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@Cameron19 @Mattmark @MaxwellHowe It's possible he might even agree. He might prefer a playoff run with the Marlies and a legitimate shot at the big roster next year to having his hockey season end five games from now.
9 hours, 9 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @MaxwellHowe It makes sense to look at the bigger picture, though. 'At some point' doesn't have to translate into the last few games of a season when it hurts the organization strategically.
9 hours, 13 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @MaxwellHowe Wish mgt. would see it that way and send him back down right now. Then give him a shot at training camp.
9 hours, 18 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@MaxwellHowe @Leafs2 Isles1 Pretty mean-spirited article by Brunt, all the same. I wonder how he'd react if we questioned how hard he tries every day.
9 hours, 20 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @Mattmark Think Brennan looks like an NHLer? He didn't seem out of place last night.
9 hours, 23 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@MaxwellHowe @Mattmark Certainly badly outshot.
9 hours, 27 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Cameron19 @Mattmark Barely. In this case, alas, tactical competence translates into the usual strategic incompetence.
9 hours, 29 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@sniperstar Did you try the experiment I suggested? If so, your post never appeared.
9 hours, 31 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
All of a sudden the guys are looking entirely too competent. It's
time to send Carrick, Brennan, and absolutely anyone else who qualifies
to the Marlies to help their playoff push and end our own draft
9 hours, 35 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
Is there some reason my earlier post has been 'pending' for twenty minutes?
9 hours, 55 minutes ago on Leafs Notebook – April 1
@Coldincowtown @BPsotka If management has any hockey sense at all, Rielly will be our most untouchable player. He's already very good while being younger than some of our 'prospects' on the Marlies.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Connor Brown has 4pt game, Nylander adds goal+assist in Marlies win over Rochester
@Xxxxxnew He was always pretty good (as you can imagine), but the complaint about him for his first few years was his 'inconsistency.' Bit of a bum rap, IMO... it generally takes longer for d-men to mature. I think teams can win with young, hotshot forwards, but you need a defense corps in the 27-32 range that has played together for several years to be a really formidable force. Is it any wonder that Wings were perennial Cup contenders with a nucleus of Lidstrom, Chelios and Rafalski... or Habs with Robinson, Savard and Lapointe?
@Xxxxxnew Actually, he was always noted for his skating and his offense. It was the Devils who succeeded in making him defensively responsible, though he often complained that their system cramped his offensive style.
@CherryPicking @Mattmark @mcloki @djamon @TuckerForCompassion Nothing to suggest it but the last half of this season. I think this core is achieving pretty much what it's capable of achieving. The league skill level has passed it by.
@Xxxxxnew The Bahamas can have him back.
@BPsotka In connection with the Niedermayer comparison, it's interesting to recall that for the first four or five years of his career he was regarded as an extremely good 'second tier' d-man. No-one had him pegged as a Hall-of-Famer at that point.
@TuckerForCompassion You don't have to defend management to take issue with the notion that the players themselves are much better than average at best. The skill level just isn't there... under pressure they just don't react fast enough; hence, the turnovers, bobbled passes, inability to clear the zone, etc.
@CherryPicking @mcloki @djamon @TuckerForCompassion (?) The so-called 'core' is a pretty solid guarantee next year's finish will be no better than this year's. Anyone willing to trade us their 'futures' for this core is committing double suicide.
@Xxxxxnew Thanks. Obviously, his time with Leafs wasn't very memorable.
@zoidbergman @Mattmark I think he's Canadian (if so, too bad), but that's just based on something someone said here. I never heard of the guy before.
@zoidbergman It would be surprising if Canada doesn't have an extradition treaty with Sweden for that kind of flagrant assault. The incident had nothing to do with hockey and everything to do with criminal intent to injure.
@mcloki @TuckerForCompassion But we're so good at it...
1 day, 5 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Connor Brown has 4pt game, Nylander adds goal+assist in Marlies win over Rochester
@mcloki @totalrebuild @HHT Nothing guarantees success, but consistently drafting players who fall below the average of ability that other teams draft guarantees failure. The draft is a necessary but not a sufficient condition.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Game 76 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Senators 3 (OT)
@T_Ry @Dogger The numbers you've posted show what our chances of winning the lottery are, and also the likelihood of one of the teams behind us bumping us down a spot. I'm afraid none of these numbers can be used to show we have a 45% chance of getting the fourth pick. That calculation (which would be interesting) would have to take into account what we, the Canes and the Oilers (and maybe even the Jackets--I haven't checked) are likely to do between now and season's end.
