The third of four episodes spans from the shootout win over Phoenix to the shootout loss at the hands of the Rangers before the Christmas break (after which Joffrey Lupul is followed while Christmas shopping and James van Riemsdyk and his family are featured in their annual Christmas shinny game). The centerpiece of the episode is, naturally, the first meeting of the season between the Wings and Leafs.
The full episode will air tonight on Sportsnet. For American-based viewers, it’s available on the HBO website.
Lots to see in this episode, but here are a few quick Leafs clips of interest:
Randy Carlyle wants the Leafs’ centers to be tougher in the faceoff circle:
This scrum was at the practice following the win over Phoenix:
A good point: If you’re going to lose ’em, at least make the opponent pay a price.
Cronin’s speech before the Detroit matchup:
– Cronin emphasizes the “first three strides” and the “last three strides” in getting back to the hashmarks so that the Leafs’ “swarm” (their performed nomenclature for what many have called the ‘collapse’ system) can be effective.
– Cronin continues, “You can question whether you demonstrate that commitment night to night.”
– The coaching staff likes to pick on Naz.
David Clarkson defends the honour of Jonathan Bernier’s water bottle:
David Clarkson Rides the Subway:
Kind of a cool ritual.
Claude Loiselle debriefs Dave Nonis on Phaneuf negotiations:
Term, money, structure agreed to; details of the no move/no trade were the sticking point at this time. Complete with the creative nicknames we’ve come to expect of hockey people.
Hey guys, I know i'm not the oldest member here, but i'm a die hard leafs fan and have no access to my hbo here (mexico). Anyone have a hook up? Much appreciated - Connor
IMO.....if youngsters want to be on the Leafs roster, they can show up to camp in shape and earn it. People bitch about needing veteran leadership and yet are so quick to dismiss vets, when a youngster comes up and plays a few good games. A few good games does not a full NHL season make. Depth allows us to develop rookies and play them in a position to succeed......when they've earned it.
I see Sweden won 10 - 0. I hope Nillsson was playing. Would have been a good game to pad his Corsi stats. Sort of keep the MSM off his back when he comes to TO. :-)
Man, i hate how some leafs fans are livid over the possibility of signing Phaneuf to a 7x7, and not because of the cap, because of them thinking Phaneuf is not what this team needs. I guess they don't realize we can't use that on one of those often-occurring elite level defensemen that hit the open every year who play 25+ mins a night, shutdown top lines with a partner like Gunnarsson, plays on the PP, and captains their teams. People really got to stop the circlejerk and understand what Phaneuf means to this team and how screwed we would be without him.
Did someone already post the MLSE and leafs happy holidays singalong?
@Burtonboy thanks, your a beaut
In his defence he has gone from top 6 to bottom six because of upgrades (JVR), and he is dependable, but my advocacy for trading him is about asset management and the cap, not so much a criticism.
@Gilbey93 Kuli's offensive stats are not different from Clarkson and both have that one 30 goal outlier. Clarkson has the reputation of apparently being hard to play against. Kulemin I don't think is a slouch as he hits hard but not as much a pest as Clarkson.
@Gilbey93 And I think the cap ceiling was 48 million when he signed it. So at the start of the last deal, he was occupying 13.5% of the cap. At the start of this deal, he'll be occupying about 9.8% of the cap.
@Gilbey93 None of our top players are likely to get dealt......we're in the mix for playoffs.
@Gilbey93 He is not a top player but I think Raymond will be dealt or walk.
@TheJFish From what I read both the advanced stats folks and and HFboards are on the Phaneuf is over rated, not good captain and bad signing bandwagon etc. That said with 7M and 7 years, expectations will rise for Phaneuf and so it should not surprising at the reaction as it seems a lot of the same people feel he hasn't lived up to his first contract.
@Alec Brownscombe so there is no full link to the latest episode? just the clips? thanks
@Alec Brownscombe You forgot " Maintenance!"
@MaxwellHowe Yea, it's kind of baffling how people can continually overlook roles. Grabovski in a scoring role playing at a 70 point pace, but Leaf fans told me he was unable to score points last year - what gives? Oh yea...roles...
Is hanging onto a final playoff spot worth letting assets go for nothing? Burke said no (but acted otherwise). It's a point of debate
@MaxwellHowe Of that list, I wonder about how they see Kulimen's future on the team. I can see they want someone with more edge for that role but it will be hard to replace his level of skill
It seems to me that his time with JMC and Kulie is more recent and not where he started. Because of injuries and suspensions no line has been consistent though.
@Burtonboy can i have link
@Burtonboy Yes please.
@MaxwellHowe In retrospect trading Mac last year would have been manageable. I have no clue if Grabbo could be traded. I suppose for less return then Pominville to the Wild.
@MaxwellHowe If Ashton fits that role, I'd trade Kuli for something (maybe in a package to fill another hole) and call up Ashton now. No need to let him walk for nothing