January 21 2016 06:50AM
Original Photo by Steve Russell / Toronto Star. Photo has been manipulated.
Yesterday afternoon, my good friend Jon Steitzer wrote a very good piece about why trading Leafs forward Leo Komarov makes sense. He puts up some interesting, well thought out arguments, and I commend him for the effort he put into it.
Now, Jon and I don't agree with each other often. Take TLN's All-Time Team for example. It wasn't picked quietly, and it wasn't picked easily, and most of the reasoning for that was because Jon and I were screaming at each other on a minutely basis. If there weren't several provinces between us and a massive age gap (Jon is three years old), we probably would have literally fought each other. All because we couldn't decide on which wingers would win the "we can only pick four or five centres" participation ribbons.
Anyway, I don't disagree with Jon as much on Komarov, but I still think he's wrong. Leo Komarov should absolutely stay with the Leafs for the foreseeable future.
January 21 2016 12:52AM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin / TSGPhoto.com
Heading into tonight's Toronto Marlies game, much of the talk was about the Syracuse Crunch. Specifically, it was about Jonathan Drouin, and how he would play against the AHL's best team as he awaited his trade. Suddenly, it became about how he was out of the lineup (first reported by yours truly) on his own accord, refusing to play another game until he was moved. But that didn't matter to the players on the ice, who had a game to play; one which the Marlies won with a fantastic comeback.
January 20 2016 05:54PM
All Photos Property of Jeff Veillette / TheLeafsNation.com
When gossip started coming about that there was a rink on top of a downtown skyscraper in Toronto, I was a little surprised. Not that the rink was shocking, but more so that people found it mysterious. Molson Canadian, after all, had been running a commercial for months displaying that they would be building a rooftop rink somewhere. It played so often, in fact, that I began to get jealous of the people who were going up.
Suddenly an email popped up in my inbox, asking me if I wanted to play some pickup hockey. From a person, I had never spoken with before. Normally this would be weird and creepy, but given the circumstances, I had to say yes.
January 20 2016 01:53PM
I ain't afraid of no ghost.
January 20 2016 12:08PM
To trade or not to trade, that is the question. When you ask that question of pretty much any player on the Leafs, the answer is pretty simple, “Sell baby, sell!” With Leo Komarov, it’s a little more complex than that, and over the next couple of days we’ll be taking a look at whether Uncle Leo should stay or if he should go.
I’ve been given the luxury of going first and making the correct argument, the one that says that Leo Komarov should be traded, assuming there’s the interest we suspect there to be.