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@AlexMo89 After watching that Leafs team this year, pretty hard not to be jealous of almost every team in the playoffs right now, haha.

3 hours, 27 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@Mitch92 Giveaways aren't Phaneuf's problem at all.

3 hours, 32 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@JWaterdrager @theselfishsloth What is he selling? It's a damn draw based on luck, who cares. They have no control over it.

3 hours, 33 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@Jmessih Viktor is HAVING SOME TROUBLE CONTROLLING THE VOLUME OF HIS VOICE

7 hours, 56 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@Burtonboy Imagine if the Leafs were in the playoffs AND they removed Cox from television.

8 hours, 28 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@OhYaBud Meh. Models his game after Bozak.

8 hours, 31 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@Anthony Petrielli Your piece was poor imo

Shallow and pedantic 

(keeping you humble)

8 hours, 50 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker

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@Burtonboy @zoidbergman @Jmessih Filling Jimmy Hughes' role plus maybe some goalie coach work would make a lot of sense.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Alec Brownscombe  The T.O. media needs to get more respect, eh. Is that you, Steve?

3 days, 11 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@TheColborneUltimatum @Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Alec Brownscombe Kessel and Lupul snapped and were totally rattled by it.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @LN-093 Okay, we'll see how that approach goes when the team is shit terrible and is filled with young players who are still developing, making mistakes and trying to become professionals at the NHL level.

We're talking about actually impacting how assets develop potentially. This stuff matters.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@ingy56 @Alec Brownscombe It's not a big thing but it kind of is. He's the President technically, not the GM. It's his role.

The angle of sparring with reporters who are employed by a shared owner is definitely an interesting point.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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Is Shanny going to suddenly start putting himself out there a little more once it’s more “his” team and the team is losing because it’s young and developing? He better, because they'll need some shielding from the market. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he hid in the shadows because he has no ties to the core and was like, “fuck it, not my guys. these guys are not putting in an effort and I can’t wait to trade them”

3 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe @djamon No management regime is perfect, that's for sure. Saw MacLellan came out and took some ownership of that deal as well.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@djamon @Alec Brownscombe I hear that, for sure. The hockey world can be insular, rotating around the same network of people in GM's positions. The danger of the old boys club is something we saw play out under Burke's regime.

Burke's regime wasn't all beer and skittles, but you had to love his ability to win trade after trade and how he would get out in front of scandals, in which respect Shanahan was completely absent this year. I think Burke was cut off a little short of what was fair to judge his time here. Nonis proceeded to drop the ball. That said, Burke hired Carlyle. Lots of shades of grey.

By the same token, while we talk about the old boys club and the insularity of the hockey world; it doesn't mean experience is any less valuable or handy in some significant ways.

The ability to call on favours through years of doing the job and personal relationships with all the GMs in the League. The feel for the behaviour of other GMs. Could go on and on.
You can only get experience by doing and I'd never write off Shanny for inexperience alone. But the front office is definitely very green. I wouldn't hate them bringing in someone like George McPhee, who is tight with the Hunters, for his operational experience.

You can have Shanny, Dubas (analytics - sober second thought), Hunter (scouting background) all working by committee to make decisions along with someone who has the ability to grease the wheels and make shit happen.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@djamon @Alec Brownscombe Well, Richards isn't a bad player by any means, he just wasn't worth that monstrosity of a contract, which Burke wouldn't give him over his dead body. That's kind of the point, isn't it? I'm not sure at any point he hurt the Leafs chances with that stance, in fact he more likely saved the Leafs from some serious mistakes.

Like a Clarkson style mistake.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@djamon @Alec Brownscombe No he didn't. He drew a hard line in the sand knowing it gave him no chance of signing him. He got raked over the coals for it. For being in Afghanistan that day etc, remember?

He wouldn't go longer than 4 or 5 years and that never gave him a snowball's chance in hell of signing him.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@djamon @DeclanK You mean like not signing Brad Richards to that deal?

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@FRyan Leafs should've grabbed him as a  flyer last offseason.

Granted, with Rielly and Gardiner already there, it's a bit of an overload on that kind of defenceman. He's further along than Gardiner at this point though, off ice issues aside.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@steele123 @LN-093 @Alec Brownscombe @LoovTrain ... as you just showed with your examples, you can make this argument either way. JFJ came in with no experience and everyone said he was a sharp guy. And? 

