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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Dave Bolland
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:12:42 PM »
Rob Longley @longleysunsport

Shanahan on Bolland: "I've made it clear I want David Bolland on this team." #Leafs


Arrghhh!   I hope that he doesn't mean at any cost!!



What, you don't want to lock up a 19-goal career high scoring centre with a bum ankle who can't win faceoffs long term? Pffft, next you'll be telling us you don't want an out of shape over the hill barely .900 save percentage goalie as your backup.

I think its obvious that Dave Bolland plays with a lot of heart and would be a huge addition to this team. Both sides of the coin are valid - he has never been a consistent 50 point scorer in the league, but Shanahan is calling a spade a spade when he explicitly states that he wants something to get done with the Bolland camp.

Bolland is special player who has a lot more to give. Calling him a bum and that he should just be told to take a walk is a bit disingenuine. Those 15 games we got from him before the achilles heel slash were some of the best I have seen from a Leaf centre in quite some time.

Its also obvious however that Bozak has improved significantly and that has to be factored into any negotiotions. The Bollland camp cannot be greedy - Bolland has to sign something in the 3-5 year range because he still has to prove himself. He's 27 years old, its not like he's 37, he can always sign a big ticket contract at 30 but they can't be greedy. Bolland needs to hit 20 goals and 50 points for 3 straight seasons before anyone is going to take him seriously as a big ticket guy.

Unfortunately, his camp is probably looking at Clarkson's contract and thinking why not us? Keep in mind, Clarkson did inexplicably hit 30 goals a couple seasons ago which is why he was able to absolutely fleece Toronto last year in negotiations. We are talking about perhaps the single most dangerous contract handed out in modern NHL history in regards to how erroneous and misguided it was.

But money is money, and it's your prerogative to take it when you negotiate for it and the other party acquiesces. It's never going to change.

For the record, why I injected Bozak into this moments ago is that the Leafs are forced to use him as a comparable for any FA centre negotiations. If your numbers are not better than a guy who is widely considered not an elite talent, you're not going to get a contract in that range.

No matter how special Bolland has shown that he is capable of being, you have to be able to argue from numbers. I believe there is not a single GM in the league who doesn't know that Bolland's market value, in the absence of the bubble effect that July 1 historically adds, is a $3.5 mm/3 year contract.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Dave Bolland
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:05:37 PM »
Rob Longley @longleysunsport

Shanahan on Bolland: "I've made it clear I want David Bolland on this team." #Leafs


Arrghhh!   I hope that he doesn't mean at any cost!!



What, you don't want to lock up a 19-goal career high scoring centre with a bum ankle who can't win faceoffs long term? Pffft, next you'll be telling us you don't want an out of shape over the hill barely .900 save percentage goalie as your backup.

I think its obvious that Dave Bolland plays with a lot of heart and would be a huge addition to this team. Both sides of the coin are valid - he has never been a consistent 50 point scorer in the league, but Shanahan is calling a spade a spade when he explicitly states that he wants something to get done with the Bolland camp.

Bolland is special player who has a lot more to give. Calling him a bum and that he should just be told to take a walk is a bit disingenuine. Those 15 games we got from him before the achilles heel slash were some of the best I have seen from a Leaf centre in quite some time.

Its also obvious however that Bozak has improved significantly and that has to be factored into any negotiotions. The Bollland camp cannot be greedy - Bolland has to sign something in the 3-5 year range because he still has to prove himself. He's 27 years old, its not like he's 37, he can always sign a big ticket contract at 30 but they can't be greedy. Bolland needs to hit 20 goals and 50 points for 3 straight seasons before anyone is going to take him seriously as a big ticket guy.

Unfortunately, his camp is probably looking at Clarkson's contract and thinking why not us? Keep in mind, Clarkson did inexplicably hit 30 goals a couple seasons ago which is why he was able to absolutely fleece Toronto last year in negotiations. We are talking about perhaps the single most dangerous contract handed out in modern NHL history in regards to how erroneous and misguided it was.

But money is money, and it's your prerogative to take it when you negotiate for it and the other party acquiesces. It's never going to change.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / David Clarkson
« on: October 27, 2013, 09:55:03 PM »
Can we get a thread going for him?

Despite being pointless since his return, I really like the element he brings. He plays with size, looks to rub out opponents, and seems to be an all around swirling nexus of energy on most of his shifts.

Been a while since I was compelled to rush out and get a jersey. Digging the #71

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: David Clarkson - Signs with Maple Leafs
« on: July 31, 2013, 11:01:50 PM »
Was just on TSN Radio and heard Clarkson's comment about telling his dad he was coming home to play for the Leafs.

I have to say he seems really calm and collected about his decision. Somehow I just know he is actually gonna be a Gary Roberts type who will just play his heart out for us. It would be nice to have that veteran sandpaper back.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Ranger
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:40:16 PM »
Any word on the deal? Is this a 1-way, 2-way ...? Is he just signing back with the Marlies?

I think many of us thought he would be on the Leafs this past season but that never came to fruition. Not a bad depth signing if he is actually on the team this year. He is at least as good if not better than Kostka, and Kostka got quite a bit of playing time last year.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: David Clarkson - Signs with Maple Leafs
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:08:11 PM »
So then actually looking at how he, the individual played defensive hockey...what can you tell us about that? What attributes led to those numbers?

Surely you have to see that this could very well be proven down the road to be too early to have known, and way to sensationalist for the sake of appreciated debate.

