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I'm very happy someone has posted an article on behalf of MLHS stating that what I've been trying to preach, and have discussed (to agreement) with Alec.
Connor Brown is leading the OHL in scoring. That's it, that's all folks. Notice Jim Hughes does not comment on his skating, a deficiency that held back a player who I believe Jacques Martin called the most dangerous player he's ever seen: Normand Aubin. Robby Schremp also comes to mind, although he was a defensive no-show in his case.
Also, in Toffoli's league leading year, he tied with Jason Akeson (OA) who has gone on to not play yet in the NHL. It's a good feather in your cap and will get you a contract, but it's literally more than a league away in the jump brown has to make.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Connor Brown: When sixth round picks become interesting
@hometeem @NotSince67 Yep but It'll expire sooner I believe, and then you can one year him. Crescenzi if I'm not mistaken is in year 2 of a 3 year ELC. But the guy was signed under a nuance of the CBA after he slipped through the draft. Free wallet.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs acquire Brandon Kozun for Andrew Crescenzi
@Reversethecurse13 Carrick is the one who can fight. Crescenzi punches like a girl.
Yessssssss, someone took Crescenzi? I'm sorry but that kid should have never been signed to an ELC at 18.
Just a couple thoughts:
#1 If ROR is indeed on the block (and at 6 mil with a back log at centre, he's kind of the odd man out) wouldn't Buffalo make sense? Buffalo is thin down the middle, especially if Ott gets dealt, and has cap space. ROR is young and would fit in with Hodgson to form part of the core headed into the rebuild and could insulate Grigorenko so that Grigorenko won;t have to be given minutes by default. Just not sure what Buffalo would pony up to make it happen, and it'd probably have to be more of a hockey trade than a rental deal.
#2 I ripped Kessel after the Carolina game for his compete level and two way play. In the winning streak it's drastically improved, both in the D-zone and through the neutral zone on the back check. Having said that, JvR's two-way play is simply atrocious and his intensity/compete level leaves a lot to be desired, especially for one of the biggest players on the ice. But his commitment simply to defending is nowhere to be seen and would be a helpful addition.
A third and fourth too I guess. #3 Bodie vs. Clarkson is the key in the argument that talent is one thing, but simple, safe and hard work is more effective between two role players any day. Clarkson should take notes, because although he lacks Bodies size, he should be that much more effective on the forecheck with his speed. Bodie's simplicity with the puck also could serve to Clarkson to stop trying to force offense and just keep it simple. Maybe he needs to go back and watch some NJ tape.
#4: Maybe we're beginning to see the Kadri v. Holland issue be resolved. Holland, while not bad, has not done what many here felt he would do. Last night (I haven't check TOI tonight) he played nearly 9 mins, same as MCC at ES, and to be honest, has not looked like a guy who's ready to tear it up if only he played 2nd line minutes, and I don;t see him being dependable enough in his two-way play to merit that chance at the risk of costing the team. Maybe it's time to send him to the AHL to learn how to play wing, especially if the intention moving forward is to sign Bolland to an extension. Otherwise the LEafs are risking losing him through waivers at some point or having him serve as a Black Ace.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #52, Maple Leafs 5 at Avalanche 2
'Night guys, off to the rink. Here's to a Leafs W!!!!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Coyotes (8 p.m., Leafs TV)
@Cameron19 @NotSince67 All I can say is... Torts lost his composure going down the hall. Especially on HNIC saturday night with that many cameras and viewers.
But I think 5 years from now, everyone will remember Hartley as being gutless and a guy who's a pussy, and Torts as a guy who's gonna go to bat for his team. I can guarantee you he was calling out Hartley and Malarchuck came out instead.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @DARF24 Scott PArker. Used to pretty much call him a Pussy when he didn't want or didn't win his fights.
PArker quipped back he was a Jr. B goalie telling him how to fight.
Also, Scott PArker would have broken Hartley's face if they ever scrapped. Parker should have put him in his place.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @ingy56 @Belfour20 I bet you if Torts had fired a stick at him, No suspension, just a fine.
TBH I've got tons more respect for Torts after showing how much he cares about his players. Hartley sends his guys out to fight, no option, when he's not the guy who's getting punched in the face. Then his reaction, bot in game and in the media is gutless and slimy.
Notice Malarchuck was out to confront Torts? Where was Hartley in all that? Presumable hiding behind the door with Marlarchuck and Gratts to be bouncer. Pussy, bitch, clown, call it what you want, I think they all apply.
@mcloki @DARF24 Cammy.
@Belfour20 @mcloki It's not that Franson is awesome... It's just what other option is there? Fraser and Ranger. Pick your poison.
@mcloki Honestly, I wish somebody would hold Hartley accountable as a smug fuck who likes to tell guys who can fight to go do it and feel vicariously tough about it. And I hope it happens in his own room.
@wiski @4evrblue Scott Parker: "He was a junior B goalie trying to tell me how to fight. He was always just degrading me. Not to be a (wimp), but he was a bully," Parker told the Denver Post. "And he could be because he was in a position of authority. What was I supposed to do as a rookie? Go tell him '(expletive) you'? I did that stuff at the end of my career, but at the beginning of my career, I was just a chess piece to him."
"He would call me a (expletive), say that Hershey (the Avs' former minor-league affiliate) would be my next stop, where I'd be 'smelling chocolate fumes all day long.' I remember I thought I had a broken foot and told him about it, and he called me a (expletive) and said Hershey would love me," Parker told the Post. "Nobody needed to question my commitment to doing my job. But I was just constantly belittled by Bob Hartley. I really have no respect for the man.
"If you're hurt, it doesn't matter. You're made to think 'I have to fight, or I'll lose my job,' " Parker added.
@4evrblue Hard to respect him after that and his explanations since.
@Reversethecurse13 @ingy56 The only one.
@Pent_House @NotSince67 Do they even make headphones in that size?
I hate Jon Abbott.
@wiski Good for him, Petro tried to pot it after the whistle.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Nonis talks Kadri trade rumours, Clarkson’s play, Bolland status
@Cameron19 Hahaha, what if they just did like most people thought and left RNH in the WHL to CRUSH IRON and gain weight...
But Hallsie is a good player. Maybe a touch of a durability issue, but he produces no doubt. Could have take Ristolainen over Nurse, and Nichuskin was available in mid free fall at #7 as well.