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@Knights2Leafs It's his favorite season of the year.

1 day ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe Not necessarily. It's a test year. He's not confident the core is in place to truly contend and I doubt he's ruled out a rebuild around the younger assets in the organization. They've brought in a theoretically better supporting cast on shorter term deals.

Results will dictate what he does next

1 day, 1 hour ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@Burtonboy

Possible reasons:


1) Carlyle impressed Shanny with his openness to change and thinks he will if surrounded by some new people with new ideas. Carlyle could always identify the problems but could never fix them.

2) Shanny didn't want to tie himself to any of the coaches who were available this summer and decided to stick with who he inherited for now.

3) Shanny is playing the long game and has his guy in mind. Keeping Carlyle around on a short leash is no big deal for the time being if it means an easier transition and getting his guy long term.

4) After his thorough evaluation of the season that was and the interview process with all players, coaches and management, he thought some players quit on the coach and he wanted to send a message that it's not acceptable to give up knowing you'll outlast the coach. It's still been under 2 seasons since the team totally collapsed under RWillie, after all.


Could be a combination of a few of those as well.

1 day, 1 hour ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@newkb @Alec Brownscombe Komarov, Booth, Winnik, Bodie when he factors in, Ashton, Clarkson, Santorelli... make the right combinations out of that group and you'll have a couple lines that can cycle.

1 day, 1 hour ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@newkb Potentially we can spend more time in the other end though if we build a proper bottom 6 that can eat some zone time on the cycle. We badly missed that element last season. Breaking records for shots against and eclipsing the expansion Thrashers team tends to indicate this is a multifaceted problem. There are two major parts to this shots issue -- inability to break the cycle and get out of our zone, and an inability to generate a consistent cycle and generate more offensive zone time in the other end. Also add in giving up our own blueline too easily.

1 day, 1 hour ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@mcloki @Alec Brownscombe @Yaknowwhat @Xxxxxnew Don't just change for the sake of change though. Has to make sense value wise.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite Cal Heeter to camp?

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@Yaknowwhat @Xxxxxnew It's the only thing that would save it for me. Bad deal if Gunnar comes back healthy. Gunnar + + for a less valuable D - granted, with a different skillset -- is the one move I still don't get from the summer.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite Cal Heeter to camp?

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@Burtonboy This the same article written for the 1,000th time over since July?

2 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 – Maple Leafs vs. Senators

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@Sexyhairyman haha, he's a plug, I didn't get the signing, 50 pts in 64 games as a 20 year old on a good team? whatever

3 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Luke_R Nilsson, Gauthier, Leivo, Verhaeghe have been the standouts.

3 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Ricky_Vaives_slapshot  Post your email and maybe someone will send you a link by chance....

3 days, 2 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@mcloki no no, just a handy specified feed to follow along with 4-5 guys plugged in (including Curt and Matt) who will  be at the game covering it.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Burtonboy Gonna do our first Hangout too, live from the bud gardens tomorrow if all goes to plan.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan It's not hard, Bon. Don't post off topic stuff on analysis articles marked with an on topic only label. That's the long and short of it. Clear?

3 days, 5 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Jay_Berg Emailed with him back and forth yesterday, so he should.

3 days, 6 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Sexyhairyman I don't think they planned on a guy like Leivo being there but they were short on bodies. The NCAA and Euro (besides Nylander) picks oftentimes can't make it.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Strombo's the man

minus a few points for team preference

3 days, 7 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Jmessih I never get too excited about this stuff. I've tempered expectations on Connor Brown in the past. I really have a good feeling about this one as a steal though.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@ErikP803 I know a number fans have been worried about Biggs since shortly after he was picked, but I get the sense from asking around the organization a little bit that this past year left the organization quite concerned. If there's to be any hope left, next year is gonna be big for him in terms of becoming a FT pro at the AHL level.

note: he will still be 21 for all of this season

3 days, 8 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Cloud09 @wiski @Alec Brownscombe @MLHS_Luke @Burtonboy He's also like an on-ice version of an Olympic sprinter with his fast twitch muscle fibres. Very explosive in bursts but less effective in terms of endurance. There's always a bit of a trade off there. I think Roberts commented on improving his endurance but I didn't get around to listening to that segment.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@MLHS_Luke @Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy I just see him get raked over the coals for it a lot. Some of it may be warranted, I'd imagine he could work harder at it to cut some body fat. Can't say for sure what his workouts and dieting are like though, I'd imagine the diet could be better. I think the context of his natural build is important though.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@MLHS_Luke @Burtonboy Gotta understand how body types work. Kessel is an endomorph. He's always going to be round and stocky and likely a little higher in fat than most, but people with this body type can also be very muscular and gain muscle easily. It doesn't mean he's in bad shape -- could be very far from it. In fact, I think his arms look massive here like he's been going hard this off season -- and with his body type he'll always have that bulky look rather than defined muscle. Can't possibly tell you his off-season training regimen but everyone needs to keep this in mind. 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Murph2417 @Dangle_My_Berries FWIW he's an extremely genuine guy. Super impressed by him in person.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Burtonboy Fuck Simmons and all but still, Leiweke's lack of feel for the market continues to bite him. Really dumb thing to say.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Yan28 That's reckless speculation at this point.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Jmessih have you, Tim? In all your years inside NHL dressing rooms?

4 days, 8 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@ Keon Colour of clothes + distance from camera playing a role

5 days, 7 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs You seriously thought that post you wrote out was cool to post on a hockey forum? Give your head a shake.

6 days, 4 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe @Mind Bomb Already made a mental note to be sure not to slap their asses.

Giroux reference

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe @Mind Bomb Yep,  graduated in the spring at Trent, now at Algonquin. Internet applications and web development program.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Mind Bomb @Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy Already dated one for 5 years and learned my lesson

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Mind Bomb @Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy Not I. All the way in Ottawa now for the at least the next two years. We have writers going to cover it though.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Burtonboy  A not-insignificant part of the resistance to analytics is how obnoxious and thin skinned the most vocal advocates of them are. Down Goes Brown called them out on it in a piece one time. Some of these people are really tough to deal with. I really like David Johnson's tone and approach.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@CanuckUKinToronto Likely just needed to refresh

6 days, 6 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Bobsyouruncle unless he shares an IP with those banned yesterday he should be OK ;)

1 week, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis on TSN Radio

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@Jmessih Players should send him home with one too.

1 week, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis on TSN Radio

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@Great Dane Does a duck's boner drag the weeds? Phaneuf didn't just become a 40.8% corsi player overnight

1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe Oh, I didn't catch that. McGran might just be out to lunch on what the injury is (wouldn't surprise me).

1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe Doesn't seem totally inconsistent to me. He won't be at camp to start but is hoping to get a few primers in. Not cleared for contact yet.

1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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@Burtonboy Can't they both be true? Not ready for the start of camp but hoping to play in the final preseason game or two?

1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic

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