"I don't know if we need to bring a cattle prod in here and poke everyone in the ribs before we go on the ice or what," MacArthur said. "Come out sleeping, down 2-0 – I mean, what are the odds of coming back in 2-0 games? What, 5 per cent? I mean, it's not going to happen."
To be honest, I doubt many Leaf fans would be upset if a cattle prod was being used to motivate their players. Heck, resuscitation paddles, electric waffles, whatever you have to do. Just do it.
Jump for your links. Just not near a window.
Why the Thrashers have been better than the Leafs
Atlanta's rise has come due to goaltending, scoring depth and a rebuilt defence. If you haven't already read this, check it out. From Mirtle.
Leafs Doomed By "Worst Start" of the Year
Jonas Siegel with a batch of quotes and a few quick notes of the game.
The wheels aren’t off, but they’re very loose
Michael Langlois over at VLM doesn't like the way things are headed for the Leafs. Perhaps on a somewhat more positive note, he thinks a number of other teams are headed in the wrong direction as well.
Game In 10 – Game 33
Xterratu continues his work over at LeafsHQ.
Ron Wilson's Plans For Kadri This Week
Jon S over at Puckin' Eh with a quick recap of the game and a few suggestions for Ronnie W.
A Blue and White Christmas
Fan fiction over at The Wonderful World of Loser Domi
Merry Christmas From The Maple Leafs
Joe Pelletier tracks down cards through the years
Other Hockey Links:
Ex-NHLPA chief Paul Kelly on Fehr's hiring, predicts NHL to ESPN
"It's a challenge. Don's going to have his hands full, but he's a very smart and very capable guy. When you combine the new structure with a talented guy, you're in for a period of relative calm." Let's hope so. I can't take another year without hockey.
Coaching carousel slows down for Christmas
There is even a website with a running poll on when Minnesota coach Todd Richards "will get the boot." Roy MacGregor with the story.
Fight Video: Deryk Engelland's brutal KO punch on Taylor Pyatt
A fight so nice we linked it twice.
2011 World Juniors: Three Horse Race
Kelly Friesen over at The Hockey Writers explains why this year's Junior tourney looks like it's already down to Sweden, the U.S., and Canada.
The Hockey News: NHL Capsules
See what else happened around the league last night.