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get him 15 goals and 15 assists or so per year with solid puck control and forecheck and that's all i want from him. maybe one or two years he cracks 20 goals but no need to get anywhere near 30 to provide value. just do what you're doin' david......and listen to wiski and leave the shield on!!!
5 hours, 12 minutes ago on Game 10 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Blue Jackets 1
haha. i kind of hope he does. i don't need to see any more from him that what he's brought so far this season. i'd gladly take 6 more years of this exact play.
5 hours, 13 minutes ago on Game 10 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Blue Jackets 1
god i hope clarkson doesn't get hurt after taking the visor off. he has looked exactly like the player we wanted when we signed him.
5 hours, 28 minutes ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
five thoughts after watching tonight's game:
1. winnik is so damn solid. plays responsibly in every role he's put in. i see us at our best if we can find a way to get him as the anchor of the 4th line, but have him fill in admirably when injuries push him higher.
2. ashton. nice to see him get in there. i thought he looked just fine and should get a bunch more chances now with lupul's injury.
3. holland. he's really come on strong the past few games. keep it up peter!
4. team defense. forwards and d-men included.....the past two games are how to play to increase your chance of winning. getting the puck out of our end with efficiency and confidence. i LOVE it and hope it continues against better teams.
5. kessel. i'm guilty as charged but man does anyone in the game put up points as consistently as him? you could count the ones that do on one hand. keep on doing what you do phil.
5 hours, 29 minutes ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
@DeclanK @Bring the Cup Home
shit man....he's been one of our best all year.
11 hours, 36 minutes ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
is lupul really out with a broken hand??
11 hours, 37 minutes ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
@Yan28 @Bring the Cup Home
yeah.....kinda hurts i guess that their top prospect (nylander) and another guy who could contribute on the marlies (johnson) are both in sweden. if it weren't for that, i'd be worried. i do expect more from them though. how has matt finn looked so far this year?
16 hours, 42 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Percy recalled, Game Day in Columbus
@ingy56 @Bring the Cup Home @docmma
oh that douche.
16 hours, 44 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Percy recalled, Game Day in Columbus
who is o'dog?
16 hours, 56 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Percy recalled, Game Day in Columbus
they gotta start scoring some goals. been very weak at putting the puck in the net.
i predict a breakout weekend for kadri and lupul points wise. i'm predicting 3 - 4 points each between tonight and tomorrow.
16 hours, 57 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Percy recalled, Game Day in Columbus
with buffalo and carolina being so bad both eichela and mcdavid may end up in the east. over time, i bet the east gets better compared to the west, cuz the west is SO much better the past few years.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
just before. 1st week of december. gardiner.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
@Burtonboy @Bring the Cup Home
i just miss it overall i gotta say.
yeah it really seems like it's becoming a thing of the past.
two fights so far this season for the leafs. 2nd fewest in the league. what a difference from what it's normally like. i miss it to be honest.
@sniperstar @Marlies Man @NinetyThree
what's the average age of players in that league? are there a lot of 18 year olds? are there a lot of 30-somthings? curious....
1 day, 11 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
@Savo43 @Bring the Cup Home @Jmessih
i'd WAY rather take couturier. by about 100X.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
sure, but we could do better if gardiner was in play.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
both lupul and kadri have played better than their point totals show. 3 points for lupul? man, he's been a force almost every night and could have a lot more than that. kadri with only 2 points so far and zero assists? that won't last either. lupul on pace for under 30 points and kadri on pace for under 20 points. obviously they'll both get far more than that so the law of averages will work in our favor there. i'd expect each to end up in the 50's for points so that would mean a healthy ppg average from here on in.
they've been playing well and controlling the puck nicely and it'll be good to see them have a breakout week and each net 5 points or so over a 3 or 4 game stretch.
and bozak has turned into a bit of a point machine. he may regress as i wouldn't expect him at 80 points this year, but i wouldn't be surprised to see him push 70 points if he stayed healthy. not much more you could ask for a guy at his salary!
@ingy56 @Bring the Cup Home
the other 40 years we weren't this hopeless. we had spurts where we were solid. 92/93, then bad for 5 years but then good again from 99 - 2001. then just bad since then.
3 days, 11 hours ago on GDT: Game #9, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN 4)
okay so here's my theory. the past 8 years is really the first generation of the 'media overload' time that we live in. before that, there was no iPhone or Twitter or TSN 3, 4 and 5. not as many 24 hour a day screens that need to be filled. theory is that this may very well be affecting the leafs more than other organizations because it's the silliest here and it creates a domino effect. the fans live and die with every game cuz we all can follow 24 hours a day now, even when walking down the street. so this magnifies things and those in the leaf organization - players, coaches, GM's - are affected by this indirectly and it prevents us from EVER just relaxing, playing, coaching and being a good team.
so perhaps this is the root of why we can't EVER seem to improve even with new coaches, GM's and players.
we may be doomed to an eternity of this.
