It’s up to Shanny to fix the Leafs

TheStar.com writes …. Onus will be on Shanahan to fix broken Leafs

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28 Responses to It’s up to Shanny to fix the Leafs

  1. nordiques100 says:

    Get your Pro-Line on. The Leafs will win tonight Guaranteed.

  2. leafy says:

    I don’t know what it is with young people today and their tendency to bullshit rather than tell it straight.

    Take yesterday’s game, for example. The players skipped the routine stick salute to fans, and even admitted that it was deliberate. Ok, so far so good. But then later today, the players responded by saying it was not a slight on fans.

    Just tell the truth. Don’t lie to fans you stupid fucks!!

    • LN91 says:

      The leadership on the Leafs is laughable…

      They deserved to be booed. I do no understand their problem. They’re upset that Leaf fans are sick of their laziness?

      Also, not even your coaches know, whose really the issue in T.O.

  3. TmLeafan says:

    Of all the dumb contorersies surrounding the Leafs this has to be the dumbest. Feel bad for the players. Ownership is to blame. Too many corporate seats, bad experience for fans and a take it or leave it attitude when the team is struggling is what pisses me off. Who cares about a hockey stick salute?

  4. LN91 says:

    When I look at the East, it’s kind of messy. As of right now, the best teams are:

    1. Pittsburgh
    2. Tampa Bay
    3. Montreal
    4. Islanders

    Pittsburgh has a different edge to them this season.

  5. Gambo says:

    Just wanted to say that Kadri is 51.7% on the draw..

    • doorman says:

      He has started to work on his draws and defensive play which is good, if he finds the balance he will be an effective player. I doubt he will ever be the start we hoped but every team has 4 lines and more quality is better all around.

  6. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Ok, so I love how the management won’t tank for McEichel yet seems perfectly fine and will keeping Carlyle to hot a seat warm for a year Babcock? It’s like their trying to finish with a 14th overall pick.

    My vote, Bernier for E.Kane and tank.

    • LN91 says:

      I like how this team is destined for 9th in the East and management thinks this team is in the right direction.

      The worst thing that happened to this franchise/rebuild is the 2012-13 because it somehow made everyone believe that this was a playoff calibre team in 48 games (Which, it isn’t).

      Let’s not forget, at the start of the lockout season, Kessel and Phaneuf were on the trade block because Toronto was ready to blow the entire thing up.

      Now, they have created another disaster.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        I don’t think management wanted to blow things up seeing how two days into that season they stroked a 25 million dollar deal with Lupul, who celebrated with a broken arm the next game.

        I don’t get that a week ago every player was being question/criticized and two wins are it’s back to status quote. It reminds me of the JFJ days were it was ‘serve us his head’ then a three game winning streak where the mess would be ignored then a few bad loses and repeat cycle.

        Another thing that bug me was passing on Ritchie for Nylander. I like Nylander but a summer where we should have drafted Ritchie and targeted Kane…. you’d take Boston approach and at least you’d solve one issue, that of size on the wing (JVR, Ritchie, Kane, Clarkson and Lupul not a beast but not small). Kessel your skill guy, that quality in your top nine.

        At least that’s one step forward instead we get the paralyzed Dave Nonuts that sits on his fat ass and mumbles his betaness in a mic occasion.

        We can’t solve all our issues at once Dave.. If this team tried to solve one issue a year, even if not the most pressing I’d be f’ing ecstatic. Instead they think it’ll all magically come together. Evaluation year? What bs, we all knew this is the kind of year we expect.

        • Gambo says:

          Nylander is a fitness freak, Ritchie is fat. Rather have Nylander over Ritchie, by a long shot.

          • LN91 says:

            Ritchie is off pace from last year…He will be a solid player, but he is not Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash here.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            My point is that is more of a matter of what are you trying to accomplish as a team. Look at Boston when they had Lucic, Horton and depth like Thornton, throw Chara in the mix and it’s a punishing team. Ritchie would help serve that end even if he becomes a 20 goal bruiser.

            Nylander need to be elite otherwise he’s as useless as Kadri. Just look at Edmonton as an example of build on skill and nothing else.

            • Gambo says:

              The Boston model is a little bit of a joke. They had Chara in his prime when they won, Leafs don’t and wont have that any time soon. All Ritchie would have done for the leafs is help the team finish in the middle of the pack for years.

              If Mctavish wasn’t a giant puss, he could flip some of his skilled young forwards for some pieces that would actually help the team win.
              First line scoring forwards/prospects with that potential are high values assets that are rarely traded, you can always overpay for a powerforward in free agency.

              • leafs_wallace93 says:

                Boston is a well rounded team that didn’t build through lottery picks. Well that had one in Kessel which they turned into Seguin who was a relatively expendable piece on their championship runs.

                Great team for the Leafs to model given we’re not tanking.

                Not like Chara has a Conn Smythe award either. He’s one of several great pieces.

                Ritchie’s size/skill makes him the closest talent a draft has had to Lucic.

                Is it better to have a bunch of Lupuls (well at least he has most character), Kadris, Nylanders in our top nine? They’re useless come playoff time.

                • Gambo says:

                  Patrick Kane did win the Conn Smythe. Malkin won it too. Nylander could be the player that lights it up on the score sheet, while others are doing the dirty work.

                  You could sign a guy like Chris Stewart and get similar results to what Ritchie or Lucic bring, those players are always there to sign. Game breaking forwards rarely make it to UFA.

                  Best option since they aren’t rebuilding is to trade the expendable pieces, Lupul, Kadri, Gardiner for a guy like Evander Kane and combine the skill with size.

                  Sure Boston was tough, but that’s because they had a 6’9″ monster to back them up at all times. Rarely have I seen the bruins start anything without him on the ice, besides the countless staged fights by Thornton.

                  • leafs_wallace93 says:

                    I’d like to make the distinction between Malkin and Kane both 1st overall picks and 8th overall Nylander. There are exception skill players. I give Kessel a pass as I could Kane. Also Malkin is more of a horse than a skill player.

                    Nylander is fine but when you already has Kadri, Lupul, Kessel, Bozak do you need more skill? Leafs need to add winning elements.

                    Again, this Ritchie is bust and Nylander is boss it a fallacy. We don’t know what either will be.

                    Again, winning elements, I’m intrigued by Gardiner PMD element. I’d take that gamble.

                    If we’re not seeking top three picks in the draft, getting bigger and more physical, what are we doing? More soft Garbovski and Nylanders?

  7. leafy says:

    RIP Pat Quinn. One of my favorite Leaf coaches ever.

    • LN91 says:

      Anyone who could have turned Tomas Kaberle into an everyday NHL D-Men must have been a decent coach, a huge loss. I liked him alot.

      I guess his only failure as a Coach/GM was not bringing a Cup to Toronto, especially since he was working with some of the most talented players and deepest teams the franchise had seen in it’s history.

      RIP Pat Quinn.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Started watching in the Burns years and I was equally happy with the Quinn era. Loved that Quinn played run and gun in the clutch and grab era, great time to be a Leaf fan.

  8. doorman says:

    I am very interested in how they play tonight. I don’t want to seem like I don’care about a win tonight, as I would obviously prefer that. However i can handle a loss if there is EFFORT. This teams needs an identity and direction, hopefully we get an idea of it over the next while.

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