TAYLOR HALL 12-13: THUNDER ROAD

Taylor Hall had an outstanding season in 12-13, and he did it in the western conference. Hall finished 2nd in WC 5×5/60, finishing a hair behind Jonathan Toews. Taylor Hall is an impact player in the NHL.

 

TAYLOR HALL 10-11

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.78 (4th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.27 (8th among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: 10.3 (best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 52.0% (4th easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 51.2% (7th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 186/11.8% (4th among F’s>100 shots)
  • Boxcars: 65gp, 22-20-42 (led the team in goals as a rookie)
  • Plus Minus: -9 on a team that was -52.

TAYLOR HALL 11-12

  • 5×5 points per 60: 2.07 (2nd among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 5.95 (2nd among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: 15.2 (best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 56.5% (3rd easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 53.6% (2nd best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 207/13% (3rd among F’s>100 shots)
  • Boxcars: 61gp, 27-26-53 (led the team in PP goals-13)
  • Plus Minus: -3 on a team that was -26

TAYLOR HALL 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 3.15 (1st among regular forwards, 6th in NHL, 2nd in WC)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 5.74 (3rd among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp)
  • Qual Team: 2nd best teammates among regular forwards (top linemates)
  • Corsi Rel: 20.3 (2nd best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 54.8% (easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 47.9% (2nd best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 154/10.39% (6th among F’s>70 shots)
  • Boxcars: 45gp, 16-34-50 +5 (led the team in points)
  • Plus Minus: +5 on a team that was -15
  1. What do these numbers tell us? Last year’s 2.07/60 at 5×5 was inside the league’s top 70 and this year’s number has him at number 6 in the NHL. And he’s 21. Hall at 5×5 is exceptional, especially considering the rest of this roster can’t piss a drop. I mean holy hell this is ridiculous. If you weren’t riding on Hall’s wagon, you were in more hell than a little bit this season. His 5×4/60 number is also an impressive number, but it’s his even strength mojo that excites.
  2. How could these numbers be better? I don’t think we can ask for better, not at 21 and with this support group. The worry last year was games lost to injury (38 in two seasons) but this year has was strong, stronger, strongest. A stud. Purebred. Top drawer.
  3. What is he good at? He’s a problem solver. I wrote this a year ago, still applies: Hall’s all reflex with a trigger, and the wide variety of ways he scores is perhaps the most heartening thing of all. He seems to be in the scoring zone all the time–there are times when he touches the puck three times in three different areas of the offensive zone during one sortie–and does a lot of things that put him in the batter’s box often.
  4. What are his top end skills? Speed, shot, effort, reflex, genetics, rubbery quality, balance, passing, quick release, impatience.
  5. Will they move him to center? If they’re going to, this will be the time. MacT loves his C’s (Louise pointed this out yesterday) and having a roster filled with multiple possible line combinations will appeal to the new GM. However, if we arrive at fall with Hall on the wing I don’t think we hear about it for a long time.
  6. Why would they move him to center? Hall’s offense might suffer but he might be a more complete player, more impactful. I bet you MacT’s thought of it.
  7. What else is exceptional about him? He influences the game, and has done so since getting off the lear jet from Windsor.
  8. Any negatives? The abandon is going to get him hurt more than we’ll want, and he doesn’t have the finish of the very best shooters in the game. A minor quibble, and he gets so many chances one suspects he’ll hang some big numbers in the goals column.
  9. Anything about his overall numbers you want to talk about? Krueger needs to play him more. Hall was on the ice for 18:37 a game (15:19EV; 3:14PP) this past season, pretty much the same number as he played the previous season. There were 66 NHL forwards who played more per game than Taylor Hall this season. Absolutely crazy.
  10. Can he score 40? Sure. Healthy, I think he can clear 40 goals for sure.
  11. What can he be? Of all the kids we discussed a year ago, I didn’t think we could put an outer marker on Hall, and still believe that to be true (I’ll add Yakupov to that list as we move along). I said one year ago that Hall could end up being a center and a PP dynamo or maybe an EV strength monster and an outscorer. He is beginning to tell us, and it’s the best kind. The best kind of news.
  12. Why Thunder Road? Because the beginning is the best beginning of all. Because it’s part poetry and part smashmouth rock and roll, because it’s about being young but also realizing that time runs quickly and I think he’s about ready to trade in those wings on some wheels and make it real.

thunder road

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  1. Cobbler says:

    Love that photo. Hall going down…..his only concern is for the puck.

