Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #10 with special guest James Mirtle

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That’s a wrap on Episode 10 of the Maple Leaf Hangout with The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.

Topics include:

– Kadri stepping into the first line center spot
– Are the Leafs a real contender for a top seed in the East?
– David Clarkson’s first few games

and more.

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  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Just got home from work.  Loading my vape….and waiting for the Hangout to start.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Here we go…..

  • ReimNier

    Heh.  Cool.  Mirtle.

  • ReimNier

    All the arguments for Bozak are generally defensive.  Kadri is just as good, if not better.  It is IMPORTANT to have as much skill up front.  If Bozak is the anchor of a line with two highly skilled wingers, there’s not going to be much of a different if he centres Lupul and Clarkson / Kulemin.  
    Time to play the crap out of Kadri on the first line.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Agreed…Kadri is a lot more creative than Bozak.  Should be interesting to see what he (Kadri) can do.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Kadri = Filth

  • Knights2Leafs

    Guys, it’s not Codri, it’s Cad(bury)ri.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Dangle_My_Berries 
    He does draw quite a few penalties.  Just one of the aspects I love about Kadri’s game.

  • ReimNier

    The other thing is, which Michael is bringing up, Kadri draws a lot of penalties.  On a line with Kessel and JVR, he might draw less because he won’t have the puck as much.  But he does know how to get into position to put the puck on the net.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Mirtle is right….we need to increase our puck possession.  42% ain’t gonna cut it over the full season (and definitely not in the playoffs).

  • ReimNier

    Also, I think Bozak is nursing a wrist / hand injury.  Been obvious that he’s struggling with faceoffs.

  • ReimNier

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan +1.  The best defense is having the puck. Period.

  • wiski

    Like the habs capitalize on the PP.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Phaneuf is a guy you can do without

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    DeclanK 
    As much as I’ve bitched about his salary in the past….I’d have to agree.  Can’t do without Dion.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan DeclanK
    https://twitter.com/LeafsNews/status/394280827200106497

  • ReimNier

    DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I saw that.  I couldn’t understand why my phone kept going off that night when I was out. I just figured someone was texting me and I had no interest in touching my phone all night lol

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Is this for real??  That’s damn impressive.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ReimNier DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    It was your original  tweet (before the Pitts game) and I amended it with when Crosby/Malkin didn’t produce anything. Made sure to footnote it. 😉

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    Does anyone think Dan Girardi could be a good deadline target for us?

  • mcloki

    Shift_Disturber1 Great on him actually. Respect the guy all the more for it.

  • ReimNier

    DeclanK ReimNier Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Where were Gaborik and Johansen’s numbers? :)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ReimNier DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Selective memory.

  • ReimNier

    TheColborneUltimatum YES.  Capitalized for emphasis.

  • ReimNier

    DeclanK ReimNier Bon Scott was a Leaf fan lol you can’t do that! 😛

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    ReimNier TheColborneUltimatum Hopefully the Rangers continue to suck then. Dont know what they’d want though.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ReimNier DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Too late. It’s in the past.

  • ReimNier

    TheColborneUltimatum ReimNier Probably prospects at this point.  I can see them being interested in Gunnarsson, maybe even Blacker or another defenseman.  We got picks as well.  Depends on Girardi’s progress this year.

  • lukethenuke

    TheColborneUltimatum I think I was the first to suggest this at the beginining of the season.. could be a fit

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Bolland fell out of favor in Chicago last season??  I had no idea.  Dude’s bringing his A game thus far for us.  I’m lovin’ this pickup/trade.  I’m a tad concerned about his contract coming up.  Hope he gives us a hometown discount and sticks around.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Had a pretty severe back injury he played through if my memory serves.

  • mcloki

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Trust Nonis will get everyone in under the cap. He did this year.

  • ReimNier

    DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Yup.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    mcloki Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Next summer will be more difficult than last summer (imo).  Even with the cap going up (though we don’t know by how much)….we will have more players coming due next summer than last.  Gonna be a tough task for Nonis (but I do have faith).

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mcloki If he can move Liles and maybe even Gunnarson we’ll be fine.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafetyhttps://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/394956007954464768
    Martin Hanzal suspension video. http://t.co/oTOQXtxclf

  • ReimNier

    Rumour has it that the Hangout is taking Karaoke requests.  I demand that Mike Stephen sings “Lucky” by Britney Spears with Mirtle filling in the chorus.

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    ReimNier I wanna hear Mirtle Roar.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    “I would be thinking I don’t have any cap space, is what I would be thinking.”
    LOL….that was funny.

  • wendelsfist

    DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Stupid stats comment – but look at his corsi versus those player.  Therefore Phaneuf sucks.  (Not serious, but the advanced stats folks guys have it wrong here because Corsi does not do Phaneuf justice and goals against is much better)

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ….yes colourful

  • lukethenuke

    Its CALLED REPORT! Not analyze!

  • skippysleafs

    BLAH BLAH BLAH

  • Cameron19

    Way to stand up for yourself Mirtle.

  • lukethenuke

    lol

  • lukethenuke

    doesnt get it

  • mcloki

    No it’s the wrong conclusions are reached from reading the tea leaves.

  • ReimNier

    wendelsfist DeclanK Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Actually, Corsi can highlight just how good Phaneuf really is: http://hockeymusing.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-feigned-distaste-for-analytics-and-a-parallel-to-phaneuf/
    That’s my post btw.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Cameron19 We have Henny and Bowen as our homers. We need Mirtle, too.

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe Cameron19 I think he should pick a side and go to it… or model after Friedman… now he is a TRUE reporter