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.

  • Tim Horton

    Jay31 I think Myrtle is impressed that he was able to get on the hotstove hangout.

  • MaxwellHowe

    He insisted earlier that Gardiner is struggling. I was fished in. I blame myself.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Tim Horton Jay31 We lik to extend the opportunity to amateur bloggers like himself to reach our audience on this professional fan blog.

  • Cameron19

    Shift_Disturber1 I’m guessing ti means they are expecting to be able to put Bozak on LTIR.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Waiting4LSC I’ll be on at some point. We like the three person format, with a special guest who is actually special (many come in the order ahead of me as a result).

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 Shift_Disturber1 I wouldnt mind that.

  • ReimNier

    Alec Brownscombe Waiting4LSC Where do I apply anyway?

  • peterbleafs

    Now that the Leafs are doing better the post counts are way down.  Posts always go up when there’s a problem.  We need some Leaf problems!

  • Cameron19

    Moulson scores! And without Tavares.  Hmm….

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 Such an odd trade, given how good Moulson is with Tavares!

  • Doorman

    Shift_Disturber1 Maybe they are going to show him off to Burkie and big mac!!!  Lol

  • Waiting4LSC

    I respectfully disagree, but look forward to the special guests. can’t wait for Ingy to set Naz up!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Kinda makes you wonder if a “locker room” issue provoked this move

  • Doorman

    Cameron19 Trade him or keep him???

  • peterbleafs

    MaxwellHowe Something.  But NYI with Vanek,Vanek must think he has gone to heaven.

  • lukethenuke

    Doorman Cameron19 he will be flipped 80 % chance id say

  • Doorman

    lukethenuke Doorman Cameron19 FL

  • lukethenuke

    Doorman Cameron19 But if he looks good, he could be thier Lupul like veteran on forward… who knows lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Guaranteed I think. The man didn’t escape Long Island to spend the rest of his days in Buffalo

  • lukethenuke

    Doorman lukethenuke Cameron19 oh… since you crushed me last week i couldnt care less! haha

  • lukethenuke

    Doorman Cameron19 ill make a trade for moulson if youre willing Doorman

  • Alec Brownscombe

    peterbleafs Cameron19 It’d be like trading Bozak. We couldn’t risk Kessel plummeting to the 50-60 pt player he would be without Bozak doing all the small things that make Kessel successful.

    lol.

  • Doorman

    lukethenuke Doorman Cameron19 Send a Prop.  Cant hurt!!!  lol

  • ReimNier

    As a joke, and because it’s a great childhood memory, this is representative of some of the analytics guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnT7pT6zCcA

  • MaxwellHowe

    What things? The dishes? Lol

  • Doorman

    peterbleafs MaxwellHowe Yea!!!  from shit hole to another!!!  lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    MaxwellHowe Yeah, and he walks Stella.

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    Cameron19 
    If he’s within striking distance of the net and doesn’t have to do anything but shoot then he has as good a chance as most players in this league of scoring.  But, Buffalo simply doesn’t have the personnel to set him up there with anywhere close to the frequency that the Isles and Tavares did. His goal scoring rate will drop.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Alec Brownscombe  
    Word is Bozak gets the most 4 and 5th assists on the team,

  • Cameron19

    lukethenuke Doorman Cameron19 Thing is, they have to spend money somewhere.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bobsyouruncle Alec Brownscombe Best in the league I think.

  • Cameron19

    Nikhil Daljeet Cameron19 I know, I was just being an ass.  But it was a nice play, and I do think he’s probably a better player than most think.  I used to think he was a flash in the pan, created by Tavares’ greatness type of guy, but he’s just been so consistent. Even Joe Thornton in his prime couldn’t continually make 30 goal scorers of guys who weren’t good hockey players. When Cheechoo trailed off, he sucked regardless of the quality of his center.  You still need to be of a certain quality to put up numbers like that.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Apparently he always ties up the player on the other team that would surely have caught and stopped Phil from skating 100 miles per hour and picking the top corner

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TheFourthPeriodhttps://twitter.com/TheFourthPeriod/status/394967468327702528
    Huge ovation from the Buffalo fans as the team puts up a tribute video of Lindy Ruff

  • docyqx

    Cameron19 GreekGod In a past life, he was the black plague, but he’s going to come back in the next life as a yeast infection in a ho house..

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Cameron19 Nikhil Daljeet 36 goals don’t come from riding coattails alone, but it’s going to be really interesting to find out to what extent re: Moulson

  • docyqx

    ReimNier Do NOT pick on Beaker and the rest of the muppets in here, don’t you know…some things are really Sacred, yaknow, lol

  • peterbleafs

    docyqx ReimNier Watching the other Muppets videos….Queen remake lol

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    Cameron19 Nikhil Daljeet 
    Definitely.  He doesn’t suck by any means.  He’s still a lock for a 20-25 goal pace and could get close to 30 just because nobody else will score in Buffalo.  But his goal pace will drop off and the main thing IMO is that he won’t be able to sustain the assist pace he got last year which brought him nearly to a PPG.  Guy doesn’t make plays.

  • peterbleafs

    Moving on to Fragglerock

  • Black_Hawk

    Alec Brownscombe peterbleafs Cameron19 thats actually a good example lol

  • lukethenuke

    for keeper league…
    Would you rather:
    Tlusty and Stepan
    or
    Raymond and Alfredsson

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    lukethenuke 
    Usually I ask league settings, but here it’s Tlusty and Stepan AINEC

  • Jmessih

    Nikhil Daljeet lukethenuke Agreed

  • lukethenuke

    Nikhil Daljeet lukethenuke hmmm wheeler or clarkson instead of Alfy

  • Alec Brownscombe

    So Chris Johnston thinks Liles plays tmrw. Ranger finally gets pulled?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Eating leftover pork roast and watching Six Million Dollar Man vs Bigfoot.  Man, these episodes had me mesmerised as a kid.

  • Conis

    Alec Brownscombe 
    I welcome this news

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    lukethenuke Nikhil Daljeet 
    What are the league scoring settings?  If PIM are included then it’s close but if not then Wheeler for sure.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Alec Brownscombe Sportsnet reporter