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The leafs. Too good to be bad, to bad to be good.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #55, Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., HNIC)
@RememberSalming @TMLfan_15 @Alec Brownscombe @Czarofleafnation Please no more with the proper partner for Dion stuff. I'm not blaming just him, but he is a major problem for this team.
1 month ago on Saturday Mashup: All Star Weekend
@Alec Brownscombe @Czarofleafnation I don't think Phil Kessel is the issue on this team. It's the wrong mix of guys.
@StanSmith @TorontoMapleLeafsOur D is a joke. Polak should play 10 minutes a game. Franson better not get a ridiculous contract from the Leafs, let him get 5 or 6 million from someone else thank you. Dion absolutely has to go. Percy should be in the line up.
@Bruffins @TMLfan_15 @Ian from Etobicoke @darthNihilus
Yandle, Doug Hamilton, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie,
Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Alex Goglioski, Danny DeKeyser, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Campbell, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson, Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Ryan Suter, PK Suban, Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Seth Jones, johnny Boychuk, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Erik Karlsson, Olli Maatta, Kris Letang, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Jay Boumeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, John Carlson, Dustin Byfuglien, Alexander Edler
@Bruffins @TMLfan_15 @Ian from Etobicoke @darthNihilus Almost every guy on this site can give a list in a second. There are teams in the league that have 4 defenseman on their roster that all rank higher than Dion. Come on.
@StanSmith Re-invent himself. This guy has been in the league for how long? Seriously? You cant have a guy getting 7 million for 7 years with a C on his sweater "re-inventing himself by finally learning how to play defensive hockey. That's nutty
@Ian from Etobicoke @darthNihilus Top 30? Seriously? The guy is no where close to being top 30. I wish that wasn't the case, trust me. But I'm done over rating our players. That mentality is why we are always mediocre to bad. If he was paid 3.5 to 4 for 3 or 4 years I could live with him. Otherwise, we need a "Bargnani trade" desperately.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @TMLfan_15 @darthNihilus no Dion hate going on. Its what I see. Look, we've all seen Dion get punked how many times on the ice where not even one guy is interested in getting his back. He is slow, makes bad decisions, still after 10 years in the league has brutal positioning He often picks up the wrong guy, or just stands there like a stump screening the goalie and marking no one. If you want to talk about what I hear, yes its hearsay, but none of it is good. He's a goof.
@darthNihilus When you watch Dion live and get to see the whole ice, you really understand that he is an absolute meathead! He has no clue out there. No hockey IQ - period. His team-mates hate him, the room is a mess. That faster we get out from under the contract the better.
I don't think the Leafs should trade for anyone's headaches or bad contracts unless we are unloading a brutal contract. If the deal doesn't include moving Phaneuf (which would have to include a significant other piece from the Leafs end), then forget it. The last thing the Leafs need is to gamble on O'reilly and get stuck with another brutal deal for a player who you aren't sure has the right character to be a building block. Only if Phaneuf is part of the deal, you go for it.
1 month ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3
@lou19 Its a brutal mix of players. Clearly the Chef didn't throw the right combination of ingredients in the Soup pot. We cant and shouldn't get rid of everyone. Just the right ones.
@mr_hanie @Mcost61 @TMLfan_15 Not just JVR. As I said, the main piece. He has allot of value but the Leafs have much greater needs.
@LyGuy @TMLfan_15 I like kadri. He was OK last night. I've seen him have better games in Ottawa, but he clearly feels comfortable with the puck on his stick. If they get him at a good price he can be a long time productive Leaf.
One other thing, I know there is allot of Love for JVR on this site, but I would use him as the main piece to take a run at a Number 1 Center. His work ethic is not great, he's big for nothing.
Went to the game last might. The obvious : a bad start masked what was a pretty dominant Leafs performance for 2 periods. Flip the Goalies and the Leafs win by 3 goals. My 2 cents : Morgan Reilly was very good. Jake Gardiner made allot of mistakes, but he was on the ice a ton. They didn't shelter him. Polak was brutal. He should play PK and 10 minutes a night max. Franson was just ok. A brutal pinch in first period that cost the team a goal. I worry about handing out another big contract to a mediocre defenceman. I'm not saying this to get into the whole bash fest on Dion Phaneuf, but he is an absolute stump. Over and above the obvious lack of leadership ability required to wear the C in the Toronto market, he is Dumb and slow. His hockey IQ is brutal. Do whatever it takes to get out from under that contract. Please spare me the who is going to play the minutes arguement. Santorelli a beast. Clarkson was really good. The only guy consistently paying the price in front of the net. Kessel was good. Battled harder than usual. Desperately needs a Number 1 Center.
2 months ago on GDT: Game #37, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)
@Hmmm @TMLfan_15 lets strike while he's healthy. His age conspires against him. at some point we have to cash in and free up some cap space.
i've been a huge Kessel supporter and haven't previously given any thought to the Leafs trading him, but i wonder if we have to start giving serious thought to whether you can build a team around him. he's gifted, no doubt, but if we can use him to rape a desperate team at the deadline, bring it on. its just time.
Bozak, bye bye. Phaneuf bye bye. Franson, bye bye before they give him a ridiculous contract. Clarkson, bye bye. Lupul, bye bye.
