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Hockey Talk On The Last Day Of November

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- This makes me uncomfortable: Daniel Carcillo, voice of reason.

- Old story: When Frank Mahovlich played for the Leafs, coach Punch Imlach would intentionally mispronounce his name. He would call him: Ma-hall-ov-ich instead of Ma-hov-lich. It bothered Frank but more than that it bothered his father. One day his father confronted Imlach on the pronunciation. It wasn’t pleasant. But it was the last time Imlach ever said it wrong.

- How crazy of an NHL season is this going to be. There are currently seven teams in the Western Conference within four points of each other, with one playoff spot available? In the East, there are eight teams within five points battling for the final playoff spot. Who said the regular season was meaningless?

- Pittsburgh has a goalie the Maple Leafs want – either Tristan Jarry or Casey DeSmith – both of whom are being paid $650,000. The trouble is, as the Leafs problems get more acute in goal, the cost of acquiring a backup gets higher. GM Kyle Dubas needs to fix the mess he created and soon. But at what price?

- Babcock coached the Red Wings for 10 seasons. He had Nick Lidstrom on defence for his first seven years there and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for all 10 seasons. That’s three Hall of Fame players. I once asked Scotty Bowman why he was so successful as a coach. His answer “Great players.”

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Who said the regular season was meaningless?

Anyone who’s a Detroit Red Wings fan.  tongue rolleye

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/30/19 at 06:24 PM ET

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