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Glad we lost for the sake of draft positioning a this point...but that was a truly sad and pathetic effort...sooo...anyone else want Jake Virtanen in the draft?.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2
So if Randy is in the habit of running 11 forwards and 7 D at certain times these days, could that open the door for Brennan to get a look for a few games?...the only problem is Brennan would need PP time to justify the move, and I'm not sure whose spot he could take on either PP unit...also, Ranger is giving us some decent minutes as a bit of a PK specialist and Brennan definitely can't fill that role, so Ranger might be a better fit for now, but I just REALLY want to see what would happen with TJ on our already deadly powerplay...too bad he's not waiver exempt and would have to stick around if he were to get called up...hope he resigns again and we find room for him next year, maybe in Franny's role as a PP specialist.
5 months, 1 week ago on Olympic Hockey Day #1: Team Sweden vs. Team Czech Republic
@Belfour20 @MollySweats @Bruffins Season 2 is in the works now I believe, it will probably start in the fall...I'm really into True Detective with Matthew McConaghey and Woody Harrelson right now....great show
@Bruffins Shameless and Ray Donovan are 2 of the best shows ever made...waaay better than Mad Men
Good game from the boys last night, could have been a much different story though with all the iron T-Bay hit...4 posts I think it was, and of course the usual heroics from Bernie...Kessel was getting his chances but I think his minor injury was bugging him a bit because he really wasn't bearing down on his opportunities, but still set up the game winner so who's complaining....oh and not sure if anyone else caught this but after Kadri's 2nd goal I'm 99.9% sure I heard Gord Miller say Kadri has never had an NHL hat trick (other than one against the Islanders and one against Ottawa last season, right Gordy?...chump lol)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Nazmania
@mbails haha my thoughts exactly...I always read the notebooks, game recaps etc. but I have to force myself to read them after losses, it just bums me out...always puts a spring in my step reading good things about the team
6 months ago on Leafs Notebook – January 21
Raymond is definitely 3rd line material on a decent team...unfortunately, he often reminds me of Lombardi (ugh) in that he has great wheels but often skates the puck into trouble and then loses it, or makes terrible seam passes that get swallowed up...his saving grace is that he has some finishing ability and decent vision, but needs to play with guys who can open up some space for him, because Mason is going to shy away from the dirty areas...I'd like to see what a third line of Raymond - Holland - Ashton can do for awhile...Ashton needs a few more minutes and I think once he buries his first NHL goal he'll stop gripping the stick so tight and might finish more, he's definitely had opportunities...anyway, hope we beat the Avs tonight, it'll be a good test...GLG!
@Shift_Disturber1 @MollySweats Yeah it was frontpaged on PPP and when I clicked on the article it took me to SB Nation, but believe me, PPP and SkinnyFish and those guys were all responding to me on that thread, if you search the archives of PPP though they absolutely trash Bozak every chance they get...one of their recent articles just said NO BOZAK NO BOZAK NO BOZAK over and over...what a bunch of chumps...I just said lets wait and see if Bozak can sustain this play rather than trash him endlessly while he remains red hot...makes no sense but what can you do?
6 months, 1 week ago on Game Day Notes: Game #49, Sabres @ Leafs
Just got into the biggest online argument with the guys of PPP over on SB Nation....it's an article regarding Bozak's current hot streak and how despite the fact that he is killing it and putting up points right now, he still sucks and this will never last.
Here's the link: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/1/15/5311048/tyler-bozak-maple-leafs-phil-kessel
(I post as DirtyBoxxer over there) can someone please tell me I'm not crazy, and that their irrational hate for Bozak is unwarranted...I admit I might be reading too much into Bozie's current hot streak but I hate their doom and gloom attitude over at PPP, and how they refuse to give Bozak an ounce of respect.
