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Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames

At the beginning of this shortened NHL season, if I had told you that the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs would be playing a game against each other in the middle of April with serious playoff implications, you would have called me a brain dead moron and then asked me why I was rooting around in your bushes (I was using binoculars to look away from your windows, not into them, I swear).

But here we are, two weeks left in the season and The Canadiens are in first place in the Northeast division (2nd seed in the Eastern Conference) while the Leafs find themselves sitting 5th in the East.

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St. Louis Blues v Edmonton Oilers

It’s Saturday!

You know what that means (I really hope you know what that means, or else this entire thread is a waste of time. Don’t make my life a waste of time).

It means that it’s time that we get a little too serious about a sport where grown men wearing boots with knives on them chase a piece of rubber around a sheet of frozen water for our amusement.

Tonight, we have an original six match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. And if you want to stay up a little later with me, the late game will feature the Edmonton Oilers taking on the St. Louis Blues.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders

Mike Komisarek earns $4.5 million a year for both this season and next, and the Toronto Maple Leafs just won’t use him. They’ll use Mark Fraser, and Korbinian Holzer, and John-Michael Liles and any number of any other defenseman, but they just won’t use the guy. Today they put him on waivers.

Komisarek also has a no-movement, but here’s Darren Dreger of TSN with some news:

Komisarek hasn’t been having a whole ton of fun here in Toronto, only finding himself in uniform for four games this season. Mike’s a good guy, and a legitimate NHL defenseman. Only question is if anyone is willing to take on that salary. I’m guessing his teammate’s last tweet was in some way a reference to him:

Or possibly their losing streak, what do I know?

Anyway, everyone would benefit from him getting picked up by another team. The Leafs would gain cap space, and he could himself back on the ice.

Ken Linseman: The rattiest of the rats.

Ken Linseman: The rattiest of the rats.

 

The NHL has a long storied history of dirtbags, and Down Goes Brown wrote a delightful post for Grantland outlining the dirtbaggiest dirtbags, and their many transgressions. What a rich treasure trove of bad behaviour and ugly injuries! Thus was born a series of Quiet Room posts exploring the worst of the injuries handed out by the worst of the dirtbags in their most inglourious moments.

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grabovski and burmistrov
The underuse of Mikhail Grabovski has been fairly well-documented on the blogosphere over the last little while. Despite being an effective two-way centre in the past, Grabovski has been relegated to third line minutes over the last two weeks. He bottomed out at 12:23 against the Winnipeg Jets on March 12, and was held out of a 10-round shootout by coach Randy Carlyle in the rematch Saturday night.

This is the same Mikhail Grabovski who has shown these sorts of hands in the past:

The underuse of Grabovski is puzzling, particularly since at even strength. Carlyle’s main complaint about Grabovski is that he doesn’t produce much, telling reporters last week that “We’d like to see the Grabovski-[Nikolai] Kulemin line score more” and admitting that “there is a little leeway given them” due to the fact that those two forwards play some of the toughest competition in the NHL, mostly in a defensive role.

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Minnesota Wild v Toronto Maple Leafs

For the first and only time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will not take to the ice for one of their traditional Saturday night games, but even without a game today, we have plenty of Maple Leafs news making the rounds.

Mike Komisarek, who hasn’t played since February 2nd against the Bruins, has reportedly issued a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to.

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While Marc Savard (allegedly) found him delicious, Dan Carcillo is unlikely to do any biting of his own as he has a total of approximately three teeth.

While Marc Savard (allegedly) found him delicious, Dan Carcillo is unlikely to do any biting of his own as he has a total of approximately three teeth.

 

The human mouth is a filthy, filthy place. So is a hockey player once they’re more than a few minutes into a game, and the combination of the two is a not-uncommon occurrence in the NHL. Mikhail Grabovski’s (alleged) biting of Max Pacioretty’s arm, Alex Burrows’ (obvious) biting of Patrice Bergeron’s finger, Marc Savard’s (repeated) biting of everyone’s everything, and countless other incidents of mouth versus body part have grossed us all out year after year.

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