    It is very telling…..need more guys like that.

  2. Cobbler says:

    LT, iirc the goals came late for Hall this year and he poured them in during the second half. This seemed to correspond with the poor 5v5 production from the group.

    Has anyone looked at what that was attributed to. Sample size? RNH injury?

  3. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    And here I thought you would keep trolling Hunter with more Talking Heads tunes.

    “The abandon is going to get him hurt more than we’ll want”

    “rubbery quality”

    I think we’re going to have to find Hall some Gingold to cure that abandon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_comic_book_drugs#Gingold

  4. Lowetide says:

    Rom: Hilarious. Wish they sold Gingold in stores!

  5. regwald says:

    It is interesting to see how much love the media is giving Tavares out in Long Island, but Hall has superior numbers and we have to listen to CBC commentators who say they are tired of talking about the young guns of the Oilers.

    Same reason Nuge didn’t get the Calder, excuses will be given why Huberdeau is superior to Yak.

    Where’s Rodney Dangerfield. The Oilers are not getting any respect.

  6. russ99 says:

    I hope Hallsy gets the “C” next season. He really impressed me with his end of season interview, especially the part about identifying the parts of his game that needs improvement. You don’t see such honesty about shortcomings in younger players too often.

    Also, I’ve caught up with all 4 episodes of “Oil Change” (not on broadcast TV in the US) and I took two things from it:

    1) My faith in Krueger has been further solidified. He’s just what those kids need. Give him some better talent outside the fantastic five, and he’ll bring these guys to the playoffs.

    2) Tambellini looks beyond idiotic at the deadline asking the scouts for permission on the Smithson deal. Unreal, no wonder we’ve gotten so little done to improve the roster in the last year.

  7. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    regwald,

    That irritates me too… but I think the Islanders making the Playoffs had a lot to do with it.

    The CBC panels saying “do something!” to the kids without noticing how they are crushing the league is simply evidence of the disconnect that exists in most commentators’ minds. They can’t see beyond winning and the idea that stars + winning/losing = instant narratives of success/failure.

    I think if Yak loses it will be less “he’s an Oiler/plays in the West” (though I don’t doubt it will be a factor), than that “he’s a Russian and needs to be humbled/doesn’t play the right way”

  8. regwald says:

    The last 6 weeks of the season, maybe only Hall was better than Yak. It is obvious that he is very coachable and a quick learner. He has great skills, but also this desire and passion that is only matched by Hall on this team.

  9. goldenchild says:

    I wish my wife thought “rubbery quality” was a skill.

    It really is amazing how good he is 5×5 with so little help at such a young age. A remarkable talent that I cannot wait to watch play playoff games. I was conivinced Nuge would be the best of the group and he still might be but goodness it is going to take some career to finish a top of that list especially with Yak throwing down the gauntlet at the end of his rookie year.

  10. franksterra says:

    “Like a vision he dances across the redline…”

    Auspicious beginnings to the RE Series.

    Will be daily must read

  11. jonrmcleod says:

    It’s encouraging that Hall avoided a serious injury during the season. One of the benefits of the 48 game schedule?

  12. regwald says:

    jonrmcleod:
    It’s encouraging that Hall avoided a serious injury during the season. One of the benefits of the 48 game schedule?

    That may be true, but I also believe he has modified his game a bit cutting back on his reckless behaviour a bit more. I do think he was injured after the Clutterbuck suspension and his play showed it – Charley horse ?

  13. godot10 says:

    Attacking is a Taylor Hall strength. Centre is now a passive aggressive position, read, and react. Taylor is all alpha. All initiation. Leading the charge over the wall.

    If you want to destroy the effectiveness of Taylor Hall, made him a soft minutes 2nd line centre, instead of the best left wing in all of hockey.

  14. Ben says:

    Is the radio show going to show up as a podcast on itunes?

  15. mc79hockey says:

    I’m not sold on the idea of Taylor Hall, Centre but the idea that he turns into Kyle Turris if you move him there is silly.

  16. ashley says:

    I agree that Hall is going to be most valuable on the left wing. I would consider Yak at center though. Too early to try it this season, but maybe next.

    He has the instincts at both ends. He sees the ice almost as well as RNH.

    He just needs to settle down a bit and get a prolonged chance with regular linemates, and his timing will improve.

    RW is also a position of strength, currently anyway.

  17. Beaker says:

    The thing I dont get about the Hall to center idea is that our depth at LW isnt much better than C if not worse.

