Episode 7.23

Ron Wilson Has Left The Barn

Ahead this week on the program, drop the black curtain, this season’s done. The Toronto Maple Leafs free fall continued with two losses in their last three games giving them just two wins in their last 14 games. Ron Wilson’s gone, Randy Carlyle is in. Mikhail Grabovski’s back and for a long, long time. We’ll fill you in on all of that coming up in the Redline Report.

Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email. Wrapping the segment is the Gong Banger with a very disconcerting Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole this week looks at why we have become so accustomed to the culture of losing in Toronto. All that and more coming up on Episode 7.23 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.22

We've got 99 problems... at least

Ahead this week on the program, three more games, three more losses for the Toronto Maple Leafs as their season continues to implode before our eyes. We’ll take you through losses to San Jose, Washington and Florida to kick start the Redline Report.

No help on the way either as the Leafs added nothing to their roster at the trade deadline. We’ll touch on the inactivity at the deadline as well as a few of the more eyebrow raising quotes from Brian Burke’s post deadline media conference to wrap the segment.

Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions. We’ll get to some great tweets and emails from Bruce and Matt. Wrapping the segment, the Gong Banger is back with another Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole wraps the show this week with a look at why the Rick Nash situation in Columbus has the chance to become rather awkward as the season rolls on.

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Episode 7.21

Truth & Negativity

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to turn in their worst hockey of the season at the most crucial point in the year. We’ll take your through the games against the Vancouver Canucks and the New Jersey Devils to kick start the Redline Report. Has your mindset changed heading to the deadline? Is goaltending now the biggest need? We’ll offer our thoughts on that as well as look ahead to the Leafs upcoming games against San Jose and Washington.

Back Checking comes your way with Listener Contributions via Twitter and Email. After that, the Troubling Fact of the Week wraps the segment looking at a surprising contract extension from the past week.

Rigamarole wraps the show, this week looking at why the phrase “Oh the Leafs never ever get any help on the out of town scoreboard,” should never be uttered ever, ever again.

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Episode 7.20

Militant Ducks

Ahead this week on the program, the Leafs hit the wall with a four game losing streak before finally getting back on track with a win in Edmonton. We’ll take your through games against the Flyers, Canadiens, Flames and Oilers to kick start the Redline Report. With just over a week until the NHL’s trade deadline, should the Leafs be making a move or two? Rick Nash perhaps? We’ll touch on that as well.

Back Checking brings Listener Contributions to the program via Twitter and Email. Wrapping the segment is a Troubling Fact of the Week, this week focusing on more disappointing behavior in Vancouver.

Wrapping the show is rigamarole, this week looking at the mighty surge of the marching Anaheim Ducks. All that and more this week on A Foot In The Crease – The Toronto Hockey Podcast.

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Episode 7.19

8PM AFITC Time

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued rolling along with a pair of wins against the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers before being tripped up by the Winnipeg Jets in their final game of the week. We’ll take you through those games, what impact they had on the Leafs position in the standings and a whole lot more to kick start the Redline Report.

Later, the worst kept secret in hockey: the 2013 Winter Classic will be announced on Thursday and it involved the Leafs. We’ll touch on that to wrap the Redline Report. Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email and wraps up with a Troubling Fact of the Week.

With Mats Sundin’s #13 banner being raised to the rafters on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, rigamarole looks back at the legacy of Sundin in Toronto.

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Episode 7.18

Not Medical Professionals

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs took three of four points against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins but it very easily could have been and probably should have been four of four points. We’ll take you through those pair of games to kick start the Redline Report. Later, Mikhail Grabovski was the second highest scoring player during the month of January but he’s a free agent at the end of the season. Should the Leafs keep him and sign him or trade him? We’ll touch on that as well.

Sidney Crosby’s injury situation became even further muddled this week after it was reported he had fractured vertebraes in his neck but then the next day the story changed? How close is he to returning? We’ll look at that situation to wrap the Redline Report. In Back Checking, Listener Contributions come your via Twitter and Email. Wrapping the segment, we feature a multi faceted Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole concludes the show this week with a look at why it made sense for the Leafs to send Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie back to the Toronto Marlies. All that and more coming up on Episode 7.18 of AFITC.

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Time Stands Still In Los Angeles

We will discuss this issue on Episode 7.18 of the program on Thursday February 2nd, 2012 but to see for yourself, here is the visual evidence of time standing still in Los Angeles in a game between the Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets.

UPDATE: Here’s is Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s response to the matter as told to espn.com – “Those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs – given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see – the delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10 – 10ths of a second before the delay – this insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes. That is not an opinion – that is science – amazing devise quite frankly.’’


Episode 7.17

The Gong Banger's Strike

Ahead this week on the program, the Leafs took three of four games this week heading into their week long All Star break. We’ll take you through those games against the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens and a pair against the New York Islanders to kick start the Leafs Notes portion of the Redline Report.

Later, John Michael Liles re-uped with the Leafs for four years? We’ll weigh in on that deal as well as exploring whether it’s time to look at extending another pending unrestricted free agent: Jonas Gustavsson.

Wrapping the Redline Report, Tim Thomas said no to President Obama’s invitation to the White House. Disrespectful? Off base? We’ll give you our thoughts before jumping into Back Checking with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email as well as a Troubling Fact of the Week featuring Alex Ovechkin.

Rigamarole concludes the show with a look at the stark contrast between the way the Leafs went into the All Star Break last year compared to this year. All that and more coming up on Episode 7.17 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.16

The Final Babble of Ontario - Featuring Sens Underground

Ahead this week on the program, a perfect week for the Leafs followed up by a winless week and all of a sudden they’re back out of the playoffs looking in. We’ll take you through games against the Sabres, Rangers and Senators to kick start the Redline Report.

Wrapping the segment, Taylor Hall cut badly by a skate during the warm up on Tuesday but it could have been much worse. Hall wasn’t wearing a helmet, is it time for that to change? We’ll touch on that as well to wrap the Redline Report.

Back Checking gets your voice onto the program with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Emails from Matt, Alan and Aaron. The Gong Banger is back on vacation this week – actually he’s on hiatus considering legal action after the disparaging comment we made about him on last week’s show – so for the final time, we are joined by the boys from Sens Underground for a Babble of Ontario.

Wrapping the program is rigamarole, this week looking at the consistency of the Leafs inconsistency.

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Episode 7.15

For Fans Of Math

Ahead this week on the program, the Leafs ended 2011 with a whimper but started 2012 with a bang winning four straight home games to set a new season high for consecutive wins. We’ll take you through games against the Jets, Red Wings and Sabres to kick start the Redline Report. Midway through the season now, we’ll hand out our half way report cards, grading the offense, the defense, the goaltending and the coaching staff as well as a few individual players.

Alex Ovechkin this year is not the Alex Ovechkin we’ve come to be familiar with. Does he deserve to go to the All Star game? We’ll debate that as well the format of choosing the rosters for the All Star Game to wrap the Redline Report. Back Checking follows after that with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email and concludes with a Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole wraps the show with a look at how the Leafs past week has demonstrated their rarely seen killer instinct.

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