Playoff LFR: Déjà Blue

Steve Dangle
April 26 2014 12:39PM

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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 kesselkadri
April 26 2014, 04:55PM
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I'm not sure why everyone is so goo goo over Toews. Kessel is a better hockey player and is more a game breaker then Toews.

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#2 Martin
April 26 2014, 02:44PM
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When Jonathan Toews has on his Captain Serious face before a game every guy on the opposing team knows what he is thinking - Do you seriously think you can beat me? Kind of reminiscent of Michael Jordan - another guy who ended up in Chicago as the third selection in a draft. And great news for fans of other NHL teams - he and Patrick Kane are both 25!!! We are going to have to deal with those two and the Blackhawks for ten more years!

Toews will be 26 on Tuesday - so he is aging somewhat.

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#3 exsanguinator
April 26 2014, 04:27PM
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@Martin

I'd worry when a guy like Toews gets to 33-34. He's gonna be a top producer for a few more years. You say aging, I say getting more experienced.

Also, Steve Dangle, I love your play off casts, I wish I had found them earlier then I wouldn't have sore laughing muscles from enjoying your take on things so much in a marathon viewing.

I even got my mom watching them.

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#4 Martin
April 26 2014, 08:47PM
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kesselkadri wrote:

I'm not sure why everyone is so goo goo over Toews. Kessel is a better hockey player and is more a game breaker then Toews.

I hope you are being sarcastic. No matter how big a Leafs fan you are, you cannot be serious. Show of hands - who would prefer to have Toews as a Leaf instead of Kessel.

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#5 nonikhanna
April 26 2014, 11:05PM
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I would take Toews over Kessel. Toews plays a more important position, is a proven captain and clutch performer. One of the best 2-way players in the world. I would do this deal in a heartbeat.

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#6 TGT23
April 26 2014, 11:31PM
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Obviously everyone should take Toews. Kessel may be a better "game breaker" but Toews is so much more consistent. You don't see Toews disappear for the entire last month of the season.

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#7 a lg dubl dubl
April 27 2014, 10:30AM
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So hows that Kessel trade working out for the Leafs so far? Seguin and Hamilton sure would help I bet...

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#8 Wetcoaster
April 27 2014, 01:58PM
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I think Steve's support is actually playoff poison.

Look at San Jose and Columbus. I bet that's what happened in the 2011 playoffs. Steve spent 3 rounds rooting against the Canucks, but switched teams when they were against the Bruins, and we know how that turned out...

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#9 Gardiner-Reilly
April 27 2014, 06:01PM
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@a lg dubl dubl

No, not really. Having Seguin and Hamilton would help with nothing. Hamilton is having a lucky rookie season topped off with playing with one of the best d-men in the league, Chara. And even at that, Hamilton has not had that great of a season. At 20 each, Reilly is clearly the better defense man and will be for the rest of his career (not to be harsh on Hamilton, I am sure he will be a good defense man). Not to mention that the Leafs already have Gardiner as well, Hamilton wouldn't add anything new to a flawed Leafs d-man group.

As for Seguin, his off ice issues are why Boston traded him and now plays with, in my mind, one of the better players in the league; Jamie Benn. The main reason I wouldn't have him on the Leafs though is because his off ice issues would detract from a Leafs team with very little leadership on and off the ice.

Overall I feel that Seguin and Hamilton instead of Kessel really wouldn't help the Leafs. Seguin's numbers would most likely take a plunge without Benn. Even if Seguin did somehow maintain his current numbers, it wouldn't help with the Leafs' fundamental problem; defense.

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