Pension Plan Puppets
February 06 2012 09:33PM
Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Edmonton Oilers a harsh reminder that for all of the impressive young players they have up front they might want to consider hiring some NHLers to play defence before they completely waste all of the kids' entry level contracts. Chief among the educators was Mikhail Grabovski who would have exemplified "a man among boys" if the Oilers' defence wasn't made up of guys around my age.
The other thing holding back the Oilers? The coaching staff. The writers at Copper And Blue can give you a clear rundown of their shortcomings but even with Tom Renney out they still managed to mess up the matchups. Or at least I assume so because when the Grabovski-Kulemin-MacArthur line is on the ice you generally do not want the stiffs that they sent out facing them.
After the jump, a breakdown with pictures
February 06 2012 03:15PM
Hey all, Danny Gray (or Granny Day) and I are back again this week, this time with fellow Leafs Nation (and fellow Pension Plan Puppeteer) Julian Sanchez, a.k.a. PPP. This time around, we attempted to record while watching the Leafs' game at the same time, a feat which will never again be attempted. As the Leafs trounced the Ottawa Senators 5-0 in this one, it meant I had a lot of extra editing to do, removing all the "WOOO!"
In any event, we've got a fun lineup of topics ready for your consideration, consumption, and cross-examination.
1. Scoreboard watching
Interlude: One Great City! by The Weakerthans
2. Trade deadline/PLAYOFFS/Mikhail Grabovski
Interlude: Remote Control by The Age of Electric
3. The Monster vs. Reimer
Interlude: Sweet Sixteen by Think About Life
4. Second-half stories
Interlude: Right On by The Roots (feat. Joanna Newsom)
5. That awesome beer commercial - you know the one
Outro: Es-So by tUnE yArDs
February 06 2012 11:27AM
As per Bob McKenzie, a trio of players with NHL experience are on the waiver wire today. Are any of them particularly interesting?
Pension Plan Puppets
February 06 2012 08:52AM
Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.
By: John Lofranco @jtlinmtl
Like Valentine Michael Smith, the hero of Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," after spending my life in one part of the hockey universe (some would say a "central" part), nine years ago, I dropped down onto a more earthly plain. Ok, so that metaphor makes Toronto, Mars, and Montreal, Earth, but I think it might be fair to say that Montrealers have less control over their minds and bodies than Torontonians do. In my next post, I'll tell you about my Nurse Boardman, but today I'm just going to talk about hockey.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 06 2012 06:09AM
Of course, with last week's debut Weekly Update extended to 8 days, this one will be condensed six as a result. Considering only two of the days actually hold relevance, the numbers are just that, numbers.
This was a week where nowhere near as much was at stake for the Marlies, compared to last. After all, the three games were played against division rivals that they face a combined 32 times over the course of the season. The team was diving directly into practically force-fed rivalries that had massive standings implications. This time around, it wasn't so much the case. Their opponents were ones that they face much less often, for one. The Syracuse Crunch are out of conference, and are only the team's opponent twice this year. Abbotsford is a former divisional rival, and as such they still get a few more matchups out of the Marlies than most, but this was only the second of four appearances this year. Most importantly, a loss didn't mean as much - a 12 point weekend was now a 4 point weekend.
Now that I've set the Marlies up for an "its okay to suck", I should mention that this was far from the case, as they'd capitalize on the rest and fewer game concentration and dominate the score sheet in both games.