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We're about to see what Verhaeghe is made of because Brendan Perlini is out having surgery after suffering a broken hand. No points in Niagara's first two games and is a -3

3 days, 20 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@PEIleafnation I really hope so, he's had a good showing so far this preseason, not much more you could ask of him. Hopefully he keeps it going and can beat someone out for a spot.

4 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@.JVR. @Cameron19 I heard Loov is going back to Sweden if he doesn't stick with the big club? Not necessarily bad, he's got good raw tools, needs more polish.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@.JVR. Booth > Kulemin

But IDK if he's good for that many minutes..... only time will tell.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@whalz @Cameron19 @Burtonboy "As far as players that stood out during the game, Nick Ritchie had a lot of shifts where he would make a great play to get the puck but then lose it, or be too slow to take the rush up ice. Ritchie turned over the puck and wasn't able to catch the Coyote who scored the fourth goal of the game"

4 days, 1 hour ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@mcloki @Cameron19 This must be the arctic circle then cause it's been months without sunlight... -_-

4 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Burtonboy @Cameron19 Secondary scoring too. It's there, just not through at least 3 lines or any consistency. Our third line has been anemic offensively. Our second line can contribute, but there there needs to be another punch from either the third or second line on a night in night out basis.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@BoneChompski @NotSince67 @Yan28 What I'm trying to explain is you don;t expend an asset you are free to waive at any time to commit to a 22 year old who's not going anywhere and will still be there regardless of what you do. It's keeping your options open rather than sacrificng options based on a two-game sample size in the pre-season when playing with the Leafs B roster outside fo the role he'll be asked to fill.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Loric76 @Burtonboy I think the other goon he was referencing was Krys Barch

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Yan28 Komarov is a game changer? Oh my... 

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Yan28 He's a third/fourth liner... Getting paid 3 million....

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@BoneChompski @NotSince67 @Yan28 No offense, but what would you even do with 175K? And don't you think there's bigger cap eaters like Kontiola? Komarov is making 3 million. 

I just don;t see how people are willing to give up on a player after 2 pre-season games. It's kinda ridiculous.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 I thought he was waiver exempt. Now we have a gun to our head. No good.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@BoneChompski @NotSince67 @Yan28 Why risk it? I can assure you LEivo will play in the NHL anyways this year, might as well use his waiver exempt status.

It's like the Jays this year and Chad Jenkins, who wasn't the worst pitcher in the pen but when you need to shuffle bodies the guy who can go without being exposed to waivers, you do it.

And realistically you could pull up any Marlie to do it, hell, you could call up Tyley Biggs. Doesn;t mean it's a better option to have them as the call up than Leivo.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@BoneChompski @NotSince67 @Yan28 Yeah it's no loss. Because Leivo will play all 82 games right? 

Think of it this way, if Booth struggles, or if he gets hurt, you call Leivo up AND send him down. If you start the season with Leivo and lose booth to waivers your call up isn't Booth, it's some AHL plug like Troy Bodie.

Principles of asset management and maintaining organizational depth. They are not filling that contract slot with a better player to get waived than Booth.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@BoneChompski @Yan28 No offense, but that's a terrible idea. One player is waiver exempt, the other is not. It's really as simple as that.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@loomx @NotSince67 @Jmessih But you said you were sick of vets and the sense of entitlement, blah blah blah. I see a double standard here. Booth has a spot, he can lose it, someone can take it. 

I mean, it's kinda knee-jerk to say after playing what? Two pre-season games? He played two games on the road with mostly AHLers, I think you'll get a better idea of what he brings to the table in the next three games. Also think that the comment about Holland not "wow-ing" rings true for booth because Winnik will never wow anyone but comes with such a low bar for expectations all he has to do is be an upgrade on Troy Bodie and we're all happy.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Jmessih @loomx @NotSince67 So I guess we should hold Kessel to that same fire too?

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@T K O @NotSince67 @loomx No, it's not about not being wowed, I'm concerned about his play 1) as the low forward specifically a lack of detail in slot coverage (also has been guilty of a few ugly turnovers below the hashmarks, as as Kadri) 2) That he offensively is not making his linemates better and is still a finisher but is unlikely to open up space for the others on his line.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@loomx @Jmessih Booth is probably going to be more effective than Winnik... I think people got really down on him after Ottawa, not remembering he was playing in early pre-season as a veteran who's almost guaranteed a spot, and he still did a lot of the detailed things right you expect from a veteran.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@loomx @NotSince67 I really worry as Holland as a third line centre that we could very well see his line do well in terms of possession but have such an inability to defend that they end up fishing the puck out of our own net more often than the others. Ultimately defense trumps offense, and many players who failed to adapt to that have found their careers not live up to their potential.

Leafs are in a bind if he's waiver prone because... he's not a good or the best option, or at least for a team which isn't looking to rebuild.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 You have to think on the flipside there and while I'd be stupid to deny the potential, there are still a lot of issues to his all around game.

For me as well, Holland is an unestablished player in the NHL, and it's up to him to outperform and knock the incumbent or veteran players off the squad. IIRC he's not subject to waivers if he starts the season in the minors. Bu starting him you subject a veteran who should be on the squad to waivers and lose the depth where as if you start the veteran doesn't work out you;re more likely to squeak him through waivers or get a little something in return via trade making space for Holland to come up.

