Merry Christmas to the fine readers of TLN

I was planning on a Christmas post entitled “A Christmas Carlyle”, which told the story of a scrooge of a Maple Leafs coach, visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve and was compelled to perpetually scratch his goons and give more minutes and responsibilities to the talented Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, and Peter Holland.

The premise was good, but it was unfortunately too difficult to execute. I had written up a cute dialogue of Gardiner as Bob Cratchit (complete with Gardiner forced to do things like pick up Carlyle’s drycleaning and wash his car) but there was no real way to integrate him into the story. In my mind, the deposed Brian Burke played the role of Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past showed Carlyle how happy he was with all the skilled players he had in Anaheim, but that wasn’t entirely true either.

So in absence of a Christmas parody post, I just want to take the opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas to all the fine readers of The Leafs Nation dot com, or a happy secular day off to our non-denominational readers. It was a real tumultuous year, beginning with a lockout and the firing of Brian Burke, resulted in a playoff run and a series of bizarre offseason decisions that led a zillion new readers to the site to comment, whine, complain or otherwise.

Best to you and your families. I’ll probably take a couple days off from this page, but we’ll be back on… Friday to cover the Leafs’ game against the Buffalo Sabres, and some updates from the World Juniors. The Leafs have Frederik Gauthier, Fabrice Herzog, and Andreas Johnson playing for various teams at the tournament, and that’ll occupy us from now until the Winter Classic.

Merry Christmas and all that jazz.

  • STAN

    You’re a wonderful read. Every edition.

    Thanks for your unique, creative takes and for being a true Leafs fan.

    Whether readers here are cheerleaders or (constructive?) critics, a very best to all.

  • Merry Christmas to you as well, Cam. Because 2013 was the year I accepted advanced stats, I should take this time to thank you and the TLNdc team. Thanks for making and keeping sanity, logic, inquisitiveness, humour, and above all, fancystats, the norm. You have done much to elevate what it means to be a true fan, and I am personally way better at being a fan because of you and the team. Cam, Jeff, Steve, Justin, Blake…you guys are the best. Eat a peach.

  • Jeremy Ian

    I don’t agree with much of anything you right on principle. And I don’t care for your fancy new fangled advanced stats as they point to things I refuse to acknowledge about leafs, Orr and Carlyle. Further, I prefer good ole “tarrana” based opinion based writers rather then these skilled pinko sympathizing math based foreign writers. I look forward to when the leaf make the playoffs again so I can point to the flaws of advanced stats. But if the leafs somehow miss the playoffs I’ll attribute that to injuries which prevented them from maximizing shot quality or some lame excuse like that just to be a jerk.

    Good festivities. I’m sure you are a nice guy but I’m just a sock puppet and leaf fan so please don’t ban me as I mean well. Merry Christmas.