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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
“We’ve got to buy in more and we’ve got to stop finding excuses for ourselves,” Holland said following the team’s late-morning practice in Etobicoke. “We keep telling ourselves that we’re in games and we’re finding ways to lose. It’s about time we find ways to win.”
The latest loss came Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre, a 3-2 defeat to the Florida Panthers in the first game following the trade of Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville. New Leaf Olli Jokinen talked post game about the negative vibe surrounding the team, a feeling that’s difficult for the players who have been around the team all year to shake.
“I’m frustrated,” Holland said. “It’s tough being a young guy in my position. I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, but if I was a veteran guy, I think I may have spoken up a little bit more.
“Guys care, but the run we’re on. It’s enough.”
via Damien Cox tweets,
Leaf fans have to steel themselves for 3-5 yrs out of playoffs, and have to understand can't really evaluate any drafted player for 5 yrs.
Leaf ownership, meanwhile, has to commit to Shanahan and his program at least until spring of 2019. 2-3 yrs isn't enuf to judge.
Leo Komarov is not happy with Brian Campbell.
Note- A Couple f-words fly...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Would you trade Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli for Andy Rogers or Carter Ashton?
The Maple Leafs might have done just that on Sunday morning.
That is the challenge and the great unknown of the path the Leafs have now undertaken. There are no immediate answers, easy or otherwise. The waiting game has begun in earnest in Leaf Nation. The dismantling of the roster is a concept that rings both proactive and necessary. The reality is slightly more daunting and complicated.
The truth is, we won’t know today, next month, next year, and maybe not until 2017 if the first-round draft pick from Nashville and the prospect Brendan Leipsic will amount to anything in the National Hockey League.
That’s how it works with a prospect and what looks to be a late first-round selection from the Predators. Getting a first-rounder sounds wonderful in concept. Turning the late first-rounder into a player of consequence, that’s when the odds turn against you.
added 9:14am, from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Nashville, Tenn. (February 15, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has acquired defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.
“In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the Trade Deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates.
"Both Cody and Mike were drafted, developed and began their NHL careers here. They know our organization and still have former teammates and friends on the roster. We are fully confident that they will seamlessly fit into our team.”
“Cody brings size, offensive ability and the capacity to play in all situations to our lineup,” Poile said. “He is the perfect component to round out our defensive corps and give us eight proven NHL defensemen.”
“Mike is a versatile player that can move up and down the lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “He has fantastic speed, is excellent in the face-off circle, and can play all three forward positions if called upon. He is an excellent complement to our existing group of forwards.”
Once in the not too long ago, hockey in the Maritimes wasn’t considered to amount to much, and by and large were seen as second class. And then came John Brophy, who would pave the way for today’s stars.
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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
What do a recent high-school dropout and the Maple Leafs have in common? They’re both young, have no goals and no prospects.
The mid-winter slump has left the Leafs 13 points out of a playoff spot and it appears the players can look forward to having free time in April for the ninth time in the 10 years since the 2004-05 lockout.
What do the Leafs and a fine wine have in common? They both spend a lot of time in the cellar, cost too much and are only enjoyed on select occasions.
The Leafs players appear to have given up, a fact recognized by interim coach Peter Horachek this week when he said his team’s “give-a-sh— metre has to be higher.”
What’s the difference between an Air Canada Centre hot dog and a Bell Centre hot dog? You can buy a Bell Centre hot dog in May.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
The door has been open to a possible trading of Phil Kessel for a while now.
The Maple Leafs’ all-star winger nudged that opening a little wider on Thursday night.
Asked following the Leafs’ 3-2 loss against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum whether he is worrying about the future for himself or the team.
“No,” Kessel said. “You know, I go where they want me. I love Toronto, but (if) it’s not here, it’s not here.”
The Leafs lost for the 13th time in regulation in 16 games since Randy Carlyle was shown the door and Peter Horachek took over as interim head coach.
It’s one part of another terrible run for the Leafs’ core of players that has been part of disasters in each of the past three seasons. The Leafs have lost 21 of their past 25 games, with 20 of those losses coming in regulation. That’s nine points of a possible 50.
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