Leafs Prospect Camp Notes – Day 2

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Welcome back to the Master Card Centre of Excellence!

I was pleased to be back watching anything affiliated with the Maple Leafs. I was crushed after Game 7, but it all felt okay being back at the rink on this extremely hot summer day in Toronto.

First person I ran into was Henny. Such a nice guy, he immediately came over and asked how things are going before breaking into a nice Leafs discussion. Apparently Leafs TV has compiled some great Prospect information and video that will be out soon, so keep your eyes open for it. I need to do my research on media personalities, there is a really nice guy who always helps me out with information but I don’t know his name. Thanks for the wi-fi password ūüėČ

Onto the “game.” Blue vs White moving left to right on the radio dial (always wanted to say that and I was inspired by Joe Bowen being at scrimmage today). Fairly methodical two periods of play with the guys obviously not wanting to be the one who “screwed up” and cost his team the game.

First goal (and only goal) was scored by Fabrice Herzog. He played on a line with Joshua Leivo, who was clearly the best Forward on the ice today. Team Blue took the final lead of the game at 1-0.

The second period had a bit more intensity as the hits were noticeably harder and with more power to them. Each time David Broll steps on the ice, people are aware and he makes noise. Broll caught Granberg attempting to clear the puck and knocked him on his posterior during the second period of play. Having said that, not only can he hit but he made a solid saucer pass to an area of the ice where his line mate skated directly to it for an excellent scoring opportunity. Rielly and Grannberg made an excellent pairing on the blue Line for their team and I could see them one day in the future wearing the Blue and White side by side.

Sorry there isn’t really much more detail to include in this synopsis other than the standouts for todays scrimmage. They were (in order) Leivo, Granberg, Rielly, Broll. Honorable mentions go to Stuart Percy, Victor Loov, Dominic Toninato and finally Frederick Gauthier.

I was slightly disappointed in my personal favourite Tyler Biggs. He didn’t do anything wrong, but I just expected him to make more of an impact (no pun intended). Eric Knodel looked alright but seemed a bit slow to make his turns and Leivo exploited him by going wide on a few occasions.

Last thought for today’s prospect scrimmage‚Ķ..these kids are BIG. I cannot believe the size of some of these beasts the Leafs have drafted.

That’s it for today‚Ķ..see you all back at the rink at 10am tomorrow morning.

  • WendelGilmour

    Well done, phook. Appreciate your insight.

  • Burtonboy

    Good Job phook

  • Tim Horton

    -Keon-He is smaller than Gauthier.

    • Biltmore

      Tim Horton -Keon- 
      Aren’t they all smaller than Gauthier?

    • Jantz

      And bigger than Theo.

  • mike_84

    Any of these guys look like the have a chance at making the team out of camp?

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook  Well done Bro !

  • WendelGilmour

    Apparently Jim Hughes agrees Leivo was the best forward today.

    • mcloki

      Cherry managed to mangle his name as well today. So he must of made an impression.

      • WendelGilmour

        Him mangling your name is almost as good as a kiss on HNIC.

      • Tim Horton

        mcloki How do you screw up “Josh”?

        • mcloki

          It is Cherry.

        • Jantz

          Lol. I assume it was the last name.

  • mcloki

    Well done Phook. You represent us well. Ask Henny if he’s available for an interview. I’m sure we could come up with a ton of good questions from us. It’s quite decent of him to treat you with such ph respect. I’m sure all of us here like Henny all the more for it.
    Keep up the excellent work.

    • dlb eh

      TheCanucksnaphook mcloki 
      the questions were probably the inappropriate ones you didn’t mean to send
      lol

      • dlb eh

        TheCanucksnaphook dlb eh 
        but you met Brooke…and you have something to ask her next time you bump into her

  • Lescott

    Imagine in a few years if our 2 and 3 centres are Colborne and Gauthier. Biggs and Broll trolling around the wings, with McLaren and whomever else. Imagine the Bruins shitting their pants.

    • WendelGilmour

      Good things are coming our way.

    • mike_84

      Lescott got some big boys coming thats for sure

      • dlb eh

        mike_84 Lescott 
        that’s what she said

    • dlb eh

      Lescott 
      Crezsenzi (sp?) on the 4th pounding out faceoffs too

      • WendelGilmour

        Good point, 2,3, and 4 C’s would be at least 6’5″.

