The end of hockey night in Canada: As a Habs fan, hockey day in Canada was a complete bust. The Canadiens really never kicked it into gear and were buried by an avalanche of Leaf goals. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drown my sorrows in cheap domestic beer.
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Post-Game: Roberto Luongo. The Best.
End of Game: The Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over the Calgary Flames 5-1. Canucks’ forward Jordan Schroeder was the obvious first star after notching the first two goals of his career.
Brian Burke will address the media today to discuss his dismissal as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We learned yesterday that Burke was “stunned” by the news, according to a report in the Toronto Star, but we will here from the man himself at noon, and will have as many quotes as possible from the presser.
In case you missed it earlier this week, here is a look back at the reaction to this massive news from editor Justin Bourne and the contributors to Backhand Shelf.
Konopka is trying to decide between hooking Lupul or just stuffing his stick under his visor.
While Joffrey Lupul may not be a top level player according to KHL standards, he’s a top badass according to Quiet Room standards. He didn’t meet their criteria for national or Olympic experience, isn’t a Stanley Cup winner, hasn’t won anything at the NHL awards banquet (seriously, THAT qualifies you to play in the KHL?), and couldn’t even make it based on number of games played having missed most of 2009-10 and a healthy chunk of 2010-11 with a back injury.
The back injury is exactly the reason Joffrey Lupul is Tougher Than You ™. What began as back spasms toward the end of 2009-10 Ducks’ training camp evolved into pain and numbness in his right leg, loss of power, and eventually injections in attempts to calm the symptoms. Lupul missed several games at the end of November, and after consulting specialists and having an MRI it became clear that the problem – a herniated disc in his back – wasn’t going to solve itself. Read the rest of this entry »
The guy who, up until recently, coached the Toronto Maple Leafs? The guy who was the whipping boy for the problems of Toronto? The guy who had such a tenuous relationship with the media even Rob Ford thought it was a little much? The guy who announced his contract extension on Twitter on Christmas Day?
“He came! He came!” Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!
When the Toronto Maple Leafs and François Allaire recently parted ways, the Leafs former goalie coach was less than subtle about his feelings towards the situation.
“To be honest, I don’t think the Leafs need a goalie coach. I think they have enough of them. They have two or three guys who were making decisions with the goalies. In the NHL, that’s not the way it works. “If that’s the way they want to operate, then I’m not there.”
The tone of his message made it seem like he was leaving the Leafs, and I’m thinking that rubbed GM Brian Burke the wrong way. Read the rest of this entry »