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One of the best deals the Leafs have made in years.  Sure, we have the obvious links in Kessel and Phaneuf, but signing Gardiner to that sweetheart deal is just ludicrous in how unexpected it was.  Gardiner is just too talented to not at least be a 40+ point defenseman.  That's worth 4M IMO.


Leafs management have done a fantastic job.  There's no doubt about it.  They are deserving of applause for how they finally identified so many of the teams problematic depth issues and went ahead to resolve them bit by bit.  Season has to play out, but there's no denying that the management team has been brilliant this off-season.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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Alec, why do you look so angry in your profile picture?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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@Anthony Petrielli @ReimNier Hopefully Dear Leader footed the bill.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli

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@Anthony Petrielli Oooooo.  Moderator now, eh?  You moving up in this world, Anthony.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli

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@Ydargo They are great guys to listen to.  Sometimes Michael will ramble on a bit, but overall, I find the length of each hangout allows for more robust discussions. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli

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@TuckerForPunishment @CanuckUKinToronto @Cameron19  Gonna be really awkward when there's a line to hug the only girl who posts on MLHS. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #68, Maple Leafs 3 vs. LA Kings 2

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Twitter down for anyone else?

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #66, Leafs 3 at Ducks 1

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@Alec Brownscombe @ReimNier Do I? Well, I know he's a Philistine.

8 months, 1 week ago on Sochi 2014: Team Canada vs. Team Norway – Open Thread

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FYI, if you got a Twitter account, you may want to follow @DiscipleOfPhil

8 months, 1 week ago on Sochi 2014: Team Canada vs. Team Norway – Open Thread

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@Murph2417  Praise be to The Phil. May he keep you and bless you. May his love wrap around you. May your day be a snap shot of his enduring grace. Amen.

8 months, 1 week ago on Team USA vs. Team Slovakia – Phil and James Do Sochi

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@wendelsfist @Bruffins  So basically, Canada wins the Stanley Cup.  Or did I mix up my metaphors again?

8 months, 1 week ago on Team USA vs. Team Slovakia – Phil and James Do Sochi

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@peterbleafs  Not in Toronto.  Certainly not on MLHS. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Team USA vs. Team Slovakia – Phil and James Do Sochi

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Praise be to The Phil,

The Thrill,

and the Holy Mackinaw,

Amen.

8 months, 1 week ago on Team USA vs. Team Slovakia – Phil and James Do Sochi

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@TheCanucksnaphook  There's no upside.  He is what he is.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #57, Leafs 6 vs. Sens 3

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Phil Kessel officially has permission to impregnate my future wife.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Phil Kessel Appreciation Thread

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21 to 1 for the Leafs.  Colton Orr scores 9 goals, giving him more hat tricks in his career than Seguin.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Preview and GDT: Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars (8 p.m., TSN)

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Posting from my fake account here... I really need to get this off my chest: I think Alec has very inconsistent hair and Declan wears skinny jeans.  

9 months ago on Game Recap: Game #50, Leafs 5 vs. Habs 3

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@gnashings @Sell Outs Damn.  Poor SkinnyFish.  

9 months ago on Game Recap: Game #50, Leafs 5 vs. Habs 3

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@Jon5200 That doesn't seem correct.  Media and fans have been panning the shootout since its inception.  

9 months, 1 week ago on Game Recap: Game #49, Leafs 4 vs. Sabres 3 (SO)

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@sniperstar @ReimNier Don't we already have Mike Stephen?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Episode #21 with special guest Paul Hendrick

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I can't believe you guys brought in Paul Hendricks.  This is awesome.  Next up: Stephen Harper and George Strombopouololololoousousousous.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Episode #21 with special guest Paul Hendrick

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Finally someone says something about Smithson.  I don't know what people see in him.  Who gives a frig about faceoffs?  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – December 2

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@ingy56 That Turkey can shit in my mouth all day.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Systems – Defensive Zone

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Well, there goes my afternoon.  Gonna read in a bit.  Thanks in advance, Gus!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Systems – Defensive Zone

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@Dangle_My_Berries Ah, I miss those moments.  Always fun.  Tonnes of first dates, only one really bad one.  

