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@BoneChompski @Mattmark Everything about this, at least to me, seems like MLSE is more of a problem than Tim

1 week, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@TML__fan Final say is Nylander according to Nonis and co.

2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to three-year entry level contract

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@LeafsGuru He got enough ice last year

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: 41 Days to Preseason

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@Burtonboy @Yaknowwhat  Nonis probably just played the waiting game to get the price down, same with Booth

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Walter_White Sweden. But I hope Marlies

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Yaknowwhat I dunno, I have some faith. Guys like JVR and Kadri definitely have a bit of grit and/or size, even Bozak and Lupul are capable of it. With some motivation and good coaching I could see them playing a little less rush style and cycling more

Kessel can just be Kessel

3 weeks, 4 days ago on An interview with Maple Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott

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@Alec Brownscombe a lot of coaches tend to stray from direct player communication, and/or do not make friends at all with the roster (ie Scotty Bowman). How deep / explanatory should relationships between coach and players be ideally?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@hockeyanalysis @Tim Horton I agree with Tim Horton. Probably best just to lay out one idea at a time and say "next week Ill post about so and so stat" and make it a five series post or whatever is needed

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@Bruffins Goal and an assist!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Catching up

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@Cameron19 @DylanJ Attain that elusive 1C, throw Bozak in the deal or put him on the 3rd line...and we're  set. 

Another top 4 Dman would really seal the deal 


Or just hope Nylander can be bred into a #1C, and roll Nylander, Kadri, Bozak, Goats

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 If you're including the likes of Finn and Granberg, I'd include Gautier for sure on 3rd or 4th line. I could see Lupul's abilities start to fade in a bit but Bozak could still be on the team for quite awhile with that core

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 @-Keon @Komas Taberle @Jordan29 Actually, Leafs coaching staff said in interviews Bolland showed top notch work ethic and stood as an example for the other players


That being said, still not worth 5 million.

4 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@Cameron19 @loomx  Stamkos is our Kessel. He's dope, but he's not Toews.

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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Best thing about the 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs will be the PERSONALITY - this will be a factor in our success, and IMO, another playoff berth


Think about it


Komorov and Frattin back. Physical, energy. These guys just simply FIT


JVR, Bozak, Kessel. Some prime time continuation


Clarkson will bounce back AT LEAST halfway. He'll have some spunk undoubtedly to prove the haters wrong


New D look without Gunnarson, add some solid veteran presence, and our staples of hope Gardiner and Reilly another year in


Forward depth supreme (all of whom are not pussies like Raymond) and rolling four lines


Plus some great minds, young and old, behind the scenes in Shanahan and Dubas


GLG

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage

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@.JVR. Yeah Id switch the D pairing to having Polak and Franson as 4-5 but the top 4 lines are nice and balanced and would scare me as an opponent

1 month ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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@Black_Hawk @Anthony Petrielli @Cameron19 I say keep Bozak, get that high level Center, use them both in the top 6, keep Bozie with Phil, pair the #1C with players like Kadri, Lupul, Kulemin, etc

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Greg Fenton @Ydargo I think Kessel is top layer/elite. Like if he was with Toews, he could do what Kane does, etc.



2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Cloud09 @deedrag I don't think these guys floundered because of lack of skill in the lineup (not that we have it up the ting/yang, but vessel JVR kadri Gardiner Lupul etc is a fair amount of skill)


Bolland was great but got injured. simple as that.


Clarksons failure was largely mental IMO, heard insiders say he was very distracted by fanfare, his new image etc. also the suspension was a bad start-- hopefully his failure this year will motivate him to be a lot better this year

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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I agree with the moderator

I get people want to discuss bbqs and politics and of course regulars whove built rapport with eachother feel they deserve to. Rightly so.

But alot of people dont want to (and wont bother) scrolling through all that to actually read and discuss the subject at hand

So it seems like a good compromise to me -- if you want to discuss the current hockey topics (ie Dan boyle and leo komorov today) post in these articles. Then if you want to shoot the sh$t with everyone and talk mashed potatoes, head on over to the mashup.

People who just want their hockey fix are happy, an regulars can chat it up.

How is that not fair?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on (Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?

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well he played in KHL for two mil and Leafs only wanted to pay him half of that, 1mil, according to article above.

So it seems his demands are in the 1.5-2mil range.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on (Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?

