THE EASY BUTTON?
After last night's heralded performance by Mike Brodeur, at least one or two Sens fans must be wondering if maybe Murray jumped the gun firing Eli Wilson two days ago? In fact, has any NHL GM fired as many staff as Bryan Murray these last couple of seasons? Murray's assistant ought to hit the Office Depot and stock up on pink slips for his boss because the playoffs are coming and if the Sens don't make the cut surely the equipment manager along with the guy who monitors the PH level in the Sens locker-room hot tub will be looking for work?
Lost in the various warm and fuzzy Tyler Bozak stories this morning, is the impact that Jay Rosehill had on the game last night. He set the tone for the game with a blistering forecheck (yes, this scrapper can also skate like the wind), a giant hit, and a goal within the first 55 seconds of the game. Sure the goal was called back (what ever happened to the hand of God?), but before any Leaf forward not named Mayers, Rosehill or Orr had stepped on the ice the tone has been set. It was infectious. The Leafs with a mix of skill and hard-nosed play from their tough guys looked the team Brian Burke promised us from that point on. Hey, for one night at least.
IS IT BOZAK OR PROZAK?
Speaking of #42, in three games this season he has an impressive 4 points. Last night he looked like an all-star out there with Kessel and Kulemin. This is Toronto, so if you're eavesdropping on the water cooler this morning you already know that Bozak is the guy who will be the first line center when the Leafs win the Cup in three years. Personally, I'm going to try and hold back my glee until I see more games.
In the meantime I'll go out on a limb and wonder out loud what next season might hold if this newly minted first line sticks and Nazem Kadri centers the second. Directions: Take pill, swallow and enjoy!
I have nothing really to say other than he got a shutout and nowhere around any water cooler will you hear any praise for him. It's kind of like patting Hitler on the back because he donated $100 to the Haiti disaster relief fund.
GUNNARSSON HAS THE WORD GUN IN IT.
Two days ago I was making fun of Leaf Nation for counting down of the days before Carl Gunnarsson - a guy with a whole 8 games under his belt - returned to the Leafs line-up. Then in his first game back he made smart quick play after smart quick play with the poise of a veteran 10 years his senior and it hit me: maybe I'm not cut out to be an NHL scout? Too bad, because I hear Bryan Murray is just about to fire one of his.