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Commander Clueless last won the day on October 4 2013

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  1. That really depends on how many McNuggets I'm getting.
  2. @J0e Th0rnton True, hard choices will need to be made. The inevitable loss of a depth will hurt them, no doubt...but that's the point of the Cap, in a way - to even the tables a little. The Blackhawks have good prospects, too. Time will tell, I guess.
  3. Maybe, but what you are describing is sort of the point (well, secondary point, after saving money). The league wants more parity, not Chicago winning it every other year (which is happening regardless). Chicago will still be a great team after their moves this summer. Death to dynasties.
  4. I think the Oilers will and should be patient with Eakins. Guy needs time, and the revolving door of coaches needs to settle down for a bit IMO. #15 has been predicted for a fair few years now. I'll believe it when I see it
  5. I predict the Leafs will challenge for the Calder Cup this year. Hold on to your butts!
  6. I actually believed this story. Right up until they had Steve Simmons quoted as saying something nice. Then I knew: something was not right.
  7. I'm not 100% clear on the rules of reincarnation, but I thought you had to be dead in order to be reincarnated? Plus, with Mike Richards' dirty partying habits, I'm 95% sure he'll be coming back as a dung beetle. Good Lo... I'm not even a Flyers fan, but right now I feel like if I had one run in a time machine, I would go back in time and stop you from posting this. Well, maybe if I had two chances. The first run would certainly be to go back and ensure Daniel Alfredsson has a solid career. In golf.
  8. What, and have the Leafs actually play defense? Are you insane? SOMEone's got to play with Franson, and it's probably going to be one of the young guys. I don't particularly want Rielly with someone who can't play defense either. Like I said, I was really hoping to have someone more defensively oriented in Franson's spot. I feel like the kids need that sheltering. I just took a stab, really.
  9. Well, it took me a while Joe, but I am here as summoned. Time for some Maple Leafs action: 1. Dion Phaneuf - Yes, Dion Phaneuf. The big goof is staying with the big blue. Easily the best defenseman with the Maple Leaf crest on his chest this side of anything to do with Team Canada, he's a two-way guy. Eats minutes like he should eat mammoth meat and skates like a rhino - fast in a straight line, not so great side to side. At times he looks like legit #1 calibre, and others he looks like a neanderthal with the mentality of a six year old girl throwing a temper tantrum. Leafs fans will tell you he's great, other fans will tell you he's hot garbage, and, as usual, the actual truth will tell you it's somewhere in the middle. Price Tag: $7 mil Worth It? I would have said no, but after this year's free agent signings, I'm actually starting to wonder if Nonis isn't quite as crazy as I thought. I'll go with a solid "not great". 2. Stephane Robidas - The new old man on the block. Guy can still play, if healthy. Likely not an ideal #2 guy, but a guy who should be able to eat minutes and give the Leafs some much needed experience on the back end. My overall knowledge of him is limited since I don't get to see all that many West games, but I'm happy to have him around. Price Tag: $3 mil Worth It? Yep, except for the whole "signed until 40" thing. 3. Jake Gardiner - The kid is back with a shiny new contract. Consistency is the name of the game for young Jake, who plays like a premier puck mover for about a quarter of the season, and a struggling sophomore for the other 3/4ths. If he can find his groove, the Leafs may have a gem here - at least on the offensive side of the game. Defensively his impressive speed gets him out of some sticky situations, but he has his work cut out for him. Price Tag: $4 mil Worth It? Really tough to say. He was signed long term, and partially for potential. 4. Morgan Rielly - No longer the newest, shiniest toy in the Leafs' toybox, Morgan is running out of free pass time with Leafs Nation. This next season is up in the air. I rated him here because during his flashes of brilliance, the kid looked every bit the part of the potential #1 guy the Leafs so desperately need. However, like Gardiner, he's got no shortage of work to do on his game. His speed also makes up for a lot of his mistakes. Probable sophomore slump and inevitable fan disgruntling in 3...2... Price Tag: $1.5ish...I think? Worth It? Most definitely. 5. Roman Polak - The scary newcomer with the Shanahype. This recently traded for backend patroller is just what King Brendan ordered, regardless of the slightly questionable cost of acquiring him. Like Robidas, I don't have a terribly vast amount of first hand witness to this guy's playing ability, but he sounds like he will be relied on to shut down other teams' best guys and clear the crease. Price Tag: $3 mil, once you consider the retained salary. Worth It? Not sure yet. Sure hope so. 6. Cody Franson -Ah, Cody. Yes, Cody. Our favourite whipping boy, back again for another lashing. The guy went from looking like a Top 4 defenseman in a shortened season, to a guy who couldn't spell deefnse. Puts up points, but hopefully will remain on the bottom pairing where he is best suited. Skates like molasses, but is big and physical. Also very good at holding the point on the powerplay. Price Tag: $2.3 mil Worth It? Ehhhh...I guess. I'd prefer that money was spent on a guy to help the Leafs' defensive woes. 7. Stetter Perberg (Stuart Percy/Petter Granberg) - The rookies. Percy, the left handed two-way guy, and Granberg, the right handed defensive guy. Either or both could see time on the Leafs this season, but any projections on these guys would be pure hopeful speculation. Both looked pretty darn good with the Marlies. Price Tag: Nothing, unless they come up. Worth It? Prospects be great. My stab at pairings: Phaneuf-Robidas Rielly-Polak Gardiner-Franson Grancy
  10. Yes except not relied on to score. The Maple Leafs: Pissing everybody off for no discernable reason and trolling their fans since 1967, when they were last relevant. Trollonto Maple Leafs, as it were.
  11. Perhaps, but the character that best exemplifies the Leafs is probably Leo Komarov. Annoys everybody, likes to make goofy faces and is an overall jokester. Lacks top end talent. But dang if he isn't entertaining.
  12. I agree with you re: Bowman. As does everybody who ever liked the Leafs. Oh, except the people in charge...although whether or not they actually like the Leafs is up in the air. Edmonton, maybe, but one has to think they'll put all their talent together eventually...won't they? Winnipeg with decent goaltending is probably a playoff team. Well, stastically it looks like they would have been this past season, at any rate. The Leafs..well, who friggin' knows? They could be a playoff team or they could be bottom 5 and I wouldn't be surprised, to be perfectly honest with you. Anydangwho, regarding the Sharks...do they really need a "rebuild"? I mean Pavelski and Vlasic aren't old, Couture and Hertl are fantastic, Braun and Stalock look awesome....if they do go rebuild, I don't think they'll be at it very long. But it does seem like time to consider passing the torch from Big Joe and Patty M to the next generation.
  13. Exactly. See? There's always a "could be worse" scenario. Unless you are, in fact, the Leafs. We have continuously degrading mental stability to look forward to. And that's just the bright side! ...although, to be fair, those Kane/Toews contracts are still pretty nutso. More on topic, though, I seriously doubt Hannan will block any of the young guys. No offense, Scott.....
  14. There there buddy. If it makes you feel better, the Leafs are in the exact same boat. Except without the "solid core of players" part.
  15. Wait, actual hockey is happening at the Leafs prospect camp? I thought you actually needed to have prospects for that to happen. Pretty sure the Leaf "prospect camp" is just a cover for other, slightly shadier activities. Finn is promising, but needs to work on his skating. Hopefully Nylander can become something good. The Leafs could really use some hope, or at least some sort of distraction from the cataclysmic levels of suckage. ...more ice girls?
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