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Game in Ugh: Game #24, Blue Jackets 6 at Leafs 0

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1. Countless odd man opportunities against.
2. Dreadful defense.
3. Bad breakouts vs. the trap.
4. Turnovers at the blueline.
5. Soft on the puck.
6. Too fancy offensively. Trying to pass it in the net.
7. Barely shooting (18 shots while chasing the lead the whole game).
8. Lupul hurt.
9. Outworked by lowly ‘Lumbus for the 2nd time.
10. Poor Reimer.

No sense in picking out individuals from the pile. This was the Leafs‘ first real “blowout” of the season. How will they respond?

Review overview
Even Strength - 5 %
Special Teams - 5 %
Goaltending - 30 %
Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. Contact him at [email protected]

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817 comments
mlclearwater
mlclearwater

Also, some of my earliest and best memories are of watching HNIC as a boy. Now it seems the writing is on the wall and it will be slowly phased out - lose hockey song, lose Cherry, lose Saturday night games. As Gary pushes OUR game South, little old CBC is unable to compete with the big boys.

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

That Leaf game sucked. Hopefully a good wake up call for the team. OHL dropped the game too and my Broncos folded like a cheap suit against Ms. Buncheon. Lets beat the shit out of the Pens, Sabres and Habs and I'll be fine

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

So is this press conference going to be on CBC or TSN? ooooooooohhhhhhhhh too soon?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

For those that think cherry and maclean will go to Sportsnet; Cherry is 79 I can't imagine he will continue after cbc's 4 years are up.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

From that CBC memo I posted below

"A little bit about our deal with Rogers. CBC pays no rights costs for the broadcasting of hockey games.  Rogers is bearing the sole risk around hockey revenues; (they sell the inventory and keep the revenue – the overall selling process is yet to be defined), while we continue to make Canada’s game available to all Canadians wherever they live."

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Not much comment concerning Kadri.  No, I don't want to talk about his "fight".  But he certainly hasn't progressed this year.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

I'm a big Carlyle fan for his philosophies on what it takes to win,but his flip flopping on team discipline( game day bag skate followed by day off) is sending odd messages.

More importantly,he's been taking a page out of Ronnie's book lately by using the media to deliver the message....THAT will never curry favour in the room.

My guess is that the players aren't pissed at his "tough love" but rather the lack of communication

Clarkson and several more have basically inferred this time and again.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Jay_Berg It would depend on what kind of 83 year old he is. 

I dunno if Rogers would want to bring Cherry on board and/or if Cherry would be a fit with them. They are a publicly traded company, they probably wouldn't be thrilled the more controverical things Cherry says. That might not be a good match. 

lister
lister

@Jay_Berg I suspect Cherry will do it as long as he likes assuming he keeps bringing in the eyeballs for ad revenue. Me personally, aside from a couple of good hockey points he has, I'm not going to miss him.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Shift_Disturber1 Soon the Habs will be like the Expos in their final years.  Unwatched. Uncelebrated.  Except on CBC Radio Canada.  I wept for the Expos.  I weep for joy that I will soon channel surf without fear of seeing the Habs. 

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Burtonboy 

Job loss at CBC forthcoming, let's all hope it's the evil triumvirate of Hughson, Simpson and Healy that are first cuts.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

More........

"I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the remarkable HNIC technical team at CBC, you are hands down the best in the business and I’m glad your hard work and talents will continue to be shared with Canadians through our new deal with Rogers.  However, starting next year, Rogers will assume all editorial control (all editorial decisions with respect to the content, on-air talent and the creative direction of HNIC – we have the right to be consulted and there is a commitment to excellence) under the new agreement." 

" So, what does this mean for the CBC going forward?   While this deal will result in job losses, the staffing impact would have been much greater had we lost hockey entirely, as CBC is still producing hockey.  Preserving HNIC also allows CBC to maintain a capacity to execute a sports strategy and fulfillits existing contractual obligations (i.e. Olympics, Pan-Am, FIFA)"

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@MaxwellHowe i caught it out of the corner of my eye.....he got shit thumped didnt he?  And he has looked well below his standards this year.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Uncle Otis Its a young team.  RC needs to instill discipline and a style of play that actually works

mcloki
mcloki

@Komas Taberle @Burtonboy Of those tree i have a feeling that Hughson makes the jump. And the problem is that Simpson sister works at SN. You never know if nepotism is going to be a t work. 

#firehealy

mcloki
mcloki

@Uncle Otis @Burtonboy Well HNIC is going to limp along for the next 4 years at least. Keeping Ron and Don at Sportnet would be good. Ron is a very, very underrated host. And him hosting a Saturday afternoon flagship broadcast of Hockey on SN.

IN fact I think SN picking up Ron and Don would be a good thing. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Shift_Disturber1 In other words, CBC infrastructure and technical skills (particularly the camaramen who are awesome) is all that is keeping CBC in the game at all

mcloki
mcloki

@Shift_Disturber1 And yes the Sportsnet guys can pick up some great behind the scenes guys, cameramen, booth control.


MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@TheCanucksnaphook @MaxwellHowe i already had my rant about the "fight".  Forgetting that, he hasn't raised his game despite getting more minutes with top flight wingers.

And oh yeah, he got shit thumped.  Maybe a few taps to the noggin will wake him up

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@MaxwellHowe 

Funny,as it's the vets that have been making the noise

I'm not sure Randy has the players he prefers to match his style of play...and losing Bolland hurts.

Will be interesting to watch unfold...Lindy Ruff might be watching too.

mcloki
mcloki

@MaxwellHowe @Shift_Disturber1 No i think the NHL didn't want to knife CBC all at once and instead asked for a 4 year slow withdrawl. Slow Poisson instead of a killshot.