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06-09-2011, 08:24 AM
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We're far too soft to compete late in playoffs

Watching the Bruins man handle the ladies from Vancouver at will makes me feel we have a long way to go until were able to go late into playoffs..We just dont have the players who win the battles on the boards and we have no one who will go to the net....The leafs do not have a power forward..Boston has 3....

Hope Burke is able to draft more snarl and size...

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We are also not skilled enough.

This just in: leafs aren't cup favourites.

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We have Kulemin, Phaneuf, Schenn, Brown and Armstrong which are all players built for playoff hockey. Then end of last season we saw that Lupul is competent at playing that role as well. I agree with what you are saying but its not as black and white as you see it.

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Our defense is better set for sure...but only 1 player you mention is on top 2 lines that will see the majority of ice time...

My comment was made after watching the last 2 series..its a war on the ice...and skill is required but not without size and willingness to get physical...

Hope leafs draft mark mcneil he is this years Zach Kassian...who would have been nice to have..

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Watching the Bruins man handle the ladies from Vancouver at will makes me feel we have a long way to go until were able to go late into playoffs..We just dont have the players who win the battles on the boards and we have no one who will go to the net....The leafs do not have a power forward..Boston has 3....

Hope Burke is able to draft more snarl and size...
This isn't the same team that will start next year.

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The Leafs are a very young team and still have lots of time to build.

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Watching the Bruins man handle the ladies from Vancouver at will makes me feel we have a long way to go until were able to go late into playoffs..We just dont have the players who win the battles on the boards and we have no one who will go to the net....The leafs do not have a power forward..Boston has 3....

Hope Burke is able to draft more snarl and size...
Yep, we are missing several pieces that make for solid playoff hockey. A centre is just one of the many.

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I totally disagree with you on this one. You can't get better than our HUGE defense in the playoffs, and on offense, Lupul, Armstrong, Kulemin, MacArthur will all show well. I was worried about Kessel, but his playoff stats are actually quite good.

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So let me review.

- The Leafs are too soft to make it far into the playoffs.

- The Canucks, who you call ladies, are currently tied at 2 games and have home ice advantage in a 3 game series for the cup despite getting "man handle[d]".

Does anyone else have trouble following this line of logic?

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06-09-2011, 09:03 AM
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Jesus Christ

toughness isn't their problem.

and I would like to see you call any of the Vancouver players "ladies" to their face.

you should stick to what you know. I don't think that's hockey

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Maybe we need a GM who prefers a truculent style of play.

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Leafs need some toughness in the bottom 6, Brent, Crabb, Sjostrum, Kadri, ...
Leafs need a better center ice man, even another Grabovski would be huge.
Vezina winner and Conn Smythe candidate seems to be helping the Bruins mask a lot of their deficiencies, so one of those would help.

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Then Brian Burke's stated priority of getting bigger and more sandpaper is not something you agree with...

And lets not get into my dads bigger than your dad arguement...

By the way i played forward in Rugby at Brock and still play mens league, and i am bigger than any player on Vancouver by at least 40lbs

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Jesus Christ

toughness isn't their problem.

and I would like to see you call any of the Vancouver players "ladies" to their face.

you should stick to what you know. I don't think that's hockey
Get your tetanus shot first ...

Canucks are tied, they just have a keeper who loses his focus at times. Needs to be on a great team, but can look good.

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Then Brian Burke's stated priority of getting bigger and more sandpaper is not something you agree with...

And lets not get into my dads bigger than your dad arguement...

By the way i played forward in Rugby at Brock and still play mens league, and i am bigger than any player on Vancouver by at least 40lbs
Well, I know I'm convinced.

You're on your own AI67.

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Then Brian Burke's stated priority of getting bigger and more sandpaper is not something you agree with...

And lets not get into my dads bigger than your dad arguement...

By the way i played forward in Rugby at Brock and still play mens league, and i am bigger than any player on Vancouver by at least 40lbs
we are not "FAR TOO SOFT" and BB never said that either. yes, the Leafs are a body or two short. far from "far too soft"

wow, you're a tough guy for sure. lucky for Vancouver you're not there

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Well, I know I'm convinced.

You're on your own AI67.
thanks pal. thought us Maritimer's stuck together??

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Then Brian Burke's stated priority of getting bigger and more sandpaper is not something you agree with...

And lets not get into my dads bigger than your dad arguement...

By the way i played forward in Rugby at Brock and still play mens league, and i am bigger than any player on Vancouver by at least 40lbs
"They know they have guns? Right?"

Bruins' Bergeron, Krejci, Ryder, Seguin aren't exactly tough guys. I'd put Kessel, Bozak maybe Grabovski here.

Lucic, Thornton and Kelly probably their tough guys. I wouldn't have thought, but after watching him assert himself this year, MacArthur goes here, along with Armstrong and Brown.

Marchand is a rat, or a more honest Burrows. (Brad Ross?)

Horton falls maybe between tough and finesse? Kind of where I'd put Kulemin and Lupul.

Phaneuf, Komisarek, Aulie, Schenn I'd put in the gritty arena, Gunnarsson less so but not as soft as Kaberle at all.

Have to see if Reimer can clear the crease like Thomas ...

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Watching the Bruins man handle the ladies from Vancouver at will makes me feel we have a long way to go until were able to go late into playoffs..We just dont have the players who win the battles on the boards and we have no one who will go to the net....The leafs do not have a power forward..Boston has 3....

Hope Burke is able to draft more snarl and size...
If you can see this then there is absolutely no doubt that Burke can.

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Pfft, we wouldn't have made it past the first round. If we were it'd be a Cinderella story.

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Pfft, we wouldn't have made it past the first round. If we were it'd be a Cinderella story.
I have a hunch there are several teams every year who don't make it past the 1st. round.

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The Habs are not that gritty of a team and they took the Briuns to 7 games.

It has a lot to do with who can control the pace of the game.

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Lets just hope for forward progression..

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Doesn't the title imply that we once were too soft to compete late in the playoffs, but this is not the case now?

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Have to see if Reimer can clear the crease like Thomas ...
Reimer's too nice a guy for that. He'd politely ask the guy to get out of his crease, and if he didn't, he'd just make the save blind. Then he'd apologize.

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