As I sit here enjoying a cool, crisp, glacier fresh beer after a 9-3 Maple Leafs victory, the February 28 Trade Deadline enters my mind as I ponder how Brian Burke will fast-track Toronto to the playoffs.
He has once again cemented his stance to acquire players that will help the team immediately, rather than the future. His reluctance to stockpile draft picks might be concerning, but just how far are the Leafs from post-season berth? Well, any critic can point to numerous issues that have plagued the team’s chances, most notably the special teams, but the most pressing need has to be a first-line center to feed Phil Kessel the puck (not to mention add some size to the top-six unit).
To say that Mikhail Grabovski has been a bright spot for the Leafs this season would be a huge understatement. You could easily argue that he's been the Leafs' best player this season and his stats definitely support that case. This isn't just a case of the player being in the right place at the right time to pick up garbage goals. I've seen Grabovski create plays out of virtually nothing this season and he's shown a level of finesse that I don't think anyone ever expected to see from him.
If you didn't get a chance to see Grabovski's wicked shootout goal from last night, I've posted it at the end of this blog so you can check it out.
Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Mikha...
My little Leafs fans, the boo birds, much bounden are ye unto the Leafs, your favorite team, and always in every place ought ye to praise them, for that they hath given you liberty to cheer about them, and hath also given you double and triple that to boo them most recently; moreover they preserved your dedication in the hiring of Brian Burke, that your faith for the club might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to the Leafs for the element of the incosistency which they hath displayed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and Burke feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink, though sometimes it seems we were better off with...
The newest savior of the Toronto Maple Leafs is none other than James Reimer. With a career NHL save percentage of .970 and a career goals against average of 0.81. Oh wait, he only has one NHL start and it came against one of the worst offensive teams in the league in the Ottawa Senators who was without one of its best offensive players in Jason Spezza.
The Sens have only scored 90 goals this season, which is actually one more than the Leafs have. And while that means that fans should err on the side of caution when it comes to judging James Reimer's performance on Saturday night, what does that say about the Sens goaltending tandem of Brian Elliot and Mike Brodeur who were beat 5-1 b...
Waffle Nation and Leafs Nation:
We bid farewell to 2010. For two Brian Burke years, we have constantly accompanied the Leafs on the road to not so much honor and glory. In these latter times, as in the days of our prosperity, we have invariably been models of courage by throwing waffles, and fidelity by staying loyal to our team. With fans such as us, our syrupy cause could not be lost; but the waffle war would have been interminable; it would have been a fan war, and that would have entailed deeper misfortunes on the Leafs.
I have sacrificed all of my interests to those of the waffle country.
My Waffle Nation friends, we will continue to serve the Leafs. Their happiness was our o...
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Leafs nation
Not a fan was cheering, and no standing ovation;
The players were stung by a pair of quick goals,
And had hopes of digging themselves out of their hole;
The children were nestled all bored in their seats,
And a vision of winning was a difficult feat;
And Ron Guillet in his Toskala jersey, and Pat Storto with a Leafs cap,
Had just settled down with no reason to clap,
When out in the stands there arose such a clatter,
Ron sprang from his seat to see what was the matter.
Away to the Gold seats, he flew like a Kessel,
Pushed over a Habs fan who he decided to wrestle.
The concrete of the stairs dug into his knee
On Friday evening last, I received from The Checking Line the mission to form a new direction in hockey. It was the evident will of' the play of the Maple Leafs and Leafs nation that this should be conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include all waffle parties.
I have already completed the most important part of this task. The waffle has been thrown.
A waffle organization has been formed of growing numbers, representing, with the Leafs fans, Anit-Leafs fans, and Waffle lovers, the unity of the new nation - Waffle Nation. It was necessary that this should be done in one single day on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events. Other key positions were fil...