Star D-man day-to-day

Bryan McCabe, Toronto’s powerful pointman and powerplayquarterback is day-to-day with a groin injury. He will miss Tueday’s tilt against the Vancouver Canucks but will have time to rest before Phoenix visits Toronto.Nothing too serious…but without McCabe at the point or on the penalty kill Toronto will have a hard time against a tough gritty team like the Canucks.


10 Responses to Star D-man day-to-day

  1. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    Does this really deserve it’s own article?

  2. 92-93 says:

    well according to muckies it does. he’s said in the very recent past that once McCabe falls to injury, the leafs will fold instantaneously.

    i disagree. but if Redden or Chara or Lidstrom were out, they’d have a seperate article as well.

  3. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    “THIS JUST IN”

    Mats Sudin just had lunch. I thought that since McCabe deserved his own article that Mats should get his own too.

  4. 92-93 says:

    since when did an article featuring an injury to a key player (in this case, the league’s top defensive scorer) become ‘too much.’?

    there have been articles left right and centre on other players going down with injuries but because it is a leaf star you can’t handle it?

    show some perspective dude.

  5. garyroberts7 says:

    Wow. Someone’s jealous!

  6. 92-93 says:

    once (and if) Lindros comes back, the Leafs should go with the following lines (this is assuming to major trades are made – for a defenseman, for Malone, etc.):

    Steen____________Sundin___________Lindros

    Yes, this is the #1 line that Quinn is so reluctant to play. Each of these can create space, pass, and have amazing shots. my point is that Lindros is not going to last long in toronto (because of injuries probably) – you might as well see what he can do with Sundin and give Sundin a winger worthy of his talent. moreover, the reports that Lindros don’t want to play on the wing have been shot down by Eric himself, who has suggested that he wouldn’t mind playing with the captain, get more ice time, and helping the team score goals.

    Ponikorovsky______Allison___________O’Neill

    The more i watch him play the more i realize how one-dimensional O’Neill. i knew this before the season began but he is a perpetual -10 and is a very streaky player. too bad he is in T.O. for another season. The more i watch Allison, the more i like the way he holds on to the puck. he is terribly slow and can be bad in his own zone but he’s not as bad as some of the Leafs’ forwards (o’neill, tucker, belak, etc.). ALthough he is the Leafs’ best trade asset (outside of their young guys), i don’t mind the buds holding on to allison, especially considering the chemistry between him and Poni – who’s speed, size, and shot are beginning to bear fruit. maybe O’neill can get some decent passes for his good shot as well (but O’Neill is one of the 6 forwards the leafs need to dump sooner than later).

    Tucker___________Wellwood_________Stajan

    Putting your leading goal scorer on a third line may seem crazy but I like this line because it balances Stajan’s defensive smarts with Wellwood’s ability to get into the zone and Tucker’s grit and shot. I could see this line eclipse the Allison line as the #2 line.

    Kilger____________Wilm____________Domi

    Kilger and Wilm’s stellar play while the injuries piled up should make it obvious to leaf fans why these guys need regular shifts over the likes of Czerkawski, Belak, etc. until the likes of Williams and Pohl are brought up from the Marlies, I say give Wilm and his hard-working ethic/skills some regular ice time. Domi is not what he used to be, and I can easily switch Czerkawski into Domi’s place. again, its too bad the leafs are stuck with Domi until next year, but Tie always has a few plays and games in him that seem to really lift the team.

    where’s Antropov you ask? i can only assume that even though he is suppose to come back this Saturday that Nik is one of those players who are going to be continually getting injured. his knees are done for and its too bad because he is not playing that bad this year. but he is always going to be injured off and on and that is why i didn’t mind the rumour that would see him and a middle-round draft pick leaving the Buds and Malone coming the other way. if antropov defies the odds and does make it into the line-up, maybe he could be inserted in the RW position where O’Neill is (pushing O’Neill out of the line-up or to the fourth line or third line) or as a Centre on the final line (pushing Wilm back to the bench).

    Belak, Czerkawski, Antropov, Domi, O’Neill are all taking up space and valuable cap space for various reasons. combined, these guys take up about $4-5 million and although they have all had their moments, their play (because of injuries, age, or just lack of effort) is a detriment to this team.

    McCabe____________________Coliacovo

    Kaberle____________________Klee

    Berg_______________________Khavanov

    [call up Woz or Kronvall when injuries appear]

    I’d rather have Kronvall play regular time then either Berg or Khavanov but that is not how JFJ or Quinn wants it. too bad. but yes I’d love to give loads of ice time to Coliacovo beside McCabe. Coliacovo, despite his inexperience, seems to combine the offensive skills of Kaberle with a newfound attention to Defence that Kaberle lacks (although Kaberle is usually a plus in the +/- category). Kaberle and Klee are a good pair and Kaberle’s puck controlling and skating abilities makes up for Klee’s lack of speed. give these two pairings 50 minutes a game and keep the Berg-Khavanov pairing the least amount of ice time possible.

