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@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 Where would you see him playing - 4th line, Gregory Campbell type of player?
33 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
@Jordan29 That's my fear as well. Happened so many times last year, Leafs playing tired teams missing their stars, and they'd cough up a huge hairball. Any excuse to take their foot off the gas, I guess.
40 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
@Yaknowwhat Know what you mean, just picked up the monster cold that's going around the office. Flu shot's proving to be a big help this year.
1 hour, 12 minutes ago on Thursday Mashup: Leafs face banged-up Blue Jackets tomorrow
@Great Dane @Mcost61 I always think of Kessel as Guy Lafleur, they just need a Shutt and Lemaire to go with him.
1 day ago on Game Review: Game #9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
@sniperstar @dlb Mad Or he's one of the few players with the guts to take a hit to make a play.
I think the Leafs need someone to stand up and deliver a speech like this one - I kinda picture Phaneuf doing because of the hazy grip on facts.
1 day, 20 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@MikeGartner11 @vinoa @Anthony Petrielli @LeafErikson I think Randy had a lot to do with it. Last year when the Leafs were on their winning streak before the Olympics, they asked Randy what was the key to their success. Right away he named Bernier and the much improved goaltending.
Which was a far shittier comment then his "Okay, just okay" comment later. Which I thought was fairly accurate, if blunt.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Randy is sneaky
@Burtonboy @Komas Taberle Seriously, bring up Orr to tune him up, and Stewart for being so gutless as to chase Kozun around the ice.
@MaxwellHowe Funny, I was looking some old Anaheim boards and they were complaining that Randy ran the blender way too often. Other than that, the complaints were pretty much the same - out-shot, out-worked, totally killed the morale of the team.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 28
Way I see it, the Leafs come out breathing fire for the first 10 minutes, then Buffalo scores a fluky goal, and the Leafs start checking out and going back to their old bad habits. Randy decides to go out in a blaze of glory, and jumps the player he thinks is coasting the most - difficult decision, I know - and the on-bench fistfight becomes the highlight of a legendarily bad season.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – October 28
@DeclanK @TorontoMapleLeafs Thought he was hitting the first couple of games, then the Leaf mindset took over and he started standing around looking blank-faced.
@Great Dane @Burtonboy Doubt it. He'd only show up 50% of the time.
@traNsplantEdneWfie @wendelsfist There's probably loads of fluffers at Phil's shakers, no need to add more.
2 days, 18 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@MaxwellHowe @Great Dane I really wished the Leafs could have gotten Nolan. He's a good motivator, and I think the media would have loved him - he's a good interview.
As for figuring out the Leafs, do you mean put pressure on them, and stack 4 guys on the blue line and watch them bounce themselves off it over and over again?
2 days, 19 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@FRyan So standing around watching the play is working dumb? He might want to re-work that theory.
@wendelsfist @peterbleafs Be curious to see what would happen if they sat Phaneuf. Would it be a hockey version of the Patrick Ewing Theory?
@sniperstar @Darkside Beleafer @Cali...Leaf That's fine, but what I often see is Reilly, Gardiner and Phaneuf slowing down to check their options, and the other player getting the puck. Very frustrating.
@Mcost61 This needs to be a banner in the Leafs' locker room.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@Cali...Leaf To be fair, they all do it, except Robidas.
@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy Not according to 24/7. I remember Randy telling the group that he wasn't there to motivate them. Seemed like a funny thing to say. Aren't the best coaches good motivators?
@Yaknowwhat I agree. Everyone agreed that one of the Leafs' best games last year was against LA. They lost 3-1, but they worked their tails off. More of that, please.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy *Well enough, Bozak. Jesus.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Ze_theLeafsFan I think a lot of the Leafs have that problem. Several commentators have talked about the complete lack of energy around the Leafs this year. I just wish the Leafs would emulate their fans - get pissed off and decide they're not going to take it anymore.
@Jmessih The refs actually let someone fight. Good to hear.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@Yaknowwhat @Darkside Beleafer And yet he has a gorgeous Hollywood wife. I always laugh picturing him trying to chat her up: "So... you're... kinda... hot."
3 days, 1 hour ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
I'm curious as to who led the discussion in the players only meeting Sat. night. Can you imagine any player being interested in what Phaneuf had to say? Or Franson? Or Kadri? I can Bernier being good, but he's probably halfway to checking out completely because of the shitshow in front of him. Leo or Robidad might be worth listening to, but I wonder if team frat boy is capable of taking in the basic message - work harder, be more responsible. Get up on your hind legs and push back a little bit.
@Alec Brownscombe @Bruffins @Zep2 I don't think you can be too hard on this team - let those f-bombs fly!
