7 goals in 31 minutes and 35 seconds on 27 shots.
TRADE HIM NOW.
Wow, I can't believe I typed that. Anyways, the NHL has some sort of no movement thing through the holidays, and Burke said something about not trading players from Dec. 9th until who knows when, so it looks like you're safe for now Mr. the Vesa.
Perhaps the entire team was at fault for having a bad night and for not showing enough heart to stop the onslaught. But an 8-2 home ice disgrace, juxtaposed with the previous night's stellar debut of Justin Pogge in a 6-2 win on the road, puts the focus directly on the goaltender. Not Joseph. We've already lost interest in him. He's the highest paid guidance councillor in Toronto. We're lookin' at the guy who gave up 7. The Vessel. The Vuck-Tank.
Ya... well, an 8-2 drubbing - on the eve of Christmas Eve for heaven's sake! - will do that to ya. A friend of mine was given tickets today to tonight's game. It was a surprise gift, a Christmas present, I guess, from a co-worker who appreciated his efforts at work this week. They were gold seats, section 119 right at centre ice, and he was super excited. He said he was gonna bring his Maple Leafs banner and wave it every time they scored a goal or threw a big hit. It's probably the only game he'll go to this year. I kept thinking of him as the score got worse and worse, and how tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and he'll be back at work, busting his ass and giving it all he's got for not very much, just puttin' food on the table for him and his Dad, his Christmas present already spent on a garbage hockey game and a ridiculous effort from the home team.
I'm so mad.
If I had an axe, I'd swing it. Someone needs to go. I vote for the Vesa. Give the job to Pogge. Not just the next game (that should be obvious), how 'bout make a permanent move. We go with the Pogge, win or lose. We're not here to win championships, we're here to develope a culture of success or something like that. Spirit is Everything, right? Well, Vesa has ruined my holiday spirit, and I don't really care what we get in return, if we can stuff him in a sack and ship him off to nowhere by the New Year, that's fine by me.
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I've had a chance to relax a bit. Let's look at some of the reaction from tonight's game:
"He didn’t have a chance on any of those goals,” Wilson said. “I don’t think it was fair that the fans got on him."
"Vesa doesn’t deserve that,” defenseman Tomas Kaberle said.
Hmmm. Maybe I've over reacted a little. What about it Toskala?
Toskala seemed understanding when asked how he felt about getting booed.
“Fans are paying good money to come watch us and we didn’t play very well".
I'd have to agree with that. Another way to put it would be to say, non-fans are paying good money to spread a little holiday cheer to Leaf fans, and then you went and ruined it.