Hockey Twitter has been a growing power used both for the forces of good and evil. Not only is it where we get our news via NHL insiders, but it’s also where fans in turn share their “calming” opinions on said news.
With Mitch Marner signing last night, there’s already been a frenzy of takes on Twitter about his new deal.
We’ll have more Marner news and analysis of our own in some posts lined up today.
In the mean time, let’s look back at the other 140-character tweets that have sent Leafs fans into a frenzy this summer, in no particular order....
1 - How long again Mike?
Spoke to Leafs coach Mike Babcock today and broached the subject of Auston Matthews' ice time. Here is Babcock's assessment of it.:— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) August 6, 2019
(Watch for a full interview with Matthews and Babcock in the next issue of The Hockey News) pic.twitter.com/NZBbcRzbk1
Fans are still upset about the 18:48 next to Auston Matthews’ TOI after Game Seven. Perhaps this upcoming season would be different, and by all accounts it still could be, but this snippet of a Babcock interview didn’t help calm the masses.
2 - The Switch
Making the switch ... what’s old is new again #88— William Nylander (@wmnylander) July 15, 2019
I’ve got you covered Leafs Nation, go to @realsportstoronto to have your jersey recrested on me. pic.twitter.com/gQWHZVxQMo
This was as, “Old man yelling at the clouds”, as you could’ve gotten this summer. William Nylander has worn many numbers as a Leaf. In that initial prospect call up after the 2016 trade deadline, he wore 39 switching to 29 for the 2016-17 season.
The $6.9 million forward - which is also triggering to some depending on who you ask - is now sporting 88 for the Leafs, formally worn by (GASP) Eric Lindros!.
The fake outrage behind this was loaded with double-standards. Lindros played 33 games with the Leafs. That’s it. And no one seemed to have a problem with Mitch Marner switching from 84 to 16.
But the Big E doesn’t seem to mind or care as much as some do.
3 - They Gave Up What!?
Maple Leafs announced that they acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Patrick Marleau, a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) June 22, 2019
The Leafs needed to clear cap space and trading Patrick Marleau was one of the first methods of doing so. However, the price to move Marleau’s contract lit Leafs Twitter on fire!
“Why so much!? Dubas doesn’t know what he’s doing!”
It’s true that you don’t see many cap-clearing trades include a first-round pick, but it was a necessary decision. The Leafs were then able to sign both Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson as well as move on to the next step of improving their blueline via Tyson Barrie.
The other, and more tame side, of the response came from Marleau’s message to the fans and his two boys.
4 - “Fair Opportunity”
Good piece here from @Tramyers_NHL who caught up with Garret Sparks in Chicago— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) July 26, 2019
"All I've wanted is a fair opportunity, come [training] camp, to try and make the team and I think that I'll get a better opportunity [with Vegas] than I would have in Toronto.”
Ah, remember this? The Garret Sparks trade helped the Leafs restock their LTIR stores by reacquiring David Clarkson and helped fans reflect on the backup’s season.
The debate was whether Sparks got a fair opportunity to be the Leafs backup. Most believe he did considering the Leafs were forced to give up Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard to do it. He was also given his minutes playing seeing 20 games of action during the regular season.
Some of the goals against were a result of the Leafs poor coverage, others were just him, but what made it worse was his tendency to speak his mind.
Garret Sparks: "We need more emotion. I'm an emotional player. I need more emotion. We need more emotion from everybody. We need people to get angry. We need people to step up & be mad & take it personally."— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 17, 2019
On the ice? Off the ice? Both?
But hey, he’s in Vegas now.
5 - Nice one Dregs...I mean Darren...I mean Paul
There are way too many Mitch tweets to include here. Anything Mitch Marner related this offseason is bound to cause a storm.
- Mitch Marner wants a five-year deal
- Mitch Marner is using Auston Matthews a comparable
- Mitch Marner is going to practice in Switzerland
But the latest one has even panels on TSN raging.
The Leafs have been persistent in pushing both a 7 yr and 8 yr extension at Marner. The $11 mil per offer was made in June and included the $1.6 mil in B bonuses Toronto wouldn’t pay Marner in his entry level contract. 3 yr ext remains the focus.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2019
Learning of Marner supposedly turning down a long-term deal with an $11 million cap-hit isn’t the easiest pill to swallow. And when you combine this with all the other tidbits that have come out this summer, you have a very triggered Leafs fan base.
Bonus - I Will Remember You
In Case You Missed It
Visualizing LTIR and the Maple Leafs Salary Cap - Pension Plan Puppets
Jump in the LTIR pool and swim around.
NHL 20 review: Is it fun to play? - Pension Plan Puppets
I have half an hour to play, at night. I don’t care about shooting mechanics or other doo-dads
Is Marc-Antoine Pépin the next Mac Hollowell? - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs are looking at another relatively unknown defenseman who went undrafted
Matthews laughed about the stir his thin moustache has created. His Mom, who mocked his beard last year, approves of the new look. “I started it when I went to Mexico (her home country) and I kind of blended in down there. She was loving it.”— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 13, 2019
Noticed William Nylander and Rasmus Sandin sticking close to each other around informal skates, asked him about that relationship today. Said Sandin had been skating with him over the summer and now, "I've been his driver in Toronto. I'm taking care of him a bit."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 13, 2019
Beauty move by Spezza, but denied by Ian Scott pic.twitter.com/fgrP1p0BGW— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 13, 2019
Babs on Nylander having a full camp. "I was joking around with him that it must be nice to be 196 pounds and not 5,500 like he was last year. When you're carrying the weight of the world around, you're a proud guy and it isn't going good, there's nowhere to hide."— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 13, 2019
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