    Center depth chart at least has actual NHL players 3 deep and some reasonable expecations past that.

    Center: RNH, Gagner, Horcoff Then Lander and Pitlick
    LW: Hall, MPS Then Hartikainen Then…. Pelss?

  18. jake70 says:

    Hall avoiding injury. I believe this has been mentioned here and there but it really appears he has transformed his game enough to avoid the BIG hit. This to me is one of, if not the most positive things from this season.

  19. MrSmitty says:

    He is a killer. We can only hope he continues to get better. We may well have the best lw in the game on our team.

  20. Bag of Pucks says:

    A center with Hall’s tools can dominate the game, and I would suggest, in more ways than a LW can.

    Hall has a toolset like Modano, Yzerman, and yes, Messier.

    All of those C’s in their prime had blazing speed and it creates huge match-up problems for the defense. Right now, teams can rotate a center zone lock towards Hall’s side forcing the D to look elsewhere for the breakout pass. Put him at C and from our blueline out, he can carry the puck and attack the opposition. Or he’s available for a quick chip pass from the winger as they take the Ozone. Better yet, his speed down the middle forces the D to always protect against his straight burst to the net which opens up nice lanes for his wingers wide. As far as him having to react in the dzone, I think his incredible burst and ability to close would serve him very well there. He’s so much better than most of the players out there, he can rely on those physical advantages to make him effective, and once he’s got the mental aspects of the position down – utter dominance.

    Btw, he’s pretty good on faceoffs and C is the perfect position for the leader of your team.

    IMO a Top 6 along these lines is just what the doctor ordered.

    LW Gagner C Hall RW Eberle
    LW Big Forward FA signing C RNH RW Yakupov

    Put the best players where they can have the biggest impact. Hall for C in 2014!

  21. Truth says:

    Hall is not a center, he is nearly the perfect prototype for a winger. Fast, wreckless, consistently drives wide with a developing one on one game to get to the inside, and is largely underrated for his ability to make plays by passing the puck in the transition game. Hall is most valuable in the transition game and creating on the breakout/entrance into the opposing zone. On wing he will almost always break out of the zone before the center and will have opportunity to use his skills more often.

    Hall is making progress, but if he could stay on his feet when big d-men lean on him he would be almost unstoppable. For real.

  22. Bag of Pucks says:

    So the argument is that Hall cannot be a C because he’s too fast?

    Seems a pretty weak argument when some of the fastest players in league history from Mike Modano to Dave Keon played C and played it well.

    Hall has the physical tools to dominate at any position. Hell, he’d probably be a hell of a defenseman. Orr and Coffey could wheel from what I recall.

    There’s a reason there’s far more Cs in the Hall of Fame than LWs. Put your best players where they’ll have the biggest impact.

  23. Bar_Qu says:

    Two things:

    The way Hall plays the game, Centre for him is less a position than where he lines up on the face-off. He did great things for whomever he played with this year, so who cares where he lines up? More important a question is whether is will affect his play, and I don’t really think it does.

    Second: if Yak loses the Calder, it won’t be to Huberdeau, it will be to Brodin. And if Yak loses to a 20 yr old defender who did it all on a crappy Minny team, then Brodin earned it. Yak is still otherworldly at 18 and started to show in the last month why he will be giving teams fits for years to come.

    I am really looking forward to 2014-15, and seeing Yak and Hall being the cornerstones of two scoring lines, with the opposition not sure who they need to defend against more. Add in a third line of some quality players and you have an Oilers team who could steamroll through their division.

  24. denny33 says:

    regwald,

    Completely agree. – skills aside ( Taylor mentioned this in talking about Nail ) DESIRE and PASSION mark their game.

    Makes me love those players a ton.

    I talked about this during the season – Taylor Hall’s *compete* level is very different than most of his teammates. ( nothing to do with skills )

    It also makes me question why – skill aside – a 21 year old and a 19 year old stand so far apart in that area on our team.

    Chicago reporter interviewed talking about the effusive praise J. Toews has been giving Brandon Saad – none of it having do with his skills – which are abundant – all of the praise has been for his effort and his steel will and desire to ‘ go to the tough areas ‘….

  25. bookje says:

    So, have we decided – Taylor or Tyler?

  26. ashley says:

    bookje:
    So, have we decided – Taylor or Tyler?

