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09-27-2010, 01:37 PM
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I think all that Kadri is saying is that he is still thinks he has more to show then what he has so far (ie hasn't played his best yet for whatever reason). I think all this crap about Burke looking for another center is to light more of a fire under his ass.
What's he going to say?? That he's given his best and sorry that he's not good enough??

Presumably, he's problably going to get one more chance in the game against Ottawa, he's going to have to light it up if he wants opportunity beyond that.

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09-27-2010, 01:39 PM
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What's he going to say?? That he's given his best and sorry that he's not good enough??

Presumably, he's problably going to get one more chance in the game against Ottawa, he's going to have to light it up if he wants opportunity beyond that.
Personally I doubt neither Mitchell OR Kadri will be with the big club on opening night. Burke is not pleased with either's play, although I he's probably not as mad/disappointed with Kadri, because he's a 19 year old KID, and really not many 19 year olds crack the big leagues. Mitchell on the other hand is 25 years old, he's had many chances to stick with the big leagues, but he has not shown the improvment or committment to stick.

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09-27-2010, 01:41 PM
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Surprised Sjostrom isn't on the team. I think Tim Brent is going to be the new John Mitchell.
Sjostrom is hurt..he'll have a spot on this team.

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09-27-2010, 01:44 PM
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Sjostrom is hurt..he'll have a spot on this team.
Sjostrom should be ready for around opening night, he's getting close to coming back.

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09-27-2010, 01:53 PM
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the idea of tim brent as your teams 3rd centre is pretty embarrassing
not really. this is where 3rd liners come from.

It's pretty much impossible to tell Tim Brent apart from Chris Kelly at the same age, for example.

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09-27-2010, 01:54 PM
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Kulemin Bozak Kessel
Versteeg Grabovski Armstrong
Caputi MacArthur Sjostrom
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Mitchell
Hows about the Leafs waive Mitchell....then sign Primeau.

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And how may of those were available to Burke and co, this year? Or did Burke just drop the ball on that one?
All I'm saying is he isn't a second liner and you shouldn't be upset when people expect someone on the second line to perform like a second liner.

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09-27-2010, 01:57 PM
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Hows about the Leafs waive Mitchell....then sign Primeau.

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Waiving Mitchell would be a moot point, nobody would take him. Primeau is not any better then Mitchell at this point in his career, plus he's been cut why would they cut him just to sign him, makes no sense.

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09-27-2010, 01:59 PM
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Can't we find someone with a little bit of size and grit? I know Joel Otto's are hard to find these days but I think I'd rather try to lure Scott Thornton out of retirement than go with a tiny AHL'r.

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09-27-2010, 02:02 PM
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I was a fan of Brent when he was with St. Mike's so I don't mind. He always looked like he had the tools (and head) to make an NHL career. I'd prefer starting him off as our 13th forward and plugging him into the line-up for injuries, but he may be our best option for that role right now. Hanson's impressed me enough to be ahead of him on the depth chart, so I'm not too concerned with that depth at center. It's essentially what we had last year.

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09-27-2010, 02:03 PM
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Brent's probably not good enough, but he's not small. He's a healty 6'0" 195ish lbs guy who plays with plenty of grit.

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09-27-2010, 02:36 PM
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All I'm saying is he isn't a second liner and you shouldn't be upset when people expect someone on the second line to perform like a second liner.
I understand that, but the options were limited. To get a player like him at such a low cost is not a bad option. Sure the Leafs could use help up front, but the D looks very good as does the goaltending depth. Very very few teams are deep at all positions, and as time goes on and cap space becomes available next year, Burke will address those areas. I really believe Backes becomes a Leaf next year if he hits UFA.

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Our 1st, 3rd and 4th line centers have a COMBINED 74 games of career NHL experience, and two of them went completely undrafted. Should be an interesting season.

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I am going to be so angry if Kadri is not on the roster

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I am going to be so angry if Kadri is not on the roster
Unless he turns his game around prepare to be angry...

