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Wilson Shakes Things Up

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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Ron Wilson was succinct as ever today at practice. The club is winless after five games and needed a shakeup so boy, did they get one. Both Matt Stajan(three goals in five games but a -3) and Niklas Hagman(three points in five games) will be sitting out tonight with Viktor Stalberg ready to return after suffering a concussion and Tyler Bozak getting the call up from the Marlies.

Vesa Toskala also was hurt after Jason Blake cross-checked Ryan Callahan into him so Joey MacDonald gets the start tonight although Wilson made it clear MacDonald was going to start anyways. James Reimer was called up, who Wilson says deserved the move after working hard and playing well in training camp.

24 goals allowed in five games is atrocious and anyone who thinks it’s all Toskala’s fault is sadly mistaken. But Wilson also stated that the club needs better goaltending and Vesa has to be sharper or the playoffs won’t be a realistic proposition-unless of course the monster can be this year’s steve mason once his groin heals.

RAPTORS

I know it’s only a preseason but a 12-5 spurt to knock off the Wizards on Sunday and even their record at .500 was encouraging to see. Too bad about Sonny Weems hurting his toe after showing some dazzling athleticism and making a bid to be a bench guy who brings energy and some moxie, especially if the club gets off to a wonky start.

Nice to see Amir Johnson pitch in with 12 boards. He’s still just 22 and is also making a bid to be the first big guy off the bench after Rasho Nesterovic. I’m just happy to hear that Hedo’s making the trip to Hartford for Wednesday. We really can’t fairly evaluate this team until he, Bosh and Wright are all healthy and playing together which should be sooner, rather than later.

TFC

Inexcusable draw to San Jose. Chris Cummins was fuming afterwards and for good reason. Late game collapses have now cost this club 15 points. And rather than blame the defence, you almost have to fault the offence for not giving the club more breathing room with which to work with down the stretch considering the club’s late game follies. They can still make it by defeating Real Salt Lake and New York to end the season but need some serious help. New England, DC United need to draw or lose. And Toronto FC still hasn’t won back-to-back games in four months, something they’ll have to do just to give themselves a shot at the playoffs where admittedly anything can happen.

OTHER STUFF ON MY MIND

-Oops…I did it again. That should’ve been the title of this week’s Mad Men. Don Draper’s been a bad boy. I say the season is building towards Betty heading to splitsville once she finds out.

-How in the world are the Broncos 5-0 and the Bengals 4-1?

-As much as I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, this season has been uneven. The first episode dealing with everything from apricots, Cinderella, taking food out of people’s fridges, and my favourite ‘empty gestures’ was the high point for me so far, capably helped by the always sterling presence of comic veteran Catherine O’Hara. So far the Seinfeld cast has only appeared on episode 3 and Michael Richards appears to be the living version of Mel Brooks famous sketch the 2,000 year old man! Now we know where Jason Alexander’s been also-apparently eating scripts of shows and movies that he’s been rejected for. LD was dead-on…you’ve got to coordinate the tip!
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