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This is for The Frachise to post all Leaf related garbage as well as anyone else that follows this crappy team!;)
 

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Argyle said:
This is for The Frachise to post all Leaf related garbage as well as anyone else that follows this crappy team!;)


We will see who makes the playoffs in the end....hope its both Vancouver and TO but with what Vancouver has done this offseason it looks like the club is headed down hill fast.

Go Leafs GO
 

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Leafs honor one of the greatest d-men of all times



Once, Maple Leafs coach Red Kelly installed pyramids under the Maple Leafs bench to tap into their mystical powers.

Someone asked Borje Salming what he thought of all the fuss.

“I no believe in pyramids,” he said. And then he tapped his chest. “I just believe in the big fellow.”

More than most, Borje Salming’s career was a career based on faith.


There would be barbs when came from a Swedish hometown so far North that he was treated as a rube.

Later, he would spend years as a hated outsider, the first European star to crash the NHL.

Through it all, the steady failures of the 1980s, the succession of coaches and teammates, often fearsome injuries, a chronic sinus condition that left him emaciated by every Christmas, Salming just kept on believing in the big fellow.

Salming’s home town of Kiribati is the most northerly town in Sweden. His grandfather earned a living herding reindeer.

Salming’s father died when he was five in a mining accident. His mother fed her family with the wages from her waitressing job while her son, Borje would grow into a six-foot-one man with exceptional grace and skating ability.

Leafs scout Gerry McNamara found Salming and his teammate Inge Hammarstrom by accident. The Swedish league game McNamara had planned on scouting was cancelled but McNamara learned of another game and went to watch. Soon he was calling his superiors back in Toronto about two prospects whose talents were at least those of any Canadian first rounders.

He arrived in 1973 and became an immediate epiphany. He was plus 40 in his rookie season.

“What do you expect a defenceman to do,” asked Leafs forward Paul Henderson. “Protect his zone? He does that thoroughly. Set up plays? He’s got 30 assists. Shoot from the point? He’s got a hell of a shot. Block shots? There’s nobody in the league better at it.”

“Salming is as important to us as Bobby Orr is to Boston, if not more important,” Kelly said. “When we have him on the ice, he controls play in much the same way Orr does for the Bruins.”

In first his six seasons, Salming was a first team all-star once and a second five times. In an era dominated by Orr, Denis Potvin and Larry Robinson, Salming was a two-time runner up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best.

In the early years, Salming was the subject of goon tactics and abuse. They called him Chicken Swede and ran at him with sticks and fists. “Borje pays a high price for greatness,” observed Robinson.

“He was breaking the ice for a lot of the other people, a lot of the other Swedes and the other Europeans,” said Islanders coach Al Arbour. “A lot of people would be after him and say ‘we’re going to get a hold of that guy, we don’t want these guys taking our jobs.’ He had to take a lot of abuse in those days but he overcame everything.”

“(Philadelphia enforcer) Dave Schultz took a run at him and Borje went toe-to-toe with him,” remembered longtime defence partner Brian Glennie. “He never took any guff and once he established that they left him alone.”

Conn Smythe, a lover of tough hockey, admired Salming immensely not because he won his fights but because he fought them.

“If he fights back, he wins because they leave him alone. He’s like Britain. He doesn’t win the battles but he wins the war.”

When he played Canada Cup games in Sweden, Salming imported the rough tactics he learned here. “In Canada, people just think I’m a Swedish hockey player and a nice guy,” he laughed “Over here, they say that I’m a rough, tough, Canadian hockey player.”

Salming was a Maple Leaf for 16 years. He holds virtually every offensive record for Leafs defencemen. Only Tim Horton and George Armstrong played more games in blue and white.

Salming was only the second European (Vladislav Tretiak was the other) to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But it was never easy, not on a team that struggled mightily through most of his tenure or in a league that distrusted anyone not born in Canada. Salming twice turned down the Leafs captaincy, a move that stands out as one of his few he regrets.

When Mats Sundin was asked to where the C, he sought out Salming who counseled him against making the same mistake he did.