        • dlb eh

          WendelGilmour
          in 3 years our old guys here will still be not too old…
          Lupul-Kadri-Kessel
          JVR-Colbourne-Leivo
          Biggs-Gauthier/McClemment-Clarkson
          McLaren-McClemment/Crezsenzi-Broll
          Ashton, D’Amigo, Ross, where’s everyone going to fit in and who am i missing?

        • WendelGilmour

          Exactly. A nice mix of players in their prime, and players just getting there. We should have enough assets stockpiled to allow us to fill any holes through trade by that point, we simply won’t have room for evrybody.

        • dlb eh

          WendelGilmour
          and¬†the D in three years…
          and one or both of the young goalies…
          lots of potential without having all those blue chippers we’re told we don’t have

        • WendelGilmour

          Yep, looking good as things fall into place.

        • Jantz

          Still a very young team. Nicely done. Maybe only missing the kid from Minnesota. On my phone so I’m too lazy to look up his name that Phook mentioned in the article.

        • dlb eh

          Jantz 
          lol, Toninato?
          i always forget about the college kids and the Euros, but it’s not intentional…they’re just tough to see with all the beef blocking the view

    • djamon

      Lescott¬†Oh God…please no. Skill wins…not size.

  • dlb eh

    right on Phook
    but you’re all wrong, Reilly’s the best.¬† you obviously have no clue.

  • elandan

    TheCanucksnaphook¬†it’s cool we have an insider like yourself! look forward to more posts!!

  • mike_84

    Hopefully guys like Broll and Biggs can learn some things from Clarkson.

    • WendelGilmour

      For sure, and Leivo from guys like Lups.

  • Jantz

    Jury is definitely out on Biggs. 1 assist in 9 playoff games was a disaster for Oshawa.
    A client of mine who has Gen’s season’s is not impressed. He would rave about Boome Jenner but was not a
    fan of Biggs.
    Realistically he was never pegged as more than a third liner. Hopefully he will be a decent power forward who
    can fill in occasionally in the top 6. He will spend at least 2-3 years with the Marlies and hopefully be a part of a good young nucleus going forward.
    Phook , would you say Broll has the upper hand at the moment ? I realize that is an unfair question after only seeing
    one 60 minute scrimmage

    • WendelGilmour

      In fairness to Biggs I have only seen him play a couple of times, same with Leivo. Based on that extremely small sample I am more impressed by Leivo. I haven’t seen Broll at all, so I have no basis for an opinion on him.

      • djamon

        WendelGilmour¬†Biggs was always considered a long-shot prospect. Except by Burke…who probably considered him the best player in the draft.

  • WendelGilmour

    Well deserved, phook. Did Leivo manage to get off any of his booming shots? Fathead raves about it.

    • WendelGilmour

      Yeah, the way these kids shoot is scary.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TSNScottyMachttps://twitter.com/TSNScottyMac/status/355142401834237953
    Arencibia with a first pitch single to LF off Smith. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueJays&src=hash at 1st/2nd, 2 out for Bonifacio. Hero again? https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash

  • dlb eh

    COW A SOCK EEEEE

  • .JVR.

    Another clutch hit for KAW-A-SAKI!!

    • rustynail

      .JVR.https://twitter.com/TSNScottyMachttps://twitter.com/TSNScottyMac/status/355143584065921025
      And Kawaski CLEARS the bases. Single/2-RBI. Bonifacio scores/Kawasaki to second on E8. 5-2 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueJays&src=hash. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash

    • Alec Brownscombe

      .JVR. What a beauty this guy is.

      • dlb eh

        Alec Brownscombe .JVR. 
        I AM  A JAPANEEEESE  AH

      • rustynail

        Alec Brownscombe .JVR. cult hero

      • .JVR.

        Alec Brownscombe
        It’s too bad he’ll be sent down again when Lawrie returns after the All-Star break.

        • dlb eh

          .JVR. Alec Brownscombe 
          i think Lawrie will have to go on a ten game hitting streak in the minors before they bring him back.¬† they’ll want to bring him in hot or not at all from what i gather.

        • .JVR.

          dlb eh
          How long can a rehab assignment last?

        • djamon

          .JVR.¬†I bet it’s Bonafacio.

        • .JVR.

          djamon
          Yea, it might just be

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook How did Charlie Millen look in net? High school buddy of mine

    • Alec Brownscombe

      TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Good for him

    • DJBrianBurke

      TheCanucksnaphook¬†Alec Brownscombe That’s awesome! Love Bowen.

