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Such good writing!
Thanks you Anthony. I love the idea of Winnik as carlyle's third line checking center / PK specialist. All the pieces are in place. Franson and Clarkson will probably have a bounce back year and indeed - so much depth now to support the young guns getting better. I love it!
14 hours, 8 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs
@Mind Bomb 'morning sir
21 hours, 24 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@The_Polish_Cannon @leafdreamer @Savo43 @BlueSmoke @The_Irv Kadri s88t the bed when they put him up with Kessel and JVR when Bozak went down last year. Holland"s 'great chemistry' with Lupul resulted in him getting 10 points in 39 games with the Leafs. Bozak's defence is not a myth - he recovers pucks in the defensive zone and springs his wingers all the time and he can score and pass in the offensive zone. Watch the games man.
21 hours, 25 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@Savo43 @The_Polish_Cannon @BlueSmoke @The_Irv I can't believe you had to say this savo. Holland over Bozak? Really? We're discussing this?
21 hours, 35 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson
Booth/Santorelli - Winnik - Frattin/Bodie
Orr/Devane - Komarov - Kontinola
I wonder if they'll let him do it. Probably not. They'll probably make him drop the enforcers and move Winnik to a forth line LW so that Santorelli, Holland and Ashton can play 'the possession game' or some s**t.
21 hours, 38 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@CanuckUKinToronto He's a replacement for Bolland - he's that defensive, big, gritty third line checking centre/PK specialist that can move up and down the lineup and chip in some offence as well. I hope he stays healthy because he's replacing two guys and I don't see anyone being able to step in and fill that role if he falls. maybe Kontinola or Komarov? But we'll need them for support anyway... Definitely not Holland or Santorelli.
21 hours, 49 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
21 hours, 53 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
So much has happened this offseason I'm having a hard time keeping it all in my head - it would probably be a good idea for someone here to write it all up and put it in a post - like who's coming in, who left, to where, basic stats and scout reports on each player etc. all in one place.
21 hours, 55 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
What I find interesting is that Dubas didn't mention Carlyle in his interview at all even though this acquisition has Carlyle written all over it - a big, gritty, checker and a penalty killer ('can play center') to fill that role that Bolland and McClement used to fill. What did we learn? - Carlyle is probably staying and has some say in summer acquisitions and will probably have some say in roster decisions next year. Dubas is not impressed with Winnik or Carlyle - will have nothing to do with the acquisition and won't even mention Carlyle's name. Too much of a speculation? What do you think?
21 hours, 58 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
@Bobsyouruncle @Alec Brownscombe
Indeed. It looks to me that a certain kind of 'phobia' is kicking in here. I only posed a question which has relevance to how our team is doing and implications about the chemistry of the first line. I didn't start a rumor, I didn't print a lie or 'wildly speculate' about anything.
I though that the whole point of Burke's engagement with 'you can play' was to provoke a discussion about sexuality within sports - to lift the taboo on homosexuality. It seems to me that it's not going very well at least as far as this forum is concerned...
It's ok to go on about how hot a player's wife is and what the boys would like to do with/to her but if someone asks if there may be some homosexuality going on, down comes the banhammer.
3 days, 12 hours ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@Jay31 @leafdreamer That's what I was looking for - thanks.
3 days, 13 hours ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@Xxxxxnew It's summer - I'm bored :) But yeah, I am interested - I think it matters - there's more to hockey than hockey and I was pretty excited about the whole thing Burke started a few years back there.
@Xxxxxnew Which one? :)
3 days, 14 hours ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe Good working relationship? Did you not hear Drager on TSN the other day? Nonis just had his two buddies fired and now has a mole in the office in the form of this stats guru kid. Doesn't sound like a happy environment to work in to me.
@Jmessih I'm still hoping that he stays and the 1a/1b thing works out.
3 days, 15 hours ago on James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season
@LeafFan15 Frattin looked better than Kadri at times out there with the Marlies and early with the Leafs. It seems that there were issues with his commitment and training - maybe he needed to go have some fun down in California and get the 'party bug' out of his system. I still think that both Kadri and Frattin have a chance to become serious 1st line players (not elite like Kane, Kessel, Crosby etc.) but very very good and legit top players.
@reenergized @leafdreamer oh, ok, then the other guy - McLaren :)
4 days, 14 hours ago on (Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential
@reenergized Colton Orrrrrrrrrr
@reenergized @Bruffins JVR stays on top line with Bozak and Kessel! That shit works.
@Bruffins @4evrblue @leafdreamer @MaxwellHowe in other words.. I think you had it right the first time.
@Bruffins @4evrblue @leafdreamer @MaxwellHowe actually, now that I think of it they may well try to spark Frattin by putting him back on a line with Kadri and Lupul. If he doesn't deliver in the first part of the season he probably gets sent away again or just dumped. He's the biggest question mark I'd say. They'll probably keep the finns together but a lot depends on the preseason and training camp - Ashton and Bodie will be pushing for spots and let's not forget that Carlyle is still here and will want to play a face-puncher at least against Boston and such.
@Bruffins @MaxwellHowe There's no way Frattin plays that far up the lineup with Booth, Santorelli and Clarkson healthy to begin the season
@docmma @leafdreamer I missed the deleted comment :(
4 days, 16 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
Is it just me or do you guys think that Nylander's skill-set will be difficult to translate onto small ice? From what I've seen in the highlights on youtube it seems to me that he's very good at using the open space and circling around in the offensive zone with the puck and he's definitely got speed to burn, but I don't see him being able to make quick plays or close to the net or use his body very well. It's good to hear that he's getting bigger.
