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the assistant coaches fixed last year's broken system, so all that is remaining night to night is compete level. hard on the forecheck, getting inside on the one on one battles. the players have nowhere to hide now. even phaneuf has to get to the puck first on the boards. if they keep it up and keep each other accountable, they could go on a little run here.
3 hours, 45 minutes ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
i wish we had a marlies allstar 4th line. Lievo-holland-ashton. they deserve a real shot, like 10 minutes a night for at least 5 games. don't know what randy's problem is with running four lines.
11 hours, 29 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: Percy recalled, Game Day in Columbus
@Hifi75 @sharkbabysitter back the brinks truck up to babcock's house in the summer and make him an offer he can't refuse. if that doesn't work, a severed horse head in his bed outta do the trick.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@Hifi75 i hate to say this, but i don't think it's carlyle's fault right now. i was his biggest detractor last year, but his assistants have fixed the systematic problems. we're covering the point now etc.
our core is just too soft. i like clarkson moving up. we need a guy like him on the top line too.
and we need to play our fourth line for at least 10 minutes. but that line should be bangers. i wish it was lievo - carrick - brodie. they would wear other teams down and give us momentum.
@ingy56 @Mitch92 or "Wellll..."
5 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Game #8, Boston Bruins 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Burtonboy @Mcost61 if they're standing you up at their blueline, you get it behind them and get after it. it gets their defense turned the wrong way too. there'll always be a place for the dump and chase.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs Analytics Tools On Display, Lupul hurt
@Bruffins @Bring the Cup Home no, kadri-lups-lievo looked great together. lievo looked fantastic all camp. as good as percy. only in his last game did he look average. i'd have him up here before panik.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Leafs Notebook – October 14
@djamon @sharkbabysitter wingers, cover the points and be on the boards at the hashmarks for the breakout pass. it's very simple and very effective. commit to it for ONE WHOLE GAME, line one. See what happens.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #3, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Rangers 3
While there were certainly some positives last night (line 2 and 3, percy) our game is still fundamentally flawed. We are still giving up almost 40 shots a game. it's ridiculous. and just like last year, it isn't sustainable. yes, they, aren't swarming as bad as last year, but neither are they covering the points religiously yet either. especially line one. the biggest problem in our D end is with our forwards, and if this isn't fixed, we aren't getting anywhere.
komorav-santorelli-clarkson line is the biggest news out of the first three games. they are getting it done and eventually the goals will fall for them. great chemistry. great effort. komorav's energy is so contagious.
also really liking winnick on line two. kadri and lupul looked great tonight.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Day: Game #3, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers (7 p.m., City TV)
@TheColborneUltimatum @DeclanK @Burtonboy put franson in a package, percy comes back up.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Saturday Mashup: Penguins in town tonight
leivo will be back. freeing up some space until he heals. in the meantime, no harm in seeing how this panik guy fits. we could use a little more heft.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Maple Leafs claim Richard Panik off the waiver wire
@Edward_Flannery i like clarkson on the powerplay. we need to build his confidence. gards and reilly together won't last long. it was an effort to keep the left side/right side in tact, without one of the kids playing with percy in his first game.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
@reenergized @The_Polish_Cannon @Jmessih hurt. lievo is awesome, he isn't going anywhere.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
@MaxwellHowe i think leivo should stay before frattin.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe yup, hockey pool rankings. and in lots of pools (incl. mine) goals count twice as much as assists. hence subban and karlsson.
@Jmessih leivo belongs there more than frattin.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Saturday Mashup: final rosters to come shortly
@Hmmm @Bring the Cup Home @sharkbabysitter i hope we lose booth. i'd put him, franson, holland and reimer in a package for a big, mean stay at home D man. carrick as our 4th line center. then we'd be on to something.
if healthy, this forward lineup could be deadly, actually.
@Mitch92 @MaxwellHowe trading franson for another big, scary stay at home guy like polak would make our team better.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #9, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1
@Hmmm second line too light. i'd go:
with kozun as a wing rover to different lines when they need energy. can you imagine what him and kessel wold look like skating together?
4 weeks ago on GDT: Preseason Game #9 – Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (7:53 p.m., SNET1)
@Jmessih @Cameron19 santorelli has wheels tonight too.
@Cameron19 yeah, kozun has taken a lot of nylander shifts
@loomx and we have too many soft forwards in our top 6. kadri, lupul, bozak all have the same kinda body type and style. even clarkson and leivo aren't that different. we need a jamie benn up there.
@loomx @sharkbabysitter we had too many soft guys. i still think we do. even though franson hits, he's still not big and scary, and either was gunner. polak is. i'd trade franson for one more of those too.
@loomx it was win-win. we needed what polak brought. st louis needed what gunner brought
@Burtonboy these are lines that make sense. now lets see if ice time is distributed intelligently.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?
my only hope is that management reads that mashup and it wakes someone up.
1 month ago on Wednesday Mashup: Bye Bye Carter?
