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« on: Yesterday at 10:25:13 PM »
Power outage here in North York (Toronto). Also affected other areas including downtown Toronto & environs.
Burnt transformers the cause. Power won't be restored yet. It's been out since 6:30 this evening. (*sigh*)
« on: Yesterday at 01:02:45 AM »
You'll have to forgive those in their 40's who have watched this team since Sittler was our Captain, for a lack of optimism. I never thought I'd watch this team all this time and never see a Cup.
I echo. Been watching the Leafs since the mid '70's and I don't think we'll see a Cup until we all grow whiskers!
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:12:10 AM »
This from the Kipper:According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to move captain Dion Phaneuf.“It’s abundantly clear that he won’t be the captain next year,” Kypreos said Sunday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “So the sooner they can get him out, the better. They’re trying real hard to make that deal going into (Monday).
Kypreos added Phaneuf appeals to a handful of teams in need of an upgrade on the back end, but the Leafs will have to retain part of his salary in order to make any trade work.
“It’s a matter of that contract,” Kypreos explained. “As soon as there’s a number that can be agreed upon, he will not be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/maple-leafs-trying-real-hard-move-phaneuf/
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:40:22 AM »
Yeah, not attached to any of this group. It would be nice to see Rielly develop over the years and become a key part of the resurgence. Kadri seems to want to be here and is working at his game, but I don't really see #1 center potential in him. Maybe he can get there with time. Many seem to think JVR should be part of the rebuild but I don't like what I've seen of his game during the past couple of months.
IMO Reilly and Kadri should stay. I like what I see in Reillly much more than what I see in Gardiner, and as for Kadri, of all the Leaf players under Horachek, it seems that Nazem has tried hard to change his game to adapt as a better two-way forward. He seems interested in improving.
The rest...well, figure them out.
« on: March 01, 2015, 04:36:46 PM »
Maybe I've been watching too long. Or maybe I'm just having a rough year. I'd look at dumping the entire roster of these losers. First time ever, I can't recall finding one guy I'd really like to keep (like many have said, maybe Morgan Rielly - but I wouldn't lose any sleep if he went too).
I'd take what I could get with picks/prospects and might tell the rest, they're on waivers and will never wear the jersey again and they can take their GM and coaches with them.
This group and organization are an embarrassment. They need to absolutely napalm it (figuratively) to expunge the chronic disease.
Yet another rebuilding job. That seems to be the organization's favourite phrase over the course of the Leafs history as I remember it. And now it starts again, only this time it had better be for real once and for all if this organization is serious enough about competing.
I agree with your assessment concerning the GM as well.
Which leads me to a question -- if Shanahan hadn't come on board in his present role, would any change(s) have occurred?
« on: March 01, 2015, 04:20:14 PM »
Actually Glencross was content to remain a Flame, quoted as saying he wanted to stay after playing some good hockey for them. Not a player too eager to leave.
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:48:58 PM »
Nod to Polak, Jokinen.
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:56:04 PM »
5 St. Louis
4 San Jose
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:40:00 AM »
MotM: Bernier (he was "outstanding")
Hm: Kessel (hey, he's back!) (sic)
Mentions to Bozak, JVR, Phaneuf, Reilly, Gardiner.
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:33:58 AM »
"no one" haha.
Cox or Simmons said basically the exact same thing a couple of weeks ago too.
Don't I remember a collective groan when they signed Clarkson?
I think opinion was sort of divided, like anything else. I didn't like the term/cost but Clarkson was billed for a long time as being sort of the perfect 3rd line player so I didn't hate the idea that they signed him right away.
I think the split was between those that thought he might do some good for too much money vs the group that thought he'd do nothing good for too much money. I suppose I could go read some old threads, but I'm too mind-boggled right now for that.
Here's the Clarkson signing thread, for those who are interested:
Uh, that's embarrassing.
Looks like a lot if us had high hopes, if only because we had to have them.
I, too, had high hopes that Clarkson would help the team and was excited when the Leafs signed him back then. Of oourse, no one was expecting a monstrous contract, but then, if that's what it took to sign an asset, then why not, what harm could that do...blah, blah,blah...
....well, what a disappointment Clarkson turned out to be, as disappointing as befit that monstrous contract. Even Nonis believed & had faith in Clarkson as he stated. What an awful mistake!
Good luck to Clarkson in Columbus where they can use some of his grit and where he can obviously provide some sort of veteran leadership.
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:31:00 PM »
4 Minutes of Sill talking smack to the Leafs team that's about to be blown up, kinda like him.
This Sill guy's a mouthful. He not only can fight, but can handle a ouck.
Can protect the young uns if he's kept long-term and make the opposition's life miserable.
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:09:35 AM »
I'll say Toe-rahn-toe in a more formal discussion, but normally it's Toe-rhan-no.
See, yeah, even if I'm enunciating the most I'll probably get to is Tuh-rahn-no but usually it's almost just Tron-o.
Same here, though I do more often say Tuh-rahn-to.