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The players on this team are the ones that have been the constant over the last 5 years of losing hockey. This is what I'd like to see happen in Leaf land...
to Colarado for
Leafs get younger with players that play the 200ft game the Leafs wanna play, Avs get scoring, speed, a player in Kessel that can play with Mackinnon(who they can move back to center with this trade).
to PHX for
Leafs aren't winning now, so strip it. Yotes get a goalie and D man they can market to the fans.
to EDM for
Change of scenery will do both good.
Keep and extend Winnik, Santorelli, Reimer. These guys have character, work hard, and are the type of people winning teams are built with. Smith can't play every game in goalfor ya, and Optimus is the perfect backup for him IMHO.
That is all :-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion
I'm not on much anymore, but I would like to give my opinion on the Leafs and what they should do.
This organization has to forget about giving the $400 seat people a win out of every 2 games. Win, lose, draw... this organization will fill the house every night, we agree on that?
Carlyle was given an extention and management should have backed him 100%...he makes Kessel a healthy scratch cause Kesel doesn't play the MapleLeaf way, management has to back him. Instaed they fire him and a coach who hasn't won anything in the NHL takes his place.
Here we have it.
It wasn't RC's fault, it wasn't RW's fault either. They're not the ones drafting big no talent players like Gautier,Biggs etc and while passing on players like B.Saad and B.Jenner on draft day, are they? It's management and always has been.
Trust this management team to finally wake up and realize that this core group of players are,along with them, the only constant the last 4-5 yrs? Not holding my breath. Leafs fan or not, these are truths(unless of course your tongue is blue from drinkin the kool-aid)
1)Kessel is a floater(always hated that trade,hate it more today)-If a team calls Kessel their top player,that team aint winnin jackshit, and jack left town. I'd rather two 15-20 goal guys who play a 200 ft game with a burr in the saddle thank you very much Burke. If ya refuse to move him, better insulate him.
2)Dion ain't no #1 D-man. He isn't Captain material either. He's a 2nd pairing guy. That contract ain't goin anywhere so I would suggest insulating him as well
3)The Clarkson, Lupul, Gardiner, Robidas experiment must end. It's giving me a migraine whilst making my eyes and ears hurt.
If it was me, I'd be looking at aquiring Yandle and Vermette from Arizona. If you can use Dion in a package DO IT.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Randy Carlyle era is over
hey long time no see
@RandomScrub @Pazzuzzu ^^^this^^^LOL
9 months, 1 week ago on Prospect Camp Pressers: Brendan Shanahan, Jim Hughes
Who'sin line to be the assistant coaches in Toronto?
What happened to Del Zotto anyways? He had a good season a few years ago and seemed to fall off the rails for some reason.
@barjv01 @Fish Head @Pazzuzzu Totally agree
@Fish Head @Pazzuzzu @barjv01
Rolley poley fish head
eat them up YUM!!
I miss Andrew R and his Kessel rants :-)
I remember when this site first switched to discus I had to change my handle and too me a while to get back on track.
What ever happened to Andrew R and Justin?
@barjv01 @Pazzuzzu Leivo got game
@barjv01 @Pazzuzzu I remember when the Leafs ran into the injury bug last year and Lupul-Holland-Clarkson was a pretty good line if I remember right.Then all of a sudden Holland was in the minors...go figure.
Although that line-up with Kane on the LW on the 2nd line looks pretty dangerous to me.
@zombie27 @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan ^^^this^^^
After thinking about the Leafs moves so far, I think I'm ok with..
JVR-Bozak-Kessel(can't deny the chemistry here)
Lupul-Kadri-Santorelli(Santy can take draws, he'san ok option if Kadri is getting owned in the dot)
Komorov-Holland-Clarkson(should be a hard working line with a little offence)
Ashton-Kontiola-Frattin(speedy 4th line with a decent defensive centre and maybe some ocassional goal scoring)
That's not so bad. It looks decent enough to me.
Not here to rant. Got that out of my system last week. Leafs have no intention of tanking, so I'll just move on.