Its time. This team needs to move a number of players, and replace their coach. no question.
@Xxxxxnew Difference is Reimer got his chance to be the Man. He dropped the ball
7 months, 4 weeks ago on James Reimer Opts for Salary Arbitration
Its time for Reimer to move on. And its time for some fans to stop their love affair with every single Leaf player on the roster. Reimer isn't good enough to be a number one he has a huge heart, but his glove and rebound control are way below average. We drafted 8th overall, this group wasn't good enough. Change is 100 percent necessary.
@wiski @Cameron19@Leafs2 Isles1@Fish HeadHello! Cant build a winner unless your top players and leaders lead by example. Its addition by subtraction.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on And that’s a wrap
@TheCanucksnaphook Where - between the ears. i didnt know his knee was attached to his brain
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #79, Jets at Maple Leafs
@Greg Fenton it sure looked like kessel had enough of him as well. have to trade value to get value. We need a face-lift. I watch St. Loius, Boston, LA, San Jose, Anaheim. Big, strong tough puck possession teams that toy with teams like Toronto.
@Greg Fenton i dont have a problem with that.
@Leafs2 Isles1 JVR is a giant marshmellow. Can we pry a very good defenseman from Nashville for him? Their GM has a man-crush on JVR
@Leafs2 Isles1 This is a very good post.
@juliesucks @CanuckUKinToronto 7 years .... OMG
@CanuckUKinToronto And that says it all
@loomx @TMLfan_15He's been harping on the lack of effort by forwards on the back check, that they leave the zone early and that the D aren't on the right side of the puck. Even when they were winning he said we can't keep playing like this. This team doesn't listen to him. They didn't listen to Wilson, and they wont listen to the next coach. it starts with the Captain. Its a culture!
@DeclanK @TMLfan_15There are some players i really like, but man what a soft team.
@loomx He knows. he"s been saying it all year. No one is listening. you can change the coach, but we'll be right here again with this crew.
@Optimustic ALL SEASON LONG!
@Cloud09 @TMLfan_15I like it when women have one
@Cloud09 Kessel too. love Kessel.
Phaneuf = very dumb
Lupul = blue and white disease
Franson = an absolute joke
Clarkson = a total disaster
JVR = he has a vagina
Kulimam = useless
Gunnerson = he has a vagina as well
Raymond = he has a vagina as well
Reimer = AHL
Does that cover it boys?
Just when i'm ready to right off kadri, he scores a huge goalscorers goal ...
11 months ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #78, Bruins at Maple Leafs
@TheCanucksnaphook @Reversethecurse13@YaknowwhatNot get rid of him. Moving him for another asset. I was a big fan of kadri, but i'm not sure anymore if he has the ability to play the defensive side of the game or if he has the size to be a top centre on a stanley cup calibre team.
11 months ago on Game Review: Game #77, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Flames 2
@4evrblue @TMLfan_15@Lescott I respect your opinion, i just mostly disagree. yes he plays hard and has physical gifts, but Phaneuf was brutal in a good chunk of the play-off series last year, and made horrible decisions under pressure. Many of Phaneuf's mistakes aren't physical, they are mental. Injured or not, he makes bad decisions. He is the Captain and makes big money. He is the leader of this team. I just don't believe they will move forward.
11 months ago on Leafs Notebook – March 31
@4evrblue @TMLfan_15@LescottI think my comments have merit. You have the right to disagree, but it doesn't make you right, or give you the right to shit on opposing opinions. Kadri is a stump, and so is Phaneuf. Kadri has skill, but he is a very small centerman who has shown very little ability to understand that there are two sides to the puck. Phaneuf plays hard, and has physical gifts, but he is a stump who melts down under pressure.
@4evrblue @TMLfan_15@LescottYou can't ignore what's going on. I love the leafs like everyone else on this board. I'm sick of settling for mediocre. I love Kessel, JVR, Bozak, Reilly, Gardiner, Bernier. I like Lupul and Bolland. Clean out the rest.
I'm done with Phaneuf and Kadri. I was a big fan of Kadri, but he is just too dumb and too small. I tried real hard to like Phaneuf, but he is even dumber. He just cant handle the pressure, his mistakes get bigger the when the pressure intensifies.
@MaxwellHowe @Anthony Petrielli@TMLfan_15So your saying the coach had nothing to do with winning the cup? Good teams will win no matter who is coaching? I disagree. How many years were the Sharks the best team on paper? How many years were the Senators the best team on paper. Look back at all the old hockey publications to see how many experts had those teams picked to win the cup. Nada, nothing, zilch. Not even one cup. The coach matters
@Anthony Petrielli @TMLfan_15same happened with the last coaching staff. This coach has won a Stanley cup. simply put, this group of players wont buy in to team defense, and many are too dumb to figure it out even if they wanted to. have to get rid of the low hockey IQ players.
@Pent_House it is doomed to fail because Clarkson is a joke. i loved the signing, but i have come to my senses.
Not the coach boys. we are going to have to accept that. If the fan base and and management don't accept that changes to roster are desperately needed, this team will be mediocre for a long time