    Play Telly more often in the second-half (at LEAST 15 starts) and give Belfour a bit of break before the playoffs begin.

    but most of all – the leafs need to trade one of Allison or Lindros for a solid defenseman (and i know, for some reason, no one in leafland wants to see Lindros go). the leafs have loads of depth on their forward lines and little defensive depth. you do the math.

  7. 92-93 says:

    “Some published commentary maintained that Lindros hates playing on the wing in any case, and was disapproving of Quinn’s move, although not so unwise as to say so out loud. “Absolutely not true,” he says. “I actually think it made a lot of sense. With the way hockey’s played under the new rules, being the centre, the second man high, can be really draining. If I’m out there with Mats, we can switch up and maybe I can help him save some of his juice.”

    With Toronto’s patchwork first line acquitting itself commendably, it is unlikely Lindros would be restored to Sundin’s flank anyway, when and if he resurfaces.”

    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1136501415708&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907621263

  8. 92-93 says:

    injuries for tonight’s game against the coyotes:

    Lindros, Tucker, McCabe.

    Back is Antropov and apparently both Czerkawski and O’Neill have said they would play tonight (and i dunno if that is necessarily good news).

    i think the lines will be:

    Steen___Sundin___Czerkawski

    Poni____Allison___Antropov

    Kilger__Wellwood___O’Neill

    Belak___Wilm____Domi

    Kaberle_______Klee

    Coliacovo_____Berg

    Kronvall_______Khavanov

    ________Belfour________

    my ideal line-up would be (assuming no trades are made for defensemen – which is badly needed):

    Steen___Sundin___Lindros

    [now this is a #1 line: talent, defensive conscientiousness, scoring, size, strength, second-effort, boo-ya!]

    Poni____Allison___Antropov

    [shown chemistry all season long, if Allison and Antropov can remain healthy – great. if not, time to bring in Czerkawski or maybe Wellwood (and replace wellwood on the 3rd line with Pohl)]

    Tucker__Wellwood___Stajan

    [what an awesome 3rd line. lots of energy here. there’s grit, finnesse, scoring, and defensive consciousness (with Stajan). its a small line but one that can draw a lot of penalties too.]

    Kilger___Wilm____O’Neill

    [on the bench: Domi, Belak, czerkawski]

    [good, effective checking line with some scoring touch. however, O’Neill says his shoulder flares up every time he is checked. is this guy good for anything other than powerplays??? this is the major problem with the leafs – their right side. there is no versatility there other than Stajan. O’Neill is useless, domi isn’t who he used to be, Czerkawski is — Czerkawski, and Antropov, despite his good play, gets injured too often and his knees are done for.]

    but do you really think Quinn would

    a) put lindros on the line with sundin?

    b) actually sit tie domi (if not domi, then sit O’neill!)

    c) do you really think that there will ever be a period where the leafs are completely healthy?

  9. 92-93 says:

    I don’t think I’ve been more disappointed in a leaf loss as am in their loss tonight against the coyotes. And that is saying a lot considering that the leafs lost to the sens 8-0, 8-2, the Bruins 5-1, the Capitals 6-4, etc. its going to be like this all year long. For every win streak the leafs have, it will be balanced out by a losing streak. But if the leafs want to avoid a dogfight for the playoffs (which they are NOT doing right now) and if they want to get into a race for 4th or 5th with Buffalo and the Rangers (which they are NOT in right now), the leafs need to play better or make some minor changes (or, a major trade for a defenseman). Period.

    my ideal line-up would be (assuming no trades are made for defensemen – which is badly needed):

    Steen___Sundin___Lindros

    Poni____Allison___Antropov

    Tucker__Wellwood___Stajan

    Kilger___Wilm____O’Neill

    on the bench: Domi, Belak, Czerkawski

    but do you really think Quinn would

    a) put lindros on the line with sundin?b) actually sit tie domi (if not domi, then sit O’neill!)

    c) do you really think that there will ever be a period where the leafs are completely healthy?

    the problem for the leafs is not their offense. It’s the defensive play of their veteran forwards (Tucker, Allison, O’Neill, Domi, Czerkawski, Belak, etc.). note that many of these players are on the right side, and unfortunately the leafs are stuck with the likes of Domi and O’Neill for another year. With the above line-up, Domi can be switched in to replace O’Neill and vice-versa (or whenever an injury occurs to Antropov – which is often). O’Neill says his shoulder flares up every time he is checked. is this guy good for anything other than powerplays???He is a -12 and looks embarrassingly ineffective compared to the young guys. there is no versatility there other than Stajan on their right side. Antropov and Lindros are injury prone. O’Neill is useless, Domi isn’t who he used to be, Czerkawski is — Czerkawski. If the leafs could get rid of any of these players for draft picks or for other players, it would be a bonus. Belak, Czerkawski, Antropov, Domi, O’Neill are all taking up space and valuable cap space for various reasons. combined, these guys take up about $4-5 million and although they have all had their moments, their play (because of injuries, age, or just lack of effort) is a detriment to this team. The leafs can only keep one of Lindros or Allison next year to have any room under the cap – regardless of it rising to $45 million. I’d rather keep Allison – younger, more points, more effective. Lindros is simply too injury-prone and is a concussion away from calling it quits. If the Leafs could deal either Lindros or Allison for a #3 or #4 D-guy, Halleluah. Until then, its time to start playing better and more consistently.