Clarkson will likely play his heart out an a line with Kadri and Lupul. I can't wait to see this. It's going to be magnificent. A perfect bizarro line of opportunistic scoring and grime. Kadri plays a slightly less angry game than Clarkson, but can get just as surly when the going gets tough.

I shudder to think of the amount of damage Lupul will do on LW with these two assholes roaming on his line. Its going to be madness.


From the dozen or so goals I looked at, he missed chances to slow the transition out and was slow getting back; he floated at the top of circles in his end after letting guys by him; overcommitted looking to cut off passes that he thought would spring him; after defensive zone faceoffs that were lost, started for the blue line looking to be sprung... they were all in games where he was a minus player, so those might be the worst of his performances. But they do suggest that he wasn't exactly the one honest man on a line of defensively irresponsible line mates. Let's hope Kadri's complete game comes together fast.




Most New Jersey fans said that he was pretty bad defensively. I've read a few people here suggest that since he played in the Devils system for so long that he must know a thing or two about defensive hockey, but that really doesn't appear to be the case.

And it's my biggest worry about his play. Especially since his projected linemmates are going to be Kadri and Lupul, both are also pretty big question marks defensively.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Getting Out Shot Every Night!!!
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:32:25 PM »
For those of you not too fond of Kostka, he has a broken finger from Last nights game and is out indefinitely.

I promise you that Michael Kostka will never play another game for the Maple Leafs. This is him being allowed to sit gracefully. He is absolute garbage.

Other players who are playing their last games as Leafs:

MacArthur, Clarke

Liles, Jean-Michael

Bozak, Tyler





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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Joffrey Lupul
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:31:43 PM »
Anything resembling a repeat of last seasons performance could certainly secure face of the franchise status for Lupul. He has shown himself to be by far the most complete forward on the team and easily a top 10, even top 5 NHL player playing at his best.

Come on...

 ;D

He might not even be the most complete player on the top line.

I love the guy, but come on.

Glad to have somewhat been proven right here, and I'm still being generous.

The guy is pulling off the hockey equivalent of Kobe Bryant's game right now. Absolute game breaker. Its a thing of beauty to watch, especially it being a Leaf.

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Thought it was an exciting game, disappointed with some of the defensive play, but I enjoyed it, The Nazie Dream is looking like a special player.

Its pretty obvious that the only untouchable on this team is the Lebanese kid who is woefully outplaying all of the supposedly "tougher" Canadian and American Leafs. I am usually optimistic but this is a ridiculous, pointless loss that may well be the point that we needed to make the playoffs.

Just despicable. I hate this team sometimes.

ps. Get Liles the **** out of there again. He wants to spout off about being a "ten year vet" and getting respect from Gardiner but then he makes a rookie mistake by getting sucked into leaving his man open and letting Buffalo score uncontested from the low slot. You're kidding me, right? Let McClement take the man in the corner, and stay in front of the g-ddamn net.

The devil is in the details. This game wasn't lost in the shootout. It was lost on the sloppy errors we made on allowing the second and third Buffalo goals.

Why doesn't Carlyle call a timeout after that second Buffalo goal to send a message. I could have coached this game better. I am absolutely livid at this team from the top all the way to the bottom. What happened to rallying for Lupul after he gets a totally ridiculous suspension?

Grow some balls and play like men. You're a bunch of lazy douchebags who have no idea what it means to play with testosterone because, well, they are coddled and pampered by the most comfortable organization to play for.

Most maddening loss of the season. I don't care about the point, that's not a team point, that is NAZEM KADRI's point.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Joffrey Lupul
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:53:24 PM »
Ready to go for Saturday at the Jets.

As per TSN ...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=418249

Excited to have his offence back in the lineup.


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Speaking of Lupul, it's mid-March now, where is he?!?!?!?!??!!??!!??

Waiting for medical clearance, says he feels ready.

Do you guys remember years ago the Leafs spoke about these state-of-the-art machines that they used for players to heal faster and more efficiently? I specifically remember Sundin talking about using them, and some of them involved actually submerging body parts in liquid of some sort for extended periods of time.

Am I crazy?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jake Gardiner
« on: March 10, 2013, 10:56:47 PM »
Gardiner in, Holzer out.

Lets do this.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Official meeting place of the Kadri Cadre
« on: March 01, 2013, 01:10:22 PM »
I contest the accuracy of this list. There has to have been a Leaf hattie scored since that last one Sundin is listed on ...

What about the game against Calgary when he scored his 500th - was that not a hat-trick as well?

You contest its accuracy? I mean, I agree it appears to be out of date but it answers the question you asked, doesn't it?

Yes it does indeed answer my question Nik. Thanks for the sleuthing ;)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Official meeting place of the Kadri Cadre
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:48:06 AM »
Btw, can we get a confirmation ... is this indeed the exact date of the Paul Henderson hat trick at Nassau Coliseum in 1974??

Yup. Well, except the 1974 bit.

http://cdn.nhl.com/mapleleafs/bc/images/contentdelta/assets/history/all_time_hat_tricks.pdf

I contest the accuracy of this list. There has to have been a Leaf hattie scored since that last one Sundin is listed on ...

What about the game against Calgary when he scored his 500th - was that not a hat-trick as well?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Official meeting place of the Kadri Cadre
« on: February 28, 2013, 11:10:00 PM »
Missed the game but just saw highlights of the hattie.

Sweet freaking Geebus.

Btw, can we get a confirmation ... is this indeed the exact date of the Paul Henderson hat trick at Nassau Coliseum in 1974??

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