  • dlb eh

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    was going to say, sounds like a name from my favourite show.  Dallas.  the orginal of course, pfft

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/carl_gunhttps://twitter.com/carl_gun/status/355144284988653568
    I do like Pearson Airport, but spending 14 hours here waiting is a bit too much https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AirCanadaIsGreatButNotReally&src=hash

    • dlb eh

      rustynail 
      hi Gunnar

  • Wilbur

    Was Leivo playing centre or wing and if wing was it his off-wing?

    • Wilbur

      TheCanucksnaphook¬†Wilbur¬†I’ve only seen him a couple of games on tv but he strikes me as one of those well-rounded can do it all centres…

    • Wilbur

      TheCanucksnaphook¬†Wilbur¬†You’ll need to bring an assistant with you…

    • Wilbur

      TheCanucksnaphook¬†Wilbur¬†Is the guy slightly senile? Could be Uncle Cliffy lol…

    • Faalcon

      TheCanucksnaphook Wilbur  Phook, good effort. Tomorrow when you are watching these players could you kindly watch for skill and imagination of players. Players who can make plays and have the skill and grit to finish plays off. It is that something extra beyond size alone or beyond skill alone. It is a combination of these attributes.

  • dlb eh

    -Keon- 
    prediction?
    PAIN
    lol classic

  • .JVR.

    -Keon- 
    Yea, her and Mr. T look like they think they’re holding a golf club!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TSNScottyMachttps://twitter.com/TSNScottyMac/status/355148616966475776
    Kipnis BB as Cabrera moves to third on defensive indifference. 5-3 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueJays&src=hash. Tying run at first, Swisher up as winning run. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&src=hash

  • .JVR.

    Come on Casey, finish them off!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/carl_gunhttps://twitter.com/carl_gun/status/354955529304543232
    https://twitter.com/AirCanada is the worst airline ever. Last time booking a flight with these guys

    • Alec Brownscombe

      rustynail¬†Gunnar that’s a Leaf sponsor!

      • .JVR.

        Alec Brownscombe
        haha, tell us how you really feel Gunnar

      • wendelsway1

        Alec Brownscombe¬†rustynail¬†lol….Leafs sponsor or not…….couldn’t agree with him more..

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TSNScottyMachttps://twitter.com/TSNScottyMac/status/355149558835195904
    Swisher grounds to shallow RF. Kawasaki gets there, airmails throw to 1B. Cabrera scores. Runners at 2nd/3rd, 2 out. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueJays&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/43_Kadrihttps://twitter.com/43_Kadri/status/355150092849790976
    Throwbacks and such https://twitter.com/search?q=%23prep&src=hash http://t.co/zZXvwFpuoG

  • wendelsway1

    Yaaaaay….nice to have our roving reporter back!!……Thanks Phook, looking forward to future updates :)

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TSNScottyMachttps://twitter.com/TSNScottyMac/status/355150622057709571
    That’s Steve Delabar’s first career https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&src=hash save. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueJays&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash

  • Waiting4LSC

    Phook: Really interested in Granberg. Anything you care to share! Apologies if this is repetition, just got in.

  • .JVR.

    Just saw that Karl Alzner has signed a 4 year deal, worth $11.2 million, which is only $2.8 million/season.

    After seeing that, I don’t think Gunnarsson can ask for anymore than that and if he does, the arbitrator can’t possibly award him what he’s asking for.

    • rustynail

      .JVR. it does hurt his chances for a higher award than that IMO

      • djamon

        rustynail¬†I didn’t think anyone was allowed to use other contracts during arbitration anymore.

        • rustynail

          djamon¬†rustynail¬† I thought that was the whole argument just UFA’s can’t be used as comparables

        • djamon

          rustynail¬†Hmmm…I should do some research. Meh.

  • rustynail

    -Keon- 3 million a year wow

    • Jay_Berg

      Gonna be a pain when we have to resign McClement next year

      • Cloud09

        Jay_Berg Worth every penny IMO

      • wendelsway1

        Cloud09¬†Jay_Berg¬†Absolutely….he’s a keeper!

    • Savo43

      rustynail¬†-Keon-¬†gzuz…i guess it is Edmonton though. Nobody wants to live there.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Many thx for the update, Phook!! ¬†Nice to see you back in the saddle once again (and hooking up with your old pal Henny for another round). ¬†If you happen to run into him again during your media blitz, can you please ask him what the rumored trade was that he hinted at after the Schenn for JVR trade went down (after the 2012 draft)?? ¬†It never came to fruition…but I’d love to know who was rumored to be involved. ¬†Henny was the only one who tweeted that another shoe was about to drop (so to speak)…and then he apologized afterwards when nothing happened.
    Anyways dude….keep up the good work!!

