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Furrowing his brow in a vain attempt to understand the situation.

23 hours, 22 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Side note this Curtis lazar seems like a good kid. And immensely talented

23 hours, 25 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Aaron ward's really giving them hell!

23 hours, 37 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Pbbbbbbrthhhhh

That's the sound of the hot air leaving the leafs' heads.

It's also the sound of the wind blowing between Jake's ears.

23 hours, 40 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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So true! This is thé one that would lose, they'll be better against Philly

23 hours, 48 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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Every time I hear Jay Harrison mentioned I am amazed

23 hours, 51 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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I would bet if you actually asked jvr how his season was going, he'd think it was pretty great. Putting up points, a few demonstrations of slick hands, etc. Totally oblivious that he's been terrible almost everywhere else.

23 hours, 55 minutes ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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We really should try Jake Gardiner on another team.

1 day ago on GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

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If those guys were a four-man team of their own, gold would be probable.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Polak returning, Shooting for Seven

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Wiserhood slow clap.

2 days, 5 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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@Alec Brownscombe @B_Leaf And I love these stories about his seriousness, the way he goes about his business off the ice. Total pro. Coach's pet is a great way to put it. Hell, Randy probably sees him as son-in-law material.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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The deep stats say the leafs need to improve to continue on this tear.. well duh. Too bad we're all too abused as Leafs fans or media to treat this information responsibly sometimes. Of course teams like the Ducks sometimes outplay the Leafs, either by sight or deep stats metrics. They're the friggin Ducks, they're a great team. The leafs still played quite well, they played with speed, they got timely dangerous offence, they mostly played solid defence, and the goalie bailed them out when necessary. And it ended 6-2 with a bang.


2 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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It's pretty good times in Leafland, and I won't let anyone shit in my cereal. There's room for improvement, but here's hoping they simply continue to grow as a group over the season, and mostly keep on winning while they do.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

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This Stephen Burtch guy seems like the least fun individual on the planet.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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@Xxxxxnew Can't believe I haven't seen that before. Bizarre moment

3 days, 3 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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I will watch the next three games with great interest, all the more so as I will probably be tempted to cover my eyes and avoid the TV while the leafs go on that monster 7-game road trip with some pretty good teams.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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Anyone watching eakins

3 days, 9 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Ducks in town

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I said yesterday I was looking forward to reading a sportsnet column by oilers fanboy Spector crying into his cereal. I was not disappointed this morning!

3 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Valid point especially in yaks case. But I stand by what ever one I knew in sarnia said back in junior, that galchenyuk was easily yaks equal or better. I don't believe yak was as much of a consensus as some other draftees are

4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Yeah it's hindsight for sure, and there's something to be said for Edmonton ruining prospects. I do think it works as example of how poor they've drafted. Not all of the top picks were consensus picks.

My father has season tickets to the sting and when yakuoov and galchenyuk both played for them, all he ever talked about was how galchenyuk was clearly the better player. And he wasn't the only one who said that. My dad's a layman and he was right. What's edmontons excuse? Or katzs excuse I should say?

4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Completely agree

4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Right now the oilers could have had a forward centre corps of Seguin, Galchenyuk and Landeskog. Or if that wasn't palatable, they could have drafted Hamilton instead of Landeskog.

Drafting, anyone?

4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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I can't wait to read whatever angry half-fanboy diatribe that Mark Spector will unleash over the Edmonton news.

Meanwhile in Leafland, life is good.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Given the promptness with which he was suspended where other players have had more leeway historically, one feared the act would be especially heinous...

4 days, 7 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@ninepaces @king leary Agreed. In the summer I was posting that there was no way carlyle would be fired this season, during what is a total evaluation year by Shanahan all around. I'm not a huge Carlyle booster, but the smug ragging he was taking was a bit much.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@Radar O'Rielly True -- but there is some poetic justice in that MacT will now have to coach those guys he/his cronies drafted... that's appropriate punishment.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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News days like today remind me of the beginning of the season, when every MSM media outlet trumpeted how certain it was that Carlyle would be the first coach to be fired in 2015. 


