Alec Brownscombe, resident Padishah at Maple Leafs Hot Stove and editor of the Maple Leafs Annual, has been kind enough to me to hide a key to the front door of the Maple Leafs Hot Stove Bar and Grille; when I want, I can kind of wander on by, look under the appropriate rock, pull out the key and let myself in.
Alec doesn’t mind my occasional itinerant wanderings through his joint; he lets me fool around with the jukebox and he doesn’t mind if I mix myself the occasional cocktail. All he asks is that I clean up the empties when I’m done.
From time to time, therefore, I write a little something about the Leafs over there. It is almost immediately pronounced “too long” by someone, but there you go.
Here’s a list of the stuff I’ve put up on the MLHS site.
A Manifesto of Sorts: Road Trips and Owen’s Mistake, in which I tell you about the time I went on a road trip to Washington D.C., my buddy Owen almost missed meeting Gord Downie, and honest to God it has something to do with hockey too.
Good News: Luke Schenn Edition, in which I delve into spiritual matters, discussing (in no particular order), the beatific Luke Schenn and my expectations of both “hell” and “expense accounting”.
Churn, Churn, Churn: An Update on the Plan, in which I review Brian Burke’s progress towards remaking the Maple Leafs roster on the occasion of the trades for Dion Phaneuf and J.S. Giguere.
Good News: Tyler Bozak Edition, in which, giddy with excitement about the young centreman’s strong showing in his first real exposure to game action, I pretty much volunteered to bake Tyler Bozak a birthday cake to help him celebrate his 24th.
Good News: Big Picture Dept., in which it was revealed that I am a dirty lying bastard who continually promises to write about how awesome Nikolai Kulemin is, but then fails to deliver.
End of the Year Sentiments, in which I found myself advocating that you kick your co-workers in the junk.
It Begins, in which, after a court-ordered rest* of some five months’ duration, rather than kicking people, I told people about the funny little dance that I was doing in my kitchen while I cooked pasta. This one caused Darren Yourk of the Globe and Mail to wonder aloud about my safety. Again, I swear: this piece is about hockey.
Start Your Engines, in which I tackled possibly the most weighty and important subject ever considered in an Internet blog post thingy: my Toronto Maple Leafs lunchbox and its obvious and unmistakable connection to the commencement of the 2010-2011 NHL Regular Season.
What Can Brown Do For You? – a post game wrap up from the Leafs 4-3 undressing of the Penguins on October 13, 2010. Undressing? Yes, there were naked little Penguins all over the ice.
Strength of Character – a post game wrap about the Leafs’ 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers and the very maddening, should-be-suspended, man-I’m-gonna-enjoy-it-when-Orr-smashes-his-face-in Sean Avery.
Happy Trails for Leaf Fans? – My update on The Plan following the trade of Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim for prospects and picks.
Can’t Stop This Ephesian – a reflection, following the trades of Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kaberle, on where the Leafs stand in their progress towards rebuilding respectability. Oh, and a little ancient Greek philosophy, too. http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2011/02/20/cant-stop-this-ephesian-tomas-kaberle-kris-versteeg-and-the-plan/