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@TheLoovTrain 

although the list of young players you listed is good, it's still not great by any stretch, when comparing to other teams.  it will all depend in what we acquire, draft and develop over the next few years.  we need our franchise center.  that is something missing since mats and without it we will never be that good.  

come on lottery!!  

11 hours, 31 minutes ago on GDT: Game #63, Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (7 p.m., CityTV)

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@TheColborneUltimatum @TuckerForPunishment @Bring the Cup Home 

domi, duclair and whoever will be an amazing line in a few years time......

13 hours, 53 minutes ago on GDT: Game #63, Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (7 p.m., CityTV)

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@TheColborneUltimatum @Bring the Cup Home 

yep.  that's why i feel good about the potential for what we'll get for phaneuf.  and i would imagine kessel's return would be DAMN special.  

13 hours, 58 minutes ago on GDT: Game #63, Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (7 p.m., CityTV)

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the return the coyotes got for yandle makes me think the market for phaneuf could be good.  what we really need is for the cap to go up and for a handful of D-men sign for $8+ million and a couple to go for $9 million.  then phaneuf seems like a decent deal for the minutes he can eat up and for the points he can put up.  to think of what the rangers had to give up for just one more year of yandle, when a team could get dion who could play 22+ solid minutes a night for them for YEARS.  i would not be surprised to see the kings, if voynov looks to be gone forever by this summer, could package up a nice package and go for dion on the draft floor.

i'm thinking we get their first round pick on draft day (15th overall), their 2nd and 3rd rounder in the 2016 draft, and a prospect like winger Adrian Kempe:

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/adrian-kempe/


either way, i'm excited for draft day when one or both of phaneuf and kessel will be moved.  it should be very interesting what we get for them.  in fact, with their deals so long term, whether we trade them this summer or not isn't the end of the world.  their value will just go up and up over the next 2 years as the cap rises and the length remaining on their deals gets under 5 years.

I could see us trading one of them this summer and the other one next summer.  each could get us a prospect and 1st round pick, with kessel bringing back an A+ level prospect. 

think about yandle getting duclair and those picks.  wow.  duclair is an A-level prospect. 

14 hours, 6 minutes ago on GDT: Game #63, Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (7 p.m., CityTV)

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the return the coyotes got for yandle makes me think the market for phaneuf could be good.  what we really need is for the cap to go up and for a handful of D-men sign for $8+ million and a couple to go for $9 million.  then phaneuf seems like a decent deal for the minutes he can eat up and for the points he can put up.  to think of what the rangers had to give up for just one more year of yandle, when a team could get dion who could play 22+ solid minutes a night for them for YEARS.  i would not be surprised to see the kings, if voynov looks to be gone forever by this summer, could package up a nice package and go for dion on the draft floor.

i'm thinking we get their first round pick on draft day (15th overall), their 2nd and 3rd rounder in the 2016 draft, and a prospect like winger Adrian Kempe:

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/adrian-kempe/


either way, i'm excited for draft day when one or both of phaneuf and kessel will be moved.  it should be very interesting what we get for them.  in fact, with their deals so long term, whether we trade them this summer or not isn't the end of the world.  their value will just go up and up over the next 2 years as the cap rises and the length remaining on their deals gets under 5 years.  

I could see us trading one of them this summer and the other one next summer.  each could get us a prospect and 1st round pick, with kessel bringing back an A+ level prospect. 

think about yandle getting duclair and those picks.  wow.  duclair is an A-level prospect. 

14 hours, 15 minutes ago on GDT: Game #62, Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

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i'd love to see the leafs end up with:

- 2015 draft - 3 X first round picks, 2 X 2nd round picks

- 2016 draft - 3 X first round picks, 3 X 2nd round picks, 3 X 3rd round picks, 3 X fourth round picks

if we were able to do this, our prospect cupboard would be full as hell, especially if two of those picks were top 4 picks overall. 

1 day, 18 hours ago on GDT: Game #62, Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Mitch_S2 

great idea!  they need to do this, and i think they will.  agents who's clients are having trouble getting signed and who are wanting those 1-year 'show me' deals will for sure recommend they go to the leafs, get a bigger role, put up some more points and then sign a longer term deal after the 1-year.  for the leafs, if we did this with 2-3 players each year for the next two years hopefully we get a 2nd, a 3rd and a 4th round pick each of the next two years all just for some free agent signings and letting them play during the rebuild.  

1 day, 18 hours ago on GDT: Game #62, Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

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the fact that 3 of the top 5 OHL points leaders are 1997 birthdays and entering their draft year signifies to me the talent available at the top end of the draft this year is impressive.  isn't the ohl leaderboard usually loaded with players who've already been drafted near the top?

3 days, 16 hours ago on GDT: Game #61, Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@OTL 

we get a 1st for bozie and we have 3 first round picks this year.  giddy up for that.  

3 days, 16 hours ago on GDT: Game #61, Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@docmma @Bring the Cup Home 

anyways, these would all be pretty good problems to have!!!!  

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@docmma @Bring the Cup Home 

jvr will be able to develop with age into a guy who goes in front of the net, whereas nylander can replace phil in the role of small speedy winger.  better yet, we sign a veteran leader to play on that wing with mcDavid and JVR.  one who is defensively responsible with a scoring touch.  

