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Sportsnet with a video presentation which included talking with Tyrone Wheatley and Red Berenson.
Thy also include some footage of a decaying Detroit which will strike a nerve with some, but overall a positive picture on The Big House.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The word "crisis" is now being attached to the Toronto Maple Leafs and after just seven wins in the last 22 games it really isn’t much of a stretch.
There has been an unmistakable fragility to this group during a string of inconsistent performances that are almost beyond explanation. After all, it was just 96 hours ago that the Leafs thought they had started to turn things around with a thorough 7-3 victory over the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Then they travelled to Pittsburgh, allowed a goal against on the very first shift of Monday’s game and ended up getting beaten by a Penguins team missing eight (8!) regulars from its lineup. That was followed by an even lower point on Tuesday, when the Florida Panthers waltzed into Air Canada Centre and completely outworked the home team.
"We simply got embarrassed," Leafs winger Mason Raymond said after a 3-1 loss that was as painful as any his team has suffered all season.
"I don’t think guys can be happy with that at all. I think we got embarrassed at home. I think we got beat all over the ice in almost all situations. We’re not putting anywhere close to 60 minutes together."
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
We’re starting to wonder whether David Clarkson is destined to get the Larry Murphy treatment.
This town can be tough on its so-called saviours, which Clarkson is starting to see first-hand.
It begins like this: A player who is great somewhere else comes to the Leafs as the missing piece of the puzzle. He gets off to a slow start. The team under-performs. He's blamed. Cutting bait, the GM panics, sends the star player elsewhere for far less than market value. He becomes a star again.
In case you’ve forgotten about Murphy’s case, the Scarborough native's time with the Leafs was the only lull of his Stanley Cup-filled career. In 1995, the Leafs gave up Dmitri Mironov and a second-round pick to Pittsburgh for Murphy, a Canada Cup hero. He was booed mercilessly by the crowds at Maple Leaf Gardens.
continued plus more Leafs notes...
No penalty on the play but did Bernier go out of his way to make contact?
Pretty entertaining type of play, but the one below is still one of my favorites...
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
Brian Leetch explains the suspension.
Watch the hit below via Sporstnet,
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings star in the latest edition, beginning this Saturday, Dec. 14, on HBO at 10 p.m. ET. It airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific on Sunday in Canada.
What to expect? What to hope? What to dream about for this new season? Here are 24 things we’d like to see, or feel we will see, in “HBO 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic."...
Mike Babcock Will Become a Star
Now, Babcock on the other hand will be a star. No question. He’s going to be equal parts of your favorite varsity coach, a hockey philosopher and an awkward goofball....
Potential Breakout Stars: Dan Cleary and Frazer McLaren
Everything we’ve heard from the Wings indicates they believe Dan Cleary could be the most personable player on “24/7” this season. Add a little drama about his struggles this season, and this could be a compelling character to follow.
A fighter and a talker and someone that doesn’t exactly leap to mind when it comes to breakout stars. But with John-Michael Liles – our real choice – in and out of the lineup, Frazer McLaren could be that guy.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
The Maple Leafs were blasted 6-3 by the Blues at Scottrade Center on Thursday night. It was Toronto's eighth loss in the past 10 games (2-6-2), 13th in the past 19, and a drastic reversal in course from an inspired home loss to the Kings one night earlier.
"Tonight it looked like we were totally brain-dead in a lot of areas," said Randy Carlyle, following the defeat....
Concern has to be inching ever upward with the mounting losses and little to no sustained improvement. The Leafs have just two regulation victories since the start of November and face the defending Stanley Cup champs at home on Saturday.
"Our concern has been very high for a while here," said Carlyle. "We thought with our performance [Wednesday] night it would be something we could build on, but we just didn't have any kind of an energy to be able to put forth an effort that was needed."
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