Raking Leafs

Mixing metaphors and casting cliches about hockey and the Maple Leafs for the ether's pleasure since MCMLXVII.


Great Leap Forward?

I normally wouldn't just link to story about the state of the game, but Georgeums over at Kukla's wrote such a bullet-proof plea for constructive criticism to the League and to Chairman Mao that I had give it its own post.

While I'm feeling inspired, which is becoming a rarefied sensation to this particular NHL fan, I wanted to point out a cool story about the connection between Alex Steen and JFJ, having shared post-dinner street hockey games in their youth.

Kyle Wellwood's groin is also making headlines, as he goes under the knife today to repair his sports hernia, "a relatively new diagnosis in the sports world, common to hockey and soccer players, and are essentially tears in the abdominal muscles caused by repetitive twisting and turning at high speed." It is funny, actually it is more sad than funny, how the team admits misdiagnosis with a press release the day of surgery and in the foreshadow of the All-Star...activities.

And I'm not sure why the media is calling for Sundin to break out of his slump, because I suspect the reason for his lack of production comes from his elbow not being fully healed. He hasn't shot the puck once since his return that convinced me his arm is 100%. Not once. Valiant effort, Mats, but you should've waited a couple more weeks.

And in case you missed it, Culture.ca put together a piece on hockey blogs for the six Canadian NHL teams. The most glaring omissions are BitterLeafFan, Leafclub, and budblog, who is sporting a new look.

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  • At 10:28 PM, Blogger PPP said…


    Wellwood out for 8 weeks. Great medical staff. I want pink slips before next season for those clowns.

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    There really isn't any excuse for ths type of negligence. The Maple Leafs should have the best scouting, training, coaching, marketing, farm system, and anything else you can think of, that money can buy. Since the team can't throw the hordes of cash it earns every year at player salaries, at least throw the case intelligently.

    Admittedly, strength and conditioning coach Matt Nichol is getting great results and has garnered glowing revues from the players. But the training/therapy staff needs improvement.

  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger PPP said…

    Dr. Noah Forman, your services are no longer required.

  • At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have do disagree about the pink slip. You will NEVER find a better Doctor, no one is more dedicated to there profession than Noah. If you think it's so easy than you try it. Noah is someone who has dedicated his life to this profession and certainly does not deserve someone bad mouthing him like this. It's a game of hockey and I'm sure life will go on even if they don't make the playoffs. There are enough players left on the team to keep things going just because the "high paid" ones are injured is not his fault. Stop paying such ridiculous prices for the tickets and maybe they will get the picture. I guess maybe you never mess up at your job. No on is perfect. Just try and find another team Doctor that is better than him. You never will.

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Who are you Anonymous? And what is your connection to the good doctor? You seem to google his name enough to be related.

  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Anonymous, please feel free to email me if you would like to further your case. I'm definitely open to hear what you have to say on the matter.

  • At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dr. Noah Forman is one of the best doctors I've ever met.
    He's brilliant, experienced and the ultimate professional.


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