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No matter what happens in game 7 I am damn proud of this team.

Absolutely.

But it'll still be extremely devastating if they don't finish this out. No longer the feeling of happy to be here. Time to get greedy and win this thing.

It wouldn't be that devastating.  Few people gave the Leafs a chance at even making the playoffs, but now there is a game 7 against a team that is much better on paper than the Leafs.  How can we expect more from the players than the effort, heart and character they are giving us fans, and the pride they have given back to the fans?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What are the playoffs teaching us?
« on: May 11, 2013, 12:52:42 PM »
Keepers - Gunner, Gardiner, Fraser, Franson
??? - Phaneuf
Gone - Liles

If he was not the captain of the team, would he still be a top pairing d-man?

Give Fraser/Gardiner a bit of time.  I could see those 2 as the top pair.

Fraser as a 1/2 D!?  :o

I like him, but he just isn't that.

I figure the Leafs need a responsible stay at home defenseman while Gardiner is rushing up ice.  Fraser fits that mould and can offer some protection to him in case he  gets targeted on the ice. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What are the playoffs teaching us?
« on: May 10, 2013, 09:49:01 PM »
Keepers - Gunner, Gardiner, Fraser, Franson
??? - Phaneuf
Gone - Liles

If he was not the captain of the team, would he still be a top pairing d-man?

Give Fraser/Gardiner a bit of time.  I could see those 2 as the top pair.

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My heart rate was 300 in the last 2 minutes.  What a game by all the players.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What are the playoffs teaching us?
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:01:54 PM »
I don't know if I'm quite so optimistic about Reimer going forward. I know he's the reason we got to the playoffs and that he's capable of getting into 'a zone'. (I admit I was hoping he might get into 'a zone' during the playoffs and steal a game or two.) But if you look at the goals the Bruins have scored in the series, the majority would be classified as 'stoppable', including the winner last night.

Is this something that will improve with experience? Or is this as good as it gets?

The defensive liabilities on the team may be distracting to Reimer.  He did make some unbelievable saves during the season and in the playoffs.  Tighten up the defence, reduce the turnovers will allow Reimer to focus on his job.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: What are the playoffs teaching us?
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:01:47 PM »
Leafs make way too many mistakes and have a hard time clearing the puck.  Defence and centre needs upgrades. 

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It's a good thing Nonis did not trade for Luongo - Leafs may not have made the playoffs and this thread would not exist.  Good for Nonis.   

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:47:42 PM »
If I was a Leafs media person, I would ask Chara a question that as a Leaf fan we need an answer.  Chara, what was going through your mind as Lupul was scoring a PP goal while you were sitting in the penalty box? 

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If the Leafs use their physicality and speed, the Bruins don't have a chance.  When was the last time we could use the adjectives physicality and speed to describe the Leafs?  Can't wait to hear the fans.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Getting Out Shot Every Night!!!
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:08:42 AM »
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

Agree about McArthur and Liles but do not forget Komisarek, but not sure about any of the other players.  The team is in the right direction, and we know the type of players Carlyle wants in the lineup and what players do not fit so any of the changes made in the off season will hopefully make the team stronger.

MacArthur, Clarke - he's UFA - of course likely gone

Liles, Jean-Michael - So a compliance buy-out you think?

Bozak, Tyler - Unfortunately, it will be much harder and costly to replacement him. If he wants back they'll sign him.

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I owe aplogy to Carlyle, I often questioned his decisions, but the way he did get ready his team for game 2 deserves ton of respect. He knew what he was doing, players responded exactelly as he evisioned.
On a related note I am also liking the cohesivness of the the Leafs. They seem to be a real team, not just bunch of 24 professionals. They care for each other, they fight for each other, they are not selfish (to my liking they are passing too much, just shoot the puck) which is very encouraging and coaching personel deserves respect for that too.
Fascinting night, so many great performances, so many players elevated their game, very memorable game.
Not only the Bruins are beatable, the Leafs can outmuscle them, outscore them, outsmart them. Even Phil Kessel can score on them. Things considered impossible months ago. They need to duplicate this monster effort, but right now they know it is possible. Huge building block.

I thought Carlyle and Nonis to a point were major reasons why the Leafs made the playoffs.  RC is more willing to change things around and bench or sit players when they don't perform even if they have big salaries.  I believe if Burke was still GM, Leafs would have ransomed the team for Luongo (just my opinion) and the Leafs system under RW would still be sucking.

Got my pride back in being a Leafs fan so can't help feeling good about the entire organization.

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Just ask the Leaf bashers to read this out loud and preferably surrounded by a bunch of people:  I AM WE TODD IT.  I AM SOFA KING WE TODD IT.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Phil Kessel
« on: April 30, 2013, 07:47:59 PM »
I'd rather see Kessel and the other Leaf players focus and concentrate on the game rather than having to answer idiotic questions from the media.  We had to put up with stupid media all year - things like the Leafs needed to trade for Luongo or trade for a #1 centre to make the playoffs.  Leafs proved the media and critics wrong and now they're ticked off about it.  Media likes to make up stories to drum up controversy.

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If the Bruins can't eliminate the Leafs in 6 or less, Leafs win in 7m but I am hoping Leafs do it in 6 or less.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Is this the turning point???
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:17:39 PM »
I am not worried about the Leafs playing the Bruins - the Bruins are slumping and I think the Leafs were coasting near the end to rest or I hope that was Carlyle's plan.  The Leafs can learn a lot from playing the Bruins and have the potential of taking the Bruins out.

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