Saturday Morning Links

Saturday Morning Links

Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press (via sportsnet.ca)

Pucks to the face and head appear to be on the rise with zero chance of a decline
A puck to the face is something Justin Bourne has experienced before.

All Star Game Nonsense
Birky tackles a ridiculous article from Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun. So Phaneuf shouldn’t be there because he isn’t a top 10 defender but Alfredsson deserves to be there over the 67 guys higher than him in the points standings. Got it.

Brian Burke bites back against the Rats
Change or die, says Cam Charron.

Maple Leafs assign Matt Frattin to AHL
So was Holzer…. again. He’s been up and down like a yo yo.

Phaneuf honoured to be an All Star
And dishonoured by his linemates.

marlies-blank-oklahoma-city/”>Marlies Blank Oklahoma City
The Marlies beat the AHL’s best team 2-0. Rynnas with the shutout.

Dion Phaneuf makes it, but has the term “All Star” lost it’s meaning?
Michael Langlois sums it better than I could, but here’s my thoughts: “yes.”

Why the NHLPA rejected the NHL’s 2012-13 realignment plan
“They felt realignment was unfair and inconsiderate to the players; they weren’t given a chance, in their eyes, to help create it; and it communicated that the NHLPA isn’t going to be shoved around now or during the CBA talks.”

Leafs getting down and gritty
Mike Brown and Mike Komisarek return to the lineup tonight against the Wings.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]