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Leafbites @ReimNier Yup, but at the same time, he's a rookie.  I *think* he's better than those guys already, but I'm not ready to pull the plug on Franson either.  Gardiner has impressed, but he's so frustrating sometimes -- the skill and skating are elite, but the thing between the ears is non-existent sometimes.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Leafbites @ReimNier Just bear in mind that Fraser and Franson were sheltered all season long.  Carlyle is doing the same with Rielly and Fraser as well.  

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Leafbites @ReimNier I think it will be awhile.  Another year at the very least.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Burtonboy @ReimNier @-Keon- @TheCanucksnaphook @shawzy9 I don't think it's a matter of wanting a trade, but an upgrade up front.  I'd sooner deal Franson before Gardiner.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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I think Rielly already plays better man to man defense than Franson, Gardiner, and Fraser.  He's that good already. I guess the coaching staff and management are working in tandem to manage his development time with sporadic benchings.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Burtonboy @-Keon- @TheCanucksnaphook @shawzy9 But Gardiner has some major warts as well.  Trading him for an upgrade, assuming there's one available, isn't a loss, but a gain.  

I'm open to seeing him go, and I have made a few posts defending him.

11 months ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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 @Great Dane To me it makes more and more sense to trade for Gleason. Let Gleason coach Rielly on the third pairing instead Fraser. Gleason as least was a solid top 4 d-man and he might not be able to play 20 minutes ES.

It is a better way to spend 4 million having someone with experience play with Rielly than 4 million with the Marlies.

Then let Gardiner and Franson get back together

@Alec Brownscombe @loomx NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

11 months ago on Game Preview: Kadri returns as Leafs host Preds

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Man, I was out last night with friends and when Kessel scored that goal, I full out primal screamed YEAAAAAAAAAAA in a restaurant.  Server came by and high fived me (this was at the Keg).

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #16, Leafs 2 vs. Devils 1 (SO)

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Kevin McGran just stole the premise that Petrelli and I have written on with regards to shots based on inside 20" and outside of it.  

Toronto Star article: http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/11/06/maple_leafs_shot_breakdown_reveals_good_news.html

MLHS post on Reimer: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/05/04/james-reimer-franchise-goaltender/

I can't find Petrelli's, but he used my spread sheet to expand on the shots topic last season.  

Am I being oversensitive or did the Toronto Star actually steal my idea and not credit anyone for it?

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep.#11 with Gus Katsaros

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Tonight's Leafs game was cancelled due to Jay Feaster mistaking the Calgary Saddledome for a potato chip.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Preview: Leafs pay a visit to past associates at the Saddledome

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I dunno if Alec or Declan posted the Bernier interview, but on his relationship with Reimer word for word: "He keeps telling me that It is a long season and we need to be there for each other."  

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Preview: Leafs pay a visit to past associates at the Saddledome

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@dlb eh @Bring the Cup Home If I looked any deeper, I could probably see the bruises I leave on my girlfriend's cervix.

BOOM. 

Edit: *wakes up*

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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Alec is such a karma whore.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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"If you look a little deeper, you'll see his production."

TWSS I think. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Jantz @ReimNier @Alec Brownscombe Oh that. Yea. I thought we agreed he's an idiot?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Alec Brownscombe So... ... ... what did I miss?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Greg Fenton @ReimNier No, you just don't read the crux of the arguments / evidence or choose to ignore it.  

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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Okay, I see why no one argues with Greg Fenton now.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Dan39 @ReimNier @Alec Brownscombe @GeorgeCastanza @Yaknowwhat Bernier doesn't have enough of a sample size yet to make a determination right now.  But Reimer does.  He's in Lundqvist territory when he started out.  Reimer is closing in on Hiller as well.  He's around Halak and Niemi territory as well.  That's not just good, that's very indicative of his abilities at this point.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Alec Brownscombe @GeorgeCastanza @Yaknowwhat A career sv % of .917 now.  That would place him in pretty remarkable territory right now.  I'll check up on it later.  But I'm about 99% certain that would place him in Lundqvist territory after 110 games.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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@Greg Fenton @TheCanucksnaphook @PrairieLeafFan What facts?  That most goal-scorers score in bunches?  Got it.  Let me know when you stop pulling narratives out of your ass.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Dion Phaneuf Worth?

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