Thursday Mashup: Game Day At Last

Thursday Mashup: Game Day At Last

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21 days off felt as long as it sounds, but the Maple Leafs‘ 2013-14 regular season will begin rounding its final corner tonight in New York.

From the sounds of it, the Maple Leafs, after all the time off, may end up with the same lineup they left off with, more or less, tonight against the Isles. That could include Nikolai Kulemin at center along with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie on line three, the usual top line and Lupul – Kadri – Clarkson on L2. Dave Bolland doesn’t sound ready to go just yet, but Trevor Smith is available and may factor into the lineup. Carter Ashton’s status isn’t clear.

It’s going to be a frantic race to the finish with 22 games in 45 days. The Leafs will need at least 21 points out of those 22 to ensure a playoff berth in April. Two points against the Tavares-less Islanders seems like a good place to start.

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Burtonboy
Burtonboy

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle  1m

Kadri producing at a 60-point pace in his second season at age 23. Has played nearly 20% of time with Clarkson. Better trade him... ???

Jordan29
Jordan29

I was so happy today and in a great mood and didnt know why. Now I remember because ITS LEAF GAME DAY BITCHES AND I GET TO WATCH THEM AND COMMENT WITH MY FAVOURTIE GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, YA OLD WASTED FUCKS!

Doorman
Doorman

5-0 Leafs!!!  Need those 2 pts to stay ahead of those Filthy Habs!!!


Dion with a Gordie Howe!!!


GO LEAFS GO!!!

Loric76
Loric76

2 hours and counting...holy fuck it feels like the first game of the season, if we weren't all already feeling beaten down by winter

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

I hate all this linking of Kesler to the Leafs via Nonis.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Burtonboy  Bollands signing with Young Money? I guess if they can turn Drake into a star, they can do anything...

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Shift_Disturber1  ever since I listened to Mirtle and I forget who else in their daytime radio thing I think hes a fucking moron. He was talking about shit we wouldnt even say here 5 years ago

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Shift_Disturber1  Again listen to what Nonis said . According to reports the Nucks want a young center to replace Kesler thus the Kadri speculation. Thats exactly the type of deal Nonis said he wouldn't do 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Loric76  i could have told you that....rule of thumb is....take what the media says and subtract 2 million 

Rthiffault
Rthiffault

@Loric76 every player asks for a steep initial asking price. this is old news in terms of UFAs. It will drop as talks start between the Leafs and his camp.

mcloki
mcloki

@Loric76  Photoshop is awesome, you should see what it's done for my penis's self confidence.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@TheCanucksnaphook @Belfour20  yeah or continue to develop Holland at C and if there's injury alt east you know you have a guy on the wing who can slide in to the C role comfortably. There's a reason that there is so much interest amongst teams for Kulemin. He's an extremely versatile player that can be slotted in all over the lineup 

Point is, I like Bolland as a player but I think the money can be better spent elsewhere

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Jordan29 @Shift_Disturber1  LOL. This isn't his piece though. It takes a look at salary structure under a cap. Some guys were discussing it here so thought I would pass it along.

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Dangle_My_Berries @Loric76 Management likes his professionalism, good influence on younger players and experience. He's still young, and may have untapped offensive upside. On the down side, he's been hurt a fair bit. This is a real tough one.

Rthiffault
Rthiffault

@4evrblue @Loric76@RthiffaultI'm also in the group hoping for a lesser Mimico Hometown Discount contract as well. IMO he really hasn't proven anything over 5m with having a few subpar/injury riddled seasons (not mentioning playoffs)

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@ProfessorRance @Loric76 @4evrblue  Aside from the Clarkson signing, I've been a pretty big fan of NoNo's, but if he signs Bolland to a long term deal north of 4 mil per year I'll be deeply disappointed. Especially with Holland proving MORE than capable of handling the 3rd line C role at a $870,000 cap hit

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Loric76  I agree with Nonis . If a player wants to stay and the team wants to keep him ultimately things get worked out