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17 Apr 2018 02:46:05
Good to see Marleau get a couple. All the guys we needed to step up and score came through. God job boys.

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16 Apr 2018 18:10:20
What I find funny is a lot of people are saying that the Leafs need size and this and that, and are suggesting trades for Gudbranson or Lucic or Kane or Reaves or Tkachuk or whoever the hell else. Its ridiculous. Remember the last time we tried to find speed? We got Dave Bolland, Mark Fraser, Roman Polak and David Clarkson. Not good. Stop trying to trade for these ‘big, tough’ vets when Matt Martin is sitting in the press box. there's a reason Martin is in the press box; he has little to no skill. He has little versatility.

What we need is better centre depth through the draft, and saavy/ big defensive free agent signing / trades. Brown + Bracco for Tanev ain't bad, or signing a guy like DeHaan if Carlson is too expensive is fine. We don't need to throw away our speed first identity because we lost two road games where our PK is below 50%, our offence has been non existent and our defence has frolapsed all over the ice. Wake up. We don't need to make this team old and slow, we don't need to trade Nylander, Hyman, Rielly, and everyone else just to go into another rebuild. Come on.

One guy I wouldn't mind who has ‘truculence’ is Marcus Foligno. he's a younger guy, physical and is fast. Perfect fourth liner. Maybe.

Leivo and a 3rd to Minny for Foligno? Idk. But please, no Lucic, no Reaves or tkachuk or whatever else.

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17 Apr 2018 02:48:07
It’s a talk and rumor site. Its all in good fun. What did you expect? If we can’t enjoy speculating, then what’s the point of posting?

17 Apr 2018 09:28:31
@randy

Good call on Andersson being the problem . Lol

Would have been about 14-4 without him tonight . Covered up a ton of mistakes .

Take the win, hope we can tie it 2-2, but glad we are still in it.

17 Apr 2018 14:41:09
I think the Leafs can maintain their speed while still adding some grit. They lose too many one-on-one puck battles and are pushed around too easily. In my opinion, adding players like Tkachuk and/ or Kane would be like adding another Hyman and Kapanen, players that compete hard, hit, fight and yet still contribute offensively and defensively.

17 Apr 2018 22:09:21
@Blizzard I have to disagree with you any other goalie in the playoffs wouldve won that game, Rask also held Boston in it and has been the better goalie through the series. That stick save was huge but you have to ask yourself would another goalie have been in better position to not have to make that save. He still let 2 absolute squeekers in, I think this game still wouldve been 4-2 with any other starting goalie in the playoffs just different shots would have went in.

16 Apr 2018 14:13:15
The Leafs are soft. Small, skilled players like Marner should not have to put up with that. I said it in January, the Leafs will not beat the Bruins. Now its getting embarrassing.
In my opinion, the four best Leafs in this series are Hyman, Kapanen, Dermott and Marleau.
The Leafs need bigger, physical players to give the skilled guys protection and room to play.
Players like Evander Kane, Wayne Simmonds, Nurse, Gubranson, even Lucic or Ryan Reeves.

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16 Apr 2018 02:58:56
It blows my mind more people aren't posting about andersen atrocious play. he's been the worst goalie in the playoffs. Idk if he's tired if he cracks undwr pressure or what it is, but this looks like a team that on top of being hammered into the ground doesn't have confidence in their goalie. I mean anyone who has played atleast a season of net some where in their time playing hockey would have stopped those first 2 goals on saturday. Its a simple concept, don't let the shooter beat you to the post. I said it after the first game andersen looks shaky and he did against washington last year aswell.

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16 Apr 2018 02:10:48
Leafs defense has been exposed, no surprise. The leafs worst D-man is not Polak, surprise. Zaitsev's play has continued to decline. As I have stated here several times, I feel he is overpaid for what he brings to the Leafs. 4.5M for a # 5/6 D-man is too much. Time to trade him before his value drops even more. Still has value as a RHD with term. Could be a #4 on some teams. Suggested landing spots?

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16 Apr 2018 14:17:27
Edmonton might take him, they want a RHD with some offense. I agree with you, our defense is terrible. Polak has been playing decent and is at least physical.
The only D I would keep are Reilly, Dermott and Hainsey. Add a couple physical d-men that actually play defense, (it seems to be working for the Bruins - McQuaid, Miller, Chara) .

14 Apr 2018 02:24:51
Bring roberts and tucker out of retirement to destroy these bruins with hits.

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14 Apr 2018 18:28:41
MArtin . hello? Martin?

It’s a no brainer!

The boys feel safer with him in the building . Am I he only person with any visibility of how to motivate/ lead this team?

Not complicated.

