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@T K O @Cloud09 @Anthony Petrielli @Waiting4LSC If he doesn't make it the Marlies are going to be strong at centre this year.
3 days, 17 hours ago on GDT: Preseason Game #5, Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., SN1)
@Cloud09 @Anthony Petrielli @Waiting4LSC Is this the first exhibition game in which Holland and Carrick have been in the lineup together? They've both looked good so far, but I can't recall if they've each centred a line in the same game. Should be interesting.
@gottabe_KD @Mattmark Actually, Percy reminds me a lot of Carlyle when he played. Nothing much in the way of flat-out speed, but good positional play and crisp, accurate passing.
@Cloud09 @gottabe_KD @Mattmark That's already been true in the other games... anyone in the league can hem the Leafs in. I don't know if it's because of the personnel, or the ridiculously passive system we play in our own zone, or a combination of the two. I do know other teams don't show us anything like the same generosity when we're in their zone.
No Rielly, no Gardiner... could be some mobility problems on the back end tonight. But our third line has the jets!
@Jmessih @Cloud09 You breathe in Buffalo?
@DCDC @Jmessih That does change the odds, but only slightly.
@MaxwellHowe Frightening picture of Kessel. He's a savage.
Oooo, I like that second line. Clarkson can hold Nylander's and Kadri's coats. Like the third line too.
@Mind Bomb @dlb Mad Could have signed Del Zotto. Watch him turn into a Leafs killer this year.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Potcy @Cameron19 ...although we might prefer Canadian.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark Speaking of contracts, did you get one to your satisfaction?
5 days ago on Game Review: Preseason Game #4, Senators 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
@Cameron19 @Mattmark The good news is that we seem to have real call-up potential this year. Any of Carrick, Kozun, Leivo, Ashton, Holzer (I think Talinder will be Leafs' 7th d), Granberg, McKegg and (if he's with Marlies) Nylander could step in for a game or two at the pro level and not hurt the club. The real question is, can Marlies get three times lucky with their head coach as a development wiz?
@Cameron19 @Mattmark We seem to have three good young goalies, but two are obviously all you want sharing duties with the Marlies. So where does Bibeau go to get playing time?
@Cameron19 @Mattmark Who have you liked so far, among the younger players? I think Holland has probably cemented himself in the 3rd centre spot, and Carrick has surprised me. Knodel has been a pleasant surprise too.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark Do you suppose Loov and Nilsson could be headed back to Sweden? I suspect that Nylander is Marlies-bound, after a few games with Leafs to start the season.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark Didn't realize Verhaeghe was in that category.
@peterbleafs @Mattmark Ah! That makes sense.
Seems to be a logjam shaping up for the Marlies at centre and on the blueline. It's easy to see a top two lines of Nylander-McKegg-Kozun and Leivo-Carrick-Brown (I'm presuming that Kontiola, Winnick, Booth, Frattin and Orr, between them, will deny any of these players a place on Leafs' roster). That leaves Verhaeghe and Smith as the other two centres to divide up Ashton, Biggs, Broll, Findlay, Abbott, Devane and the Ruperts (and maybe McLaren) between them. What happens to Gauthier? ECHL?
Same crowded story on the blueline: Finn, Percy, Holzer, Granberg, Loov, Nilsson, MacWilliam, Valiev, Knodel, Marshall, Donaghey... something's got to give.
The non-ACC group looks rough and rugged, but you'd think they might have left behind either Orr or McLaren to make sure the Sens don't take liberties with Nylander and Kessel.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Double GDT: Preseason Game #3&4, Senators vs. Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4&5)
@Savo43 @deedrag @TheLoovTrain Oh, I don't know... it was also Bill Russell's old name.
@Jmessih Missed a spot!
So is this going to be like a two-game total points series tonight?
Wish we got to see the Nylander-Kadri-Brown line. Ton of skill there.
@newkb @Mattmark Kozun can deke. It's the other guys in blue and white who are getting tagged.
