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And I can see the merits of skill over size.......only the right type of small guys works imo
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
Bozak is a 2 guy on most teams........Bozak doesn't concern me as an individual on the Leafs.
I know there is a very good chance that Carlyle is just doing his usual BS mix things up routine, but I really hope he switches things up:
Also wouldn't hurt to see the 4th line get an actual chance to play more than 6-7 minutes a game
Unfortunately we don't have anyone on our team that compares to those guys.........I get what your saying......to clarify, I want guys who play the game right and have an offensive touch.
I think the big thing right now is knowing the coach isn't the only problem in TO........not exactly an earth shattering statement by me.
I do hope Shanny and the fellas are dissecting the whole team right now.
For whatever reason, a good chunk of the team has a hard time maintaining a fluid gameplay with the rest of the boys......one night the 2nd line is great and 1st is sh!t, the next night it's the other way around......so concerning.
Obviously a starting point is to get rid of Nonis and Carlyle so that Shanny has his guys in place
Hard to argue against the best player in the league though lol
Ok, so maybe big is a overstatement......I would still take him as he isn't small by any means, plays the game right, can affect the game when we aren't winning.......to me, guys have to be able to grind out games.
I don't recall a time ever, that Kadri (among others) has changed the tone of a game when the boys don't have it. Kadri is a talented guy, he fits the same description is as Kessel, JVR.......I'm concerned we're building a team that is mostly finesse and offensive in nature
I really think it's time to move out Kadri (because he still has value, and Bozak won't fetch the same return in a package) for a big Centreman
Personally, if you want to shake things up.......package Reimer, Kadri, Franson for Berra, O'Reilly, prospect
Which one Keefe or Hunter?
1 month ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)
It's going to be the new hot rumour in TO, with Mark Hunter coming into TO it seems somewhat likely to see Dale in TO eventually
That along with Sheldon Keefe
No reason to not get Percy and Ashton in tonight or tomorrow
I don't think ability has anything to do with playing time
Carlyle is/has always been a 3 line guy......sad, but thevtruth
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
I agree on both points......my point about toughness was directed at the guys who think playing tough hockey has no bearing on a hockey game
I think the Avs could use a top D-man......might be a better fit for the Leafs
Well, interesting enough......Komarov had a bad night on the Corsi stats sheet.......yet, he was a big part of our puck possession tonight
Hmmmmmmm.........the stats are a great resource but it does show that watching the game does carry some merit
Yep, for all those who don't like tough don't really understand that what the Leafs did tonight was play tough hockey.
At the start of the night I thought Johnson was running around and as a result you could see some if the forwards making blind passes
Fast forward to the string of 3 big hits in a row from Komarov/Robidas/Phaneuf and the Avs started looking over their shoulders.....they also started to wear down
All to say, loved it
That hit behind the net was the TSN turning point imo......that seemed to fire the crowd up and the rest of the leafs dialed it up a notch
That cage isn't doing his stick handling any favours, but he isn't a pretty hockey player.
Greasy Cycling Scrapping Hitting Hockey is what he is all about
Both teams were coming off 3 games in 4 nights......we lit up Hank on Sunday
Leafs played great tonight..........no one accepts an excuse like that when it's the other way around so it's unacceptable now
The 1st line is getting better each game.......but so far both the 2nd and 3rd line have been playing great
I think all the theories about Clarkson being better in a cycle system is very accurate at this point, Leo-Santo-Clarkson are wearing teams down and I love it
It also looks like the 2nd Line has bought into puck possession hockey as well
On Defence there is still some work to do but they seem much more steady and aware then last year......last year the D seemed to have a horrible habit of letting the other team sneak behind them for breakaways......not so much this year
This could all change, and until 20 games in I won't get too excited......but I like how things have looked 3/4 games so far
The Pens looked very good.....they played a great system
I like the Leafs lineup, but there seems to be that dump and chase hockey in TO
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Agreed 100%.....,Kessel will def need to buy in to puck possession hockey
That's always the problem with finesse players......when things aren't going well for them the impact they have in a game is fairly limited.
Last night I thought Clarkson and Panik were playing the body which to me is what needs to happen when things aren't gelling on the ice.......even Phaneuf was throwing some pretty big hits.
Kessel has looked very sluggish and not very sharp with the puck
JVR showed some frustration last night which isn't the worst thing in the world
Lastly, Bernier really has to bare down in the early parts of the game..........both 1st goals have been questionable and that gets the Leafs on their heels right off the bat
The big question would be, who does he take a a 4th line role from? To me the fringe players could very well be: Ashton/Frattin/Bodie
Orr may be improved, I just don't see him making it over those guys.
