Category Archives: Toronto Maple Leafs

Go Team Lidstrom! Woooo.

I have to admit, the first-ever fantasy draft was a lot of fun to watch.  Sure it had its awakward moments, like when Team Lidstrom discussed strategy apparently unaware that we could totally hear them, and when Pierre McGuire and the other TSN guys took it all waaaaay too seriously (“I like Team Lidstrom’s strategy” etc.)

But it was all fun!  Obviously, B-Rad and Loui ended up on the same team, that team being Team Lidstrom.  Luckily, Marty St. Louis remembered his old BFFF B-Rad and chose him, saying “I texted him at break and asked if he’d be ok with switching from center to wing.”  Loui was one of the final three, but was chose by countryman Lidstrom before he could become Mr. Irrelevant.

Speaking of Mr. Irrelevant, that ended up being the Leafs’ Phil Kessel, whose irrelevancy provided some comedic fodder in the form of Alex Ovechkin capturing the moment on his phone:

That’s why I love you, Ovie.

Also hilarious was Jonathan Toews’ bitchface, which just screams meme:

What’s funny is that he seemed genuinely angry.  I also wonder if Pat Kane and the other captains conspired to mess with Tazer’s head. By the sounds of their conversations, I think they might have.

Also memorable was matt Duchene going on about how this was like The Bachelor and peoplle would be voted off the island…and how funny he thought his own joke was:

I love that kid.

I really enjoyed the fantast draft as the means of picking the teams.  It certainly provided many fantastic moments that made me giggle.  Should be an interesting ASG.

GO TEAM LIDSTROM.

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10/30-31/09 Stars Get One Measly Point in a Back-to-Back aka “The Dallas Stars Horror Show”

I just want to ask one question.  What the HELL is wrong with the Stars?

Just a week ago, they were awesome, and I had all the confidence in the world for them.  Now, they’ve gotten three points in the last three games.  Three points they don’t really deserve.  I’m not saying the comebacks weren’t awesome; they were.  It’s just that they keep miraculously digging themselves out of holes.  I love that they can do that, but I don’t like that they have to.

For now, I’m gonna give excuses for the slow play.  With Toronto it was the dreaded home curse they’ve had lately; ditto with Florida.  Also, they didn’t have Steve Ott for either of those games.  Plus, Florida has their number.  Whenever the Panthers play the Stars, it’s like they turn into Detroit or something.  Last night, I blame fatigue and HORRIBLE refs. 

But out of all this mess, there are a few players who have been consistent in my eyes.  First, or course, is James “Real Deal” Neal.  He’s been amazing this season.  Like Razor said, “The real deal is a big deal.”  Well said, Razor.  Second is B-Rad, who has positivelt thrived in this new system.  I don’t think he’s had a bad game yet.  Third is Tom Wandell.  Wandell is so quick and speedy, and you can tell he’s fighting for his roster spot.  He was one of  the few who actually played well last night.

But the entire team minus the fourth-liners looked tired last night.  For the Neal-B-Rad-Loui line, being awesome all the time eventually took its toll on our top line.  Having that much awesome on one line should be a crime, but thank gawd it isn’t. 😉

The Stars have some days off until they play Calgary on Wednesday.  Hopefully they utilize the rest and get their awesome back.

Go Stars!

10/28/09 Stars Beat the Leafs in OT aka “In Your Stupid Face, Jonas Gustavsson”

I just wanted to say that I love that we beat Gustavsson.  If we hadn’t…well, I probably would never live it down.  But it doesn’t matter anymore now, does it? 🙂

Both teams were sluggish, especially the Stars.  They never really got into the game until the final few minutes and into OT.  They really shouldn’t have won, but it really shows their character since they fought and won it.  It was a good win and I hope the momentum carries into the next game.

Because the only two who really played decent were B-Rad and Nealer.  And at times Turco.  Morrow didn’t have a very good game, unfortunaltely, and neither did Jamie Benn until Ribs tipped his shot.  Let’s play better tonight boys!!

BTW, does this game solidify the fact the James Neal owns the Maple Leafs?  I think yes.  First a hat trick, then an OT goal…what’s next?

3 Stars of the Game:

1. James Neal

2. Brad Richards

3. Nikolai Kulemin

Tonight we face the atrociously bad Florida Panthers.

Go Stars!

Otter Suspended

He got two games, which I guess you can say is fair.  I thought he had a good chance of getting four-plus.  I’m still disgusted that Scuderi only got a fine for his low hit, and that Mike Richards got NOTHING, when that hit was way too late and poor David Booth is having bad headaches.

