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It is somewhat surprising to me that all the desk experts on TV said that 2 games would be the likely number for Lupul, now when he gets no games the experts in the padded chairs with the sound bites say, yes this is about right, after all it was a hockey play. Why do I still listen to their garbage, I get better opinions here.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on No suspension for Lupul
@puck star It appears the Leafs are a poor coverage team, but also a very difficult team to cover. They are unable to cover a player or unwilling to and let the shot(s) come, but they do collapse well around the goalie and can break out as good as any team. They also do not cycle the puck a lot(possession time) but are excellent in getting in close on the rush to
11 months ago on Friday Fun with Numbers
@Greg Fenton @CanuckUKinToronto From a pure puck stopping ability I think Reimer has it over Bernier, but for the calm around the net(rebounds and puck handling) Bernier is a lot better. I think that this helps the defense in slowing the game down for them in their own zone.
Heard this last year too, shooting percentage can not be sustained, well they did it last year and may be they play a little different than these stats gurus are used to and as a result these gurus do not understand
11 months, 1 week ago on Breaking News: Leafs performance level statistically unlikely to continue
I did not see the whole game, but what I saw, it was Reimer, Reimer and more Reimer. getting that extra goalie sure looks good right now. Rielly is looking better every game.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Post Game Reaction: Game #7, Leafs 4 vs. Wild 1
@Dangle_My_Berries @Waiting4LSC To err is human, but I want the Leaf management to get it right!!!!! Otherwise we will call him out and try to get him rode out of town on a rail ALA Brian Burke
1 year ago on Leafs waive John Michael Liles, 5 others
@Alec Brownscombe @hoogy All I can say is oops, just heard the conversation and would not know any of them if I tripped over them. The fellow who was making the case for not remembering history is the one I take umbrage with.
1 year ago on Introducing the Maple Leafs Hot Stove Hangout
@Gilbey93 @mcloki One mistake does not a demotion make. I love this story and the way the Leaf organization stayed in touch with him and offered for him to play close to home.
If Michael Langois says that because he wasn't born then and for that reason he doesn't have to remember then we also may as well forget about Remembrance Day because we were not born then. The reason that the Maple Leafs have so much value is that they have an amazing history. History is part of the team and should be remembered.
Bernier and Kadri have about the same body of work, so Kadri should then also settle for 2.5-2.9M. I for one think that the Bernier acquisition was a really good move and Kadri also needs to prove himself so 2-3 years is the length.
1 year ago on Two Days Until Camp Opens…
Really great interview!! Lots of interesting answers from DP. A really great insight into what is happening with the Leafs and why management made the moves they did.
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->An interview with Leafs VP of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin<!--:-->
@Jordan29 @Cameron19 Heatley has been a slacker wherever he has played. Please do not bring him to the Leafs.
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->What to Expect: David Clarkson<!--:-->
This past season it was Kadri that passed Grabovski to center the second line, Kadri started out on the third line and showed a lot of offense so was moved to second line center. It is not all Carlyle's fault that Grabovski is no longer there. Grabo let it be know right after the buyout became public that he had no use for Carlyle. Grabo does not know his place and he had that issue with Montreal as well. Good hockey player, but not so good at picking his spots to speak his mind. His issue with Carlyle did not happen overnight and to just be in Grabovski's corner does not deal with an ongoing issue with Grabbo.
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->Wednesday Morning Mashup: Squeeze<!--:-->
Should the idea that Grabovski is not a favourite of Carlyle not be of value in a debate like this? Kadri passed Grabovski for the second line center position and Grabovski does not fit well with Kessel who is the #1 scorer on the team. So that makes Grabovski a third line center and the job of the third line center is a checking position. Now Grabovski is getting way too much money for a third line center that is not really cut out to be one. His contract was not easy to move(or it would have been done if there was a market) so he gets bought out. It appears pretty simple to me and not based on stats or if I like the guy or not which by the way I really like his style, but it did not fit anymore here.
@ingy56 Love it!! a real coup!!
Andrew Ference went to Edmonton and he appeared to be the real hard worker on that defense in Boston. That and the other pieces that they lost will be hard to replace. What I saw of Iginla with the Penguins did not fill me with confidence that he still has that extra gear?
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->With the bulk of the storm over, where do the Leafs stand?<!--:-->
@B_Leaf 40-50, McClement 17, Kuliman15, Bolland 16
@moimoi @MegaJon @getstanley1 and he looked so bright coming out of junior and being chosen second over all,----hmmmm you can never tell.
Is Boston still as good as this article assesses them to be? They have lost some of their go to guys to free agency and traded the "prize" in the Kessel deal. Just wondering.
@4evrblue @Claymish Actually I was wondering the same thing, who attended where? As some posters have said that Phanuef is the most hated player, but he sure seems to have the Leafs on his side.
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->Are the Leafs any better after two weeks of mayhem?<!--:-->
There are a number of posters that say that Clarkson who has only scored 40 points once in his career is signed for too much money and way too long a contract. Well in NJ they never went for offensive production first at any time. This could be a large part of why Clarkson did not have more offense.
