One of my favourite parts about a new season is the sheer volume of roster changes. The Toronto Maple Leafs alone saw 10 players leave the fold from May till October, and have already had 9 players make their Leaf debuts. So let’s catch up with some of the site’s old friends-turned enemies and see what some of last season’s jettison has been up to in the 2013-14 season.
While only playing a mere 42 games in Toronto, Leo Komarov made a lasting impact on opposing players rib cages. Komarov has returned to Dynamo Moscow of the KHL and leads the team in scoring with 17 points in 20 games played. He actually sits ninth in KHL scoring (with Nigel Dawes of all people) as Dynamo looks to compete for their third straight Gagarin Cup in the spring. Those are all facts about a real league.
Komarov often felt underused in his brief tenure with the Maple Leafs, and he’s been offered so much more in the ever-expanding KHL. I know Leafs fans would love to see him don the blue and white once more, but I think we all know he’s happier pissing off players and fans in 8 different countries.
Perhaps not wanting to tax himself by playing for a playoff calibre team, Grabbo signed with the Washington Capitals on a frugal one year deal. After cutting through the Blackhawks like a ripe pineapple in a 4-point debut performance, Grabovski has recorded a meagre goal and 2 assists in his last 8 games. But he’s been a boon to the team’s enigmatic Eastern European depth, an area of weakness to the Capitals ever since Alex Semin departed two seasons ago.
He’ll make the first of three appearances this season against the Leafs on November, so I figured I’d get these jokes out of the way now before he annihilates the Buds.
After being spurned by the Maple Leafs, MacArthur (probably?) begrudgingly accepted a two year deal with the Ottawa Senators. MacArthur was always a divisive player in his tenure with Toronto, combining frustratingly inconsistent play with some fairly impressive underlying numbers in three seasons with the Leafs.
So it’s incredibly like him to have continued this exact style of play in Ottawa, where he anchors the second line and has provided four assists in eight games, despite having a four-game pointless streak already in this young season. If he continues at this pace, he’ll prove both fans and detractors in Toronto right for not having kept him around. How Clarke MacArthur of him.
Lost among the big names and old grudges on this list has been the stellar play of Ben Scrivens, who has a scintillating 1.22 goals against and .939 save percentage in three games played for the Los Angeles Kings. He’s also received the way awesome nickname of “the Professor,” which is so much cooler than Scribbles.
Because every hockey coach ever is pretty much the same person, Matt Frattin finds himself in Los Angeles getting limited minutes with limiting linemates after appearing poised to feature in a top six scoring role. Frattin’s found himself in Darryl Sutter’s dog house and has already been a healthy scratch once this season (see previous sentence for explanation of this sentence).
Some Leaf fans called the trade of Frattin, and the retention of his salary, a pyrrhic victory for the Leafs. But I’d say it was a cagey strategic move by Nonis and co. to pay a guy to play poorly for the opposition.
Despite plying his trade for the Chicago Blackhawks, Kostka still found a way to contribute to the Leafs porous defense this season. In spite of his game winner on Saturday, the Asgardian/Etobicoke native has been little used in the Windy City (only two games played), as the Hawks have a plethora of actual defensemen on the roster.
I don’t really have much more to report about him, other than the fact that the word spite was used at the start of both previous sentences, which sums up most fans’ feelings towards him. There’s also this:
— Michael Stephens (@MLHS_Mike) October 19, 2013
Despite paying down his phone bill for the next six months and leaving his number on the bathroom walls of every NHL arena, O’Byrne hasn’t received any offers from NHL suitors. He did receive offers from several people who misunderstood the context of his bathroom posting that read “Need a hole filled in your back end? I’m your man.”
– Here’s last night’s game in 10 from the 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
– Here is Phil Kessel’s hat trick for you to relive in all its glory.
– Are the Leafs interested in Dmitry Kulikov? The quote from Cox suggests there’s a pretty tenuous basis to this rumour. The Leafs have been apparently “eying him from afar for a few years” and Kulikov “might” be available. Interesting anyway.
– The Leaf Report Podcast featuring Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle. It’s a new one. And they talk about flu shots for a while. So, health and hockey then.
– Leafs itching for reinforcement in form of David Clarkson. Itch no more, Clarkson is back on Friday.
– In our attempts to illuminate our understanding of a sport with statistics, we can sometimes rely on flawed data and create our own blind spots, argues Chris Boyle, who says he will reveal his evidence on the importance of shot quality in hockey next week.
Not sure if this clip will work but its the John Scott hit tonight and the Claude Julien Killing looks at Rolston the coach. If you can read lips you may have a good idea of what Julien is thinking. lol.
The Sens looked twice as fast as the Wings and Wings don't have heavy hitters who can slow them down, that is how you destroy Detroit.
weird that I don;t remember Scott being like that before this season sure sounds the coach has influenced his behaviour
Looks like Scott is trying to get suspended before the game with the Leafs where Orr is going to rearrange his face.
I think the worst part about Scott is that he is targetting people that can actually play the game. Hes not going after guys that can fight or atleast defend themselves. He dont belong in the NHL. Throw him out. Before he possibly maims someone or worse.
Just got online to see Scott's hit, pretty obvious it was intentional to the head. What I don't get, and probably makes it worse and why Julien was going nuts, was that it was at centre ice! Its not even a battle close to the boards, he was dumping it in... Ugh just makes yea cringe.
@Jimmy Keating Yeah it was between him and his huge facial canker.
@Jimmy Keating hard to believe eh....though look at the competition
@Cloud09 His contract scares me.
@MikeGartner11 I think he's going to be gone for a long Unpaid holiday anyway...
It's this kind of mostly blindsided hit, with direct contact to the head that the league supposedly wants out of the game....Time for Shannahan to Step Up...10 + + Games..,,( 20 or more would be to my liking).
@wiski Yeah SabresFacebook I particularly like it when Orr TKO'd him with a body shot, that changed him.
@wiski gonna see Buffalo's best and brightest tonight...
@LeafsForLife If someone doesn't do something about John Scott, Hopefully Shanahan starts with 10 + + Games
A Good SHITKICKING wouldn't be out of the question either, even tho I haven't seen the Bruin Response yet, McQuaid tried, but Scott deserves more much more, Headhunting Idiot
It looks like McQuaid intentionally pulled Scott down in order to make him hit his head on the ice a la Parros... And after Scott gets up, he sure does look groggy. This type of play has no place in the game, except in this case, of course.
@Loric76 thats pretty creative
@Loric76 That's remarkable.
@Komas Taberle and get on Pavel's ass early and often
@Shift_Disturber1 No but injury does. We'll have to wait and see.
@sniperstar You are in touch with the mind, sir! LOL
@Waiting4LSC I don't think I was around for this whole Howie situation. What did the guy do?
Nvm read below and found out.
@KingKadri Julien was pissed at Rolston and rightly so.
@KingKadri Yea Julien looked like he was ready to go at that Buff coach.
@ConnorCrisp what did the ducks say?
@ConnorCrisp Yes and suspend the coach as well.
In the series a mega computer was ask to provide the answer to life, the universe and everything. After humanity waiting hundreds of thousands of years for the computation to be completed, the big day arrived with a warning from the computer that "you're probably not going to like it." And the answer turned out to be 42.
Wiski: The book, TV series and movie were all about a group of guys that found the "Answer was 42", and went in search of the question. If this was not a reference to the Hitchhikers Guide what does 42 and the answer relate to, please good sir?
Totally gonna rip WELLWOOD off my WELLWOOD jersey and replace it with THE ANSWER with 42 as the number.
Dear god! Bozak is also the answer! Mind. Blown.