It will be interesting, on Gary Roberts Returns night, if the Leafs remain in the mode of "c'mon in, let me hold the door open for you, can I take your coat and get you a drink?"
Some notes out of yesterday's practice indicate Pat Quinn, who suggested late last week he'd had enough, is shaking things up. The slumping Allison line has been broken up -- Allison, with a viral infection, is iffy for tonight at the ACC, reports Ken Campbell, and with him out Lindros was centring Jeff O'Neill and Alex Ponikarovsky. Other trios: Wellwood with Tucker and Domi, Stajan with Perrott and Steen, and down on the No. 4 line, a revolution is breaking out, as Campbell notes:
"If Aki Berg can play tonight, Belak will move up to the right side of the fourth line with Clarke Wilm at centre and Chad Kilger on the left side."
With Berg on the verge of returning and Allison ailing, this oughta strike fear into the Panthers (and you thought they had no answers).
Forget this shuffling of the deck chairs for a sec, though. I'd settle for a couple of checks thrown.
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While Campbell looks at the day-to-day, his linemate Damien Cox is talking big picture -- "Poor management could still mess this up. But the unmistakable signs that the Leafs are heading in a new, productive direction, albeit at glacial-like speed, are there."
TV/radio critic Chris Zelkovich was as tired as I was listening to HNIC on Saturday, especially the half-baked notion from the house dinosaur that a game-ending fight would've somehow vindicated the night. (My favourite comment, though, was from SensOwn on the official-licensed-site Leafs chat board: "The hockey being played on that pond he does not understand. (Cherry) needs to smoke a joint with Quinn and reflect.")
From Sunday, Zorro gives Alex Steen the Unplugged treatment.
And finally, Unibrew has this catch of the day.