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Komorov gave us zest, led the NHL in hits, and pissed off the other team. Our only emotional catalyst... we give Clarkson fortunes and cant fork out 1.5mil for Komorov....?

If Leo goes to another team for 2mil or less I officially hate Nonis.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on (Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?

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Itd have to be in a package for a high 1st rd pick or a high end C or D that can play now

Wouldnt trade him if it was for edler

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Trading Down in the 2014 NHL Draft

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Could swap clarkson and komorov there too

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Trading Down in the 2014 NHL Draft

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What about something like this?

Bernier

Reimer (or Montoya/another proven backup)

Phaneuf - Reilly

Gardiner - Gunnarson

Ranger - Granberg

Kessel Bozak JVR

Bennett Kadri Komorov

Clarkson Bolland Kulemin

Damigo Holland Ashton

Lupul, Franson, 8th overall for 2nd or 3rd overall (bennett) and some salary back

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Trading Down in the 2014 NHL Draft

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This seems somewhat realistic pretty good:

JVR Bozak Kessel

Lupul Bennett Kadri

Komorov Bolland Clarkson

Ashton Holland DAmigo

(Leivo, Carrick, Orr/McLaren)

Phaneuf -Gunnarson

Reilly-Gardiner

Ranger- Granberg

(Gleason, Brennan, Percy)

Bernier - MacIntyre

Franson, Reimer (or good D prospect like Percy if they dont want James) &8th overall for 1st(Bennett) + low/mid level prospect

Kulemin and Raymond lost to FA

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars

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Lucic said "im going to (effing) kill you next year".

aaron ward pointed it out on TSN panel. use of tv cameras.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on First Line Centers & Trading For Florida’s First Overall Pick

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saw Tyler biggs couple weekends ago DT toronto, he was hammered drunk with a few buddies staggering into a cab

I yelled HEY ARE YOU TYLER BIGGS like an idiot lol and he quickly motioned to his friends to get in the cab - I didnt push it and off they went

he looks a bit smaller than I thought - and maybe I was mistaken but pretty damn sure it was him, flush cheeks baby goatee and all

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Marlies hang on for a 4-2 victory over Chicago Wolves

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If Shanny decides a roster overhaul is in order, hope he does something like this


KEEP/BUILD AROUND: Bernier, Reilly, JVR, Kessel (possibly Kadri, Gardiner, but they can be had if the price is right)


TRADE: anyone else on this roster, quantity for quality type of trades for top line C and D and/or high picks. Players coming in should be young - youngish


Might be stuck with some players due to contracts (Phaneuf, Clarkson) but not all of them. Many can be traded. Let our youngsters fill in whatever blanks are left from the quality for quantity trades

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Bottom Six Forwards

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Apply Paretos Principle to this team: What is the 20% contributing to our successes, and what 20% are hampering us most?


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Kessel, Bernier, Reilly, Bozak, JVR



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Franson, Phaneuf (unless another minute-munching/ great defenceman is brought in to help shoulder the load - he'd play better without the C perhaps too), Reimer (too much drama).  The other two are debatable.... I'd say Orr and Raymond

Then the POINT would be not only to wipe out the bad seeds, but to then sacrifice some middle of the pack players (ie Lupul, Gunnarson, Kulemin, etc) and prospect/pick combo for some legit defense. Let Reilly and Gardiner develop alongside that, with or without Phaneuf. Phaneuf's a good player but its clear now he doesn't command as much respect as most captains from their teams


Then we just gotta hope Clarkson wakes up this summer



4 months, 3 weeks ago on And that’s a wrap

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(Con't)

As for defense:

PHANEUF - I am probably one of the remaining few to not hate on Phaneuf, but man its getting difficult. That slow, awkward attempt at catching the puck tonight on Simmonds' goal was mortifying. Last game, horrific. He's been pretty good for the majority of the season, but I can't help notice the correlation between how poor his game has been lately, and how the team has followed suit exactly... IF they miss the playoffs, they're going in the wrong direction, maybe the leader can be partially to blame here on this huge collapse.  I think he's expendable, to whoever wants him, but only when Reilly is old enough to take on the role or replaced in a trade

GUNNAR - I got some issues with Gunnar. But for his cap hit, and his familiarity with the team, I think he's worth keeping until better personnel is brought in on defence. He can stay.... for now

REILLY - Future captain. He stays.