That’s the news.

In other news, did you watch the Leafs-Ducks game last night?  Nik Hagman, former Star extraordinaire got a hat trick and the Leafs crushed the Sucks.  That certainly improved my day.

And now, if the Stars lose tomorrow, it won’t be as bad.  See, they’ll only be the second team to lose to Toronto, not the first.

But still.  I’ll miss you, Steve Ott. 😦

10/24/09 Stars Beat the Blues 4-1 aka “The One With B-Rad’s awesome Spin-Around Pass”

First of all, let me say that B-Rad’s assist on Loui’s goal was freaking amazing.  That pass was Zubovian.  Poor Patrick Berglund got dizzy and fell…and I laughed. 😛

Now, I have to ask you all this:  Remember that preseason game where we got crushed by the Blues 5-0?

There was no sign whatsoever of those awful Stars.  Instead, we got the more recent, “Stars-who-rock-on-the-road.” 🙂  It was just a great, great game.

And, yeah, some things did get kinda lucky.  I mean, when I found out about T.J. Oshie’s appendectomy, I jumped for joy (no offense, T.J.  Get well soon).  And then there was the fact that the Blues were on the second night of a back-to-back.  But, still.  That was an excellent Stars team out there.  The penalty kill improved some more, going 5-for-5.  The PP, well, not so much.  But I’d take a strong PK over a weak PP.  I think most people would, too.

About Steve Ott, I’m worried for the guy.  There’s a very good chance he’ll get suspended because he’s Steve Ott, the one and only.  Except, we kind of, like, need him against Toronto’s thugs.  Or, we could always rely on Toronto’s succulence.  Like my word?  Anyhoo, it’s a long time until Wednesday, and you never know what’ll happen.

Speaking of painful-looking hits, I think that Mike Richards should have been suspended.  That hit was waaaaaay late, and poor David Booth was unconscious and not moving.  Sure, Mike’s a superstar, but still.  Look at Tuomo Ruutu.  He’s never been suspended until now.  The league’s discipline disgusts me.

Anyway, next up is Toronto.  Please beat them, Stars.  Please beat Jonas Gustavsson.  And I reeeeeaaaaallly don’t want us to be the first team to lose to the Leafs. 

Go Stars!

Monday Morning Musings

I love using alliteration in the title 😛

Anyhoo, there’s just some things I wanted to point out leading up to tonight’s game.

For one thing, Perttu Lindgren was called up, and will make his debut tonight against LA.

Also, in non-Stars-related news, Vinny and Marty have been reunited!  You know, B-Rad’s BFF’s?  Well, I’m a Lightning fan, and I really like Vinny and Marty, so this makes me smile. 🙂

And how about Dave Tippett?  The Coyotes are leading the Pacific, and are seriously rocking everybody’s socks.  How ’bout Tippett, eh, Nieuwy? 

Speaking of the Pacific, did you know that only three points separate first from last?  The Pacific is going to be tough this year if everyone keeps it up.  I’m praying that Anaheim doesn’t.

Plus, the Maple Leafs suck.  I just wanted to point that out.  I feel sorry for my guys, Niklas Hagman and Luke Schenn, but as long as Jonas Gustavsson and Brian Burke are losing, I can’t complain.  Maybe Haggy and the Schennster can be traded to Washington for Michael Nylander?  Probably not, but that would make my day.

Bad news, though: B-Rad’s legs are sore, and he may miss tonight’s game; that’s why Lindgren was called up.  I don’t think that Brad will miss it though, because in Heika’s preview, B-Rad isn’t listed as an injury. Phew!

And I just wanted to say that I love how when I talk about players, I use their first name like I know them or something.  I’d like to say that I do, but I don’t.  Just one of my many quirks, I suppose. 😛

Here’s a prediction for tonight: Since Stars-Kings games, like, always go into the shootout, the Stars will finally win one because James Neal won’t hit the post and Ribs will do some awesome deke move that everyone freaks out about.

Go Stars!

Making Fun of Brian Burke and Co.

This great YouTube gem I found on Pension Plan Puppets, a great blog you should check out.  Now, the other day I said I was a bit of a Leafs fan.  However, I’m not a Brian Burke fan.  It comes from occupying the same division as that d-bag for awhile. 😛

But just watch.  It’s funny, I promise. 🙂

I love making fun of Brian Burke more than Kyle Wellwood fat jokes.  And that is saying something. 😀