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Browsing the Barilkosphere - October 9, 2013

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a hockey game last night.


We hear ya, Ace. If you missed the game (which was really kind of boring and weird), here’s the Game In Six:

Mohamed has the recap up, but I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of interesting statistics. Nazem Kadri started only 7.1 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone, yet he still managed to destroy his competition in Corsi events (all shot attempts directed to the net) 22 to 6. That’s a Corsi For percentage of 78.6 per cent. And that’s with Colton Orr on his line for most of the night.

Why was Kadri playing on the third line again?

Mirtle: Could the Leafs really trade Jake Gardiner?

I really, really, really hope not, but with the way Carlyle seems to sour on players quickly, the possibility is there. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

Why Toronto Maple Leafs trading Jake Gardiner would be a mistake

Michael Traikos of the National Post writes of Carlyle and Gardiner’s relationship: “The two are simply not compatible.” In the same way that Carlyle and Mikhail Grabovski weren’t compatible? I’m getting pretty sick of this weird system of accountability where skilled players (Grabovski, Nazem Kadri, Gardiner) get punished for every single mistake while less-skilled players (Tyler Bozak, Colton Orr, Mark Fraser) can apparently do no wrong in Carlyle’s eyes. Rant over.

Dater: Paul Stastny could be odd man out with Avalanche by season’s end

I know these Avs-Leafs rumours have been going on forever, but a trade between the two definitely makes some sense. Cody Franson for Stastny? Would that be enough? From Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.

The Dynamic (Extra Man) Duo

I wouldn’t mind either T.J. Brennan or John-Michael Liles taking a spot from Paul Ranger or Mark Fraser. They both certainly look like NHL-caliber defensemen. From Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation.

Big Leafs Hits

PPP of Pension Plan Puppets has done a couple of promotional pieces for the NHL 14 video game because he’s a sellout. But at least this one gives us an excuse to watch awesome YouTube clips of Leafs destroying other players.

The 5 Funniest Hockey Tweets of the Week: Full Swing Edition

The best weekly series on the Internet continues. From Megalodon of Battle of California.

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