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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: February 17, 2017, 10:24:51 AM »
As much as I would hate to see Mitch injured,  would his loss put the Leafs into full sell mode?  In otherwords forget the playoffs?

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Play Bernier hard and if he helps us to the bottom and the 1st pick he will have earned his 4 million.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft
« on: May 01, 2015, 02:13:10 PM »
And that's where you and I differ. Why is Montreal a ridiculous benchmark? Isn't that where we'd like to be? Would you be happy with second place?


Because it's a level of success born out of a different era. It's not repeatable and it's not a reasonable expectation to have. Every team can't be the most successful team. 

But even still, that's when we get back to the central theme here. The issue isn't whether or not the Leafs have been successful or really even how successful they've been, it's why they haven't been successful. On one side is reasonable, consistent and logical explanations and on yours it's...nothing. No explanation. Just vague references to culture and curses.

I've been around a long time my friend and witnessed all the eras I write about. I remember a time when we were the best. Can you say the same?

No. Of course, I wasn't around for the Titanic either but I'm pretty sure it sank because of an Iceberg and not sea monsters.

You seem like the kind of guy who likes to have the last word. You also don't read and understand my posts. I never talked of sea monsters. Cultural issues are very real and anybody in industry knows what I mean.

Do yourself a favor. Check-out the Leafs winning percentage since '67. Where do they fall overall compared to other teams? Are they in the top 50% or bottom? are they in the bottom 33%.

You'll find that the Leafs are in the bottom 33%. How does a team in the center of the hockey universe stink so bad for so long?

If you look at the big picture you'll soon reject the 'logical', 'reasonable' excuses you provide. The problem lies elsewhere and sea monsters are not needed to provide the cause.

Leafs problems go beyond the hockey department and up to the upper management level. That's why so many 'hockey' people haven't been successful here. The strong ones, the ones who could confidently shove the shirts aside were successful. Those men were Imlach and Quinn and Fletcher for a short period. Otherwise, as Paul Maurice commented a while ago about his time with the Leafs: "....I never had control of that team....there were too many people around...."

Go ahead, have the last word but keep in mind that I have argued with people like you for almost 50 years. The counter-arguments remain the same and so does the losing. I've got history on my side.

Bravo Pick, well said and right on target.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL GM meetings
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:42:01 PM »
Isn't that the truth.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL GM meetings
« on: March 22, 2013, 04:06:48 PM »
Surprising that the Ministry doesn't just mandate the eye protection.  If you don't want to use a visor fine here are your safety glasses.  I don't believe players are covered in any way by the WSIB so perhaps the Min. just takes a hands off approach with the league. Who knows.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: NHL GM meetings
« on: March 22, 2013, 03:56:28 PM »
I'm curious, a person can't walk onto a worksite in Ont. without eye protection.  What is the difference here?  The arena is a dangerous workplace, it has always amazed me that the Min. of Labour has not stepped in and mandated eye protection for players and even bench staff.  By the way I am in favour of mandatory eye protection.

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Do you think they will be chanting "fire Burke" at the ACC for the rest of the season?  It worked with Wilson.

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