2 months ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities
I think 16 to be exact:
These are not my lines, just showing how many guys would have to go through waivers
2 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
I may have my numbers wrong, but I believe he has over 5 lines of Fowards who would have to go through waivers......most are on 1 way contracts
Nonis said some guys who are on 1 way contracts may not make the team
JVR exposed top pairing d-man at times last year, imagine him against the second pairing d-men?
The key is spreading the offence out a little bit......first step,is swapping JVR and Lupul. I think most would agree that there is a better chance JVR could impact the second line then Lupul
No joke, you took the words right out of my mouth.....couldn't agree more (see my reply below)
Right now I would really like to see Holland with Clarkson, they are both cycle players
In my mind this is what I could see:
I think Kontiola-Santorelli-Booth-Frattin could all be swapped depending how they play
Anything is possible, that's the beauty of training camp.......the possibilities are endless
This year seems to be a little different in the sense that the young guys are not so young anymore and we have depth to the point where some NHL calibre players are going to be on the Marlies or traded.......not because of McLaren/Orr
*chuck em not chick em
2 months, 1 week ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
Agreed, the best part about Brolldozer is he can be a 4th liner who can play minutes and chick em.......which can't be said for the past resident tough guys
Guys, I know everyone is more likely focusing on Leivo and Nylander as they are the offensive talent.
What were everyone's thoughts on Broll and Biggs specifically? I thought they both played really well.
Biggs - looked to be skating really well out there, was on the forecheck and showed a little confidence with the puck (which was invisible last yr)
Broll - was back checking hard, didn't look out of place on the top unit, and made sure he was in ppl's faces all night (things I didn't see last yr)
I know it's only one game in a rookie tourney, last yr I didn't see that from either in the rookie tourney
Right now most teams want Stroman and/or Sanchez
Unless you are getting an ace under contract for a bit then it's just not worth it.......Stroman has been the Jays best pitcher since the break.......Sanchez has actually solidified the bullpen a bit and he will more then likely be a starter next year
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
Great article Anthony........very informative as always
I def think Clarkson needs to be with more guys who cycle the puck......I'm pretty sure all of or most of Booth, Komarov, Santorelli, Winnik, Frattin, Ashton, and Holland are suited for Clarkson........give him PP time and 3rd line mins.....to me that's when he'll earn his money (Ok, some of it)
Shanny is living up to his former nickname of Sheriff Shanny, he is dictating law in Leafland.......There shouldn't be any confusion as to who runs the show after cleaning out some of Carlyle/Nonis employees
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs
Further to your point, I believe his turnovers were the result of trying to make things happen (ie: bad passes)
I think his zone entry was fine.....it's usually what happened after.....which to me is a product of the system
4 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania
That seems like a fair prediction.......you have to wonder if Spott is his guy
I did see somewhere that the rumour floating around was that Spott would be hired along with a veteran guy so when/if the time came to fire Carlyle Spott would be named coach and would be supported with a good veteran guy which imo Horachek is
What is Brady's theory?
Agree on the Granberg/7th D point
I do think we'll see Holland centering the 4th line and Komarov will be on the 3rd line though......past that, anything is possible
That's an interesting point.........Shanahan may already have been looking at the adv. stats
Very true, turnovers are correctable.......Either way, possession hockey should be a part of the leafs this year
It sounds like one very big change we could see is the Leafs (ie: Kadri, Gardiner, Reilly, Lupul) will benefit greatly.......Dubas is not a believer in the dump and chase.......he liked his players in the Soo to carry the puck into the zone for the most part
It's nice to see a lot of positive feedback coming back regarding the hiring of Dubas
I had seen Hope_Smoke do his transcription on twitter and I liked what I read.......I was also impressed when I read back a few months ago about how he really focused on getting his players to buy into being a complete hockey player
Great Article, a few things.......expectations for this year should be low, at the same time the Leafs have done a great job at signing a lot of guys who still have the potential to have a solid impact with the Leafs
We have the looks of a team that will roll 4 lines
The hiring of Dubas was a great move imo, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sheldon Keefe making the jump to the NHL in the not so distant future
Lastly, Carlyle and Nonis are definitely going to be looking over their shoulder.......I think Nonis will survive this overhaul.......Carlyle doesn't seem like a guy who will make it out of this season
4 months ago on Kyle Dubas: 5 Takeaways on the Leafs most recent hire
4 months, 1 week ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?
Ok, so aim not losing it completely
Was I wrong to think it hampered him all year
For some reason, I thought he had hip issues (just like Gunnarsson) but I could be wrong.......getting older means my memory plays tricks on me at times
A few thoughts on Franson:
1) No matter what happens, I wouldn't mind seeing what his play is like this year if his health issues from last year are cleared up
2) safe to say hell probably end up with a sizeable raise
3) Walking Away isn't an option imo.........getting something for him is important
I think the best move would be to let 2 young guys rotate in and out as the 6th/7th if Franson gets moved
4 months, 1 week ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs