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“The Maple Leaf Hangout”, Episode 10, with special guest James Mirtle from the Globe

We cover a range of Leaf-related topics in Episode 10 of “The Maple Leaf Hangout” with our guest, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.  One of the conversation points is something I touched on in my previous post here—which player on the roster could the Leafs ill afford to be without for any length of time?

We also chat about Kadri’s opportunity on the first line, Gardiner and Rielly on the Leaf power play, the club’s netminding tandem as well as thoughts on Dave Bolland as a Leaf so far, compared with what he was delivering in the Windy City.

Hope you enjoy the program and as always, feel free to share any thoughts or observations you might have.

8 comments:

  1. Awesome. Amazing show with high level Leaf chat and good guests.

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    1. Thanks for tuning in and for the supportive comment, Anon.

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  2. Just caught Episode 10. These podcasts have proven very interesting and informative.It was nice to be able to attach a face and a personality to the name James Mirtle. I feel that he is the best mainstream writer covering the Leafs so it was nice hear his views on current Leaf topics and also to learn a little about his background. I must commend you on presenting us with interesting guests such as Mirtle and Sean McIndoe. I am looking forward to Episode 11.

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  3. Good of you to take the time to say that, Pete Cam. Mirtle provides a bit of an alternative perspective on hockey and the Leafs and was, as expected, a fine guest. Thanks for the support, Pete.

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  4. Another interesting Hangout!
    I'm wondering if Lyles making the trip to Edmonton ( besides as 7th defenseman) has anything to do with Edmonton needing help on Defense. I've always found him to be a safe option and Eakins knows him fairly well. Maybe they'll have a look ...if he plays. C.N.

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    1. Hi C.N.- as fans, we never really know what the brass is thinking. Do they want to give young Rielly a breather at some point? Is Liles really only there in case someone is hurt on the trip and it's a long way to bring up a Marlie on short notice? Or, as you suggest, is there another (trade partner?) scenario lurking? Always fun to speculate a bit!

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  5. Solid hotstove hangout from every participant this episode... really enjoyable to 'listen in'.

    I previously spent some time over at PPP reading (enjoying off the wall comments from "not Norm Ullman" and others who created some rather hilarious threads before some 'entered the fold' and became so stats-oriented that it felt like work to filter out the arguments. But with that said, I must say that I appreciated how James Mirtle would join in at times. I always appreciated his willingness to participate and never really understood the vitriol I've seen expressed toward him in multiple venues.

    He seems like a really competent, humble, yet knowledgeable and strong media personality. One of the few I really like... it was great to watch him in conversation expressing many well-stated perspectives.

    One comment on the possession stats: My eyes tell me that since Clarkson's insertion in the lineup, our cycle game was instantly improved (not enough to overcome the low league standing 'earned' over the first 10 games, but enough to move in the right direction). It seems that Carter Ashton is a helpful cog and that Colton Orr has been 'quietly useful' when given opportunity... hope it rubs off on others, cause it has been effective when implemented for short stretches earlier and more consistently lately.

    Your format, familiarity, functionality and facility are really 'coming together' now that you've done two mitt-fulls of hangouts... I think that this has potential for a wider following... well done!

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    1. Thanks for the good words, inTimeFor62.

      I think, in terms of fan reaction to journalists, sometimes people perhaps forget that journalists are not "fans". They don't have a rooting interest. They're just doing their job and have an impartial perspective.

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