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3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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@Hmmm @felixjvd I hope he is with the team next season.

He has the scoring skills and his game seems to be coming back.


3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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I've been very impressed with Booth's play.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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Brewer has been pretty useless out there.


3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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@VaiveOClockSomewhere No, it's from a Leafs fan who has been following the Leafs since 1968!

And sticking with them with devotion.


4 weeks, 1 day ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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I'm so fed up with the Toronto media and I live in NYC!  They sit there pontificating from their office thrones about the Leafs without any knowledge of hockey management and the innerworkings of running a team.  They spew their constant negativity into the faces of passionate Leaf fans and creating a hostile environment for the players.  Sure, the players make vast sums of money, however, think about it.  Who wants to go to work where there is that significant microscopic media attention?  Leave the players alone.  Remove the pressure and let the team grow naturally.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact

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I don't understand the media and everyone suggesting Kessel should be traded.  Surround him with some effective players.  Not many players have his scoring ability.  He's a gamebreaker.  Keep him.

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: It Really Happened

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@FrycersGhost   You beat me to it.  Based on reviewing the Leaf's remaining schedule and considering their anemic offense, I can foresee the Leafs winning only four of their remaining games.  I don't think they should hold a fire sale.  There are plenty of talented individuals on the team.  It takes time to build a playoff contender and the nucleus of talent on this team is very good.  There are only a few missing pieces and if by chance we end up with the 1st or 2nd pick as the lower teams pass us, the most important piece may be available to the team.  It only takes one player to make a team gel and leap to a higher level.  Look at the Islanders.  They were patient and held onto their players over the past four or five seasons and it is paying off.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@hometeem @felixjvd Great saves don't mean anything if you let in weak goals.


2 months ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@rustynail @felixjvd If he had remained standing instead of going into a butterfly position that 3rd goal may not have gone in.

2 months ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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How can the Leafs play with any confidence when their goalie lets in three weak goals?  Weak goal last night.


2 months ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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This is really sad.  Bernier has been garbage in the third period.

2 months ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Ohh, they know how to call an offside!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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This officiating is a fucking disgrace!!!!!!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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The league better look into that elbow.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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That should be a five minute major.  They don't call that yet they call two soft penalties against the leafs.  This is bullshit!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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Get rid of Phaneuf.  He can't shoot on goal. Iff that had been on net it would still be 2-0.


2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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Shit refereeing.  First call was a dive.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)

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I don't know why they are picking on Clarkson.  Phaneuf's meathead backhanding of the puck along the boards is the problem.  This is the captain of the team and he makes an idiotic play like that leads to Tampa's winning goal. 

3 months ago on Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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These Leaf players don't play well defensively because they don't feel much is at stake.  Granted, there are one or two players like Polak and Leo who do play with heart and grit, however, this coach does not know what it means to be a kind hearted taskmaster who has the respect of his players, players that want to honor their coach and fans with absolute effort. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #34, Chicago Blackhawks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0

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Being in the UK for Christmas I only watched the first period last night.  Hawks up 2-0 I thought now way Leafs come back.  Went to sleep like the Leafs.  People keep raising issue with the captaincy on this team.  Myself included.  There have been some great Leaf captains over the years.  Armstrong, Keon, Sittler, Gilmour, Sundin, however, if you look back on their tenures, you come to realize that no matter how great their leadership qualities were they may not have led to the winning of the Stanley Cup after 1967.  Your captain is only effective if he is surrounded by players with determination, heart, skill, and self-sacrifice.  Name one Leaf player on this team that has the heart of Wendel Clark, the grace of Beliveau, determination and grit of Gilmour or Gordie Howe.  The smarts of Keon.  This Leafs team has plenty of skill, but the lack of a team identity is very clear and identity is the framework on which to apply skill, and help develop heart and determination.  How can you be determined if everyone you work with is not on the same page?  As a coach you can help teach the game to your players, but you also have to possess an incredible understanding of human beings.  Have the facility to juggle different personalities, the talent to cajole and nurture team chemistry.  I don't think Randy Carlyle is the man to do this.  That is my opinion.  Sitting a player because of mistakes is not always the answer.  These players make too much money.  Why not set up a charity.  Any time a Leafs forward or defenseman down low makes a half-hearted attempt at covering their man with proper stick or body coverage, that player is required to make a $1000 dollar donation to the Leaf's charity.  

3 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #34, Chicago Blackhawks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0

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This team is infuriating to watch.  The Leafs lack a real identity as a team.  Not all players are on the same page.  It is up to the coach to have a team play with a united vision and make playing defensively a priority.  Take care of your defensive responsibilities and the offense will come.  No doubt the Leafs can score.  But they only score when they play with determination in the offensive zone.  I don't think this team will ever move forward without a true leader in the dressing room and a coach the players want to play all out for.  

