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25 May 2024 16:59:42
The problem with the leafs is they can’t score in the playoffs. It is not that they can’t play defense. The scoring problem is a direct result of not having any defense that can move the puck (excluding Reilly) . Therefore to support the defense getting out of their own end the forwards have to drop deeper and very seldom are going through the neutral zone at full speed. To fix this Torontyneeds to improve the mobility on defense. If you are keeping Reilly, McCabe and Benoit then you need to add puck moving defenders like Montour or Theodore or someone else that moves the puck.

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25 May 2024 20:09:42
I think a lot of people confuse puck moving D with D that get points.

Muzzin and Brodie both supported the breakout well, and are gone.

I'd say any top defenceman can help with this, I wouldn't say it needs to be Montour-like.

I'd love to get Theodore.

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26 May 2024 02:52:39
I agree with LL they leafs get zero offence from their blue line you look at the final four

Edmonton- Bouchard ekholm
Dallas: hieskenen Harley
Florida- Montour
Rangers- fox

You need a guy back there that can produce Reilly did that once and it was last year against Tampa.

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24 May 2024 18:01:46
Whats wong with all u guys, with low balling marner..hes the 2nd/3rd best rw in the league..u guys are nuts on here, if your going to make marner trade proposals, at least make them worthy of reading...but just to let ya know,theres only 3 teams he said hell except a trade too and i just dont see it happening, and if an extension doesnt happen, he'll play out his contractand have the best season of any leaf, and then say
f....u...but with berube their, and the way he coaches, you think hes going to want to let marner go..i doubt it...hes one of the best two way players in the game.i can see berube rather trading nylander...but im gonna say it first, the core stays intact for at least one more season..

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24 May 2024 20:40:31
Stop drinking the kool-aid.

Wingers above Mitch include, but are not limited to:

Tkachuk
Tkachuk
Rantanaan
Pasta
Kuch
Robertson

It's a pretty long list.

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24 May 2024 23:16:24
@DM I wasn't summoning you. I meant Jason Robertson.

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25 May 2024 12:24:37
S. cor
There are many who have opined that the Core4 would stay so I don’t think you’re the first!

LL.
If my math is correct there are at least 256 wingers in the NHL. You have listed 6 (and catch all language not limited to) .

I think it’s safe to state that Marner is in the top 5%.

As to trading Marner, I don’t think it’s low-balling his value as much as it’s recognizing the Leaf’s lack of leverage and the desire to free up cap space to seek other replacement needs.

I’d rather it be a Tavares move but he also won’t waive and any trade would require retention which minimizes freeing up cap.

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25 May 2024 16:07:12
@Rsears I don't dispute Mitch is top 5% though. He is a good player. It's the statement that he's a top 3 winger in the NHL I take issue with.

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25 May 2024 19:22:32
I should have read it more closely. You’re right.
He’s definitely not 2 or 3; needs to be much more impactful in playoff hockey!

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26 May 2024 02:54:48
Marner might be a top 5 right winger but he makes
Difference maker money and we haven’t seen that in his time with the leafs especially come playoff time when things get physical.

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26 May 2024 05:00:02
@Goat I'm not sure he is top 5. That's my point. Top 5 players make a difference regardless of position.

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24 May 2024 15:20:46
So who among us think Keefe will flourish in NJ?

It will be interesting to watch.

I think he will get them back in the playoffs and they will be a R1 winner.

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24 May 2024 17:32:54
I think it will be interesting for sure I think jersey has a similar roster to the leafs.

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24 May 2024 18:18:04
I think Keefe is shown to be a dud in Jersey. I don't think his systems work that well, I think Jersey starts hot next year and and falls off in the second half of the season.

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24 May 2024 20:09:38
Don't think it matter if Scottie Bowman coaches them. All winning coaches have more than a scarecrow in net. Jersey might as well just play 6 on 5 for 60 minutes every game.

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21 May 2024 18:17:45
"Playing predictable and North and playing as fast as we can. Structure is huge. We got to have structure in all 3 zones and that's going to be a priority. We want to play heavy"
Craig Berube

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21 May 2024 21:16:58
First thing I thought of reading that "Sounds like Babs" lol.

