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General Rumours & Speculation / 2017 Trade Deadline Watch
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:33:30 AM »
Avs Fire Sale!

Rebuild kickoff for the Islanders! Snow Could Melt on the Hot Seat!

Rookie GM Chayka Wants to Make a Splash in the Desert!

Duck Hunting for D!

Can the Leafs solidify their top 4 and get that needed RHD?


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leafs Defence Discussion: The Rietsev Duo
« on: December 20, 2016, 09:45:52 AM »
If you can talk about Hunlak, you can talk about Rietsev. ;)

I think they are really starting to put it together as a top pairing.

No the Leafs haven't been scoring at the breakneck pace they were in the early goings of the season, but the have also been MUCH stingier in the goals they give up too.

Alot of that can be attributed to this young pair that sees top minutes on a nightly basis, against the best that the NHL can throw at them.


He suffered a stroke today at 61.

I never wish ill on anyone. Good luck to a speedy recovery RW.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 4 Leafs on the NHL All Star Ballot. VOTE OFTEN!
« on: December 02, 2016, 02:47:09 PM »

Bozak, Rielly, Kadri and JVR.  No rookies.

NHL Transactions / 2016-17 Minor Trades Thread
« on: November 08, 2016, 04:41:44 PM »
On my phone but per Bobo.

McIlraith to Florida for Kampfer and a conditional 7th.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2016-17 Centennial Leafs General Team Discussion
« on: November 02, 2016, 01:53:27 PM »
After 10 games we're starting to get a clearer picture of what we have with the Centennial version of our Leafs team.

Here's my 10 game evaluation:


Tyler Bozak D
Not gonna give him an F because he was good early, but he doesn't deserve the A he's currently wearing and his play of late has been incredibly lacklustre. As a vet he simply has to be better.

Connor Brown B-
Cudos to him for working his way up the lineup, scoring a goal early on, doing solid work on the PK and fighting hard in the corners. But he has an extra gear and I have only seen flashes of the rookie that came up for seven games last season.

Seth Griffith C
Not much to say yet.  I can see why he was grabbed of waivers and has shown some good bursts of occasional speed and a good work ethic, but he has yet to contribute anything by way of offence.

Peter Holland F
He didn't make anything of his opportunity thus far this season, was terrible on the PK and failed to convert for a single goal, despite having 11 attempts at the net and a shootout opportunity.

Zach Hyman C
He's a replacement player playing way above his head.  What do you expect?  Someone else deserves an opportunity with Matthews and Nylander.

Nazem Kadri A-
He's taken his role to heart this season and doing everything Babcock is asking of him for the most part and doing it well against other teams' top lines. At the 10 game mark he has 8 points and a polar opposite 23.8 SH% to his first ten games last season. But he doesn't get a solid A grade because his faceoffs have taken a dip.

Leo Komarov B-
He is being successful in the shutdown role alongside Kadri but is struggling to get anything going offensively.  Uncle Leo has more to give.

Mitch Marner B+
He's gonna be a star in this league and his playmaking skills, work ethic and IQ are truly next level, but he has to get away from JVR and Bozak. They are dragging him down some.

Matt Martin C+
He's much better than Orr and McLaren combined and playing his role well.  He has come as advertised and is good on the PK but has yet to impress.

Auston Matthews A-
After exploding onto the NHL scene by setting an NHL record with 4 goals in his debut, his game is quieted down as the season has progressed and is in a bit of a cold streak right now.  But he's shown to be everything we'd hoped he'd be thus far.  He was getting protected minutes in his four goal debut.  He isn't anymore as his line now leads nightly amongst forwards in TOI.

Milan Michalek F
His NHL game died along with his alleged demands for top line minutes.  Crashed and burned on Kadri's line and buried in the AHL, his NHL jersey number handed to a 4th liner.

William Nylander A+
He's a beaut on Matthews wing! He definitely had an NHL summer and he has grown his game at every level since last spring.  Keep it up Willy!

Ben Smith B-
Solid on the dot and on the PK. Proving to be an upgrade on Holland thus far and has even converted for a goal of his own.

James van Reimsdyk D
His game is not even close to where it needs to be.  Like Bozak he looked good early but as the season has progressed, his nightly effort hasn't been nearly up to snuff.  Much higher expectations for a vet of his calibre.  Shape up or ship out!

Next up... Leafs D and G


Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Bleeding Blue
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:28:03 AM »
The one and only Wendel Clark ladies and gentlemen!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Great Leafs Centennial Goaltending Debate
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:10:48 PM »
Every debate has a beginning.  Might as well start this one off now.

All new tenders, all new issues.

They know they need to improve.  Here's the latest after last night's game and 2nd lead blown in as many games:

Mike Babcock: "I like our back end, I like the depth we have up front, so we've got to keep the puck out a little better."

Auston Matthews: "They were able to capitalize on the very few that we gave them."

Jhonas Enroth: "In a perfect world I would have liked to get at least one or two of those goals."

With all our offence, we will be a highly competitive in-season team if we could a mere league average SV% from our goalies this season.

They are already starting to feel the heat.  Because .876 from your starter and .889 from your backup just won't cut it.  :(

Continuing to cheer for yet another high draft pick does neither you, nor the team any favours.

You see the talent.  Time to cheer for them to win, whether they do so or not. 


NHL Transactions / Gaudreau Signs [6 Years, $6.75mil AAV]
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:03:13 PM »
On my mobile.

Word is 6.75M AAV. will edit with link later.

It's per Friedman, BTW.

General NHL News & Views / Crosby Concussed Again
« on: October 10, 2016, 01:25:25 PM »

Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins  10m10 minutes ago
Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion.

NHL Transactions / MTL/FLA Bozon for Racine
« on: October 08, 2016, 02:28:08 PM »


Paul Hendrick ‏@HennyTweets  49m49 minutes ago Toronto, Ontario
4 games in 5 nights tonight for the Leafs in Detroit. No morning skate, veteran lineups for both teams. 48 players still in camp.

Paul Hendrick ‏@HennyTweets  46m46 minutes ago Toronto, Ontario
I'd expect younger players like Matthews, Marner, Nylander to join older group tonite. Might Gauthier be in the mix too ??

Leafs PR ‏@LeafsPR  12m12 minutes ago
The @MapleLeafs have trimmed their training camp roster to 29 players.


Toronto Maple LeafsVerified account‏@MapleLeafs
It's @scotiahockey game day. Leafs vs. Canadiens in Montreal:

Lance HornbyVerified account
Babs says a "Leaf looking" roster will be in place Thursday in Mont., Sat. In Det. and a "Marlie looking" roster Friday in Hamilton v Wings.

General NHL News & Views / Captain Connor McDavid!
« on: October 05, 2016, 02:41:02 PM »
That didn't take long.

Oilers make Connor McDavid youngest captain in NHL history

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