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@TheCanucksnaphook @CanuckUKinToronto TIL that Lululemon isn't just a women's clothing brand.
6 hours, 30 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@deedrag I think Tim's leaving because of Rogers/Bell not being able to let him run the show. He's obviously the best in the business so his leaving has to be more to do with ownership issues than any failure on Tim's part.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
@LeafFan15 @vinoa We had a guy like that where I was growing up. He had other balls on his mind once his daughters started eyeing us during games. Next time he starts acting out, you should make sure to trash his house during Halloween.
@LeafFan15 They sound like dicks. Just apologize and try to keep your balls off their garage. You shouldn't have to find a whole new street because of 1 prick.
@MaxwellHowe @wiski @mike_84 Assuming the quote is from the airline. Unless we've gotten to the point where even "news" outlets start getting snarky.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@JWaterdrager He's comparing their playoffs hopes...which sadly have been similar over the years.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@ingy56 @vinoa For sure they made their wealth outside of hockey, but they're still going to be prudent about the way they spend their money. Even MLSE, with its deep pockets has come to realize that you need competent management to be truly successful. The fact that more players are being squeezed for every RFA year possible shows that owners aren't quite ready to start signing blank cheques.
5 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@BoneChompski @ingy56 Not to be outdone, MLSE has hired an embryo to head the new Analytics department.
@ingy56 Owners are definitely concerned with long-term gains. These people didn't make their wealth through short sighted moves.
@Greg Fenton I'm sorry. I came off as a bit of a dick with that post. You are right about Clarkson's value, but odds are this expansion won't happen any time soon...if at all.
@Greg Fenton I'm pretty sure that mine was a joke with regards to a hypothetical scenario which may or may not ever play out. No need to constantly be right Fenton.
@Luke_R @vinoa I get the feeling they would take Komarov over Clarkson. Maybe we can do a deal where we give Clarkson with a decent player.
@Luke_R You think someone will actually WANT him?
Interesting stuff. Can't wait to see how the season plays out.
5 days ago on How will Maple Leafs forward moves impact team shooting percentage?
@Mind Bomb @Tim Horton @MaxwellHowe Columbus will take a hit now that the Cavs are relevant again. Ohio's biggest draw is college sports still. The only viable markets are up North and Bettman knows it. That's why he'll do the expansion on the backs of Canadian franchises.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@Mind Bomb Nah. We'll just start our own league.
@Marlies Man Might as well give some of the better AHL teams a shot at the big league. I like the idea of relegating teams back to a lower league if they deserve it. At least it'll get rid of the Edmontons/Buffalos of the league.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@MaxwellHowe Let's be honest, we weren't exactly perennial cup winners before the salary cap. At least the cap forces ownership to bring in prudent management. I personally think the same approach to basketball would make it a lot more fun. It's nice not knowing at the beginning of the year who the finalists would be.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@Hmmm @loomx Mimico.
@MaxwellHowe As much as I hate his mug, Bettman's done a lot of good for this league. Brought parity while increasing revenue to what it is today.
@Greg Fenton Who knows how Carter's career would have ended up if it weren't for the injuries. As for the NHL, I wasn't implying that there was some conspiracy to keep the Leafs down. It just seems that it's a way a lot of media people get views and hits. Or maybe I'm wrong and guys like Steen, Benn, and St. Louis really are better than Kessel to build a team around.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@Greg Fenton You gotta keep your comparisons within reason. Kobe wasn't the best player when he won his 1st 3 chips. Carter was the player who put TO ball on the map. There's a reason KD remembers Carter's tenure fondly when he talks about playing for the Raps. Where they rank Kessel is irrelevant given some of the other players on that list. Is Kessel just marginally better to build a team around than a 90 year old Jagr? I can't really comment on this ranking without bringing up the obvious bias. As for why they would care about 1 market...we're a half a billion dollar market. The only one of its kind in the league. Everything related to the NHL in some way has to do with us.
@Greg Fenton @vinoa Kobe/Carter =/= Kessel/Steen...unless Kobe's being compared to Kessel.
@Greg Fenton Fair enough. I get that this is supposed to be a methodical list. I still maintain that putting Kessel that low was more of a way of getting a reaction from Leafs fans. Again, not saying that he's the best, just hard to see how he could be so low. Especially given how lesser players are ranked.
@Greg Fenton Using that logic, Kessel was the best player on the only team that challenged the best team at the Olympics. I don't mind these rankings that have a few relatively unproven younger players like Seguin, Hall, etc., but Steen's older than Kessel. If Bozak's shooting can't be sustained, then Steen's definitely can't be either. As for Datsyuk, I can agree that there may be 39 better players to "build a team around" including Kessel. The criteria for this list seems flimsy at best.
