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What should the Leafs do?
Tue, January 8, 2008

The Maple Leafs felt like throwing a hockey stick through the television following last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, preferably at the big HD screen at National Hockey League headquarters in Toronto.

But angry Nik Antropov took the team's anger at a costly overtime penalty and three video replay reversals the hardest, hurling his stick towards referees Mike Leggo and Don Koharski after Rod Brind'Amour netted the game-winner.

Forget about throwing hockey sticks. What about throwing in the towel on the season? What should the Leafs do before the trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

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i would like canoe to put out a question are the leafs going to miss mccabe. should be some intersting comments on this plug..
parney, 2007-12-18 12:23:29

I'm not sure what this says in the overall scheme of things, but the fact is, Antropov is probably among the top 5 players on the Leafs right now. Whether or not his contributions match up with what they're paying him will always be open to opinion until he starts doing the good things on a consistent basis.

As for Raycroft, I see where some 47% of respondents to a current poll think they should deal him for a 1st Round Pick! I have to assume that most who replied that way really believe they could get that kind of a return, which makes me wonder what the colour of the sky is in their world.

According to Darren Dreger, at least three clubs - the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings - have called the Leafs inquiring about Raycroft.

Yeah, right! How hard is it to sift through the league and pick out THE three teams with obvious goaltending problems, and then extrapolate from there that they therefore must be calling JFJ about Raycroft, using the ubiquitous "they say" as a basis in fact? This smacks more of "homer wishful thinking" than a statement based upon any concrete admission that calls have been made, something most sports journalists engage in from time to time, all in the name of "ratings." Do you not think that the GM's of each of those teams are also aware of why Raycroft has lost his job as the No. 1 goaltender in Toronto? Something called consistency, which he is no more apt to discover in any of those locales than he is in Toronto.

Reminds me of what William Tecumseh Sherman said during the Civil War "I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I had them shot there would be news from Hell before breakfast."

Dreger is just one more sports "personality" among far too many who is so full of you-know-what his eyes are brown.

If the GM of one of the teams he mentions made any such deal and gave up anything of significance in return they should be run out of town.


George O'Leary, 2007-12-18 09:53:48

no, if the leafs are looking to trade Raycroft than trade Anterpove with him,theres always the team who thinks that a bad deal is good.
RJ, 2007-12-17 16:04:31

the millions of leaf-haters are having difficulty dealing with the Leafs winning the odd game. It's so unnatural.

every now and then a piss-poor team will play way over its head. but we know that they'll return to their losing ways. mccabe will start believing that he can play and the dumbass giveways will return tenfold.

the truthmeister


Goober's wisdom, 2007-12-14 13:43:35

Hang on for a second here, I see what is coming. He is looking for more cash. Can anybody say salary arbitration????
Kaberle's punishing body checks, 2007-12-13 20:49:44

I agree also with the Goob.

Always thought that side-show Bob was vastly over-rated. His so-called determination is just an "act". He plays on the periphery. Why do you think that he is always a -minus.

Even if the Leafs make the playoffs, Ferguson should be fired for signing Tucker.

Funniest thing, was Tucker crowing about giving the the Leafs a "hometown discount".

Priceless
Gustav, 2007-12-13 13:56:31

Wait till the end of the season as I dont think he will keep his scoring up all year. Whats this is 10th year in the NHL and he is finally starting to produce on a regular basis.

I bet he wont get more than 25 goals and 50 - 55 points.
Jimmy, 2007-12-13 10:47:54

Give credit to the coaching staff. They showed patience with him. Perhaps the media and the fans should do the same more often.
Russ, 2007-12-12 21:34:30

I agree Goober (nice handle) - Tucker seems lost and out of place. I think the game has passed him by. Grit and determination are no longer a suitable alternative to speed and skill.
Jake, 2007-12-12 10:51:16

Give credit where credit is due. The guy can play.

On the other hand, is there a forward on the Leafs that is more useless than Tucker?

Tucker is a liability. Get rid of him. Trade him to a western conf. team. They haven't seen much of him so probably we can swindle them on a deal
Goober, 2007-12-11 18:09:41

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