Carlyle takes a question on David Clarkson’s first five games, the return of Mark Fraser, his desire for his team to get back to a “workmanlike” effort with less cute play, and some odd questions on hazing in hockey.
Does anybody know who that meatball was asking RC about the hazing questions ?
I thought Randy was gonna knock him out ...dang trying to school the him on his duties of being a coach in Toronto !!!
Bone head remark.
Leafs Sign Jerred Smithson: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/11/06/leafs-sign-jerred-smithson/ … #tmltalk
I know all the talk is about the Leafs maybe trying to find some help at centre . Meanwhile, TJ Brennan is scoring like a high end forward for the Marlies, and I don't think its a fluke. His pedigree is pretty good. Drafted 31st overall in 2007, with a canon of a shot . He is also a good sized lad at over six feet and around 215 lbs . Surely there is an NHL club out there who could use this guy , and I am not proposing sending him away for a 4th round draft pick. He may be very useful to package with other players in a big trade. I guess I am thinking there is no room at the inn , as the Leafs are pretty deep with defencemen. Kind of ironic that a team with so many decent D men play such poor defence. But defence is about five guys being responsible , and we all know that . Anyway...what to do with TJ ???
So our bottom 6 C is set with Smithson signing . Maybe Smith sent down so the Marlies aren't short at C?
I have no idea just got home and this is the first thing I have read.
Older article from this spring on Smithson. Good stuff in there relating to his hitting and blocking of shots. Clearly a defence only guy.
"Hits: The 6’3, 209-pound forward (for all those faceoffs, he’s played quite a bit at wing as well) consistently takes his pound of flesh. He has wound up either first or second on his team in hits the last eight seasons in a row, leading the Predators every year from 2007-11. In 2013 he finished the season with more hits than any other Oiler forward, although obviously most of those were credited while he was in Flordia."
@Jmessih It won't be true. We already have Kadri
@Jmessih Like fucking Mirtle has ever even seen him play.
Faceoffs: On the sunny side of 50% eight seasons in a row, and north of 54% every year but 2007-08 (“just” 52.1%). This despite routinely taking a ton of lower-percentage shorthanded faceoffs and hardly any on the powerplay. At even strength Smithson is a solid 57% in over 3000 draws since 2005.
From that same article.
@Jmessih Mirtle is such a troll. Sherlock Mirtle.
@ingy56 Think Steckel with better skating.
@ingy56 oh well. He'll win tons of faceoffs and play the PK. A little bit of relief for McClement.
@Burtonboy Best option on the Marlies IMO.
@Burtonboy lol buzzkill
@Burtonboy 4th line centre
@Jay_Berg Bring back Connolly, Zigomanis, Boyce....jk!
@Jmessih @Mind Bomb Bigger than Ziggy too. I saw the pair of em together when the Americans were in town couple weeks back and Ziggy is good on draws but he gets muscled off the puck. Smithson is good on draws and doesn't get muscled off the puck - he's a pretty big kid, kinda skinny, but good positionally and does simple, smart, plays without mistakes.
Don't know why you're so angry.
Just adds depth to the team.
Sorry, can't see sarcasm through a computer screen
@Gilbey93 @Dan39 @Jmessih Yeah, I know, I'm just saying he's not terrible. Some people are making out like he's this last resort, desperation option - I actually posted about this yesterday - he played 588 game sin the NHL. He may be worn down some physically, but he's not a terrible skater, he is definitely well-experienced player, which means we can expect him to be responsible and he also has a skill we are short of in his faceoff ability. For a guy who is free, it's a nice piece to have!
@Jmessih @Dan39 That's true but, no, I don't think Mirtle watches the Marlies let alone other AHL teams. I've seen him say things in the past that nobody would say if they followed the Marlies. I think it was him last year talking about who would get called up as backup if the starter went down and he was talking about Rynnas - nobody who watched MacIntyre and Rynnas last year would think that.
Haha, I was curious, I don't think Nonis will trade from weakness, I am sure the vultures were circling, but Nonis wont panic.