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What are your thoughts on the Leafs' roster?
Sun, February 8, 2009

What are your thoughts on how the Leafs' roster is shaping up? Who should stay and who should go before the trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

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Tiger Williams used to ask "who's better, me or Bobby Orr? Me cuz I try harder"

I hate the Leafs but I like their drive.

Some of the NHL fat cats could take a page from their book.

Lot's of Tigers at the ACC these days.
Probert, 2008-11-10 18:15:30

RM:

That was a disgusting display by your Habs last night!!! I don't mean hockey-wise because all good teams have off nights - penalties killed them. I'm talking about Montreal players chirping the Leafs (e.g. normally classy Koivu even got into it with Grabovsky, hits from behind, etc.) - the league's a joke if there's not a suspension for the hit on Van Ryn, now out for an extended period with his injuries.

Montreal is a great organization, but the players made the Habs look like something out of the movie Slapshot last night - totally classless!!!

GO LEAFS!!!


Jake, 2008-11-09 12:58:16

RM you should hope for the same commitment from your prima donna Habs who have yet to get past division play offs. Let's wait till we have played 40 games and see where we all are then.

6 points between first and last right now so nobody is shining buddy.


John, 2008-11-06 00:22:56

The Leafs are playing well now; due to the fact that they lack talent and most are giving 110% as nobody on that team is guaranteed a spot from one game to the next. However , energy and will can only get you so far for so long...not 80+ games for sure...they could compete in the OHL and maybe beat Windsor or London. Go Habs Go!
RM, 2008-11-05 09:20:00

As an avid Montreal fan I have caught the last few games on the Toronto sports network(TSN) and I must say the Leafs are playing good entertaining hockey and most of all are playing like a team instead of individuals likes last year. The last 2 games were impressive, one a come back win and one almost, this is a team that is playing with much tenacity and confidence, they could be a surprise come years end with a never say die mentality. To me they are playing a Montreal style using their speed to make up for their lack size, goal tending however is not consistent and Toskala had better start playing better if they want a chance at a playoff spot. Kaberle has been playing extremely well for the leafs getting rid of McCabe for Van Ryn has so far proven to be a great move, if I were a leaf fan I would be happy with how the team has reacted so far without Sundin and good thing is they can only get better than the product they put on the ice last year. That's my best unbiased outlook I can give all you leaf fans Oh they should continue to beat Ottawa with no problems at all with they team they have now its a tradition now
smallrage, 2008-11-04 23:43:43

I think they are doing ok. They are still making mistakes and lost the last two Carolina games that they could have won.

Overall though they try hard and any team that does that is bound to succeed. No team sees them as a pushover anymore so keep up the good work guys.
John, 2008-11-04 23:19:23

I said I would give the Laffs 10 games before commenting again on their roster.

Here's what I like:

1) Departure of players such as Devereaux, Battaglia, Williams, Pohl and so may others from last year's roster that just were not able to perform at the NHL level.

2) Marginal players such as Colaiacovo and White have been benched. I've always said that White is too small and Carlo never seems to be in shape. Maybe he doesn't have the physique to be a hockey player.

3) Players on this roster have to follow Coach Ron's instructions or they don't play. Big difference from last year when Coach Mo would tell McCabe or Colaiacovo or White what to do in the last minute of the game and then watch in absolute horror as they did the exact opposite.

4) Coach Ron is doing a real good job with not a lot of talent. Hats off to his tough love approach.

Here's what I don't like:

1) Vesa is still not coming up big. Laffs are outshooting the opposition but Vesa isn't winning the games by standing on his head. He's a good 2nd stringer.

2) There are a lot of journeymen defensemen on the Laffs (Finger, Van Ryn, Frogren, Kubina) and if the Laffs could somehow find a stud defenseman they could trade away 2 or 3 of the above without missing a beat.

3) Not much scoring power and players who are paid to put the puck in the net (Blake and Grabovsky) aren't performing.

Although Sundin would help in the goal scoring dept, he is still trying to assess which team has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup and that is where he will go.

But this is a big improvement. Despite the fact there are still huge mgt flaws, if Laffs hang on to their draft choices, rely more on Coates and Nieuwendyk over Penny and Morrison to assess hockey talent they could have a good team in 2 or 3 years.
Ron, 2008-10-30 09:27:50

Come on Jake. If that was a "yank-your-chain" type of comment designed to get a rise out of some Sens fans, then fine, it's caveat emptor as far as they're concerned if they bite.

But if ut was supposed to be a serious comparison then re-think it. Ottawa was without Alfreddson, Fisher, and Kelly for the entire series (OJ, ALfie came back for games 3 and 4 but played them on one leg). Take away 3 of the top Pens forwards and I doubt that series would have ended up the same way.

It's one thing to not like a team - that's understandable - but don't let that cloud your analysis. Bookies must love you.
Gary O., 2008-10-29 09:52:52

Check the stats Trev - the Leafs won the season series against Ottawa last year, based on total points earned. Ottawa looked like an OHL team vs. the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs last year - they haven't shown a lot more this year so far.
Jake, 2008-10-27 15:23:40

The Leafs are a lot better to watch this year than the last 3. They should be able to make an 8-9 place finish, too bad it's self defeating. No draft pick again.

Sens will once again beat the Leafs for the season but be out of the playoffs early. Habs will go much farther.
Trev, 2008-10-27 14:41:46

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