6 days, 14 hours ago on GDT: Preseason Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, TSN4)
@newkb @Mattmark Our guys getting knocked flying, and the Flyers moving the puck around our zone with impunity. Bell fibe.
Same impression as last night. Flyers' positional play is better and they're much stronger on the puck. They also seem to have enough players to pressure the puck even when shorthanded, whereas we don't apply any pressure in our own zone, even five-on-five, and are way too passive on the penalty kill. Is this coaching... or personnel? We're skating with the flyers, but they're definitely knocking us around.
Kozun looks good!
@Burtonboy @Mattmark @Cloud09 Orr or McLaren in the lineup along with him, just in case?
1 week ago on Monday Mashup: Horachek working on the neutral zone, preseason starts tonight
@Cloud09 @Burtonboy "It was a typo, your Honour."
"A likely story. Thirty days!"
@Cloud09 No Nylander?
@Cameron19 @loomx I think it continues to mystify 75% or more of the fans here how you can have such a discerning eye for the dearth of talent all around Phaneuf while contriving to overlook precisely the same dearth within Phaneuf himself. There isn't a player on Leafs who wouldn't look better if surrounded by better players... so if the 'solve X's problem by upgrading everyone else' argument can be used to paper over Phaneuf's deficiencies, why not theirs as well?
1 week, 1 day ago on Will Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak help reduce shots against?
@loomx @Mattmark I don't know... I can see a Colborne situation shaping up for Ashton. It's hard to see him cracking the top-twelve forward group or clearing waivers. Sitting him in the stands isn't a very congenial option either. Better to trade him for a pick.
1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities
@Savo43 @Cameron19 No point stranding him on the wing if he can outskate and outpass all our centres! ;-)
@loomx @Mattmark Possible under the cap?
@loomx @Mattmark That's what I thought. BTW, the one change I'd make in your lineup is Frattin for Clarkson.
@Hmmm @Mattmark @loomx Wonder why that didn't apply to Colborne. He was a Marlie who was invited to training camp.
@Hmmm @Mattmark @loomx Don't know. But I know Colborne was traded for a song because they doubted he'd clear waivers.
@loomx @Mattmark I like all four of your lines. Could Ashton clear waivers, though, if sent down to the Marlies?
@ingy56 @Mattmark I've barely noticed Kontiola so far and the press seems to have forgotten all about him.
@ingy56 @Mattmark Hope so.
It's disappointing to hear it might be a case of Kontiola vs. Holland to stick on the roster. I was hoping we could have the skating and play-making ability of both.
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Burtonboy Late in the season that's probably less of an issue, but when there are players you've never seen before and a ton of unfamiliar numbers you want to know who just danced around three guys between the bluelines and fed a nice pass to a teammate out in front. Half the time, you never find out.
@mikeyboy ...or phuck the pass.
@ingy56 @Burtonboy The Marlies guys have a nice little chat while the game is going on, occasionally interrupted by a goal, following which they kindly deconstruct the replay for you so you then realize who was involved with the play.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @ingy56 @clark sittler That's perfectly true, they're still at the casting stage. But this, too, is part of the back-stage process that goes into mounting a show. It's not for public consumption--not yet. That comes on opening night... although, as in show biz, the public often gets to see the dress rehearsals (i.e., the pre-season).
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @ingy56 @clark sittler I was talking about them rehearsing to get the show microscope-worthy. Accustoming themselves to being under the microscope is what you're talking about.
@ingy56 @Mattmark @Cameron19 @clark sittler Well, that too. Good at one thing, good at them all (as my old football coach used to say).
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @ingy56 @clark sittler On the contrary, practice makes perfect. A concert pianist or violinist will give a show, then go home and practice.
@Cameron19 @ingy56 @clark sittler Even the best actors rehearse to get out the kinks before the public is allowed to see the show.
@ingy56 @clark sittler Didn't notice anyone in the stands in the clips of the scrimmages.
@phaneufoundlander ...enemy forwards!
1 week, 2 days ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey