I won’t spend a lot of time on this pre-Christmas post. I’ve already covered most of the Leaf-related topics that have sprung to mind in recent times. So I don’t have much “new” to add just now. (Although a win in Dallas will now ease the sense of pending doom that may have befallen Leaf supporters with almost a week off between games and a lengthy road trip ahead…)
I have, however, enjoyed a number of story lines this season from other markets, including: what we’re seeing out of Long Island; the Panthers' rebound from a poor 2013-’14 season; the job Ted Nolan is doing with a sometimes over-achieving roster in Buffalo as well as the rather remarkable turnaround by Columbus over the past few weeks.
Today, I’ll depend on thoughtful VLM posters who have made some suggestions of late in terms of Maple Leaf topics we could discuss:
- Marcus has mentioned the possibility of a discussion relating to Kadri. The young Leaf center’s star has shone fairly brightly for the most part this season, though he seems to be one of those lightning rod figures in Leafland. Is he a keeper? Will he be worth the big money he will demand on his next contract? Is he a guy we need to rely on to help get us over the top?
- Pep has raised the question (via Twitter): if you were Nonis, what one or two moves would you make with this roster?
- Russ has asked: what would be a great Christmas gift for the Leaf organization, in terms of management or roster considerations?
- Also, I was flipping the radio dial the other day and heard (briefly, before tuning out) a conversation about the wisdom of “benching” Phaneuf. It’s not something that had even crossed my mind, but, well, it may be something Leaf supporters have considered.
Mostly, with Christmas here, I want to thank those VLMers who have stayed with the site over the years. I appreciate your contributions immensely, and hope VLM continues to provide fodder for thought as well as friendly debate and discussion.
P.S.- I’ve written about one-time Leaf Noel Price (above, right) at this time of year in the past. Because of his name, Price always comes to mind at Christmas time. He was one of those Leafs who was part of my very early youth as a Leaf fan. Here is a link to one of those posts.