Morning Mashup: Food Coma Edition

Morning Mashup: Food Coma Edition

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Nazem Kadri

Good morning to all those Leafs fans coming out of their food coma if Thanksgiving dinner was yesterday. To those who are having one today, enjoy!

The banged up Leafs squad entertain the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night, but each game that passes brings the team closer to full health. Thanks to some great goaltending from Bernier (I’ll overlook the Edmonton game), they’ve managed a 5-1 record so far. If they can get some bodies back and keep playing well, the team has set themselves up nicely through the first month.

As per @HennyTweets on twitter, JVR is not skating at practice today but let’s hope that’s a maintenance day and nothing that will keep him out of game action as he has been fantastic to start the year. Frazer McLaren is taking part in practice today for the first time since injuring his finger in camp (thanks, Carter Ashton), although he isn’t eligible to come off LTIR until the team’s 11th game.

I would like to see Reimer start Tuesday I think, but what do you guys feel about the “win-and-you’re-in” goaltending system?

Not a whole lot of news aside from the practice notes I mentioned, but expect everything to pick right back up tomorrow as it’s a game day!

Here are some links to tide you over until everyone wakes up tomorrow! As usual, pop relevant links and tweets into the comments!

Michael over at VLM has some musings after a few weeks of this new season.

Mark Masters post-game video on TSN sums up Saturday’s game nicely.

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57 comments
DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Huh. Maybe Eakins isn't that great. Sitting Yakupov again? LOL. Good luck, Oilers.  

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

TOR - EDM

finally getting a chance to watch the replay since i missed the 3rd on Saturday night

anyone want to see what Bozak does?  watch his shift that produced the 4 - 4 JVR goal.

Scottish Leaf
Scottish Leaf

Personally couldn't give a flying fuck who starts in net as long as we win. There, I said it :)

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

If Yakupov was available where the Leafs drafted they would have taken him and saw him as a winger for Grabo and Kulemin.  Be thankful that never happened.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

in his last game, Bernier left the door open a crack, which in a goalie competition should be enough to get the other guy his opportunity imo

Bernier's played based on winning percentage already.  Reimer time.  oh oh oh oh oh ... it's Reimer time.  oh oh oh oh oh oh oh.  stop.  Reimer time.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

BTW, Kevin Lowe is an idiot.  Going to do something bold, my ass.  He did nothing.  He should have dumped Yakupov over the summer.  Now he has a commodity losing value by the second, with talk of the KHL scaring away suitors. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

Bolland had a maintenance day the other day, JVR today.  they're either banged up a little or Carlyle's picking one guy to sit out so Clarkson can get familiar with some potential linemates.  just a guess, maybe a reward to guys who've played hard?  a little incentive to work hard then get a bonus rest?  who knows...but RC

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

If NYR put Biron on waivers, who is going to be their back-up?

Doorman
Doorman

Nothing better then getting at some cold turkey and dressing and making a TV Snack!!!  Yummy!!!

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

No offence but  this is a pointless story

newkb
newkb

@DWCMLHS LOL....maybe not? I like that he is sitting the entitled ones....

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

can't tell if that EDM 5th goal was Kadri or Rielly, need another replay.  i was focusing on Kadri too much to see everything else

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

real entertaining opening ten in the third

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@MegaJon 

so.  you want to wait until after the game to say what we should have done, or that's what we should have done.  haha, got it.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@peterbleafs 

Don't be so sure about that. Grigo and Forseberg were available and I remember a lot of people on here screaming at BB and Nonis to take one of them. And that was when the Leafs severely needed centre prospects in the system as well as top six potential wingers. We took 2 defence men with our first two picks that draft. Rielly and Finn... It's very clear to me that Morgan was rated extremely high by the Leafs. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@peterbleafs 

that's only true if he was highest on their draft board, which means someone else would have picked Rielly.  unless you don't believe them.

Loric76
Loric76

@Shift_Disturber1 Nucks don't seem like the type to beat down anything.  Dive through the window however...

GreekGod
GreekGod

@MaxwellHowe 

Absolutely. I think Edmonton's biggest mistake was taking Yakupov in the first place. We all knew they needed better defence and goal tending and yet the organization goes out and drafts another highly skilled forward to add to their collection. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@dlb eh 

Yea, I wouldn't look much into this. I'm sure JVR will come out and score another pair on tuesday 

Mitch92
Mitch92

@-Keon- Not likely BUT Dallas may be in the market with Lehtonen going on the IR?

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Yaknowwhat 

I think Carlyle will go with Bernier again this tuesday and use Reimer on Thursday. Then back to Bernier for Saturday's game against the Hawks

ingy56
ingy56

@wiski Good player. He and Namath had some fun back in the day. 

Scottish Leaf
Scottish Leaf

@dlb eh @MegaJon I ain't like that dude haha, whoever the coach feels can win us the game is good enough for me. At the end of the day, that's why he's paid a boat load and the rest of us are sat behind a computer screen telling him what to do.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@GreekGod @MaxwellHowe  well they should have taken the best player available like they did (and either trade him or a similar asset to fill the holes) rather than taking a lower pick not as talented

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@GreekGod

this kind of talk sounds like Kadri bullshit all over again.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@GreekGod

i'm really only thinking it's a bit of a reward and chance to get Clarkson in there without disrupting lines.

Scottish Leaf
Scottish Leaf

@dlb eh @MegaJon Ah no doubt, but with the goalies, you have a winner with either of them. Bernier has a hell of a lot of upside, but so has Reimer. Both have different styles, just depends which one suits more vs the Wild tomorrow night. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@MegaJon @dlb eh 

yup.  once is alright.  but he has to learn from his mistakes.  two mistakes is a habit.  or a trend or something. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@CanuckUKinToronto @GreekGod @MaxwellHowe 

Well, Yakupov wasn't the best player available. A large number of scouts came out after the Leafs drafted Morgan Rielly and said that had he not have his injury, he could very well of gone first overall that draft. Regardless, they could have traded down and grabbed Murray and still of gotten another defence man prospect out of Columbus as they were reportedly calling Oilers non stop wanting to take Yakupov. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@CanuckUKinToronto

we can all look with 20-20 hindsight now, but at least half the world had Yak as the top choice.  Rielly might have really been Burke's top choice, and perhaps a few other teams agreed, and i do remember the talk of Galy being considered better than Yak.

but the Oil went with the perceived safest pick.  anyone who watched this kid play in junior could se the fire and love for the game.  give him time already.  besides, their team is locked up for a while so wait until they start showing signs of life, then consider moving some assets to tweak that lineup.

they're still in ok shape.  i like where we're at though, so i don't have the envy problem some do keep in mind.