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Maybe he is benched, which would answer my original question

2 days, 1 hour ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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Foray = forward

2 days, 1 hour ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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A little off topic, are there any die hard Marlies fans on this site?

@hope_smoke made a comment on twitter earlier, he basically said that Biggs is awful. Can someone comment on Biggs? I had never heard he was awful, but more a bust in the sense that he won't be the offensive power foray type everyone was hoping for when we drafted him.

I was under the impression he still has an NHL future as a potentially effective bottom 6 guy

2 days, 1 hour ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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On the bright side that would mean Ryan cost the turds a 1st overall pick

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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I really want to see Devane, Biggs or Broll on the 4th line

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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If the 4th line plays 10 minutes a game I say Holland is perfect fir the 4th line......when we need more offence or another Centre isn't going that night he gets bumped up

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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Ok, for some reason I thought we could move down further.......I have no idea why I thought that

All to say, we will get a solid pick this year

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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I don't think that is the way it works........I believe it is a draw for all the picks

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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Thanks MLHS, the Leafs weren't always reliable this year......but I could always count on the contributions from many on this site.

I know it was only one game, I liked the way Granberg played tonight. He just seems to play a smart game.

1 week ago on And that’s a wrap

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If we won the lottery, who would you take? I would want Ekblad

1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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Why no Swedes? I don't care where the player comes from if he is going to play the game properly, like I said though........Kempe is a dark horse. If we slip in the standings and one of Virtanen, Ritchie, McCann or Tuch are gone then he is a guy I wouldn't mind.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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I've been reading about Virtanen, he looks like another guy the Leafs could grab

A dark horse could be Adrian Kempe, currently playing in the Swedish Elite League

1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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Tuch, McCann or Ritchie are the guys I want

1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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There are lots of quality guys in the top 10.........I'm not as interested in Hugh risk high reward guys. I want guys that are of the Backes type mold, they play the game right and in the process put up solid numbers

1 week, 1 day ago on The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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#1 and #3

Despite all the doom and gloom, a different coach that sets the team up to succeed makes a huge difference

Moving out Feanson, Reimer, Lupul would be my guesses as nipominees to move

Bring Komarov back, he is the perfect guy fir our bottom 6

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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That's my point, but Nashville isn't going to give away an elite d-man for nothing

That's why it's not realistic

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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My biggest concern is getting guys that don't work hard and fade when the going gets tough....... That's where specifically a guy like McCann would come in......he can play it anyway the game needs to be played

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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For the last 5 minutes I almost forgot about the Leafs collapse.......ah, I needed that

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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He's got a room that he rents from Kessel......have you ever rented a room with a buddy at his house? I did before my wife (gf at the time) had our town home built......guess how my room was setup?

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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You're speculating based on nothing........for all you know he is able to balance his schedule to train properly and take a little time to crush some vids

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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I think what Bozak does on the ice is the most important thing........to me Bozak is still a work in progress . He's ideally a 2nd line Centre, but I think his chemistry with JVR and Kessel keeps the door open to put a more offensively talented Centremen in the 2nd line

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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No more small skilled players......I want guys who aren't afraid to initiate contact: Ritchie, McCann and Tuch are the guys I'm hoping for

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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That's a reach.....I'm 37 and I like Leafs blogs, NHL14, and drinking Booze.....some might say I appreciate the simple things in life

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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Bieksa's history with Nonis might be enough as Nonis drafted Bieksa (I believe)

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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I don't see that package getting Weber........If I were Nashville and I was looking at our roster I'm asking for: Phaneuf, Gardiner or Reilly, Kadri and a 1st

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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Who could we move that Nashville would want

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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Free agent crop is thin for d-man.......my hope is to get a guy like Bieksa, and hope our next coach implements a system to help the team defence

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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See my point about moving guys after signing contracts.

Who replaces Phaneuf as our big minute munching d-man......the UFA crop is nothing great this year. We need a great stay at home defenceman to play with Phaneuf

I don't see Bozak being moved

Lupul, he is a possibility........but he is always hurt.......we might not get a hole lot for him

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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I don't disagree with on giving the Marlies a chance, but they should be brought up a la the Red Wings Way.......slow and steady. I've said all along that I would create a kid line next year (ie: Ashton-Holland-Biggs/Broll/D'Amigo)

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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We're the 5th youngest team in the NHL.......our core is JVR, Kessek, Bernier, Reilly, Kadri, Gardiner which makes for a young core. Yes we have Phaneuf, Bozak and Lupul but even for them they aren't that old.

I can understand a little shake up, but tearing things apart is a little drastic. Add to that, you move anyone one of Bozak, Kessel, Phaneuf or Clarkson and you screw TO from even being considered for free agency

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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There is no need to even consider "tearing apart the core" The team use still very young. The best thing moving forward is to keep our draft picks unless something very good is available, and start developing our AHLers (with more than 5 minutes a game)

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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Ritchie, McCann or Tuch is on my wishlist

1 week, 2 days ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2

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This is awful hockey, but to me rock bottom is necessary.....something that will sit with Lieweke, Shanny, Nonis et all.

