August 28 2012 08:10AM
Lost in the controversy surrounding one Sun TV idiot's comments about Randy Carlyle's revamping of the Toronto Maple Leaf dressing room is any sort of discussion on how good of an idea it is.
No, adding a few motivational posters isn't going to be the difference between the Leafs' going from a 13th place team to a 6th place team, but the club is in an extraordinarily unique situation generating the highest revenues in a salary cap system.
August 27 2012 09:52AM
April 2, 1989, Borje Salming played his last game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. He went pointless in a game that the Leafs lost 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks, capping off a putrid 28-46-6 season, their 10th consecutive under .500.
Salming wore #21 his full career with the Leafs, and his brief stint with the Detroit Red Wings to finish his NHL career. The team didn't waste too much time giving the number to a new player. On October 25, 1989, checker Sean McKenna, who had worn #8 in the previous two seasons, dressed for his first game of the season wearing #21. The Leafs won 8-6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
August 27 2012 08:23AM
Blogger pays lip service
Look, it's a bit of a grind in August. The Junior Club World Cup took place this past week and the Sudbury Wolves, the first major junior team to represent Canada at this two-year old tournament were as close to dominating the field as you can get. They won four of their six games, falling in a shootout to Riga and losing in the last round robin game to Linkoping, but out-scored their opposition 27-13, despite the losses.
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.