Sunday, October 30, 2011

Leafs @ Senators / Game Day Thread #2

Leafs are the 2nd best team in the eastern conference.
Ottawa's young d-man leads the league in 2nd assists.

Something has to give...

Will Kessel continue to score goals and will Gustavsson keep stopping pucks? Will Karlsson continue to touch the puck moments before a good play is made and get credit for it?

7:30pm. Tune in and find out!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The comparison game. I'll start:

Leafs are in a playoff position.
Ottawa are out of a lottery spot.

Marlies lead their division.
Binghampton are last in theirs.

Toronto's best forward leads the league in goals and points.
Ottawa's best forward is leading the league in next to retire.

Leafs best prospect has the most points in the AHL.
Binghampton's most productive player is a 34 year old journeyman.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ah, that feels better

A Sens win and a Leaf thrashing.

Have to say things could look even better in a few days with Columbus coming into Ottawa and the Leafs going to play the Habs and Philly on the road.

Also expect we'll see the last of Kessel's ugly mug on the NHL Stats leader page shortly. Michalek (5 goals) and Karlsson (7 assists) are showing up in the leader board btw. Lupul and Reimer are there for +/- and Wins/Shutouts I guess I should say as well.

Interesting note - of the 6 players leading the 8 categories there are no Canadians.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Sunday

On pace for 130 goals. That should shut up the trade critics, at least for a bit. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Too busy to put much down on here but I got to the home opener last night. This picture taken after Alfie scored to clinch victory in the shootout is one for blog for sure!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Jim Carey

Is Optimus Reim not taking Burke's advice?

Burke famously told his young goalie:
Jim Carey is one. Steve Penney is one. What I said to James Reimer is ‘Google both of those guys and make sure you’re not one of them.’

Well, Jim Carey came up for Washington in 1995 and went 28-16-8 - a little Reimerish, no? (Reimer was 20-10 last year)

The next year, Carey won the Vezina. Something Reimer should be careful not to repeat lest he be like Carey. In fact, Carey won his first 4 games after his first partial season.

Hopefully for Leaf fans, Reimer won't follow in Jim's footsteps.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

15th? As if.

Those jerks that had the Sens finishing 15th in the east this year can shove it. Check this out!

The Canadiens just miss out, placing ninth, while Winnipeg is 11th and Ottawa 14th in the East. Edmonton finishes 13th in the West, just ahead of Calgary.

Oh, wait a minute - it's not all good news. The simulation must be flawed....

The simulation is good news for Maple Leafs fans, since Toronto finishes eighth in the East to make the playoffs.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Interesting column from Mendes on Sportsnet here.

It's a good insight to Alfie's frame of mind last winter, this summer after his surgery and talks mostly about his future including on whether he could see himself leaving the club.

At this point, Alfredsson says that's not his intention but the Ottawa captain does leave the door open for a possible trade this season, if it makes sense for both himself and the organization.

"That might change, but as of right now, I have no desire to do that," Alfredsson said when asked if he would follow in Ray Bourque's path. "I haven't even thought about it that way. I'm committed to stay here, but who knows: things could change come February or March. But right now, I'd say ‘no’ to that question."

I don't think I would support moving the captain given this club's short current history but we do need to consider what an Alfie trade could bring to the Senators.

It's hard to say of course as we don't know how #11 is going to perform this season but if he returns to his 2009/10 form of a point a game and strong play then it would seem to me that a top ranked prospect and a first round pick is a starting point. The bigger issue is finding a true match with a contender. Alfredsson wouldn't be dealt to the highest bidder - we know Murray is going to take Alfie's desires into play and I actually think the chances of finding a match for a trade will be very difficult if it ever comes up. One of the few scenarios I actually could see is an Alfie to the Canucks deal involving Hodgson considering they are western conference team, Swedish familarity, and Canucks need for 2nd line RW scoring.

Again, for myself, I don't think it's worth it. Keeping Alfie in a Sens jersey and signing him for another few years would be worth more to this franchise.