What do you guys think it would take for the Leafs to get E.Kane out of Winnipeg? Stay with me here. If the Leafs could convince DelZotto to sign in Toronto(I would think he would be on the 3rd pairing with Polak),That would allow the Leafs to trade J.Gardiner. Del Zotto is probably a little better defensivly(good) but Jake is much more dynamic(scary if ya trade him). So that being said, what do you think the Jets would accept in a trade?
D) Impossisble trade.The Jets would want too much and it would end up being a sideways move at best for the Leafs.
If they could swing a deal, a forward group of JVR-Bozak-Kessel / Kane-Kadri-Santorrelli / Lupul-Holland-Clarkson / Komorov-Kontiola-Frattin looks like 4 lines you should be comfortable rolling with.
Dion Doughty, I mean Phaneuf($7M/per?LOL).
Lupul, who, when on a hot streak, can't give a 22 year old rookie in Kadri any props for setting up Lupuls' puck hog self all night long? I mean Kadri is a player, he just has gain some pounds. Defensive player? WTF ya draft him for?...Defense? LOL. He's offence baby!! Even Crosby can be a defensive liability. Help him improve in the face off dot.This guy could be a point getting machine if they let him be himself and flourish.
Trim the fat(Dion/Lupul)...stay young and hungary, stop it with this bullcrap of overpaying mediocrity and build a team that is cheaper, younger, hungarier and creates the same results. Even when it comes to Clarkson, they give him a great big contract, and he doesn't see the powerplay!!! Thats where he made his carreer is on the PP!!! You pay him 5.5M/per!!! Put him in a situation to succeed...like the Devils did!! Former captain and 20+goal scorer who will go through a wall for ya!! I like that.
In the meantime, the draft should bring in some talented hard working players we can all be proud of.
BTW, I hate the thought of the Leafs brass crapping all over Riemers' head during arbitration. He deserves better. Thats why I would like to see the moves I mentioned above. Optimus is a good goaltender and has great character with a second to none work ethic and I can't stand the thought of him being put through the ringer.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs
But hey, keep spending yer money and filling up the ACC for a bottom dweller...don't send any messeges to management or anything and see a game where 2000 people show up, things will be just fine...just fine...i'm sure everything will be alright and the Leafs wil lwin the cup in the next 50 years. Ya know what? Which teams in the NHL have made a Stanley Cup final appearence since expansion in 1967? That list is filled with expansion teams, AND THE LEAFS!!. So go head, tell me I'm silly...facts speak for themselves! AND I"M A DIE HARD LEAF FAN!!!!
@Cameron19 @djamon @Pazzuzzu Really? Ya know what pure and utter nonsense is? The Toronto Maple Leafs finishing bottom 10 every year with no draft picks to show for it and spinning their collective wheels for 47 years...thats nonsense buddy!!
@wiski @Pazzuzzu Lets stay the couse and see where the Leafs end up next season, and the next, and the next...LOL..you guys are gluttuns for punishment, man.
@djamon @Pazzuzzu Like what?
What has this team accomplished since they announced Brian Burke as the new GM and savior of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Took the Bruins to 7 games in a 48 game season, that's what!!!
In other words...NOTHING!!
What does San Jose need? They just lost, arguably, their best D-Man in Boyle. From what I read, they aren't too upidy on Niemmi either and would like some stability in goal.
If Leafs management has any brains, they would be looking to sign Del Zotto(who can screw up just as much as Dion can but is younger, comes cheaper and is more mobile) then offer Phaneuf, Lupul, and Reimer to San Jose for T. Hrtel and Stalock.
The bottom six for the Leafs is a hodgepodge of centers and wingers and who knows how THAT is gonna work out. Take your chances, trim the fat, get younger save 6 million in cap space. 24th place vs 22 place overall? Who cares!!
You guys actually think Lupul, Phaneuf, Riemer will make any kind of diff come April-May? The3y haven't since they've been here, so why would the results change if ya keep them?
Oh ya,trading Franson!?! One of the Leafs top D-men last season? WTF!!! Got to make above trade and sign, stay young and make up for the brilliant scouting staff that let guys like Rask, Steen, Tlusty, Stralman, Moore, 2 first round pix and a 2 round pick for a one dimensional winger and so on and so on and so on... for what?
