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.

32 comments
DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

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

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.

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. 

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....

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. 

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. 

newkb
newkb

@wiski You had to bring that over from the last one....and you know it isn't true.....every D-ma gets pyloned at least once per game.  As dlb eh says, what the hell is wrong with you....eyesight perhaps???

Optimustic
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.

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.

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. 

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.