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For those who watch a lot of Colorado...what is Ryan O'Reilly actually like as a player.... is he THAT good defensively?


And do you think his offensive capability is high enough to play 1st line C in Toronto. Or, at least be a sizeable upgrade on Bozak?

17 hours, 19 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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Looking at the teams who might be selling C's at the deadline this year


EDM

CAR

BUF

PHI

COL

CLB


17 hours, 21 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

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@TheLoovTrain @Xxxxxnew \cool question


The personality makeup is pretty good right now, as it was the year we made the playoffs. Komarov and Polak provide that rugged Eastern European badassery


Kessel is great for the market, I personally think he;'s hilarious. Cool, collected, produces consistently, playoffs included.


Reilly young and focused with massive potential. So mature, future captain material


Phaneuf is on and off but overall have to say he's ultimately a weak point.  League wide he is a bottom end captain, any way you slice it. That's the most noticeable issue right now


Reimer has intense faith and ability to battle. Bernier has high amount of pedigree and seems nice and calm, kind of similar to Carey Price in personality actually. So that can't be bad 


The player we still lack is that warrior, who has high offense AND intangibles/physicality. (ie Gary Roberts . Wendel Clark, Pronger, Toews, Doughty, Chara, Weber, etc). 


The strong relentless leader. Creme de la creme....




1 day, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@TheLoovTrain @Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe @Bruffins I actually did yell WTF gardiner lol in the third period at one point he looked like he was going to finish his check for once, then he just kind of brushed the guy like a maid with a duster 

2 days, 15 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Komas Taberle @Jmessih Somewhere in rural Thailand the real Paul McCartneys and Dion Phaneufs are sharing a loaf of bread

2 days, 15 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jmessih @Luke_R Kind of a shitty year to be good for Calgary considering the strength of the draft


Maybe they'll be like COL last year, then slump back down again for awhile after a hot year

2 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@DeclanK Tyler Bozak's value is at an all time high....


IF the CBC panel is to be trusted in saying Leafs brass frowned upon the salute decision and saw it as a sign of bad leadership, a few "current core" pieces could be moved this year


Who would you want to target? And would that player for sure be a better fit than Tyler Bozak?


Food for thought.



2 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #21, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

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@Jmessih Sounds like CathalKelly smoked a pretty big doobie before writing that article... its...interesting

3 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 @McDickey @djamon Damn, that's a cold article... looks bleak for Yak

3 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Leafer And win a round lol. Just sayin

3 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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Glad theyre actually doing something and changing their routine. The skatearound thing is a lame idea introduced in the 90's I think by the Rangers... fuggetaboutit @Savo43

3 days, 16 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@deedrag I was at that game ;) amazing

4 days, 7 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Cameron19 That would be a dream... would that work with the cap though?

4 days, 7 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@Great Dane Yeah as much as I think Phaneuf takes too much heat here.... it is time to move on from the age of him as the Captain. New era would be great. Give him this year, see if we can make the playoffs, do a bit of damage. If not, he's gotta go by next season for sure.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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I like that the Leafs don't do the big victory skate after every win in the regular season.


I have no idea if Chicago or LA do this, but my guess is no. Save the jubilation for the playoffs. Focus less on the Toronto fanfare and spotlight. 


Good move by the players IMO

4 days, 8 hours ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@docmma @DJBrianBurke @Yaknowwhat They gotta trade guys like Lupul, Gardiner, Bozak, Phaneuf and bring in a couple core pieces like O'Reilly/E.Staal/Yandle.  Addition by subtraction style. 

Hell, if they really feel like Kessel is part of the problem, trade him too. Would get a nice package I'm sure. But I personally feel like he's more part of the solution.


Let's pretend they somehow pull off three trades like that over the span of two years: -->


JVR        E. Staal Kessel


Winnik O'Reilly   Nylander


Clarkson   Kadri     Komarov


Leivo     Gauthier     Brown/Broll/etc



Yandle        Reilly

Polak          Percy

Franson      Loov/Finn/Granberg etc


6 days, 17 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@wendelsfist Then Simmons  asked Dion "why do you stand still and get beat so often" 


LOL. wish I was even kidding

6 days, 18 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Yup. Carlyle is not to blame. This loss happened on the ice

6 days, 18 hours ago on Randy Carlyle Predators Post Game

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@Leafs_17 Yeah Im feelin the same looking at the rosters... but my feelings are only right about 50% of the time haha

1 week ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Hifi75 @Fish Head @4thcolapse @Coldincowtown We would have the fastest team ever with Duchene added

1 week, 1 day ago on An Advanced Stats Look at Leaf Players through 18 games

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Trade away Phaneuf, Lupul, Gardiner, Bozak, Franson  +  prospects to bring in this team:


JVR           O'Reilly   Kessel

Winnik          Kadri      Nylander

Komarov   Couturier   Clarkson

Panik         Santorelli      Leivo      



Yandle             Reilly

A. Larsson       Byfuglien

Percy               Polak



1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Great Dane Yeah, between those core players and the role players we have quite a bit of talent now. 


