Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 15 2013 04:09PM
There's something about the St. Johns IceCaps and not letting go. A large chunk of their core has stayed with the team for all three seasons that they've been in the league, their ownership group (True North Sports & Entertainment) still actively sells merchandise of their previous incarnation (the Manitoba Moose). And somehow, the Toronto Marlies having moved from St. Johns nearly a decade ago is considered the grounds for a rivalry, despite the two teams (and their parent clubs) being in different conferences.
But hey, at least the season series this year is four games instead of eight. Plus, both teams are at the same skill level, so they're at least entertaining. Today's incarnation saw the Marlies win 3-2, taking both home games against the Winnipeg Jets affiliate.
December 15 2013 01:21PM
Oh my wow that actually happened! I love Peter Holland! I love the Leafs! I love everybody!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 15 2013 09:18AM
Many people who aren't from here have a tendency to describe Toronto as "Hell on Earth". This is mostly out of jealously, but with last night considered, they may have a point. I mean, the city freezes over and both the Leafs and the Raptors dominate their high-flying opponents from Chicago? Even I'm a little skeptical...
Last night was arguably the best Leafs game of the season, and while getting those results against a powerhouse is a bit unexpected, there was nothing flukey about how they got this win.
December 14 2013 01:14PM
I didn't think it would take this quick for such an obvious rift to develop between Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis, but you can sort of tell what's happening based on some of the things Darren Dreger says on the radio. This morning, Dreger re-assured listeners that Morgan Rielly's exodus from the lineup was a coaching decision, and that Carlyle had better get used to Peter Holland.
One of the best Twitter accounts in Toronto has been @Hope_Smoke, who listens to the radio so the rest of us don't have to. The sense I'm getting is that management and coaching disagree on some of the personnel. Nonis may have assumed David Clarkson would get more powerplay time than he has. Nonis wants Jake Gardiner in the lineup every night. Nonis is probably behind the apparent decision to sit Mark Fraser and Paul Ranger tonight.
Have you opened your Badvent calendar today? It's the Leafs and the Blackhawks tonight, on lousy ice tonight at the Air Canada Centre due to a support staff strike.
December 14 2013 12:06PM
You kids enjoying Deathcember yet?
David Clarkson has been suspended for two games for his illegal head-check on Vladimir Sobotka. Below is the video from the NHL explaining the suspension. 1,000 fictional bonus points if you can name whose voice that is on the video.