Russia's team of course has the requisite superstars, but their D looks pretty shallow...I think they'll get exposed this year, although you have to factor in how motivated they'll be playing at home...some of their forwards are pretty young and inexperienced on the big stage as well....I'm more worried about Sweden and the U.S. personally...Also, I like Team Canada, although Hamhuis is a bit of a surprise, and I'd put Giroux and St. Louis in over Kunitz and Marleau...and screw Mike Smith, would rather have seen Bernie make it...oh well, I think we have a good shot at defending our gold!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on React: Team Canada Roster Announced
Also, if anyone needs a good link for the Canada game, try firstrownow.eu
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers at Leafs Game Preview: A return to normalcy
First Canada needs to take care of business against the Finns, then the Leafs need to destroy the Rangers...I plan on getting hammered during the Canada game right now, so I should be good and tight for the buds game...also...can't stand the Rusky's, so glad they lost today...Sweden might be looking at a few suspensions for the gold medal game though
Wow...great game from rielly and bernier...rielly imo is gonna stick with the club, and I think Ranger is finally getting his NHL legs back...looked real good tonight...also thought Gards showed well tonight, I think him getting that assist on the Lupes tip gave him some confidence...on a side note, I think Millen was either drunk or hungover tonight...guy sounded hoarse and couldn't pronounce half the names out there lol...p.s. we're halfway to Clarkson coming back and the team is 4-1 with most of the kids playing pretty well...good times
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #5, Leafs 4 at Predators 0
@Palmateer Tlusty I would want back over any of those guys...except maybe Rask
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Senators at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
anyone ready to trade reims yet?....I'm willing to wait til his value is higher later in the year but bottom line....he's gone...he wont resign with the Leafs since he'll be backup by the end of the year, and make less then JB...trade him to Calgary for sven baerschi and maybe a 2nd at this point....actually, trade him 30ish games into the season... Burke will suck his fucking dick to get him to Calgary...and we can score a high pick and prospect then bring McIntyre up as backup...better than reamer leaving for nothing at the end of the year
@Jantz @MollySweats SO TRUE
I literally can't wait to re-live this game during game in 6...this is one for the ages boys...depleted line-up, starting goalie pulled, third period comeback, capped off with a shootout win...only thing missing is a KO of Kassian by Orr...but there's always next time...GO LEAFS GOOOOOO! 3-0 BABY!
3-0 baby...FUUUUCK YEEEAHHH....looks like Mason is gonna pay dividends in the shootout...worth the contract for that reason alone lol
yeesssssss.....bernier kills it
Literally just realized Michalek was playing for OTT tonight...not surprised he hasn't made an impact, definition of a floater...fuck I hate Ottawa
@Dan39 @Reversethecurse67 plus Baertschi is in the Flames doghouse right now...no better time to go after him...Reimer is young, cheap and fairly established...I think they would consider it...Reimer needs to have a better showing from this point on though, but I think Bernier can carry the load and Macintyre is a capable back-up...no better or worse than Scrivs IMO
@Dan39 @Reversethecurse67 @MollySweats ...Maybe, maybe not...I think Feaster can easily be fleeced though...and Burke is one of the few who has always had unwavering faith in Reims...if not a first maybe a 2nd, which would still be a good pick because Calgary is gonna bottom out this year
Reims to the Flames for Baerstschi and a 1st please
Great to see game in 10's back....I love reading these after a win...not a great performance from the skaters but Bernier was lights out so we got it done...Reilly in for Ranger Saturday night?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #2, Leafs 3 at Flyers 1
@-Keon- fuck my bad...still though, it's one game and we know how inconsistent he is...he'll fall back to earth
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Catching up with Director of Player Development Jim Hughes
Blah blah blah about Grabbo and his hatty...in case you missed it, despite having 4 points, he was an even 0 in the +/- department on the night...he was on the ice for 4 goals against and the Caps lost the game...Grabbo did more harm than good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p380--HHiSk Just saw this on youtube, Bodie and mark fraser had a good scrap a few years ago, Bodie can handle himself pretty well
@Mind Bomb @mcloki @MollySweats True...just saying that when McLaren is healthy I'm not sure I want Bodie out of the line-up in favor of him...if Bodie gets hurt, sure play Frazer but right now I think Bodie brings more to the team...but hey it's only one game (although he was also very good the last few games of preseason)
@mcloki @Mind Bomb @MollySweats Could trade him out west, I definitely wouldn't want him in the east lol...not nessecarily saying get rid of him either, just have him as 13th forward so that he can give Orr a break from the sheriff role, and vice versa...dress a different one of the goons every night so that you always have a fresh heavyweight to answer the bell
Morning fellas...Really starting to be impressed with Bodie...the guy is clearly playing like he has something to prove...might even make McLaren expendable...we already have Orr as a heavyweight, Fraser as a solid middleweight, and Bodie and Clarkson can handle themselves as well...I'd rather have a guy like Bodie wearing down the opposition and playing actual hockey than 2 heavyweight goons every night
@Jay_Berg I'd vote Ranger...very shaky tonight
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Post Game: Leafs 4 at Canadiens 3
@Dangle_My_Berries PJ Stock butterfly kissed his pillow?
@Dangle_My_Berries @Burtonboy @MollySweats Maybe it's a bit harsh but he's a Hab now...I literally cannot empathize with them when one of their players goes down, much less when Parros concussed Orr 2 years ago...it's 1-1 IMO, I stand by my tweet
James Greensmith @Majer_Raver 8m
Parros must be used to the softer ice in Anaheim and Florida...#toosoon
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)
How much does this loss suck for the Habs...Parros down, Pacioretty down...2 points down.
