We’ve got a few more interviews and some actual relevant content coming next week, but it’s Friday when I wrote this and Michael has me draining time watching funny fights on YouTube. Until said content is ready and and unless Nonis figures out soon how to lock down Franson and Kadri with less than $6 million in cap space, two-parters about odd Leafs fights is going to have to do.
I was saying in the comments of
Michael Steven Stephens’ post on his five unlikeliest Leaf fights that these were the type of fights I love and hockey needs. In a second I take watching Kessel grapple (hug?) Kris Russell or Mats Sundin struggle to figure out how that whole punching motion works over watching two enforcers tap each other, nod heads and routinely mush each other’s brains in a scripted bout. I feel a little uncomfortable cheering on/screaming primal battlecries at the latter scenario, but a spontaneous bout borne out of two combatants simply having enough of one another’s shit? That’s something I can enthusiastically get behind, and I would hate to see the game without that outlet.
Nik Hagman vs. Lukas Krajicek
On that note, there is something I really like about a skill player who stands up for himself on the spot after being on the receiving end of a cheap shot. Like when Niklas Hagman sprung up after getting sent sprawling into the net off the rush, mouthed “You F*cker!” and took on an unsuspecting Lukas Krajieck in his one and only career NHL fight:
Mikhail Grabovski vs. Chris Neil
The trait I think every Leafs fan is going to miss, whether you liked or disliked Grabovski’s game, was that batshit decibel of crazy Mickey Grabs was always capable of reaching if pushed over the edge. Once past the point of no return, Grabovski didn’t fight in the classic hockey sense; rather, you could tell he was throwing everything he had, claws and gnawing teeth included, at his adversary. You also got the sense that, when Grabovski saw red, nobody was too big or too tough to fight, much less Chris Neil.
Luke Schenn kind of sucked at fighting, didn’t he?
Lee Stempniak vs. Bruno Gervais
Cliff Fletcher giveth, Cliff Fletcher taketh away.
Sorry to waste your time with this non-contest, but when it comes to the Stempniak era in Toronto, filling space and wasting your time (+ Alex Steen) is kind of fitting. Stempniak fights as poorly as he takes penalty shots.
Aki Berg vs. Eric Lindros
I’ll assume the best here and say Berg didn’t want to risk adding to Lindros’ list of head injuries by never throwing a punch, just like I’ll assume the Leafs never would’ve taken Mike Cammalleri with the 2nd round pick they traded for Berg anyway.
Bryan McCabe vs. Zdeno Chara
Everyone remembers this one. Everything about McCabe’s body language tells us he was thinking “don’t do it Bryan, choose to live,” but it wasn’t enough to override his feeling of obligation to do something about this monstrous prick in front of his net. Even if he was predictably tossed around like a bag of oreos, you have to admire the gumption.
Bonus Fight: Glenn Healy vs. Bob Errey
Like the Sundin fight while he was a Nordique, Healy was not yet a Leaf in this, his one and only recorded hockey fight. But I think in hindsight all Leafs fans can appreciate what Errey was trying to do here.
While still on yesterday’s the subject of pissing off star players on the other team, I look forward to the prospect of the two Davids rattling the opposition next season. While it’s secondary to having a decent team, a pest with the ability to goad Sedin into extracurriculars and get Burrows turfed in one swoop is a quality I look forward to having on the roster.
Saturday morning links…
Only Leaf link today – Connor Brown is #21 in the PPP Top 25 under 25.
Steve Dangle Podcast
Steve and Adam talk about steroid secrets, the KHL, other subjects.
Baseball’s latest woes show NHL is lucky to have Bettman
First time those six words have been uttered by a non-NHL franchise owning person?
Why did the Penguins hire Jacques Martin?
Long time head coach of 1,300 games turns assistant.
I think it is quite possible we end up with three or four Leafs on the WJC team this winter, and that would be really cool. It would also seem that they may a pretty important role on the team as well. I doubt Rielly makes the Leafs but even if he does there is still a chance he gets to play in the tourney according to comments made earlier this year by Poulin. It is likely that Rielly would play top pairing and PP QB for the team.
It is also becoming increasingly likely that Gauthier gets a serious look in the third line center role. It seems that if the team were selected today he could very well be in. The coaches and scouts have all had positive things to say...having watched him a little myself I would be surprised if he didn't make it.
I also think that Finn's stock is rising. Many of the D men who he is in a battle with have not looked great. Some have looked slow, others error prone. Finn's biggest problem has been staying healthy. At first thought Finn doesn't seem like the best fit for the big ice because his skating or perhaps better put his speed is not elite. However the puck moves faster than the man and Finn moves the puck well and with confidence. He also positions himself well on the ice. He has excellent hockey sense and a good compete level. I think right now Finn fits in the top eight, as long as he stays healthy and plays well he has a great chance. Don't forget that in his draft he was grouped with some guys who went mid first round.
Because Sutter is coaching and he understands why you need that fourth line type guy who brings grit, PK, and emotion, I think Rupert also stands a chance.
With regards to Toninato making the USA team I am a little less inclined. The coach has said that he will have to make the team in a top six role. And to no fault of his own the US has a strong top six. Depending who makes the NHL or what injuries happen he should still get a chance to climb the depth chart with good play to start his NCAA career.