Also, Anthony, did you get a hunch on what that disagreement at the Leafs table may have been about when it was time to pick? I'm thinking Nonis and Carlyle would have been a lot happier picking Richie and continuing with the 'big body' tendency and Shannahan laid down the law and demanded the small-ish 'skill-guy'. Does that make sense to you?
4 days, 17 hours ago on In conversation with Dave Morrison – Part 3
Interesting predicament: Reimer and Franson both want out as they both feel that they are undervalued here. If we keep them, do they play their guts out to earn a contract next year or do they play like shit because they hate their lives? And if former is the case is that one year of their good play worth letting them go for nothing after it has passed. That is the big question for the Leafs management to answer. I'd try to trade them now for players of comparable talent that want to play in T.
1 week, 2 days ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart
@N_Leafs I think you have a better chance landing McDavid in a ridiculous trade than tanking - there's Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Towes etc. all of which (or any crazy combination of first round pics and high-end talent) that will be thrown around next July for McDavid. It's gonna be awesome!
2 weeks ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs
@Anthony Petrielli @leafmealone Do you actually like the movie? I think it's great. Seriously.
@Burtonboy @leafdreamer @peterbleafs He seems to score from the right point on powerpla - so keep him on the right on PP. But he's left handed - he may be better defensively on the left. Has he ever played on the left?
@Burtonboy @peterbleafs What's wrong with switching Phaneuf to the left side?
Anthony, you are the best writer on the Leafs. (period) Bang on as usual.
@dlb Mad @leafdreamer that's what I'm talking about - there's gotta be a team in the NHL that would give up a first round pick for a kid that's looking this good right now and maybe a Fransonor Reimer.
2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here
@TheCanucksnaphook @leafdreamer @dlb Mad I'm very pleased - it's just that the odds are against him - I'd rather try a first rounder with a little less production right now and I don't know if we'll get the opportunity if we wait. I'm just wondering what we could get for him. Now's probably the time to get the best return. If someone offered a first-rounder or a first-round pick next year I'd pull the trigger.
@dlb Mad @leafdreamer I hope you guys are right but he's really small and a hiiiiigh round pick - it would literally take a miracle for him to be as good in the NHL some day as he was in the OHL last year. I wonder what we could get for him right now.
@TheCanucksnaphook or see if someone will give us their first overall or something along those lines right now for him and never look back. The kid is too small to do the kind of shit he's doing in the OHL in the big league.
@mcloki is that KHL or some swiss league?
@mcloki shitty. I thought he was coming along well...
@Anthony Petrielli @leafdreamer @Ian from Etobicoke Well, in that case, I'll say that I think that not recognizing a center that has very similar offensive numbers to Bergeron's and is the only plus player on the first two lines of a very bad team is comparable to Patrice Bergeron is insane.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: Leafs News and Notes
@Anthony Petrielli @leafdreamer @Ian from Etobicoke wow. why are you getting so mad then? there must be something to it to get you so excited. I'm just saying that that their offensive production was similar and that one plays on the good team and another on a bad team. Bergeron is not the only guy on Bruins and Canada's Olympic team. Insane? Not having a clue? If I called you insane you'd probably have me banned from here.
@Anthony Petrielli @leafdreamer @Ian from Etobicoke whatever man - my point is that he plays on a good defensive team and Bozak doesn't.
@Yan28 @leafdreamer @Cameron19 I know :( I didn't know he was a Habs fan. Is that for sure? Stamkos maybe?
@Anthony Petrielli @leafdreamer @Ian from Etobicoke Horton was a Bruin and played on Bergeron's line until replaced by Iginla. Lucic's line is also very good at checking.
@Jay_Berg I don't think he's misused. I think he is used correctly - he's a good center for Kessel and JVR/Lupul. Our first line is amazing. Our first line (including the crucial part of that line - the guy that digs out pucks and sends the wingers off and flying) is not the problem with the Leafs. I wish people would get off Bozak's back and start talking about getting a good checking center. What we need is a line that can stop other people's first lines from scoring.
@Jay_Berg No. I'm saying that they are similar and that the hate-on that most people here have for Bozak is unjustified.
@Dewy Keon Hogturd @leafdreamer I read above. It seems that all we have is 'drager said so'. what am I missing?
@Ian from Etobicoke @leafdreamer now that's more of an argument. but point per game production I think is in Bozak's favor last year. Also, Bergeron plays ona much better team with Chara and Lucic backing him up, Iginla and Horton - all big strong , very strong defensively.
@Yan28 @leafdreamer I don't think it's true that Nonis offered him 4.75 / 5. If true you're very right.
@Jay_Berg that's a pretty sophisticated argument bud - I was convinced at 'done'
@Yan28 @Cameron19 no to subban offr sheet. he's a toronto boy. he'll come over as a free agent next year.
@Dewy Keon Hogturd 'overwhelming evidence'?
Bozak is good. This season his offensive numbers were similar to Bergeron's. If you watch his defensive play he's very smart and responsible. Not bad on faceoffs. He's usually the guy that recovers the puck and starts the rush that ends up in JVR or Kessel goal. Kadri will get better this year. I think we're fine on top two C. We will miss Bolland like we missed him for most of the season. We need a checking center.