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O I agree on the trading partners, and really, in a GM world, assets are just that, assets. But to buy L. Schenn high and sell him low after one year, that's just poor asset management overall from Philly -- if it's supposed to be about the long-term. But who knows with them.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Center Rumours Heat Up
A deal with Philly that involves L. Schenn is so unlikely given they traded JVR to acquire him.
Any of the deals posted below + JVR added in (in a manner of speaking) is bad optics and dumb trading.
Thanks all will check it out. However much it is can't be more expensive than what it will cost to hit the bar for every leafs tv game
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Preview: Leafs look to keep winning while also playing better vs. Canes
Dumb question but I live in Toronto, Rogers, basic cable. Can I purchase leafs tv as a single yet or do I have to buy a bullsh*t package upgrade?
Thank god someone in the msm wrote this column, even if he didn't write the headline on the main sportsnet page right now, which is the best part: "The leafs are playing well. Get over it."
Never heard as much ridiculousness about possession and Corsi as I have in the media this past week, like all this stuff was invented yesterday.
Made me smile.
2 months ago on Leafs Notebook – October 7
Totally that'swhy iI think term is what the leafs will be thinking of . II'd overpay annually for a short term. But I wonder if eight years is going to be the standard for all these types of deals now
2 months, 1 week ago on MLHS Bloggers Predict the Leafs’ finish
I'm actually curious too
I do think it'll be more about term from the leafs perspective, keeping I closer to five or six. And that'll mean an inflated annual tag. I would be satisfied with five years at 7 millionif iI was being realistic but I'mnot even sure that gets it done. Hopefully that or less but doubt it
Awesome that Kessel signed at that money and term. Essential player.
Some people aren't going to like it but I think phaneuf eventually gets a contract for 8 years at 7 million or something like five years at 7.5 million.
Not saying I'd do it but I expect he'll re-up and think that's the price point. if hes a priority as it it is being suggested, hard to sign the captain to a heck of a lot less than Kessel, for optics alone.
My general disinterest of basketball aside, I think it's a brilliant marketing get move for the raptors, even if it smells like a poor man's version of jayz and the nets. The raptors brand needs all the help it can get even if it's from degrassi high.
2 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Opener Eve: September 30th
So are we going to see a Kessel deal today? To hear the media tell it, it's the last possible day because the Thrill said he didn't want to talk about it during the season. Not sure I believe that but would like that one done.
@Burtonboy I think he was asking Rolston why they were lining up on the face-off dot and where he was supposed to go stand.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #6 – Senators at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)
Good point but again he was the president of hockey ops merely one department at the end of the day.
If nothing else Leiweke has stated emphatically that at the end of the day it is win or bust from his pov. And that is the first time the REAL boss of mlse has ever said that. So I'm optimistic
4 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->What to Expect: David Clarkson<!--:-->
This is a weird analogy but in management speak in a sense, the hockey GM is a product guy. Guys whobuild the best products tend to be smart quiet and methodical. They need to be spurred on by supportive but ambitious bosses.
The hockey team will continue to be built the Nonis way. Lieweke will keep them honest and focused and demand success.
Burke was in the wrong role for bluster
I meant colangelo not Burke. we have to keep in mind he steers the entire mlse ship and that's the obvious but important differentiator between him and burke. And it's OK to ask your team everyday what can we do to win today. Steve Jobs did that an neither the ipod or iPhone were half-baked.
I agree on the bluster side. Merely saying this guy's got the goods to deliver. And if in his first 100 days he's torn down the old leafs nostalgia, removed one stale GM, possibly renewing Nonis, etc. Well that's a pretty emphatic statement that he intends to follow through on his vision, whether one likes it or not...
Everything Leiweke has done is pure Leadership 101 from a management perspective and I mean that as a real compliment. The CEO sets the the tone for the entire organization and in this tone I see vision, optimism, decision-making, swagger and accountability.
He's got the skills, attitude and cred of Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, Henry Ford.
If he does for us half of what any of those guys did for their organizations, Leafs would die in heaven.
Overall good deals -- we we've lived in a salary cap era for almost ten years -- we know the game is profitable and the cap rises as do contracts.
That means three years from now, what Bozak's earning will be in line with what a third line centre makes -- and by then he will be our third line centre. Flexible player who can be shuffled around -- which must be one reason why they chose him over Grabbo.
Clarkson's a bit of an overpay now, but that's the price of business and if he's a prolific player for three years, it will work out.
5 months ago on <!--:en-->Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak for 5 years, $21 million (4.2 AAV); sign Clarkson for 7 years, 36.75 (5.25 AAV)<!--:-->
This might be heresy but: everyone here assumes the leafs are determined that next year's team be immediately better. I'm not sure they feel that they way. If a great but risky club-transforming deal is there, great - but if the two new guys at the helm see flaws and can't address them through trade or FA then I think they are fine with letting things take longer.
This especially makes sense if they viewed last year's success as great, but a potential outlier.
5 months ago on <!--:en-->UFA Day: It’s time for Nonis to deliver<!--:-->