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Fantastic article here, look forward to your future posts.
4 weeks ago on Introduction to Advanced Statistics
@leafdreamer Both are straight.. Seen pics of Kessel with his gf and heard stories about Bozak lol
1 month, 1 week ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
Would you give Gardiner a two-year "show me" deal or something like JVR's deal?
@Bruffins @Cloud09 He's pretty good at it, I bet you he's just sitting there smirking while a bunch of people start yelling at him on twitter
1 month, 1 week ago on (Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential
Hope we keep him but if not, trading him would work out too considering the term, would've been harder if he were a pending ufa
@Yaknowwhat Reimer t-31st, Bernier t-10th on this list (25+ GP) http://hkref.com/tiny/xgsqc
Man I feel sorry for anyone who really think Stamkos is coming here. 2 years of hope only to be crushed. Dude's just using us as leverage as others have noted
@Murph2417 He played mostly with Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian
1 month, 1 week ago on Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan Live Press Conference
They actually signed Booth eh? Posted about signing him as a reclamation project a few weeks ago.Booth-Santorelli-Clarkson could be a good line. That would work for Clarkson, much better than him being with Lupul-Kadri
@Alec Brownscombe @Jay31 @The_Polish_Cannon @loomx Would be great for Carlyle to be canned to see the difference in possession. I suspect it wouldn't be much but would still be great to provide an answer one way or the other
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steve Spott, Peter Horachek named Maple Leafs’ Assistant coaches
Always see people talking about systems/coaches affecting possession and how Carlyle is the reason we suck at it... but isn't it possible we just don't have the players necessary to be a good possession team?
Strength at wing, poor center group relative to the rest of the league.. I don't think coaching/systems has as much to do with it as people want to think. A different coach can't make our players good at the things that lead to higher poss. - board play, puck pursuit/battles, hockey iq in general, etc
Liked this quick summation of the Komarov signing
"It’s a good sign that a player who’s been a part of the Leafs before wants to come back. That means he knows what he’s walking into, there’ll be no surprises, and he’ll show up ready to rock."
2 months ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart
@mike_84 The good thing is he won't have to shoulder it like Gunnar-Phaneuf did last year, we'll have 2 pairings capable of sharing those mins
@Dewy Keon Hogturd Doesnt seem like they're looking to tank anymore
@Bruffins Ok (but sticktap to Tallon)
@Bruffins @lukethenuke You dont think Shanny would bring in his own people at that point?
@lukethenuke @TheCanucksnaphook Doesn't it seem like mgmt is trying to bring back some of the guys from 12-13 to revive that magic? So I guess they think this roster is good enough for a first round flameout lol
@dlb Mad @Jay31 @Ze_theLeafsFan He needs work defensively, Spott can help him work on that part of his game.
@Ze_theLeafsFan Hope not. Would much rather see him developed as a proper C under Spott.
@Bigfoot_for_1C Likely another year in junior then AHL
2 months ago on Dave Nonis Free Agent Day Media Address
@Bigfoot_for_1C @Murph2417 Franson has 322 nhl GP, he is what he is at this point.
Don't think Phaneuf on the left will last long once the season actually starts
@ShotgunCharlie @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Jay31 See him described as a "maniac" in the gym in this article
If that's true I'd be ok with giving him a cheap deal. Clarkson needs linemates who can actually cycle
2 months ago on Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out
What do you guys think of Booth as a cheap reclamation project to play on L3? He's good on the boards and a good 2-way player, just had a silly contract in VAN.
Just found this table of what $2.5M is after tax for each NHL team as of 2013. Interesting... twitpic.com/e7aj7o
@mikeshaver @Cameron19 @leafersutherland But if he comes here he can be part of the most American line in the league.
JVR-Stastny-Kessel, just call them the Freedom line
@Cameron19 @rockydundas We love taking garbage from good teams. Boston, Chicago, and now apparently Pittsburgh, LOL
@loomx What if Shanahan IS the one behind the moves tomorrow? Reports have been that he's been the one contacting free agents..
@Cameron19 @theacs1966 Exactly what I was thinking earlier.. Stastny in addition to bottom 6 additions; or tear this mother down
But I'm not sure Shanahan sees it that way. Also haven't seen any reports linking Leafs to Stastny. Have read reports about Boyle, Glass, Brodeur, no Stastny though.
@barjv01 Just makes drafting and developing your own more important
2 months ago on James Reimer Requests a Trade
Derek Dorsett & Brandon Bollig fetch 3rd round picks. Sam Gagner fetches a 6th & TB has to eat 1/3 of his salary. Can't make this stuff up.
Would y'all take Yzerman as Leafs GM?
Is the interest in Brodeur for his presence in the room? I assume so because his sv% has been terrible in recent years, severely below avg.
@Burntheboats Definitely reasons to be negative but jesus, really seems like guys like this should just find a new hobby, they are way too miserable because of this team.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on (Monday Mashup) Keeping an Eye on Colorado
@Anthony Petrielli @Uncle Otis I agree with #1c being the team's biggest need and all, but sometimes wonder, just how much would a David Backes type, for example, change the dynamic of that first line? Would Kess and JVR change their play style? As it is, I see Backes doing most of the work and Kess/JVR probably still looking to cheat most of the time. (obviously this is hypothetical, Backes is going nowhere)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs
"The key now will be adding that second layer."
The problem is that the Leafs won't be able to do that without gutting the team. Difference when LA did it was they could afford to lose players like Schenn/Simmonds/Johnson.
We're stuck with a team that can only really be improved through the draft IMO, trades will only be lateral AT BEST. And the problem with that is, how long can we really wait for drafted players to make a difference? Kessel turns 27 next year.
@Simmsation Would probably help if he didn't interrupt the other two guys so often, too
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli
Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson were playing in the #OHL in 2012, the last time the #Kings won the Stanley Cup. Now key players for LA
3 months ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 5, Western Conference Finals
*Looks at roster of Hossa and Toews and Kane and Sharp*
*Looks back at pre-season predictions that the Sens were a cup contender*
3 months ago on Jake Virtanen Draft Profile
@Fish Head @Jay31 Doughty
A friendly reminder that Drew Doughty hasn't been a Norris Trophy finalist in the previous four seasons because of his point totals @ThePHWA
@Jay_Berg I'm already crying comparing the Leafs to these teams lol
What a game tonight! Makes me sad to have missed the past couple in the series.
When do you guys think the Leafs will play a playoff game of that intensity?
3 months ago on Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 3, Western Conference Finals
After that 1st Quick's save % for the playoffs now stands at .907. Last goalie to win a cup with that low of a sv% was Barrasso in '92.
Holland makin it look easy
3 months, 1 week ago on Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: Western Conference Final Preview
#mapleleafs pick @BibeauAntoine01 is the first goalie in 130 games to blank the @GoLondonKnights at Budweiser Gardens. #mcmemorialcup
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Reforming Randy Carlyle
@Gilbey93 @Jay31 watching LA-ANA lol
Perry getting a penalty shot
@67sound there was a lot from Morrison that I didn't use. Spoke highly of Andreas Johnson.