Kessel, Reilly, Bernier, JVR - Komarov, Winnik, Polak


See if you can get 2 really high quality players in return for packages with Lupul, Bozak, Gardiner, Kadri, Franson.


Fill in the blanks with prospects/fill ins and Nylander soon.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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I'm not freaking out yet - Leafs are a middle of the pack team. We beat the Bruins and lost to the Sabres on the same week. 


Let's not sensationalize this too much. It's a league of parity. 


If the playoffs started today we'd be playing MTL!

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@TheLoovTrain @Biltmore Cant hate him for it. He knows the deal

1 week, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #16, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs. Boston Bruins 1

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@VCSteel_Wind I agree with your points, but I don't think JVR is probable to pick it up more than he is already. He's almost PPG right now

1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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@Anthony Petrielli @Marlies Man Yeah that is really tough... something to remember when people complain about how much money hockey players make.... the physical grind is taxing if you're lucky, and life ruining if you're not

1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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Was Forsberg in Reilly's draft year? Man he's looking like a top notch player, I remember him being the player I wanted the Leafs to draft whatever year that was. Either way not too upset, Reilly looks like a keeper too

1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)

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If the playoffs started today we'd be playing Pittsburgh  ....


Do-able.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #14, New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@NotSince67 He seems like a sweet teammate too

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #14, New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@TorontoMapleLeafs @Jay_Berg That's what I was sayin before they put Winnik up there

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Saturday Mashup: Rangers Tonight

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Reilly is gonna score tomorrow night


first goal

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Winnik “100%”, Gardiner injured

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@Ian from Etobicoke Is that Rick St. Croix.... our goalie coach?  lol .841

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Winnik “100%”, Gardiner injured

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@Jmessih @Mcost61 @mike_84 Meh. I like Reimer more than Scrivens

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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@TheLoovTrain @Potcy How about Lupul and Bozak for O'Reilly and 2nd round pick

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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@TheLoovTrain LOL. What a gem there

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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@Anthony Petrielli @Hammertownleaffan Oh man if we lost Franson for nothing I'd flip

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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I'd like to add a note about Clarkson:


The summer we signed him, everyone was like "Oh sure, David probably won't get 30 goals again, but if he can pop in 15 goals and play like a hard veteran leader like he did for the Devils, he will be worth every penny"


Now that he's actually showing signs of fulfilling that role, everyone's saying how even if he keeps it up this year, h'll still be vastly overpaid...


Obviously it's early this year but he has been living up to expectations so far - just sayin'!

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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Leafs gotta get rid of Lupul, been saying this for 2 years


Good player, but doesn't fit the timeline, and his value is only going down as injuries keep comin'

3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 3

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Now that we've seen what some line juggling can do, our Centre depth works a lot better


Use Winnik/Komarov/Santo as the 'matchup' centres (they all seem to be effective at this)

And use Kadri/Bozak as offense-driven centres

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: Winning Ways

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If the playoffs started today we'd be playing against Montreal 

:D

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: Winning Ways

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@Yaknowwhat I liked this comment because I agree -- but with that being said Leafs brass must have really liked what they saw in Gauthier to pick him there so we'll see

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Dogger Yeah but because of Hiller Burke and the Flames and going to miss out on the franchise player  -- this time McDavid instead of Crosby

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Savo43 @Knights2Leafs The shootout if definitely a lame sideshow compared to the grit and sportsmanlike effort these athletes display during real hockey gameplay

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@BoneChompski @Optimustic @Knights2Leafs "Regression to the mean! " was our anthem last year

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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Yeah what the hell? Definitely wanted to see more of Carrick and with Lupul out can someone explain the logic here?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: Winning Ways

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@Jay_Berg Thats why I dont mind the idea of nabbing an E. Stall, or someone of that ilk if available for a decent price. He's in a similar sitiation as Nash in Columbus


Winnik       Kadri        Kessel


JVR             Staal        Lupul/Nylander


Clarkson    Bozak      Komarov


Holland     Carrick      Santorelli



(Ashton, Leivo, Brown, Gauthier)





3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@MaxwellHowe The Hawks powerplay IS terrying. They become like the badass antagonist team in the Mighty Ducks movie

3 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@djamon Bozak quietly has virtually a point per game! hardly snakebit - lots of chances though!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Phaneuf deserves some love tonight


Great game by him, especially considering it was a back-to-back night. Was all over Toews


Loved Carrick's showing too

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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