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@docmma @Bring the Cup Home 

yes i would.  i don't want McDavid having to play 2nd fiddle to Phil at that point nor learning how to play from phil.  and i also don't think you'd have any trouble whatsoever finding a free agent winger to sign when the time is right, to come play along side McDavid.  Strome shores us up down the middle for years to come as well.  we then add veteran pieces via free agency and continued development of JVR, Nylander, Leivo, etc. etc.  

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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next deal for columbus is on the draft floor.  phil kessel for their first pick in this year's draft, and 2nd and 3rd picks in next year's draft.  columbus picks 6th this year and we make the deal only because dylan strome is still available when the pick's time come up.  we've already gotten mcdavid, so now we got mcDavid and strome (and nashville's pick and yet another first rounder we snag for bozak) and have what will become known in the future as the best draft in leafs history. 

yeah baby!!!!  let's keep the miracles rolling!!!!

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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i'd love to see us grab a 1st round pick for bozak. 
that'd give us 3 X 1st round picks in this year's draft, which would be oh so nice.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@wiski 

yep.  on the draft floor hopefully when the 6th or 7th overall comes up, they announce a trade where we've dumped dion and grab another top prospect by picking 6th or 7th overall along with mcdavid which we'll have just scooped a hour earlier!!!

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@drummond @MaxwellHowe 

how will he live off of the millions and millions of dollars he's now getting in toronto?  i just don't know how he'll do it....


3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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ryan rupert is having a real nice 2nd half of the season for the marlies.  i like to see that.  connor brown is just one point away from taking over the lead for rookie points totals in the AHL.  i LOVE to see that. 

3 days, 18 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@mtommy 

as i understand, he doesn't have to retire for that.  just stay on LTIR and his cap hit is erased.  this is a move only made possible by their financial might.  and it's genuius.

3 days, 19 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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Nonis might just have saved his job. 

3 days, 19 hours ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@Jay31 @TheColborneUltimatum @Omac13 

by the time it's all done, i bet we end up with 3 X 1sts and 3 X 2nds in next year's draft, based on trades.  that will be the year we really stock our cupboards.  

4 days, 19 hours ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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@kxbarillas 

i'd love to see a 1st rounder and okay prospect for him.  

or a 2nd rounder and GOOD prospect.

hell, i'd take just a really good prospect that seems pretty can't miss. 

4 days, 19 hours ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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@zoidbergman @Bring the Cup Home 

why?  is sekera better than franson?

4 days, 19 hours ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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could we have not made that deal with the kings just for franson?

4 days, 19 hours ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

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@Marlies Man @Bring the Cup Home 

nope.  they picked wingers and/or soft guys with most of their first overall picks.  we'd pick guys up the middle.  also, the biggest difference would be connor mcdavid being generational.  

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Whalz 

if the leafs ended up with the 2nd pick are you saying you wouldn't take eichel?

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jay31 @Burn_the_Loov_Boats 

agree.  cant' have too many good D.  maybe we end up with our 1C in the 2016 draft if we get hanafin this year.  i'd be totally stoked with hanafin don't get me wrong.  my view is we need a top 4 pick this year.  anything we get in the top 4 would be great (with top 2 being silly good).  5th of lower and it's just more of the same. 

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Marlies Man @Bring the Cup Home 

and to take it one step further into dreamland, with mcdavid and stome developing in their rookie years, the leafs finish close to dead last.  they end up getting first overall pick again and grab matthews.  they now have the best young center in the game (mcdavid) and two others that would be considered potential franchise cornerstones.  suddenly they are flush with centers, meaning that they could trade one of them when the time is right to grab an asbolute stud D to go with rielly.  

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats 

he's definitely a potential number 1 D-Man.  he's the best D in the world for his age, so he's gotta have that potential.  i too would be ecstatic to get him, but for some reason, i'd rather have strome.  i think cuz it's just been so long since we've had a center with the hope of being a big, true number 1C.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Marlies Man @Bring the Cup Home 

let a guy have some irrational dreams to get through these dark days would ya?!?

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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posted this dream scenario yesterday, but here's the type of luck we need to turn our fortunes around:

- finish in the bottom 4, but WIN the lottery.  draft connor mcdavid.  draft day is the biggest success in team history!  you are completed stoked and pop a few beers to celebrate.

- but wait.....as you crack your third beer, we've gotten to the 6th overall pick, which happens to belong to the columbus blue jackets.

- amazingly, the surprise of the draft so far is that dylan strome is still available.  

- a murmur develops, and a trade is announced.

- phil kessel to the blue jackets for this pick, plus their 3rd round pick today, and their 2nd round pick in next year's draft.  apparently the blue jackets thought they only finished so low due to injuries and preferred to go with phil rather than strome.  

- leafs step to the mic and draft strome.

- we're 6 picks into the draft and now have mcdavid and strome donning blue and white and getting interviewed together with shannahan there.  

- suddenly, our biggest weakness in the past 10 years (center) has been shored up with one generational center and another potential franchise center with us for years to come.  