Here is a Good Leaf one, This one is pretty close to mine I would think, Gonna go through that exercise today
Well its Sunday not much to discuss, so I offer this, its someone's rendition of the top 50 players ever, I have not seen some of them play but some interesting picks
I liked him Putting Bossy at 10 just ahead of Lefleur at 11, I wonder how the Canadian fans would like that
Its an Interesting exercise anyways lol
Morning all. Grabo hasnt BEEN SNAPPED up a la Lecavalier or Brier. Maybe Nonis , Caarlyle no something we don't
Sure he'll have a spot by opening day but there is no bidding war here
Rooting for Duffner in the PGA. Would make all us DUFFERS Happy
Dark Horse- Rory,
Away for a few days .
Short little piece on Finn;
The best ever.......lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r-uMDhocA5U Not sure if this link will work or not, it's from Urban Legends.
It's not much, but it's something to read during the dog days of summer. Some noteworthy Leafs on the list also.
Picked up the Hockey News 2013-14 Point projection issue....some serious respect for the Leafs...
Kessel at 85 points at 7th int he league
Kadri in at 29th with 70 points...
Lups and JVR with 62+ point projections.
As requested here's my top ten list... Not in any rank order:
Like a Rolling Stone
Paint it Black
A Day in the Life
Blowin' in the Wind
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Let it Be
All Along the Watchtower
Honorable mention: White Room
Rough .... With a capital R. Another gorgeous day in North Ajax, great day for finnishing up the lawn.
@CanuckUKinToronto Got a feeling most of these guys will be waiting till training camp. That's when teams will evaluate what they have and try to fill holes if they have any money left to spend lol. Could be we see more players headed overseas this yr then we normally do.
BYU: TBH I have not heard a number of the titles, but I will have shortly. Really appreciate your sharing. This site and it's posters are "The Gift that keeps on giving". Thank you much good sir!!!!!!!!
Good projections...I really see the potential for Kadri to exceed that...he will get a lot of PP time...more TOI...and pretty good wingers...a little more support from the D too.
@-Keon- Get em back doing colour with Bowen, PRONTO.
Bon: answering my earlier request? Armchair and others thank you too. I was going over some old tunes, black Betty, Jump and went on to YouTube to see what others had as top qten/one hundred. AC/DC featured heavily as did Steppenwolf, Lyn/Skyn. Got me to questioning what is Rock vs Rock ballads etc. Surprisingly to me very little Floyd or Who were included. Still thinking what my top ten would like. Stairway has to be #1, thinking the Wilson's version at the Washington DC special. Genesis Abacab would be close. Blackest Eyes would be there and some Creed. Mainstream stuff. Anyways, anyone else want to list? I am always looking for fresh ideas, or golden oldies. listening to the extended version of Papa Was a Rolling Stone right now. Awesome
@Yaknowwhat I'm sorry to hear that.
@Yaknowwhat I like those better than the regular ipads. Useful for one-handed reading and surfing, more useful size, etc.
@Yaknowwhat what do you mean?
@Yaknowwhat lol...best feature....works for txt messages, emails...almost everything.
@Yaknowwhat hahaha I would need a laptop for that, my typing speed has become ridiculously fast lately, so any other device would just infuriate me
@-Keon- Not really Keon. Take each day as it comes and enjoy life as best I can . Not much really bothers me anymore lol
Sitting at my in laws place in north Ajax, having a bomb fire on their 2 acre property. Just moved my mother in law into a Chartell residence in Pickering. Don't mean to be a downer but my father in law passed 2 months ago and he was the primary care giver for Mom.
Californication by Red hot Chilli Peppers is blasting away and my wife and brother in law are looking after the next round. Love this Site and just checking in for the first time today.
Go Leafs Go.
Could happen. He's 36 after all. I just like dredging up silly stats about other teams players the way some leaf fans like to argue about leaf players. Zdeno's numbers fascinate me for the time being. Like how Z's 20 spots lower in all time defencemen scoring than Dave Ellett.
@Yaknowwhat ah.. voice dictation
@Yaknowwhat part of that is due to the fact that Im in comp engineering
Thanks waiting ! Appreciate that. Definitely getting primed. My wife and family are having a tough time but we are getting closer dealing with some trajedy. It's my time for the next round so I have to check out. Enjoy your weekend everyone .
Jantz: Doorman noted this site helped him, through trauma. I have found it a haven for a number of years. May great memories be your guide, and may comfort be a close friend.
Go for it brother. Pleasure Dome and two tribes, making the room vibrate. Uplifting to the Nth power.
Bon: Love it. I could list great disco tracts, jazz fusion, tracks from Lord of the Dance, truly soul touching R&B. Rarely listen to classical music and the only opera is Rock Opera. Do enjoy the Transiberia Orchestra's Xmas special each year. Magical when music touches the soul. Hall & Oates are favorites and I always crank the volume when Men At Work airs. Really appreciate the honesty and openness of posters on this site. Here in Houston what up is Watt Up. Man is a beast ( JJ Watt - Houston Texans). Bon, deepest respect man.
Bon: appreciate the posts, as always. I will say your list is more classic mainstream than I would have thought, but a real range. Thank you good sir!!!!!!!
Earlier request was what were your top ten favourite tracks? You know the real " I don't care what others think' , most awesome tracks
He leads in terms of points per game by a pretty good margin at close to 1.4. only player close is Coffey at around 1. But Orr only played 650 games because of his knees so he's 11 th in terms of scoring with 915. Boutique for example played almost 1,000 more games than orr. Chelios, Robinson and Stevens have around the same points as orr but all played close to 1,000 more games.