Took some time away from the rinks, but I’m still chronicling my beloved blue and white. Posts are easier and faster on the Twitter, so find me there at: www.twitter.com/jbluebud. (Or, check the sidebar to the right.) Go Leafs Go!
Back after an extended holiday vacation. (Best Christmas presents: a new Stiga table hockey set in the standard Leafs vs. Detroit configuration, an extra set of Leafs players in their home blues and a bottle of white Testors clear-coat enamel. A quick coat of paint on the extra mini-Buds and the Bluebud household has been intra-squad scrimmage city since Boxing Day morning).
Here’s what I want to know following the undefeated start to the new calendar year: is there a deeper team in the NHL than the Buds? Consider who’s been missing during the Leafs’ recent burst into Eastern Conference playoff position:
With holes this big in the side of the boat, it wouldn’t shock even the most ardent Leafs fan to see the vessel taking on water. Instead, The Good Ship BlueBud is steaming toward a pier in Playoff Harbour. (As this is typed, the Leafs are in eighth place in the East. Think the conference-leading Buffalo Sabres—who have already lost two games in 2007—are grateful the playoffs don’t start tomorrow?)
The following was submitted via NHL.com’s feedback page earlier today:
December 22, 2006
To Whom It May Concern:
Seasons’ Greetings! I am writing on the subject of the league’s very innovative NHL Player Sites network promotional feature that is included at the top of every official NHL team and league Web site. I have followed closely the expansion of the network from its well-deserving original member, the oft-overlooked Sidney Crosby, to the current venerable lineup of Ed Belfour, Raffi Torres, and Kevin Weekes.
While the choices made thus far deserve nothing but accolades, I would like to submit a site as consideration for the next addition to the NHL Player Sites network:
Following are several reasons why I believe Alexander Steen and his AlexanderSteen.com Web site would be a stellar addition to the NHL Player Sites network:
In closing, thank you in advance for giving careful consideration to my request to have Alexander Steen’s AlexanderSteen.com added to the NHL Player Sites network.
P.S. — If you ever expand the network to include retired players, I urge you to consider the very informative and content-rich www.tiedomi.com.
P.P.S — I also see you have an Affiliate Sites network. I believe www.hockeyfights.com would be a strong addition there.
This is the first in a series of Leafs Lists compiled exclusively for BlueBud readers and global hockey fans around the world. This particular edition may generate a bit of controversy, as the holder of the #1 slot has skated just 117 games in a Leafs sweater at this writing. However, ol’ Johnny Bluebud isn’t afraid to go out on a limb–after all, what better way to get close to them there “Leafs”, right? Without further ado, then, here is the BlueBud’s official ranking of:
The Greatest Leafs Ever To Wear Sweater #42
In. T.O., two co-future Norris Trophy winners (Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe), and two rising future superstar backliners in the making (Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo) mean that the Buds probably could afford to part with a certain veteran blueliner. Meantime, up front, the right side is populated with more left wings and centres than natural right wingers.
Allow Johnny Bluebud to toss out a kill-two-birds-with-one-puck solution. That’s right, we’re talking a good old-fashioned, man-for-man swap: one J. Lupul for one H. Gill.
What the Oilers give up in age and potential, they more than get back in…size!
Okay, so last night’s tilt vs. Florida wasn’t exactly a perfect 60 minutes of hockey from the Toronto perspective. From the mug-is-half-full side of the bar, however, the positives are as easy to spot as empty seats at a Blackhawks home game. A sampling:
Just a thought: Considering Colaiacovo’s Orr-esque pace and continued excellence of Messrs. Kaberle and McCabe, it’s conceivable that this season, for the first time ever, the NHL will have to award the Norris Trophy in thirds.