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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 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day

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*chuck em not chick em

2 weeks, 2 days 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

2 weeks, 2 days 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

2 weeks, 2 days 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 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 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Mashup: Dubas Mania

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What is Brady's theory?

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week ago on Kyle Dubas: 5 Takeaways on the Leafs most recent hire

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Aim= I'm

2 months, 1 week ago on The Cody Franson Arbitration: What is he Worth?

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Ok, so aim not losing it completely

Was I wrong to think it hampered him all year

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 1 week 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

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Midsummer Thoughts on the Maple Leafs

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Nice read AP, excellent read from top to bottom

2 months, 2 weeks 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

2 months, 3 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

2 months, 3 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

2 months, 3 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

2 months, 3 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

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

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I think the Leafs want to let their younger guys develop......Leivo just finished his 1st pro year.......so he could use another year of development with some call ups

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

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Who are you're preseason candidates to fill that spot?

I've got Santorelli, Petri, Frattin, Clarkson and Komaroc as guys who will get a look at the 2nd line

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

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Nonis' job is in the line this year........he's not going to let Carlyle dictate this year

The proof is in the free agent signings.......the players signed and the players that the Leafs were rumoured to be in on were not necessarily RC type players

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

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I don't think he mixes very well with Kadri and Lupes......Imsay play him with Komarov-Holland and roll him on the 2nd PP

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

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Who are you talking about? Not Legwand

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

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Anyone heard anything on Asst Coaches......I'm sure that is next in the order of business

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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Not a bad thought.......you've got the right idea......young for young

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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I really don't think that is the case at all.......they have made some decent short moves that buy the youngsters more time.

Buffalo looks like they are in McDavid mode

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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I'm not wanting to give up Kadri for guys who seem to have peaked a few years back..........would much prefer a younger C

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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I do like our depth right now........obviously there is room for improvement.......since we have quite a bit of cap room it seems like the Leafs have another move in the future

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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I'm not specifically saying that and those players, just something that would include us shipping out multiple players to get one player

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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I smell a multiple player for 1 player trade brewing........just a hunch

I see a Reimer + Franson + Lupul for a guy like Kane type trade

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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That's essentially minus Nylander.......he needs to play top 6 or AHL/SHL next year

Overall though, we have 5 natural C plus a capable one in Komarov.........a lot of guys can move up and down the lineup........sets the leafs up to spread out the minutes

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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Last year he wasn't very good on the PK

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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Sad thing, if he doesn't bring it up, bloggers jump on him for not saying he needs to roll 4 lines

Tough treading with social media being what it is today

Overall, I thought Nonis said a lot of good things

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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