Back at the rink bright and early….thanks to Google maps for navigating me around the massive traffic congestion on the QEW this morning. How do people do that on a daily basis? So wrong.
On the ice it was Blue vs. White again with invitee goaltenders Charlie Millen and Christopher Gibson in net for the first period. Again, not a lot of scoring but lots of smart defensive plays (code for “I am not making a mistake in this limited opportunity”). Invitee Matt Bellerive opened the scoring after some pressure and it’s 1-0 again for the Blue team. Matt played for Red Deer Rebels, he had 15 goals/36 pts and looks to be just starting to find his offensive flare. More hitting to close out the first, with Broll and Biggs doing the most of it.
Onto the second period, where the goalies were changed this time it was Garret Sparks vs. Antoine Bibeau. The game was tied 1-1 on a nice goal by Carter Verhaeghe (Waterdown Ontario Birthplace/Niagara Icedogs). Tyler Biggs helped make this goal possible with the entire line contributing to keeping the puck alive in the scoring zone (CORSI ratings to follow). Victor Loov was awarded a penalty shot, which is a replacement for serving penalty in these scrimmages. Loov faked a slapper and then beat Sparks to retake the lead 2-1 (sorry for the upside down video on twitter). Loov wasn’t shy about hitting anything that moved during the two days of Camp. I would suggest that he was one of the surprises today at the MCC.
Carter Verhaeghe tied the game back up at 2-2 with his second of the scrimmage. Game set and match after a bunch of shootout attempts.
There weren’t any names that stood out in Game #2 with the exception of Carter Verhaeghe and the improved play of Tyler Biggs. Not sure who talked to Tyler after the 1st scrimmage (probably nobody), but he was much better playing a physical game, working well with the puck and effectively killing PK minutes in the “overtime” frame.
I got to talk to a couple of “inside” people who asked not to be named regarding some of the young Leafs. First, the discussion of players who have impressed as of late. The name that was mentioned was Josh Leivo. He has Leafs brass VERY impressed with his skating improvements, size and ability to finish. Frederik Gauthier was the second name that was given to me and again, the Leafs are extremely excited to see how well he can progress. Watching him skate the last two days showed me he has speed, good on-ice awareness and he isn’t shy to go to the net.
It was great being down at the MCC again today and around Leafs hockey. Hope you enjoyed my two days of ramblings.
See you at the Rookie Camp.
Sport-Express reported that Kovalchuk and SKA had the terms of his future deal agreed upon back in January. This was a prearranged move
In Ilya Kovalchuk, the KHL has found its poster boy. Will others follow him home? http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/johnston-will-russians-follow-kovalchuk-to-khl/
Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you "Brain Damage" Wow buddy your a little fucked, choose decaf would ya
OK whatever blue and white googalies, thats why I left this sight in the first place, you guys fantasize about whatever ya wanna fantasize about, guess what, yer mostly wrong. The brass try to follow the Leafs fan lead and haven't won a cup since 1967...what does that tell ya? Fans are wrong!! This team has to look at reality and make decisions based on reality...not what the dumb ass fans say... so I'm done with all yer blue and white bull crap, have fun fantasizing about stuff, have fun buyin the ole hype... you aint ready for reality!!
You guys think the Leafs can forever stay below the cap? They can't!! they have to move salary just as much as the next guy OPEN YER EYES!!!
If ya wnna be terrific at something, then that's the most terrific goof you could possibly goof at, are you retarded?
Lookm at BOS...Krug? A bunch of others leading them to the Stanley Cup Final? Open yer eyes brothers....Fuck the norm!!
Whitney was F';d around by the Oilers. Was never given the opportunity to lead a def core. Morrow , although not impresive in the playoffs for Pitt, was a point per game player in the regular season and is a good leader and has a lot of grit...he'll go thruogh the wall for ya. Lotsa leadership with Morrow, that 10 minute meltdown never would of happened with him in yer lineup. Whitney is one of the best ppg defensemen in the league and would no doubt take Dion's place in the line-up especially when you consider Gardiner, Blacker and Reilly are pretty close to makin the team.Add to that the firest round pick you could get for Dion and the money freed up for Kessel...it's a no brainer..
earlier down I read someone mention that Plan 9 from outerspace was the worst movie of all time... I am just watching Seinfeld now The Chinese Restaurant episode and Jerry just said
Just a movie?! You don't understand. This isn't 'Plans 1 through 8 from Outer Space, this is 'Plan 9', this is the one that worked. The worst movie ever made!
what the hell are the chances that the first time I have ever heard of this movie it would be mentioned twice within an hour.
WTF ya need Dion for? Clarkson is yer Captain, Morrow is an ALT Captain, Bolland is an ALT Captain, done!! Remove the blue and white goggles and lets get a first round pick!!
youcan take a whitney playing 20= minutes a night, along with Gardiner who can play 20= minutes a night
He's a name guy, cmon!! You actually think Dion woud out -play a f**ked around Whitney? It's a wash!! Ya need to keep Kessel, not Dion, thats what the bottom line tells everybody!!
With Dion AND Kessel's contracts expiring, who would you rather have? IMHO it's Kessel. Do ya want Dion to walk for nothing? I don't think so. So what can you get for Dion? A first round pick? I'd take that. Free up 6.5M of cap space? Ya I'd do that. So for Dion's salary, lets say ya get Morrow(LW) and Whitney(Blue line),resign Kadri, Fraser, Gunner. Let's say the cap goes up by $2M. Use that money to sign Kessel long term. You got Gardiner AND Reilly And Blacker comin up, if ya get a first rounder for Duon thats 2 first roundwer in the next draft...this is a move I think Leafs management HAS to consider.
politics aside, Kovalchuk was one of the purest snipers this league has ever seen, also top 10 stick-handlers all time, it was a metronome the way he moved that puck..
@Burtonboy How many good Russians are in the league now? Ovechkin. Malkin. Datsyuk. Yakupov. Voynov. Hardly a force in the NHL anymore. We would hardly notice they were gone.
@Loric76 Need something to cleanse the palate.
So, you know, if Bozak were to "retire" to go and play for SKA St. Petersburg, Russia, I might be OK with that.
@Loric76 It's going to get pretty quiet for a couple of months now Loric . The dog days are close. I'll do what I can to help keep things going as I always do but eventually there just isn't enough subject matter lol
Hilarious....he comes on about once every 3 months and shows he has the IQ of a 10 pound bag of fertilizer....but trolls quite effectively.
Gunner's sister me thinks :)
@Pazzuzzu You left the site because you couldn't even spell it and uhhh... the fans don't even like the roster as it is. Of course, that's not even accounting for whatever brain damage that must have happened to you between 1967 and present, but I hope that you have someone in your life helping you potty, getting dressed, and changing the TV channel between Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine in between the time it takes for you to process one coherent thought between a breath of air.
@Pazzuzzu don't let the door hit you..
@Pazzuzzu No offense, but in the plainest terms possible, you're an idiot.
@Pazzuzzu Those are just names man, its getting in the way. Don't worry about their names so much.
@Pazzuzzu whitneys biggest issues are his injury problems. he was a great player before that, but its really worn him down. pissed or not, its not gonna heal him
wait 'til he meets real heavies
Colton/Frazer don't need to worry just yet
@newkb The only reason trolls are effective is because people engage lol. It's not easy to do sometimes but the're driven nuts when no one replies.
Hey, don't be hatin' on T the TankEngine!
Oh and Bear in the Big Blue House ..big Leafer
The Broll dozed alright ;)
Broll drafted in the 6th round and Sefton in the 3rd lol...