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Boston at Philadelphia 1:00
Carolina at Winnipeg 3:00
New York Rangers at Montreal 7:00
Toronto at Ottawa 7:00
Los Angeles at Minnesota 8:00
Vancouver at Edmonton 10:00

Washington at Boston - 1:00
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh - 1:00
Winnipeg at Toronto - 7:00
Montreal at New Jersey - 7:00
Carolina at Tampa Bay - 7:00
San Jose at Los Angeles - 10:30

Here we go, week 8:

Philadelphia at Boston - 1:00 PM
Washington at New York Islanders - 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Montreal at Tampa Bay - 7:00 PM
Minnesota at Nashville - 8:00 PM
Calgary at Los Angeles - 10:00 PM

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Black and Blue Leafs
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:06:28 PM »
The Leafs lead the NHL in both hits and fighting majors (tied).

In favour? Not in favour? Many have been complaining about Orr/Mclaren/Fraser in the lineup over more skilled players. Either way, I think we can all admit that the fights and big hits last night helped give the Leafs momentum at the very least. Welcome to Randy Carlyle hockey.

All Sports But Hockey / Would you watch a fantasy sports channel?
« on: January 28, 2013, 07:31:37 AM »
For Leonard Asper, the future is fantasy.

The former boss of Canada’s largest metropolitan newspaper chain and current head of The Fight Network plans to launch a new channel dedicated exclusively to fantasy sports...

His network – which he hopes to launch by mid-summer – would provide “multiscreen, real-time fantasy statistics and fantasy pool standings and rankings” as well as pre- and post-game shows built around the professional sports schedule. It will also be launched with a heavy digital component.

General NHL News & Views / Horrible Globe and Mail Article
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:47:37 AM »
I think a general rule that newspapers should follow is hockey stays in the sports section written by the sports writers. The Globe and Mail has released another editorial - they do this every few months - condemning fighting in hockey. This time they're decrying the fact that Colton Orr still plays, suggesting that the team should protect him and end his career. Yes, they go as far as to suggest it should not be up to the player when he wants to end his own career (but only if he's a fighter). There's so many things wrong with this, I can't even begin to start. Here ya go:

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Bates Battaglia
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:47:13 PM »
Former Leaf and holder of one the best hockey names in history is set to be a contestant on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race. He'll be competing with his brother Anthony who plays for the Huntsville (Ala.) Havoc of the SPHL. Bates last played for the Rochester Americans, the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League, and in the German Division II league all in the 10/11 season.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Alternate Captains Named
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:01:42 AM »
Joffrey Lupul and Clarke MacArthur will be alternate captains for the #leafs this season.

Looks like the "A" is coming off Komisarek's jersey.

General NHL News & Views / Standings Predictions!
« on: January 18, 2013, 05:07:32 PM »

1. New York Rangers x
2. Boston Bruins x
3. Washington Capitals x
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Philadelphia Flyers
6. Carolina Hurricanes
7. Toronto Maple Leafs (relax, I'm a homer)
8. New Jersey Devils

9. Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Florida Panthers
11. Ottawa Senators
12. Buffalo Sabres
13. Montreal Canadiens
13. New York Islanders
15. Winnipeg Jets


1. LA Kings x
2. Vancouver Canucks x
3. St. Louis Blues x
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Detroit Red Wings
6. Dallas Stars
7. San Jose Sharks
8. Minnesota Wild

9. Colorado Avalanche
10. Nashville Predators
11. Calgary Flames
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Anaheim Ducks
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Columbus Blue Jackets

General NHL News & Views / Training Camp Invites
« on: January 16, 2013, 03:01:38 AM »
I'm sure I've missed some, feel free to add to the list. 

Alex Kovalev - Florida
Marek Svatos - Florida
Andrei Kostitsyn - Florida
Mike Commodore - Montreal
Brad Winchester - Calgary
Steve Begin - Calgary
Mike Knuble - Detroit
Colin White - St. Louis
Dan Ellis - Carolina

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Magic Number
« on: January 14, 2013, 04:29:54 PM »
Conventionally, the magic number of points needed to get into the playoffs is 92 points. If the magic number is 92 points in an 82 game season, then a 48 game season would require about 54 points to make the playoffs.

The Leafs were 24-19-5 after 48 games last season, good for 53 points. This time around we have a healthy Reimer, JVR, and hopefully improved youngsters (Kadri, Frattin, Gardiner). I'm not ready to write this team off. We can make the playoffs.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Tom Anselmi and MLSE
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:54:12 PM »
Now that the Burke firing is setting in we can start to look at it from different angles. Namely, the way it was handled by MLSE. This was the first time Anselmi (Peddie's replacement) has really been in the forefront of the public eye. He's given some radio interviews in the past and had his name has popped up around the Toronto FC, but this was really the first time we Leafs fans got to see him in action. I didn't like what I saw in the slightest. Remember, Anselmi is the guy who was in charge of the disaster that is the TFC from day 1, a team that just hired its 8th head coach in 7 years.

