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@TheCanucksnaphook @Jay_Berg lol
1 month ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs
@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
@Greg Fenton @Ydargo I think Kessel is top layer/elite. Like if he was with Toews, he could do what Kane does, etc.
@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
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?
1 month, 1 week ago on (Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?
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.
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.
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
1 month, 1 week ago on Trading Down in the 2014 NHL Draft
Could swap clarkson and komorov there too
What about something like this?
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
This seems somewhat realistic pretty good:
JVR Bozak Kessel
Lupul Bennett Kadri
Komorov Bolland Clarkson
Ashton Holland DAmigo
(Leivo, Carrick, Orr/McLaren)
(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
2 months ago on Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars
Lucic said "im going to (effing) kill you next year".
aaron ward pointed it out on TSN panel. use of tv cameras.
2 months, 1 week ago on First Line Centers & Trading For Florida’s First Overall Pick
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
2 months, 1 week ago on Toronto Marlies hang on for a 4-2 victory over Chicago Wolves
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
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs’ Bottom Six Forwards
Apply Paretos Principle to this team: What is the 20% contributing to our successes, and what 20% are hampering us most?
Kessel, Bernier, Reilly, Bozak, JVR
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
3 months, 1 week ago on And that’s a wrap
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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #75, Flyers 4 vs. Leafs 2
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
@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.
4 months ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24
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
@Anthony Petrielli @dlb ehat least joey crabb looked energetic out there lol
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
4 months ago on Game Review: Game #72, Canadiens 4 at Leafs 3
4 months, 1 week ago on The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season
@wiski is this actually Komorov? or a blogger lol - I dont even know
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
@wiski Gotta get bigger than Ukraiiine
4 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals
@Cameron19 dont get the vibe Jarome wouldve chosen the Leafs at that point
@DeclanK Leafs and Tampa would be a cool series
Should do these hangouts bi-weekly!
Sure Im not alone
@Shift_Disturber1 me too haha. "human eraser" oh the irony….invisible now
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #65, Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 3 (OT)
@MaxwellHowe @TheCanucksnaphook never noticed Lupul was a Palindrome!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Dave Bolland Contract Extension is No Easy Call
@Cloud09 Theyve been improving at this on their latest tear havent they?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Submit Questions for Anthony Petrielli
@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
@wendelsfist probably USA lol.
I can already see Canada mashing them down... I see Weber, slam. Perry, slam. Benn, SLAM.
It's incessant physical pressure
no way the Swedes survive
4 months, 4 weeks ago on TEAM CANADA WINS GOLD – EASILY
Canada is so solid lol,
@17Forever same here, 11 hr shift gotta keep it rollin for canada eh
5 months ago on TEAM CANADA WINS GOLD – EASILY
@Mcost61 success breeds success, think we're better off if the duo prevails
5 months ago on Kessel still leading Olympic scoring, Kulemin’s early exit
Thank you for article, a nice Leafs refresher during the drought
I hate to admit this…. but I don't foresee or even WANT to foresee Crosby and Kunitz with the Gold medals around their necks… it'll be JVR and Phil
Anyone know how Kessel and JVR are looking so far as Olympians? Oh and Kulemin
5 months, 1 week ago on The 2013-14 Maple Leafs after 60 games
Haven't been following the Marlies this year, good to hear the overall team is doing great even though there's no "sparkling" players a la Kadri.