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18 May 2024 23:25:02
So with Craig Berube being named the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, this is what I really hope happens this offseason to improve the team heading into next season. First things first, the Maple Leafs need to resign Bertuzzi, Domi, Jones, Dewar to extensions. Domi, Bertuzzi, Dewar are the type of players that Craig Berube would love to have on his team. Physical, hard nose players to play against and all three of these players really proved why they should be on the team long term and with Jones I’d bring him back to be in the same role as this past season and have him as a third string goalie. Number two, trade Mitch Marner and see what kind of deals are available to improve our goaltending or defence. Players like Jacob Markstrom and Rasmus Andersson could be a trade Brad Treliving looks at or Juuse Saros could be an option. After that playoff performance that Mitch Marner had, I think it’s time for him to go and if you trade him you can most definitely get a star that can make and immediate impact on this team. Lastly free agency. There are lots of players that I would love for the Leafs to sign. Players like Brett Pesce should be there main target. But also players like Nikita Zadorov, Chris Tanev, Matt Roy, Dakota Joshua, Victor Arvidsson, Cam Talbot, Laurent Brossoit and some many others. With Berube hired he’s gonna want those gritty, get in the corner type of players and I feel like these should be main options for the Leafs. If we trade for guys then players like Scott Laughton, Boone Jenner, Lawson Crouse, Mario Ferraro could be options. Let’s see what happens and I’m excited for it.

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19 May 2024 02:41:53
It'd a miracle. I agree with everything you said Tanner.

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20 May 2024 18:50:01
Adam. We don't typically agree, but except for Talbot and Arvidsson, there is not much else I would strongly disagree with. Well said.

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18 May 2024 14:57:46
Who would you guys like to see as assistants?

I'm hearing some chatter on Marc Savard for PP *not sure if he's still employed with Calgary though) . He is someone who coached with Berube in the past.
And Berube's mentor, John Steven's, who has coached cup winning teams in LA, and more recently, with Vegas.

Thoughts?

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18 May 2024 21:13:20
Marc Savard I like. Keep hearing his name as well, but as you said, I'm pretty sure he's still with the Flames.

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18 May 2024 22:40:56
Sounds like the assistants will be savard and van Ryan both who worked with berube.

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20 May 2024 00:44:14
Gilmour runs PP
Clark runs any Leaf who plays lethargic
Cujo is goaltending coach

😂😂😂.

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20 May 2024 02:35:45
Lol I love it!
Sign them up.

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17 May 2024 21:42:26
No such luck on Gallant RLF. I was hoping as well.

I'm still ok with Berube though.

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17 May 2024 22:02:50
The more things I read about Berube, the more I'm liking him.
It seems like he and Tre have the same vision going forward and I can't wait to start our next chapter boys!

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17 May 2024 22:21:08
@Tags agree on that. This team needs a hard nosed guy, that doesn't let them cry on the bench.

I like the hire. I was really worried about McClellan.

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18 May 2024 00:05:02
I don't mind Berube LL. Im glad they at least spoke with Gallant. Similar style of coaching with Bruce. He demands effort, which is what this team needs.

And yes Tags, agreed about starting the new chapter. The Dubas Era is officially closing, finally. I have a lot more confidence in Tree and Berube than Dubas and Keefe.

I said last summer that i felt last season was going to be a transition year for Tree. He would evaluate and the Real changes would start this year. Seems that was the plan. I'm actually excited at the possibility of real change of personnel and the way the Leafs play. I thought we started to see a bit of it last season. Really interested to see what Tree has in store.

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18 May 2024 02:57:29
@RLF one more year I believe. I don't think Mitch agrees to be moved, and JT will sign a team friendly deal going forward.

Transition 2 years as I see it.

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18 May 2024 03:03:49
Bruce should read Berube.

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18 May 2024 11:56:42
LL. If the Leafs tell Marner they can't afford to extend him, he may agree to go. If he won't waive, he may have a monster year as it is a contract year. I would think Leafs would prefer he goes to the west. Nashville, Anaheim should both be somewhat appealing.

