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@DeclanK @TheCanucksnaphook @Rhaegar_ Yea, but on a team that has Giroux, Schenn, Couturier in front of him. Plus, the Leafs really need to try and fill out four lines, given all the holes they have. If they would eat half his contract, it would be worth thinking about.
Will probably end up in Dallas with Brad Richards though.
1 month ago on Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
@TheCanucksnaphook I'd take him if the Flyers would eat some salary for us.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Mcost61 @hoolihan Supposedly the bidding for Niskanen starts at 7 years, 40M. You'll know when he gets signed.
Crazy that Philly keeps being a free agent and trade destination hot spot despite all the negative stuff that goes on there.
1 month ago on (Monday Mashup) Schedule Released
@Murph2417 @Rhaegar_ @Yaknowwhat If we were playing the Blackhawks, Bozak would not go head to head with Toews.
@Yaknowwhat Yea,. but Stastny was their top defensive center, eating all the tough match-ups. Big difference from the Bozak line, which has to be sheltered a lot compared to most top lines.
And also, Bozak's numbers were wildly inflated and statistically unlikely to repeat themselves.
@BrandonCheema Without question. Bolland is a 3C. Stastny is a 2C who can eat top match-ups, and may produce like a 1C with elite line-mates. He's also not horribly injured and potentially permanently damaged.
@Anthony Petrielli @darthNihilus Definitely Kulemin will not return. Just no way with Carlyle as coach.
@Jordan29 Happy aboout Komarov. Bolland is an anchor.
@darthNihilus @Anthony Petrielli They actually made a ton of moves last summer though. Brought in Bolland, Clarkson, Bernier, Raymond while moving out Grabovski, Scrivens, Frattin, MacArthur and several picks. Now, they weren't great moves collectively, but still, there was movement.
@Anthony Petrielli @Rhaegar_ @ShotgunCharlie I'm hopeful Bolland doesn't return, but yea, he definitely could be. Scary thought.
@Anthony Petrielli @darthNihilus I'm guessing Bolland to Florida, Raymond to Winnipeg, Kulemin and Grabovski a package deal somewhere - possibly Colorado if they let Stastny go.
@Jordan29 Also was the Avs match-up center, taking over for O'Reilly.
@Xxxxxnew It seems like they all have a pretty fundamental flaw.
@Jordan29 We're paying nearly that for a guy who should be on the 4th line making 700K.
@FrycersGhost @Rhaegar_ @NotInsane Oh, I like his strategy, I'm more commenting on how the media runs with it. Like Friedman said, very few pieces are actually on the market, but he gives that perception in order to get more conversations started. Smart. Our media is not clever enough to see that. They turn that into the ridiculous proposals we've seen here lately - like "Kadri + Gardiner + 8th for 1st overall", and "Kadri for Berglund", and other absurd suggestions.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Monday Mashup) Schedule Released
@hometeem @Rhaegar_ @NotInsane The players need to be made to feel worthless and/or expendable? And we wonder why no one wants to play here.
@NotInsane @Rhaegar_ No, but throwing everyone's name onto the market creates a perception in the media that everyone is crap and needs to be moved.
@Burtonboy Hasn't the team been consistently losing?
" 7. Islanders GM Garth Snow is on record telling Newsday's Arthur Staple
that he will give up the fifth selection for a player who can help them
win now. Other teams are more in "stealth mode," and one is definitely
Toronto. Dave Nonis is like a baseball GM, throwing 25 players on the
waiver wire to hide the one he really wants to move."
Smart. Tough on the fans though. Makes us feel like all our players are expendable, and the negativity increases.
@Anthony Petrielli @Uncle Otis @Black_Hawk @DeclanK I would move our pick for him without too much deliberation. Would be a big splash for them as it would allow them to pick twice in a row, I believe.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Thursday Mashup) Silly Season
@rickpearce76 @Rhaegar_ @mcloki @Loric76 @DeclanK Kadri has out-played Kane significantly for the last two seasons. He also plays the more valuable position. There is no comparison right now.
