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PHT Morning Skate: In which we worry about where the Leafs are headed

Dec 13, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Wondering if the Leafs’ latest losing ways are something to worry about? Yeah, so are we and so is James Mirtle. (Globe And Mail)

Brad Richards has another reunion with an old team coming up against the Stars and he’s eager to get it on. (ESPN New York)

Jaroslav Spacek said he expected Montreal to trade him. I wonder if Jacques Martin expects to be fired then? (Montreal Gazette)

Dater reports that Paul Stastny will be back in action tonight. They hope the Paul Stastny of old shows up instead of the guy who’s been around lately. (All Things Avs)

Islanders draft pick and current Boston University stand out Corey Trivino is in a lot of trouble after being arrested and kicked off the team. (The Prospect Park)

Blues chairman Dave Checketts might have new duties to fulfill with the team when Matthew Hulsizer buys the team. (Post-Dispatch)

Daniel Alfredsson is still going strong in Ottawa at nearly 40 years-old. (Ottawa Sun)

The Predators’ power play of late is winning friends in Nashville and influencing victory. (Tennessean)

Ryan Kesler going back to the state of Ohio is always a fun thing for him after his days playing hockey at Ohio State. (Canucks)

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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    What a load of crap that article is. The Leafs are 6th, not 12th, in their conference. They’re 3 points from 12th but only 4 points from 2nd and the lead in their division. They’ve lost 3 of their last 4, but one was against Boston and another was an OTL in which they gained a point. in other words, nothing to get too concerned about. When you read stuff like this it’s really easy to understand why Wilson and Burke are so condescending towards the Toronto sports media. This Mirtle guy obviously can’t tell his a$$ from a hole in the ground

    • jmirtle - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Buddy, the 12th is their rank in the league. It says that right at the start of the article.

      Also, losses to Boston still count in the standings. The Leafs have won only six of their last 16 games. A loss to Carolina tonight would be concerning.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        It says 6th in the NHL and then between 6th and 12th in the conference, pretty unclear writing. Obviously losses to Boston count, but most people don’t expect them to win those games and haven’t for years. Those alone are nothing to get concerned about.They’ve lost 10 of 16 mostly because they were starting an AHL-quality goalie for a month. Before the back-to-back losses against the B’s they had won 4 of 7

        They played an awesome game against NYR and were pretty worn out the next day against the Devils but still salvaged a point. There’s nothing to be concerned about unless, you’re right, they play an ugly game against the Canes tonight. Can’t see that happening unless they’re on the penalty kill the whole night though

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM

        Based on your name I’m guessing you wrote the Globe article. Again, easy to see why Wilson and Burkie don’t like you guys. Just bash the team so you can get your paycheque. No need to mention the rash of player injuries and the lack of an NHL goalie for a month. It’s not like anyone expected the Leafs to stay in first place and there isn’t a Leafs fan around that would be unhappy if the team is where it is in the standings by April

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