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Not one for doiing so, but I'd be remiss if I didn't post a note to applaud MLHS -- the depth of content provided continues to grow and it's of serious, serious quality. Imagine what it was like for all of us 10 years ago not having such easy access to such great content (even in the summer, no less). Petrielli is consistently the best in the business. Just giving you my bitcoin and a Wiserhood slow clap to all MLHS.
1 month ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
What all the transition stuff says to me is that Shanny's way of doing business is stone-cold. Mad respect - love it.
1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania
Jeez everyone, so McGran makes a lame joke on twitter about dogging it to the bench and everyone goes nuts. Chill.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Assistant Coach announcement to come next week
@LeafsGuru @king leary Totally... and probably where he fits best and an area of need for us. I like him as a player more too. I just think from a roster moves perspective, can't help but equate raymond out=santa in
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract
Santa is a good player. But I think from Leafs management perspective, he's a pure replacement for Raymond -- a little less scoring touch and PP (to be given to Clarkson), a little more effort and flexibility. Same kind of up and down the roster player as Raymond. Similar price point.
Which is my longwinded way of saying, I think Nonis is still after Legwand or another depth C as well.
I'm all for the moves, but it's REALLY weird how drastically the vibe has changed from negative to positive at this site with today's signings of MIke Santorelli and Petri Koniola.
That's an oversimplification I know, but man that's what it feels like. We are clearly a group that has trouble maintaining an even keel.
Amazing how quickly a few plugs change the overall complexion of a team -- in just two days we've adopted much more of a 'lunchbox' attitude.
Legwand's a better hockey player but if that fell through, Santorelli is a good plan E or F or whatever at a good price.
As some have mentioned, interestingly, still feels like a stop-gap team -- could compete and do very well and surprise a lot of people, could be completely out of it and dismantled in February -- so that guys like Santorell and Kontiola one day become the answer to obscure hockey trivia questions.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal
My guesstimate is that Legwand comes down to Detroit and Toronto's offers, unless someone pays him a silly amount of money AND term. I'd say Toronto's odds are decent, given it's close to home (a previous priority for him), and that Detroit appears weak.
Today's Detroit Red Wings really resemble today's New York Yankees in a lot of ways.
@Cameron19 and if all this is evenly remotely true, it would be a positive factor to Babcock eventually deciding to move on, if that's what everyone thinks one of Shanny's long-term goals might be.
@Cameron19 @king leary Maybe it's making something out of nothing, but even the fact that clearly both tried to play through at times last year when they weren't healthy might suggest that these are long-term breakdowns -- the injuries that continue to deteriorate.
@Cameron19 @king leary Totally -- especially if they are actually unsuccessful in keeping in-house talent such as legwand.
Wouldn't that turn the world on its head if it was Detroit that was prepared to finally have a terrible, bottom-five year for the chance to draft an elite-level talent in top 5?
Further to the conver on legwand --
seems clear that he's not going to get both term and $ as some of you mentioned.
Given that, it's all about fit and lifestyle.... remember he liked Detroit, because he's from Michigan. Detroit and TO are both good fits there. Is Detroit heavily in on him?
@Cameron19 @traNsplantEdneWfie @charlieb83 The opportunity to have an 18-year old on the Marlies is a unique advantage -- he's not only played against men, he has the opportunity to hone his skills in a professional north american league that few other players his age have. sounds like it's all about the marlies for nylander
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand
@TheCanucksnaphook @king leary He still looks like he would have been the best option by far to me
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050
All for letting youth develop. But starting the year with bozak/kadri/holland/carrick is not an option. In the course of a year we probably lose 60 man games at Centre due to injuries. That's simply not enough depth.
@dlb Mad @TuckerForPunishment No i totally didn't mean that at all, my bad if it read that way. I just can't stand Ford
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Claude Loiselle on Robidas, Komarov, Polak & Frattin
@dlb Mad @TuckerForPunishment In a democracy, voting may be a 'right', but it's first and foremost a privilege. Anyone who casts a vote for Ford as a joke doesn't deserve the right to vote. (Frankly, my personal opinion is that anyone who casts a vote for Ford in seriousness shows a significant error in judgment as well). Getting off my soapbox now
@Cameron19 I'd make that trade every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
@Cameron19 Great idea for the right term, especially to parlay into a meaningful asset after a year or two.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Free Agent Frenzy: Day 1 Digest
@maximus_asinus @king leary If the team goes into training camp as is, there will certainly be lots of minutes for him
@LeafFan15 @king leary Agreed. If I could place a bet on his output for next year, I'd peg him at 14 goals and about 35 points.
Next year, if Clarkson scores 19 goals and 23 assists on a combination of 2nd and 3rd line minutes -- are you happy?
Would love to see M. Richards in the lineup to play as a 2C up and down the lineup. Won't happen though
I don't understand everyone who thinks Florida had a great day yesterday. I still see the same alphabet soup of their FA day a few years ago. Their youth is better, but so what.
Buffalo got some leadership from the Habs, which makes them a bit better, but might take them out of the running for the lottery.