@rickpearce76 @mcloki @Loric76 @DeclanK Kadri alone is better than Kane.
@DWCMLHS I maintain hope that Shanahan got here, assessed the team, determined it would likely fail again next season, and is saving his big house-cleaning for then to buy himself more time to avoid criticism.
1 month, 1 week ago on (Wednesday Mashup) Leafs hit with a bonus overage charge
@Savo43 @Rhaegar_ @Mcost61 Perhaps, but Spezza is calling the shots, and he's a very damaged player with only one year left on his deal. Much like Bolland, you can really only count on 50-60 games out of Spezza, with his back. And even when he does play beyond that, it's usually because he's playing hurt.
@Savo43 @Mcost61 More like Berglund + 2nd + Cole or something. Doubt very much that St.Louis will part with Tarasenko or Scwhartz.
@Burtonboy @Anthony Petrielli @DeclanK @Cloud09 @MaxwellHowe The only thing we have to go on so far has been a terrifyingly awful decision though. Which is at least enough to pause and be concerned.
1 month, 1 week ago on 10 Playoff Lessons for the Toronto Maple Leafs
@Great Dane @Cloud09 @Anthony Petrielli Phaneuf will be 30 after next season. Defenders stay good for a long time. Phaneuf will be the same at 34/35. No worries there. I'd also say Bozak is a young 28, and could play for a long time. Clarkson is on a serious decline already though.
@Anthony Petrielli @Cloud09 @Burtonboy @DeclanK @MaxwellHowe And it's a gargantuan albatross.
@Anthony Petrielli @Burtonboy @DeclanK @Cloud09 @MaxwellHowe That would be where I position myself, too.
@Black_Hawk I really believe that Kessel in particular has little choice but to cheat and hope for the odd-man rush. The current system is totally useless at creating a breakout for our forwards. Collapse to the middle means giving up the boards or at the very best, arriving late. Even our better 2-way players, who would likely look smooth in an LA system (i.e. Kulemin, McClement), were pretty helpless at creating a breakout.
That's not a total defense of Kessel - I believe he can be better defensively than he has shown. I just happen to believe that he would have a lot easier tiime committing to defense in a system that makes something resembling sense.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on (Monday Mashup) Keeping an Eye on Colorado
@Number44 @Mcost61 @Rhaegar_ Ah. There it is.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on (Friday Mashup) Two Weeks to Draft Day
@Mcost61 @Rhaegar_ Just 2 million??
Do we have a dollar figure on Timonen's extension?
@Savo43 @Rhaegar_ @Xxxxxnew He is good friends with Lupul.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #30 with Gus Katsaros and Anthony Petrielli
@Savo43 @Xxxxxnew True. You're right there's reason to think they might, but I still wouldn't bank on it. If they do, I'd be all for going after him, I would just be really surprised if he decided to come here.
@Savo43 @Rhaegar_ They have about 12 million to sign Gaborik and a couple of extras, even with Richards. With the cap rising continually, I don't see it happening. Like I said though, even if it does, I think the odds he signs in Toronto are extremely slim. The guy was so thrilled to be in LA because of the reduced pressure...
@Savo43 I doubt they would buy him out. They have lots of space and the cap is only going up. And even if they did, Richards hated the media in Philadelphia.
@reenergized @Rhaegar_ We have several ways to evaluate Carlyle. We can look at possession stats. We can look at his systems and break them down. We can look at his advanced stats over several years and with various rosters. We can look at the way that players react when they leave Carlyle, or join Carlyle. We can use our eyes. All of these avenues show us that he is at best, an absolute train wreck. We don't need to be in the dressing room to know this. He is a nightmare, and no other organization would tolerate this nonsense.
Carlyle's comments only prove his idiocy. The system was the same the year before, and it was executed just as poorly. We were horribly out-shot and out-played that year, too - which many like to conveniently forget because it helps them more easily blame "the players", or fall back on absurd subjective qualities like "work ethic" and "heart". I guess there was just no heart this year. What a crock.
