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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- As terrible as the Leafs have played, there is a sense of desperation all around the NHL. Angst seems at an all-time high. Everybody seems to be in need of a big trade and yet nobody is making them. Coaches are being second-guessed in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, Carolina, Long Island, Calgary, Edmonton and Minnesota. There have been two firings. Many more have been talked about.

- The time to trade David Clarkson is now. Before everyone discovers what the Leafs have found out. Some players are made for some lineups. He doesn’t fit the Leafs.

- If I’m an NHL GM, I’m calling Tim Murray in Buffalo and finding out what he wants, if anything, for Tyler Myers.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Coaches are being second-guessed in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, Carolina, Long Island, Calgary, Edmonton and Minnesota.

Well, Simmons obviously doesn’t read the blogs here at KK. If he did, he’d know Babcock’s (and Holland’s) decision-making has been in question since last summer. But the fact that they’re both making the same bad decisions is probably the reason Babcock’s job is safe.

The time to trade David Clarkson is now.

And Clarkson’s reaction to that is…

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/11/14 at 07:42 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Ah but he does OTC, hopefully George can comment on it when he feels better.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/14 at 07:45 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Ah but he does OTC

Hmmm. I forgot about that. Simmons is the one who “banned” George from his Twitter feeds, right?

Gosh, being banned from getting someone’s 140-character ramblings. Ouch. That must really hurt. smile

Of course, I’m just guessing about that because (as a crusty ol’ SOB) I refuse to join the Twitter/Redit/Digit/Pinterest/Facebook/TimeWaster “revolution.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/11/14 at 07:54 PM ET

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OTC, I think it was Garrioch who banned George.

George ran into Simmons at the Winter Festival, he had good things to say about KK.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/14 at 07:59 PM ET

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- The time to trade David Clarkson is now. Before everyone discovers what the Leafs have found out. Some players are made for some lineups. He doesn’t fit the Leafs.

Typical Simmonds. Telling people how to do their jobs, while, in his own job as a “writer,” he publishes only unrelated sentence fragments in an unreadable Great Wall of Text. If Paul didn’t add whitespace, I’d have no idea what any column Steve Simmonds writes even says.

But back to the quote: who, exactly, is going to want Clarkson for the next 6 years at his salary? Many neutral observers thought that contract was Leino bad back when it was inked.

Bet the Leafs are wishing they hadn’t spent a buyout on Grabovski right about now.

Posted by larry on 01/11/14 at 08:19 PM ET

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OTC, I think it was Garrioch who banned George.

It’s so hard to keep track. smile

Bet the Leafs are wishing they hadn’t spent a buyout on Grabovski right about now.

And I’ll bet Ken Holland secretly wishes he’d saved $1.5M and signed Grabovski instead of, um, what was that guy’s name from Florida? You know, the one that sucked and then did the Wings a favor by hurting himself.

Of course, Grabovski isn’t a Wings-style player. He’s all hung up on doing crazy things like scoring goals and being a plus player. That Florida guy was a real “man.” He was a two-way hockey player. He didn’t score and he was a minus player. wink

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/11/14 at 08:59 PM ET

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OTC, I think it was Garrioch who banned George.

He was probably trolling.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/11/14 at 09:50 PM ET

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Of course, I’m just guessing about that because (as a crusty ol’ SOB) I refuse to join the Twitter/Redit/Digit/Pinterest/Facebook/TimeWaster “revolution.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/11/14 at 06:54 PM ET

Power To The People! smile

Posted by calquake on 01/11/14 at 09:56 PM ET

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