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18 May 2024 14:32:48
RLF I think most of us agreed it would be a feeling out year for Tre and then he would start building his team the following summer.
I will say this though, he did try trading for a Zadorov & Tanev package earlier in the season (which definitely shows us his direction), but seemed as if Calgary had no desired to deal with him.
Definitely like the path he's going in by building a bigger, tougher team all around (forwards & defense alike), a team with more 'snot' as his saying goes. lol.
And Berube seems like the perfect hire to follow in this direction. Someone who expects players to play with passion, heart, tenacity and physicality. A team playing a fast and hard forechecking game.

LL Depending on Marner's decision, you may be right with one more transition year ahead of us. Hopefully Marner agrees to a trade, so we can start moving full steam ahead.

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18 May 2024 14:41:18
And Berube demands ACCOUNTABILITY from everyone!

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18 May 2024 14:41:48
If most thought last year was a transition year for Tree, then why were so many complaining about his signings etc all year? lol

I think some could see it, but most wanted instant results (and probably still do) .

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18 May 2024 14:47:50
Maybe I'm exaggerating with most, but I for one liked what he did especially with the time frame he had.

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18 May 2024 20:26:58
@RLF I always liked his signings personally. I wasn't a fan of Klingberg, but it was clearly a transition year as everyone got a 1 year deal.

You can tell what Leafs fans think when you hear the media. Read an article from some nobody with a mock trade of Dobson+1st for Mitch. Media overhyped these guys foe so long they can't stop.

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20 May 2024 20:17:46
Tags/ LL. We three are often not the majority. Lol.

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17 May 2024 03:12:13
Do Leafs risk losing Berube by waiting for Carolina's/ Rod's decision?
I think Rod is the better coach, but not much else out there if Berube signs with someone else in the meantime.
Personally, I would gamble and wait a bit longer to see what direction Rod goes in.

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17 May 2024 05:27:51
I don't think Rod is going anywhere.

I think we all agree that Rod is the better coach, but I'd still just grab Berube now.

If I'm Tre, I would hire Gallant, but that's besides the point lol.

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17 May 2024 13:13:49
Tags. This is what I mentioned a few days ago. If they are waiting on Rod or Sullivan for instance, they may lose out on anyone else they are really interested in. It's not like when Carolina were eliminated that Rod signs the next day with the Leafs. If he wants to stay in Carolina and they want him, there will be negotiations first and then permission to talk him even if he is fired, which depends on when his contract is actually up.

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17 May 2024 13:45:41
Hearing Leafs have also spoken with Gallant, so some posters may get their wish.
I do like Gallant as well.

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17 May 2024 15:09:00
Better late than never on Gallant if true.

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17 May 2024 16:09:36
Yes, Friedman mentioned it in his 32 thoughts podcast.
Friedman believes the Leafs have spoken to Gallant, but still thinks Berube is the front runner.

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13 May 2024 16:53:43
An interesting name that maybe the leafs could consider for an assistant coach might be dale hunter the guy has been in London for awhile now and they seem to always have a great team

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13 May 2024 18:53:46
I'm really not a fan of junior coaches a lot of the time.

Some teams always have a strong roster, and it's hard to say what it is they're doing right as opposed to just the great roster they have at their disposal.

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13 May 2024 21:33:01
I know he coached briefly in the NHL in the past, but I am hoping for an experienced coach who has had more success than making the 2nd round once. We went rookie GM and rookie coach and it was a mistake. I didn't like it then and I don't want a repeat of the same mistake. Gallant is still my choice unless Sullivan becomes available.

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13 May 2024 22:31:31
True was just a thought I think to me I’m more curious as to who the assistants are than I am the head coach.

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13 May 2024 22:34:19
I seen gallant was not interviewing for the job as far as the media has reported it’s a two horse race unless they don’t like either of the guys they interviewed then who knows.

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13 May 2024 23:11:54
I think the Hunters have a pretty good thing going in London.
I believe Dale coached the Caps for a year or two, before Barry Trotz came in and won a cup. Dale went back to junior because and I quote " teenagers are easier to coach than millionaires "

Also Mark was pretty pissed ( and rightfully so) when he lost out on the Leafs GM job to some guy, I think his name was Kyle something.

