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Shouldn't he be innocent until proven guilty?

He is.

It'd be tough to break up that 3rd line, but I'd love to see Santorelli up with Kessel and JVR. Averaging just 12 minutes this season. He's not killing penalties or getting powerplay time. He's definitely earned a bigger role so far I think.

I'd like to see this too. Santorelli protects the puck better than Bozak and has more speed. Heck I'd even prefer Holland on that top line. Bozak keeps doing nothing physically, nothing defensively, and can't seem to stop passing the puck directly to the opposing team when he isn't being pressured.

I think having Bozak as the 3rd line centre, with the lower quality of opponents and less inclination to always dish off to his better linemates, could help him and the team quite a bit.

And if that doesn't happen, I'd like to see the 3rd line used as a defensive shutdown unit.  James Mirtle mentioned it on Twitter that Kadri was basically stuck with tons of defensive zone draws and was covering Zetterberg the last couple games (then gets criticized for it).  Mirtle also commented that most centres in the league would have trouble with that assignment - I'd much rather that 3rd line be doing most of the really tough assignments.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Phil Kessel and trade value
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:00:54 PM »
Agreed, and I think that is the reason he's accused of being "streaky". If he isn't given space, or given the puck at speed, he's pretty ineffective outside of the PP, and really doesn't have another approach to the game.

Completely ignoring his excellent passing abilities, for one.

And you really think Kessel only produces offense in those 2 situations?  If so, he must get himself into those situations an awful lot.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Phil Kessel and trade value
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:01:19 PM »
We wont ever be competitive while Kessel is our best player. Not taking anything away from him, he's very skilled, but he's streaky as all hell and the team reflects this. I know he doesn't like the limelight nor wants any leadership role but the fact is as our best player you automatically become someone the rest of the team looks to. When they see him coasting from blue line to blue line for a line change costing the team a penalty (too many men). He is NOT worth 8 million. He is a sniper and rarely a game changer himself. To me he would be a great complimentary players but as our best player I dont like it. I know there's probably nothing out there to do, I'm just venting.

Almost all highly skilled players are streaky.

Rarely a game changer?  Just not true.

Posts like these tend to crop up every season every time the Leafs and/or Kessel have a few subpar games in a row.  Probably will continue for as long as he's here.

Of course.

Good lord the penalties vs Detroit the last 2 games. So much crap.

Compete. Level.

but he'd cover for a lot of Dion's gaffes).

How?  Gorges isn't very good.

Now every time they're losing or playing poorly at home someone will do that.  I knew as soon as they gave it coverage that it wouldn't be the first time, because that first time was just copying the Oilers fan.

Not much help for Reimer tonight.

Dion.  And that's the game.

He didn't play that perfectly, but if you blame Phaneuf over Franson for that goal then you're out to lunch sir.

See Phaneuf = see red.

The Wings have been running interference picks all night, it's terrible and the refs aren't calling any of them.

Yup, it's really noticeable.

Love this line. Not hearing the constant Clarkson bashing for some reason.

Not playing terrible tends to do that.


I fully don't expect anyone to get this, but my go-to when he scores is going to be singing: "I don't practice Santorelli"

hint: Sublime

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