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Great game tonight, but on the negative side...  I thought JVR looked horrible all night.  The kid needs to pick it up!
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Doggy pics and tips!
March 01, 2013, 11:03:38 AM
Forgot to mention that I wanted to call our new dog Keon or Wendal.  The wife didn't like either.  His shelter name was Jackson, so he now goes by Busher.  When he's in trouble we call him Mr. Busher Jackson.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Doggy pics and tips!
March 01, 2013, 10:52:35 AM
While we're on this topic.  We just rescued a dog (Alaskan Malamute) who had a pretty rough 1st year of his life as he was living in kennels or cages since he was born.  He's a sweet boy and has assimilated well with us and our other Malamute.  But, he's eating his poop.  We've tried putting meat tenderized, pineapples, and pumpkins in their food so far.  I'm picking up poop twice a day as well.  As we're not home during the day we're not sure if anything done has worked.  I'm pretty sure he's still eating some because his farts are horrible.  Any suggestions?
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Doggy pics and tips!
March 01, 2013, 10:09:23 AM
Quote from: Erndog on March 01, 2013, 09:56:36 AM
Yeah, we're crate training.  We really don't have much of a choice seeing as we both work during the day.

I find he's pretty nippy.  Anyone have any suggestions for that?

My dog was nippy when he was a pup too.  He was just trying to be affectionate and play, but what I did at the time was grab his snout with both hands when he was biting me (typically while I was on the floor playing with him) and kept his mouth closed until he whimpered.  I didn't use any type of force, and he stopped nipping at me before he turned 1.
MOTM: Reimer
HM: Orr
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Goaltending conundrum
July 31, 2012, 09:00:37 PM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 31, 2012, 08:45:13 PM
Quote from: Knobby on July 31, 2012, 06:04:50 PM
As long as we are not sending a 1st round pick I am for getting Luongo. Who are we afraid to aprt with?

The question is, and I asked it earlier; Where does Luongo get us?

Does he make us a contender? No
Does he make us competitive? Perhaps
Does he get us in the playoffs? Should, but who knows

I personally don't think that giving up a Kadri or other young prospects makes sense. This team is 3 or 4 years away from contending(if everything goes right)...why mortgage the future for a goalie that could very well be washed up in 3 or 4 years?

3 or 4 years of playoff experience for our young roster.  Luongo is a no brainer to me, what we give up I don't know, but our kids are now 24-26 versus 20-24 they need experience on how to win.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Brian Burke Thread
April 17, 2012, 08:18:25 PM
Quote from: skrackle on April 15, 2012, 05:52:11 PM
I remember some exciting Leafs hockey of the Sittler era in my youth, but those Leafs were no match for the mighty Habs or the Flyers.

It was only two years during which Gilmour had his greatest impact with the Leafs and that's almost 20 years ago now. Wow. I thought the Leafs of '93 might have been a team of destiny, but no.

The Quinn/Sundin years produced some pretty good Leafs hockey. Some 100 point teams and at least in the ballpark of contending. Those teams really only had Ottawa's number though, with those 4 series wins. The only other teams they beat were Philly and the Islanders, both in the 1st round.

A 100 point team with a shot at contending seems like a far off dream for the Leafs right now. And of course, everything's changed since those days. There's no chance now of 'buying a Cup' if there ever was.

It does seem though, that whoever has run the Leafs through the years can't quite rid themselves of the notion that there's some shortcut to success. Burke brought that attitude in, much to my dismay. To be fair to him, he is building up the youth in the system to a greater degree than any Leafs GM I recall.

I hope that this season was enough of a wake up call for him to abandon the quick fix strategy. Burke tends to contradict himself at times, so while taking what he says with a grain of salt, I'm interested in what he's going to do this summer.

Great post, I have the same memories and I hope BB or whoever is the next GM builds from within.
Not sure why, but I feel a big game from Kessel.
Quote from: bustaheims on February 16, 2012, 09:13:13 PM
Quote from: AtomicMapleLeaf on February 16, 2012, 09:07:40 PM
1st and a prospect, i take it.

Again, that would depend on the prospect. The most recent reports on this year's draft have it as a very top heavy group with a serious drop off in talent after the top 12 or so. Unless we're talking about a bubble team that ends up missing the playoffs . . . that better a pretty darn good prospect for the Leafs to give up such a big piece of their roster in the middle of their own playoff push.

Agreed, but he's a prime target to be moved.  I love him, but I just think he should be traded now because of his contract, his age, his success, and the way he plays.  I love the way he plays, but I have a hunch he'll be injured for most of his career once he's in his 30s. 

It would be nice to get another Jake, or Aulie like players, or maybe 3 like players.
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on February 16, 2012, 09:00:41 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on February 16, 2012, 08:54:32 PM
Quote from: Deebo on February 16, 2012, 08:53:18 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on February 16, 2012, 08:49:55 PM
DarrenDreger: Offer on the table for Grabovski. More on that, Rick Nash and details on Kubina avail coming up in Insider Trading. #nhlontsn

1st and a prospect, i take it.

Contract offer I'd imagine..?

Hopefully. Not watching the game, so, I don't know. Hopefully, someone who is can clear things up there.

He said Toronto has an offer of a 2nd and a prospect.

That'd have to be one hell of a prospect for me to make the deal, unless Burke has no interest in keeping Grabovski.
I think Grabs will be traded, and I think he should be traded.  Don't get me wrong, I love Grabs and wish we had 10 more of him.  However, he's like 28 coming off a couple of really good seasons but the way he plays I really don't see many 82 game seasons out of him. 

Remember the year we should have traded Tucker?  Not the same, but kind of similar.

Of course, he could end up being the next Stevie Y???
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Polar Bear Naming Contest
February 10, 2012, 06:53:19 PM
Nothing is worth it, he's 21.  Let's wait until he's 25 and very average until we start the trade Kadri crap.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Polar Bear Naming Contest
February 03, 2012, 09:13:32 PM
Saw that the Toronto Zoo is having a naming contest for a polar bear that was born there.  I've suggested multiple names:

Tundra (my dog's name)

The "Monster" will rule tonight!

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