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After recovering from reconstructive facial surgery, I can see the guy asking the girl if his face looks like it did before "the incident" and the girl responding "Pretty much".

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With a little ******** luck, that team might just make it to the playoffs.

edit: but I know better than to get my hopes up
Can we stop with the nonsensical hyperbole during the PRE SEASON. Geezus, some of you guys are ridiculous.

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09-27-2010, 03:12 PM
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If you think Bozak, Grabovski and Kadri are small, you've seen nothing yet. Brent is tiny and plays tiny and his skating is average. Terrible choice even as a short term solution.
Brent is bigger than Kadri and Grabovsky - in height and weight.
Bozak edges him out by 1" and 7lbs.
Mitchell edges him out by 1", but Brent has a few pounds on him.
Of course, Hanson towers over them all.

So he's right in the middle, size wise. Definitely not the smallest centre we have. Whether he "plays small" is debatable though. I think he plays with a bit more grit than Kadri and Mitchell, who are his direct competition.


I think Brent is a good option for the third line, at least on a try-out basis. You don't notice him - which is a GOOD thing. You notice Kadri making horrible turnovers. You notice Mitchell dangling with no skills to back it up. Brent keeps things in order quietly, albeit with not a ton of offensive upside just yet.


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09-27-2010, 03:17 PM
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Our 1st, 3rd and 4th line centers have a COMBINED 74 games of career NHL experience, and two of them went completely undrafted. Should be an interesting season.
So did Ed Belfour. Going undrafted doesn't mean you suck.

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Can we stop with the nonsensical hyperbole during the PRE SEASON. Geezus, some of you guys are ridiculous.

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Now that a carrot has been dangled in front of Tim Brent, it will be interesting to see how he responds tonight. If he comes up big, that goes a long way in regards to projecting how he will perform when there's more pressure in the regular season, in my opinion.

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Brent definitely doesn't play tiny, but his skating could be an issue.

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09-27-2010, 03:27 PM
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I didn't think Mitchell was THAT badly outplayed by Brent this preseason. For Brent to beat out the incumbent, wouldn't he have to be noticeably better? Sorry I don't see it. I will watch Brent very closely tonight.

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09-27-2010, 03:28 PM
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Brent is bigger than Kadri and Grabovsky - in height and weight.
Bozak edges him out by 1" and 7lbs.
Mitchell edges him out by 1", but Brent has a few pounds on him.
Of course, Hanson towers over them all.

So he's right in the middle, size wise. Definitely not the smallest centre we have. Whether he "plays small" is debatable though. I think he plays with a bit more grit than Kadri and Mitchell, who are his direct competition.


I think Brent is a good option for the third line, at least on a try-out basis. You don't notice him - which is a GOOD thing. You notice Kadri making horrible turnovers. You notice Mitchell dangling with no skills to back it up. Brent keeps things in order quietly, albeit with not a ton of offensive upside just yet.
Watch him play tonight. I don't care what the numbers on his bio say. Doug Gilmour's says he was 5'11" (more like 5'9"). Brent is much shorter than 6' and is much lighter than 195lbs. And he is clearly easily overpowered in the corners. I grant that he's a pretty good AHL player.

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09-27-2010, 03:32 PM
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Watch him play tonight. I don't care what the numbers on his bio say. Doug Gilmour's says he was 5'11" (more like 5'9"). Brent is much shorter than 6' and is much lighter than 195lbs. And he is clearly easily overpowered in the corners. I grant that he's a pretty good AHL player.
I watched him at the ACC last Friday and he caught my eye specifically for his ability to fight for the puck along the boards. Wasn't even sure of who he was till I caught the name on the back of his sweater.

Anyways, no biggie.. We'll see if he pans out. He may well be smaller, but from what I've seen, he doesn't play like it. I'll admit I haven't seen him a ton though.

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