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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.
10 hours, 39 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #33, 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.
10 hours, 47 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #33, Chicago Blackhawks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
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.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Game 33 Scoring Chances: Flyers 7 vs. Maple Leafs 4
Reimer was just brilliant!
1 week, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
@Jmessih Here is the ultimate table hockey game. www.tablehockey.com This is a fantastic game. I own one.
3 weeks ago on Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2
@DJBrianBurke @Bruffins @felixjvd Very funny!
1 month 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.
1 month, 3 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.
1 month, 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?
2 months 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.
2 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC)
4 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.
6 months ago on (Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date
Maybe they filed for arbitration so Ryan O'Reilly is more tradable.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 5, Western Conference Finals
@theacs1966 @Jmessih I think he has two
7 months ago on Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars
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
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?
@Hammertownleaffan @Belfour20/JB-45 What the defensemen are screaming at our forwards "Get Back"
@Hammertownleaffan @Belfour20/JB-45 As Leaf fans this season after watching them play "Im So Tired"
@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.
Good for Tampa Bay. That is a goal.
8 months ago on Frederik Gauthier joins Marlies, Andreas Johnson gets SHL rookie of the year recognition
Stamkos had every right to be pissed. That dive once again proves what a bunch of classless players are on the Habs.
@Bruffins @CanuckUKinToronto @Belfour20/JB-45
Instead of foot in mouth its hoof in mouth for Randy Carlyle
8 months, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot
@Archie Vanlanda @NotTheCanucksnaphook I agree with you. Martin Saint Louis is example. So is Doug Gilmour.
I thought Reimer played really well in net. Made some tremendous saves. Could not fault him on the one goal. I hope the Leafs brass keep him. With a new coach the balance of play between Bernier and Reimer would be more fairly distributed. Carlyle with the help of injuries mismanaged both. Granberg looked really solid in his first outing as a Leaf. He looks ready to be a regular. Hopefully Percy and Finn can soon follow suit. Imagine Reilly, Gardner, Granberg, Finn, Gunnersan who has been pretty solid, and Phaneuf with less playing time. Ranger there to support. I think defensively the Leafs would be better because you would have a youthful defense that can skate the puck out of the zone instead of this chipping the puck off the boards which never seems to work for the Leafs because of their terrible puck retrieval.
Everyone have a great summer! Hope we win the lottery.
8 months, 1 week ago on And that’s a wrap
I have to say the Leafs weren't horrible tonight, but the refereeing was. That call for tripping on Brodie was ridiculous. Stamkos rear skate blade made contact with Brodie's skate blade and Stamkos went down like an oak tree. Then all night every time Gardiner rushed up ice he was being slashed and hooked from behind by Tampa players and there were no calls.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #80, Maple Leafs at Lightning
In all fairness I think Nonis should be given the chance to finish his work creating a contender. I look at this Leaf team and there is considerable talent but no consistency. The Leafs have shown they can play and beat some of the best teams in the league on a given night and have done that this season. However, I think the problem lies in leadership both in coaching and in the players. You can have a talented group of actors in a stage production, but if the director is not a visionary and lacks people skills and leadership quality the production is going to be hobbling along with mixed reviews and such is this Leafs team.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4
The reason the Leafs make so many mistakes because all the players are playing like deer in headlights. The defense are continually giving away the puck because they are not passing while in full motion skating up ice. There has to be a defensive framework to the way the team plays that breeds confidence in their own defensive zone. They are skating around like chickens with their heads cut off. I don't understand it. Randy Carlyle was a Norris winning defenseman. He has won a Stanley Cup as a coach. Are the players just not listening? There must be something wrong in the team chemistry. For one thing they don't have a strong Captain with great leadership qualities. Think of Keon, Armstrong, Sittler, Gilmour, Clark, Sundin just to name a few that could pick up a team by the bootstraps.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #79, Jets at Maple Leafs
Can't blame Carlyle for all these defensive giveaways.
@rustynail @felixjvd Forget about Miller. There are several ex-Leafs on the Blues. All stupidly traded by Leafs management.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs
If the Leafs don't make the playoffs this year which is most likely the scenario, the team I would like to see win the cup is the St. Louis Blues. They have always been a classy organization since the days of Red Berenson and Barclay Plager and have never won it. I remember the great Dan Kelly doing the Blues play by play.
It's hard to come to grips about this team. However, if you think about it, this team is in this position because of mental errors. If you look back on the past ten or twelve games their losses have come due to unforced errors in their own zone. Bad decision making. And why is this? Because this is a young inexperienced team sprinkled with a few veterans. If 70 percent of your young team is making mistakes it also begins to show in the play of the older players. I think we all need to be patient with this team and not want it blown up. I think a coaching change is definitely in order. Just wait till Gardiner, Kadri, Reilly, JVR come into their own along with some of the developing talent on the Marlies such as Leivo, Abbot, Percy, Holzer, Granberg, Holland, Ashton and others. We have a lot to look forward too, but it takes time.
@LeafsManiac I have to disagree. Kessel is an excellent playmaker and has set up some beautiful goals this season. He has also developed a better backchecking game as well. I admit he looks lethargic out there, but who wouldn't be witnessing all the errors his team mates are making.
I question Franson's mind. He's at the blueline with the puck with Helm closing in on him and instead of shooting it up off the boards into the corner he tries to shoot the puck through Helm. What was he thinking?
@loomx I don't think Raymond is the problem. He has created offense for the Leafs with 19 goals. Why get rid of someone like that.
This team is awful. Secondly, Helm and Jurco are both classless divers! That call on van Reimsdyk was ridiculous. Jurco dove. And Helm diving on the play on what was to be an icing. This is bye bye Carlyle. Morgan Reilly was excellent, but why were the Leafs forwards always up above their own blueline. The defense had no one to pass to. I blame this on coaching. I'm not wasting my life for this team anymore. 47 years I've followed this team and it has hit a saturation point where I particularly don't want to waste my time watching overpaid veterans disappointing me with insipid play. I love the youth on this team but they need better guidance than what Carlyle is offering. I've had it.
Phaneuf shouldn't be making these type of costly decisions.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #75, Maple Leafs at Flyers
Both Montreal and Phiiadelphia are filled with divers.
Lupul was pushed from behind, This officiating is mediocre!
Giroux is a fucking diver!
@Burtonboy @felixjvd I hope you are right. But it won't happen with Reimer in goal. His positioning on many of these goals has been deadly.
9 months ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #73, Maple Leafs at Devils