Seeing The Forest For The Trees

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 20 2015 08:16PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are losing a lot of hockey games right now. Not just losing, but putting up final scores that look like they forgot the game was happening that night. Jerseys are pouring onto the ice from angry fans, sometimes in the middle of play. People are calling for heads, or at least transactions. I get it; the realization that a single firing isn't a magic cure-all to the standings is a harsh one. But if these last six games are any sort of indication; things will turn around.

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LEAFS POSTGAME: They Scored, They Lost

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 19 2015 08:36PM


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm pretty sure Cody Franson just wrote my recap for me. I'm sure he's as frustrated as anybody; he's having his coming out party this year, and he's doing it on his childhood team. The issue? They're not reciprocating, and just had another competitive yet very disappointing performance, losing 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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David Clarkson is The Worst Powerplay Weapon In Hockey

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 18 2015 10:47AM

There's a lot of things that you can rip on David Clarkson for. He doesn't score a lot, he loses most of his fights, and his contract with the Leafs should be framed in the Hockey Hall of Fame to show future hockey managers what not to do. I feel bad about it too; by all accounts he's a very nice gentleman and he clearly wants to succeed.

But I need to add one more thing to the list - he might be the single least effective powerplay option in the entire league. The Leafs coaching staff has to, at some point between "three months ago" and "immediately", consider another option in his spot.

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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 17 2015 07:55PM

The above video was made in the year 2010, and yet it feels like nothing has changed. Except for the fact the Leafs started 1-2-1. Hell, if we want to be technical, the Leafs are still paying the player who makes a last-second cameo. 

Needless to say, the Peter Horachek era hasn't started off the way that many had hoped. In fact, on the score sheet, it's been a disaster - the Leafs were just shut out for the third time in four games tonight.

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Marlies Split Charlotte Series

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 16 2015 09:23PM


I don't think that this member of the Toronto Marlies is very happy. First off, he got a penalty. Secondly, the penalty box man clearly is doing some sort of dark magic, stripping the name off the back of his jersey and swapping all of his equipment with painfully generic goods. But mostly, he got a penalty.

Whoever this totally not-a-member-of-Charlotte-Game-Ops player is, they're probably feeling pretty mixed about these two games.

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