4 days, 10 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@djamon @Bruffins Except that's a habit I think he and Morgan picked up watching Phaneuf - being last man in to a board battle.
@GreekGod @Kenny Powers Agreed. I call the top 6 The Powderpuff Girls.
@Jordan29 IKR? So hot, no way she rolls with a dude who looks like that in real life.
4 days, 11 hours ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@dlb Mad @DeclanK Big, physical centre who will work the boards and play defense? Exactly what the first line needs, imo.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@Jmessih Honestly, when I read this stuff all I can think of is
@Yan28 Pffft. Like that didn't happen 20 other times last season? #notexactlynews
5 days, 22 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@MaxwellHowe @Darkside Beleafer @Yaknowwhat Agreed, I think he's a much better fit in line 1 or line 2, he was pretty decent getting top 6 minutes last year when all the centres got injured.
It'd be nice to see him get some first line minutes when Bozak falls into his "I just like to watch" routine.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins Saturday
@MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat My feelings exactly. It was good to see Randy move him up to the 2nd line in NY when Kadri seemed to regress to his doing laps in the neutral zone style of play he had going in the last part of last season.
@Ze_theLeafsFan @Burtonboy I think he's also playing most of his minutes with the Truck Line - the 3rd line - and with the way those guys cycle all day, every day, Phaneuf's numbers are inflated.
@ingy56 yeah, how many times did we see that last year - Leafs v. a tired team missing their stars - and the Leafs cough up a huge hairball.
@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 @peterbleafs @Burtonboy And even if you diagnose them properly, what can you do about it? I have friends who are sick but refuse to deal with their illnesses at all. They might not be on the level of shooting up a mall, but they definitely have issues. Are we supposed to jail them because they might be dangerous?
6 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins Saturday
@MaxwellHowe @Knights2Leafs And most of Cody's hits were his patented punch in the back.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins Saturday
@Burtonboy @deedrag Sure hope so. Fitness has been a concern of mine ever since Gary Roberts mentioned that the Leafs might be going about their fitness the wrong way - the team always seems tired and weak.
Watching the Wings skate hard and work harder on the boards on the weekend, I kept coming back to the idea that the Leafs do a shitty job with conditioning. Maybe it's just the players not doing what they're supposed, fitness-wise, but when it's a team-wide problem it seems like it's thr program, not the players.
And what's up with JvR? He put on 5 pounds of muscle and yet he's constantly getting punked by smaller players?
1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Xxxxxnew Should be on the first line, and TB on the third. Randy and his goddam favourites.
1 week, 2 days ago on Monday Mashup: Taking on the toughs
@Denied @Mcost61 @Burtonboy I blame Mirtle. Ambiguous statements like that (which he has a habit of making) should have been the first thing they drummed out of him at journalism school.
@peterbleafs @Yaknowwhat Why not use him to give Kadri some incentive? When Kadri starts going into his neutral zone all star routine, Randy can drop him to 4th line, where he might feast on the weaker opposition, and promote Holland to 2nd line, where he was fairly effective last year.
@MaxwellHowe @Xxxxxnew The one where Kadri kinda bailed on it, instead of helping Jake out? Jake's a maddening passer, always 10 feet in front or 5 feet behind, but on that one it was close enough that Kadri could have made more of an effort to corral it.
But that's a failing common to most Leafs, except Daniel "Too much man" Winnik and the whole 3rd line.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #6, Red Wings 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0 (OT)
@MaxwellHowe After watching the Wings for 2 games hack and obstruct the game down to a crawl, I don't know if I'm all that keen on Babcock. Horrible hockey to watch.
@Mind Bomb @dlb Mad In one of the earlier game reviews on here, they talked about how Polak stopped those awfuls cycles in our zone cold. That's more than enough wow for me.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Leafs Notebook – October 14
@Zep2 Would love to see Couterier. Watching him pound the boards last year in the playoffs last year struck me as exactly what the first line needs - big, solid centre who will work the boards and play defense.
With JVR's and Phil's offensive abilities, points will never be a problem with the first line, it's that defensive presence and 100% effort that needed.
@Mind Bomb @Darkside Beleafer @Cameron19 I did watch it. Phaneuf's feet were parallel - he couldn't turn at all - and pushing him to the outside was just Phaneuf waving a crosscheck at Patches as he blew by him.
@Cameron19 I disagree. Phaneuf was caught completely flat-footed, and Patches just went around him.
@BPsotka @TheLoovTrain @colino17 Unfortunately, that chemistry includes incredibly soft defensive play. They need a stiffener, like the 2nd line did with Winnik.