    I’m not sure we have all the information. Seguin has declared to the world that he is “No homo”:

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/04/23/seguins-no-homo-tweet-ignites-firestorm

    Hall has yet to indicate a sexual preference. We wait.

    Seriously, Seguin’s an excellent hockey player, but otherwise a little off. The drafting team said it was too close to call, and they went with character in picking Hall. A good call independent of what the boxcars say.

  27. denny33 says:

    bookje,

    Andrew Cogliano was the player of the game last night in Anneheim….

    Ray F mentioned the move to wing for him has been a success and that the Centre position does not seem to belong to small players anymore….

    Hopefully, we can turn that 2nd round pick into something nice in June…

  28. Bar_Qu says:

    bookje:
    So, have we decided – Taylor or Tyler?

    Oh, Tyler, definitely. I think MC79 way outranks Taylor Swift in hockey sense.

  29. leadfarmer says:

    So with the kids maturing, better than expected goaltending, and most key players staying healthy this year we barely get out of the lottery. MacT is hopefully realizing how much work he has to do.

  30. B S says:

    Bar_Qu,

    Not getting the love for Brodin, maybe you can explain it to me, but his stats (boxcars and secondary (blocked shots giveaways/takeaways)) aren’t that impressive and I’ve hardly noticed him this season the few times I’ve seen Minnesota play. I recognize that he’s a good defensemen at a young age, but it feels more like another narrative like Conacher and Saad were earlier in the season despite only having comparable numbers to Yak when he was on a cold streak.

  31. Racki says:

    Really our first line center problem would be fixed by force-feeding Creatine to the Nuge, pumping him up at the gym, and making him watch videos of Vancouver Canucks players abusing little dogs.

    I’m hoping that MacT can work some magic to acquire an NHL-ready C with size for next year. That would take a minor miracle, without giving up one of our best players, however.

  32. HBomb says:

    All of this evidence, yet idiots like Damien Cox still argue the Oilers should have picked Seguin or Skinner.

    Take that for what you will.

    Bottom line – Taylor Hall is THE untouchable quantity on this roster, should be the next captain sometime in the next year (and possibly as soon as this fall), and is an absolute no-questions-asked lock to make a trip to Sochi come February.

  33. Kris11 says:

    Hall at C is a good idea, IMO.

    There is no doubt in my mind he can do it, And the benefit to the Oilers is awesome: The 2 star C formula has worked well for a lot of teams.

    RNH-Yakupov
    Hall-Eberle

    Schultz

    Schultz in the puck moving Dman spot,

    They ain’t

    Kurri-Gretzky
    Messier-Anderson

    Coffey

    But they ain’t half bad either.

    One day, I’d like LT write a post, Blues Brothers inspired, called “We’re puttin the band back together.”

  34. Bag of Pucks says:

    Bar_Qu: Oh, Tyler, definitely.I think MC79 way outranks Taylor Swift in hockey sense.

    Classic

  35. sliderule says:

    Stauffer and Simpson have been drinking Cherrys kool aid and are coming down hard on Yaks cellys.

    Come on the fans love it.

    It’s refreshing to see a player who loves playing,scoring goals and entertaining the fans

  36. Lois Lowe says:

    It’s amazing to me that Yak has every opportunity to be as good or better than Hall. The Oliers do have an embarrassment of riches.

  37. B S says:

    sliderule,

    The kid kisses the damn logo. I know it’s a business and a competition, but its entertainment too and damn it! I want another player we can all love as much as Smyth. Bleed oil and f@#$ the rest of the league. If they want fan loyalty it has to go both ways, Yakupov knows who pays his salary (hint, Katz is the middle man) so he can play a game for a living.

    Besides if he was Canadian they’d be talking about his passion and love for the game.

  38. OilClog says:

    Hall is a beast, end of discussion.

    YakCity.. Better continue to stay in the 780, Hall and Yakupov will be the talk of the NHL next season. I hope Yak makes every one of the pompous clown hats grind their teeth and spit in disgust!

  39. LMHF#1 says:

    sliderule:
    Stauffer and Simpson have been drinking Cherryskool aid and are coming down hard on Yaks cellys.

    Come on the fans love it.

    It’s refreshing to see a player who loves playing,scoring goals and entertaining the fans

    The media guys do it to get a reaction. It gets them callers and energy. Don’t feed the trolls.

  40. khildahl says:

    My perfect end to the season involves Yakupov winning the Calder and taking a celebratory knee-slide off the stage, brandishing the trophy overhead, right into Don Cherry sitting in the front row.

