.  but man the media blowing up the phil kessel/steve spott story like this and all of us talking about it like we do and it's no wonder the leafs can't attract and keep great talent. 

-  Phil's interview.  it seems like phil is indeed a guy who plays his own tune, and doesn't sound like he has a care in the world when it comes to improving in the summer.  hell, he doesn't even think about hockey in the summer.  the antithesis of demar derozan on the raps.  that guy busts his ass all summer not only 'thinking or talking' about basketball but actually working on his game.  look what it's done for him.  damn phil.....just show us all how good you really COULD be.  this guy could be a 40 - 50 goal, 85 - 100 point guy if he poured all he had into being the best he could be.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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@dlb Mad @Bring the Cup Home 

if he gets 50 points with the marlies this year, it would prove that he is VERY much for real.  i see him putting up 25 - 30 points, mostly on power play time.  

5 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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leivo is so done with this kids' game.  he's just waiting on leafs camp.  he'll go in there ready to rock.

5 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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Bibeau certainly must be pleased with his game so far.

5 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@AussieLeafOfTheGTA @Bring the Cup Home 

it will be shocking if brown hits the OHL and puts up numbers this year.  even internally they've been calling him a long term project.  i suspect he'll have a slow first year, kind of like greg mckegg then next year come in and own the marlies.  but man, imagine if he just jumps right in and proves he belongs, and never looks back.

5 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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just imagine if everything they say about brown turns out to NOT be true, and his game ends up translating just fine to the pro game and within a few years he progresses just as did in the OHL to be a top point getter at the NHL level.  that would be just INSANE.  the type of luck from a late round pick we haven't had since.....hmmmmm......kaberle??

5 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@CanuckUKinToronto 

no way verhaeghe is our top line center on the marlies.  greg mckegg is more developed to play that role.  same would go for brown i'd think.  doubt he's on the top line. 

5 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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let's see verhagie and brown on this power play now.  5 on 3.  they should score.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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@Luke_R 

leivo is a man amongst boys in this tourney.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #3: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

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interesting that Dubas hates the +/- statistic. 

6 days ago on Monday Mashup: Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite Cal Heeter to camp?

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as interesting as camp will be this year, next year there will be a bunch of our young D-prospects hitting that make or break age range.  this year it'll be easier to send the young guys down, but next year we will have a lot of them hitting an age where they'd be looking to crack the NHL 'now or never' type thing:

- Loov

- Granberg

- Holzer

- Percy

- Nilsson

- Finn

- probably forgetting more

6 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Xxxxxnew 

not the end of the world.   playing in a great league there, and the swedes produce some very good D-men.  i like the fact we have a few in our system.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@FakeJake51 

start of training camp.  there is i'd say one forward spot and one D spot that could be grabbed unexpectedly by a young guy (leivo top candidate on forward, and maybe loov or percy on the backend), but they'd need extremely solid camps.  i think it's great to have all this competition for the roles.  i just wish we had a 2nd line winger to go with kadri and lupul who could give us a VERY good top 6.  fingers crossed that clarkson starts off strong and gets a bunch of confidence back.


back to the main point of your post though, i don't think there will be any big surprises at leaf camp and only think that those two spots may be up for grabs. 

6 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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i've seen no posts at all about connor brown.  how has he looked at the rookie tourney? 

6 days, 1 hour ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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when's the big club's first preseason game?


6 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Yan28 @Bring the Cup Home 

yep.  if reimer was able to have better glove control and puck handling, he'd be a beast.  until then....i'll take calm and cool bernier as my number 1.  

6 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Yan28 

would be great if sparks and bibeau both had good years wherever they land.  that said, i could see bernier being our guy for the next 5 - 10 years, and i'd be happy with that.  i still contend that he's going to be one of the top 5 goalies in the league over the next decade, as i think he'll be very consistent. 

6 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@peterbleafs @dlb Mad @Yan28 

i like the fact nonis signed some veterans meaning that the likes of nylander and leivo don't get rushed into things.  a couple of those 1 year deals will be great because next year nylander and leivo will both earn roster spots i bet.  leivo will challenge this year and probably get called up a couple of times.  i think by next season a roster spot is his to lose at camp. 

6 days, 3 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Jmessih @Bring the Cup Home 

i completely agree.....would be great if he went down with the confidence of being 'almost there' though wouldn't it?

1 week, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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will be interesting at rookie camp to see how gauthier looks.  if his skating has improved drastically, he could look NHL ready as he plays such a solid defensive game and his size is already there. 

I expect him and Leivo to make it deep into Leafs camp this year as the hot young guys making it a tough decision. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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Liewike can't leave soon enough.  douchebag.  f him all the way out of town.  get lost buddy. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Marlies Man @ingy56 @Bring the Cup Home 

agree re. leo.  i'd rather have him than kuli, especially at their current salaries....

1 week, 2 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@MaxwellHowe @loomx @Bring the Cup Home 

let's face it.  the conference finals THIS year would be a miracle.  

1 week, 2 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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the one player i think we'll miss more than others this year is kulemin.  i always liked his play.  solid.  nothing flashy but the type of solid responsible play that you don't notice till it's gone. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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we make it to the conference finals this year if:

- lupul and booth stay healthy and play to their potential

- rielly takes a step forward

- gardiner plays all year like he did down the stretch and has his best year as a pro at both ends of the ice

- kadri kicks it up one notch and has his best year as a pro at both ends of the ice

- JVR and Phil play like......JVR and Phil

- Bernier has a healthy year and plays like....Bernier

- Phaneuf averages about 22 minutes a night and has gas in the tank down the home stretch

- Franson plays like he did in the shortened season 2 years ago, or better

- Clarkson rebounds and is halfway between what we expected when signing him and what we got from him last season

- Komorov.  'nuff said there.


That is a lot of if's.  And that's what it'd take to get deep this year.  I could do a 'we finish 11th or worse in the East if.....' list but looking more at glass half full right now. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@JMAC17 @Bring the Cup Home 

i bet there is a big difference between those that REALLY go hard in the summer and those that just 'work out like everyone else'.  see derozan, demar for an example of what going the extra mile in the summer can do for your game.

1 week, 2 days ago on Gary Roberts on TSN 1050

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the bit on phil kessel starts at 16:10.


man i just wish kessel would go absolutely hardcore on fitness and training and kick it up one more notch.  i don't think fishing phil has it in him to go hard at the off-ice stuff though and i think we'll get what we're used to....which is pretty damn good.  i wonder if he'd get up to a 40 - 50 goal guy rather than a 30 - 40 goal guy with more dedication to training hard. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Gary Roberts on TSN 1050

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