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@Tim Horton @Mattmark@[BBirde]@Knights2LeafsMore evidence the hockey gods are on our side.  Not.

8 hours, 33 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Yaknowwhat That's why I jumped to conclusions.  There are usually more ex-Leafs than Leafs on playoff teams.
 

8 hours, 37 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Tim Horton @Mattmark@[BBirde]@Knights2LeafsWho knew the Lashoffs were a dynasty?  ;-)

8 hours, 39 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@[BBirde] @Mattmark@Knights2LeafsMy apologies.  I'm relieved to be wrong.

8 hours, 41 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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So can anyone explain why Franson was automatically considered the wave of the future and Lashoff was allowed to walk?  Lashoff always looked pretty good in preseason games, and he doesn't seem to be hurting Detroit any.


8 hours, 42 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Black_Hawk @Mattmark@BobsyouruncleIt would be conclusive evidence of management's intellectual bankruptcy.

12 hours, 37 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Black_Hawk @Mattmark@BobsyouruncleYeah, 'cut your wrists' funny.

12 hours, 40 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Bobsyouruncle "Dinosaurs like Carlyle and Torts, along with other old school coaches are being fazed out."

News flash:  Leafs offer Keenan three-year contract.


12 hours, 43 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Black_Hawk You have stomach pains?

12 hours, 45 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Mattmark@Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoI can't see them trading Gardiner.  I think they'd be more willing to trade Kadri if we weren't already paper-thin at centre.  It makes no sense to send either player anywhere unless a 1st-round pick or blue-chip prospect is part of the return.  Since that seems unlikely, they'll probably stay.

12 hours, 49 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Mattmark@Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoWhy should the roadblocks that prevented them from making positive change this year be any easier to surmount next year?  It's always easy to push your problems into the future, but when the future becomes the present it usually contains no more magically pain-free options than usual.

What this team needs is three or four successful drafts in a row, drafts in which all the picks are good ones.  That's why the picks Bolland cost us hurt just as much as if he now walks for nothing.

12 hours, 56 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Mattmark@Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoWe talk big, but we both know we'll never do that.  Besides, what would life be if we couldn't complain about it?

13 hours, 4 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Mattmark@Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoOr his ability to deliver punishing hits along the boards, or his admirable lack of discrimination which colour jersey receives his perfect passes...

13 hours, 7 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Mattmark@Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoI think Franson has worn out his welcome.  He's a perfect example of the skilled (but imaginary) puckhandling ability some Leaf fans unaccountably believe we have.

13 hours, 11 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Savo43@Mattmark@CanuckUKinTorontoI think he's only worth a 'show me' contract until he shows he's over his injury.  But we're pretty thin at centre if we let him walk... Holland would have to play regularly, or we'd need to make another (undoubtedly costly) trade.

13 hours, 14 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@philthethrill @Savo43@CanuckUKinTorontoAnd we have the record to prove it.

13 hours, 17 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Savo43 @philthethrill@CanuckUKinTorontoAlong with the 2nd round pick and the prospect it took to acquire him.  Another great management move.

13 hours, 18 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Savo43 @CanuckUKinTorontoAvs' fan base will certainly want to keep him.  Can't say he hasn't stepped up, with Duchene out.

13 hours, 20 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@CanuckUKinToronto @Savo43Yeah, we were discussing this last night.  Forget any fantasy about him coming here.

13 hours, 21 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @YaknowwhatI had the impression Dion was given the C because, when he arrived, he at least talked a good game in a dressing room that until then had been pretty quiet.

13 hours, 24 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Ian from Etobicoke @MattmarkI'm sorry, I think you're fantasizing.  Aside from Rielly, Kessel and (oddly enough, though it never seems to translate into offensive playmaking skills), McC--and occasionally Gardiner and JVR--Leafs do not have good puckhandlers.  Phaneuf, Gunnar and Franson are all terrible.  You can't challenge along the boards if you're unable to take the puck off someone, nor can you forecheck effectively or move the puck smartly out of your own end.  Phaneuf and Gunnar are so ineffective together that they can actually be forced to retreat by a single forechecker!  We've seen this time and again, and it's embarrassing.  Also demoralizing.

