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.

  • wiski

    http://www.livefyre.com/profile/15488031/2 minutes ago
    Dastsuyk turns Chara into a Phaneuf like pylon wow what a dangle

  • Optimustic

    CanuckUKinToronto I agree that Reimer likely starts tomorrow, but I don’t think Bernier was that bad, he just wasn’t what he showed the first few games.

  • wiski

    There’s our Gus

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafshttps://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/389807344550285313
    Thanksgiving Tradition: Turkey’s Served! https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HappyThanksgiving&src=hash http://t.co/DAWcmLZXQH

  • mlclearwater

    No offence but  this is a pointless story

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/389808014754320384
    Rough. RT https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN: Should note that Biron was asked about retirement as possibility. Didn’t deny that as an option

  • wiski

    Optimustic CanuckUKinToronto They were taliking about the starter on leafslunch, the decisions are gonna start getting tougher and tougher. I would go with Reimer as well

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/rodgilbert7https://twitter.com/rodgilbert7/status/389805294978875393
    https://twitter.com/NBCSports https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports On this date in 1979 I had my #7 retired by https://twitter.com/NYRangers and Wayne Gretzky scored his first goal.

  • 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

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- And the moon is made of green cheese too lol

  • Mitch92

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

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

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

  • GreekGod

    Mitch92 -Keon- 
    Leafs should stay far away from Biron.

  • Doorman

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

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

    CanuckUKinToronto Cameron Talbot from their AHL team.

  • dlb eh

    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

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Mitch92 -Keon- Yea and he is my goalie on my fantasy team.  I need a goalie, lets trade.

  • 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.

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

    CanuckUKinToronto ingy56 I’m sure he’ll get a look here before long.

  • dlb eh

    wiski
    “hey everyone don’t forget me”

  • MaxwellHowe

    dlb eh Its a long season

  • dlb eh

    wiski 
    a Phaneuf like pylon?  what’s wrong with you?

  • 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.

  • dlb eh

    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.

  • GreekGod

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

  • MLHS_Luke

    dlb eh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crl2yTx6t0w

  • dlb eh

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

  • dlb eh

    MLHS_Luke dlb eh 
    lol, that’s bringing me back a little

  • MLHS_Luke

    dlb eh MLHS_Luke Crazy that almost all of those guys are gone.

  • peterbleafs

    CanuckUKinToronto GreekGod MaxwellHowe They should have traded down and taken Jason Trouba.  They could have easily had another 2nd rounder if they did.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    mlclearwater Easy bigrig, it’s a mashup.

  • 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.

  • MegaJon

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

  • dlb eh

    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.

  • 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 eh

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

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe mlclearwater 
    lol bigrig

  • dlb eh

    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.

  • dlb eh

    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.

  • MegaJon

    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.

  • dlb eh

    MegaJon dlb eh 
    all i can say is the coach f’d up once this year.  lol

  • MegaJon

    dlb eh MegaJon Haha, he’s only human afterall

  • dlb eh

    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.

  • MegaJon

    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 eh

    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.

  • dlb eh

    real entertaining opening ten in the third

  • dlb eh

    MegaJon dlb eh 
    like you said, the best choice is the one that wins

  • 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 him. 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 eh

    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

  • DWCMLHS

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