@Mcost61 @Bring the Cup Home
good point. and there is the problem. teams that end up with players with the effort levels of the kessels and ovechkins of the world end up like us. and those with the towes and bergerons of the world end up where they are.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Komas Taberle @Bring the Cup Home
could fetch us a really good young forward prospect.
those guys aren't all A level prospects though so Brown and Johnson may not be any better than what we have now. i agree that nylander and rielly are A-level prospects though so that's good.
could also do something i don't want to see but for a shakeup try clarkson on the 2nd line and winnik on the 4th line and go with:
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson
Leo - Santo - Leivo
Winnik - Holland - Booth
What about that if healthy?
as streaky as both the leafs and gardiner have proven to be over the past few years, they're both bound to have a hot streak at some point this season. THAT is when we should trade him....not now. When he's on a hot streak, he is looking pretty damn good.
carlyle needs to shake the lineup up a little. and more than just by adding ashton (which he should definitely do). kadri may need a better winger than winnik to fuel goals from that line. hell, put winnik up with bozak and JVR and put kessel out with kadri and lupul. something like:
Lupul - Kadri - Kessel
JVR - Bozak - Winnik
Leo - Santo - Clarkson
Ashton - Holland - Pannik (then Booth).
JVR and Phil may create more balanced scoring that way. Could be worth a try. Although i loathe to give kadri what would appear the 1C label as the only place he's a good number ONE center is in his own mind!
4 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
kadri telling them all how him and tavares are pretty much the same player!
4 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
yeah subban would be real shit to have on your team. i'd way rather have dion. ugh.
DeMar has natural talent as well. He just doesn't take it for granted and works and so he's now getting to be one of the best.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
yep. he sure is. franson's not great either. out of our D so far i only like Polak, Percy and Rielly.
DeRozan is everything Kessel is not. a guy who constantly WORKS to improve his already allstar calibre game.
they're easy to like these days. lots of character on the team.
oh hell yeah.
the sad truth is that we are so bad and inconsistent because our players simply lose way more simple puck battles than our opponent. gardiner is probably the worst. the guy stops skating when he hits our blue line and floats to the puck. by then, the opposing forward is in there too and bumps him, grabs the puck and creates a scoring chance.
we need to hit the reset button on the compete level!!!
- hungry young players who work hard in the offseason and take winning very seriously now.
- guys who actually WANT to be playing in toronto.
- a bunch of young draft picks that should start paying dividends big time from this season
- one of the best home crowds in the game that ALL teams know and talk about.
what do the leafs have?
- a huge amount of pride in playing as a team and getting on each other about it
this is gonna be the raptors' town very soon. like, in another month if the raps come out of the gate hot and looking good the city will get behind them BIG TIME this season.
do we have all our picks in the upcoming drafts? do we have extra picks or less than the norm?
5 days, 15 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
chain of events that got us where we are and if the following two moves had of been made differently, or not made at all, we may be a vastly different looking team:
- trade for kessel. that one move right there was a big part in our team identity that we are suffering through and is now set up for a total of over 10 years of.
- trade for dion. most overrated amongst his peers every year. yeah let's get him as our anchor and hell, make him captain while we're at it. after all, he did play the tunes on his first day here.
i am really starting to think that dion and phil, our two highest paid players, at ages where they should be considered leaders.....well.....they're leading all right. dion leads the league is nicest shoes closet and phil leads the league in being as good as possible while seemingly not giving a shit about defensive responsibility. okay, he's tied with OV for that.
they honestly thought/think that we are close to being good. the worst thing that could have happened was us making the playoffs in the lockout year. if only they would've been able to play the last 40 games that year, fall off the cliff and not make the playoffs. if that had of happened, which is likely that it would have, there wouldn't have been that false hope in the eyes of nonis. he wouldn't have resigned dion and phil to monster long term deals locking us into a mediocre future. and now he's doing what every other GM in toronto has always done.....adding some veteran pieces by mortgaging a bit of the future to prove that he's been right all along.
classic leafs management style. even they get blue and white disease.
take on HUGE bad contracts at the start of the rebuild and get even more draft picks. have 2 first rounders and two 2nd rounders every year for three or four straight years.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
it all really did start with the kessel trade. if we had of picked up seguin that year we would have still been horrible for another two years. say the following three years we picked:
- Huberdeau at 3rd overall in 2011.
- Morgan Rielly who we got in 2012.
- Seth Jones at 4th in 2013.
How much more excited would we be right now as we are still losing but starting to look like we got a real future?
And also add in Douggie Hamilton (assuming the leafs made the same pick)
here's a question. how bad was chicago before drafting kane and toews? and how long did it take them to get good after that?
they don't think they're as bad as they are.
“We have to reset,” Spott said following practice Friday. “It’s a matter
of going back to basics and getting pucks to the net and simplifying
it. I think,sometimes, when you have this much skill, they can try to
get a little bit too cute or a little bit too fancy sometimes. It’s
fuck it.....i'm buying stock in a company that makes reset buttons. the leafs will keep them in business forever with the amount of times they go out and 'hit the reset button'.
then tell kadri 'you're the fuckin' best man......you're now 1st line center' and let him rack up some points (while looking terribly defensively). but he puts up enough points over the rest of the year to trade him for another 1st round pick next season.
just be buffalo is all i'm saying. i'd rather watch that unfold over the next 5 years than what we've been subjected to the past 10, which is a middling, maddening team that looks good one night and looks lottery bound the next.