They're two behind -- and there will almost certainly be more.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@ProfessorRance @mcloki Eakins is a great cautionary tale of what can happen if you try to advance your career too quickly and end up going to the wrong organization.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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So let's see one of those "whose core would you rather have - EDM or TO" articles today.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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I thought his first two or three games were brutal because I couldn't follow the play at all based on his play by play. But I agree with pretty much everything you said too. Can't for the life of me understand why they didn't take Bowen.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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Romanuk's a bit of a weirdo, and I'm still not his biggest fan. He was a train wreck at the start of the year (not surprising given he's been out of the game a while) but he's gotten much more in the groove in the past month. But he says some strange stuff here and there. Think its hilarious whenever he asks Millen a dumb question Nd you get to warn Millen try to stumble through it.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Monday Mashup: We’re Streaking

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@Dogger There's been no sign of Vinny in any games either. *rim shot*

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)

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@MaxwellHowe @king leary I agree with everyone that there'd be lots of considerations to be straightened out. Generally speaking, the cost is better for the yotes, plus Gardiner's upside. For the Leafs, Yandle brings more blueline certainty, particularly if they lose a franson in the off-season or at the deadline.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)

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Not to give rumours too much currency, but I can see why the leafs would be interested in yandle, and why a Gardiner, plus others package would be of interest for both teams. 

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)

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@Archie Vanlanda @Yaknowwhat   Have always loved Jake's skating talent, but generally speaking, thought he was all tools, no toolbox (i.e., brain-dead). Thought he could grow to be a poor man's Mike Green. But even that level is quite a ways off from his play right now, and me personally, was never all that stoked about the real Mike Green. Interesting to see what the Leafs decide with him.

1 week ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)

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I don't have a problem with Mike Johnson except for his inexplicable use of 'Cody Franzen'

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)

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This camera angle is nauseating.

1 week, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)

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@LN-093 @king leary But if even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut, so must the Edmonton Oilers actually stumble into a prospect they can develop into a real player... and it appears they will this year

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@LN-093 @king leary No I think they're terrible. What's all the more hilarious is that they have an actual independent hockey man in Nicholson sitting right in their midst.

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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@LN-093 @king leary I think this deluded management group did make the moves this off-season thinking it made them competitive, but it didn't... so why correct things now? Suck it up for a few months, get the actual number 1 centre they crave, ship out one or two of the old 'core' and bingo -- optimism begins anew.


(Optimism, not necessarily results, especially while the old-boy Oilers continue to run the show)

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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The Oilers conference was a joke, but if I was them, I would've done the same. They might make one move this year, but at this point, they're best served to endure the heckling and bottom out  for McDavid or Eichel. Then they can begin making a few moves, which will really reconfigure the team for next year. No reason for them to rescue this season whatsoever.

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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I agree that the leafs have some players whose raw skills are tremendous, but'll always have trouble putting it all together.


Baseball comparison -- I recall reading that the Jays development philosophy in the Ricciardi era (and which has sort of held over) was all about finding superior 'talents' -- guys who had the raw talent in one of the traditional baseball five tools -- throwing, at bat, running, fielding etc -- and then shaping baseball players out of them -- they drafted a bunch of guys with one great tool or another, but none either really put the package together and became a great major leaguer. 


Really see some of that with the way the leafs tried to acquire talent by trade -- just by example, I think of guys like  Kessel, JVR, Gardiner -- great talents, but you can't always take a great talent and make it a stellar hockey player. Kessel is obviously the closest, but that's more by virtue of his out-of-this-world talent rather than much else, as far as I can see.


And that's not even talking about the importance of intangibles such as a competitive streak, leadership, or maturity. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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Thoughts and prayers to Bryan Murray with the terrible news of his terminal cancer and best wishes to he and his family during this hard time.


Probably been said on here already, but bears repeating.

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: Back to Back On Tap

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@docmma @Jmessih @TheLoovTrain Simmons is of course terrible, but I actually generally like Cox, think he's reasonable

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Leafs playing quite well. They'd probably be ahead by one if Bernier was in net. Chi's goals were definitely screens, but both were playable and Reimer doesn't quite look 100%.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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While the team clearly needs a ton of work in all areas and simply isn't that good, a  very mediocre start is not the worst thing in the world. Last year the team was 6-2 at this point but deluded into thinking they could continue winning despite the piss-poor shots against and other statistical anomalies.


Anecdotally so far this season  (am too lazy to look at the stats), I suspect their shots against are down marginally and both their PP and PK I suspect are slightly improved from this point last year. They're the same degree of maddeningly inconsistent. So perhaps this is a team that has fully regressed to the mean. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off

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@DWCMLHS @king leary No need to be a dickhead, bud.


He's right where I've projected him at too -- a poor man's Mike Ribeiro.


Pass.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Sexyhairyman @king leary Been a number of turnovers in the neutral and offensive zone, making the exact same kinds of plays he has in the first 8 games of the season

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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