I think I speak for all the small-market FTBers when I say that we're not making any money, and it's all your fault. As such, we're happy to drag this out until someone agrees to share money with us, regardless of gross incompetence, obesity, or rank odour.
Naturally, with all the hubub yesterday about the reprehensible Joe Colborne situation and François Allaire telling us all how he really feels, most folks have written posts about one of these two issues, so read on at your leisure.
One link I'd definitely recommend to you is a French-language sports show where Allaire followed up on yesterday's honesty with more straight shooting when he said "the Leafs are a young team, and aren't ready for the playoffs". Or when it was suggested there wasn't a lot of defensive help, he just said, "yeah, they sure didn't get too much".
He went on to point out that a handful of blowouts made the Leafs defensive stats (and goaltending stats) look worse than they perhaps were. "Sometimes we got beat by Boston 8-0, 9-1. These are games that [shouldn't] exist in the NHL, but we had a lot this past year for one reason or another. But when we're not being blown out, we're in the business, we can compete with the best in the league."
OK, so it's not shocking stuff, but it's still refreshing to hear it said. Except for that last bit about competing with the best in the league.
For today, head to The Battle of California for commenting.
Joe Colborne’s wrist injury much worse than originally thought
This article from the man that broke the news, Kyle Cicerella.
Francois Allaire leaves the Maple Leafs, but not so quietly
Michael Langlois shares a few thoughts.
Housecleaning: François Allaire quits; Kulemin goes to Russia
Good luck, Kuli. From Cam Charron.
Francois Allaire is Probably Right
Says Steve Dangle.
Jake Gardiner's Rookie Season Compares Favourably to Other Elite D-Men
Not shabby. Not shabby at all. From Tony Notarianni.
Leafs goalie coach Francois Allaire jumps ship
Toronto goalie guru leaves club after season of dysfunction behind the scenes: James Mirtle's take.
AHL ready to reap benefits of another NHL lockout
I guess this helps mitigate hockey-related losses for some NHL owners. From John Kekis.
Joe Thornton, Rick Nash reunite in Switzerland with Logan Couture tagging along
Woo, Spengler Cup! From The Neutral at Fear The Fin. These are all boys from the London, Ontario region, I might add.
Blue Chip Prospects: Why Was Joe Colborne Playing?
Because at least two people are idiots, that's why.
"Malaise" or, none of this is about hockey
Hahah, there are some great old clips found by Cam Charron in this one.