  • lukethenuke

    Awesome stuff. I love Henny!

  • wendelsway1

    Just got back from the hospital…..crazy few days around here…..Hubby’s been in the hospital being poked and prodded….trying to figure out what the hell is causing his pancreatitis and trying to regulate his blood pressure…….sorry not Leafs related, but had to vent, Guys.

    • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

      wendelsway1 
      Hey WW…nice to finally see you around these parts again (I’ve been doing 12 hour days lately and not around much during regular hours). ¬†Sorry to hear about your husband. ¬†Hope all goes well and he’s back on his feet again soon.

      • wendelsway1

        Bon Scott was a Leaf fan¬†wendelsway1¬†Thanks Bon………Yeesh, 12 hour days……better you than me, Bud. ¬†: )

    • rustynail

      wendelsway1 thanks for sharing wish him and you all the best

      • wendelsway1

        rustynail¬†wendelsway1¬†Thanks rusty…..will do ¬†:)

        • Irishfanman

          wendelsway1 rustynail God bless

    • DJBrianBurke

      wendelsway1Hope they figure it out quickly, with a little less poking and prodding and it nothing serious. Try and take it easy.

    • Alec Brownscombe

      wendelsway1 Hope it all ends up OK, WW.

  • wendelsway1

    Have a great night, All…..early morning tomorrow……Later ¬†:)

  • skiingallday

    3 tries and it’s finally perfect. The most frustrating activity ever. Putting a screen protector on a phone.

    • Dangle_My_Berries

      skiingallday no bubbles?

      • skiingallday

        Dangle_My_Berries skiingallday not one single fucking bubble.

  • skiingallday

    In other news I got stuck in a laundry basket today.

    Yes you read that correctly. #thingsyoudontheareveryday

    • Tim Horton

      skiingallday You and me both brother. Best just to accept it and wear it proud.

      • skiingallday

        Tim Horton¬†skiingallday Had to call my sister from the other room to come over and tip me out. She had sent me a snapchat of her sitting in the laundry bin. So I decided to send one back saying “what a coincidence, me too” but I couldn’t get out.¬†
        (just home for the summer) <– always feel the need to clarify that with you oldies.

        • Tim Horton

          skiingalldayTim Horton I am 26.¬† Lol but seriously my beagle <—- (pictured) did that once.¬† The basket was like 3
          feet high and she was trying to hide her bone so she jumped in and
          looked up at me as if to say “I immediately regret this decision” But she is, you know, a dog.

        • Tim Horton

          Snapchat is an app for sexting right? just to clarify…

        • skiingallday

          Tim Horton no……. that’s what idiotic teens use it for. It’s mostly just to send jokes messages to buddies with captions.
          Essentially it puts an expression on a message, which I think is awesome if used properly.

  • Irishfanman

    Gunner and Fraser>>>gone…blacker and granberg…in…

    • .JVR.

      Irishfanman 
      I hope not!

  • DJBrianBurke

    On ice hockey news in July, love it! thanks Canucksnaphook.

  • KurtWhite

    hey everyone im sure it was talked about but whats the deal with the extra comp buy out? if we lose 2 arbs we get another buyout?

    • .JVR.

      KurtWhite 
      Haven’t heard anything about that

      • KurtWhite

        .JVR. KurtWhite there has been some chatter about if you have 2 guys file the team can get a 3rd buyout which in our case would be liles

    • djamon

      KurtWhite If they award puts you over the Cap, which I think is impossible for us.

      • KurtWhite

        djamon KurtWhite unless we sign kadri and franson before the meetings

    • HoRr IbLe

      KurtWhite¬† I’m pretty sure it’s not an extra buyout, but a new window for that team to use their 2 compliance buyouts.

      • Burtonboy

        HoRr IbLe KurtWhite From what I understand it a regular buyout that opens if an arbitration award puts you over the cap . Apparently its always been there but required 2 players to go to arb to kick in. . In this CBA thats been reduced to 1

  • Irishfanman

    granberg better than gunner>>.blacker cheaper than Frazer…and better too

    • skiingallday

      Irishfanman neither have played in the NHL yet…. so that isn’t true as of now.