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13 May 2024 23:35:01
Goat. That's too bad. Gallant typically has about a 2 year shelf life, but he gets quick results and that is what this team needs. No more coaching a nd GM experiments. Don't have time for that as Matthews etc are in their prime.

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13 May 2024 14:07:09
Targeting Marner in trades I get. marner will not waive to go to a dry state, the dude likes to party. The incentive would have to be like captaincy to get Marner to waive to go to Utah. Even that might not do it.

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13 May 2024 16:46:32
I think you might be taking this forum a bit to seriously if you’re posting and telling people their mock trades are not good.

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13 May 2024 12:07:19
As much as I'm happy the Rat got what he deserves, I think Bennett's actions are cowardly and despicable.
He should have definitely been suspended IMO. His cheap shots just reminded me again of that non hockey play take down of Knies last year's playoffs and again he goes unpunished.
Just dirty.

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13 May 2024 13:50:32
Bennett plays hard and to hurt. He has a real mean streak. No different than Marchand being dirty to hurt guys. I agree that Bennett should be suspended. Not saying I'm sorry to see Marchand get what he really did deserve imo.

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13 May 2024 16:48:27
You know what I think it looks great on Boston we watched them for the last decade do this crap and we already know the league won’t do anything about it honestly I hope Toronto adopts it.

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13 May 2024 19:06:59
I disagree on the Knies play. It wasn't great, bit dirty, but wasn't as bad as Leafs fans make it sound.

Rat got what he deserved. It's kind of the way hockey is going though. Don't fight, just spear guys in the groin, decapitate someone and run, etc.

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13 May 2024 19:30:05
I have to amend this. I guess I hadn't seen the bench angle.

Definitely a suspension, but also poetic justice.

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14 May 2024 13:43:49
I’m very frustrated with this. The NHL doesn’t make sense. A cross check to the face where the guy gets up and plays next game will get you a 6+ game suspension but punching guys in the face to an unsuspecting player, giving them a concussion gets nothing? Like wtf are we talking about here? We see what happens to people that have many concussions in their life and when they retire, their life is hell. If “player safety” is number 1 then make sense of this for me please. I don’t care that it was Marchand. Last year was Knies, Slavin ect. if there are no repercussions for his dirty play, why would he stop?

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14 May 2024 14:31:40
Clarky. I don't think anyone really disagrees with what you just posted. Marchand finally got pegged by a dirty play which is the poetic justice side of it. Marchand often slew foots while he checks guys. He uses his lack of height to get under them as he checks to cause as much damage as possible.

On that play, to me, Marchand dips a bit and tries to get right into Bennett's mid section and Bennett clocks him. Suspendable? Absolutely. This is what happens though when they also haven't suspended Marchand every time he throws a dirty hit. Marchand gets away with it and keeps doing it. So guys take it into their own hands. Marchand was going after Bennett's mid section and Bennett took him out. Marchand tried it on the wrong guy and paid for it.

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14 May 2024 16:22:16
I get the poetic justice side of it for sure. No one deserves it more than him (other than Bennett) . That was a blatant right hook to the chops. But I just don’t get the comparison of suspensions. What Rielly did was a 6game suspension worse than what Bennett did? Do they not take into account the opposing player? Grieg gets up, plays the next game, scores a goal and all is fine. Marchand is out 2 weeks with a concussion. Why would anyone put your stick up to cross check anymore? Start putting your fist in his chin and all is legal. 🤦‍♂️.

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14 May 2024 18:33:19
Clarky. I agreed with what you wrote. My point was that Marchand rarely gets suspended no matter how dirty he is. Had they have suspended him more, he probably changes his behavior and then guys aren't expecting a cheap shot from him and they would know if he does cheap shot he will get suspended. So the inconsistencies you talk about is the reason Bennett does what he does. He took it into his own hands because player safety will do nothing.
On that play, Marchand doesn't need to try and go into Bennet's mid section. He does because nothing happens to him when he does his cheap shots.
This time Bennett didn't like him ducking under to get into his ribs and clocked him.

Yes, there is no rhyme or reason to what player safety thinks is suspendable.

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