Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I have mentioned my worries about Raycroft being a go - to guy in net this year. But a lot of the Leafs' success will also depend on the maturation of Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov.
While Ponikarovsky broke the 20 goal barrier last season, Antropov did not, and never has. (He was also injured.) Antropov makes just over $1 million, and Ponikarovksy makes a piddly $725,000.
Both players are 26 years old, and have had time playing on the Leafs' top line. This year they could play there as well. They, especially Antropov, need to step it up NOW and contribute on a more regular basis, or else I'm going to develop the same hatred for them that I had for Jonas Hoglund and Robert Reichel. (oh please no!!!)
The Leafs don't have much scoring depth up front to support these two putting out sucky performances. Jeff O'Neil is floundering in T.O., and Peca pobably won't contribute much during the regular season offensively. Tucker had a career year last season, but is inconsistent. McCabe got his huge raise, so anyone want to bet he stinks it up this year? Maybe Wellwood will emerge.
It's tough to predict the fate of the Leafs this year. There are too many question marks. They probably won't make the playoffs once again, unless a miracle happens. (Yes I am a realist) A part of that miracle may be what tricks new coach Paul Maurice has up his sleeve! I hope he teaches them how to win 2-1 games, meaning tight defence, meaning Dallas-like defence!


At August 9, 2006 at 9:47 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

I'd be willing to wager all four of Wayne Gretzky's phone #'s I copied down while working at AT&T with anyone corked on Morgans that JS Aubin starts more games that Raycroft.

He'll be yanked more often than Hugh Hefner with a fistful of Viagra!

(And yes, I do have Wayne, Janet, Ty, and Paulina's cell #'S)

At August 9, 2006 at 9:50 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

(And yes, I do have Wayne, Janet, Ty, and Paulina's cell #'S)

Will Janet get a late-nite call from 'the Captain' before this season is out?

Ooh, the suspense!

At August 9, 2006 at 9:58 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

I could be fired for such a thing! Good thing I quit!

Not before an incoherent call from Courtney Love bitching about being on the wrong plan. Before I could say much the call was disconnected.
Damn, I was about to say, "You killed Kurt, you bitch!!!"

At August 9, 2006 at 10:24 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I didn't read past the part about Antripov and Ponikarovsky masterbating.

At August 9, 2006 at 11:04 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

They probably won't make the playoffs once again, unless a miracle happens.

I'm trying to figure out which is more miraculous:

Gary Bettman expands the playoffs to 30 teams? or Gary Bettman demotes the Leafs to the ECHL?

You're right. Too many question marks.

At August 10, 2006 at 12:14 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Sleek and Hodge - May you never stop being so humourous! God I love this blog!

It's my dream for the Leafs to one day day sign some dude named Jakihmov!

Igor Fordabluveineov!

Juri Getchaloadov!

Anatoli Bahkdorov!

Sergie Shitzacokov!

Evgeni Kofaloadupov

....all that and a goalie named Lehtinen!

Lord help me! I found Captain Morgan and can still make sense. Yikes. Look out now!

At August 10, 2006 at 12:45 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'd bet Aubin plays more this year as well! By January Raycroft will be playing street hockey with a bunch of 7 year olds, and even THEY will put 6 past him in a 15 minute game!
Right about then JFJ will run him over with his Pinto so his salary doesn't count against the Leafs' cap!
Then we'll pull Hasek out of semi-retirement for next season!

At August 10, 2006 at 12:49 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...





At August 10, 2006 at 1:01 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...


What else can I say!


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