14 Apr 2018 22:45:49
Difference between the boys above and martin though is tucker and roberts could score.

17 Apr 2018 22:14:13
I got to agree with blizz. Leafs should be willing to dress someone who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. Not one person on our team is capable of fulfilling the enforcer role if Martin isn’t playing. Bruins captain is still willing to drop the gloves, and he’s 41 years old. Seeing Chara pushing JVR from front of net really exposes how one dimensional JVR really is. He is simply not effective as a player if you remove him from his post. It was nice to see him score. Until now, he has looked like a player that knows his days are numbered and just doesn’t want to get hurt before signing a big payday with some other team.

13 Apr 2018 18:27:34
Leafs forward lines without Kadri
Hyman - Matthews - Kapanen
Marleau - Nylander - Marner
JVR - Bozak - Leivo over Brown
Johnsson - Plekanec - Komarov

Leivo is a little bigger than Brown. Let Bergeron line focus on Matthews line, Nylander line should be able to do some damage.

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13 Apr 2018 02:33:16
MarquesMen

Leafs trade Leivo and 1sr 2018

Phoenix trade Domi

I want you to read that again. Are you insane you say Phoenix would want more.

Leafs don't even want Domi but I'm with LeafsGM

Domi for Leivo straight up

No hands what so ever you just sit and watch his numbers go down each year.
Your in the joke department

Leafs were in this game. Very nervous start but after Hyman tied the game leafs were dominating. That third goal late in second period killed the Leafs

Looking forward Lwafs should feel they can play with Boston just steal game 2

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13 Apr 2018 19:07:28
In my opinion, the Leafs do not need wingers unless they are big and can hit, score, and fight.
My thoughts are Polak, Bozak, JVR and Komarov do not come back. I would sign Evander Kane and give Chris Stewart a PTO.
The Leafs need help on Defense and Center, and they especially need size and toughness. They are too easy to push around and when teams take liberties, there are no consequences.
I would keep Leivo and try something unique-play him. He has size and speed and we will never know how good he can be unless he plays.
My ideal lineup:
Evander Kane – Matthews – Kapanen
Marleau – Nylander – Marner
Hyman –? – Chris Stewart
Johnsson – Aaltonen – Leivo.

13 Apr 2018 19:12:06
My bad, should read:
Hyman - Kadri - Chris Stewart/ Connor Brown.

14 Apr 2018 05:47:56
Kane is a wildcard. He’s no worse than Kadri for making bonehead moves at the worst possible times. There’s no denying the talent. But do we really need two cheap shot hotheads on the team. I’m not for or against Kane. I’m a fence sitter I guess you could say. Depends on how much they pay him and the length and terms of the contract.

I don’t like your lineups. Nylander should remain on wing, not dropped all the way down to third line center where he doesn’t belong. Hyman should stay with Matthews where he belongs, and Kane should be beside Kadri along with Marner. That would be a good tough lineup with a lot of talent.

Hyman/ Matthews/ Nylander
Kane/ Kadri/ Marner
Johnson/ Marleau/ Brown
Leivo/ Aaltonen/ Kapanen
*Stewart

Stewart is bench warmer most games unless it gets chippy and he needs to go out and ring someone’s clock. Otherwise, Leafs continue with youth movement and ice a fast, skilled team with emphasis on offense.

I too have Aaltonen slotted in 4C in my lineups right now, but I don’t expect him to start next year. Will have to find someone else to fill that role.

13 Apr 2018 01:40:17
Anybody else find Andersen always seems to look bad in the playoffs?

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14 Apr 2018 18:29:00
He has some of the worst d in the playoffs in front of him

Reilly stinks
Gards stinks
Zaitsev is ok, but having a pretty below average year (since injury)

Polak and Dermott are best 2 D on the team

Coach is terrible . 4th line vs first, not bringing Martin in, playing Hainsey way too many PK minutes (should be on every PK for first 1:15 . )

Someone get me in that dressing room! I can make this happen . They have the tools, just using them wrong .

15 Apr 2018 08:43:42
I mean first w goals tonight he was swimming. I couldve stopped both meat the giy to the post not that hard.

10 Apr 2018 03:28:45
One last trade proposal before bed

Leafs trade Leivo, Carrick
Rangers trade Spooner

Rangers can probably make use of both Lievo and Carrick, Leafs use Spooner as 4C or 3C if Bozak doesn’t re-sign

I think we’ve seen the best out of all these players and know what they are capable of. This is a depth trade for both teams as their isn’t much upside on any of the players being moved here.

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11 Apr 2018 11:37:13
Spooners played absolutely ridiculous for NYR, despite NYR being bad. They’d probably keep him and give him every oppurtunity in their top 9 next year.

I understand why the Rangers would be considering moving Spooner tho, with Chytil, Andersson and Zib. I just think Spooners production down the stretch will make him a more expensive trade option.

 


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