August 24 2012 10:33AM
Quick thought today, ranging from some discussion about my idea to shift Mikhail Grabovski to the #1C spot and plug young Nazem Kadri into the #2 hole with Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk. Basically the thought was:
- Grabovski can handle heavy minutes on the second line, so don't change that
- Get Kadri onto the top line and protect those minutes
Now, I don't think that Kadri can be totally protected with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Even if you started them exclusively in the offensive zone, you're still keeping a young, raw asset out against Zdeno Chara all the time.
Leafs Nation Podcast
August 23 2012 02:20PM
Is summer bringing you down? Do you need more hockey talk in your life? Listen no further than The Leafs Nation Podcast! Recenty, I (JP Nikota) spoke to Adam (@draglikepull) about the current CBA situation, as well as the Leafs' current logjam at center. Click on to hear more.
August 23 2012 11:16AM
I’m only going to say this once: if you value your sanity don’t read any further. Being a Leafs’ fan you probably don’t value your sanity very much so I suspect you’re all still with me. Good. Today I’m going to show you something that will ruin your life all over again.
I don’t know how we’ve missed this all these years, perhaps we all managed to repress the same 45 or so seconds between when Darcy Tucker laid out Sami Kapanen and Jeremy Roenick scored the last goal in a playoff game against the Maple Leafs. Regretfully, I cannot maintain the illusion any longer. Darcy Tucker appeared on M vs. W this week and dropped the following bombshell—Mats Sundin was highsticked and cut to the tune of 6 stitches moments before Roenick scored that goal. There was obviously no call.
August 23 2012 10:26AM
Brief reprieve from lockout talk: My position is quite strong on the idea that the National Hockey League wouldn't consider cancelling any games past January 1st.
Who knows if the alumni game will still go on, but I'm quite convinced it will. And the Leafs finally added some of the big names to the show, as per James Mirtle:
Leafs add Sundin, Nieuwendyk, Salming and Mahovlich to Winter Classic alumni roster.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 23, 2012
August 23 2012 06:53AM
It's the offseason, and I was able to get a hold of Ben Scrivens for a lengthy interview and cut into three parts.The first part dealt with Scrivens' 2012 season, the second part dealt with his view of the media in covering the game, and this third and final part deals with Scrivens' as an individual, along with his views on a potential lockout.
What's a goalie's off-season workout regimen like?
This offseason is a little different. It's obviously been shortened due to our lengthy run, but it's not all that different from a player's offseason regimen. We're working out, we're on the same workout routine.