@dlbu dlbu E @Sebastian James Franson? Why on earth would he choose to come back here, having escaped once (even presuming Leafs would be willing to give him the money he wants, which they won't)?
@T_Ry @Mattmark @Dogger I see what you mean. This is presuming there's no alteration in the standings between now and the end of the season... but obviously that's not 100% certain.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Game 76 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Senators 3 (OT)
@Dogger How did you calculate these odds? Do they take into account the possibility of someone behind us winning the lottery and bumping us down a spot?
@dlbu dlbu E @Cameron19 Yes, I'm not sure there's any such thing as a 'serious hockey analyst,' and if someone claims to be one and isn't first and foremost a fan, why would you trust him?
@LeafsForLife When you look at Yotes' remaining schedule (seven games left, same as us) it doesn't seem likely they'll overtake us. Even if we lose every game from now to the end, they won't make up enough ground.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@FRyan @PepTalk @Mitch_S2 @DeclanK Scrivens.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@PepTalk @Cameron19 @Leafs2 Isles1 It's not either/or. Somone like Kessel obviously will be highly enough regarded by someone to bring a decent return, if he's traded. But there's no doubt his value would be higher if he'd somehow managed to grit his teeth, defy the odds and score forty goals this year.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
I see (from faraway Marseille) that the Canes now have a four point lead on us. Good work, men! At one point it seemed impossible that Arizona or Edmonton could catch us... but now it looks possible. We've been the worst team in the league since Christmas, and only Buffalo is preventing us from claiming thirtieth spot in the power rankings. (IMO, Sabres are coasting on their early-season reputation.)
5 days, 4 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@Omac13 @Mitch_S2 @Bruffins Yes... we can't help it if facts are ridiculous.
@FRyan Rielly isn't our captain. The so-called d-man taking all the penalties takes 'em because he's inept.
6 days ago on GDT: Game 75, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers (7:30pm, TSN)
Don't know what difference having Carrick, McKegg and MacWilliam aboard means to us, but it can't possibly be helping the Marlies.
@MaxwellHowe Different lineup every night, so odds don't really apply.
Sic 'em, Panthers!
Why are people so concerned about Bernier's tendency to shoot off his mouth? If the guy isn't a bit of a flake, he'd be just about the only goalie in NHL history who wasn't. Isn't some type of non-conformity practically a requirement for the position?
6 days, 5 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Bailey set to debut, Marlies within a point of playoffs, lottery date set
We could have hoped for a tougher closing schedule for the Preds. They get the Bolts, Caps and Wild, but also the Flames, Canucks, Avs, and Stars twice.
1 week ago on Game 74 Scoring Chances: Wild 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1
@hometeem @Mattmark @djamon Plus we looked too good last game for my liking.
@Yaknowwhat We draft 6th, we don't get either one.
@MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat Marner can play centre. But he won't be around at 5.
@Yaknowwhat If the cards fall out that it's logical for us to take Hanifin that would really be a statistical bummer, given that probably six of the top ten prospects in the draft are centres.
@zoidbergman @MaxwellHowe @djamon @Mattmark But he can't play centre...
@MaxwellHowe @djamon @Mattmark Then we have no chance.
@djamon @Mattmark Then we would probably get Marner. I don't have a lot of confidence Canes are going to do much with those extra games, though. Our hold on 4th is paper-thin at this point, even leaving out of consideration the wild card of the lottery.
@djamon @Mattmark It's easily within the realm of possibility, though.
@djamon @Mattmark If you're right, then (provided we pick 4th) we can take Strome... which would be one of our 'biggest news' picks ever.
If we pass Canes before season's end AND someone behind us wins the lottery, then the very worst that can happen is that we we get someone like Barzal or Zacha. How we do in later rounds will obviously be crucially important, but we'll already be off to a very good start.
Are the Oilers likelier to want a d-man or a forward? Their preference may decide whether or not we get a chance to draft Strome.