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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @felixjvd @Bruffins I'm not implying Kessel is, however, he did work on his defensive game for awhile and that of course petered out. He showed he was capable of it. What must Kessel feel when he scores against Montreal and then sees his goaltender make two bonehead giveaways to put the Leafs behind? That frustration eats away at you.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
@Bruffins @felixjvd Very simple. I watched Dave Keon play as team captain surrounded by some very substandard players during his career with the Leafs. He played hard in every game. Never gave the puck away and was gracious with the media and the fans. He set an example. How often would Matt's Sundin or Doug Gilmour make errors in judgement? Both were hardworking talents that led by example through their play, and of course Gilmour was graced with some very good players. Kessel is certainly not leadership material, but you don't give up on a scoring talent like Kessel. You surround him with better players. Maybe Phaneuf's play would be helped with a better defense partner, however, his personality is not leadership quality.
Everyone is spewing hatred toward Kessel. I have to say that Kessel's behavior has not been exemplary, however, if you consider the frustration levels he must be feeling with his fellow players, it is understandable. There were a number of times during last season he was actively backchecking and prevented sure goals and the media was still picking on him. But how many times have we seen him in the open and his team mates let him down with poor puck management. After a while you think fuck it and give up. I think his attitude would change if he was surrounded by better talent. Players with excellent on ice vision. I would not trade him at this point.
Jake Gardiner's play alongside Reilly has vastly improved. He was playing a more physical brand of hockey in the last few months. What I can't fathom is maintaining the past few seasons Phaneuf as Captain. He is not Captain material. His defensive acumen has not not been good enough to set an example to younger players. I know he has played against other team's best players, but still, too many giveaways in his own defensive zone does not instill confidence in his fellow players. A captain is someone to look up to. To provide leadership and steer the ship on the right course.
@RememberSalming @Savo43 Where in NYC do you live? I live in Brooklyn and I'm a die hard Leafs fan.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Sorting Through the Rubble
Based on his postgame comments I have nothing but respect for Peter Horachek. He spoke with honesty and conviction. I do hope the Leafs keep him on staff. He deserves the chance. The change has to occur with the roster. You can't create a masterpiece with paints that don't adhere well to a canvas.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Game 82 Scoring Chances: Canadiens 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
at least they haven't given up.
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)
@Hmmm @felixjvd I hope he is with the team next season.
He has the scoring skills and his game seems to be coming back.
I've been very impressed with Booth's play.
Brewer has been pretty useless out there.
@VaiveOClockSomewhere No, it's from a Leafs fan who has been following the Leafs since 1968!
And sticking with them with devotion.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Deadline passes with core largely in tact
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.
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, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: It Really Happened
@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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0
@hometeem @felixjvd Very true.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@hometeem @felixjvd Great saves don't mean anything if you let in weak goals.
@rustynail @felixjvd If he had remained standing instead of going into a butterfly position that 3rd goal may not have gone in.
How can the Leafs play with any confidence when their goalie lets in three weak goals? Weak goal last night.
This is really sad. Bernier has been garbage in the third period.
Ohh, they know how to call an offside!
3 months ago on GDT: Game #44, Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., SNO)
This officiating is a fucking disgrace!!!!!!
The league better look into that elbow.
That should be a five minute major. They don't call that yet they call two soft penalties against the leafs. This is bullshit!
Get rid of Phaneuf. He can't shoot on goal. Iff that had been on net it would still be 2-0.
Shit refereeing. First call was a dive.
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, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
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, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #34, Chicago Blackhawks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
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.
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, 3 weeks ago on Game 33 Scoring Chances: Flyers 7 vs. Maple Leafs 4
Reimer was just brilliant!
4 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m., SN)
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.
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.
4 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
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4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2
@DJBrianBurke @Bruffins @felixjvd Very funny!
5 months ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@AlbertaMapleLeaf @felixjvd I had moved over from England.
@bear19 @felixjvd I know.
@DJBrianBurke @felixjvd You are right, however, I have every right to vent my anger.
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.
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, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
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, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@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, 4 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
How was that not interference on Detroit with the hit on Kozun. These refs are fucking horrible. They are ruining the game of hockey.
6 months ago on Game Day: Game #5, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SNO)
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.
6 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)
8 months ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract
@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.
@Murph2417 What a classic! I never noticed before that the bass does not play during the verses.
@T K O @ingy56 Saddled with bad defensive mistakes.
10 months ago on (Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date
Maybe they filed for arbitration so Ryan O'Reilly is more tradable.
10 months ago on (Monday Mashup) Keeping an Eye on Colorado
@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.
10 months, 1 week ago on (Tuesday Mashup) One more Kings win until the off season
@4evrblue @darthNihilus There is no reason for this immature banter insulting fellow visitors.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 5, Western Conference Finals