Experienced GMs sometimes suck too, absolutely.

I don't think Burke sucked.. fantastic as a President imo, and as a horsetrader in the GM's role. Thought he was a good ambassador myself and a great salesman. He surrounded himself with some dumb people who he was friends with, unfortunately.

Carlyle did untold damage to the team, Nonis too.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@LN-093 @Alec Brownscombe @LoovTrain

Be nice to have someone with some operational experience and established relationships in the League. 

A GM has to be a good judge of talent but also a really good salesman when it comes to making trades.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@LoovTrain Yeah, if it's for the Gm's role I wouldn't be impressed at all. As an advisor/goalie coach kinda thing, sure.

Granted, that's already basically his role in Phoenix

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Bruffins Yep, and before you laugh, remember: Jeremy Jacobs. 

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Dogger Simmonds, yes.

Simmons - I might trade Gardiner if it means he never writes about Toronto sports again. 

3 days, 13 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Xxxxxnew Toews was at the hotel, too. I'd agree with that.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Jmessih Think about how beneficial that dirty move was by Subban.

1) Habs won the game

2) Stone is going to be out of the lineup, or not himself, all series

3) Chris Neil is going to get icetime.


Win-win-win for the Habs.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Dogger I stayed in the same hotel as him in Vegas and would see him with his wife and kids around the pool, such a massive guy.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@mcloki @Jmessih @Alec Brownscombe @DeclanK Thanks to the road to the stadium series show, I also know that is the exact opposite of true. 

But he is prematurely bald.. so HA!

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@DeclanK I get it, he's better at life  than us, did we need photographic evidence?

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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Tomorrow's my dad's birthday, turning 58, Leafs fan all his life and he was the one who named Maple Leafs Hot Stove, Maple Leafs Hot Stove back in 2008.


Think maybe we could get a lottery win for the old goat?

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Joe_17 Why though? I'm not sure it's a major loss to take Marner over Strome for example. Maybe that will sound ridiculous in time, but as of today you can make pretty good arguments on both sides for one over the other.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@Ze_theLeafsFan Pridham would be an assistant to the GM whereas Dubas is an assistant GM.

An assistant to the GM tends to be less involved in making personnel decisions and the like... for instance, Pridham wouldn't be offering his opinion on players, he would be advising on cap and CBA matters.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@RickC1983 @Alec Brownscombe Yeah, but he works for the Oilers and he just said that.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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“Some organization will get a whole lot smarter,” Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said. “After the lottery.”

Winning lotteries sure didn't make you look any smarter, MacT.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Shanahan in ‘ongoing’ discussions with Sean Burke

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@TheColborneUltimatum Should have her notebook up on MLHS tomorrow.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0

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@Jay31 @Alec Brownscombe Not even fair, some teams just shit out awesome Cs like it's nothing

5 days, 2 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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Bennett looks stupid good. Unbelievable it's his 2nd game

5 days, 2 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe Same reason they struggle with the Scabs and same reason we should've dusted them off in the playoffs. Just all the more accentuated as they've lost some talent due to cap constraints.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@Burtonboy slowwwwwwwww as a team. Pastrnak stood out like a sore thumb.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@LargusMeans I like what the Leafs have done in the last couple of years in the draft.

There was a seismic gap, both a lack of picks and poor picks, between 2007 and 2011. We're really feeling that right now.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@Burtonboy NOT EVEN BROTHER MIKE IS SAFE! THE HUMANITY!

5 days, 12 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night

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@Ghost of Toskala I rarely take such shots at players but he is a complete moron. 

6 days, 2 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@Jay31 Thinking on it, I'm not sure I really see Gauthier as that safe of a pick. I guess in terms of offensive ceiling it now looks that way. At the time he was drafted, he was a big bodied center who was better than PPG in his draft year, which was his very first year in the Q. He was very raw, and was an interesting prospect. By some definitions that could be considered swinging for the fences. 

6 days, 5 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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I don't understand the title of Siegel's piece. I guess some of the management dynamics are unconventional but Shanahan said himself there was nothing unique about what they're trying to do.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: The Shanaplan

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@Yaknowwhat All the people who already have a grudge against a certain player will now name that player and assume Shanahan was talking about him.

1 week ago on Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls

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