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(TSN)   Flames firesale of failure continues as Boumeester traded to Blues. Leafs talking to Kiprusoff. The rebuild begins   (tsn.ca ) divider line
    More: Obvious, Miikka Kiprusoff, Jay Bouwmeester, eternal flame, depressions, NHL Entry Draft, world junior hockey championship, Panthers, losers  
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568 clicks; posted to Sports » on 02 Apr 2013 at 9:42 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-04-02 11:35:17 AM  
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Sirjohnfalstaff: Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!

The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).


Don't tell Leaf fans, any time they are in the playoffs they think they're going to win the Cup. The party around their first home playoff date will look and sound like a Stanley Cup parade in most other cities.

I am not all that surprised with the Leafs pay this year, they had a good core fo guys to build on. Their goaltending has been adequate and they appear to have a stud in Kadri.

Now if you had said that the Habs would be in the playoffs this year, I'd have laughed at you. But leading the division? I'd think you were on crack.
2013-04-02 10:47:03 AM  
2 votes:
Unless Boumeester can play forward or somehow prevent Halak from injuring himself when he's not letting in soft goals I'm finding it hard to get too excited over this move.
2013-04-02 09:48:53 AM  
2 votes:
The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!
2013-04-02 01:38:03 PM  
1 vote:
So from the sounds of things Kipper wants an extension before he agrees to get dealt.  If Nonis agrees to that he should be fired on the spot.
2013-04-02 01:10:23 PM  
1 vote:

Ecaps: Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.

I subscribe to Burke's newsletter. I expected playoffs this year and I will get them.

Thank Christ Toronto didn't trade Kadri for Luongo like they were threatening.


I think Burke deserves a lot of credit for how the team is playing right now. But I also think Carlyle has been a hugely important change. Ron Wilson was a terrible coach who couldn't motivate his players. Carlyle seems to get the best out of what he has in the dressing room.

Couldn't agree more about hanging on to Kadri. I figured he would turn into a third liner. He is so much better than I figured he'd be. And a lot of credit again has to go to Burke for not rushing him into the NHL.
2013-04-02 11:35:21 AM  
1 vote:

Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.


I subscribe to Burke's newsletter. I expected playoffs this year and I will get them.

Thank Christ Toronto didn't trade Kadri for Luongo like they were threatening.
2013-04-02 11:29:05 AM  
1 vote:

Sirjohnfalstaff: Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!

The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).


Same happened with the Kings. After many years of not making the playoffs (still remember that 7 game series vs Detroit from the early 2000s) they made the playoffs in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only to be bounced in first round by Vancouver and then Sharks. Those short trips gave experience to the young core of players (Brown, Kopitar, Doughty) and veterans were added every year in key positions (Williams, Scuderi, Mitchell, Stoll, Penner). After the 2011 loss to the Sharks in first round the team made the big move and got Mike Richards and Gagne thinking that they were needed to solve the lack of scoring problem. Gagne didn't work out as planned and at the deadline they got Carter on the way to first Stanley's Cup.

Right now they are still the youngest team in the NHL and the core is signed for long term. Sure, they're going to lose some of the role players and some of the young, puck moving d-men in the coming offseasons (especially Martinez) but they've got a bright future.

During the playoff less years here in Kings' nation, the Leafs were one of the most entertaining team to watch come playoffs time because the electricity in that arena is amazing. No matter what haters say, Toronto in the playoffs is good for the league as a whole.
2013-04-02 10:33:12 AM  
1 vote:
Haven't the Flames been rebuilding for 20 years now?
2013-04-02 10:03:07 AM  
1 vote:
I guess this is our power rankings thread?

/submitted one yesterday, got redlit
//Penguins deserved the top spot this week
 
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