“I shied away because of the language and all that, but I should have taken the captaincy,” he said later.

Over those 16 seasons, Salming returned every slash and attempt to intimidate. He brought a style of defence that had never been seen before, a game built on exceptional range, flexibility and imagination.

And he was right. From his first day as a Leaf to his last, you could always believe in the big fellow.
 

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Great start with TO, also excellent decision to sign a goalie with a save percentage of 51/51 (according to NHL.com) . :D
 

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Yeah they should pack it in....0-1 there fukced for the year:rolleyes:

They play tommorow night against Ottawa again, I'll be happy if they split the season series.

Ottawa will be Second in the East this year
 

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alikira said:
Nice start by the Laughs at home.....Franchise, you're on fire already. GIRUY.


Sure am on fire 6-0 tonight, fukcing brillant. Tucker played unbelievable, and Raycroft was a treat to watch compared to last night.


GO LEAFS GO
 

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Why all the hostility towards the Maple Leafs?? They are one of the most storied franchises in professional hockey. I am by no means a fan of Toronto as a city. I agree that he people in Southern Ontario are for the most part arrogant and egocentric, but come on, the Leafs are, were and always will be tremendous!!!


GO LEAFS GO
GO LEAFS GO
 

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As everyone knows the Leafs won last night but did anyone see the game?? Auld was fukcing amazing, his best game in his young nhl career by far. The save he made on Tucker at the side of the net will be number 1 in the plays of the week.
 

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Kevin Hector said:
You're a good guy Franchise but the Leafs suck donkey nuts


Actually most of them back in the day sucked Wendel Clarks nuts...sure glad his fondel friend gilmour left the team!!

Now the two fags in the nhl have naslund as the meat in their buns;)
 

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The Franchise said:
Actually most of them back in the day sucked Wendel Clarks nuts...sure glad his fondel friend gilmour left the team!!

Now the two fags in the nhl have naslund as the meat in their buns;)
you can poke fun at sexual preferance, but not joke about a tragic death that directly affected no one on this site. Nice work jack ass...
for regs... is everyone on TO's defence made of balsa wood?
 

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Stepchild said:
you can poke fun at sexual preferance, but not joke about a tragic death that directly affected no one on this site. Nice work jack ass...
for regs... is everyone on TO's defence made of balsa wood?


Check when I posted that message!!! Last time I check there all living.

Wow your a bright one:rolleyes:
 

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Hector, you'd think the class bully who stole your lunch money, who flushed your head down the toilet, and who pulled down your pants to reveal your pee pee to that girl you had a crush on was a good guy.

"You're a good guy, but I don't appreciate you man raping me."

:rolleyes:

My biggest pet peeve on TTP is the old "Lack of intelligence" piss take being authored by someone who couldn't use proper grammar if his life depended on it.

Sort out your homonyms and tenses, man (and, no, I'm not referring to the GEU Rams here).


Check when I posted that message!!! Last time I checked, they're all living.

Wow you're a bright one


Anyhow...as you were.:rolleyes:
 

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The Franchise said:
Check when I posted that message!!! Last time I check there all living.

Wow your a bright one:rolleyes:
I feel so dumb considering I was referring to your stupidity of calling someone a "fag" meanwhile you are offended by someone making a funny lighthearted joke about an accidental death. Hmnn, I really feel dumb now!
Go leafs go....on topic.
If there are any spelling/grammer problems....who cares....
 

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Just pointing out the absurdity of labeling someone as "not too bright", when he can barely get out a proper sentence.

Loosely speaking, of course.

Besides, I'd never correct your grammar Stepchild. Everyone knows "doctors" aren't stupid.
 

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My biggest pet peeve on TTP is the old "I have nothing better to do, so I will copy and paste Franchise's quote in word to check if the sentence structure and spelling is right" piss take being authored by someone I couldn't give a flying fukc what he says:rolleyes:

On side note...Leafs looking strong so far....I thought signing Raycroft was going to be a big mistake, and hey it still could be!!!:(
 
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