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@~Keon  I disagree. As long as he has Gandler representing him, we shouldn't expect any sort of loyalty or preferential treatment.


A lot of Leaf fans will be disappointed once he goes to the highest bidder.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Toronto Marlies to face Milwaukee Admirals in Round 1

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Kadri and Kane will make great linemates next season. I can already see them dropping hundreds on the ice saying, "Make it rain!".

4 days, 2 hours ago on Toronto Marlies to face Milwaukee Admirals in Round 1

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I know there has been a lot of talk about Leo Komarov in these comments, but we need to remember that his agent is Mark Gandler. The guy is going to the highest bidder, whether that is here, or overseas.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@mike_84 @Tim Horton @leafersutherland  And I imagine Biggs will still prove to have the highest upside of them all.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@Tim Horton @leafersutherland @mike_84  I suspect Broll has a batter shot than Devane. Albeit Mike is probably right. Another year of seasoning will probably be needed.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@mike_84  Broll would be a good choice if he can ever begin to feel that he belongs in this league and throws his weight around.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@mike_84  Energy guys are hitters, no?

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @leafersutherland @dlb meh @~Keon Better men?! Now I do believe the voices are inside your head.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @leafersutherland @dlb meh @~Keon  Could be the wind tunnel between the ears.


(Not really an insult as much as it's a saying.)

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @leafersutherland @dlb meh @~Keon  Heh. You do realize that we're writing to each other, no?

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @leafersutherland @dlb meh @~Keon  Nope. I have my volume turned off right now.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @leafersutherland @dlb meh @~Keon  Bad contracts are bad contracts. They occur on all 30 NHL clubs. Doesn't make a GM bad... just makes him less of a fortune teller.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@4evrblue @dlb meh @~Keon  With that line of thinking, I suppose Detroit should fire Holland for Weiss' contract?

4 days, 23 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@dlb meh  You'd have to throw in our 1st in 2015 to barely have a shot at 3rd overall.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Morning Mashup

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@Jordan29  Well to be fair, I only brought him up to discuss what he might have done to our dormant powerplay.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Morning Mashup

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@CanuckUKinToronto @leafersutherland  Unfortunately, I agree.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Morning Mashup

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@Knights2Leafs @leafersutherland  Couldn't have, given that Holland and Granberg were called up once all was lost.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Morning Mashup

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We typically look outside for help, but what if TJ Brennan were re-signed in order to replace Cody Franson?


I think when the powerplay went south in the later half of the season, he should have been called up for his shot alone.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Morning Mashup

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@Pent_House  A few years back, Patrick Maroon was property of the Flyers.

5 days, 12 hours ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@~Keon  Keep in mind that when we managed just 3 wins in our last 16 games, one of them was the result of playing Burke's current team.

5 days, 12 hours ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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The biggest storyline for this team this summer, will not be what happens to Randy Carlyle, Phaneuf's captaincy, or will we land a new centre for Kessel.


The biggest question will be, "can management/ownership continue to be patient with Gardiner and Kadri?

5 days, 17 hours ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Cameron19  Balloon meet reality pin.

5 days, 17 hours ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@CanuckUKinToronto @mike_84 @leafersutherland  I think we would need a trade up scenario.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@mike_84 @leafersutherland  If that's the case, Ehlers is the easy pick.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@mike_84 @leafersutherland  Mentioned two comments above.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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My sleeper pick would be Conner Bleackley.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@mike_84 @leafersutherland  Ritchie has a history of head and shoulder injuries and his skating worries me. Love the size though.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@mike_84 @leafersutherland  Yeah, I don't have those guys too far apart. Same with William Nylander.

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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My personal top 8...


1. Aaron Ekblad

2. Sam Bennett

3. Sam Reinhart

4. Michael Dal Colle

5. Leon Draisaitl

6. Jake Virtanen

7. Nikolaj Ehlers 

8. Brendan Perlini

6 days, 16 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Burtonboy @The_Polish_Cannon @rustynail  I do agree that nothing should be completely ignored... but then again people were using stats last summer to suggest that Reimer was superior to Bernier.