Remember, this debate is similar to the Kadri debate years back and I think in hindsight it's apparent that the time he spent in the AHL benefitted his game greatly.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@loomx @T K O 3rd best behind presumably Kadri and Bozak?

Santorelli is much more reliable, Winnik can play centre. Komarov could play centre on a 4th line. Again, all more reliable than Holland. 

4 days, 4 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@ProfessorRance @T K O Holland still has the same warts he did last year and looks entirely disinterested in the defensive zone. Really starting to believe his calling is as a winger to alleviate his defensive responsibilities he seems not to care much for.

And even then... I'm not sure there's much to Holland outside his shot.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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@Hmmm @Xxxxxnew Luke Schenn is a southpaw and caught a few guys off guard like that. Franscois Beauchemin was another. 

4 days, 4 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4

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God, I hate Bruce Garrioch... or "Boo Boo"

6 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #3, Senators 3 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@jimmyg65 Meh, it's preseason. Wins and losses don't really matter.

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #3, Senators 3 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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Fooook, PVR'd game in Toronto, only got to about the 3/4 mark of the 3rd by 10:00 so I missed a bunch.

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #3, Senators 3 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Anthony Petrielli @Savo43 @Luke_R IMO, I'd like to see his PK workload drop. It'd be nice if they could find D-men who could fill in special teams to free Dion to play 5v5

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Cameron19 @NotSince67 He tried his best. That's all. You have to find a dance partner to go, right?

I guess the way I see it, Stortini should have fought Orr, both him and Orr are on the outside looking in. But, Stortini losing that fight hurts his chances of making the club and given their history probably isn't too keen on it. Broll is probably a better opponent for him, and they probably went last year in the AHL.

Rosehill probably has a roster spot as a spare forward, and has nothing to gain and everything to lose by fighting Orr. Orr's only real chance to make an impression is going to come from someone looking to make an impression rather than someone who's already on the inside track to make a roster. 

I though it was good on him to go after Simmonds after what happened last night with Holzer, but not so all FML and jump him and take a bad penalty. 

It is what it is. I'd be really disappointed if Orr had been the pacifist in these situations.

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Cameron19 @NotSince67 Orr's fought Stortini a handful of times, and acutally ducked Stevie Mac to do so. IIRC, he pumped Stortinin on both occasions. Remember, Rosehill played in the NHL last year, Stortinin didn't. Having said that I think Orr wanted to fight Rosehill, Rosehill ignored him, there's not much he can do other than take a bad penalty. 

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 No, but clearly you need to assert infallibility, or something of the like. I guess you don't take well to suggestions?

This is stupid. I pointed out the player note has nothing to do with Kessel and you just want to keep arguing and antagonize. I'm not arguing anything here because there's nothing to argue. Knock yourself out trying to accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish.

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 No need to get defensive about this Alex, just saying Kessel's player note doesn't even talk about Kessel, and some people are going to be more interested to hear how he did, rather than some inane comment from O-Dog. I'm not trying to argue anything with you other than maybe the player note is probably best for player analysis, not analysis of the talking heads at intermission.

1 week ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 Maybe he could. But to guy who didn't see tonight game and come here to read this, they don't really get any impression of how Kessel looked tonight. Maybe "Kessel was just warming up the legs in his first preseason game and deferring to Nylander whenever he could." would have been a more accurate description of his night than talking about O-Dog.

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 Who said anyone gave a shit? I'm sure O-Dog didn't even really give a shit and said whatever to fill intermission time.

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 Maybe the player note on Kessel should have been about Kessel, that's all. No need to get defensive.

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@Alec Brownscombe @NotSince67 @RandomScrub Who gives a shit about O-Dog saying he should be a leader? 

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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@RandomScrub @NotSince67 Regardless, the player notes on Kessel rather than state how he was invisible and uninspired, it talked about a pretty inane comment from O-Dog. Seems like a bit of deflection of the fact Kessel was indeed invisible and uninterested, and O-Dog was right at least in that regard.

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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Just curious, but if Colton Orr jumps Stortini after the Gardiner hit and negates the penalty and costs the team a powerplay, would you congratulate him on that? Seems a touch damned if you do damned if you don't and that was a good instance of discipline. 


You also forgot to mention after Simmonds and Phaneuf exchanged words after the whilstle (Phaneuf boxed out Simmonds and Simmonds wouldn't budge and said a few words to Phaneuf) he tried to take Simmonds' head off and tried to goad him into a fight. Asked Rosehill to go once and Rosehill declined with no real reason to have to oblige. 


Also, I saw player notes for O-Dog who didn't even play but nothing on Kessel's game. Did I miss something?

1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0

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Was this article written by the hulking Plymouth Whaler's winger?


I'm still not sold on Verhaeghe's skating but how he processes the offensive side of the game is well abover average and displays a ton of creativity and poise. His developmental needs will probably mirror those of Connor Brown.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 Recap: Senators 6 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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I think Rupert's been playing some NHL 15...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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Gauthier being a strong presence in front of the net so far.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@RandomScrub @NotSince67 I'm looking for Loov.


Loov me?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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What are the jersey numbers for the D?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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@mike_84 @Cloud09 @Dangle_My_Berries WHAT? The skating system from 14 or 13 is pretty rockin.

1 month ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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