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@DeclanK @CanuckUKinToronto Great pub, scallywags
Watched Chelsea lift the CL there!!!
4 months, 1 week ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?
@Murph2417 @CanuckUKinToronto @supercilious @newkb He is a streaky player
he's been streaking for a little over three years now
4 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #13, Maple Leafs 4 at Oilers 0
@Mind Bomb @supercilious @Jay_Berg I'm fine with that as well... Just saying its bad cap management to fill out our third line with UFA contracts. Thats all. I love all of Bolland, Raymond, McC & Kulie
and Idk why we're talking about Broll... We've got Biggs, D'Amigo & Ross who are all slated to be 2nd or realistically very solid 3rd line guys.
If we can re-sign McClement & Bolland and plug one of those three guys or a cheap vet to fill in for a year until theyre ready, we'd be better off long term.
@CanuckUKinToronto @newkb 21 points in 22 career playoff games
@Leafs rule @CanuckUKinToronto Lebda for Franson
@Mind Bomb @supercilious @Jay_Berg I agree that ideally you want those guys on your team
But when you want to re-sign Kadri long term and Rielly, Gardiner, Franson, Bernier/Reimer because they are part of your top six or top four defence, or your starting tender, you need to cut from somewhere else.
If you look at the salaries on capgeek, its impossible to be paying our third line between 10 and 12 million dollars and get all of our key players signed
Its simply not possible
@Mind Bomb @supercilious @Jay_Berg Bolland has been getting second line minutes with Kadri falling to the 3rd line when Bolland was putting up points
He's also a short handed specialist as well as getting PP time, where half of his goals came from
@Mind Bomb @supercilious @Jay_Berg Carlyle deploys his lines different than most coaches in the league
Guys on the third line are getting strict defensive duties, primarily in their own end coming up against the opposing best teams
Shutting down the opposing teams best players is their primary focus, not scoring goals.
With the fourth line playing 2-3 minutes in the playoffs, it essentially comes down to the top 6 to produce points.
@Jay_Berg I'm not saying that we ditch our entire third line
but our top six is set and if we re-sign two of McClement, Bolland, Kulemin or Raymond, we should be fine in that regard
We've had enough injuries this year that guys like Broll & Leivo were playing in our top six and we were still relatively successful.
If we can augment the checking line with a guy like D'amigo or Ross or Biggs, I feel that we'd be better off cap-wise going forward
@Mind Bomb @supercilious @Jay_Berg We don't need any goals from our bottom six
our bottom six hasnt scored any goals since Wilson left. Why would we expect anyone to come in and pot 15 goals while being a checking 3rd liner?
@Jay_Berg We've got guys in the farm that can come up and play defensive that arent going to cost UFA prices
@Jay_Berg We dont need any more offensive guys tbh
Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Bozak, Clarkson are our top 6 for the next 5 years (unless somehow we can ditch bozak for a #1 C)
Third line should be filled with excellent checkers, whether its McClement, Kulemin or whoever. Theyre a dime a dozen and if they can be filled in with guys like D'amigo or Ross, its better cap management for us going forward rather than paying $3M+ UFA prices for guys to plug in the third line
Obviously not advocating letting everyone walk, but not all of Kulemin, Raymond, Bolland, McClement should be resigned at UFA rates
Lupul making the trip to Columbus
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking News: Leafs performance level statistically unlikely to continue
@Burtonboy get used to it pal
@TheCanucksnaphook So is Washington & Colorado. They already passed the law and the feds are going to turn a blind eye to it. You'll be able to buy a gram of pot for 8-10 dollars at pot shops in early 2014. All you need to do is provide ID to show you're over 21
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs
@CanuckUKinToronto @ConnorCrisp @LeafsForLife he's a bit of both.
@ConnorCrisp @LeafsForLife in his one year in the Q, he won the award for Best defenceman, best defensive player and most NHL ready prospect
@LeafsForLife 22 year old 1st rounder defenceman playing for Florida. He plays the left side and he's part of the young nucleus of players that the Panthers are building around.
@Greg Fenton @wendelsway1 @dlb eh Disagree that they've been more impactful. Lupul and Van Riemsdyk could be replaced internally with someone who could produce (albeit at a lesser rate). Bernier could be replaced by Reimer who has proven to be very capable.
If you take Phaneuf out of this team, it sucks. Who is our #1D eating up minutes to take the burden off of the young D? Franson? Gunnarsson by himself?
Phaneuf is the most essential cog in this team right now.
@mORRganRielly @Greg Fenton @wendelsway1 Phaneuf has been immense.
Not only is he playing against the hardest competition in the league, but he's still putting up points.
If our team is scoring while he's on the ice against the Crosby's and Giroux's, he's clearly doing something right