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09-30-2008, 03:15 PM
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Newbury cleared NHL waivers and was sent to the Marlies along for Ondrus, Battaglia and a bunch of others yesterday..

Leafs are rebuilding and he is not even good enough to hold on to a spot as you say even as the 13th and /or 14th forward, and no other team in the NHL wanted to use him in that role either, or they would have claimed him.

I think that makes it pretty clear that he is not considered an NHL player by NHL GM's at this point. Had he been claimed its really no loss either as he is at best a marginal NHL at best, but a good AHL player though.

Same as your boy Williams, eh?

The flipside of that coin is that these guys simply weren't given a real chance, of course.

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Same as your boy Williams, eh?

The flipside of that coin is that these guys simply weren't given a real chance, of course.
I liked Williams, and hoped he would have made it, of course the previous GM was be rated for not playing him much, and here he is being waived a year later. I thought i remeber Fletch wanting to keep Williams on the roster last year (not sending him to the Marlies for the playoffs) with the risk of loosing him on waivers? Hope he can stick in the NHL, he really has a great shot.

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Same as your boy Williams, eh?

The flipside of that coin is that these guys simply weren't given a real chance, of course.
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I liked Williams, and hoped he would have made it, of course the previous GM was be rated for not playing him much, and here he is being waived a year later. I thought i remeber Fletch wanting to keep Williams on the roster last year (not sending him to the Marlies for the playoffs) with the risk of loosing him on waivers? Hope he can stick in the NHL, he really has a great shot.
I've been hoping Williams would crack the lineup as well but honestly he's been given a myriad of chances over the last 2-3 years. He just hasn't stepped up and should be let go at this point. No sense is sending him down the marlies because there isn't anything left for him to learn down there.

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09-30-2008, 04:06 PM
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I liked Williams, and hoped he would have made it, of course the previous GM was be rated for not playing him much, and here he is being waived a year later. I thought i remeber Fletch wanting to keep Williams on the roster last year (not sending him to the Marlies for the playoffs) with the risk of loosing him on waivers? Hope he can stick in the NHL, he really has a great shot.
He doesn't show up when he needs to. He had a chance at camp, and hasn't risen to the occasion be in in pre-season games, or in practise (so it seems). On the other end, Mitchell is a perfect example of a player looking to snag a roster spot by coming out and impressing since day one.

Fletcher looks like he was mistaken with what he saw in Williams.

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He doesn't show up when he needs to. He had a chance at camp, and hasn't risen to the occasion be in in pre-season games, or in practise (so it seems). On the other end, Mitchell is a perfect example of a player looking to snag a roster spot by coming out and impressing since day one.

Fletcher looks like he was mistaken with what he saw in Williams.
I would have liked to have seen Williams with a set up man.

Leafs currently have zero set up men.

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