GARDINER - Still very young, and pretty much the only bright spot at the end of this season. I think he has a bright future in the blue and white with his buddy there


RANGER - Can stay on the cheap for awhile but unless he really continues his recent upward trajectory going into training camp, not part of long term plans


FRANSON - big and sometimes good on PP but gotta go. Just too shitty defensively, and with 

Phaneuf/Reilly/Gardiner here his points can be replaced. Also maybe its just me but seems like he's got a weak attitude

 



5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #75, Flyers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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If I am Nonis....taking into account  past performance and trajectory based on this year and recent trends.....this is

how I see our roster going forward:


BERNIER - looks like we have a starter

KESSEL is a beast, he obviously stays. 

BOZAK is smart and nifty, 

JVR is big, fast, creative super high pedigree. All under 30 

....So far, so good



KADRI  is still young, has some grit and finesse which is a unique blend. He can stay for now, but if the right package came along in which we could get an Elite all around defensemen to replace Phaneuf or something, Kadri would be a great chip and I wouldn't hesitate


LUPUL is good but also often injured and I think his value right now is probably as high as its ever going to be. Was saying this in preseason. He's on a downward trajectory IMO, his body is older than his years. If possible to move him for a decent return, I do it

CLARKSON  nobodys going to take a sniff at him now, so we just have to cross our fingers and hope the NJ Clarkson finds his form in Toronto. I heard a sickening quote on the radio, it was from a scout who knows Clarkson or something -- said in NJ everyone could see he was a gritty, determined, focused on winning kind of guy. Now they can see he's a completely different person..... "waving at friends in the crowd" and shit like that.... one has to hope this year can be a mulligan given his suspension/injuries etc. All we can do is hope and see


KULEMIN  I love him. He's perfect for around 3mil or less.  One of the few Leafs I regularly see outmuscling his opponent. Him and KOMOROV in the bottom six is a nice punch. Goes without saying, Leo has an welcome mat and an open door to this teamso long as his demands are reasonable


RAYMOND   Thanks for all the goals but meh, see ya. Felt the same way about MacArthur and even he was a little grittier. Just too invisible, too often.

BOLLAND - People were saying "oh he won't be the same for a long while" after the tendon injury, and I agreed, but I think its fair to say he's looking pretty good again already. He threw several bone crunching hits in his first game back, scored tonight, coach always has kind words about him, just seems like an absolute gamer. Sign him

 

 Bodie, Orr, McLaren, Holland, Ashton, Reimer -- probably not part of the core going forward

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #75, Flyers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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@Waiting4LSC The question is, who replaces RC? I can only agree with his firing if the replacement is experienced, established and seems like a better fit.

5 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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I look at the standings and can easily see the season ending just like that. Leafs are a wilodcard team


After four straight losses here they are due for a hot streak very soon

5 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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@Anthony Petrielli @dlb ehat least joey crabb looked energetic out there lol

5 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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A dark part of me almost wishes this team doesn't make the playoffs.... will inspire some change within the group and a wake up call


but my logical reasoning and faith-driven self hopes that they do squeeze in, build more character within the young core, and keep growin'

not making the playoffs after making them as a young team last year and adding a better goalie seems shameful

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #72, Canadiens 4 at Leafs 3

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@wiski is this actually Komorov? or a blogger lol - I dont even know

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season

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nice! at first I thought this article meant Komorov wouldn't be eligible for the 2014-15 season -- phew!


definitely wasn't expecting him to join us for a playoff run anyway


fingers crossed on a 1-2.5 mil dollar deal and return to blue glory

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season

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@wiski Gotta get bigger than Ukraiiine

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

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@Cameron19 dont get the vibe Jarome wouldve chosen the Leafs at that point

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

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@DeclanK Leafs and Tampa would be a cool series

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

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Should do these hangouts bi-weekly!  

Sure Im not alone


5 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

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@Shift_Disturber1  me too haha. "human eraser" oh the irony….invisible  now

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #65, Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 3 (OT)

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@MaxwellHowe @TheCanucksnaphook  never noticed Lupul was a Palindrome!

6 months, 1 week ago on Dave Bolland Contract Extension is No Easy Call

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@Cloud09 Theyve been improving at this on their latest tear havent they?

6 months, 1 week ago on Submit Questions for Anthony Petrielli

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@sniperstar @PEIleafnationI love Komorov and hopes he comes back to TO but have a bad feeling he'll be too costly and end up on another squad

6 months, 1 week ago on Submit Questions for Anthony Petrielli

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