There's no way around it: this team needs an upgrade in skilled personnel.  There is a small core worth preserving, but any GM that can't improve on Franson, Raymond, Orr, Bodie, etc., or, worse, doesn't see a need to do so, is not worth what he's being paid.

18 hours, 6 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Zep2 @MattmarkObviously, I would prefer to hang onto them as well, but they aren't untouchable.

18 hours, 22 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Zep2 @MattmarkI'd rather move Phaneuf.  The three guys I wouldn't move are Bernier, Rielly and Gardiner.  Everyone else can be had for the right price.

18 hours, 26 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Burtonboy @MattmarkSorry, my memory isn't what it was... replaced by fantasizing.  ;-)

18 hours, 29 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Burtonboy It lost Grabbo, Frattin, MacArthur and Komorov.  That's a fair bit of speed and heart.  Also, Fraser was never the same after he got hurt late in that series.

18 hours, 35 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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After watching the Hawks and the Blues move the puck around last night, is there anyone here who still thinks Leafs' current personnel has the ability to pass and stickhandle at a level needed to challenge such teams? 

18 hours, 40 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@~Keon I was just thinking the same thing.

18 hours, 45 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Burtonboy @MattmarkSpeaking of keepers, it's good to know we're so deep we didn't need Steen.

18 hours, 46 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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We can probably abandon any hope of getting Stastny.  With Duchene out, he's stepping up and becoming a local hero.  As of right now, there's no way Avs would let him go.

18 hours, 50 minutes ago on Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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@Bruffins @Mattmark@Alec Brownscombe@Belfour20/JB-45Phaneuf.  He may not be the ideal #1 d-man, but he's without doubt the #1 polarizer here.

1 day, 12 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@loomx @Greg Fenton@Belfour20/JB-45The only thing that's clear is that he played like it.

1 day, 12 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Alec Brownscombe @Belfour20/JB-45We have to keep him for the forum's sake.  What else would we dispute about on such a consistent basis?

1 day, 12 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Greg Fenton @Belfour20/JB-45@loomxThe weaknesses in his game were apparent for the first sixty games.  What happened at the end was that the compensatory scoring tapered off.

1 day, 12 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Jordan29 Unless they're married to a Swiss banker and living in Zurich.  ;-)

2 days, 8 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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Too bad we can't enter this team in the playoffs:


Bathgate  Sundin  F. Mahovlich

McDonald  Sittler  Henderson

Vaive  Gilmour  Clark

Armstrong  Keon  Pulford


Salming  Brewer

Horton  Stanley

Baun  Ellett

Rielly


Bower  Sawchuk


2 days, 8 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@Leafs_17 @dlb meh@Belfour20/JB-45The complacency about shots against, and the year-long attempt to pretend that shots 'from the perimeter' somehow don't really count, is one of the most bizarrely delusional discussions I've ever witnessed in hockey.

2 days, 8 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@reenergized That's hockey.  Loser cries, 'No fair... that kid pushed me!'  ;-)

2 days, 8 hours ago on NHL Playoffs Round 1 – Open Thread

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@lukethenuke @MattmarkIf I weren't rooting for Leafs I'd be tempted to root for the Sens.  ;-)

3 days, 9 hours ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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Ottawa is on the list, but if Sens win the lottery don't they do it on behalf of Anaheim?  So why wouldn't Anaheim be listed instead?

3 days, 9 hours ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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3.6 %!  Oh boy!  This could be my lucky break!  (Remember the promise of those 'education' blurbs on the inside of matchbook covers...)

3 days, 9 hours ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%

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@darthNihilus It's not politically correct to say your staff is incompetent.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@Mcost61 @rustynailI don't think he means that 'true' equals 'uncritical.'  The 'critics' here still support the team.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@rustynail If we could subtract fifteen percent of Kessel's speed (he'd still be fast) and add the same fraction to everyone else on the team, we'd be Cup winners.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@ingy56 @ConnorCrispI think you just described our own eulogies.  ;-)

3 days, 17 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@wiski @Mattmark@hometeem@Anthony PetrielliIt only take one Gillis-type GM to screw up that analysis.  Then we're out a centre and everthing it cost to acquire him, including the draft pick.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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@wiski @Mattmark@hometeem@Anthony PetrielliThe pre-injury Bolland would be great to have.  There's no guarantee that's what we would get, though.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

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