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->Clarkson and Bozak Spill Over Thread<!--:-->
@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb @Burtonboy In that we have cap space, I guess that would be Thank you Brian Burke!
1 year, 2 months ago on <!--:en-->Thursday Morning Leafs Round Table – Free Agency Edition<!--:-->
@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy If Lecavilier gets just over 4Mill a season, Bozak is at what Nonis said all along 3.5 to 4mill and my advice to Bozie!! take that contract, holy cow man 50x what the average Joe makes. What does it take to make you happy.
@Aaron Chan @ingy56 More upside in Luongo, those who want Vinny in Toronto are looking at the player he used to be. Right now I believe that he is too slow for Kessel and JVR. that is also the reason TB bought him out. Luongo had similar numbers to Cory and they could get more for Cory. Bye Bye Cory.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Where does Dave Bolland fit in?<!--:-->
@Cameron19 @Aaron Chan It sure sounds like this year's centers will be Grabovski, Kadri, Bolland and McClement. That is not a big group, but Bolland is like a draft pick and he has already experienced 2 cup runs, he plays real big in big games. For the rest a good crop with great upside for the farm to work on.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Draft Day Recap: Leafs get deeper at center<!--:-->
@DWCMLHS Not big enough at 5'10" not for what the Leafs need and need coming up.
1 year, 3 months ago on Leafs select F Fabrice Herzog 142nd overall; G Antoine Bibeau 172nd; F Andreas Johnson 202nd
@Black_Hawk @leafmealone @DWCMLHS His present contract is at 3+. Why would he sign for 2/3 of that when he is a free agent.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Monday Morning Armchair GM: Clarkson vs. MacArthur<!--:-->
@-Keon- Just a question, but how do you make a team better if you do not let some players walk?
@theacs1966 @Black_Hawk Yeah, that sounds like a really important move to do first.
Really like the article, Leafs need big strong center, a real minute eater shutdown defense and NEED to replace the pest of Komarov because to me that was one of the real bonuses that the Leafs had last year. The other team constantly needed to be aware where Komarov was on the ice and that kinda takes your focus away from the task at hand.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Scattered Thoughts: Eakins, Marlies, Komarov, Lessons from Boston<!--:-->
@Cameron19 @hoogy This is a review of Reimer and his play, I really like his abilities and more so since Allaire departed, but his weakness is in my humble view a, his rebound control and b, his puck handling inability. Can they be worked on? I am sure they can and he will get better at it as he matures.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: James Reimer<!--:-->
@Coldincowtown Chara could not cover them both!!
Besides his health issues and the rebounds that he gives up he should also be forbidden to handle the puck. Reimer has great puck stopping abilities, but is that all you want from your goaltender these days, Brodeur, Rask among others come to mind and they help out their D in puck moving situations. Reimer on a few occasions froze the puck when he should have gotten rid of it to the corner and the ensuing faceoff was in the net.
I think McClaren is the reason that Toronto got more respect from Boston.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->2012-13 Player Review: Frazer McLaren<!--:-->
@ingy56 @mcloki @mlclearwater Well I totally disagree with your assertion that they will take a cautious route based on shareholder value. This shareholder value would jump even more if they made a real splash in the playoffs. Leiweke said he was thrilled with all the people in Maple Leaf Square during the playoffs. It would be a huge payday for the shareholders of the hockey club if they did make a real significant move.
1 year, 3 months ago on 2012-13 Player Review: Matt Frattin
@mcloki I really like him when he is skating and hitting, but just frustrates me to no end when he is just out for an outing and that is what I have seen from him just as much as him really hustling.
@mcloki @ingy56 @mlclearwater Dreaming in technicolour.
The comments about Frattin always leaving you wondering and wanting something more are really true for me. I think when he is on he is really great to watch. Following this series of assessing the Leafs it is really neat to note that there are options within the Leaf organization, they have a depth that was not always there before. I have been a Leaf fan since the mid 1950's and the past number of years (since Harold Ballard) the good teams have been few and far between, but this team offers real promise with a few additions.
Well about Luongo not being exposed to Boston by Vancouver last year, interesting none of the Toronto team this year was exposed to Boston. They all took the day off, so Toronto would be the perfect place for him to land since he probably would not have to play that night either,
2 years, 5 months ago on Canuck Watch
Certainly that for me too is key as to how they indeed do fare against the elite in the league and last night even though they had a fair no good game they were no match for the intensity and hard to the net attack that Boston brought to the table last night. At times during the game I thought that the Leafs looked tenative in going into the corners with Boston or to try to work it away from them. So I guess the Leafs showed some rather important weaknesses against the top team.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Reincarnation Of Joffrey Lupul
This Leaf team is certainly a real nice surprise. The way they have played so far this season is impressive. The fact that both Kessel and Lupul are right in the hunt for the scoring lead and if you combine the two you have the most dangerous combo in the NHL. There is only one area of concern for me and that is the fact that they have lost 4 of their 8 games against clubs they should beat namely Ottawa 2x, Carolina and Florida once each. That is giving the people you need to beat for a playoff spot a leg up on you. Until they can put the teams away that they need to put away to get a playoff spot they have not proved anything.