Hey everyone, it’s me again. Apparently I didn’t do a bad enough job at this last time, so here I am again, answering all of your questions and such.
Yeah, what the hell was Marcus Williams doing?
— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) January 15, 2018
Marcus was just paying homage to his all-time favourite Leaf Roman Polak, that’s all.
Is this trade deadline set up to disappoint fans expecting a big move? Seems to me like they may just upgrade 4C and be content with Reilly-Hainsey Gardiner-Zaitsev Dermott-Borgman as the D-pairings.. no real reason to trade a haul for someone like OEL while still rebuilding imo.
— Daniel Tiller (@tiller_daniel) January 15, 2018
First, there is a lack of Roman Polak in your D pairings. Second, this team isn’t rebuilding anymore. Third, I could see this being a disappointing deadline for Leafs fans expecting a big deadline move. The team is in a weird situation where they’re contenders, but they also need to see what they have in their younger players before bringing in a guy like OEL. I think the Leafs intention when they signed Hainsey was to bring in a stop gap for a couple seasons and see what they had in their prospect pool before making a big move. If the team is really unsatisfied with their defense, I’d hope that they could go for a guy like Mike Green, but that’s a pipe dream.
why am i being snubbed from the author dropdown tab?
— dylan fremlin (@DylanFremlin) January 15, 2018
You see Dylan, only the elite Leafs Nation writers get their name on the TLN author dropdown tab. You have to work really hard to put yourself amongst great names like Scott Maxwell, Adam Laskaris, Jon Steitzer, Scott Maxwell, Cam Lewis, Megan Kim, and Scott Maxwell. I just have yet to see that kind of compete from you. Which makes sense, as you are the father of William Nylander, notorious for not competing.
What top 4 dman would you like the Leafs to pursue (taking into account likely cost to acquire) and why is it Mark Pysyk?
— Totally Offside (@Totally_Offside) January 15, 2018
The dream for me would be Mike Green, because he’s the best of the group on the block, and the Leafs would be dealing with Ken Hololand (no, not a typo), who would somehow turn an easy 1st and a prospect return into a 2nd while retaining salary on Green’s contract. If Holland actually has some brains and wants a lot, a guy like Mark Pysyk would be ideal, especially since Florida is also dumb, and would probably take Leo Komarov for him.
How soon before we get to see Roman Polak again?
— #PolakIsActuallyGood (@breakaway23) January 15, 2018
When do the Leafs play next?
Why did my wife leave me?
— Michael Mazzei (@MichaelMazzei3) January 15, 2018
Probably because you’re whining about her leaving you in the comment section of a Twitter account of a Leafs blog.
why does my gf not think William Nylander is the most handsome devil?
— Wyatt Fremlin (@frem416) January 15, 2018
When’s the last time your girlfriend has been to the eye doctor? She should probably have one soon.
Which NFL team are most similar to the leafs?
— Connor Bromley (@ConnorBromley) January 15, 2018
With my limited American football knowledge, I’d probably go with the Buffalo Bills. Notorious for not winning, but never completely sucking, and the few times they have a chance to be good, they usually choke. But hey, at least they made the playoffs.
Could Jack Johnsson help the leafs as a real defensive player instead of Polak? You gotta get rid of him…Johnsson-Carrick/Dermott?
— Jiri Santaharju (@JeepSander) January 15, 2018
The thing with Johnson is that he isn’t *that* big of an upgrade over Polak. Like, anything’s better than Polak, but would you rather have Polak play limited minutes, or trade a decent amount of assets and go through the trouble of squeezing in his cap hit for a slight upgrade. Think the Sens dealing a first, third, Hammond ,and a prospect to upgrade Turris to Duchene, except the players are worse.
There you go Twitter, I just argued something in favour of Roman Polak. Have a field day.
What's for lunch?
Not totally timely, but.. how would Mats Sundin and Phil Kessel in their prime Leaf years fit in with the squad?
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) January 15, 2018
Currently eating a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich, thanks for asking!
This is my lineup with both of them in:
*Disclaimer: the following lineup is NSFW, please do not continue if you are in an office or in class*
Brown – Matthews – Nylander/Marner
JVR – Sundin – Kessel
Marleau – Kadri – Marner/Nylander
Hyman – Bozak – Komarov
I fail to see how that team doesn’t win a cup, even if our defense is Roman Polak, and his five clones.
why is polak
— Bye Week Lad (@HardevLad) January 15, 2018
Well, you see, when a mommy and daddy love each other…
Which player on this team under 26 would handle themselves best in a fight? (My money's on Connor Carrick)
— Hunter Follon-Crowther (@HunterCrowther) January 15, 2018
I’m going to bet on Andres Borgman. That man has already killed several NHL players, so he could probably hold his own well in a fist fight.
can I ask a question?
— david nestico (@davidnestico200) January 15, 2018
Why haven't the leafs trade for Hjalmarsson yet?
— BarelyComments (@BarelyComments) January 15, 2018
Honestly, I don’t know. It doesn’t surprise me, considering that they weren’t in on him when he was traded at the draft, but he’d be a perfect fit in the top four to help out their shutdown defense. I feel like he doesn’t meet Babcock’s “gritty shutdown” defense, so I could see that being the reason.