April 07 2013 01:03PM
The National Hockey League announced Sunday morning that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will play January 1, 2014 in the Big House at the University of Michigan in the NHL's annual* Winter Classic event.
*non-lockout year only
The centerpiece of the Festival will be an outdoor rink placed on the infield of the ballpark that will feature games between teams representing every level of hockey and opportunities for open skating for the public. The showcase events at the Festival promise to be the two games featuring notable alumni of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – the 2014 Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown™ – on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. In total, the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ is expected to feature youth games, high school hockey games, sled hockey games, AHL games, OHL games, the Great Lakes Invitational and more.
April 07 2013 11:31AM
Hey guys, Cam has asked me to do the post-game tonight. And seeing as it’s well past midnight and I’ve just gotten back from Steve Dangle’s engagement party (congratulations Steve!), this is going to have to be short and sweet. If you're unhappy with the following recap, blame me, then blame Cam for trusting me with this in the first place.
If you were hoping for a wide open, free-wheeling, shot-happy game, boy this must have been hell for you. Still, the Leafs managed to bank a couple points in a 2-1 win over the Devils despite being largely outplayed.
Some thoughts on the game…
April 06 2013 09:46PM
This is a story about three young lads who go travelling to Amsterdam in search of optimistic adventure. Two are Canadian, one is an Australian who is now the newest resident of Edmonton and Wanye Manor. We meet up with an ex-pat Canadian living in Amsterdam who sobers us up more than anything that has ever happened before in the history of time.
It ain't a story about looking cool - that's for sure. Read on at your own risk.
April 06 2013 01:35PM
Until yesterday, we could say that whether Randy Carlyle's decisions to play with three lines, sit one of his best defencemen and favour size over speed in the lineup were good or bad, at least they weren't affecting the safety of his skill players.
That's not the case anymore. With no effective league-mandate on handling concussions handled by independent specialists, we know how the Joffrey Lupul saga ends. Lupul, after taking a shot to the head last game and leaving the game after initially missing the bench by three whole feet, will probably come back to the lineup too early and put himself at further risk.
I don't claim to be a concussion expert, but the only concussion expert who seems to think that there are different levels of concussions is Randy "I Have a Theory About Concussions" Carlyle who has come up with an absurd explanation for why he has yet to call Lupul's injury what it is: a concussion.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 06 2013 11:20AM
Guess what? A member of the Toronto Maple Leafs is out with an undefined upper body injury with no real timeline. Here we go again..
Yesterday, Joffrey Lupul left the game following a hit to the head from former Leaf Jay Rosehill, immediately after being hit by Adam Hall. Lupul was so shaken, that he missed the bench on his first attempt to get on it, and once on it, could barely walk.
But guess what!? It isn't a big deal and they're not calling it a concussion, says Randy Carlyle.
Randy Carlyle says Lupul feels fine now. Said he's 50/50 to practice tomorrow. Will have to see how he responds. (Jonas Siegel)
'No, that's a bad word. We don't use that word until we're 100% sure.' (Mark Masters)
Of course, you shouldn't actually take this word as the gospel, given the Leafs recent history with managing concussions.
Here's just a few of the mishaps in the Leafs organization involving concussions in the last couple of years: