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@Mcost61 @Mattmark Maple Saps.  Don't let me down!

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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I'm attending a family function tonight, so I'll have to leave the game in your hands.  I expect results!  ;-) 

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Cameron19 @Mattmark The way we lost both might have something to do with it.  Like a fighter who's no longer capable of defending himself.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Cameron19 @Mattmark I'm presuming you do recall that Buffalo just beat us rather handily.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Mcost61 @Mattmark Where do you see us finishing this year if we make no moves?  Playoffs?

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Mcost61 @Mattmark The extent to which Phaneuf may or may not be part of the problem is a separate question from the extent to which trading him could become part of the solution.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Cameron19 @Mattmark I'm not supposing that.  And you're undoubtedly right that the situation would be fraught with risk... not because of any particular merit of Phaneuf's but because subtracting any NHLer from an already thin defense would likely hurt us.

But, again, just as a hypothesis... what kind of return might Phaneuf bring?

2 days, 21 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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I wonder what we could actually get for Phaneuf.  That trade would definitely send a message!  Might not hurt us that much in the standings either... the way Phaneuf has been playing, Percy would be an upgrade.  And in the long term it might help a great deal.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Leafbites @Cloud09 We don't know that, but it's a plausible theory.  Not sure the newer guys have been the problem, though.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Nylander88 McDavid is well out of this mess.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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"Regarded Czech newspaper?"  Regarded how?  Positively?  Negatively?  All we're entitled to infer from this information is that at least one person has cast his eye on it.  ;-)

2 days, 22 hours ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”

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@Anthony Petrielli @theacs1966 ...'respect' for the fans... or fears that the majority won't show up and will lobby for their money back?

3 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@kxbarillas @Mattmark @drummond It was just a hypothesis... a 'what if?'  After all, plenty of soldiers have known their generals were idiots when they said, 'Over the top, boys!' but what could they do?

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@Jmessih @Radar O'Rielly Players aren't necessarily allowed to state the obvious (i.e., my coach and/or management and/or teammates are jerks).

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@Radar O'Rielly Couldn't Polak find himself in hot water for making these kinds of observations? A 'foreign' language is no disguise in multicultural Toronto...

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@kxbarillas @drummond What if you listen to the coach and it's clear he's talking nonsense?  Bit of a bind, eh?

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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Does it seem to anyone else that when Leafs know they have no choice but to throw the puck around with abandon, say against the Hawks or the Bruins (because otherwise they're going to be embarrassed), they do better than when they try to 'control play' against supposed 'lesser' teams like the Sabres and Panthers?  They just don't have enough skill to impose their will on anybody and make a win a sure thing.  But they have enough that, if they throw the dice in the air and try to match good teams stride for stride and pass for pass, they at least have a chance.  It's a gamble... they might eke out a one-goal win over the Hawks, or just as easily lose by one to the Pens.  But they look a whole lot more competent doing that than when they try to out-skill anyone. 

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@ShotgunCharlie Phaneuf's 'nimbleness' would kind of remind you of the tin man's.  ;-)

3 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: Sky yet to fall, Leafs vs. Lightning tonight

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@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb (?) Aren't you the one who was arguing a few weeks ago that lack of effort, not skill, was our problem?  My evaluation of our 'talent' is that we don't have enough of it.  It's not clear to me where you stand on this... your posts don't seem to add up to a coherent view of the matter.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Komas Taberle I've experienced Armstrong, Keon and Sittler.  It's doubtful Phaneuf will ever rank more highly than those players or any other Leaf captain, so the claim that he's the worst captain (not 'worthless') is defensible.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 Not only are your supposed representations of fan opinion generalizations, they seem to be generalizations of minority views.  Grabo, Mac, Kulie and Colborne always had plenty of defenders here, and there was considerable hand-wringing when they left for zero return.

For someone who purports to side with facts and 'reality,' this is painting with a very broad brush of distortion and travesty, isn't it?

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Xxxxxnew There's no trick to drafting well in the top three.  Where teams make a difference to their fortunes is in the later rounds.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Mind Bomb @Mattmark @Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew Forsberg is the guy many here assumed we we would go for, if we had the chance, when we picked Rielly.  To think we could have had Forsberg too, if only we were more alert, is indeed aggravating.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Komas Taberle @Mattmark "...hated him since day one." That certainly isn't me.  I was delighted when we acquired Phaneuf.  He's worn out his welcome with me on his own, not because of any prejudice I ever had against him. 

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Komas Taberle @Mattmark @Cameron19 I think he's getting off on jerking us around.  ;-)

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Mattmark @Komas Taberle The only impressive thing about Phaneuf is his remarkable ability to pull the wool over your eyes.  I don't know how he does it... there's no apparent connection between your good opinion of him and visual evidence of his on-ice performance.  It's almost as if you get some perverse satisfaction out of insisting black is somehow, magically, white, against all appearances.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Komas Taberle (?)  It helps it in two ways.  It gets rid of a guy who leads the team in nothing but icings, and it accumulates the picks we need to make a long-term difference in our skill level.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb @Xxxxxnew I think we need several years' worth of good, deep drafts.  There's no way around the time this will take, and no other means of accruring enough players of ability to make a difference.  We've started down that road, but we're still playing catch-up.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @Mattmark That's the problem, isn't it?  Other teams' GMs have no interest in strengthening ours (strangely enough).

