LFR7 - Game 8 - Bernier Blooper - Car 3, Tor 2

Steve Dangle
October 18 2013 01:49PM

The face says it all.

Of course the Leafs, right? Of course.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Oct 18, 2013 - BernierGate

Steve Dangle
October 18 2013 05:17AM

I'm in a brutal goal of emotion!

The guys talk about the controversial blooper goal on Bernier, Yakupov rumours, and Gene Simmons.

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Carlyle expects James Reimer to practice Friday after scary head hit

Cam Charron
October 17 2013 10:22PM

The Leafs lost 3-2 on Thursday night to Carolina. The recap post is here, but there's going to be some spillover thanks to some scary comments made by Randy Carlyle in the wake of James Reimer being taken out of the game very early on after taking a shot to the head from teammate Josh Leivo.

Carlyle's postgame comments via mapleleafs.nhl.com after the jump:

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LEAFS POSTGAME - Blooper-reel goal costs Leafs in loss to Canes

Cam Charron
October 17 2013 08:36PM

You can argue either way whether you think the Maple Leafs are going to be good or bad this season, eventually the team's record is going to tell the story, but you can't deny that the team is weird. This team has managed to win games in the weirdest ways and they don't lose much. They lost a very weird one on Thursday, probably a weirder loss than all of their weird wins on the season combined. If there is an absolute value of weirdness, the Leafs lead the league.

The above image is courtesy of Fox Sports Carolina. It was a harmless icing call by Ron Hainsey. Morgan Rielly may be used to no-touch icing, but maybe he isn't. He let up, as did Carolina forward Radek Dvorak, and Dvorak barely beat Rielly to the hashmarks and icing was waved off. The puck bounced off the end boards and Jonathan Bernier seemed unsure whether to play it or not, and the puck took a wild bounce off of his skate and in. One of the weirder winning goals the Maple Leafs have conceded in their long history, but it capped a three-goal Carolina comeback.

Leafs lose, 3-2.

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LGD - Game 8: Hurricanes @ Leafs - Rielly and Skinner

Cam Charron
October 17 2013 10:19AM

We're seven games into the season and I feel that for the most part, we've avoided the dreaded "Morgan Rielly Question". To simplify Article 9.1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, an 18- or 19-year-old player that is eligible to return to junior hockey can have his entry level contract extended by a year if he doesn't play 10 games at the pro level.

At this point, you worry less about "burning" the year off of the ELC, since Rielly has played enough games at the NHL level that he'll probably surpass the 9-game limit once he gets recalled to the Marlies once his junior season is over (EDIT - @birky points out that only NHL games count here). It becomes a developmental question, whether you think that the benefits of having Rielly on your team now surpass the benefits of having Rielly on your team next year after a year of dominating the Western Hockey League.

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