3 months, 1 week ago on Game 33 Scoring Chances: Flyers 7 vs. Maple Leafs 4

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Reimer was just brilliant!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)

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The NHL scheduling is a joke.  The Red Wings have had 13 games this season playing teams who had a game the night before.  The Red Wings have only faced that scenario themselves 3 times this season.  Why the unfair advantage?  It's ridiculous.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)

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Last night's game was a brain numbing viewing experience.  I have always held a low regard for teams that play the neutral zone crap (trap).  The only way to avert this practice is to increase the size of the playing surface or get rid of the bluelines, or get rid of the NJ Devils.  Otherwise I have been quite pleased with the Leaf's play the past six games.  There is a pattern developing that is a positive and is due to added players and maturation of the team. Now when the Leafs play a so so game they come back with a flourish in the next.  The past few seasons this didn't occur and would lead to a string of losses.

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

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@Jmessih Here is the ultimate table hockey game.  www.tablehockey.com  This is a fantastic game.  I own one.

4 months ago on Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2

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@DJBrianBurke @felixjvd You are right, however, I have every right to vent my anger.


4 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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This team is a bloody mediocre club.  I've supported this team since 1968.  This is it for me.  I've had it.  No longer wasting my valuable time.  These fucking players are making millions and they show up and play like this.  They should be fired like anyone else who doesn't perform in the regular workplace.  These young players have no clue what it is to sacrifice to win.

It is totally unacceptable!  They should be ashamed.

4 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Leafs played an entertaining solid road game.  If they keep playing this way and with such determination this could prove to be a very interesting season.

5 months ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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I'm currently reading Bobby Orr's autobiography.  Very entertaining read.  One of his chapters talks about the state of the game and the need for passion.  He feels that with the huge salaries these players are getting, the incentive to win is diminished.  Orr feels that players are so focused on strength training it is standing in the way of development of creative play. Coaches are so into playing systems that the creative playmaking of years ago is less prevalent in today's game.  He still thinks hockey is a great game, but in order to win you need to play with passion.  A team can have all the talent in the world, but if it lacks passion it's not going to win it all.  I feel this is a symptom of the Leafs struggles.  Lack of passion.  Only one line is playing with passion.  The Santorelli line.

5 months ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@B_Leaf Why would you even consider trading Kessel?  I wonder how many game winning goals he has either set up or scored?

5 months, 1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs

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How was that not interference on Detroit with the hit on Kozun.  These refs are fucking horrible.  They are ruining the game of hockey.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Day: Game #5, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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Though the Penguins played infinitely better than our Leafs, the first two penalty calls against Toronto were an example of rank amateur officiating and basically put the Leafs behind from the beginning.  I am so tired of lame officiating in the NHL.  Also the Penguins love to dive trying to draw penalties.  I thought the Kadri line was the Leafs best line tonight.  And once again Percy set up a goal.  Kid is great.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Murph2417 @Cameron19 Start doing basic yoga stretches every morning to loosen up the lower back muscles.  Your quads if too tight can cause lower back pain and lead to sciatica.  lie on your back on a yoga mat.  Gently bring your knee up using your hands under your leg not on the knee.  Bring the leg back down.  Then do the other.  Ten times each to start.  Then grab a belt and loop around your foot.  Keeping the leg straight and using the belt bring your leg up to 90 degrees and bring the leg back over you as far as you can without straining.  Do this ten times to each leg.  over the span of a week work your way up to doing 3 sets of ten.  You can incorporate other stretches as you go along.  I play ice hockey and street hockey and if I don't stretch every morning my back will give me problems and I'm 59.  

Good luck.


7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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@Murph2417 What a classic!  I never noticed before that the bass does not play during the verses.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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@T K O @ingy56 Saddled with bad defensive mistakes.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on (Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date

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Maybe they filed for arbitration so Ryan O'Reilly is more tradable.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on (Monday Mashup) Keeping an Eye on Colorado

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe I think back to the New York Islanders whom the Leafs beat in the 7th game on the Island.  Lanny McDonald scoring.  Then what happened.  They held onto their core team and the Islanders quickly grew into a dynasty winning all those cups in a row.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on (Tuesday Mashup) One more Kings win until the off season

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@4evrblue @darthNihilus There is no reason for this immature banter insulting fellow visitors.

10 months ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 5, Western Conference Finals

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If the writing sfaff feels there isn't enough news out there about the Leafs worthy of coverages, how about allowing fans to submit articles sharing their experiences over the years being fans.  We have quite a few seniors on this forum who I'm sure would have some entertaining stories from the Leaf's past.  The stories can be short and sweet and six or seven could be posted at once.  Just to keep the forum entertaining during the lull in Leafs activity

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11 months ago on Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?

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@Hammertownleaffan @Belfour20/JB-45  What the defensemen are screaming at our forwards "Get Back"

11 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?

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@Hammertownleaffan @Belfour20/JB-45  As Leaf fans this season after watching them play "Im So Tired"


11 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?

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@Uncle Otis  My boss has it and he goes to physio-therapy for it.  It's not something that goes away on it's own.  You need to see a foot doctor who can recommend a course of therapy.

11 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?

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