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Ron Wilson is a perfect example of a retool.
He continues to be a tool over and over again.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Game 70 Scoring Chances: Canucks 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I remember seeing articles at the beginning of last year around the 'whose core would you rather have, flames or leafs?'
And I remember thinking the answer was definitely leafs. oops
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Game 68 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Sabres 3 (SO)
What are we going to do tonight kessie?
Same thing we do every night, bozie. Try to take over the shaker.
3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #68, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN)
Well stink this year, and if we find a high end centre in this years draft, he'd look great at next years
2016 draft - chuchryn.
It's pronounced "ekblad"
6'2, nearly 200 pounds at 16.
Drafting at four to six should ensure a good player. So that makes it a little less interesting.
Where we really need to kill it is to draft a getzlaf-impact player with Nashville's pic in the low 20s.
Best way to get a dream draft out of this mess
3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #67, New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
maybe the Detroit trade gets larger - jvr and Phaneuf for a package that includes Larkin and another good piece and a pick. If it's a smaller return, det takes all of phaneufs salary, with jvrs excellent value helping balance their books. be a great place for jvr. return would obviously have to be worth the leafs while, of course
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Kadri sent home by Horachek
Kessel and phaneuf were....until we gave them those big contracts.
That was only this past September, right? Feels like an eternity ago
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
@Nylanderthal It's his only opportunity to coach and play centre at the same time.
1 month ago on GDT: Game #63, Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (7 p.m., CityTV)
@mr_hanie He's a dead man walking, just like his players
@Optimustic @Alec Brownscombe i thought I saw "illusion of trying" as one of the team's slogans this year.
EDIT: I mean player turnover on the team over the course of one off-season.
We might have a shot at in-game turnovers as well.
I wonder what the all-time record is for the highest number of player turnover on a team is. And I wonder if we can beat that record.
According to these announcers, I have not been loving Ovechkin nearly enough. He's the greatest player ever. He's about to pass Petr Bondra in total points.
It is so liberating not to feel crushed every time the leafs lose these days. In fact, it's uplifting. I've never felt so free!
Man the yotes are looking pretty good for their rebuild. I wish our team looked like that lol
1 month ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon
@Dan39 @Dogger It would be less 'exciting' than a game breaking forward, but we'll suck next year too and will have another chance to get one of those. to have a rielly and hanifin on the back end, would be a true D foundation
1 month ago on Game 62 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 0
@traNsplantEdneWfie If it's a true rebuild, you will have other opportunities to get your 1c -- when you stink out the joint next year and draft high, or trade vessel for something that could yield that one 1c. There's no hurry. and to the other posters' point, maybe mariner is a C after all, but I suspect he ends up lining up as a winger.
Forgot to add -- you draft him, and then you trade Kessel in the off-season for another shot at a 1c next year, or ay young stud centre
Just guessing, but my suspicion is all things being equal, if the leafs are out of the McDavid sweepstakes, they want Marner. There's the london connection (Hunters will know him very well) and a Toronto boy. If he projects to be your line 1 winger of the future to replace Kessel, you draft him this year. Since it's a true rebuild, you let him play in the O again next year and go after your 1c in next year's draft to eventually play with him.
Watching PJ Stock struggle to articulate even the most basic thought in this video is entertaining.
1 month ago on Agent Pat Morris on David Clarkson trade
appropropos of absolutely nothing, both Bo Horvat and Jared McCann are very annoying names. They sound like lifelong Canucks. But if they were awesome I suppose I could get over it. ;)
I take your point, but I'm not sure shananhan cares. About the optics if he believes he has the right mix in his leadership team. Nonis doesn't really have signing authority anymore, but people talk like does. But I'd he's just one voice at the table, Has the on the job experience, and shows up to the deadline he can execute on the collective brain trust, why would shanahan go elsewhere right now? What's the hurry ?
1 month ago on Friday Mashup: It Really Happened
I may be crazy but I always thought there was a good chance that nonis didn't get fired after this year. Team player guy who doesn't seem to mind beingjust one voice on the team even if he's the guy who takes the calls.
Is this a good return? I have no idea.
1 month ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh
@MaxwellHowe That a team that went on a 10-1-1 record in November could finish bottom two/three -- that's focus right there.
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #60, Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
There's something very fitting how, after three consecutive collapses, we've decided to ride this flaming 18-wheeler harder and faster to a Top 3-4 pick and hopefully a franchise player. That's called playing to your strengths.
Jokinen for captain.
I'm just jokinen.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators
Clarkson always looks flabbergasted. What else is new
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Reimer to start third consecutive
While I think the Leafs are not as poor as their recent streak says they are (all things being equal, I suspect they're a 9th/10th place team) and capable of putting enough wins together to bring them back to mediocre instead of godawful, I actually don't expect the leafs to do it because I think the core knows it's done for and is entirely deflated. I think we're most likely to see a pretty sub-par performance from here on out.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: The Small Victories
From all the talk over the years of building parity in the game and giving teams an equal playing field, we've ended up on the far opposite end. The evolution of the cap system, contracts, waivers, etc has largely stonewalled teams from meaningful player movement in any way. As a diehard of a mediocre team, it's frustrating because it eliminates all those opportunities to change your team in an attempt to improve.
2 months ago on Game 49 Scoring Chances: Devils 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
Question: Does anyone else notice how rielly NEVER hits the net when he shoots? I feel like it's ridiculous, but wondering if it's just confirmation bias now.
Not a comment on the kid, great player. But am I wrong on this observation?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #43, Los Angeles Kings 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
So in hindsight Carlyle actually had a .535 win percentage with this goofy team?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Randy Carlyle Fired
One day in January nonis told the team he was just going out to the corner store for a pack of ice cream. He never came back.
"You mean I don't have to drive this 18-wheeler of a school bus anymore? Awesome." Randy Carlyle
It was time for Randy to go. Kept kicking a dead horse Good coach, wrong team, wrong guys. Now they can start working on the wrong players part.
Randy was definitely part of the problem. Most importantly, him being gone will make it clear just how much the players are at fault too. It's a start.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Golden
Sorry, Rogers. Cbc has no balls anymore
3 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #33, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., CBC)
Quick, someone should send an outraged complaint to cbc. Might be out chance to get him off air.
Quick poll - jerseys on the ice tonight?
Hear me out on this one.
Let's hire Healy as coach. At least then no one will have to listen to him during the game
Dominic from Woodbridge types will be on fire
Does this mean only Gardiner plays next game?
Would be nice if a rocket puck found its way up into the announcers box
Finally being able to post by phone has its disadvantages
Wow how lucky is Simmonds that he gets to live Sith voracek, the greatest player who ever live (besides Giroux)?
Hes scoring but doing nothing else
This has the leafs annual December swoon written all over it!
Jvr what happened to you this past off-season?