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03-24-2010, 08:36 AM
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With this kid and all the free agents, I think the Leafs have an advantage. If I was a young UFA from either college or Europe, I'd look at this Leafs team and think it gives me a better shot to play in the NHL next year than almost any other team - only because we have a lot of unproven talent. There's less of a depth chart to climb, and Burke has shown he'll give these guys a chance.

I say sign them all! We have a bunch of career AHL'ers that can be replaced by guys with long shot potential in the Marlies if the 50 contracts becomes an issue.

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03-24-2010, 09:09 AM
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But didn't Burke say in a interview last saturday on leafs lunch that he doesn't know who Roman Cervenka is ?? hmm..
The caller that called in to ask Burke that question butchered Cervenka's name pretty badly (even I didn't know who he was talking about). I think that's why Burke said he didn't know who that player was.

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03-24-2010, 10:54 AM
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It looked like a few of those goals came against the Monster, so sign him because he can do the seemingly impossible.

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03-24-2010, 11:06 AM
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I don't know anything about this kid, other than what posters have said about him. Watching YouTube vids is all well and good, but anyone can look good on YouTube. Posters that have seen this guy several times, are the opinions I would give credence to.

Having covered all that, if this kid has skill, there is absolutely no downside to signing him to a contract. If he makes it in the NHL, then it will be a great bonus; if he doesn't, no biggie. Hopefully we'll be fortunate enough to convince him to play here. The key to these types of signings, is for fans to avoid over-hyping and setting expectations too high.

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03-24-2010, 11:37 AM
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Holy craps is that gay. Is that real or photo shopped?

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Holy craps is that gay. Is that real or photo shopped?
Now that's definitely real... 100%.


Here's a better look. Though not by much



That's dougie on the bike and wendel sitting in the car.

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03-24-2010, 12:55 PM
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Yesterday I heard Dreger and McKenzie on AM640 pregame show say, that the Leafs have very little interest in MZA, they are looking at him as a depth player that will play for the Marlies. They also mention that they have more interest in Roman Cervenka, then they do MZA. but for the same reasons. But didn't Burke say in a interview last saturday on leafs lunch that he doesn't know who Roman Cervenka is ?? hmm..

LOL... yea i remember Burke not knowing who the hell Roman cervenka us. I guess Nonis is handling it. But i don't know why they wouldn't have interest in them and would want to only sign them to want to be a marlies depth. No certainly there are no gurantees of a roster spot, but if you can sign young players at ELS(with bonuses) and give up nothing then I don't understand why they'd be half-ass about it now, esspecially with 3 lost top draft picks, you have to pick w/e young guys you can, give them a fair shot atr training camp and if they don't make it put them on the marlies til they show that they have what it takes. I think Dreger/Mckenzie are pretty reliable but I hope, and i think, they're off on this one.

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03-24-2010, 01:23 PM
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Yesterday I heard Dreger and McKenzie on AM640 pregame show say, that the Leafs have very little interest in MZA, they are looking at him as a depth player that will play for the Marlies. They also mention that they have more interest in Roman Cervenka, then they do MZA. but for the same reasons. But didn't Burke say in a interview last saturday on leafs lunch that he doesn't know who Roman Cervenka is ?? hmm..
Burke said the same thing last year when asked about Bozak... though he did sound a bit sarcastic... how did he say it this time?

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Burke said the same thing last year when asked about Bozak... though he did sound a bit sarcastic... how did he say it this time?
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The caller that called in to ask Burke that question butchered Cervenka's name pretty badly (even I didn't know who he was talking about). I think that's why Burke said he didn't know who that player was.
guess that's the answer

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03-24-2010, 02:10 PM
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I think Leafs should definitely try to sign him! He obviously has skill and with the new headshot rule coming in, Leafs would get lots of powerplays cus any time a D tried to hit him, it would be a head shot!!!!
I can see him breaking in on the 3rd line but gettin lots of pp time and hopefully a shootout specialist!
In addition to room on the roster for a skill player, the Leafs' emphasis on truculence should be very attractive to him. Orr, Primeau, Komisarek, Beauchemin, etc can protect him far better than most other teams.

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03-24-2010, 04:46 PM
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Yesterday I heard Dreger and McKenzie on AM640 pregame show say, that the Leafs have very little interest in MZA, they are looking at him as a depth player that will play for the Marlies. They also mention that they have more interest in Roman Cervenka, then they do MZA. but for the same reasons. But didn't Burke say in a interview last saturday on leafs lunch that he doesn't know who Roman Cervenka is ?? hmm..
Thats too bad if its true. On paper at least he looks like more than Cervenka. I can't see much incentive for the SEL scoring champion to come over to be a Marlie. Somebody will give him a shot.