PS great article thank you
My girlfriend gave me a kessel jersey (winter classic blue) for Valentines Day :)
it runs in their blood! Kessel is a natural
5 months, 1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Olympic Hockey
all hail the night shift - 3am posts are key
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Battle of the Floreast
Havent seen many games lately, how are Franson and Gunnarson doing, bad enough to sit a game? Saw a few bad flubs from Cody for sure
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Game Day Notes: Game #54, Leafs at Jets
I smell a win
Good to see the Marlies pick up some offence
I lacteally really ike the makeup of our Leafs team right now - with a little natural growth from experience and an acquisition or two we'll become a contender relatively soon
Top six: Bozak, VanReimsdyk, Kessel, Lupul, Raymond (his PPG this year is 'top six' but keep him on third line), Kadri
Bottom six: Kulemin, Bolland, Clarkson (I think his game will pick up by late this year esp if Bolland returns), McClement, Holland + on utility player of Ashton, Bodie, Orr, etc)
Keep Bernier and Reims rollin'
Then maybe one big fish on the blueline through trade, and we're solid.
6 months ago on Maple Leafs acquire Brandon Kozun for Andrew Crescenzi
I love Jim Hughes, he's a great development guy
Andreas Johnson sounds mint
6 months ago on Catching up with Maple Leafs Director of Player Development Jim Hughes
This team is starting to scare me
Hopefully Bolland is the cog that helps this team roll
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #44, Islanders 5 at Leafs 3
@Biltmore which ones
7 months ago on Post Game Thread: Shootout Loss to Detroit
@Zep2 I like Bozak - he's smart defensively, responsible, and allows JVR+Phil freedom to do their thing. Offense offense offense isn't the whole picture like so many people imagine
Nice move by Babcock putting Datsyuk w the fourth line to capitalize on our fourth line
And I gotta say, credit to Carlyle for calling it, Reimer was very shaky in that period - Bernier was sharp and we got one point instead of 0 -- to this point nothing has really shaken Reimer to the point of visible frustration, or negative emotion
Now he's going to step it up even further than in years past, I think Reimer will grow stronger from this and thank Randy later -- and we sfill have Bernier
ps Phaneuf's laser... whaaat !
ahahaha, the kessel gif with electricity
8 months ago on Highlights: Leafs/Isles
@Jmessih Kessel gets the flu. Scores twice.
8 months ago on Game in 10: Game #21: Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2
@Loric76 Despite his 'reputation' I actually view Kessel as a man's man. Doesn't care what other people think about him, just values putting the puck in the net. Does it a lot. Simple
@LeafsForLife If anyone was to blame, it was the referee. Even Tavares would agree.
@Dangle_My_Berries He's awesome.
@Belfour20 @Yaknowwhat And Calgary for sure
8 months, 1 week ago on Peter Holland & First Round Picks ranked by AHL Points Per Game (2004-2010)
What's happening with Lupul? On pace for like 55 points, and negative +-
Maybe Im answering my own question, but I think he's envious of JVR on Kessels opposite wing
Might be a good time to package him up in a trade (love him, but looking at him objectively as an aging asset)
@Burtonboy AHL perhaps, unless he excels
@Kouba Not saying I agree or disagree with the call, this is what I saw: Orr sped in and front flipped McBain or one of the nearby Sabres, while McLaren came up from behind and head-locked John Scott in a rear choke, yanking him down to the ice then swinging at him
@Loric76 @-Keon- Franson with two primary assists, wouldn't say he struggled
@hometeem couple games
8 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #18, Wild 2 vs. Leafs 1 (SO)
Declan I agree that Jay McClement is an integral piece
Mark Fraser is another piece, the way that guy hits and commands his space consistently is unreal
@Alec Brownscombe @DylanJ Awesome, much obliged.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #17, Bruins 3 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Big fan of the site but one point of concern - are there more ads on the site now? intrusive audio going on with pop-ups etc never used to get
@DeclanK If we got Couturier and he worked out, Philly would sure love us ;)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Center Rumours Heat Up
@Leafs_17 Controversy and conflict induces growth. The team will be better in the long run for undergoing this adversity I believe (ie maybe JVR will flourish at centre, etc)
I wonder why JVR didn't translate to centre historically? Got the size, I think his IQ is pretty good, wonder what the issue is/was
@Alec Brownscombe @DylanJ @Xxxxxnew yeah true, I get what you' re saying. He was willing to do what others would not however so I wouldn't scoff at old Broph
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #14, Leafs 4 vs. Flames 2
@Alec Brownscombe @Xxxxxnew No other teams would sign him, so it is fair to say Nonis 'rolled the dice'. Its not like Raymond took a hometown discount.
