December 24 2013 04:54PM
I was planning on a Christmas post entitled "A Christmas Carlyle", which told the story of a scrooge of a Maple Leafs coach, visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve and was compelled to perpetually scratch his goons and give more minutes and responsibilities to the talented Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, and Peter Holland.
The premise was good, but it was unfortunately too difficult to execute. I had written up a cute dialogue of Gardiner as Bob Cratchit (complete with Gardiner forced to do things like pick up Carlyle's drycleaning and wash his car) but there was no real way to integrate him into the story. In my mind, the deposed Brian Burke played the role of Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past showed Carlyle how happy he was with all the skilled players he had in Anaheim, but that wasn't entirely true either.
December 24 2013 10:47AM
Screw it. Let's hit the eggnog.
December 24 2013 12:40AM
On this episode you'll get Leafs, Oilers, Christmas presents, Mrs. Dangle, sexy fan fiction, and much more.
December 23 2013 08:55PM
Has David Clarkson ever been photographed standing up?
For the second consecutive game, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost in a shootout. For the second consecutive game, they were probably lucky to get a point in the first place, albeit under completely different circumstances.
Toronto was again out-shot heavily, this time at Madison Square Garden, and again failed to win in regulation. In the last 18 games, their only win through 60 minutes has come against Chicago, but they're piling up the points in the third standings column, and enter the three-day Christmas break at 18-16-5.
But the progress over the last few games was halted. We were back to the early season refrain for Toronto. Too many penalties, too many shots against, and too few engines running offensively. The Leafs were helped out thanks to another excellent goaltending performance from Jonathan Bernier, and a controversial late tying goal that sent the game to overtime. 2-1 is the official final.
December 23 2013 03:02PM
With Christmas upon us I wanted to leave the big guy, (Santa Claus, not Dustin Byfuglien) my wish list:
Randy Carlyle - The first thing Carlyle needs is a toaster that works. He also needs a healthy Dave Bolland and an offence that produces more than two goals per game. He needs to have all markers, pens and any other writing material taken away from him, thus preventing him from ever making Morgan Rielly a healthy scratch ever again.