@Black_Hawk @MollySweats I'm talkin cap hit only, he costs Pittsburgh $8.7/yr...Crosby gets an insane amount of $ from endorsements, which is why he can sign a reasonable contract as the best player in the world
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Kessel, Leafs working on contract extension; could get done tomorrow
Kessel gets 8 years x $8.1 per season...8.1 for #81, just like Crosby and his $8.7 for #87...You watch, 8.1 a hundy P boys
Serious question here fellas...Has anyone ever been really baked and you're walking somewhere and suddenly you forget what your normal walking stride is like? You keep walking but you're not sure if this looks like your normal walk so you get caught in an awkward walking rhythm of random short and long strides that feels weird and wrong and you feel like an idiot because you forgot how to walk properly?...Yeah that definitely didn't just happen to me or anything
10 months ago on Leafs Notebook: Preseason Edition – September 23
Well men, looks like I'm gonna have to pick up a Bernier jersey after last night's heroics...what a boss
10 months ago on Fight Night in Toronto: Preseason Post Game #5 – Leafs 5 vs. Sabres 3
@wiski @DeclanK Wow Seguin got absolutely shredded by Bruins management hahaha what a plug
10 months ago on Introducing the Maple Leafs Hot Stove Hangout
@Burtonboy @MollySweats Yesssss, can't let those nifty mittens get fucked up!
10 months, 1 week ago on Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #3 – Maple Leafs at Senators (7:30 p.m., TSN)
Hopefully Naz just got a stinger in his hand but I didn't like the looks of how he barely stepped back on the ice before leaving again...hopefully just a preseason precaution...
@Burtonboy @MollySweats Mac's he's a flopper that's for sure lol...got the job done tonight but it wasn't pretty
@Burtonboy Dammit...I wondered why he left after one period when he was scheduled to play 2...hopefully its nothing major and he's good to go for the start of the season...silver lining is that Macintyre looked really good
@loomx @MollySweats I dunno, if it's the pass I'm thinking of (PP maybe) it seemed pretty straightforward, but Clarky will come around...anyway he seems to already have a healthy hatred of Ottawa which is nice to see lol
Clarkson struggled quite a bit tonight, didn't look as strong as advertised on the cycle and somehow couldn't handle a pass on the tape right in the middle of the ice (3rd period I think?) but on the flip side at least he was getting involved and wasn't slacking, even stuck up for Kadri against Pageau even though I would have loved to have seen Naz just lay out that little fucking troll ..( btw do the Sens still have Stephanie Da Costa cuz he looked like a leprechaun, could easily form the ugliest line in hockey with Da Costa, Pageau and Jim O'Brien lol...it begs the question why are the Sens so ugly? must be something in the Ottawa water lol) but anyways Bernier was solid, Raymond is well on his way to getting a contract if he hasn't already secured one, and we STILL OWN THE SENS WOOOOO
But seriously, who blocks a shot in hockey with an open palm facing out...you aint a soccer goalie Naz
oh fuck if something happened to one of Naz`s nifty mittens I`m gonna snap!
@Loric76 He better watch out, I know he's a scrappy bugger but I don't think he's much of a fighter per se...McLaren might be headhunting after that slash lol
10 months, 1 week ago on 2013-14 Season Preview: The Defence
Wooo just copped some free tix to Monday's pre-season game against Philly! great start to the weekend!
@TuckerForPunishment Yeah I'm a big fan of BigBadBoss videos...the guy should have a job editing for the Leafs but apparently he just does it for fun...great skills and awesome videos though...I get chills watching this shit lol
10 months, 1 week ago on Training Camp 2013 – Day #2, Live from the MasterCard Center of Excellence
How much cap space we got? just under $2 mil? what the hell are we gonna do about Franny? all I can think of is trade Kuli to free up $2.8 mil, sign Raymond for just under a mil, which leaves about $3.8 a year for Cody.
@Burtonboy wow that escalated quickly
@skiingallday @TheCanucksnaphook @MollySweats
also, taking into account the fact that there was no training camp last year, coaches are seeing players from last years draft and this years draft for the first time, so I guess they wanted to pretty much invite everybody they could
@TheCanucksnaphook I'm guessing a lot of teams brought smaller numbers in because they don't have high tech training facilities with multiple ice surfaces like the MasterCard centre..