@CanuckUKinToronto there now, just came here to talk about it
8 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Flames (8 p.m., TSN)
Nice new look here!
9 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs
Lovin' this depth going forward into November !
JVR Bozak Kessel - powerful scoring line and not prone defensively
Lupul Kadri Clarkson - alternate scoring line with tonnes of jam
Raymond Bolland Kulemin - surprising amount of scoring potential, fast and smart defensively
McLaren McLement Orr - checking and intimidation
(**Reilly wildcard -- if he's sent back to Junior try MacWilliams in there)
(PS defensive pairings may be a bit off but those 6 players)
9 months ago on Game in 10: Game #10, Leafs 4 vs. Ducks 2
@Xxxxxnew Lol funny how memory can shift stories sometimes my bad -- either way my point is sometimes being one of the guys is a big factor for overall team happiness which is correlated with success
Im not saying its more important or even equally important as talent/good drafting etc but I think it is THE reason bozak remains and is a decent fit for the team at least until a more legit scoring 1st line centre can be had for a digestible price and make a run
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Episode #3: Franson, Kessel, team ratings
He is slightly overpaid for what his point totals suggest of him as a player....but he is one of our best players shorthanded, good minutes, gets along great with Phil probably helps him out mentally. Good chemisty
Im not saying he's the answer forever or anything, but I think he takes way too much slack sometimes
To all the bozak haters
Bozak is a valuable player, in part, because of the sense of comradery he brings -- The bozak factor is an intangible on this team that comes with being 'one of the boys' him and franson are boys, same with Phil. Lupuls off pulling chicks at the club with bozie, point is players always play better when they are enjoying the process. not to say its a big fun fair or anything, but there is a real sense of "team"
Its like when that producer wanted the Beatles to drop Ringo but they kept him instead of other more 'talented' or 'skilled' drummers
By GAME 10:
JVR Bozak Kessel
Lupul Kadri Clarkson
Ashton Bolland Kulemin
Orr Colborne McClement
(McClaren on IR)
Ashton has outplayed Colborne so he gets the third slot, and Colborne gets the protection of Orr and wisdom of McClement who is also a centre. Good spot to grow.
I also like the versatility of how our top 9 can be shuffled in many many many effective ways, many weapons
Lets go Leafs !! Genuinely stoked for this game, still preseason but more top dogs on display
10 months ago on Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #5 – Sabres at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)
Watching Mark Fraser's media day interview -- this man is not only a beast sized warrior with leadership vibes but well-spoken and scholarly as f$*k....color me impressed
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Media Day: Phil Kessel
@DeclanK Wow those guys are just nerds cannot watch
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Morning Mashup: Coach Stats vs. GM Stats
@Greg Fenton @MaxwellHowe @leafscapguru pretty well documented Kessel is a player that hates to lose and really loves to win (ie its not like he's a Semin or Kovalchuk who will just go to the highest bidder)
Even though he demanded more than he could get in Boston, he did transition to Toronto and has now blossomed here through adversity alongside a strong cast of teammates (ie Bozak, Franson, etc)
This is looking like a pretty special team on the rise. I'm willing to bet Kessel would consider the cap and try to stay in TO rather than go for the highest bidder.
11 months, 1 week ago on Anatomy of a Game Day Banner
@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @Mattmark Stastney is overrated is another Bozak IMO. Effective 2-way player but not a true #1 center
Career PPG: 0.51 ---> Keep in mind his rookie season was one of his best, so its not like he's been improving offensively and the stats are hiding anything
@Mattmark @Cameron19 I feel the same way - kessel can be accurately named a dominant player now