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@.Kong. @Mattmark Ducks are formidable opponents, but right now we're on top.
1 day, 22 hours ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@AlbertaMapleLeaf @DeclanK @.Kong. The forgotten man.
What about Holzer? Is it very likely he could clear waivers now?
@DeclanK @.Kong. Carrick needs one more year with the Marlies. We're still breaking in Holland (who has more upside than Carrick).
Carrick will help us down the line... but one step at a time.
@djamon @Mattmark The conclusive proof Nonis shouldn't pay any attention to the fans.
@djamon @.Kong. (?) 29 other GMs to Nonis: if you can't use him, I'm sure we can find a place for him!
So is this Leafs team for real? They can still get hemmed in their own end... but like a fighter who's finally learned to defend himself, they suddenly seem able to withstand the pressure without cracking. It's an essential first step that gives the forwards a chance to develop something at the other end.
We seem to be more aggressive behind our blueline than at any time in the past couple of years--and that was needed!
@Savo43 Don't think you'd get a 1st... and if he gets hurt one more time we'd probably be looking at a 3rd.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Game Review: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1
@Zep2 The kids are okay.
@whalz You'd have to say Kadri is over the hump now. He'll still look to improve but he's a reliable pro, not an up again, down again prospect trying find his spot on the roster. He was on the ice to close out the game last night, and he's even winning faceoffs.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @Mattmark I was hoping they'd step in and we'd just keep rolling along. Obviously, that's not happening yet.
Wonder how much difference it would have made if Nylander had been sent to the Marlies. (Goal a game?)
Sad game-end collapse by the Marlies yesterday. Looks like you can't subtract Holland, Brennan, MacIntyre, Kozun, Ashton, D'Amigo--and, temporarily at least, Holzer and Smith--from the roster and expect to have the same team after all.
@MaxwellHowe @Mattmark If we could get a 2nd for him, that might make sense.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Game Review: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1
@MaxwellHowe @Mattmark Is he tradeable, with his age, salary and injury history?
@MaxwellHowe @Mattmark Booth and Ashton both cap casualties?
You'd have to think Leafs will want to keep both Santorelli and Winnik next season. Wonder what that will cost.
@whalz (?) That package should net Yandle and a 2nd, minimum.
4 days, 23 hours ago on GDT: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
@Mcost61 Not the Aces???
@Xxxxxnew (?) We already know that every team in the league can get away with this against the Leafs. They can also trip us behind their net and cross-check us flat on our faces in front of it. Whereas if we rudely bump someone and he wobbles a bit, off-stride, we're called for interference.
@Ian from Etobicoke @Mattmark On the basis of the speed and PK competence Kozun showed in pre-season and the first few games, I don't suppose there's any chance he could clear waivers and be re-assigned to the Marlies.
@Xxxxxnew Could never figure out how Toe Blake kept getting Coach of the Year for saying 'Over the boards' to the Richards, Moore, Geoffrion, Harvey, Beliveau, etc.
5 days ago on GDT: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., CBC)
@Ian from Etobicoke @Mattmark Smith will surely be the first roster deletion when Komarov is fit again.
Does anyone have any idea what the team's plans for Kozun are, now that he's healthy again?
@wendelsfist @Mattmark @Burtonboy "I should quit."
5 days, 7 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Wings Again on Saturday
@Burtonboy He might have asked the journalist if he was planning on doing any writing today. ;-)
@Radar O'Rielly @Mattmark @Burn_the_Loov_Boats Unless they wear blue and white, it seems. It's been open season on our goalies for several years now.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2
@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Mattmark @Radar O'Rielly Yeah, I know. But some injuries seem more strategically directed by malevolence from above than others. ;-)
@Radar O'Rielly @Mattmark If the hockey gods would actually allow us to ice who we have I'd feel much better.
@Radar O'Rielly @Mattmark (?) That Panik is not Leo is the understatement of the year, so the prospect of his getting an opportunity to demonstrate this at greater length is hardly a silver lining for the team.
So Carlyle had a full roster of players and was able to roll four lines for two games before the hockey gods decided they'd seen enough of that and took Komarov out. Any other players want to step up and see what happens to them?
P.S. Usually the gods just kill our momentum by working through the referees.
@dlb Mad @Mattmark On the contrary, it's a perfectly legitimate reason. It's not just the quality of officiating but also the competence of players in knowing and following the rules that distinguishes NFL from CFL games, and it's an inescapable reminder when viewing the latter that you're seeing something second-rate.
As for not liking football, this is an illogical inference and a silly thing to say. I've been watching high school, college, CFL and NFL football since 1960 and played the game myself both in high school and at university. I take no pleasure in having witnessed the steady decline of the CFL. Football is a big business in the USA and quite possibly the thing Americans are most competent at doing. The CFL simply doesn't have the financial resources to compete.
@Yaknowwhat You know your product is in trouble when fans have to scan the field for flags after every single yardage gain, before daring to cheer.
I'm sorry, but the CFL is a joke. They might as well throw the flag for 'illegal block' on kick returns while the ball is still in the air. Either CFL players have never figured this rule out, or the game simply can't be played the way the rule-makers want it. Half of what would have been big plays get wiped out by penalties, which certainly makes for a frustrating viewing experience.
@Fish Head @Mattmark @mikeyboy Nonis's decision to invest in Bozak instead of Grabo also looking wise.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals (7 p.m., HNIC)
@deedrag @Mattmark @mikeyboy Gettin' there.
@Fish Head @Mattmark @mikeyboy Definitely making his contract look good.
@mikeyboy He should be pleased for his good buddy. This is about as hot as Bozak has ever been in his entire career. Haven't heard any 'We need a 1c' complaints in weeks.
It's funny... now that all four lines are going, and each line has confidence in the others, you can see an increase in ambition and creativity creeping into Leafs' game... as if they finally sensed they've got the depth to keep the other guys on the run and no longer have to worry about nursing home a lead.
These are becoming fun games for them, all of a sudden! Sure, they have to work hard... but that's a lot easier when you're starting to see some reward for your efforts.
@philthethrill @Mattmark Looking forward to it!
How many times do we get to play Caps this season? ;-)
They're eating these guys alive!
@Jmessih @Savo43 @Mattmark He might if his role were changed. Rielly and Percy on the powerplay, Franson, Loov and Granberg taking turns cracking heads?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals (7 p.m., HNIC)
@Jmessih @Mattmark True... but he's not very big.
@Jmessih @Mattmark I like Percy too, but d-men tend to hit their peak in the 28-32 range. Dealing one you've been developing for four or five years before that means letting other people profit from your investment.
@DeclanK @Mattmark Share the wealth, reactionary scum, or the people will whisk you off to a camp where you can have an opportunity to adjust your mistaken political thinking under conditions of useful physical labour.
@DeclanK @Mattmark Tease!
@Jmessih @Mattmark So, after that, how do replace a big d-man who's leading your defense corps in points?
@Scotty_8 @Mattmark Looks like you're saying, 'Guys, wake up! It's already pretty green right here...' ;-)
@Scotty_8 @Mattmark The grass is always greener. (Is that the reasoning behind your seemingly pre-emptive logo... or are you just environmentally conscious?)
@Jmessih @Mattmark ...or I've just missed your performances.
The 'Get rid of Franson' drums seem to have fallen silent.