Saturday Morning Mashup: More unlikely Leaf fights

Saturday Morning Mashup: More unlikely Leaf fights

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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.


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]
321 comments
B_Leaf
B_Leaf

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.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

Morning Folks , How's the Hangovers ?


 

Zep2
Zep2

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 . 


Cheers

Jantz
Jantz

Officially ....... Loaded . Thanks guys , nice to see that we won the U18 's. Have a great one.

skiingallday
skiingallday

wow, lovin' the trade action goin on in the pool


Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

Waiting4LSC:  

Couldn't do the 10 best thing but here's some good records/performances that come to mind. Maybe some you're not familiar with or haven't heard for a while. Shit if I'm ever stranded on a deserted island I'm going to need more than 10 tunes dammit.     

A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOYuhLNwh3A   

See The Light - Jeff Healy   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikHI7_PMFNc  

Reflections of My Life - Marmalade   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9TNG8IQNI   

Palisades Park - Freddie Cannon  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtAvTZhPthc   

Forty Days and Forty Nights - Atlanta Rhythm Section   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lswsJfcMnAw   

Do You Love Me - The Contours   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQboYZpEITw   

When I Touch You - Spirit    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z_e17GJ_Ao&feature=related  

Theme For An Imaginary Western - Mountain  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l_x0xH9fLM  

Where is This Dream of Your Youth - Strawbs   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rrQvfpwCJQ&feature=related   

Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nEfuE8Pw4U

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Ping - LSC

What are my top 10 tunes (that I don't care if others think I'm nuts)??  That's a tough question.  I'll list some songs that I rate very very highly though (in no particular order)....though I'm not sure I'd say they were my absolute faves.  Of the top of my head....

California Dreaming (I also like No One's Getting Fat 'Cept Mama Cass) - Mamas and Papas

Gimme Shelter (honorable mention Moonlight Mile) - Stones

Gone Shootin' - AC/DC

Black - Pearl Jam

Mr. Big - Free

Yesterday - Beatles

Passion (honorable mention Every Picture Tells A Story) - Rod Stewart

Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger

Live With Me (honorable mention For Your Love and 30 Days On The Hole) - Humble Pie

Heroes - David Bowie

However, there's many many songs that I'm missing.  Hard to limit it to only 10 (impossible really).


Jantz
Jantz

Rough .... With a capital R. Another gorgeous day in North Ajax, great day for finnishing up the lawn.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Zep2  Grabo's post exit interview comments about the coach I think expresses his frustration but also would possibly keep some teams questioning how he would fit.  How many teams need a 2C .. Process of elimination-  2C who is more puck holder than set up man.. good energy.. not many.. then at the possible salary demands and possible attitude .. very limited opportunities

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@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.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

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!!!!!!!!

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@-Keon- 

I like reading or listening to stories of people who have come across Fraser in day to day life who have wanted to kill him as a result of the '93 non-call.  Apparently one time he was putting his skates away in the trunk of his car in the parking lot of an arena in North York when a cement mixer pulled into the lot....next thing you know he hears the driver of the cement mixer telling him to stop right there and that he's gonna knock him into next week.  Fraser said he slammed the door of his car and hightailed it out of there like no body's business fearing for his life.  I laugh when I read stories like that.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- Not really Keon. Take each day as it comes and enjoy life as best I can . Not much really bothers me anymore lol

Jantz
Jantz

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.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@-Keon- @Optimustic Yeah, I thought you meant he was going to play for another team in the fall of the year.   The plane went down just north of Cochrane and was likely going to Timmins just south west of Cochrane.

Jantz
Jantz

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 .

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

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.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Been cranking Queens performance at Live Aid. Freddie was a legend.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Not surprised. I'll have to You Tube. Sad they didn't last longer

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Go for it brother. Pleasure Dome and two tribes, making the room vibrate. Uplifting to the Nth power.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

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 Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Waiting4LSC 

However, if you want to know my opinion for the best song ever in the history of music??  I'd have to say California Dreamin' by The Mamas & The Papas.  

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Waiting4LSC 

And...if you wanted to go with some obscure stuff:

The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir (local Toronto band in the 90's)

Poe (chick from the mid to late 90's...angry psychos)

Citizen Cope 


Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Waiting4LSC 

Dude, there's stuff I neglected to list because, well, quite frankly they are not what you would expect.  Guilty pleasures:

Everything She Wants - WHAM

Money's Too Tight (To Mention) - Simply Red

Don't Stop The Music - Rhianna

Hold On - Sarah McLachlan

Planet Claire - The B52's

Nights In White Satan - Moody Blues

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye

Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

Precious Box - George Michael

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

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!!!!!!!