@Greg Fenton So Alex Steen has 1 great season and now he's better to build a team around than Kessel? I think this might be a case of trolling Leafs fans for a reaction. I'm not saying Kessel is the best in the league, but surely he's a top 40 player.
@maximus_asinus I'm not much of a gamer. Have had PS3/Xbox-360/Wii at different times but only the PS3 stuck around...for the Bluray player. I'm still more than happy with the graphics on the PS3. Pretty crazy that they've already released the next gen consoles.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@Murph2417 @Mcost61 AKA Bettman's dream NHL.
@Greg Fenton @Murph2417 You 2 need to battle it out...on a Wii.
6 days, 3 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links
@jimmyg65 @mcloki @peterbleafs From 99? http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/111523/nylander-leads-emerging-group-toronto-maple-leafs-2014-fall-top-20/ Bergmann's been giving us some solid picks. We still need high end offensive players though.
1 week ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason
@4evrblue I went to my 1st game in years in Dallas. It was amazing. Plus with the Southern markets you can get great tickets for a steal. I spent under $300 US to for 2 tickets in the 2nd row.
1 week, 1 day ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@mike_84 Pets are a very serious responsibility.
@4evrblue @Burtonboy @CanuckUKinToronto That's what my travel plans for the year are as well. Love live hockey and am hoping to catch a bunch of Marlies/cheaper market games.
@MaxwellHowe @vinoa @-Keon Probably. In which case there would be absolutely no reason to send our best teams. I still like the idea of more hockey during the offseason in any form. Maybe a rookie/draftee tournament.
@MaxwellHowe @-Keon I'd rather see the teams that didn't make the playoffs do that instead. At least that'll guarantee everyone a shot at some post season hockey. Plus I want to see just how good the worst NHL teams are relative to other leagues.
@Marlies Man "he was given a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time and the matter was recorded as a criminal conviction on his record." Law enforcement done right.
@Burtonboy @4evrblue Vollman...his interview was on here the other day. Sad day when I saw his name on this site of all places.
@Greg Fenton Kessel was still playing over 20 minutes a night and was the offensive leader for Team USA's Olympic team. There were a lot of instances where Phil would be double shifted and it showed in his game. He needs energy to be as explosive as possible to be effective. RC would keep rolling Kessel out shift after shift as if he ran on batteries.
1 week, 2 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@4evrblue @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Cameron19 Judging by his recent golf outing...Seguin might actually enjoy that.
@CanuckUKinToronto @vinoa lol I didn't see the video so I figured it was a spoof of some sort.
@CanuckUKinToronto Didn't Charles Wang suggest this?
@Yaknowwhat The Leafs may not need another talking head, but MLSE as a whole needs to be run by the right people. It's a $2billion entity and needs to be run by someone with that kind of experience. At least Timmy hired the right people in his short time here.
1 week, 3 days ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto
@deedrag It is a bit concerning that the CEO's leaving after just an year on the job. It's one thing for them to change upper management frequently, but at the board level there needs to be stability for long term success. If the Leafs were independent from the Raps and TFC, this move wouldn't matter at all. Unfortunately, we're stuck in this mess with them.
1 week, 3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Analytics, Analytics… Nothing but Analytics
@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @dlb Mad Except Kessel's produced even more since leaving Boston. It's all moot because these hypothetical situations won't ever happen. Maybe someone should write some sort of program where these things can be tested.
1 week, 5 days ago on Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM
@Greg Fenton @vinoa @MaxwellHowe Kane is another 70 point player on the Hawks. Who else comes close to Kessel in scoring on the Leafs? Again, I'm not saying Kane sucks. I'm saying that Kessel would be even better than he currently is playing for the Hawks.
@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton @dlb Mad @MaxwellHowe Thank you. How have people forgotten the Detroit series where Toews had to be calmed down in the penalty box? We mythologize these guys as if they do no wrong.
@Greg Fenton @vinoa @MaxwellHowe Kane would be another 70+ point player on the Hawks along with Toews, Hossa, and Sharp. Kessel carries our top line and 1st PP unit. Kane might look decent playing with the Leafs, but I guarantee Kessel would be well over a PPG player with the Hawks.
@MaxwellHowe I don't watch enough of Toews to say that he isn't, but I take it you're saying that Crosby/Malkin/Toews are the 3 best centers in the league? I'd counter that with Kessel being a top 2 RW in the league. Unless the argument is that the center position is more valuable than wingers. In that case we should only be comparing Kessel against other wingers since all 1Cs should by default be more valuable than him.
@MaxwellHowe You think any of the other players in that trade are better than Kessel? Kane's good, but he doesn't carry Chicago's offense by himself. Imagine Kessel on the Hawks...he'd be a beast.
@Mind Bomb Lol my little cousin pronounces it as 'sad'. Cracks me up every time.