January 18, 2010

To move aimlessly from place to place

Monday. You know how it arrives.

I haven't written in about a week. So effected was I by Mark McGwire's bombshell announcement. Steroids. Who knew? ...

1. Inspired by the fine folks at Silver Seven Sens, who donated $0.05 for every comment in Saturday's game day thread to the Canadian Red Cross's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, I've donated Sports And The City's January ad revenue (up to the 17th) to the same cause. I'll be topping up the donation at the end of the month. The pictures of dead bodies in the streets of Port-Au-Prince are difficult and downright disturbing to look at. The poor country can't catch a break. The donation isn't much, but it's something. Thanks for reading.

2. On to more distracting things ... The last time the Edmonton Oilers won a game, it was 2009. December 30th, actually, at home against -- you guessed it!!1 -- Toronto. As bad as the Maple Leafs are, the Oilers are worse. Poor Pat Quinn. I'm worried about his physical and mental well being.

3. I'm high on Phil Kessel, but at least Oilers fans have their first round draft pick to look forward to.

4. The immediate years post-Mats Sundin (last season, this season, and probably the next two) will do wonders for #13's legacy. With Phil Kessel the only true offensive threat the Maple Leafs boast, people will eventually marvel at just how consistent, and just how good, Sundin truly was in Toronto. Don't get me wrong, Kessel's good. He's got the potential to be great. But as a sniper, I'm not sure he possesses the acumen to become a guaranteed 30-goal scorer, and point-per-game player, like Sundin was only three seasons into his career.

5. You're Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. Would you trade Toronto's 2010 first round pick, David Krejci, and Blake Wheeler for Ilya Kovalchuk?

6. I recently began reading mc79hockey.com - "Where we're welcoming the local and national media to the news that the Oilers suck" - and it's fantastic. Check it out. Last week, an excellent post was written about Ethan Moreau's propensity to take more penalties than he draws. In conclusion: since 2007/2008, five-on-five, Moreau has "generated 20.5 more power plays for the opposition in the course of a given season than would a forward who takes and draws penalties at average rates." Interesting stuff. There's a chart and everything. Fourteenth on the list: Toronto's Jamal Mayers, at 14.4. Mayers hasn't done much in Toronto. Other than take a lot of penalties, clearly. While he's simply trying to fit in, it's probably safe to say the trade to acquire Mayers is a wash. As I'm sure you remember, Florida's third round pick in the 2008 draft, acquired by Toronto for Chad Kilger, was sent to St. Louis for Mayers. The Blues drafted James Livingston 70th overall with the pick. Livingston's playing out his final year in the OHL and has 14 goals, and 26 points, in 38 games. Knowing nothing about Livingston but his numbers, I'm going to go ahead and conclude he will not be an impact player in the NHL.

7. I try to watch Tyler Bozak's first career NHL goal on YouTube at least twice a day.

8. Since being traded by the Montreal Canadiens, Guillaume Latendresse has become a rather prolific goal scorer. In 24 games with Minnesota, he's lit the lamp 13 times. Latendresse is now only one goal off his career high of 16 and, as a Leafs fan suffering through yet another bullshit season, this pleases me.

9. There was irony in watching Jacques Martin lose to the Ottawa Senators's next young hope in the crease, Mike Brodeur, Saturday night. The carousel of goaltenders in Ottawa also pleases me.

10. In his last three games, Andrea Bargnani has pulled down 35 rebounds - 17, 12, and 6, respectively. With half the season officially in the books, Bargnani has posted seven double-digit rebounding efforts. Last season, he managed the feat six times. In 2007/2008: once. In 2006/2007, Il Mago's rookie year: twice. It's happening, folks. Bargnani is learning how to rebound. The patience is paying off.

11. For good measure, Bargnani is putting up the best shooting numbers of his young career as well: 47.2% from the floor, and 17.2 points a game.

12. I'm not sure what the "That's Vernon Wells type money" vote means in the new poll on whether Chris Bosh is worth $130 million. It's either a shot at Bosh, a shot at Wells, or a shot at both of them. I'm assuming its connotation is negative. But it's good to see the most number of votes, so far, are in the "Yes" category. Bosh and Bargnani, with Bargnani at his peak? I'd like to see that.

13. To be a fly on the wall at -- if it happens -- Jeremy Accardo's arbitration hearing.

14. Jason Frasor made only $1.45 million last year, and is in line for a nice raise. What is The Sausage King of the Bullpen worth to you in 2010 - $2.5 million? $3 million?

