Randy Carlyle: Wednesday Practice

Randy Carlyle: Wednesday Practice

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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.

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17Forever
17Forever

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.

theacs1966
theacs1966

I'm wondering.  Did we sign Smithson?

HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

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 ??? 

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

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.

Reimocerous
Reimocerous

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/06/02/the-case-for-jerred-smithson/ 

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."

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

OK I have not seen this guy, so would Mike Ziggomanis be a fair comparable ?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Didn't think our 4th line could get any less skilled

I was wrong

Dan39
Dan39

@Jmessih Like fucking Mirtle has ever even seen him play.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

He couldn't even get a full AHL contract. Obviously teams think he's no good anymore

Reimocerous
Reimocerous

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.

loomx
loomx

@ingy56 oh well. He'll win tons of faceoffs and play the PK. A little bit of relief for McClement.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Jmessih @Shift_Disturber1 ah well. Guess we'll see what happens over the next day or two. Maybe call up Leivo to play wing if JVR actually plays as a C

Dan39
Dan39

@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.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Jmessih @Mind Bomb hmm, we have enough weapons, we just need a Center that can eat some minutes safely, so I guess it will do in a pinch

loomx
loomx

@Dan39 @ingy56 I'd say Steckel with more of a mean streak. Skating is about the same.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jay_Berg 

Don't know why you're so angry.

Just adds depth to the team.

Dan39
Dan39

@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!

Dan39
Dan39

@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.  

Dan39
Dan39

@loomx @Dan39 @ingy56 I've seen all his home games this year and there's no way he's as terrible a skater as Steckel. I mean, he's not as quick as McKegg - that's clear to see, but he keeps pace with the play. He's not an awful skater - no way.

Dan39
Dan39

@Mind Bomb @Dan39 @ingy56 Yeah, well, our faceoffs were already an issue with Bozie and Bolland so even moreso now we needed help. This guy is career > 50% in NHL.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

Haha, I was curious, I don't think Nonis will trade from weakness, I am sure the vultures were circling, but Nonis wont panic.