There is no amount of buy in that can make Carlyle's system work. It's a joke, and an embarrassment. He is by far the worst coach in the NHL.
@loomx @Rhaegar_ @HeatherRickAkin Maybe it is, but I think there are trades out there to be made if you want to move a top 10 pick.
@HeatherRickAkin @Rhaegar_ Too much focus on giving up leads this year. As we've seen this whole playoffs, that is going up across the league. Everyone is figuring out how to claw back into the game, and the refs are helping that along. Even the Kings and Blackhawks have been letting teams back in, or clawing back in, all post-season - where hockey is supposedly tightest. Giving up leads doesn't make you not tough to play against, clearly, or you can lobby the same criticism at the final four teams, too.
What makes us a joke on the ice is Carlyle's system that focuses on allowing shots and giving up the boards for attempted blocks.
But that's not what I was talking about. I was referring to the make-up of the current roster. It doesn't matter to me whether we draft Ehlers, or Ritchie, or Nylander, or whoever - because none of them will be impact NHL'ers within 5 years without an extreme bit of luck. Therefore, none of them can help our current core, unless they're traded for help. But, the value of the pick will never be higher than before it is used. If we use the pick, I don't know why we're bothering holding onto Kessel, Phaneuf and so on.
@reenergized @Rhaegar_ @Burtonboy @mike_84 I believe we had the personnel to make the playoffs this year with an even halfway competent coach. Unfortunately, we have the worst coach in the NHL and we've committed to being an embarrassment for at least another season - unless Shanahan follows through and forces Carlyle to discard all his idiotic ideologies.
@reenergized @Rhaegar_ @Burtonboy @mike_84 And even if you can somehow justify the idea that the players - despite the fact that the list of them is so extensive, I'm not sure who exactly we're blaming - it's ridiculous to just absolve Carlyle of blame for no reason. He is an awful coach no matter what the quality of his roster is. The numbers show this. The results show this. But sadly, he's a blue collar guy and Toronto loves that nonsense, so lets just ignore and blame the players.....again.
@reenergized @Rhaegar_ @Burtonboy @mike_84 Um, the entire concept. You're going back 6 seasons now to justify this lunacy. In that time frame, no team has seen more turnover than the Leafs, yet we're just painting all coaches with the same brush and assuming that the players have been the same the whole time? Maurice had a veteran crew that was past its prime. Wilson was here for a complete tear down and witnessed insane personnel turnover in incredibly short order. In his 2nd season here, his top line was John Mitchell - Matt Stajan - Phil Kessel. The year after that, he had to use Joey Crabb in Mitchell's spot. The notion that we should "change it up" is hilarious considering the volume of change we've experienced.
@reenergized @Rhaegar_ @Burtonboy @mike_84 No, we haven't had three coaches with the same result. What utter nonsense.
@HeatherRickAkin If we actually use the pick, I don't understand the direction of this team any more.
@ingy56 @Rhaegar_ If Clarkson doesn't rebound significantly this year, he should be bought out, or traded with half his salary retained - even if it means attaching a prospect or two. Having that contract throwing salaries out of whack has far reaching consequences, in my opinion.
@ingy56 @Rhaegar_ They also have players who are significantly underpaid. Even a guy like Carter is locked in at 5.273M, while we'll be paying Kessel 8M to fill the same role. The Kings actually don't have many players they are overpaying,a nd certainly not by the same margins as we are. Richards is probably more like a 3.5M dollar center now, and Brown at 5.9 next year is a joke, but those players still produce 3 and 4 times what Clarkson does at a similar rate.
The Rangers have Nash, and arguably Richards being overpaid, but otherwise, not much else. They also have Stepan who could be a 5M dollar guy elsewhere making only 3. Stralman eats top 4 minutes for a bargain rate. Kreider and Zuccarrelo provide insane value, and so on. Both teams have far better balance than us, and no one is a total waste of space.
@vinoa @Rhaegar_ At the time I thought giving him 4M per would have been an overpayment.