Everyone seems to be complaining that everything wasn't fixed in a single day yesterday. Which is ridiculous. Yesterday's moves in and of themselves? Some positive, some sideways. But in any event, the team is better situated to continue to make changes. These changes too will likely be of the small to mid variety. Which is to be expected and not necessarily a bad thing.
Man that Johansen kid in Columbus thinks he's way too big for his britches.
“We’re not even close. They say, ‘We want to sign you to a bridge deal.’ We say, ‘We don’t want to do a bridge, and that’s the end of it,” Johansen told The Columbus Dispatch. “I’ve earned more than a two- or three-year deal with my play. It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest. I want to play in Columbus, and I want to be a Blue Jacket, but I want to get this done. It seems like a slap in the face.”
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out
@4evrblue @king leary thx!
Really dumb question -- can a team buyout a player and then re-sign him, i.e. at a lower price point? Not sure there are many situations where the benefit would be good enough (i.e., buy a player out and resign so that the contract and 'buyout penalty' are less than the original contract costs).
@Cameron19 Question - In thinking about Stastny I can't help but wonder if he's the example of the most sound potential investment who's ever hit free agency in the cap era? What I mean by that is a combination of skilled player, plays the most important position on the team, history of performance consistency, no major injury concerns, and age. It might sound silly given he's a top-line 2C/low-end 1C, but no player who is a true 1C at the moment of free agency seems to make it.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on James Reimer Requests a Trade
@Cameron19 @king leary @4evrblue I'd also add, strategically, if you know you are going to overpay anywhere, it should be for someone who will be your 1C/2C (and a top 4 D). Overpaying infor 1W/2W on the other hand-- big mistake. More replaceable.
@4evrblue @king leary @Cameron19
My thoughts on the differences are:
Clarkson -- Never was a skilled player, but we paid him like he was for other intangibles. Stasny is a skilled player with a history of consistency. You know what you're signing up and overpaying for. I'm also not signing on the dotted line that Clarkson's signing was an absolute failure. It's year 1. He may very well prove to be an asset of some value to us on the ice -- or eventually in a deal.
B. Richards -- Age is the main difference point -- Stastny is just statistically likely to be a more consistent performer for a few more years before he declines in value. B Richards is not a terrible hockey player either.
@Cameron19 @4evrblue @king leary I think the example most people will trot out against our argument are Clarkson and B. Richards. and both are entirely different from Stastny.
The smart play on Stastny is to back the money truck up to his door, with cash and term but no no-trade (or only a moderate limited no trade). You know exactly what you get with stasny and even if it's overpaying for a 2C, adding a genuine 2C, maybe low 1C centre for cash only gives you more flexibility down the road. And given stastny's young age and consistent track record, he will be absolutely tradeable two/three years down the line -- even at a higher price point than you'd like.
@Welder24 Ha ha because there has never been a good first round swedish pick eh?
2 months ago on (Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie
If free agency success rates are akin to batting averages -- the Flyers are like Jose Canseco and the Leafs more like Colby Rasmus. Hell of a lot of strikeouts both, but I know which of those two I'd rather have on my team, even if he is utterly ridiculous.
2 months ago on (Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived
@dlb Mad @Jay_Berg And in the same year that they signed some flake named Gomez and gave him $10 million in that first year...
And they're still more successful than us.
Hey - remember the bygone days when a 2C named Chris Drury signed a five-year contract for $35.25 million with the Rangers, earning $7M a year?
@TheCanucksnaphook Would be nice to see a barnburner of a draft day for once around the league
@Uncle Otis Jeff O'Neill is the living embodiment of every jock who was a jerk in high school who never quite fully matured, and is still a 17 year old in a 40-year-old body
@Burtonboy @mcloki Agree -- It's the twitter effect, which most people use merely as a forum for serving up punch lines and snarky comments.
@mr_hanie @king leary As a player, from what I've seen, which is limited, Ekblad looks a lot like seabrook -- good player who has gradually trended down ever so slightly from the original optimism of what he would be.
@mr_hanie @king leary Fair enough -- it goes to show you, you better think Ekblad has the upside to be what Weber is now (not what people thought at draft day) -- and you better be damn sure if you're trading up to get him, because the REAL franchise guy might be drafted where Weber was drafted.
Greg brady (or maybe it was Andrew Walker, who I actually like) actually said something smart this morning -- about the value of the top picks in the draft, but it applies to the draft approach as a whole:
What you do is based on what you think Ekblad is -- is he Shea Weber (e.g., franchise player) or is he a Brent Seabrook (solid all-around player)?
The Seabrook comparison seems pretty bang on.
@MaxwellHowe I agree that this should be a very do-able option depending on whom both teams have targeted on their lists.
@LeafsGuru @king leary I think Kadri is still a bit of a headcase.. but that said I'm all for a few wild horses if they're talented and leadership actually puts people in place with the actual capacity to steer them.
Not that it'll happen in a million years, but a line of Ho-Sang/Kadri/Kane would drive the league insane and possibly their own team too. Would kind of love that.
It will be interesting to see what happens if we draft the Leafs version of Bruno Caboclo...
@MaxwellHowe Can I come over and go swimming?