15. With only two weeks left to vote, it's all but certain that Aaron Hill will replace Roy Halladay in the Sports And The City banner. Which means he likely won't be a Toronto Blue Jay for much longer.

16. There's nothing -- absolutely nothing -- like a devastating block in football. Kurt Warner surely agrees.

17. My boy 40's a New York Jets fan. I'm happy for him.


Archimedies said...

I've tried SO HARD to rig the voting in favour of Vernon Wells, you have no idea.

eyebleaf said...

Your efforts are appreciated, brother.

bkblades said...

Nice to see Cito get his customary 12 votes so far. I hear he's a good manager.

Unlike Pat Quinn. I think he's clinically dead.

Archimedies said...

Coaches of the 3 worst teams in the NHL

- Ron Wilson
- Pat Quinn
- Paul Maurice.

They've all got something in common, don't they?

I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's definitely something

PPP said...

Yeah, they all coach crappy teams.

The Ack said...

I keep voting for Beeston (I probably account for all 8 as of this comment), because I think it would be high-larious to see that pic where he has that shit eating grin going on at some random presser headlining your banner.

Anonymous said...

Vernon Wells ain't going anywhere, and Chris Bosh deserves that Vernon Wells-like cash.

That Bozak goal is a thing of beauty, and every time I watch Wild highlights to see how Lantendresse played I smile more every day.

eyebleaf said...

@ BK: Cito was a good manager. When I was 9 years old and didn't know any better.

@ Archi & PPP: Maurice doesn't belong in the same breath as Quinn and Wilson, regardless of the strange coincidence the three find themselves in.

@ The Ack: It is one of the greatest pictures of all time.

@ Rock: So what you're saying is that perhaps "That's Vernon Wells type money" is a compliment. Nice. And I'll admit, though, that I didn't think much of Latendresse. But now that he's a former Hab, I'm glad to see him proving me wrong.

Mattt said...

Toronto Raptors!!!!!!!! We have a team to cheer for.

Ian H. said...

eye, I don't see Frasor making more than $2.5 - but personally, I would pay him much more than that. I wonder if he will be our closer again this year?

Mattt said...

Frasor will be our closer this year I'm sure. Unless there is some trade after he signs a reasonable contract. He's definitely worth the $2.5-3 million IMHO.

Zack said...

5. He's on record as saying he's disappointed with the offense this season, and plans to do something about it, so he probably will. That being said, in exchange for what you're offering, if I'm Chiarelli in order to earn all that, I'd need Angelo Esposito, and Atlanta to pay 15% of his new contract (if that's even legal) which has to signed before the trade goes through.

eyebleaf said...

@ Mattt: The Raptors are a game above .500, and clearly our greatest hope. Playoffs!!1

@ Ian: Downs as set up man with Frasor closing is fine by me. A one-year deal for Frasor would be great; that way we could try and peddle both Downs and Sausage King before the deadline. More prospect porn, baby. I want it all.

@ Mattt: I agree, he's definitely worth $2.5-$3 million. But I'm still hoping AA trades him. PROSPECT PORN!!!!1

@ Zack: Interesting, with the Esposito namedrop. How the hell's he doing, anyway? And while I'm not sure Atlanta can do that, pay 15% of his new contract, I agree, an extension has to be signed before Boston makes any move. Otherwise the price is too high. Personally, I think Kovalchuk hits the market. I hope so, at least. That way the Leafs can throw DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS Y'ALL at him.

William said...

That block on Warner was obscene. It seemed mean-spirited at best and criminal at worst.

Aaron Hill? Really? Oh well, I was hoping Halladay would stay for a while there. But Hill isn't a bad choice. You could have had Encarcion, but he doesn't have a face left. Oops. Now THAT was mean-spirited.

Death By Leafs said...


40 said...

Respect brothership! If the D can step up once again this week, we could be in for a good game!
I know it's not the "shout!!1" anthem.. BUT


eyebleaf said...

@ William: The block was mean, yes, but it had to be done. And that was a nice burn - pardon the pun - on EE.

@ Death By Leafs: KING CARLOS!!!1 I'm still hoping he comes home.

@ 40: The one I heard at the Bills/Jets game in Toronto was pretty good:


Once the guy was done I chimed in with: "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Colt McCoy said...

question number 5: yes, in a heart beat.

I really don't like the length of the contract that could be offered to bosh.. other then that I'm for it

Anonymous said...

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