I like some of the players that are available at the 8-12 range which is where we will be and this these losses just firm up everyone's decision regarding Carlyle

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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Even guys like Brennan, Ashton, Leivo will come to the aid of their teammates

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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It wouldn't because the Marlies have a bunch of guys who have character

Carrick, McWilliams, Broll, Biggs, Devane

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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Honestly, I believe he will.......Shanny played the game properly. Plus I think the next coach will be someone who shares that same philosophy.

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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I'm not sure about the Leafs but the negative crowd is pressing hard tonight

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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Well, it's hard to know what works these days since experience hasn't exactly done the Leafs a lot of good

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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I can't for the life of me understand why there is all the negativity re: the Shanny hiring

My take is this:

1) a lot of ppl have complained about the personnel from the mgmt down to the players..........this is a start, and it starts from the top.......next up the mgmt and coaching staff will be decided.

2) is it possible that Shanny's experience with the Red Wings organization may lend to a change in philosophy.........it can't hurt

3) Maybe Shanny adds an outsider's perspective that will allow the Leafs mgmt to see what they fail to see with regards to player personnel, coaching, systems

I could be way off, I prefer this move much more than a Gretzky hiring. I think hiring Gretzky would have been a distraction

1 week, 2 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers

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All I saw was a fragile bunch of players.....no confidence, no structure

1 week, 4 days ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #80, Maple Leafs at Lightning

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Couldn't agree more, sadly if he isn't dropping the mitts he doesn't offer anything that Broll, Devane, or Biggs can't provide

1 week, 4 days ago on Toronto Marlies Report: Games 58-60

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I would be interested to know what makes guys like hope_smoke and Mirtle so knowledgeable about pro hockey given they have never played pro hockey (to my knowledge)

It almost seems like arrogance to assume that they are right about everything leafs....which for the most part involves slagging every aspect of the organization

1 week, 4 days ago on Toronto Marlies Report: Games 58-60

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We do have some good young pieces in the AHL that can fill that role and cost us significantly less, right?

Spezza is old and we have a younger Spezza in Kadri

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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I think when it comes to drafting we take the best player available.......free agency and trades will be where you fill holes/roles

As an aside, some of the farmhands may develop to a point where they fill specific roles that they weren't originally drafted for. A good example is Biggs, the Leafs wanted a power forward (that was my understanding, could be wrong) but now he is looking like a great option in the bottom 6. Can play in both ends of the rink, not afraid to drop me and can skate.

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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Guys, I can't help but notice there are still a few claiming we need to strip the team down.......last night my thoughts were:

We have a lot of great pieces in place:

Kessel-JVR-Bozak-Kadri-Lupul

Gardiner-Reilly-Phaneuf

Bernier

To me these guys are probably the guys you want to keep......after that, the following guys have shown they can fill certain roles with the Leafs: D'Amigo, Ashton, Holland

Which leaves you with this:

Kessel-Bozak-JVR

Lupul-Kadri-TBD

Clarkson-Holland-Ashton (Clarkson isn't going anywhere)

D'Amigo-TBD-TBD

Phaneuf-TBD

Gardner-TBD

Reilly-TBD

Ranger (he can play in the 4,5,6,7 role)

Bernier

There is room for improvement, on the bottom half youth should be getting the call......maybe get one defensive C or retain McClement

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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Yes, let's strip it down.......one of the youngest teams in the NHL

So sick of hearing "clean house"

We have a lot of great pieces in place:

Kessel-JVR-Bozak-Kadri-Lupul

Gardiner-Reilly-Phaneuf

Bernier

To me these guys are probably the guys you want to keep......after that, the following guys have shown they can fill certain roles with the Leafs: D'Amigo, Ashton, Holland

Which leaves you with this:

Kessel-Bozak-JVR

Lupul-Kadri-TBD

Clarkson-Holland-Ashton (Clarkson isn't going anywhere)

D'Amigo-TBD-TBD

Phaneuf-TBD

Gardner-TBD

Reilly-TBD

Ranger (he can play in the 4,5,6,7 role)

Bernier

There is room for improvement, on the bottom half youth should be getting the call......maybe get one defensive C or retain McClement

And if course, I really believe RC getting fired would be the best move they could make. We need a system that works to help the boys succeed in both ends of the rink

2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4

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That's the biggest problem, the media scrutiny comes no matter what happens and who is here.......I really feel like the scrutiny in TO leaves most affiliated with the Leafs in a lose lose situation at some point during their tenure here in TO

To me Lieweke was a smart add to the organization.......I actually feel as though he wants to win with all the MLSE clubs.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tim Leiweke on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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Absolutely, I think Ranger has really improved from the start of the year. If Ranger enjoys his current role I wouldn't mind him back at the same salary.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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Anybody else notice Ranger played more than Franson and Gleason? Why does Raymond get put out when the game is tight? He's not great defensively and is way too soft when the game is on the line?

Not a great game, but they limited their classic brain farts tonight and that made a difference

2 weeks, 4 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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Very true lol

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 31

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