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What an interesting correlation between the Jonah Keri book and Dubas's/MGMT's possible course of action
4 days, 4 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 28
Haha! That picture of the 2008 worst jersey in franchise history is hilarious
JVR Komarov Kessel
Winnik Kadri Lupul
Clarkson Bozak Santo
Panik Carrick Orr/McClaren
4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@docyqx @Mcost61 @deedrag That's why Id be down for E Stall at this point. It would just spike the dynamic of our team so much better
JVR E. Stall Lupul
Winnik Bozak Kessel
Nylander Kadri Komarov
Clarkson Santorelli Ashton
5 days ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Yan28 Burke turned not out to be lawyer, not a prophet. Then again we didn't really let him finish the job, he was cut loose early
5 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
Who knows, maybe players like Gardiner and Kessel do subconsciously require some enforcers in the lineup to play with less fear
@Cameron19 @deedrag Was born in 1989 and actually do think my generation (in general) is more entitled and less capable lol
@ingy56 @Mitch92 He gets asked different regurgitations of the same question night after night, year after year. So its natural for him to start a lot of sentences with "again..."
I honestly don't blame Carlyle for this team's dark shitty side. I hold the majority of the players available. Guys like Kessel, Phaneuf and Gardiner....
And guess what - its their COMPETE that is worrysome. So much beautiful skill, but they lose battles just as consistently!
It's not like Randy has secretly been a Scotty Bowman, but he's not as horrible as people have been demonizing him to be. The burden lays more heavily on the better players, or lackthereof.
So you can blame Nonis for how the team is currently assembled, or the players themselves.... but I wouldn't fire Randy before making a few trades
@MaxwellHowe Still probably a LITTLE early to say this... but at this point I feel like cheering for us to lose this year. That would be awesome for our future if we can accept it for a year.
Could help our chances at the deadline, or sooner, to trade Phaneuf (relieve ourselves of the least effective Captain on this team in a long time, especially in leadership capability.....) and Lupul because of his age..... Bozak....guys like Gardiner and Kadri can go too, again, if the return is delicious
Gardiner for Couturier.....
Lupul and Bozak for O'Reilly.
Phaneuf and FInn for E. Kane
** We obviously don't finish well and get a 1st rd pick (Hanifin)
QUICK REBUILD (2 years)
JVR O'Reilly Kessel --adds some defensive smart IQ to the offensive talent of first line
E. Kane Kadri Nylander -- Lots of skill, speed, and some nastiness. Young with promise.
Winnik Couturier Komarov -- Great defensive energy line.
Clarkson Gauthier Carrick/Broll -- Give Clarkson PP time and rotate him into line 3.
This way we are STRONG up the middle, young, fast, with some bite. Would probably have to wait even a little longer to let Hanifin/Reilly develop as leaders from the back end.
*Drops mic* :)
6 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
JVR Nylander Kessel
Winnik Kadri Lupul
Komarov Santorelli Clarkson
Ashton Carrick Broll
(**Bozak would be used in a trade for someone to better the forwards group, or boost the D)
1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@Sexyhairyman @docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance All I've seen from Kadri so far is that he has proven himself in stages, every team of his career, consistently hits peaks and plateaus, and every plateau so far he has risen above. I see no reason to give up on him yet
@docmma @Ze_theLeafsFan I think Leafs brass was betting on him being a shutdown king with faceoff skills, not a huge amount of offense there. But very smart tactical and large
@ingy56 @Cameron19 @hometeem @Burtonboy better than EDM! at least Carolinas warm :)
@mike_84 @wendelsfist Its circled five times by Phil
1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins Saturday
@Great Dane Cool article - makes me hopeful bringing in the London Knights braintrust with the power of our monay
1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2
@Savo43 @Luke_R I was thinking about that actually, Komarov on the first line could be
effective... give them some physical presence and defensive awareness,
distraction too. Lets JVR and Phil do their thing. They don't need Bozak
to create offense.
1 week, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
@Burtonboy Sounds about right
@Komas Taberle Doubt it!
@Yaknowwhat My vote goes to Ashton.
1 week, 5 days ago on Sunday Mashup: Not All Bad
@loomx Yupp Id look at Yakupov -- buy low option
@Hmmm @DylanJ I dont think its the word Declan meant to use lol
Holland suffered a "niggling" injury.... ?
1st period Matt Frattin actually through a pretty huge hit in Detroit offensive zone.
Hopefully he can crack the fourth line
1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
I cant believe how often the first line goes offside lol
If the Leafs carry on this play, I think the personnel needs to be held somewhat accountable.
