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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMWLFca67ng

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.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Ah, the McCabe ragdoll…will never forget that one.

  • B_Leaf

    Grabovski was on the bottom and quickly reversed it on Neil…at the very end of that he landed a dandy…we will miss the Belarussian…sigh

    elarussian

  • Dink

    I’d like to see Brock Lesnar fight Jim Hughson

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    CanuckUKinToronto If I remember right, it was Brian Propped that slit open Sittler’s forehead and I remember being thoroughly disgusted that not one teammate stood up for Sittler. If anyone ever did that to Clark they’d be running from 6 Flyers.

  • Dink

    B_Leaf I think he was cloned from Berezin

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    @Dink Hughson wouldn’t fight toe-to-toe, he’d want to get into some of those nice tight wrestling holds instead.

  • Dink

    ingy56 Good luck trying to do that to Lesnar

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    @Dink ingy56 I think Hughson would prefer Lesnar do it to him instead.

  • Dink

    someone will be signed by this time next week

  • Dink

    I wish the Jays would just forfeit rest of season…they play like T-Ball kids anyway

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    So Berger is saying that the reason Steve Stavro turned down signing Gretzky was because Gretzky wanted a share of the team as part of the deal.

  • Dink

    ingy56 Probably Walters idea

  • Dink

    I deleted my Jays comment, they aren’t even worth the print

  • Burtonboy

    32 days till camp opens

  • Burtonboy

    One thing I didn’t know. Clarkson has a limited NTC and a NMC in his contract

  • mlclearwater

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1733281-ranking-the-10-best-fighters-in-the-nhl
    Its Bleacher so tacit with a grain of salt – Chara isn’t on the list, Prust is ahead of Orr, etc but it is a decent article for our topic here
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1733009-why-toronto-maple-leafs-should-explore-trade-options-for-dion-phaneuf
    Also another  article of why we should trade Phaneuf

  • mlclearwater

    gretzky should come out of retirement and play for NJ Devils cause that would be good for hockey

  • Leafbites

    TheCanucksnaphook PGA this weekend is not a bad option. Who you got?

  • Leafbites

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafbites On the first page, Scott has been getting the most looks, so far. His ball striking is tailor made for Oak Hill. Rose though, can definitely get hot. 
    I like Dufner’s persona, but doubt he holds it together all weekend. 
    Pick: Scott

  • Leafbites

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafbites Thing is though, any of these guys can go low on the weekend, with these soft conditions.

  • Leafbites

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafbites Kucher is my wild card, I’d like to see him in the mix on Sunday.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Wake n’ bake!!
    Is there video of when Grabo bounced off of Chara, got back up and looked a little wobbly (concussed)…and went on the score the game winning goal??  It wasn’t really a fight…but it was a thing of beauty.

  • dlb eh

    mlclearwater 
    i wanted to read the Phaneuf reasoning, and it was a little weak imo.  i think there is merit in considering moving him but not because he’s a “liability in his own end” or because “too often he goes after the big hit instead of being properly positioned”.  those are comments we’ve heard for years that are the exception now, not the rule with Dion.
    i was hoping Anthony could do an article on how we’d build the team without the captain.  We do have  alot of young defensemen in the system, but that’s a lot of ice time and a lot of defensive calming we’d lose if we were to move Phaneuf.    i would like to see some ideas, though.
    for me, it boils down to how he fits in to the team off the ice moreso than on it, because i can see his value on the ice.  what i mean is: is he a good captain?  do his mates follow him?  if they do, then he’s tough to move.  if they’re secretly not a big fan, which there is no prrof of, then perhaps it is a good thing to entertain offers.

  • dlb eh

    mlclearwater
    Gardiner and Reilly could be good players to build around if pairs combinations like Gunnarsson-Granberg and Fraser-Ranger can get lots of capable shutdown minutes.
    it’s a lot of ifs i know, but there are a lot of “equal” parts we need to re-measure this year to see what real value we have back there.

  • Knights2Leafs

    mlclearwater 
    to give some context as to the accuracy of Bleacher Report ( and I guess Hockeydb’s stats) they have Prust listed at 6’2″.  He might and I stress might  measure in at 6′.  He’s a middleweight in the Mike Brown mould.  And speaking of Brownie, who I loved, there’s no way he should be ahead of Fraser on that list.

  • Zep2

    ingy56
    Gingy56
    How many sinking ships has he been associated with. Great hockey player, lousy hockey man.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    It’s linked in the article below the Grabo vid:

  • Zep2

    Leafbites
    My dark horse is Jason Day. Hes been knocking at the door at Majors for awhile.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/FAN590
    Canada wins GOLD at the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23IvanHlinka&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23U18&src=hash hockey tournament, with a 4-0 win over the US. Canada’s 6th straight title!

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy  WOOT ! GO CANADA

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    morning MLHS…..did Leiwiki ever say that he wanted to fix the issue of people not being in their seats in the platinums for the start of the period?? …..or did I just dream that up last night?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Shift_Disturber1 Haha, fights like he’s in the street after the bars or something.

  • dlb eh

    Dangle_My_Berries 
    that was nothing more than your wet dream last night, sadly

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    dlb eh Dangle_My_Berries  : ( ……. I always wake up when it starts to get good

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1 
    haha…he’s acting…but nailed the reaction some real fans had who jumped on the bandwagon so they could be winners, then suddenly found out they were still only losers

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy lol ffs, you know I’ll be the least impressed by this out of anybody on this site lol

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmasters
    Canada’s lines v USA: Monahan-Gauthier-Lazar; Horvat-Laughton-Shinkaruk; Domi-McDavid-Reinhart; Leipsic-Petan-Wilson; Girard
    Interesting he puts Monahan on Gauthier’s wing

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmasters
    Canada’s D pairings v USA: Nurse-Dumba; Pouliot-Severson; Morrissey-Heatherington; Matheson … Paterson starts, Comrie backs up

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Burtonboy Gauthier getting plenty of love

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy There is a method to my madness sometimes lol

  • Zep2

    Burtonboy Looks like Gauthier is a lock for the tournament. 3rd or 4th line centre?

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Yeah I doubt McKinnon will play anyway

  • Zep2

    -Keon- Mackinnon #1, aren’t Monahan and Horvath natural centres.
    If Gauthier takes the #2C, someones done a great job of scouting and drafting

  • Zep2

    Burtonboy -Keon- Never thought of that.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Zep2 -Keon- that would be awesome.

  • 4evrblue

    -Keon- Hasn’t he been at Kings games during the playoffs the last couple of years? I wonder if he actually likes hockey at all?

  • wiski

    Dangle_My_Berries Zep2 -Keon- I remember at the draft everyone in hab land was thoroughly pissed we got this guy. Looks like we have ourselves a winner here.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    wiski Dangle_My_Berries Zep2 -Keon- Bergevin was visibly upset

  • mlclearwater

    Whats with this???