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Post#141 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:01 am by ATLTimekeeper

_venom_ wrote:
YogiStewart wrote:the Kuleiman deal is really a headshaker.
if i were the GM, i wouldn't even bring him back. 7 goals. ugg.
but...he got a RAISE compared to his 1st contract. why??

when you're the 5th worst team in the NHL, you need to make changes. bringing back a 7 goal 2-way player is not the way to make change.

this also means that guys like Colborne, Kadri, Frattin, D'Amigo are not making the team. which roster spot(s) are available?


He is one year removed from scoring 30 goals and arguably being our best forward. He had a bad year yes but he was still great defensively, he hits and he's discipline. Letting Kulemin go for nothing would have been an absolutely (Please Use More Appropriate Word) move. Kulemin will have a bounce back season and put up 20+ goals and that deal will be a bargain. Kulemin is not the forward we should be shedding to make room for the young guys, it should be Connolly/Lombardi/Steckel....


Bingo. He's had more 15+ goal seasons than he has 7. Good signing.
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Post#142 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:03 am by Morris_Shatford

While its sorta off topic;

The Leafs could have outbid the Rangers in what they ultimately paid to land Nash,
Given the low cost and Burkes need to make some degree of deal to impact the roster, what gives?
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Post#143 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:44 am by ATLTimekeeper

Morris_Shatford wrote:While its sorta off topic;

The Leafs could have outbid the Rangers in what they ultimately paid to land Nash,
Given the low cost and Burkes need to make some degree of deal to impact the roster, what gives?


No clue, especially considering we had interest in him. Kind of surprised there isn't more outrage.
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Post#144 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:27 pm by _venom_

The Leafs were not on Nash's list of teams he'd be willing to go to.
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Post#145 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:57 am by Crowned

^This.

We weren't on his list, there were very few that were. If we were, he'd be a Leaf...almost guaranteed.
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Post#146 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:57 pm by Relentless88

The NHLPA submitted their latest proposal yesterday. Less revenue for players and expanded revenue sharing program. It seems as though the players have diverted this from owners vs. players to big market owners vs. small market owners?

Anyways, what are the implications of this for the Leafs (they are a big market..), and how likely is it that we avoid a lockout? I can't even imagine what another lockout would do to the league...
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Post#147 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:06 pm by Secueritae

How is TSN going to cope if there's a lockout??
Seems they show 20 minutes worth of highlights like 2 mins a game with a seperate screen to show the final score and top 5 players on each team, not to mention have those analysts on each Canadian team game. In contrast they show 1-2 buckets (20 seconds) per NBA game and have that small box underneath with the final score and 1 top player.
How will they cope having to cover NBA games more and only show 5-10 mins worth of lockout progress?
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Post#148 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:43 pm by whysoserious

I am fairly certain they will just fill that time covering the lockout itself with hockey specials and what not. It's a joke trying to watch a sports news cast and to have to wait 20 minutes to get 10 minutes of all the other sports only to reset and start all over again.
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Post#149 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:06 pm by Morris_Shatford

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We weren't on his list, there were very few that were. If we were, he'd be a Leaf...almost guaranteed.


Based on Burke's almost flawless record of getting big deals done?
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Post#150 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:10 pm by Adrian_05

Morris_Shatford wrote:
Crowned wrote:
We weren't on his list, there were very few that were. If we were, he'd be a Leaf...almost guaranteed.


Based on Burke's almost flawless record of getting big deals done?

I guess the fact that the Leafs could have put together a better package than the rangers did.
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Post#151 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:33 pm by Crowned

Morris_Shatford wrote:
Crowned wrote:
We weren't on his list, there were very few that were. If we were, he'd be a Leaf...almost guaranteed.


Based on Burke's almost flawless record of getting big deals done?


Based on the fact that he could've offered a more attractive package than what they ended up with. He could've thrown Kadri, Schenn, Colborne and a pick at Columbus, and it would've been a better deal.
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Post#152 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:31 pm by whysoserious

So Allaire is out as Goaltending Coach. I wasn't a fan of his work overall with the guys on the big club but this shows again the problems with this organization where too many people interject and try to assert themselves in areas they should back off. I don't see things getting better with Rogers/Bell on board.

It's so sad to watch this **** constantly for so long with Toronto sports franchises.
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Post#153 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:26 pm by sanity

Was it Allaire who attempted to turn Gustavsson into a butterfly goalie? If so he pretty much ruined his 2011-2012 year
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Post#154 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:49 pm by Bankai

I hear that the Leafs were interested in going for Roberto Luongo. I think its a good idea. They need that bonifide starting goalie. Ive seen Roberto give up poor goals in the past, but when he is on, he is ON! And as we have seen with Halak and Quick, you just need your Goalie to get hot in the playoffs and your team could ride him all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
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Post#155 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:31 pm by GREY 1769

Not sure where to post this, but while we wait for the lockout to end, there's some Leafs related news in that Burke is doing some great charity work. He's the co-chair of Sleep Out: Executive Edition for Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless youth.

http://covhou.convio.net/site/TR/SleepOut/National?sid=1100&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=1080

Yahoo article:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/downtown-toronto-maple-leafs-gm-brian-burke-slept-212424275--nhl.html

Say what you will about the product he puts together on the ice, but off the ice he gets top marks for his involvement in bringing attention to and actively supporting important causes. :clap:
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Post#156 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:27 pm by Adrian_05

Good on BB for doing that. :clap:
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Post#157 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Mon Jan 7, 2013 5:04 pm by Brew666

Ok, there''s not much left but what do people think will be BB plans for the rest of the offseason?

We have 2 amnesty clauses and Franson is still a RFA. I'm hoping one amnesty is spent on Komi and then we hold on to the other one (no idea when it would expire). Then with the money saved, we resign Franson (not a huge a fan of him but we shouldn't let him walk). I don't really see a point in amnestying Connolly or Lombardi b/c they're off the books by next year anyhow. If we have a significant piece we can add, sure, but I don't expect that.

Other than that I'd hold steady b/c I don't know how to gauge this team. It feels like we see 2 different teams play every year; whether it's the team that comes out like hot stink and drops a record number games in a row or vice-versa. Though it' s a shortened season, I think mgmt has to decide this year whether to continue the current path or blow it up (again). If we're out of the playoff race, then it's time to have a fire sale with whatever assets we have and start all over again. If we're in the running, then continue with what we have.
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Post#158 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:51 pm by whysoserious

If the Leafs are smart, there is no better year to tank for them than now. A shortened season, no high end talent available right at the moment. This year should be about leaving guys like Kadri up and playing them heavy and teaching them. They've got capspace coming on the horizaon whereas many teams are capped out.

Don't make the move for Luongo, stay the course for one more shortened season. Making a quick push to the playoffs this year would be about the worse thing they could do right now.
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Post#159 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:21 pm by whysoserious

Leafs put Connoly on waivers for a potential buyout. The cap hit still counts, this one makes no sense. he expires after this season anyway. That's a total waste of a compliance buyout IMO.
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Post#160 Re: Leafs Offseason Discussion
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:01 pm by Homer Jay

whysoserious wrote:Leafs put Connoly on waivers for a potential buyout. The cap hit still counts, this one makes no sense. he expires after this season anyway. That's a total waste of a compliance buyout IMO.


Want to open up a roster spot maybe?

Down the centre this year looks like Bozak, JVR, Steckel, and McClement. Grabo can play C in a pinch and they probably want to bring up Colborne at some point this year as well. Leo Komarov will probably given a looksy as well.

Just no room for Conolly.

I think this strongly indicates that they intend to keep Bozak and the deal for Luongo as rumoured could be dead.
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