  41. Gerta Rauss says:

    Springsteen has got a pretty impressive celly near the end of that video

  42. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    khildahl,

    I’d settle for calling Yak to the podium as the rookie scoring lead to announce Nichuskin

  43. Bar_Qu says:

    Vollman has updated cross league point translations up

    http://www.hockeyabstract.com/testimonials/nhltranslations

    (not that I would ever use them, but I think there are a couple of people who like math who frequent the blog)

  44. leadfarmer says:

    Hey LT why does your site keep trying to set me up with Asian women?

  45. bookje says:

    leadfarmer:
    Hey LT why does your site keep trying to set me up with Asian women?

    The adds on the site are targeted to previous google search terms and your browsing history. I recently bought some LR44 batteries (watch batteries) for my kids toys and now every add is trying to sell be batteries.

    So, I guess the real question is why is LT’s site trying to set you up with Asian Women?

  46. bookje says:

    Lois Lowe:
    It’s amazing to me that Yak has every opportunity to be as good or better than Hall. The Oliers do have an embarrassment of riches.

    And a ‘repaired’ RNH, and a couple of thrown in’s with Schultz and Eberle (also a 7th overall pick coming up). MacT has the easiest job in hockey right now.

  47. Bar_Qu says:

    bookje: The adds on the site are targeted to previous google search terms and your browsing history.I recently bought some LR44 batteries (watch batteries) for my kids toys and now every add is trying to sell be batteries.

    So, I guess the real question is why is LT’s site trying to set you up with Asian Women?

    It keeps trying to sell me Bell smartphones, hair care products and hootsuite. I have no idea what I have been looking at on the internet to get that combination. Likely Treehouse, Teletoon and generic Rogaine treatments. (I blame my kids for the first two)

  48. Melman says:

    I wonder how much chatter there was in Washington once upon a time about moving OV to centre to add the their C depth.

    Hall is killing it at W why mess with something that good. Better to find another player for the top 6 and leave him where he is.

    Q: if you land a winger from the Horton, Wheeler tree – can you win with Gags in the middle. Hall + RNH + Eberle, Yak + Gags + skilled beef?

  49. B S says:

    bookje,

    I wouldn’t be so sure. Tambi had the same stuff, except the 7th overall, and this team couldn’t battle its way out of a brown paper bag, barely missing a lottery finish and 10 points out of the playoffs. check the boxcars across the team and the drop off in production outside the fab five + Gags is pretty obvious. Paajarvi puts up decent numbers for his limited time but the depth on this team is awful. It could talk a lot of bleach and elbow grease before MacT cleans up this mess.

  50. Chunklets says:

    Нинтендо⁶⁴:
    khildahl,

    I’d settle for calling Yak to the podium as the rookie scoring lead to announce Nichuskin

    In Russian! Simply to watch Cherry, Milbury, and the others of that ilk swallow their tongues.

  51. B S says:

    Melman,

    I agree, mostly. I don’t mind the idea of training him there once in a while and moving him there once injuries deplete the center depth, IF we have good LW depth at the time.

    Regarding the PF, I personally like Paajarvi playing with Yak. I’d put the PF on the 3rd line and move him up depending on the opponent/situation.

  52. art vandelay says:

    The CBC panels saying “do something!” to the kids without noticing how they are crushing the league is simply evidence of the disconnect that exists in most commentators’ minds. They can’t see beyond winning and the idea that stars + winning/losing = instant narratives of success/failure.

    23rd = / = “crushing the league”

    But enjoy a summer full of Advanced Corsi and “narratives” and pointing things in the right direction.

  53. danny says:

    art vandelay:
    The CBC panels saying “do something!” to the kids without noticing how they are crushing the league is simply evidence of the disconnect that exists in most commentators’ minds. They can’t see beyond winning and the idea that stars + winning/losing = instant narratives of success/failure.

    23rd = / = “crushing the league”

    But enjoy a summer full of Advanced Corsi and “narratives” and pointing things in the right direction.

    Is anybody else sick of this guy yet?

    At least DSF pretends to be an Oilers fan. This guy basically comes here calls everyone stupid and leaves. Art ‘smartest man in the room’ Vandelay. Just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

  54. ASkoreyko says:

    art vandelay,

    Hi Art!

  55. Marc says:

    danny: Is anybody else sick of this guy yet?