    Why?

    Well, NJ is turning it around, Atl. is charging up the standings, TB is the defending cup champs and they won’ t go away, Montreal will now begin to turn it around with a new coach. See a pattern? All the teams below them are going to move up and the Leafs have to stay ahead of them. Moreover, the Rangers and Sabres are not showing any signs of losing their edge and will probably keep winning most of their games. Considering that the next 4 games are on the road – ll against tough teams – it will get worse before it gets better for the Leafs.

    On D:

    McCabe____________________Coliacovo ]

    Kaberle____________________Klee

    Berg_______________________Khavanov

    [call up Woz or Kronvall when injuries appear]

    I’d rather have Kronvall play regular time then either Berg or Khavanov but that is not how JFJ or Quinn wants it. too bad. but yes I’d love to give loads of ice time to Coliacovo beside McCabe. Coliacovo, despite his inexperience, seems to combine the offensive skills of Kaberle with a newfound attention to Defence that Kaberle lacks (although Kaberle is usually a plus in the +/- category). Coliacovo is getting better with every game and with every hit. Kaberle and Klee are a good pair and Kaberle’s puck controlling and skating abilities makes up for Klee’s lack of speed. give these two pairings 50 minutes a game and keep the Berg-Khavanov pairing the least amount of ice time possible.Finally, play Telly more often in the second-half (at LEAST 15 starts) and give Belfour a bit of break before the playoffs begin.

  10. 92-93 says:

    i have to say i’ve always thought the quinn-allison ice-time ‘scandal’ was blown way out of proportion. and i can certainly see today’s star article – where quinn encourages Allison to shoot more often and where Allison disagrees and says it just not his game – could be another potential ‘scandal.’

    pathetic really.

    but take a closer look and there could be some ruffled feathers here. i mean, we should at least consider the possibility that quinn and allison don’t get a long and that both are stubborn, especially with the trade deadline coming up and the need for a defenseman (and the fact that Allison and Lindros are the Leafs only viable trade chips – outside their younger guys of course).

    i want to know from other people out there why is so preposterous for the Leafs brass and for leaf fans to see Lindros traded at the deadline rather than Allison?

    because of the soap opera of lindros coming back to T.O – re: the ‘aura’ of Lindros in a leaf uniform overpowers any consideration of trading him?

    because of his recent injury which means he will have only played a few games by the deadline in early march?

    because he is ‘better’ than Allison?

    because he is ‘cheaper’ than Allison?

    because no one would want Lindros compared to Allison?

    because Allison can’t get along with Quinn?

    … any other suggestions?

    Allison will make more money then Eric. true. but allison is younger (by about 3 years), does not have the huge concussion history eric has (allison had one concussion/whiplash), allison has more points and points-per-game avg. do you think Eric will resign with the leafs next year for less than Allison?

    i dunno, i think a lot of the pro-Eric, anti-Jason rhetoric is tied to this aura that Lindros has in a leaf uniform. and i just don’t buy it. i know eric has to play more games for things to work out but is that ever going to happen? although allison is injury prone, its nothing compared to lindros.

    the same can be said about antropov and Pilar. i love the way these guys have played in their most recent leaf games. but they have unfortunate health siutations (knees, heart, respectively) that makes resigning them really questionable.

    the best thing that could happen to the leafs at the trade deadline:

    a trade between a leafs and a defence-rich team (in need of some offense – and more specifically, a Centre) that sees Lindros and a low-ranking Defenseman like Berg or Khavanov in return for a #3-4 D-guy and maybe a low-ranking forward or low-round draft pick. i’ve alread proposed a trade long time ago involving toronto and calgary that included allison. but an even better trade – from toronto’s perspective, NOT from Calgary’s – is to trade Lindros and Khavanov OR Berg to Calgary for either Leopold OR Warrener and a forward like Simon OR a 6th round draft pick.

    probably not going to happen, but we’ll see.

    (note: JFJ would rather deal to the Blues because he is more familar with their team. i don’t like this trade possibility because it is either unrealistic – re: a trade for one of their rookie D-guys like Dallman and Wideman – or because i don’t like their other D-guys re: Brewer, Jackman, etc.).

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