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2 hours, 51 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Nonis? It was shanny and dubas...nonis only gets the blame when things go wrong.".

2 hours, 57 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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What size lumber do you frame a wall with?

3 hours, 6 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Im offended again!

3 hours, 7 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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How far can you hit your driver?

3 hours, 7 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Im offended...alec i demand you ban him...lol

3 hours, 9 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Long sleeve shirt..it was 80 deg in toronto today...

3 hours, 12 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Its too bad...everything offends somebody these days...sad really...

3 hours, 13 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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So dustin johnson..yes paulina gretzkys man...is taking a break from golf to address personal issues ..rehab? Booze? Drugs? Who knows...

3 hours, 15 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Heeeeey

3 hours, 17 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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What does Fonzie feed his horse?

3 hours, 18 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Ok what?

3 hours, 19 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Lupes looks like he's been drinking all day...lol

3 hours, 19 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Phaneuf Gardiner

Reilly Robidas

Polak Franson ( grandberg)

Holzer,Macwilliam,percy

4 hours, 50 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Robidas would slot ahead of polak..as would Gardiner...as would Reilly...

4 hours, 55 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Obviously really good buddies...

4 hours, 56 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Simmons is a moron...

4 hours, 58 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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For free?

6 hours, 9 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Thats what drives me nuts....its like it has to be one or the other....if your not relying solely on advanced stats your a head in the sand dinosaur...it is possible to watch games and review advanced stats and arrive at a balanced opinion...

14 hours, 37 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Can we all just admit that advanced stats are very useful in conjunction with watching the games or reviewing video to get a full and accurate picture of a player or teams play...this debate needs to end...

14 hours, 42 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Lol..x2

14 hours, 53 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Lets not forget...there will be injuries this year....and dissappointments....there is still a very good chance that 3-4 guys from the marlies will be seeing time with the big club....grandberg...holzer..leivo...ashton...to name a few...

14 hours, 54 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Thats true..and its unfair at times...but players positions and contract status tend to be the real deciding factors...

15 hours, 2 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Hey...I just want to win...if there are better options available than whats currently on the farm...go with it...proven nhlers will more than likey give you better results than guys still learning their trade...as Carlyle said...the nhl isnt a development league....although some want it to be....

15 hours, 3 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Got to admit it was a huge drop off when you went with donkeyballs....

15 hours, 8 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Much better....I am fluent in redneck...

15 hours, 8 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Delirium? The hits just keep on coming...

15 hours, 10 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Modicum? Wow..phook this is impressive...lol

15 hours, 11 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Leivo and Grandberg...yes...not sold on the othet two...

15 hours, 12 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Its the longest word I could think of...

15 hours, 14 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Like whore alert!

15 hours, 16 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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There are various examples of antidisestablishmentarianism in this world.

Beat that Phook!

15 hours, 18 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Is there kool-aid going around? Cherry flavour?

15 hours, 20 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Erroneous...Nice word for 8:30 am...lol

15 hours, 21 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Oh no...is he going to back this up with some obscure corsi stat...

15 hours, 22 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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I'm really wondering if shanny promised Reimer a fresh start and a new shot at the number 1 job...listening to reimer you certainly get that impression...be interesting to see how the starts are spilt up early on this season...

15 hours, 24 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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So we're trading our best dman? Lol

15 hours, 31 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Another khl hero...khl is likely same or worse than ahl overall...some of the players who lead that league in scoring couldnt even make the nhl....

15 hours, 32 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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What the hell has ashton really shown at the nhl level? Seems his name gets tossed around like we're holding him back or something....his appearances in nhl games were not overly impressive...not saying hes garbage...but he sure gets overrated by some....

15 hours, 34 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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It is ridiculous...thats why its not true..

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Oh a reporter...they're never wrong...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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So what...doesnt mean polak moves to the first pairing...nonis clearly mentioned gards and or reilly moving up...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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No...i think thats a huge and wrong assumption some have made....i dont see polak in the first pairing...and it doesnt sound like nonis does either...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Who says polak is going to be in the top pairing?

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Two things to take from that article..nonis sees reilly or gardiner possibly joining dion on the top pairing....and nonis and shanny certainly think polak plays tough minutes against the opposing teams best players...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Read the logic behind the. Polak trade..shanny and nonis's reasoning...

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs liked the pieces they had on the blue line last season, they just didn't think they fit together in the puzzle. General manager Dave Nonis said he feels the Maple Leafs addressed that issue Saturday during the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

The Maple Leafs acquired right-handed defenseman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left-handed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and the No. 94 pick in the draft.

Prior to the trade, Cody Franson was Toronto's only right-shot veteran, but he's a restricted free agent. Rookie Petter Granberg is a right-shot defenseman but played one NHL game last season.

"If you look at how our [defense] was put together, we had a lot of the same, particularly down the left side with Gunnar, [Jake] Gardiner, [Morgan] Reilly … so we felt we could use a different look, a right shot, a guy that plays a little harder, more difficult to play against without giving up anything because we still have those other players," Nonis said. "We had an abundance of one thing and we were definitely lacking in the other."

Gunnarsson and Polak each has two years remaining on his contract. Gunnarsson's contract carries an NHL salary-cap charge of $3.15 million; Polak's contract is worth $2.75 million annually. Toronto reportedly retained $200,000 of Gunnarsson's average annual salary in the trade.

"I wouldn't say it's a major overhaul by doing something like this, but it does give us a different element and it's a player we didn't really have," Nonis said. "We might have that player in Granberg, but he's one year in, so to ask him to play that way and fit in as a top-six right away might be difficult. If he does, then great, and we have more options there."

Gunnarsson, 27, had 17 points and a plus-12 rating in 80 games last season playing primarily in a top-pair role with Dion Phaneuf, who is a left-shot defenseman playing on the right side. Gunnarsson has 86 points in 304 NHL games, all with the Maple Leafs.

Nonis said the trade clears room for Gardiner and Reilly to push for more playing time and potentially join Phaneuf on Toronto's top pair.

"Those guys are going to have to take steps forward," Nonis said. "It might be a lot to ask from Morgan in his second year, but he made some pretty big strides last year and we would expect he'll take some more next year. I think Jake is a good possibility as well. That will be up to [coach] Randy [Carlyle] to see what he wants to do with that, but we feel there are other people that can play that role effectively."

Polak, 28, not only gives the Maple Leafs a right shot, but is big (6-foot, 236 pounds), physical and can skate. Nonis and Brendan Shanahan, Toronto's president of hockey operations, commented on Polak's underrated skating ability and said it was an important feature in the trade. He had 13 points and a plus-3 rating in 72 games last season.

"People that don't think he has skating ability haven't been watching," Shanahan said. "In this day and age you can't be a guy that just stands in front of the net. You have to be able to skate and move. That's why other teams were looking for him as well."

Shanahan also said Polak gets a high percentage of his shot attempts on goal and he plays hard minutes because he starts the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone.

"He's a tough guy to play against," Nonis said. "You look at the minutes he plays, he plays against team's top players. He is very physical, very strong. I think there's a perception that because he's very big, he's not mobile. I don't think that's true at all. We think that one of his strengths is his skating ability. He's going to provide a little bit of edge, a tough guy to play against, a decent penalty killer and down the right side that's something we didn't have."

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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He played alot of tough minutes...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Minivan is the most practical for those years....we loved our Caravans for about a decade...

1 day, 1 hour ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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You do realize they already had franson traded to montreal once right?

1 day, 2 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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Grandberg will be playing....Franson likely traded at some point...

1 day, 2 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady

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