Anselmi acted today like he was a puppet of the owners. He tried his best to dance around questions, didn't give straightforward answers, and spoke very corporate-like. He kept on referring to the "board of directors" and "shareholders," as if that's something fans of a pro sports team want to hear. Ultimately though, he failed to say why Burke was fired. He cited "tone of leadership" and the fact that the owners thought they and Burke couldn't have a "long-term relationship" but he still failed to explain himself. Bob Mccown interviewed Anselmi and pretty much eviscerated him for not answering questions. You tell by the change in Mccown's tone over the interview, he was definitely getting annoyed.

As I alluded to earlier, Anselmi looked like a puppet of the owners. I may be criticizing him for not answering questions and speaking very corporate-like but he's obviously acting on orders from his bosses. Thing is, where are his bosses? Where was Nadir Mohamed or George Cope? Why was Larry Tannenbaum refusing to answer questions over in New York? The veil of secrecy is disconcerting. When you have a 1-man owner like Mark Cuban or Terry Pegula what you see is what you get; you know exactly who they are and what they're all about. But with this MLSE board of directors, Leaf fans have no idea. There's many questions left unanswered about our ownership group. Where were they? Why were they hiding today?

We can debate whether Burke deserved to fired or if it was the right time to fire him ad nauseum. Regardless, what we saw today was a corporate puppet refusing to answer tough questions, an ownership group in hiding, and inadequate reasoning given for the firing of the President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thanks MLSE.

General NHL News & Views / Free Agents still available
« on: January 07, 2013, 06:23:14 PM »
With less than 2 weeks to go until the start of the 2013 season there are still many useful unrestricted free agents left on the market. Among them:

Jason Arnott
Daymond Langkow
Eric Fehr
Jason Blake
Andrei Kostitsyn
Jay Pandolfo
Petr Sykora
Brian Rolston
Tom Kostopoulos
Mathieu Darche
Sami Pahlsson
Steve Reinprecht
John Madden
Marco Sturm
Niklas Hagman
Richard Park
Andrew Brunette
Brendan Morrison
Ales Kotalik
Jochen Hecht
Blair Betts
Mike Knuble
Kristian Huselius
Jonathan Cheechoo
Dominic Moore

Pavel Kubina
Mike Commodore
Cam Barker
Chris Campoli
Colin White
Mike Mottau
Brett Lebda
Radek Martinek
Jim Vandermeer

Alex Auld
Dan Ellis
Marty Turco
Ty Conklin
Brent Johnson

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Jeff O'Neill is no fan of Paul Maurice...
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:24:04 PM »
Norv Turner should change his name to Paul Maurice.

I got a good laugh out of this. Jeff O'Neill compared his head coach for 10 of his 11 NHL seasons to embattled Chargers coach Norv Turner, who virtually everyone thinks is a horrible coach.

BTW, O'Neill's twitter account in general is actually hilarious. He's WAY better than Bissonnette. One of the very few accounts I check every day.

General NHL News & Views / 2013 HHOF Inductees
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:37:25 PM »
All this hall of fame hoopla lately has raised the question of who will be inducted in 2013.

First time eligibility:
Rob Blake
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Chelios
Rod Brind'Amour
Paul Kariya
Keith Tkachuk
Owen Nolan

Has already been eligible:
Eric Lindros
Brendan Shanahan
Jeremy Roenick
Markus Naslund
Dave Andreychuk
Theoren Fleury
Vincent Damphousse
Alexander Mogilny
John LeClair
Pierre Turgeon
Paul Henderson
Guy Carbonneau
Phil Housley
Tom Barrasso
Curtis Joseph


Niedermayer is a shoo-in, Rob Blake will most likely get in, but it's pretty hard to predict after  that. Chelios had some seriously great seasons in the 80's and 90's, Lindros was the best player in the world for a short time, Curtis Joseph is 4th all time in wins, and Roenick had a good long career. Do they deserve to get in the HHOF though? Who knows. For me, they're all borderline.

I know everyone is clamoring for Shanahan but he's wildly overrated. Despite getting 1354 points  his career PPG is only 0.89 which puts him outside of the top 115 all time, with dignitaries such as Alexei Zhamnov, Tom Lysiak, John Ogrodnick, Rick MacLeish, Brian Propp, and Paul MacLean ahead of him. Shanahan only eclipsed 100 points once, 90 points twice, and 80 points four times in his career. He never won any individual awards (other than the Clancy for leadership), and he was never even the best player on any of teams. He doesn't deserve to be in the HHOF plain and simple.

I also wish the hall would elect Paul Henderson already, who scored the most important goal in Canadian hockey history and created one of the most important moments in Canadian history in general. Herb Brooks was elected to the HHOF, and aside from coaching the 1980 US Olympic team, he didn't accomplish much of anything. Under that precedent Henderson HAS to make it in. Let's please not wait until he dies to inevitably induct him posthumously.

If it were up to me this year's inductions would go to Niedermayer, Blake, Henderson, and obviously Pat Burns.

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