- you rush out to yonge street to join the gathering crowd who are celebrating. 

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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apparently austen matthews is potentially as good as eichel, and an early shoe-in to go 1st overall in 2016.  here's hoping we retain horacek and finish dead last next year and get the 1st overall as the absolute basement of our rebuild.

"Matthews is far and away the best 2016 prospect. He faced off against 2015 top uber-prospect Jack Eichel on Oct. 18 in a game vs. Boston University and the two played a game of  “whatever you can do, I can do better.”

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Savo43 

i want nothing to do with skinner.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Dogger 

horacek if he can get us mcdavid!!

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@HHT @sharkbabysitter 

wow.  san jose gets mcdavid in the first run of this simulator i did.  shows the power of the new lottery system right there.  that would be just crazy.  

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@DeclanK 

holy f'n shit.  that is the craziest thing i've heard.  wow.  and again this year.  this is bad bad bad.  gotta stop.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Hammertownleaffan @Bring the Cup Home 

auston matthews....described as:

6'2" and close to 200 pounds at the age of 17.

"Matthews is far and away the best 2016 prospect. He faced off against 2015 top uber-prospect Jack Eichel on Oct. 18 in a game vs. Boston University and the two played a game of  “whatever you can do, I can do better.”  Each finished with two goals and one assist." 

go tank nation.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Hammertownleaffan @Bring the Cup Home 

wait......it gets better.......with McDavid and Strome and Rielly all learning to ply their trade at the NHL level, they have a bad year next year and we get 1st overall just one more time.  we get auston matthiews.  

now we have 3 of the best young centers in the league.  at some point, probably trade one for a STUD defenseman to play with rielly, have wingers like nylander and brown and a bring in a bunch of good veteran WINNERS over the next couple of years and voila.....we're the next coming of the New York Islanders.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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picture this if you will:

we win the lottery and get 1st overall.

columbus ends up somehow with the 5th or 6th overall pick. 

it's draft day, and surprisingly dylan strome did not go in the top 4.  columbus, figuring they are poised to make a run now (and only had a bad year due to injury troubles) decides they don't need another prospect and trade their pick to the leafs (and their 2nd and 3rd picks the following year) for phil kessel.  

We end up with Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome as of this summer. 

That would be way too cool. 

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@sniperstar @Bring the Cup Home @Hammertownleaffan 

i don't think it'll be biggs.  and i'm not sure gauthier will be a 3rd liner on any real good team.  i just don't think he's got the speed or skill, but i hope i'm wrong.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@cryptotho @ Top Jimmy 

horacek for coach just one more year.  at this rate, we'd get 1st overall next year to add to our 4th overall this year (Strome) and hopefully another good player or two from the first two rounds of this year's and next year's draft.  i'd hope we have at least 2 X 1st rounder (including 1st overall), 3 X 2nd rounders and 2 x 3rd rounders in the 2016 draft and really score 1 franchise player and another couple of solid players.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@sniperstar @Bring the Cup Home @Hammertownleaffan 

i think either rupert or gauthier will make a great 4C one day when we are a really good team.  like....in 2021.  

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Hammertownleaffan @Bring the Cup Home 

but how have they been playing for the marlies?  i'd like to see them both finish the year very strong but it's not looking like their years in the AHL have been that great at all from stats.  but i haven't seen the games....

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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question for those of you who watch a lot of marlies this year.....

did both leivo and percy take as big a step back this year in their development as their stats would indicate?  i was hoping for big things from both these guys.  next year is shaping up to be a bit of a make or break year for them if you ask me.  not a ton of players develop into IMPACT players by playing the AHL much beyond what they'd have under their belts by the end of next season. 

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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funny how in some ways jack eichel is so unproven....or perhaps just more of an unknown quantity.  i mean, talk is that he too is a generational talent perhaps, but when a guy doesn't play in the CHL it's tough to gauge where he is truly at, is it not? 

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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@djamon @Bring the Cup Home 

yeah, i just couldn't imagine having that in the blue and white from the draft table all the way through the prime of his career and who knows.....maybe his whole career.  i mean, imagine if we won the lottery and watched a guy ring up 600+ goals and 1,500+ points in the blue and white and go down as one of the top 5 players to ever play the game.  dammit i hope all the decades of futility and bad luck is leading to a win at this year's draft lottery.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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@Scotty_8 @zoidbergman 

that was back when the schenn brothers were the next coming of christ.  both of 'em.  oh how times have changed.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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mcdavid is otherworldly.  86 points in 34 games?


man.....i honestly don't know what i'd do if the leafs win the lottery.  exciting would be an understatement.  we'd most likely witness a few seasons of hart trophy hockey for the first time in decades. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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@phaneufoundlander 

we NEED a top 4 pick in this draft.  anyone in the top 4 and i'm happy.  

win the lottery and we should have a parade based solely on getting to watch mcdavid for the next decade work his magic in the blue and white.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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@vji67 @Bring the Cup Home 

although i agree with you, it certainly matters from which team those picks would come.  if buffalo wanted to make that deal, i'd do it in a heartbeat.   if edmonton or carolina wanted to make that deal, i'd also do it. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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