I'm hoping Raymond pans out and we can find a way to sign him for dirt cheap...but I'm afraid of putting him on the 3rd line as a grinder because he's more of a skill guy but there's no room in our top 6...I get that he's fast but remember when speedster Lombardi was on our 3rd line? that was a fucking disaster...it sounds like Mason has more grit than that but still, I don't think that's the right role for him...BTW nice write up Phook
@TheCanucksnaphook @MollySweats yeah I'm hoping for a nice balance...just saw your post about the cuts being made...I'm glad the guys who have no chance at making this years team aren't gonna take up roster spots in the pre-season...hopefully Reilly gets a shot with some legit NHL'ers...and hopefully they pair him with Gards for at least a game or so...the other team will feel like their bag skating trying to keep up with those two!
Wonder what the line-up for Sunday's game against the flyers is gonna look like? Most likely a bunch of rookies and outsiders for the first few games, then the established guys for the last 3-4 games?
Colborne has wheels now? oh snap thanks Barb!
@Spayde_D @MollySweats @wiski It's Carter's fault for having two interchangeable names...although one is a last name and one is a girls name IMO
10 months, 1 week ago on Morning Mashup: Kadri, Hodgson on opposite sides of RFA spectrum
@wiski Speaking of the other way around, its Carter Ashton there Henny, not Ashton Carter
@Burtonboy So even if he makes the Leafs Carlyle is saying he'll loan him to Team Canada for the WJ's anyway?...why burn a year of his ELC if he's gonna miss NHL time for the WJ's and maybe only play as little as 40 games?...best case scenario I think is a 9 game audition at the beginning of the year, send him back to jr. where he hopefully gets traded to a contender, then have him play a big role for Team Canada, then reassess him next year
@wiski @Murph2417 first things first gotta sign Franny...then there's not gonna be any cap space for Mason unless we move Kuli...anyone in favor of trading Kuli for a solid pick or prospect so we can get Franny and Raymond signed?
@Ratzshite @MollySweats @rustynail @GeorgeCastanza
Hahaha both actually...I worked for Bayshore broadcasting which owns like 7 stations...C93, the mix and CFOS were all in the building I worked in
@rustynail Wow I hope he's kidding...unless Frazer just pulls a Timmy Brent miracle shift and throws himself in front of the every shot...otherwise our PK is gonna get burned a lot again
@rustynail @Ratzshite @MollySweats @GeorgeCastanza
Hey the Attack aren't half bad...I'll never forget when we beat the Knights in 6 games in the first round on our way to winning the OHL championship in 2011, I was working in radio in Owen Sound at the time and the town pretty much blew up, first when we beat the Knights, then when we beat the Majors in OT in game 7...Last season against the Knights was a fucking disaster though, pretty sure we lost every game against them, although I think most if anot all were close games
@rustynail @MollySweats Oh, my bad
@rustynail Where's he going? Cookie run?
@loomx @MollySweats the chirps will be absolutely flying when we play the scabs...can't wait!
Yeah Montreals has always been full of bugshit players though...good thing they don't have an actual francophone pest like Alex Burrows or Lapierre...something about chirping with a French accent drives me insane haha
@loomx @MollySweats Moen is fuckin 10 ply, Prust is barely a middleweight contender, White is a soup sandwich and Parros will likely have to fight Orr AND McLaren every time we play them...I ain't scared homie
@GeorgeCastanza @MollySweats Yeah the Ruperts already drive me insane because I'm an Owen Sound Attack fan and we have a pretty heated rivalry with the Knights...I'll be glad when they leave London for the Marlies haha
Leafs and Marlies are gonna be FULL of pests this year...other teams are gonna need an exterminator to deal with it...Ross, Broll, Biggs, Ashton are gonna drive teams crazy in the A, while Bolland, Kadri, Clarkson and even Dion will do the same for the leafs...prediction for game one: Kadri beats the shit out of Gallagher...that would make my whole season!
@rustynail you just know Dion was looking for that opportunity all morning...had to show the kid who's the alpha dog haha
@LeafsGuru @MollySweats ...yeah I'm sure halfway through the year someone will be on my shit list, but this is pretty much a plug free group at this point...and I don't mind Colton because he's only here to punch faces and he's good at it so I can't hate him too much for that!
Can't wait for the season to start and cant wait to watch 24/7 and the Classic...gotta get my mitts on a heritage jers for sure...suggestions? I already have a Gards jersey, I'm thinking JVR since I need a forward jersey and Lupes and Kess are played out...
For the first time in my life, I don't despise a single player on the Leafs roster this year...so used to having plugs like Komisarek, Kostka, Lombardi, Lebda and even throwback guys like Hoglund, Kilger etc. to take my anger out on, but now the team is solid and I can't say that anyone really sucks to the level of the players I just mentioned...I'm not sure how I feel about this, it's always good to have a scapegoat...I guess it's Liles now just for his boat anchor contract...sorry JML, nothing personal buddy