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Non-Hockey Chatter / No ONE DIRECTION for you!
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:52:26 PM »
Apologies if this is posted elsewhere.

Read the description.... funny stuff!

Non-Hockey Chatter / Doggy pics and tips!
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:27:06 AM »
Ok, so I've been busy lately (and haven't had much time for the boards) because I just bought a new puppy.... his name is PUCK (how appropriate eh?  "PUCK! OFF!" ;) and he's a Westie. 

I'm trying to train the little dude but I just don't know what the hell I'm doing.  I work during the day (and so does my fiance) so it's even harder than I thought.  Any tips?  Suggestions?  etc

As for pics?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Gamers, what are you playing?
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:48:34 AM »
I could have swore we had this thread.  Looked quickly, couldn't find it?

Anyways... I bought Borderlands 2 on boxing day.  Can't stand it.  Trading it in.

Do I go with Far Cry 3?  Hitman 3?  Or Uncharted 3? 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Walking Wounded (Summer edition)
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:32:19 AM »
I figured we needed a place to update all the injured players. 

Remember, Lupul's and Kulemin's seasons ended early (I haven't heard anything since?) and now we hear that Colborne needs wrist surgery, Kadri has a grade 3 shoulder separation and Frattin a torn mensicus; all 3 with extended recovery times this summer.

So this is the latest we have up to this point:

Colborne will rehab back home in Calgary with the goal of being ready for next September's training camp.

Colborne joins Matt Frattin, who has already had surgery to repair torn meniscus, while Nazem Kadri said on Monday that he missed the Calder Cup final with a separated shoulder. Frattin plans to be back in September, along with Colborne while Kadri said his injury should be healed within a week or two

So lets update this thread anytime we hear or read anything regarding any of the injuries.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Out-of-context member quotes
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:30:04 PM »
We do this on another board, thought it would be fun here too. 

All for fun so no one take this stuff personally or seriously.

I'll start....

Guys are sitting on the fastballs when they're grooving them.

General NHL News & Views / Jonathan Toews vs. Claude Giroux
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:12:18 PM »
Buddy and I are debating this a little at work.

There's really not much separating the two's skill set.  Pretty similar players actually.

Who do you think is a better player and why?

All Sports But Hockey / The Official 2012 MLB Thread
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:47:23 PM »
Since we do it every year.  I'll start it off again with a funny pic:

So I got to thinking... 1 year ago today here's basically where we stood:

Reimer:  Showed great promise, putting up some stellar numbers in spearheading a stretch drive and allowing us to play meaningful games right up until April.  After years of poor goaltending it looked like we finally might have a starting goalie we could hang our hat on!

Kadri:  Put up around a PPG in the AHL and pretty much everyone said he was more or less a lock to make the team in 2011-2012. 

Kulemin:  On his way to a 30 goal season playing a real solid 200 foot game.  Looked like a bargain, a guy who will consistently score 20-30 and a sure fire top 6 forward.  Heck, there was even a discussion here about Kessel vs. Kulemin with several taking Kule's side!

Aulie:  Started logging heavy minutes next to Phaneuf.  Looked like he had the potential to be a real shut down dman and got the best out of our "best" defenceman.

Schenn:  Also started playing heavy top 4 minutes next to Gunnarsson.  After a slow start last year he really turned his season around and was developing into a true hard-hitting, shut down dman.  He was poised to be a top 3-4 guy on our team for years to come.

Colborne:  Newly acquired, he performed very well for the Marlies and many had high hopes he could become a top 2 center for us. 

Frattin:  Although he only played the last game of the season last year, he was a Hobey Baker finalist and had quite the buzz around the boards.

Fast forward 1 year:

Reimer:   No explanation needed.

Kadri:  Still in the AHL, actually performing worse than last year (in terms of PPG) and no real notion of whether or not he will be a full timer next season.

Kulemin:  Quite possibly the biggest drop I have ever seen in a player (next to Cheechoo's... although, at least Jonathan had the knee injury excuses).  He went from being arguably our 2nd best forward to "well, at least he's a good checker!"

Aulie:  Had a terrible training camp, played most of the year with the Marlies and was dealt for another "work in progess" prospect.

Schenn:  Went from being a guaranteed top 4 dman and potential future captain, to trade bait and having a hard time staying in the lineup.

Colborne:  After a great 2 week start, he's been at a .45 PPG in the AHL since.  Not sure how many very good NHLers there currently are who were producing at that level at 21-22 years old in the AHL.

Frattin:  Hasn't been terrible, but I think we all expected a little more than 6 goals.

Basically, at the end of the day, whatever could have gone wrong, has.  These were 7 guys, 4-5 of which had heavy expectations on them and they were, for lack of a better word, pretty terrible this year.

I wouldn't even say that expectations were too high (maybe for Reimer they were) because none of these guys have even come CLOSE to performing at anywhere near what would be acceptable.