I think fans are far more guilty of dismissing their observance skills, over their calculated ones.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mind Bomb @leafersutherland @Pent_House @ingy56  Where's Tom Kurvers when you need him?

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mind Bomb @leafersutherland @Pent_House @ingy56 You're right.


Impatience is the way to go!

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@rustynail @darthNihilus  Even if it were deadly accurate, it doesn't really say much. Giving the puck away to a Colton Orr is a lot different than giving a puck away to a Pavel Datsyuk.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mcost61 @leafersutherland  Sounds very familiar. 


When a team loses, it is the fault of the system.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mcost61 @leafersutherland  So Tampa Bay lost last night because of Cooper and his players were at a disadvantage because of his system?


Or did they lose because they were outclassed both on defence and in net?

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@darthNihilus  Trouba gets a pass for being a kid mind you.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@darthNihilus @leafersutherland  So an obvious improvement in that category, despite his late season collapse.


Interesting... although not surprising.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@darthNihilus  Any idea on how many giveaways Dion was credited with last year?

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Mind Bomb @Pent_House @ingy56  Couldn't disagree with you more.


The only road to better days ahead, goes through patience and development.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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If the Leafs were to get rid of Dion this summer on the hopes that Reilly can be given that type of responsibility next year... banking on him being an improvement, despite having no real proof that the kid is ready to play against the best our opposition has to give us when he struggled defensively while given sheltered minutes,


That would be a risk that no GM in his right mind would ever make in this league. And it would be a risk no GM's job would ever survive.

6 days, 17 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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If Phaneuf were let go, who would be available to take over for the #1 defender on this team... and be an improvement over him? Free agency looks bleak, not that we look great to UFAs looking to contend for Cups. Good #1s are rarely traded, and it's probably not yet safe to appoint one of our kids before they can acquire at least one consistent season under their belts.


So how do you improve the position by simply letting someone go without having a plausible replacement? Or are we ready to put Gunnarsson in that role?

6 days, 18 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@.JVR.  You say that would be huge... and yet you've only added back Komarov and some poor 18 year old kid.

1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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4 decisions to make this summer if you were the GM.


1. No matter how many fantasy team re-hauling scenarios we might come up with, the majority of this roster will return next season. Teams simply don't turn over 20 players at a time. So what would you do to make sure many of these returnees play some defence this next season?


2. We got ourselves another pick in the top 10 at the draft and can turn that into a positive with the right selection. Let's say there are no real trade opportunities for us, who do you select?


3. David Clarkson will be back. That much is guaranteed. So what can be done to put him in a better position to succeed?


4. Free Agency. Not only who you might be interested in picking up, but who might you choose to let walk for nothing?

1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@Belfour20/JB-45  I don't want RC gone. I just know he will be.

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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All in all, I think our next head coach needs to be the type of guy that can improve both Kadri and Gardiner and allow them to reach their potential.


Trotz doesn't feel like that guy.

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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@Pent_House @leafersutherland  I've seen a lot of games with Laviolette behind the opposition's bench. I can't say I ever recalled thinking to myself, "Damn, we got out-coached tonight!"

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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@Jay31  He just stole that off of Dave Hodge... who said that they were offered those two for Iginla and turned them down.

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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@Pent_House @leafersutherland Not exactly disqualifying a Cup. Just not sure I would necessarily appoint someone based on what they managed to accomplish in 2006.


Frankly..., and I still cringe at Burke's initial press conference, I couldn't give a rats ass how many Cups someone might have won in the past. I would base my opinions on all the criterea that might allow me to believe that they could win one in the future.

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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@Pent_House @leafersutherland  Ahh yes... barely squeezing by the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers.


Those were the days.

1 week, 1 day ago on Five Questions on Barry Trotz

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