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Three Years

February 26, 2007 @ 07:13

Leaf fans don't have to worry about Darcy Tucker being traded tomorrow. The feisty little winger has agreed to a three contract that will keep him in Toronto for the next three years and he'll earn between nine and ten million dollars.

It's another one of those situations where the Leafs find themselves caught in the middle, the way it's been for the past 20 years. We know they're not good enough to win the Stanley Cup, yet they're not bad enough to throw in the towel.

So instead of moving Tucker at the deadline in exchange for draft picks or a young quality player or two, they keep him and hope for a miracle run in the playoffs. And when that doesn't happen, they're right back where the started. In the middle of the pack.

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Laughing Senator

February 26, 2007 @ 07:12

I've been meaning to make a point since Thursday night but keep forgetting. Even though he's dirty rotten Ottawa Senator, I gained a whole new respect and appreciation for Sens goalie Ray Emery.

I loved him in that brawl against Buffalo. Before he even started fighting Emery had a huge smile on his face as he skated towards Sabres goalie Martin Biron. It was like he knew he had to fight but the concept was so stupid it made him laugh - and he continued to laugh through the whole fight.

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Dilemma

February 23, 2007 @ 11:12

Yes, Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson has himself in a tough situation. After watching last nights game on the Island there is no longer any question. The two worst defensemen on the Leafs are the two highest paid.

Say what you want about Pavel Kubina, he makes some unbelievable mistakes, but on a game-in game-out basis there is nobody worse than Brian McCabe.

It's just another one of those aggravating things about the Leafs. John Ferguson signed these guys to contracts that gobble up close to ten million dollars a year against the salary cap. Just imagine what they could do with that money.

Nobodies going to tell me that Andy Wozneiwski and Brendan Bell couldn't fill the gap and actually lessen the mistakes.

And there's no light at the end of the tunnel. McCabe has a five year deal and Kubina has a four year deal. It's too bad.

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Dough Boy

February 21, 2007 @ 09:50

It was Dick Smyth who told me. It was 33 years ago today and I was getting ready for school. The radio was blasting 1050 CHUM in the kitchen when I heard the words I could hardly believe. Tim Horton was dead.

After a game against the Leafs, because of business reasons Horton opted to drive back to Buffalo on his own rather than take the team bus with the rest of his Buffalo Sabre teammates.

With twice the legal limit of alcohol and traces of a prescription drug called Dexamyl in his blood, Horton failed to negotiate a turn on the QEW and flipped his De Tomaso Pantera. He was 44 years old.

At the time Tim Horton's Doughnuts was in its infancy and no one could have dreamed it would turn into what it is today, especially Horton.

In fact I often think about that. What if Tim Horton could come back for one day, just one day? What would he think? What would he think of his legacy shifting from hockey to crullers and baguettes?

What would he think of his name being plastered all over the landscape, including on paper cups tossed onto the ground at every off-ramp. But most of all, what would he think of the all the cheesy Tim Horton's commercials that are inflicted upon Canadians on a regular basis.

Especially the one that features that old prick who doesn't want his son to play hockey.

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ARGH

February 21, 2007 @ 08:52

Just for the record, ARGH was a factor in last night's Leaf game.

ARGH = Andrew Raycroft's Glove Hand.



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Hosed In Hogtown

February 21, 2007 @ 07:52

As last nights horrid hockey game at the ACC came to a close last night, neighbour John made a good point. He said, "Can you imagine if you had spent 300 hundred dollars for a ticket to this shitty game."

No, I can't imagine. Then it made me think of something my good friend Rob Johnson of the Edge sent me yesterday. It's an ad for a game on Long Island on Monday night featuring the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. Check out the prices to see Sidney Crosby.

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Injustice

February 21, 2007 @ 07:33

There's something going on within the Canadian Football League that's extremely shameful. It's the snubbing of Pinball Clemons.

For the second year in a row he's failed to make it into the CFL Hall of Fame despite holding the professional football record for most combined yardage.

Pinball didn't make it again this year, but Darren Flutie did. Nothing against Flutie, but when compared, how does Flutie make it and Pinball doesn't? I smell a rat.

For more on this horrid injustice you can read Steve Simmons column in today's Sun.

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Captain Fantastic

February 20, 2007 @ 09:57

I forgot to say this on Sunday and again yesterday. Did you see Mats Sundin's goal against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

It was marvelous. He used his big frame to its full potential literally muscling the puck from behind the net to the front of the net where he swept it around Dwayne Rollison.

He was a man possessed. He was impressive to watch. He was a captain.

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Fair To Midland

February 18, 2007 @ 10:06

It's hard to accurately comment on last nights 1967 Stanley Cup re-union without being there, but from what I can gather it was underwhelming.

In typical fashion Leaf fans tried to make it a special moment when Dave Keon walked out, but they didn't quite get there.

Keon meanwhile appeared to appreciate the moment, but didn't seem blown away. It was a nice try but not what you see in Montreal.

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Freeway

February 18, 2007 @ 08:08

Freeway Frank is the evening jock at a station called 99.9 Mix-fm, and he's a big Montreal Canadiens fan. Even though Frank and I haven't seen each other over the past year and a half, we still correspond through e-mail.

And over the past couple of months it's been fun for Frank. The Leafs took a little nosedive before Christmas and at one point the Habs led the Leafs by 12 points.

With last nights victory over Edmonton, the Leafs have 66 points, which is two more than Montreal. The Habs have lost six in a row. That's all I have to say.

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