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 @Mattmark I won't dispute the boredom quotient.  As for Pens' needs, whatever they are they obviously fit under the general heading of upgrading personnel.  It's hard to conceive what else you would need a management group for, apart from the mechanics of running a business.

Leafs clearly need upgrades at every position, and we already know the three routes that can be taken.  Currently, we seem to be no worse than average at drafting and developing.  Not so sure we know what we're doing when it comes to free agents and trades.  We're not aiming high enough in those areas, it seems to me, to make an appreciable short-term difference to our skill level.  And skill level, more than effort, is inarguably what this group lacks.


4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 Could never figure why they had no interest in Turris.

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Cameron19 "...or endlessly harping on Phaneuf for little to no reason..."  This would indeed be bizarre, as there are any number of excellent reasons for wringing one's hands about him.  No more bizarre, though, than endlessly harping on the fact that fans continue to cite these reasons in Phaneuf's case, just as they would in evaluating the worth of any other player.

As for, 'How do we get more players of high quality?' isn't this the mission statement of every hockey management group that ever existed?

4 days ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@Whalz That contract was the worst news I heard all last season.

4 days, 20 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Fed up with Phaneuf.  He can't turn, so he can't play tight enough to players.

4 days, 20 hours ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Yaknowwhat Truth hurts... and $7 million a year forever is a lot of hurt.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)

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@Yaknowwhat ...and slow and a liability.  Still pretty good at pulling the wool over some fans' eyes, though.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)

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@MaxwellHowe They ran us off our feet in the first four minutes.  Since then, it's been pretty even.  We're moving the puck well.  Hit the crossbar on the pp.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)

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This is going to be a much tougher slog for the Pens than the last time they faced us.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)

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I think Pens are getting the picture.  This is a different team than the one they played last time around.

1 week, 1 day ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)

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@Xxxxxnew A shift is forever.  I'm all puffed out just thinking about it.

1 week, 1 day ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?

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@BoneChompski @steele123 On the plus side, we've incorporated a lot of new faces into the lineup this year.  It stands to reason they'll be a more cohesive unit come spring than they are right now.  We're already seeing encouraging signs of improvement as they evolve into a different kind of game.

1 week, 1 day ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?

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@Jmessih @Xxxxxnew A true viking!  I remember his first season.  Then, as now, fans were of course curious to see how he would do.  He looked a little awkward his first few games while he was getting his angles straightened out.  But by about the tenth or twelfth game you started to notice that enemy forwards coming down his side just weren't getting through (which certainly wasn't true of the other d-men we had at the time).

1 week, 1 day ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?

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The claim for Panik made sense since, behind Kessel, right wing is where our depth chart was (and still is) thinnest.

1 week, 1 day ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?

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@Jmessih Shouldn't be hard to get up for the other team that embarrassed us this year.

1 week, 1 day ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?

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@straightthinker 

Sadly, not only have you failed to understand a single word I've written (and, hence, the significance for your non-sequiturs), it's clear you don't understand that you don't understand. Talk about 'filters'... lack of insight into one's own limitations is the most pernicious kind of ignorance, according to Socrates. Do you even know what a logical contradiction is?

If your peers are like you, perhaps you do no worse than break even with your bets; but if you kept better company, you'd lose your shirt. Odds are excellent that I'm more familiar with Shakespeare than you are, as well as with connotative, denotative, metaphorical and implied meaning. As a retired reference librarian I've probably read more in most subject areas than you can begin to imagine. But it doesn't require anything like this kind of background to recognize a posturing clown making a fool of himself in print (take a bow).

P.S. Your uncomplicated meaning is as obvious (and unoriginal) as it's transparently irrelevant, but for future reference there's a difference between meaning that is actually textually implied and meaning that has to be guessed at because inept writing leaves it opaque. You're quite welcome.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120246/us-china-2014-climate-deal-enrages-republican-politicians

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@straightthinker 

(?) Further evidence (as if any were needed) that conservatives either never enrolled in Reading Comprehension 101, or failed it. I haven't claimed to 'see' anything.  'Square circle' is a null set... search as you will, you will find neither circle nor square in it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120246/us-china-2014-climate-deal-enrages-republican-politicians

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@straightthinker @Mattmark 

(?) You seem to have misconstrued the analogy entirely. A colour-blind person fails to perceive wavelengths that actually emanate from objects of perception--wavelengths others can detect. But there's no similar perceptual failure involved in being unable to detect a square circle, because there's no such thing: 'square circle' is a logical contradiction. The impediment to understanding conservative positions is the similarly contradictory nature of conservative 'thought.' In the end, it doesn't add up to anything coherent enough for a rational person to find fully intelligible.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120246/us-china-2014-climate-deal-enrages-republican-politicians

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