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Episode 21 of “The Maple Leaf Hangout” with guest Paul Hendrick from Leafs TV

With the Leafs in the midst of a challenging stretch of games, it was time for another “Hangout” episode with my colleagues from the Maple Leaf Hot Stove site.

Coming off a busy weekend where the Leafs won in Ottawa in a shoot-out and then could not quite complete a comeback against the Bruins, we had plenty to discuss with our guest, longtime Leafs TV analyst Paul Hendrick.  We covered a range of current Leaf issues from Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner to our struggling penalty-kill and the team’s penchant for giving up too many scoring chances.

Paul also returned recently from a trip to South Africa, and he shared some thoughts on visiting Nelson Mandela’s homeland for the first time.


I hope you are enjoying the program. To check out Episode 21, click here.

6 comments:

  1. Michael,

    Love it when you and the guys from MLHS have time to get together and do a hangout episode. There has been a definite lack of episodes lately, and I hope that you guys are able to procure more guests. Recently the highlight of many games has been the Hangout episode beforehand. As politely as I can say this, calling what Paul Hendrick does analysis, is a little disingenuous, or at least far more charitable than warranted.

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    1. Thanks for the good words, Jim. We all understand that Paul's job at Leafs TV is different than other mainstream media. He tries to walk that line between working for the Leafs and looking to provide commentary that is as objective as someone in his position can provide. What I'd really like to do with Paul is talk about old time memories of players, etc.. That would be enjoyable.

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  2. Loved the episode! I think Paul does a really good job of treading the line - he's not afraid to to tell it like it is when warranted, and I appreciate his glass-half-full attitude. (Speaking as one who vacillates between the half-full and half-empty view with alarming ease).
    Liles looked like he got really dinged by Paille in that Bruins game - sorry to hear he's out. I see Islanders have put Bouchard on waivers - maybe he or Tim Gleason will be coming our way.
    One of the odder aspects of the Bruins game was that many of the Leafs seemed to be unaware of where the hits were going to come from - a number of our guys got unceremoniously dumped by hard clean checks. (I'm not including Dion's take-out of Kessel!)
    Looking forward to the next episode.

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    1. Thanks Gerund- and I think most of us go back and forth on the optimism meter!

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  3. I always look for a new Hangout episode. Very entertaining.
    As always we realize the importance of certain players when they are missing from the line-up. Our penalty kill has missed Bozak. He is a guy who never takes penalties, always plays with energy and has a way of firing up the first line. He was one of the better players on the ice when he returned after his injury. Bozak also plays a lot of minutes and the Leafs are having trouble replacing what he does. This is a tired squad. They are not skating well and take penalties as a result and there is nothing more exhausting than PK. Hopefully Bozak is back sooner than later.
    Dion's minutes may be down a bit but they are hard minutes. You could see Dion was off in the Boston game and we will lose him for a few games as a result. At least he'll get a rest. Having Liles up sounded good to me and now he's injured. Kessel's not 100% either. It seems to go from bad to worse. We'll know about Phaneuf soon. Unless they can stop taking all the minor penalties ( last year it was fighting majors) it's going to be a painful December. C.N.

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    1. Yes, they will somehow have to find a way to more than just "survive" the current stretch of games, C.N.-it's tough right now./ The effort is there for the most part, but not the maximum effort required to win consistently at this level. A healthy roster would help, but they can't wait for the troops to return in every case.

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