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Honestly, I'm not really interested in this player. The Leafs should concentrate on more proven NHL talent & stop with these experiment types.

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03-24-2010, 06:51 PM
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Honestly, I'm not really interested in this player. The Leafs should concentrate on more proven NHL talent & stop with these experiment types.

I honestly am not really interested in this opinion... I think we should concentrate more on potential then old washed up contracts like we have in the past.

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03-24-2010, 06:58 PM
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Honestly, I'm not really interested in this player. The Leafs should concentrate on more proven NHL talent & stop with these experiment types.
this guys right we should go for proven nhl talent, because you dont have to give anything up for proven nhl talent, proven nhl talent loves to come to a losing team...so on so on etc.

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03-24-2010, 07:26 PM
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I honestly am not really interested in this opinion... I think we should concentrate more on potential then old washed up contracts like we have in the past.
Did I say the Leafs should sign washed up talent? I said the Leafs should concentrate on proven NHL calibre players to make the team better & not experiments. I have no interest in watching Rickard Wallin version 2.0 next year.

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this guys right we should go for proven nhl talent, because you dont have to give anything up for proven nhl talent, proven nhl talent loves to come to a losing team...so on so on etc.
So you think signing a player who has never played in the NHL before is going to make the team better? I'd rather concentrate on trades & FA's who have contributed at the NHL level than someone who hasn't.

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03-24-2010, 07:33 PM
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Did I say the Leafs should sign washed up talent? I said the Leafs should concentrate on proven NHL calibre players to make the team better & not experiments. I have no interest in watching Rickard Wallin version 2.0 next year.



So you think signing a player who has never played in the NHL before is going to make the team better? I'd rather concentrate on trades & FA's who have contributed at the NHL level than someone who hasn't.

Gustavsson>Toskola
Bozak>Stajan

I would like to continue finding wallets on the ground, thus not giving anything up for high upside players.

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03-24-2010, 07:34 PM
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Honestly, I'm not really interested in this player. The Leafs should concentrate on more proven NHL talent & stop with these experiment types.
A UFA is a UFA. Really Bozak and Gustavsson were shots in the dark as well. The only downside to the "experiments" is if they prevent a club spending money on other assets. There isn't a lot on the market this summer. Now is the time to be loading up on these guys. When the team is getting closer to contending they will have no choice but to stick to the proven options.

I don't know that the guy will bring his SEL success to the NHL but Mats Naslund and Hakan Loob were small Swedes that did.

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03-24-2010, 07:37 PM
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A UFA is a UFA. Really Bozak and Gustavsson were shots in the dark as well. The only downside to the "experiments" is if they prevent a club spending money on other assets. There isn't a lot on the market this summer. Now is the time to be loading up on these guys. When the team is getting closer to contending they will have no choice but to stick to the proven options.

I don't know that the guy will bring his SEL success to the NHL but Mats Naslund and Hakan Loob were small Swedes that did.
lol! well said...

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03-24-2010, 08:18 PM
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Why is this even being debated? MLSE has a mint to spend, I say sign every damn player with a hint of NHL talent and sort it out later. Worst case the Marlies have a really good team?

It's not money out of our wallets, why not go crazy?

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03-24-2010, 09:14 PM
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This little guy turned out pretty good..

too bad he injured his spleen...was never the same after.


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mats naslund martin st loius...

... and in 2 years, mats Z aasen?

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MZA was named MVP by all the SEL players yesterday. Sort of like the Pearson, I guess. Pretty nice award that says alot of his qualities.

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03-25-2010, 11:08 AM
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Why is this even being debated? MLSE has a mint to spend, I say sign every damn player with a hint of NHL talent and sort it out later. Worst case the Marlies have a really good team?

It's not money out of our wallets, why not go crazy?
Because the NHL has rules and the CBA is the playbook by which such things must comply with.

Any NHL team is only allowed 50 max pro player contracts (NHL, AHL, ECHL,etc ).

If a NHL team has 23 players and AHL has 20 more under contract (excluding PTO and ATO), and few scattered in the ECHL it doesn't take much effort to reach the limit.. Kadri, Stefanovich, Dido and Dale Mitchell are all already signed to pro contracts and when they leave junior all those contracts will need to be factored into the 50 for next season, but while in junior they do not presently count.

So you can't sign everyone and simply let the cards fall were they may, you really do have to pick your spots and believe that this player if worthwhile being one of your 50.

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So, Mess, you're suggesting we shouldn't sign him for fear of losing Jonas Frogren?

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