January 06 2014 12:44PM
Randy Carlyle was running with some new defensive pairings today, and the new-look top pair, which will presumably be unveiled tomorrow night, is a familiar possibility to those of you that read here often:
Carlyle is considering juggling his defence pairings. Look at practice today saw Gleason-Phaneuf, Gardiner-Rielly, Fraser-Franson.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) January 6, 2014
I think Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly are excellent possession players and will succeed no matter who they're with. There's some evidence that both players have made their teammates better this season and we'll get to that down the road. The third pairing is a re-construction of last year's pair that led the league in PDO and Randy desperately wants to re-create. Unfortunately, injuries and lack of ability have really limited Mark Fraser this season and you get the feeling that every successive game is another potential "last as a Leaf".
But the first pairing is what I want to focus on. That's Tim Gleason in Carl Gunnarsson's familiar spot. Gunnarsson was knocked out of the game against New York and will have to be replaced by somebody. Looks like Gleason's the guy.
January 06 2014 07:45AM
Wrapping up the Leafs and Red Wings 24/7 with the fourth and final Aftershow.
January 05 2014 02:49PM
So how come the Leafs stink?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 05 2014 12:31AM
The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs spent this past week celebrating the game of hockey in the best way they saw fit; by taking the sport back to its roots and playing a bunch of games outdoors. Representing The Leafs Nation for a few days, and Pension Plan Puppets for another, I made my way and crossed the border for a few days to see what the fuss was about. The following is part one of several posts detailing my trip.
January 04 2014 08:21PM
Just a note to those of you not in on the joke. When the Leafs are behind, oftentimes you'll see our Twitter account retweet something like this:
I knew Reimer should of been in net— olivia trivisonno (@livtriv) January 5, 2014
@Ryguy6610 I feel so bad for bernier, Randy should of pulled him after the third goal...— Cody (@Codizel55) January 5, 2014
Wtf. They should of pulled bernier after the 4th goal— Aj Qurashi (@CRAZYAjQue) January 5, 2014
To all the grammar freaks out there, we're aware that the correct word in the situation is "should have" and not "should of". But that's why we do it. The grammar irregularity serves as a way of highlighting the absurd. Sure, I could James Reimer could of started tonight, and maybe Tim Gleason should of been in the lineup. Also if Clarke MacArthur would of stayed with the Leafs maybe they wouldn't be struggling for scoring as much as they are this season.
I feel the need to explain our editorial use of "should of" because how else would you tee up this loss? Toronto dropped a game to the New York Rangers, a team that was chasing them in the standings, 7-1, and it could have been 8-1 if not for a goal waived off to goaltender interference in the dying seconds.