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Offline Rick Couchman

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The Leafs Management vs NHL
« on: July 23, 2015, 02:39:49 PM »
Shanny, Lou, Hunter, Dubas, Babcock...  I'm convinced they're on the right track. 

Name me a team that has a better group leading their organization?!  I like it.  A lot.
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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 02:44:37 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 03:26:23 PM »
Thanks for the optimism Rick, I tend to agree with you and if we are wrong, it's not by much.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2015, 03:51:38 PM »
I'm hesitant to get to excited yet. However from one year ago until today, the organization looks amazingly different.  It's astounding.  Can't help but nod and smile a bit with optimism.  Could it be?  Really?   Man, what if....    :o :'( :) :) ;) ;D

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2015, 04:12:52 PM »
I have good optimism that this season the Leafs will:
1.  Compete harder
2.  Continue to put better, younger players on the ice

I suspect it's 3-4 years before we're a legitimate threat for a deep playoff run.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2015, 04:48:38 PM »
I have good optimism that this season the Leafs will:
1.  Compete harder
2.  Continue to put better, younger players on the ice

I suspect it's 3-4 years before we're a legitimate threat for a deep playoff run.

I couldn't agree more on all points.  I think this team will have younger better players who will put there all on the ice.  They will all have defensive responsibilities, and if they don't respect that, they will be gone.  If they don't put in effort, they will be gone. 

The last few years have been terrible hockey to watch.  I'd rather watch defensive hockey than the garbage of the past few years.  I hope that defensive effort changes above all, and the road to sustainable winning and eventually (hopefully) a Cup is built.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2015, 07:36:37 PM »
Well, 3 out of those 5 have no experience building an NHL team.  That's not to say I'm worried, but I'm not confident they're a home run or top group in the league either.

I can say I'm very happy about the direction of the team (rebuild).

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2015, 07:41:25 PM »
Well, 3 out of those 5 have no experience building an NHL team.  That's not to say I'm worried, but I'm not confident they're a home run or top group in the league either.

I can say I'm very happy about the direction of the team (rebuild).

Why aren't you happy with the direction of the team?

EDIT: What bullfrog said.
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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2015, 07:43:54 PM »
You might want to re-read his sentence.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2015, 07:44:37 PM »
You might want to re-read his sentence.

I seriously read that 5 times before I saw it.  Time for new glasses.  I don't want to re-read it again.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2015, 09:32:23 PM »
You might want to re-read his sentence.

I seriously read that 5 times before I saw it.  Time for new glasses.  I don't want to re-read it again.

You know what?  I re-read my last comment after I saw your post and even I read it as "I can't say".  So don't feel bad. :P

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2015, 01:26:15 AM »
I'm feeling really good about the state of the Leafs as well. Weird to say that after such a dismal season (dismal last 10 or so), but a turnaround is being staged. All this group need is some time.

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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2015, 08:27:24 AM »
i read it as can't as well. strange
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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2015, 09:23:50 AM »

I mean, it's pretty hard to argue with what's going on in Chicago and I'm very impressed with what Jim Nill has put together in Dallas but I like the Leafs group as well. They seem to be operating on a pretty sound strategy of putting smart guys in the right positions and I'm a pretty firm believer in that being the way to go.

The real wild card in all this though is the board and its apparently fairly fractious nature at times. This will hopefully only really be Shanahan's thing to deal with but I do think it's going to be the challenge in terms of managing expectations while at the same time staying on everyone's good side.
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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2015, 09:59:06 AM »
It sure is nuts to think of the changes that have been made in the front office and behind the benches in just the past year:

Lamoriello > Nonis
Dubas/Hunter > Poulin
Pridham > Loiselle
Babcock > Carlyle

Plus the additions of some really good OHL talent like D.J. Smith, Sheldon Keefe, and Lindsay Hofford. The addition of the R&D team. Revamping the player development system.

Obviously, in the end all these things still need to translate into wins, but there's definitely good reason to be optimistic about the future of this team.

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Re: The Leafs Management vs NHL
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2015, 09:59:06 AM »