January 09 2014 08:04PM
The good thing is that we've just passed one more mile marker on the long highway to Randy Carlyle's eventual firing. If an absurd and ineffective breakout strategy slash defensive zone strategy doesn't do it, the unreasonable double standard placed on skilled players should. I'm trying to quit Twitter, so I was able to miss those glorious five minutes of peace when everybody waltzed home, getting ready for a hockey game, and then realizing that Jake Gardiner would be a healthy scratch against the Carolina Hurricanes.
In this economy, I hate to advocate for people losing their jobs. Believe me, I know how rough it is when you're out there and unqualified to do little more than complain about the Toronto Maple Leafs. I don't see how Carlyle has any qualification to do any more than that. It's not the breakout or the marginalization of skill players, but Carlyle is directly responsible for the misery afforded my three favourite (at one point) Leafs: Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski, and James Reimer. The result is a boring team that loses often, and, even if they were to get past this atrociously weak Eastern Conference and climb back into a playoff spot (by the way, the Leafs no longer have a playoff spot), does anybody doubt that they don't have the horses to compete against Boston, Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay?
The final score against Carolina was 6-1. The last time I watched a Leafs game and wrote a recap, the score against the Leafs was 7-1. No, I didn't grow up a Leafs fan, but I empathize will all of you that want the Leafs to lose as big and often as possible just to speed the process up and get some housecleaning done. I hate hockey now. Over the last couple of months I have been re-thinking my curious devotion to sports, and bullshit product put on the ice by Dave Nonis and Carlyle is directly responsible.
January 09 2014 01:12PM
Is Jeff O'Neill prettier now, or when he was a Hurricane?
I had to wait a couple of hours before writing the LGD today. With Peter Holland being sent to the minors for Carter Ashton, and with no available roster spots, it made sense to wait and see who the Leafs were going to bring up (or in) as their 4th line centre. With the Leafs starved for offence and production, particularly down the middle, where only Tyler Bozak has been producing recently, it would make sense for the Leafs to upgra—
Carter ashton to play centre tonight on the 4th line. Clarkson and gunnarsson will be game time decisions. #TMLtalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) January 9, 2014
January 09 2014 12:23PM
I called in to TSN 1260 in Edmonton with Lowetide about all things Leafs. I'm in the fourth segment about 40 seconds in.
January 09 2014 11:33AM
Look at who's getting a start between the pipes.
James Reimer is getting the starter against Carolina tonight, and in all likelihood, Jonathan Bernier will be starting against the Washington Capitals the following night on Friday. What does that mean?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 08 2014 05:06PM
Looking for a way to shake things up after a pair of, lets be blunt, bad games against a pair of New York teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs have swapped around some of their youth, calling up winger Carter Ashton from the Toronto Marlies, and sending Peter Holland in his place.
Opinions are mixed regarding this decision (aren't they always?), and it's safe to argue in either direction. Here's a bit of reasoning for both sides of the coin.