    • KurtWhite

      Irishfanman you think granberg is better then gunner?

      • Irishfanman

        KurtWhite¬†Irishfanman¬†yes I do…bigger stronger…same game but with size and mean…Granberg is a bigger tougher Gunner…and blacker is probably a lesser Fraser but with more wheels

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†KurtWhite Gunnar has showed that he can stabilize Phaneuf and play tough tough minutes. Granberg hasn’t proved anything yet.

        • skiingallday

          you’re just basing this all¬† on potential. And remember, not everyone with potential will reach the extent of it.

        • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

          Irishfanman KurtWhite 
          I have no issues with throwing a bone at Fraser. ¬†Dude played with a lot of heart (and took a puck off the noggin). ¬†He’d be signed for under a million. ¬†Only thing holding it up is a 1-way deal. ¬†Get ‘er done!!

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday¬†I agree…but sometimes a kid comes right out of left field and is a top four >>>Granberg is one of those…look me up in November…u will see>>>
          >>.IfoIrishfanman KurtWhite

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday I am basing this on facts

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday¬†I watched Borje Salming evolve>>>and Ian Turnbull>>>and watched Al Iafrate crash and burn…Granberg>>>@ 2 D…book it…

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†skiingallday¬†KurtWhite Oh, I fully believe that Granberg is going to be a great player for the Leafs very soon. But what I’m saying that you can’t say that he’s better than Gunnar at this moment. What you should have instead said is that “Granberg has the potential to be better than Gunnar”

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday¬†Irishfanman¬†KurtWhite¬†Gunner is a sweet hockey player with smarts and wheels and not quite enough grit..Granberg has all that..I am not saying i’m right…I’m just satin>>>

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†wow, that’s super interesting fact about you. Had no idea that a fabric could type. What colour satin are you?

        • KurtWhite

          skiingallday Irishfanman okay so tomorrow is game 7 for the cup you put granberg out over gunner?

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday¬†Irishfanman¬†Well fabric is something that equates to tensile strength…I don’t claim to be super interesting…I leave that for Japanese game shows…your attempts to diminish my comments via stupid “clever literacy shots” bore me. So…fuck off goof…

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†skiingallday I’m sorry that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed princess. It was just some lighthearted humor.

        • skiingallday

          and clearly you haven’t spend enough time on MLHS to know that people always make jokes at spelling mistakes.

        • skiingallday

          *spent

        • Tim Horton

          Irishfanman skiingallday wat

        • KurtWhite

          Irishfanman skiingallday Boy, that escalated quickly.

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†skiingallday k, we’re not nitpicky as fuck, I knew what you meant, I just thought satin was a funny typo, like there’s no need to go on a tirade.

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday¬†Irishfanman¬†okay>>>I am sorry if I overreacted…but Satin is quite the fabric…seriously…sorry if I was overly sensitive…

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†skiingallday thanks ūüėõ At least you chose a good fabric, better than that cotton shit, and not as showy as spandex.

        • Irishfanman

          skiingallday Irishfanman Okay lets have a scotch

        • .JVR.

          Irishfanman
          And how many times have you watched Granberg play?

        • skiingallday

          Irishfanman¬†skiingallday well now I have to start an argument on which alcohol we’re gonna have.

        • Irishfanman

          .JVR.¬†Irishfanman¬†Seven…but one time I was distracted…so six…my point is…Gunner is a nice D but too soft…Granberg is like Gunner but tougher…and I am no expert…hell I am marginal at best…but I feel strongly that Granberg by November will be a big part of out D and Gunner will be parts uknkown>>>maybe i’m wrong but at least I have the balls to make that statement…and if I am wrong…I will be the first tyomadmit it…

        • Savo43

          KurtWhite¬†skiingallday¬†Irishfanman¬†Wait tomorrow!? what? But the draft was just the other day….you’re pulling my leg arent you!! I pick Granberg, he’s atleast been in a camp recently.

        • Savo43

          skiingallday¬†Irishfanman¬†Lmaooooo i did not expect “fuck off goof” over that..that was pretty entertainingly hilarious hahah. Thats how i react to things after 43 minutes of sleep on my kitchen floor.

  • skiingallday

    Night all. Too quiet on here tonight. Easterners are getting soft with these early bedtimes.

  • skiingallday

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/07/10/petter-granberg-latest-in-long-line-of-swedish-maple-leafs
    Yay found a granberg article.

    • djamon

      skiingallday I love how the Sun of all papers has a 20 article limit before you have to pay. That should take me about 3 years to reach.

