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Look how happy Dubas looks at the video freeze frame at 0:00 haha


As professional and down to earth as he's been, deep down inside he must be jumping for joy at being so young and asst GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs


Very happy for him.      :)

50 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite Cal Heeter to camp?

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@Lummis83 @MaxwellHowe IMO Colbourne is never going to be a good NHL player

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@CanuckUKinToronto I think Nylander's going to go through the same 'barrier' Kadri is still getting through -- toning down the flowery stuff to be more of a team first guy.


However, I think Nylander will do it much faster and ultimately be a higher point producer than Kadri. 


Saku Koivu meets Patrick Kane 

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@Jmessih Great deal for WIld

3 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Bring the Cup Home @MaxwellHowe @loomx League's so close these days.... with a young team like ours, with all the pieces in place to take another step, I don't think making the EASTERN conference finals would be a miracle at all.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Top Jimmy Yeah I could see him popping 15-20 goals on the Island. All good though, they can have him with that price tag

3 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Burtonboy @ingy56 @Mcost61 I agree about the asst. coaches

Recently watched a game from last year on Leafs TV in New York ....Leafs had 2 lead and blew it then went to OT got lucky, won in the shootout


As the players jumped off the bench I slowed it down and Randy was absolutely tearing into Cronin about something  --

 And the fact that Shanahan conducted a thorough investigation, interviewing everybody in the organization 1 on 1, and ended up firing the assistant coaches as his first move.... it says something about those coaches 

As opposed to Carlyle -- yes he'll be on a short leash but the fact he wasn't fired says that the players didn't think he was an idiot, or they would have let Brenden know in their interviews... he must have respect amongst the players still

4 days, 16 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Rhaegar_ @dlb Mad I see why it didnt go down though. How bad would it have looked on Leags mgmt if they had traded Raymond... then the post Olympic collapse happens....  would have looked even worse lol

4 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Rhaegar_ @dlb Mad Colborne sucks compared to Holland. Big weak stick man with no shot vs a skilled forward who actually uses his size and has a great shot

4 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@CanuckUKinToronto @Jmessih @MaxwellHowe No Gardiner in future core?

4 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@barjv01 @B_Leaf yuck - also, no Kadri?

5 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Knights2Leafs In ten years from now you'll say Carter Ashton and Joe Colborne and everyone will be like "who...?" 

5 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe Yeah, Leafs mgmt even publicly mentioned about a year or two ago they foresaw Kessel and JVR being a top-line duo for a decade to come. 


JVR and Kessel will be sticking on the top unit for the most part


5 days ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Mind Bomb @MaxwellHowe @CanuckUKinToronto @Zep2 

I like it! But would tweak to:

 

JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Komarov-Kadri-Clarkson

Lups-Holland-Konty

Winnik-Santi-Booth


(*Orr, Frattin, Nylander)

5 days, 1 hour ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal

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@Bring the Cup Home I don't envy the Canes too much for having Skinner. Maybe it's because they brought him in so young but he always just seems like a fragile kid out there to me (with skill, mind you... just not enviable). 


Unless Nylander is absolutely LIGHTS OUT, I hope he gets time to develop physically before the big stage

1 week, 2 days ago on Dave Nonis on Tim & Sid

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

3 weeks, 2 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.

4 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

1 month 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

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: The Swarm & Coaching Duties

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@Walter_White Sweden. But I hope Marlies

1 month, 1 week 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

1 month, 1 week 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?

1 month, 1 week 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

1 month, 1 week ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics

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@Bruffins Goal and an assist!

1 month, 1 week 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

1 month, 1 week 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

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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, 1 week 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, 1 week 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, 2 weeks 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

3 months 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.



3 months 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

3 months 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?

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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

3 months ago on Trading Down in the 2014 NHL Draft

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Could swap clarkson and komorov there too

3 months 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

3 months 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, 4 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.

4 months 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

4 months, 1 week 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

4 months, 1 week 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



5 months ago on And that’s a wrap

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