Nikolai WHO-lemin?

Steve Dangle
December 19 2013 11:20AM

Any guy who can make Jonathan Toews make that face can't be that bad.

I received a tweet about Nikolai Kulemin that got me thinking today...

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LFR7 - Game 36 - Don't know what you've got - Fla 3, Tor 1

Steve Dangle
December 18 2013 03:12PM


'Til it's gone.

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Is David Bolland's injury the reason the Leafs are losing so many games?

Cam Charron
December 18 2013 01:28PM

I've gotten into some discussions recently about whether the Leafs' injuries provide a valid excuse for their recent record. The popular one is that the Leafs slide began at the start of November, after David Bolland went down to injury in Vancouver with the Leafs record at 10-4-0. Since? Toronto has gone just 7-12-3 with just three wins in regulation, and their lineup has been further exasperated with the removal of Tyler Bozak and the constant sufferings of Joffrey Lupul.


Well, not really. There's been somewhat of a pattern in the Leafs' injuries this season that make it fairly likely that one guy being out would account for a disproportionate share of team victories.

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Leafs postgame - Leafs are so done with Carlyle, lose 3-1 to Florida

Cam Charron
December 17 2013 08:24PM

Is there any good news to glean from the Leafs most recent loss to the Florida Panthers? Well, at last check, the New York Islanders were up 2-0 on the Tampa Bay Lightning, which might improve the Maple Leafs' lottery processes.

Throughout the game, the broadcast showed images of Randy Carlyle furiously scribbling away on a whiteboard and nobody on the Leafs bench seemed to really pay attention to him. That's sort of become the theme for Toronto. Randy Carlyle is just flat out of answers. He benched Jake Gardiner for an extended period of time against the Florida Panthers because of one giveaway, yet never feels the need to hold other Maple Leafs players accountable for the same rare moments of lapses.

As it turns out, the giveaway by Gardiner was elementary. The Toronto Maple Leafs demon on Tuesday night again, was familiar. This team can't score, and this team can't score because it was put together by an inept management group that favoured intangibles and birthplace over talent and production. It was 3-1 Florida, but who cares.

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LFR7 - Game 35 - Castaway - Tor 1, Pit 3

Steve Dangle
December 17 2013 01:45PM


The Leafs lose to Sidney Crosby and his band of merry men.

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