Welp, all signs point to tonight being absolutely awful. Even when the Leafs don't suck generally, they suck against the Canes, so tonight's game in Carolina should be a particularly special brand of horror. HAPPY FRIDAY.
Who ISN'T considered trade bait these days? Polak is the latest added to the list, with the Habs and Kings (reportedly) being the most interested. This article also briefly touches on Jokinen's rapid-fire back-pedaling after his "negative energy" comments, and (very rightly) blames the media for wearing the boys down.
A Toronto Star article about how the Leafs are dealing with the blackhole of negativity that threatens to swallow them all whole. Lupul bails ship, Horachek does his chores and Holland talks to his mom (oh and blames Phaneuf for not taking more of a stand in the locker room).
A weird look at and analogy to a dog show opens up an otherwise good article about the Leafs' rebuild.
Lupul taking his lower body injury (wait, that healthy horse is sidelined by an injury?!?!) day-by-day instead of rushing back and "taking playing time" from other players. Yes, because everyone loves the idea of being the band on the Titanic. Some have optimistically postulated that Lupul is taking a rest in order to make himself more attractive as trade bait, but let's be honest Lupes - you pushed the women and children aside, and you jumped in that lifeboat.
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association has banned eight parents from attending their children's games this weekend for abusive behaviour. I would comment on how parents need to throttle down and lead by example, but I really wouldn't want that thrown in my face when I'm kicked out of a game in 10 years.
Toews on holding it: "Leaving your seat during game play isn’t funny. It’s selfish and wrong. Stay in your seat during game play. Think. And then go."
A new technique called Head Trajectory factors in to how Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was able to turn his career around this season. Can the Leafs use Head Trajectory? ... Can we try anyway?
I really don't like Bolland anymore, but I'm behind any team that could be responsible for the Bruins missing the playoffs.
And just in case you missed it in Thursday's FTB, Ovechkin and Getzlaf are in a hilarious feud over Ovechkin's slashing and Getzlaf's hairlessness. Ya, ok Ovi, I'm pretty sure Getzlaf would take a Cup ring and gold medals over your grey mop ANY DAY.