A small, injury prone 37 year old D man, a third liner in the KHL, and then go and swap a 22 year old borderline NHL player with speed for a 26 year old borderline NHL player with speed? WTF?
This franchise is spinning their wheels and have been for 45+ years and continue to do so.
They lose, every year they lose. They only lose enough to miss the playoffs and NOT qualify for a top 3 pick. What top end free agent is going to come to Toronto when the odds are the team will lose, not to mention the daft signings and the love of tossing away picks like they have a bad smell?
Every season the Leafs are a cap team with little space, yet they consistantly finish out of the playoffs.
When is this franchise going to grow some stones, stop with the band aid hear, stop gap there mentality, tear it down and build this team correctly? Trade big ticket guys like Kessel, Dion, Clarkson, Lupul, ETC. and rebuild. Get some good young players with some good upside, MANAGE THE CAP WELL(why spend 69M only to finish out of the playoffs and out of the draft lottery?), and draft and develope your own prospects...McDavid anyone?
Leafs got some decent young players to work with... Kadri,Bozak,JVR,Reilly,Gardiner,Franson,Holland,Bernier plus a good minor league team...cut the fat around these guys and rebuild this thing PLEASE!!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050
Here is what I think the Leaf line-up will look like after free agent frenzy...
Go Leafs Go!!!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out
Personnally, I'd like to see Boyle on a 2-3 year deal to pair with Dion.
Doubt if Boyle woud come to Toronto though at this stage in his carreer.
Stastny would be awesome to shore up the centre position.
@BrandonCheema @Pazzuzzu I'm not convinced of that yet. I hope you r right.
I dunno man, I'm still not convinced Dion and Gards are going to be on the same team come Sept.
What is Nonis gonna do about the bottom 6 ?
I guess they could go with an AHL line...maybe Damigo-Holland-Ashton kinda thing but that still leaves 3 spots, not to mention the D pairings.
Sounds to me they wanna go for a righty/lefty combo throughout the top pairings.
When optimus gets traded(who knows for what),who is capable to backup Bernie when his groin, knee or something else places him on the IR for any extended period of time?
Management has a LOT of work to do!!
Wouldn't surprise me in the least if this team ends up with a top 5 pick in 2015.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Draft Day Two Wrap Up: Gunnarsson for Polak, offensive focus to Leafs’ draftees
anyways, have fun got to cut the lawn.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli
This is the Leafs MO for the past 46,000years...see Clarkson signing, Dion overpay, Bozak overpay, etc. would not surprise me in the least.
Only got a minute, but I had this gut feelling take over me and had to post. Only normal stuff I've heard is Leafs wanna get a little more experienced and some depth in the top 9 and D.
Tea leaves tell me...
Trades with VAN and FLA. Callahan as UFA. Just a gut feeling.
I dont know who it was, but they posted a mapleleaf ship sinking with RC with a gun to his head...gold man...f'n gold!!
1 year ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs
@Cloud09 @Pazzuzzu LOL thank you, thank you very much :-)
these r the players I want...
Ryan Kessler, Ryan Callahan, Tomas Vanek, Milan Lucic, JVR, D.Clarkson, Z.Kassian, J.Bernier, J.Reimer, Weber(nas), Tanev, Sutton, Reilly, Gardiner, Bozak, Bolland, Kulie, Umberger, Clutterbuck, Subban...
like I say, fire RC, hire Guy LaFleur, then the team can smoke themselves to lung cancer and have cozy feet lol
I can't stop laughing, there is nothing Nonis can do, he so screwed lol
then you can trade kadri
Kyuss rox...green machine rox!! f'n luv the heaviness!!
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Pazzuzzu yer kidding right?
where is everybody, lots online but no guildies...btw, metric kinda groovey for a pop band
game 7 last year cost me 100,000pp in ddo money last year...ugg
@juliesucks this ^^ is RC
un fotunately,one of the toons i run with is from toronto and is a bruins fan, lost some coin on hockey bets with him the last fwew years, thank god it's only ddo money or i would be broke
@FrycersGhost ya shuould. It's free, get with us and we'll help ya out. sexy stuff is pay to play, but experience tells me ya don't need to pay bro guild name is scarecrow sentinals check it out
@FrycersGhost awesome combat,