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« on: Today at 04:51:13 AM »
No team in the league puts more rubber on net than San Jose and no squad gives up more opportunities than Toronto.
« on: Today at 04:39:16 AM »
Courage, heart, bravery. That describes and has always described the people who have served and continue to serve our nation. Amongst them is Terry. You must be very proud, Damian. And to Terry, congratulations on everything that you've overcome and achieved.
« on: Yesterday at 03:02:58 AM »
Mentions to Kessel, Reimer, Phaneuf, Gardiner.
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:59:58 PM »
One hour to doomsday.
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:19:55 PM »
I'm almost afraid to watch. Hoping Leafs don't get 'roasted' by the surging Sharks. It's possible though, the Leafs will play one of their better (best) games in awhile. Hope, hope, hope... (*sigh*)
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:18:35 PM »
Glad to find out that is a parody account as they stuff Komarov is saying would mean he would never be back. I actually found him to be a real addition to this team and I sincerely want him back next year.
When oh when are we going to jettison Bolthead, Mclaren and Frazer.
Miss Komarov. So do the Leafs, since he would have helped their lineup again if he had been there this year. Too bad. Hope he comes back.
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:15:04 PM »
Looks like the Jays have cut bait and non-tendered JPA. He's now a free agent, and, I'd say he's unlikely to return to the Jays - though, stranger things have happened.
Good riddance, this guy's whining was comparable to Vince Carter's, at least Carter had some talent. JPA's stats were horrific both offensively and defensively. It made me sick how happy this guy seemed all the time while personally sucking and the team losing. This team needs a culture change.
I wouldn't say he went all Vince Carter on us, other than talking publicly too much. JPA's mistake was engaging media guys via twitter, getting defensive over their criticisms of him. Carter just whined about all kinds of things and admitted he quit on the team.
For all of JPA's warts, he was a big community guy and I think to a degree that needs to be respected. I think he was a good guy who meant well and it just went awry when he got too emotional about the criticisms.
JPA was also a fan favourite. One of the more popular Blue Jays off the field.
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:49:28 PM »
Combinations from practice today:
I was thinking that would be a good combo.
Quite frankly I liked Holland with JVR and Kessel. I'd put Bozak with Clarkson and Leivo.
Wouldn't be a bad thing to insert Bozak in-between Clarkson & Leivo. Having Holland, by the way, gives the Leafs depth but maneuverability, in being able to shuffle the top line somewhat.
What I would like to see is Carlyle being more flexible with his lines, as per some of these combos. It's okay to experiment as long as the players complement each other.
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:41:06 PM »
Combinations from practice today:
Good combos. With the Lupul injury, inserting two speedsters with Kadri is the thing to do.
As for Clarkson, since he's familiar with Smith (having been paired with him before), it completes the picture with Ashton in tow, at least.
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:45:01 AM »
Standings after Round 10:
Big Daddy 63
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:36:22 PM »
If that JVR goal had counted instead of being nullified on account of the goaltender interference factor, who knows if it would have turned the outcome of the game more in the Leafs favour?
Well, it didn't and that's that. This team needs to get back to basics and start playing with a purpose again.
BTW Wasn't Orr's hand on Parros' head when he (Parros) almost fell? Got the impression Orr instinctively tried to prevent a repeat of last time, or perhaps coincidence.
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:30:20 PM »
If the Leafs play a more aggressive offensive style, Clarkson will be more effective.
That is exactly what I'm coming to expect from Clarkson. He'll benefit with a more aggressive offensive style.
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:05:12 PM »
Crucial upcoming vote next week to decide (financial) fate of proposed Markham arena...
...the City of Markham closes in on a crucial vote on whether or not to accept the financial framework Tuesday night...
“What I can promise the City of Markham and the residents of Markham is that nobody will work harder than me at attracting hockey at every level possible,” said Graeme Roustan, chairman and CEO of GTA Sports and Entertainment."
...the timing of this vote...is being held one week before the league’s board of governors meets for its annual meetings. And with the building already having partnerships with companies owned by Jeremy Jacobs and Ed Snider, you can bet the vote will be brought up during the New Business portion of the meeting.
There are already whispers that the league would like to expand to 32 teams...Seattle is a lock, which leaves either suburban Toronto or Quebec City...if the league adds two teams, one of eastern team...will have to play out of the Western Conference in order to balance both conferences at 16 teams each. That would also give Rogers more Canadian teams playing in western time zones, which is something it reportedly wants.
The financial framework:...the City of Markham will borrow $162.5 million and...Roustan’s group will put up the other $162.5 million.
Of that $162.5 million, $32.5 million (plus interest) will be paid to the city in the form of lease payments on the building amounting to $2.6 million a year for 20 years. The other $130 million (plus interest), will be collected from developers in the city, $80 million of which (plus interest) has been committed in just the past three weeks. The lease with the GTA Centre is for 49 years....no taxpayer money is supposed to be used, unless for some reason the city cannot make up the $50 million or if the economy goes south and results in the developers not building new projects and leaving town. Is it an ironclad, no-possibility guarantee? No, but it’s about as close as anyone can hope to get. So far $80 million has been guaranteed by the 12 developers in the area who will make up 80 percent of the further growth.
To read the entire article, click here:http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/make-no-mistake-proposed-markham-arena-is-for-an-nhl-team/
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:06:17 PM »
The trouble with the Leafs is they're too predictable. Even when they have a lead, the opposition team just waits for the opportunity they know will come.
Carlyle needs to incorporate a more simplistic and flexible system, one that adapts to his players' strong points, offensive and defensive-wise. While the Leafs have shown they can score with the best of them, their shortcomings on the back-end will continue to make it difficult to sustain any semblance of a lead enroute to more wins.
Something's got to change.