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@Burtonboy @Mattmark @Cloud09 Orr or McLaren in the lineup along with him, just in case?
1 day 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 day, 15 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 2 — Will Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak improve the defence?
@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.
2 days, 3 hours 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).
2 days, 4 hours ago on Sunday Mashup: Covering the points, line possibilities
@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!
2 days, 18 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey
@B_Leaf @ Keon All you need is Loov...
2 days, 19 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey
@Yaknowwhat This was before you started smoking your spinach instead of eating it? ;-)
@Yaknowwhat Leafs are an addiction for life. BTW, Popeye cartoons were a staple of Saturday morning TV a decade before you were born.
@Yaknowwhat 66 come October.
@Yaknowwhat I've seen the last four. I can tell you about both joy and suffering.
@barjv01 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Murph2417 Nothing to do with today's Leafs realities, but my totally imaginary two-way line of all time would have slotted Fedorov between Middleton and Gainey. It would have been practically impossible to score on that trio (three of the best defensive forwards ever), and damned difficult to prevent them from scoring as well.
@barjv01 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Murph2417 Haven't seen Booth skate so don't know if he's the man. What about Komorov? It has to be someone who can keep up... definitely not a Clarkson type. Gainey and Tikkanen were great skaters, you'll recall.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: Blue & White Scrimmage, Leafs sign Cody Donaghey
@barjv01 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Murph2417 Could hardly help it. ;-)
@barjv01 @Mattmark @Loric76 @Murph2417 Remember who skated with Gretzky and Kurri: Esa Tikkanen. Didn't prevent Kurri from notching fifty goals and Gretzky 200+ points.
@Yaknowwhat I noticed that too. On his knees when he wasn't turning around...
@barjv01 @Loric76 @Murph2417 The idea of having a good defensive player on the top line alongside your best scoring threat makes some sense. The Bozak line scores a lot for us, but their plus-minus isn't all that sensational. One of the ideal lines of all time was put together in the 1976 Canada Cup: Sittler between McDonald and Gainey.
@barjv01 @Mattmark @ Keon Cam teaching a makeup class this evening?
@KesselJVR The marketers are working on the deal already.
@barjv01 @ Keon Blame his partner! ;-)
@MaxwellHowe @barjv01 Hey, for the past three years we've had the Ford brothers. How is Ballard any worse of a fit for western civilization than those guys?
Holland definitely looks ready, but I don't know how much you can really tell from scrimmages like that. The d-men aren't able to do much when they're backing off from playing the body and can't slam into guys. The forwards basically have things their way--it's like an all-star game. Even Colton Orr looks good.
@ingy56 @dlb Mad Man takes the wrong exit off a freeway in NYC into an iffy-looking neighborhood, spies a little kid and asks him, 'How do I get back on the freeway?' ' I dunno.' 'Well, what street is this?' 'I dunno.' 'You don't know much, do you kid?' 'I ain't lost.'
3 days, 20 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@dlb Mad @Mattmark He probably will have a more limited role, and that won't hurt him. Nor will it hurt him to play with someone more mobile than Dion... which is probably everyone on the Blues' d, now that they've fobbed Polak off on us. ;-)
@dlb Mad @Mattmark Gunnar? He's no superman... but I think he'll upgrade his play to keep pace with the context in which it's now going to be appearing. It generally helps to play with better teammates and against higher-quality opposition... the demands are higher.
3 days, 21 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @loomx @Bring the Cup Home Not quite sure why you think it's legitimate to take those top three or four teams out of account... that's twenty to twenty-five percent of the conference, and the Blues are going to play them often enough. The Stars and Avs are also no easy touches. The two worst teams in the league last year were in the East, and the team that ended up representing the East in the Cup final got blown out in five games. What is it you're hanging onto here? Most neutral observers are quite willing to concede that the West has been playing a higher-tempo brand of hockey for some time now... it's standard wisdom, supported by all relevant evidence--including statistical.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @loomx @Bring the Cup Home I don't know on what basis you're disagreeing... I thought you were a stats guy. The west has dominated the east every year since the lockout. Do your own Google search and see for yourself... it's pretty lop-sided.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @loomx @Bring the Cup Home There's no guarantee he'll get that match-up every time, and the over-all level of play is much higher in the west... which is why the west has taken the Cup the past three years and four of the last five (to no-one's surprise). If Canucks hadn't blown to the Bruins it would have been five straight.
@Cameron19 @Mattmark @loomx @Bring the Cup Home No, I mean what I said. The competition is tougher in the west.
@Cameron19 @loomx @Bring the Cup Home Give Gunnar a full season in St. Louis and don't be surprised if he starts to shine. He'll be playing with much better teammates and against better opposition, which is going to upgrade his game significantly.
@phaneufoundlander '76 Canada Cup, the first one... first-ever 'best on best' international hockey teams from the top six nations... Dionne was placed on a line with Gilles Perreault and Bobby Hull vs. the Soviets. They had the Soviets in trouble immediately.
@Loric76 Reality TV.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Thursday Mashup: Feschuk drops bomb, camp opens with physicals and media day