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* Justin Pogge got his "pants pulled down", plain and simple. Considering he was playing his second NHL game, and his teammates were displaying their best Andy Wozniewski impersonations, I'd say he's deserving of a mulligan. While a couple of the goals were stoppable, it begs the question if ANY goaltender could of garnered a solid performance with the abysmal performances that were displayed in front of the netminder last night.

* I'm just throwing this out there, but does anyone notice Lee Stempniak on the ice? I sometimes forget he's on the team.

* Stajan has 0PTS in his last 6 games. This is a little concerning considering his production during the first half of the season, but it's nothing to burn police cruisers over. A quick glance at the Leafs' roster will prove that every player, in every position, has endured cold streaks. It's part of the process of rebuilding, as the Leafs' core consists largely (and will only continue to) of young players.

* After watching the Leafs' dismal performance last night, I can't help but wonder if Pogge should stay clear of the Leafs altogether this season. While easing him in with the occasional game sounds like a logical plan, the Leafs' defense will play no part in this thing we call, "logic." One could argue that more time in the AHL will only halt his progression, but I can't help but think the Leafs will only shatter his confidence if he were to assume the goaltending duties for the Blue and White . I mean, as nice as it is to blame the defensive woes on Vesa Toskala's struggles, yesterday was a clear indication that the Leafs' defense are not capable of maintaining order in their own end - even Schenn was a walloping -4.

* While Ron Wilson's comments are considered egocentric by many, even Don Cherry had to respect his comments towards his fallen goaltender last night. "Obviously the first goal was not very good but then we pulled down his pants," Wilson said. "Our goaltending has not been good this year. This is an opportunity for Justin. He's going to get more opportunities. He's going to be a great NHL goalie." That may not seem like a Hallmark moment, but for Wilson, this is an act of defending his goaltender and placing the blame almost squarely on his defenders, who, deservingly so, need a serious adjustment in their own end. Wilson said it best: "We don't have enough guys who care about each other. We have a few guys who should look in the mirror and say: 'I'm not trying hard enough in my own end. I'm cheating in order to get easy points.'"

* "Enjoy Michael Cammalleri the rest of the season, because on July 1, he'll be a Toronto Maple Leaf, making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla" – Eric Francis, The Calgary Sun. A player like Cammalleri is exactly what this franchise needs. His speed and offensive prowess would be instantly recognized, and considering his age (26), how can you go wrong? 7 million per season seems a little excessive, but if Burke can lock him up anywhere around the 6 million vicinity, the Leafs will have possession of an integral piece to their rebuilding plan.

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January 28, 2009 9:35 PM ET | Delete
Isn't thursday going to be FUN?
January 28, 2009 11:47 PM ET | Delete
uggff... every time the Leafs do their Islander-impression I have to cringe and keep rocking back and forth while whispering 'John Tavares'... wasn't Pogge's fault... but he certainly did not look as effective as he has of late in the AHL... I don't know about Mike Cammalleri... on the surface. he's a guy with a lot of talent but there have been questions in the past of where his head is... judging by how the Leafs have played at times this year I would question adding another player with dubious mental characteristics... a personal fave that I have that could add similar abilities would be Patrick O'Sullivan... question is whether LA will part with him...
January 29, 2009 9:10 AM ET | Delete
I think they should bring Mark Bell back up from the Marlies. I am sure he is hungry to be back in the NHL. He has 12 goals for the Marlies so far this year.
January 29, 2009 1:02 PM ET | Delete
The Stempniak trade was the worst of Fletcher's tenure (although headed by Al Coates). Even 6 million a year for Cammalleri is too much. That's what Zetterberg is playing for (granted it's a discounted rate). At tops Camalleri for 5 million although I don't feel he really is a great leader and that should be what any Leafs UFA should be this coming summer.
January 30, 2009 1:41 PM ET | Delete
Yes thursday was fun, it looked like Raycroft was still a leaf. It was alot of fun I wish we could play colorado every game.
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