      • skiingallday

        djamon skiingallday hahahhahahhaa.

    • djamon

      skiingallday¬†Nice article…very promising.

  • skiingallday

    Kessel is 47th in Leafs all time scoring lead. Could likely jump into top 30 at end of this upcoming season.

    • djamon

      skiingallday Is that impressive? Or embarrassing? 
      But I bet it gets pretty tough at that point.

      • skiingallday

        djamon¬†skiingallday well 3 more season with the leafs at PPG would put him at about 500 points with the franchise. And that would put him just outside the top 10. He’s currently at around 250. So if he does end up spending 7 seasons with the Leafs then being almost top 10 in scoring is actually quite impressive. And quite do-able IMO

        • KurtWhite

          skiingallday djamon that would be pretty cool, almost home grown talent

      • skiingallday

        wow, and the next highest active Leaf is Kulemin at 74th overall…..

    • Xxxxxnew

      skiingallday¬†It’s a harder jobs to climb in any scoring standings in this era than it was years ago when you had tons of guys cracking between 100-200 points in a season and multiple 50 goal scorers. . . Gilmour had 127 points in 1992 and finished 8th in scoring with Mario on top with 160. In this era Phil finished in 6th place just over a year ago with 82 points with Malkin on top with 109.
      In 1985 16 guys had 100 points or better, with Gretz going over the 200 mark. There were nine guys with 50 goals with Grets recording 72.

      • KurtWhite

        Xxxxxnew skiingallday amazing what better goal tending and coaching can do

  • skippysleafs

    Say Bye to Ziggy, curious on what the Marlies will look like

  • Irishfanman

    Kessel>>>quietly puts all of his critics to rest>>>and then not so quietly makes an exclamation point…

  • Irishfanman

    yess

  • Alec Brownscombe

    canuckintheuk¬†One key difference here being that Rask took his team to the Finals and was one of the best goaltenders in the league this past season, with consistently elite numbers since he entered the league… but yeah, I suppose Bernier is cheaper, haha.
    Sorry I just don’t get the comparison. The Leafs will hope to one day have a goalie emerge of Rask’s quality, and similarly we’ll have to pay the guy the big bucks.

    • Savo43

      Alec Brownscombe¬†canuckintheuk¬†You really don’t like having two really good young goalies for relatively cheap hey? Lolllll. I’m pretty confident that Bernier or Reimer couldve been similarly successful on that same Bruins team, in that same Bruins system. Heck, i thought we could’ve made it to the finals had we won our series with Boston, but thats all subjective and will never be proved so eh, whatevs.

      • colino17

        Savo43¬†Alec Brownscombe¬†canuckintheuk I’ve been thinking that too. NYR were shit all season and were very beatable. PIT was also very beatable the way they played and we have tended to hold up decently well against them in the last few regular seasons. I feel like Boston was the hardest challenge we could have faced in the East, although CHI likely would’ve spanked us in the finals.

    • Burtonboy

      Alec Brownscombe¬†canuckintheuk¬†LOL If Bernier ever does put up numbers like Rask then we can expect to pay 7 mil per as well . I’ll be glad to if he’s that good :)

      • bermudaboy

        Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe canuckintheuk And someone will complain that he is overpaid.

  • Zep2

    It seems quite possible that Rielly will play with the Leafs this year . Lots a chatter in the MSM about him not benefitting playing against 16 & 17 year olds

    • Knights2Leafs

      Zep2 
      One thing that might hold him back is his cap hit.
      So many of our options depend on being able to move Liles which IMO is going to be very difficult.
      Options:
      ¬† Waive him to Marlies (if that’s allowed) and pick up 900K or so of salary room. ¬†
      ¬† Buy him out but I don’t like the cap implications 2 or 3 years down the road.
        Trade him a take back some of his salary.
        Leave him on the roster and trade one of Kulemin, Gunnar or Franson.
      I’m very unimpressed with how our cap situation looks. ¬†Unless Nonis has something up his sleeve, we have big issues.

      • Dan39

        Reilly will get all the pre-season games plus 8 games of regular season and then he will get sent down. I think, anyway. He looked good against AHL competition on offense – very good even, better than Gardiner on the PP with passing and shooting but slightly worse in skating – but even though he’s 205 lbs he seemed to still get outmuscled on D and in the corners. And he’s still a bit timid about taking the body. I think another year in junior¬†growing man strength will help him