    At least DSF pretends to be an Oilers fan. This guy basically comes here calls everyone stupid and leaves. Art ‘smartest man in the room’ Vandelay. Just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

    It’s part of his unique charm.

    Just give the man a cheery greeting and he’ll be on his way.

  56. FastOil says:

    Melman:
    I wonder how much chatter there was in Washington once upon a time about moving OV to centre to add the their C depth.

    Hall is killing it at W why mess with something that good.Better to find another player for the top 6 and leave him where he is.

    Q: if you land a winger from the Horton, Wheeler tree – can you win with Gags in the middle.Hall + RNH + Eberle, Yak + Gags + skilled beef?

    A big winger will only help with board play. With Gagner it’s more a question of is there another centre beyond RNH to play toughs so he can be sheltered. He might change but so far he hasn’t been consistent against good players. As he chooses to be now he is an expensive league best third line centre if you want a strong team defensively.

    Personally I would be all over Talon about 2 OV. I would try Hemsky + firstly. If I had to I would try to trade Gagner for 2 OV + and keep the 7th as well. Overpay? Risky? Maybe but I think in two years MacKinnon will be the better player because for a smaller centre he has everything Gagner doesn’t – explosive skater, tenacious fore checker, already focusing on defense, good shot. In reality he is probably already bigger as well.

    Nobody knows but for some reason my gut says MacK is less of a risk than Barkov, although Barkov has shoulder issues so he may be better fit for the Oilers.

  57. BlacqueJacque says:

    You know, LT, you’re going to have to explain where we find a first line left winger if you keep bringing up Hall at C. Or address Hall’s visible lack of desire to change position. Or, ideally, both.

  58. "Steve Smith" says:

    ASkoreyko:
    art vandelay,

    Hi Art!

    I think that’s probably my most substantial contribution to this blog. That’s kind of depressing.

  59. Truth says:

    FastOil,

    You think that Hemsky and the Oiler’s 1st could get #2 OV? I think MacT would be skipping over to Florida’s draft table if the pick was available for that price. Also, Gagner for #2 OV + is a hell of a stretch. Would Yak even get you 2 OV? I doubt it.

    I would do Hemsky or a good D-prospect and the Oilers 1st to swap with the Canes at #5 if Barkov was still available. That would be reliant on the Canes wanting to draft nothing but a D-man. Would be hard to do with Barkov still available, IMO.

  60. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”: I think that’s probably my most substantial contribution to this blog.That’s kind of depressing.

    No way. You introduced me to Loose Change!

  61. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide,

    9/11 was not an inside job, you conspiratorial nutjob.

  62. BlacqueJacque says:

    I love the CBC commentary at Leafs games.

    “Kadri working over Jagr” describing Kadri uselessly bouncing off Jagr and letting him skate backwards from the corner to the side of the net where he goes cross-crease with a sweet pass.

    The hopelessly optimistic analysis of Leafs play is charming.

    That said, go Leafs go.

  63. BlacqueJacque says:

    Wow, Redden with two now.

    JVR demonstrates why attempting an open ice hit when you can dump a loose puck into the corner, while killing a penalty, is a bad idea.

  64. BlacqueJacque says:

    And the Leafs outshot 15-6.

    Man, do I ever pick the skilled teams to cheer for, or what :/

  65. BlacqueJacque says:

    Don Cherry in a yellow and black chequered jacket.

    Showing his true loyalties, ya think?

  66. vishcosity says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    I don’t think contribution means what you think it means.

    Edit: I think its fair to say you’ve contributed more than just that.

  67. "Steve Smith" says:

    vishcosity,

    I meant it in the sense that my clients are sometimes called upon to contribute samples of their bodily substances for analyses by qualified technicians.

  68. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    vishcosity,

    I meant it in the sense that my clients are sometimes called upon to contribute samples of their bodily substances for analyses by qualified technicians.

    Loose Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngeee.

  69. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide,

    That whole album, except for the version of “Baby What You Want Me To Do” that sounds like it was recorded in a bar with one of those Fisher Price tape recorders, is just so, so underrated. “Music Arcade”‘s still my favourite track on there, though.

  70. vishcosity says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    vishcosity,

    I meant it in the sense that my clients are sometimes called upon to contribute samples of their bodily substances for analyses by qualified technicians.

    Do you roll out those psychological assessments too? Those are awesome.

    “Steve Smith”: 9/11 was not an inside job, you conspiratorial nutjob.

    Maybe watch out for calls from Stockholm. They may want their syndrome back.

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