Keep Reilly, Percy, Kessel, JVR , Nylander, Bernier.....then look for a package or two with any other players.
Be willing to accept life without Kadri, Gardiner, Phaneuf, Bozak, maybe even Nylander....see what players pop up in the market. These guys combined with some of our upper-mid tier prospects like Gauthier, Leivo, Kozun, Biggs easily make for some packages we can use to shake things up
2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #5, Red Wings 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@MaxwellHowe lol pretty much. I'd take a look at Taylor Hall / Eberle / Draisitl / Nurse though
@Bring the Cup Home I'd rather them lose if they let the goalies get pillaged like last year.... no point winning games because of goaltending only, it rewards the team when they should be learning that defense wins you games, not good goaltending
@Anthony Petrielli @Jay31 @Cloud09 Bozak is Pavelski lite. I think he'd get a fair return
@HHT @Bring the Cup Home Difference is Stall was #2 OVERALL in a draft with like 25 awesome players in the first round alone. He's not a Clarkson. And he's about a year and a half older than Bozak.
Rick Nash about the same age, and he's having a great start to the season after a lot of questions here. These high pedigree guys around age 30 always silence the critics
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew I have a good feeling about Goats becoming a super solid 3C - like best third line C in the league type of guy. Monster defensive acumen with lots of shutdown ability
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back to .500
Man, I have a feeling E. Staal would be dope in TO. Big 6''4 Canadian PPG Centre is just what this team needs and considering the situation in Carolina he might be available this year!
JVR E. Staal Kessel
Lupul Kadri Winnik
Komarov Bozak Clarkson
Kozun Santorelli Ashton
(Gauthier, Nylander, Broll)
Looks like a pretty big, skilled, hard working forward corps all of a sudden :)
@wiski @docmma @DylanJ Yup couldnt ask for a better game from him. If he keeps it up our blue line is looking pretty damn solid Considering the whole 'build from the net out' philosophy we're actually pretty close. If we could add 1 or 2 impact forwards over the next little while, maybe another top 2 Dman, this team is legit
3 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #1, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@Dangle_My_Berries A little better, at least for the first half of the game. Lots of kinks to be worked out Im sure
Considering how bad the 2nd and 3rd periods were Im kinda glad Leafs lost. Give them a shake to start the year off
@docmma @DylanJ Yeah didnt put that into consideration at all. Just sayin he had an awesome first then blended back into the crowd after, which is fine
@docmma @DylanJ True, he had an awesome first
Seeing Bozak hate, I thought he was the best of the top line tonight. He also got a goalThought Komarov, Polak, Reilly, Winnik, Kadri and Clarkson all played pretty well
Wasnt very impressed with Phil and JVR tonight, looked pretty lazy -- hopefully they 180 for next game
Knew it -- both Orr and McLaren waived. Be patient next time to all those complaining before cuts are even made !!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Maple Leafs cut Colton Orr, Fraser McLaren, William Nylander; Roster down to 23
@The_Polish_Cannon HAHAH what the hell was going on in the 90s??
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
@wiski HAHA best line of the article: "Keep doing you, P.K." ...
@Savo43 @leaffan4life @WendelGilmour @Bruffins Bozak is pretty damn good now. I think he'll be a lot closer to 2013 Bozak than previous years... more than people think. He's developed nicely up there
@Bruffins @Savo43 We're one great top 6 player away from having a sick setup up front
@mike_84 @Bruffins @Savo43 Yeah - unless E. Kane really does have serious character issues (which I have no idea from my perspective) he would have been / could be a great addition to our top 6 in that respect:
JVR Bozak Kessel
Lupul Kadri E. Kane
@Bring the Cup Home @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Mitch92 @Walter_White Remember back in the day when every year people would project Kessel hitting 40. I think this will finally be the year!
@Luke_R @LN-093 Yup. And makes sense really -- big players like JVR tend to take a few more years to bloom
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
Looks like Randy is changing his ways.... talking about having the puck way more.... utilizing our speed to apply pressure...and we've seen good evidence of this already in pre-season.
Way more defensive pressure.... employing our D to be offensive (which is probably our biggest strength as a team considering the roster).....
Im just going to go ahead and say the Leafs will make the playoffs this year
So.... how big of an upgrade on Gunnar has Polak been!
Loving this guy
@Alec Brownscombe @DylanJ @gottabe_KD @B_Leaf Well Phaneuf has been a lightning rod for a lot of things but breakouts / getting the puck out of his end, has been a big reason. He's looked pretty good on the Left side this preseason too
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup