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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:50:34 PM »
The Toronto FC's Bradley & Dafoe, second and third highest paid players in the league:

General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL Rule Changes 14-15
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:33:11 PM »
Strombone  @strombone1
Can we keep the spin-o-rama and ban the shootout instead @NHL  ?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tim Leiweke leaving MLSE soon?
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:57:57 AM »
Lieweke states his plans... will enter the ticket world business-wise...and why he's leaving MLSE ...

Leiweke has a number of reasons for wanting to leave Toronto. The cold Canadian winters have been tough after two decades in Los Angeles — “I miss home, I do,” he told the students — and dealing with a board controlled by rivals Rogers and Bell seems to have worn on him as well.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:44:58 AM »
Lieweke comments on Dafoe, TFC in general:

“The only two guys in our locker-room that are looking around and going we ain’t going down unless we go down fighting are Michael Bradley and (new manager) Greg Vanney. We have work to do there. We’re not done by any means.”

“I pray that we make it to the playoffs this year,” he added, “because you all deserve it. But I think we still have some hard decisions and hard work to do.”

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:12:47 AM »
Standing sections are quite common across rinks in Europe. I regularly stand at games I go to in Berlin on the "fankurve". They have a few guys in among there with drums etc who orchestrate the crowd. The atmosphere is incredible.

I don't think it will work in Ottawa (or north america at all really). It's a different demographic who attend games from my experience.

It seems like cramming it in the upper bowl is pretty much an acknowledgement that it isn't likely to be all that effective.

Suppose a Leafs fan ventured there... oops!  :D

General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL Rule Changes 14-15
« on: September 12, 2014, 05:56:50 PM »
I wonder how these changes will affect the Leafs?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Mayor Rob Ford
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:05:45 PM »
So...Mayor Doug Ford?

Somehow it seems 'inappropriate' for Doug Ford to take over for his brother with the way things have encapsulated the entire Ford mayorship.

Then, on the other hand, it will make the mayor's race, right up to election
day, a lot more 'interesting' (know what I mean by that) having a Ford as part of it instead of out completely.

In the end, what really counts is going to be up to the electorate of this wonderful city of which I am a part of, to choose the person most capable to lead.  Hopefully, the individual chosen won't be part of a circus again!

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:06:27 AM »

General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL Rule Changes 14-15
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:58:06 AM »
I really didn't see anything wrong with the move.

Same here.  I think it added some 'character' to the create aspect of it.  It certainly wasn't a bore to watch.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Players for Monument outside ACC...
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:24:46 AM »
This just seems like a stupid waste of money that's better spent reducing the cost of tickets, or improving scouting, or whatever else.

Why?  In fact, this is long overdue. 

My idea would have been to re-create action 'scenes'/'highlights' of specific events in Leaf history (such as that photo of a 'flying' Barilko scoring the '51 Cup-winning goal or Bower in action stopping a shot in a Cup playoff game, etcetera).  Perhaps with some holographic effects or whatever, all these 'scenes' scattered throughout various places in the ACC, or, housed in a "Legends Moments" section.  All of this would most surely have cost a lot more money.

I think the monuments thing is an excellent way to finally acknowledge the past and to have it housed in it's appropriate place.  No need for too many ceremonies nor banners hanging everywhere.  Also a great way to remind present Leaf players of the importance and meaning of the blue & white jersey they wear.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Players for Monument outside ACC...
« on: September 06, 2014, 02:45:12 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Players for Monument outside ACC...
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:56:51 PM »
Someone like Mahovlich should probably be there before Clark or Gilmour.

The Big M probably should.  He would be representing the '60's era Leafs.
I consider him as having an outside chance of being chosen.

Not only was Mahovlich called the closest thing to a superstar the Leafs had in those days, he was also the only Leaf who could lift the fans out of their
seats each and everytime he streaked down the wing.  He had a style, elan, unlike too many players of his era.  Call him unique plus a great sharp shooter on ice.

2017 eh?  So on Toronto's 100th anniversary of having an NHL team we get a second team?  Who wants to lay odds that the new Toronto team wins a cup before the Leafs?

I'll lay odds that Toronto will never have a second team.

That non existent team will probably still win the Cup before the Leafs!  BA-BOOM!

I'd rather stick with the Leafs, Cup win or no Cup win.  :)

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:45:53 PM »
Looks like Nelson had to go...

A better, more experienced manager would have extracted more out of this group of players—much more. There’s no reason why this team, with the talent it has, should be fighting for a playoff spot at this point in the campaign.

Give Nelsen credit—the man had an extensive rolodex. It’s fair to say that Jermain Defoe, Julio Cesar and others wouldn’t have come to TFC if not for Nelsen. He was THAT connected. Building a roster was Nelsen’s greatest strength. But turning that roster into a team that could win with consistency? That proved to be a bridge too far for him.

Nelsen will tell you, as he so often did, that injuries, poor calls from the refs and plain bad luck were often at fault when things went sour on the pitch. He rarely held his hand up, and preferred to shift blame elsewhere.

Also, his lack of experience at that level:

Considering the state of the club at the time, the situation called for someone who had turned around a troubled franchise before or who, at the very least, had coaching experience.

Nelsen didn’t fit that profile. He had no coaching experience. None. ...admitted he’d never taken a coaching course or earned any kind of coaching license like a lot of pros do who are thinking about a managerial career once their playing days are over.

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