It's quite sad and alarming how little we got out of these guys. 

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Stay away from the UFA's! How do we improve?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:07:49 AM »
I don't know if this deserves it's own thread yet, but I've really been thinking about how the Leafs are going to improve themselves this summer and it appears as though it's going to have to come from outside the UFA market.

List of potential July 1st UFA's

That is one UGLY crop.  There are exactly 2 impact UFA's.  Ryan Suter and Zach Parise and while I do believe Burke will make a pitch, I would be absolutely shocked if we signed either one.  Realistically, we aren't getting them.

There are a few decent-to-good 3rd/4th liners who might fit us like:  Daniel Winnik, David Jones, Paul Gaustad, Tarvis Moen and Jay Mclement (please no Jarret Stoll!).  At the end of the day though, these types are usually readily available every summer so I sincerely hope the 3,264 guys we have in the front office don't overextend for any of them. 

Our "prospects" might be better, but what can we realistically expect from a Frattin?  Or a Kadri?  Or a Colborne?  If any of them reach 40 points I think we would all be ecstatic.

We don't really have many trade options either.  Schenn quite possibly... and perhaps one of MacArthur and/or Kulemin.  Again though, what would these guys bring back?  At best we get 1 more top 6 forward.

I'm just left wondering, how do we improve for next year?

Leafs Media Rumours / Rick Nash potentially available
« on: February 14, 2012, 08:29:22 AM »
So a lot of rumours about Rick Nash and the Rangers.  Pierre McGuire was even discussing it, at length, this morning on the Team 1200.

The rumoured deal is Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick.

Question:  Can we not beat that?  I love Dubinsky, and I realize Kreider is a very good prospect, but it's not a blow your socks off package by any means... also, do we WANT to beat that?

General Rumours & Speculation / We need Cory Schneider
« on: January 18, 2012, 03:19:22 PM »
Forgive me for making this it's own thread, but I wanted to highlight the importance of stability in goal. 

We haven't had it since pre-lockout.  Well, we had it in the second half last season, and look what it did for us.  Reimer gave us consistent .920 goaltending and we were a very good team from January 1 on.

This year?  We are getting mostly .900 caliber goaltending and you can see it's just not good enough.  Take last night for example.  Turris' shot was okay sure, but it was a wrister that Reimer 'shouldered' at.  The book is out- he has basically no glove hand.  That shot was probably the difference between 1-2 points, no doubt.  This has been happening a lot this year.

To me, neither Reimer nor Gustavsson are long term solutions.  I am more than comfortable with either as a backup, but I think it's becoming clearer and clearer that neither is a starter.

This leads me to Cory Schneider. 

I'm hesitant sure, because how much is Cory vs. the Canucks being a very good team?  Who knows, but then again, a guy has to start somewhere.  He could very well be an elite starting goalie.  He's young, cheap, extremely talented, has loads of potential, and he could be available.

Forget JVR, Ryan, Getzlaf (for now)... we need stability in goal.  We need a guy who we can throw out there night after night and have the confidence that we'll win.  I have no doubt he could be a .~915-.920 SV% goalie for us and that difference is MONUMENTAL.

Thoughts?  Interested?  What would you give up?  I'd easily offer up Schenn, or Aulie + a 1st or perhaps even Kadri/Colborne.  Goaltending is vital.

Twitter is pretty much exploding with this now.  Bob Mckenzie tweeted it also.

A Ducks reporter talked with Ducks GM Bob Murray just now and he confirms only Selanne and Koivu are untouchable.  Everyone else in play, starting with the underachievers (Getzlaf?).  Also, it is being reported he does not want to rebuild.

Here it is Burkie... If it's true that Bob is looking for a "core player for core player" type deal that likely puts us out of the running as we aren't trading kessel.  Unless of course Murray thinks Kadri and Schenn are "core player" types.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Waived: Colton Orr
« on: January 04, 2012, 11:58:52 AM »
As per twitter, Colton Orr has been placed on waivers.

I liked Orr a lot.  I really did.  But I think we can all agree we had no use for him and what he brought.  The NHL has clearly been shying away from the designated tough guy, and rightfully so.

We'll see if he gets claimed.  This is also Burke probably being a 'nice guy' and giving him a chance somewhere else.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Tim Connolly is a good player
« on: November 23, 2011, 09:10:27 AM »
It's only been 10 games, but you can certainly see the talent this dude has.

He's very slick, has great vision, great hands... he's one of those guys who can make you jump out of your seat with a play that looks like it came out of nowhere (aka the Carolina game... the falling pass against Pitts, etc.).  Surprisingly, he's also not afraid to get in front of the net (albeit, mostly on the man advantage).

The problem is, and always has been obviously his injuries and subsequently questioning his desire because of it but there is absolutely no denying his skill.  This dude can play.

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