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1 day, 3 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 day, 3 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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No reason to not get Percy and Ashton in tonight or tomorrow

1 day, 3 hours ago on GDT: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (7 p.m., TSN4)

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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 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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I think the Avs could use a top D-man......might be a better fit for the Leafs

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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

1 week ago on GDT: Game 4, Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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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 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Agreed 100%.....,Kessel will def need to buy in to puck possession hockey

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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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

1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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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.

1 month ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities

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I think 16 to be exact:

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel

JVR-Kadri-Kontiola

Clarkson-Holland-Winnik

Komarov-Santo-Booth

Frattin-Bodie-Ashton

McLaren-Orr

These are not my lines, just showing how many guys would have to go through waivers

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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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

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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Nonis said some guys who are on 1 way contracts may not make the team

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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JVR exposed top pairing d-man at times last year, imagine him against the second pairing d-men?

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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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

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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No joke, you took the words right out of my mouth.....couldn't agree more (see my reply below)

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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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:

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel

JVR-Kadri-Santorelli

Booth-Holland-Clarkson

Komarov-Kontiola-Winnik

Frattin

I think Kontiola-Santorelli-Booth-Frattin could all be swapped depending how they play

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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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

1 month ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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*chuck em not chick em

1 month, 1 week ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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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

1 month, 1 week ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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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

1 month, 1 week ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks

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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

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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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

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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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

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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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

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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What is Brady's theory?

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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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

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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That's an interesting point.........Shanahan may already have been looking at the adv. stats

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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Very true, turnovers are correctable.......Either way, possession hockey should be a part of the leafs this year

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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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

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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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

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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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

3 months ago on Kyle Dubas: 5 Takeaways on the Leafs most recent hire

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Ok, so aim not losing it completely

Was I wrong to think it hampered him all year

3 months ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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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

3 months ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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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

3 months ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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I think the best move would be to let 2 young guys rotate in and out as the 6th/7th if Franson gets moved

3 months, 1 week ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Nice read AP, excellent read from top to bottom

3 months, 1 week ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Tbh I think Gardiner and Reilly aren't going anywhere unless it's for that elusive #1 C

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Take out Gardiner for sure......maybe swap Finn for Franson

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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I really don't see that happening again

Based on free agency bad the Nylander pick, Shanny has his own vision of how the team will be setup

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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My guess, Nonis made a case to keep Carlyle........Shanny told him he is on that short leash with Carlyle

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Not a bad point....... A lot can change within the year, most likely scenario's

1) Carlyle changes nothing and gets fired

2) Carlyle changes everything and keeps his job

Cone to think of it, there are really only 2 scenario's

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Mashup: As the smoke clears for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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