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#2570867 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 February 2015 - 03:14 AM

Jonas Siegel with a great piece on Kessel. Finally someone on in the media there pointing out the obvious.


Kessel, for one, had no hand in the management failures of John Ferguson Jr., Cliff Fletcher, Brian Burke or Dave Nonis, which are at the real heart of a decade with just a single playoff appearance. Kessel didn’t botch draft picks, signings or trades. Nor did he fail behind the bench. Is Kessel a “coach killer” (as one publication described him) because management misallocated $36 million to David Clarkson or $23 million to Mike Komisarek? Or because that same group spoiled a compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski? Or because management, over the span of a decade, has been unable to replenish itself properly through the draft?

#2570513 DD starting to get the love....

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 February 2015 - 12:38 PM

Good Michigan boy and future captain, best signing in years.

#2570375 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 February 2015 - 09:13 AM

Where are you getting this 1st + Prospect from? You keep saying it, but every other place I've looked has said a 2nd and a prospect.Malik.:ninja:

Tsn.ca tradecenter

Dreger listed Dallas and the Anaheim Ducks as teams that would have interest in Cody Franson and that the Leafs would likely look for a roster player in his early 20s as the key component in any return. Failing that, Dreger said, the Leafs could be looking for multiple picks, including a potential first-rounder .

#2570371 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 February 2015 - 03:38 AM

I've never seen a place where the by far best player is getting so much flak. But sure go ahead trade your best player and then complain about not having a finisher Clarkson, Lupul aren't movable but Phaneuf is not that bad if the Leafs retain some salary the offers will come flying .

#2569898 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 February 2015 - 04:24 PM

Wonder what happens if Mraz plays another good game. 


Once the two starters back to 100 % he will be send down to the AHL to work on his game, as it should be.

#2569778 So, Evander Kane...

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 February 2015 - 12:22 PM

I don't understand this trade from Buffalo's point of view. They are rebuilding and a guy with serious attitude problems should be the last thing they should want alongside their up and coming players. Bad trade Murray

#2569717 Nasty Business-Roussel ejected for cross-check to McQuaid's throat

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 February 2015 - 06:46 AM

In the good old days Roussel would have left the game on a stretcher for stuff like this, unbelievable.

#2569104 Leafs Make History

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 February 2015 - 04:37 PM

Frank, a good NHL forth liner should still be able to at least look somewhat decent in the AHL. Luke Glendening was a point per game player in the minors. Mitch Callahan is closing in on that now, and would be a MUCH better option on our forth line than Davidf****** Broll... He is a scrub.

Also, how the hell does that video make him worth a 7th rounder?? LOL


Ok just looked it up they've send him the ECHL maybe I was a bit too excited seems to have fallen off a bit lately.

#2568827 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 February 2015 - 06:53 AM

I think that some of the loss to Boston and the statistical disappearance of the young guns taught them they need to keep cranking it up a notch for the playoffs. They were strong down the stretch, but either they felt "mission accomplished" after getting in and were just happy to be there (like the 1995 finals) or didn't fully get the need to take up to yet another level due to their inexperience.

Well Boston was just too good in every aspect of the game. I think the young guns were surprised with how different the compete level in the playoffs is.

I also think some players were just gassed too after fighting tooth and nails to even get into the show.

#2568566 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 February 2015 - 04:32 PM

Very true, you almost need to lose in the playoffs to learn how to win. Think back to how the Devils crushed the Wings in 1995 (I had tix for game 5 if it had happened), but that set the table in some ways for the 97 and 98 wins. I remember the victory lap with the Campbell trophy for winning the conference because it had been such a long drought. Even though on paper, the Wings should have won the Finals, that belied that mentally they weren't quite there yet, and the Scott Stevens destroying of Kozlov became a metaphor for the series.

The adding of Shanahan and the experience from '95 were key to the subsequent success. 2002 was a cup that should have been a no brainier, but if not for Lidstrom's long range score on Cloutier, they could have been gone in the first. So many things have to go right in a playoff run to get the cup. Cujo played great in goal for the Wings when he was here, but the boys gave him no run support, and Cujo was unfairly blamed for early exits by many.

Last year's stretch run to the playoffs was a step for the younger players, but they didn't know how to get it done in the post season, and Boston was a good team. That experience paid off this year - Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan are all playing at the high end of expectations for them, if not exceeding them. If our boys stay healthy, they have a chance in a seven game series against any team in the league his year. They may not be favorites, but I don't think they will get blown out by anyone if they are healthy.


That's why it's by far the hardest trophy to win in all of sports the salary cap, revenue sharing and some **** CBA rules have made it even more difficult but I don't agree that you have to lose in order to learn how to win it all. Young players need confidence and experience but getting slauthered against Boston might not have been the best experience (if Detroit makes it they should use that as motivation if possible).


God that 2002 team how do I miss them may be one of the best rosters ever and what a great year that has been :(

#2568548 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 February 2015 - 03:58 PM

Nevermind, the rumor originated from the @HockeyInsiderr twitter account...




I still think we could move our 1st rounder for one year for something we need now and not endanger our future with all the talent we have developing.  I think it would be worth the risk.  Even if Franson left.  Although, he would see that once you come here, and the money is available, there is no real reason to leave...


As much as I've come along on the Franson thing I would not trade a first rounder for an upcoming UFA, unless it's someone of an even higher calibre and that guy is not available. Franson is from BC so I could easily see him signing with the Canucks come the off-season. A second and a B level prospect might be worth it because the benefits would be a.) ~ 2 months of exclusively negotations and b.) being able to offer him 8 instead of 7 years ( = more money).


He has the size to bring back Kronwalled although it would be Franson(ed) but either way a nice addition.

#2568382 Great Brandon Prust Article

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 February 2015 - 07:55 PM

Yeah and we are already seeing rats like Rinaldo acting tough against guys like Letang would he do the same thing if they still had Engelland? Maybe but then he would smash his face. The day a Super star gets hurt by a rat week be the day when guys with passion are going to be back. Hockey for sure is better with players like Prust. Also love the site great incite on what's going on in the life of pros

#2568347 Great Brandon Prust Article

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Nice article.  


Prust is one of those players that can hit, fight and occasionally score.  Seems like a good teammate and leader.    


Basically the kind of guy Holland and Babcock don't want on this team from their past moves and their treatment of Tootoo.  It's not just them not liking an enforcer who can't score.  They don't really go after the Prust type players either.  


Yep when I think of Hockey Players Prust is one of the guys who immediately comes in mind he is tough, humble, honest, physical and a great leader. Every hockey team would be better with such players on their team.

#2568274 Great Brandon Prust Article

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 February 2015 - 12:33 PM

Disclaimer: those who hate fighting, tough guys will hate it so no need to read the article. http://www.theplayer...m/why-we-fight/


He talks about how he became a tough guy, the code and that sometimes emotions are getting the best of him even against some of his best buddies like King Henrik and Stepan.

At the end Prust gives a nice incite on what goes on the day before a fight.. He doesn't sleep much, still fears the opponent and when the day comes he prefers his fights early to get it out of the way. The best part is probably him talking about rats and what he thinks of guys that are going after skilled and smaller players.

#2568121 Buffalo Sabres could go for the record

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 February 2015 - 09:33 PM

Not even Edmonton could ruin those two
I think you under estimate Edmonton's deficiencies.
But it was more of a snide remark.

Maybe but they really don't deserve either one. I mean this would be their 4? Top 5 pick in a row not even the pens were that bad