@Jmessih a lot of powerplay shots.
1 month ago on GDT: Preseason Game #8, Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 p.m., LeafsTV)
love leivo, holzen and kozun. they should stay. period. goodbye, frattin, sorry to say. it's like he's depressed or something. in interviews there's no life behind his eyes. no life behind his play either.
man, gardiner pissed me off tonight. he can be so soft in our end. i can understand why carlyle gets frustrated.
reilly was a beast. our best d. followed by holzer, then phaneuf. (and i hate phaneuf.)
i hate to say it, but there's too many soft guys on the leafs. kadri, lupul, gardiner, franson (even though he hits, i don't care, he's still soft.)...
i'd put lupul, gardiner, franson and reimer in a package for next years #1 pick. we'd hardly miss them.
@Jordan29 holland? booth won't make the cut.
1 month ago on GDT: Preseason Game #5, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN1)
@DeclanK @sharkbabysitter i think holland has a higher top end skill potential than santorelli, he's just getting started. santorelli's such a speed/energy guy, put him with winnick and another grinder with skill and they could wear teams down and score some goals.
1 month ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@DeclanK agreed, but i think i'd put holland on line 3. maybe booth/bodie for carrick/ashton
jvr's tally looked like a lacrosse goal. unbelievable. hope he's an Assistant captain this year.
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Preseason Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, TSN4)
i'm listening to it on 1050. so are they covering the points?
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Pre-season Game#1 – Toronto Maple Leafs vs Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, LeafsTV)
@Top Jimmy love simmonds. he'd be awesome with lupul and kadri.
@RandomScrub @Loric76 @FakeJake51 kontiola is not a 4th line center, he's a finesse guy. carlyle said they're going to start santorelli on wing. i think line 3 center is holland's.
1 month, 1 week ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities
@Yaknowwhat hockey is 95% mental-- and whatever phil needs to stay relaxed and at his best, so be it. he's an eccentric, maybe even a savant. leave him alone. it's not like he's failing his physicals, he's right up there. i also suspect that we're just scratching the surface with kesel. he's finding his groove. in a couple years he may be looking at crosby in his rear-view.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
another glaringly simple thing about randy's D system last year is that it wasn't working. Whether it was the makeup of the players or their lack of effort, who cares. a good coach recognizes when something isn't working and he adapts. randy didn't. not for one second.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Will Randy Carlyle Change?
@Luke_R @Cameron19 @Mitch92 forechecking isn't nearly as positional. first man in like a torpedo, second and third anticipate. not much beyond that.
@Cameron19 @sharkbabysitter give him that if he wants it. later, noni.
i have no hope that carlyle will change. his defensive system was the biggest problem last year. when your wingers are always collapsed in front of the net, they're aren't in position to cover their D or break the puck out at the hashmarks. thus, we looked like we were short-handed in our zone the whole season. Record-setting shots against. it wasn't solely the lack of effort, Randy. No one buys that shit.
i think Shanahan knows who the next coach of the Leafs is going to be, and he's known it for months. Maybe since before he arrived. Mike Babcock. Starting next season. He didn't want to hire another coach for a year, only to let him go. he had to show loyalty, but he quickly put Spotter in place to defuse some of Randy's ridiculous notions (lineup, usage, systems) and very likely to take over as interim coach when Randy hangs himself. Which i suspect will be before Christmas. Babcock will get the biggest contract in the history of the NHL, and he will earn every penny of it. bright times ahead, i say.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I play hockey against him in the GTHLA. He can't skate for shit and his huge helmet makes him look like Charlie Brown. But he's the nicest guy on the ice.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
@Cameron19 don't like kontiola on line two. the third guy needs grit and skill, otherwise its a vancouver canuck line. i see it being either clarkson, komarov, or santorelli. be awesome if it was komarov.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: Second Assistant GM Hire to Come Next Week
@Greg Fenton coach has a lot to do with it. systems, who plays together, how much ice time and when. carlyle had the worst defensive system in the league last year, and blamed it on compete. also ran the top six into the ground. i can't see how he's not hated by a lot of people in that dressing room.
3 months, 1 week ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m
i'd like to see franson, reimer, lupul for o'reilly.
3 months, 1 week ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart
@FrankFerrant but his fucked-up d system has been just as costly. most shots against ever, enough said.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
@Mitch_S2 @TheCanucksnaphook @sharkbabysitter no it isn't. carlyle hockey is collapse in front of the net and not have the wingers on the half-boards to break the puck out. and then wonder why the puck isn't getting broken out.
7 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee
this is gonna sound terrible, but i don't want the leafs to make the playoffs. that'll keep carlyle's system afloat. fuck that. get someone in who plays old-school, cover the point defense. like boston, and every other successful team.
@DeclanK @CanuckUKinToronto the forwards aren't on the half-wall for the breakout because they're down low in front of the net instead of in position. if they were covering the points, they'd be on the hash-marks for the breakout pass.
7 months ago on Poll: Now What?