Tonight in late night drunk ramblings...
Welcome to the first of a randomly weekly/gamenightlyish series in which I, your host, Drunk Craig will provide you: The internet resident webby surfy guy with my chaotic and intoxicated thoughts from the mind of a Canadian Barbarian.
I believe that a disporportionately small size of the blame for the Leafs poor run of late has been allocated amoungst the deparpture of one John-Michael Liles. Everyone around Leafs Nation seems to be removing his/her respective hair from the aforementiioned individual's unfortunate scalp.
It is my contention that one JM Liles (@hoosierjm26) provides many tangible and intangible assets to this hockey club and recieves far too little of the credit. I come to this realization in an intoxicated state and without any fact checking whatsoever. I do, however read quite a lot of both the mainstream and alternative media sources. So I believe that I have a reasonable claim.
From watching him, he's the type of player to skate his way out of trouble and can make up for a weak partner with a simple play. Not only is he a good player, but he's the type of player, it almost doesn't matter who his partner is, that's a stable pairing. Jake Gardnier has that ability to make up for mistakes with his skating. That's why it makes sense that when we loose Liles, Gardnier should step in. If we were to loose Schenn or Komisarek (yes I think Komo has played well *for the most part*, get over it haters). Then Aulie is probably a better replacement.
I think Aulie could develop into a premier shutdown guy in the NHL. I think he's proven that he can play at this level but shutdown D men take time. Schenn is going through his own trials and tribulations, by the way so far I love the pairing of Schenn and Dion, I'd love to see a Franson Liles followed by a Gunnerson Komisarek pairing heading into a playoff run. Then, ideally we could trade someone, (I'm not going to bother speculating, that's for internet retards and it's pointless) for that big dominant-on-the-boards-forward that I think Burke is after and what I think this team needs to get into that playoff spot.
However, as I first stated, I really think we're going to see a much better team when Liles comes back, if, of course, he is what he was before the (concussion was it? dun dun dunnnnnnn) which, he might not be. But we have no reason to think that he won't. -Despite what Jason Portwando would have you believe. (Nothing personal Portwando but ya do have a funny name and you are reporter for the Sens so fuck you).
Anyway, I'm going to bed, fuck off internet.