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Pretty soon the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to need a goaltender. Pete Rose Jersey . Not two goaltenders. One. As in the one guy who clearly gives the Leafs the best chance to win every night he’s in there. A goaltender who stops not just the puck but also any conversation about who should playing most every night. Someone who can withstand a couple poor performances without finding himself watching from the bench for a game or two. As the first two weeks of this NHL season has demonstrated, the Maple leafs don’t have that. But they’re going to need it because it’s hard to think of a good team in recent NHL history that didn’t have a clearly defined no. 1 goaltender and a backup. It’s fine to say that having two players compete for the job on an ongoing basis is a good thing. But if that were really true, every team would do it. And they don’t, especially the good ones. The daily guessing game over who will play goal on a given night doesn’t do anything for team building or chemistry since it usually leaves one goaltender with his nose at least slightly out of joint, and the potential of a split between teammates who sympathize and those who don’t. It’s not a problem specific to the Maple Leafs. It’s a problem specific to human nature which is why most teams prefer not avoid this potentially damaging dynamic. And those who don’t deal with it, who let it linger too long, do so at their peril. Just ask the Vancouver Canucks about that. There are really two types of teams in hockey: those which have found their franchise goaltender and those that are in the forest still looking. The last time the Leafs had a definite no. 1 goaltender, an established NHL netminder who didn’t have to prove his worth on a week-by-week basis? Ed Belfour during the first season coming out of the great lockout. Goaltending is far from the only area in which the Maple Leafs have come-up short over the past decade but the near continuous passing of the torch from Belfour to Andrew Raycroft, to Vesa Toskala, to the Monster, to James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier is certainly part of the problem during that span. Of course had they decided to hand it to Tuuka Rask at some point during that span we wouldn’t be having this conversations, but I digress. The situation in Toronto still has some time to play-out. The Leafs have said for more than a year that they believe they have two No. 1 goaltenders. Sooner, rather than later, they need find out if they have one. Maikel Franco Jersey . The 155th edition of the Plate for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds, the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America, will be televised live on TSN in HD (High Definition) in a special presentation from 4:30 – 6:00 pm ET. Post time is 5:38 pm. Ryan Howard Jersey . With the Rangers already leading 2-0, Carey Price was taken down early in the second period of New Yorks 7-2 pounding of the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final on Saturday afternoon.HOYLAKE, England -- Even when hes not the favourite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open. Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history, and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online Thursday. Not to be overlooked at golfs oldest championship, however, is a new generation of stars. Rickie Fowler and Harris English will be playing ahead of him. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They are among 25 players who share a bond that speaks to the state of golf. Woods has never won a major during their professional careers. Yes, they saw his dominance on TV. They just never experienced it. They were not around for the decade when Woods won majors with regularity, sometimes by a record score, sometimes by a record margin. They missed the days that were so Tiger-centric a player couldnt get through an interview without being asked something about Woods. "Tiger ruined a lot of guys lives," Charles Howell III, a longtime friend of Woods who lived through those times, said earlier in the year. "He caused a lot of people some sleepless Sunday nights. But he also motivated an entire generation behind him." Howells point was that while the next generation might have been in awe of Woods, being outside the arena allowed them to study him without getting scarred. They learned from the way he worked. They were more prepared than the generation before them. The talk at this British Open is that it is more open than ever. But then, thats been the case since Woods won his last major six years ago. Since that 2008 U.S. Open, 19 players have won majors, and no one has won more than two. In the 24 majors leading up to his last major, Woods won six, Phil Mickelson won three and no one else won more than one. "Looking at the different amount of winners in the last five years at the major championships, were seeing so many players win," Henrik Stenson said Wednesday. Its so competitive. At some point there might have been 20 guys battling out for it. And now it feels like anyone in the field can win if they have a great week. So its definitely tighter." Stenson, No. 2 in the world and among the favourites this week, will be playing alongside Woods for the opening two days. "Hes just one of the guys I need to beat if I want to do well tthis week," Stenson said. Philadelphia Phillies Hoodie. "But its a good start if you know you can beat him." Woods is playing his first major of the year because of March 31 back surgery. Returning to Royal Liverpool was always the target -- he won his third claret jug on these links in 2006 when it was brown and fast, not green and slower as it is this year. Woods came back sooner than he expected, missing the cut at Congressional three weeks ago in what had the feeling of a 36-hole rehab assignment. He feels healthy. He feels strong. And he still commands a presence. That much was clear when Woods played only two holes Wednesday as spectators scrambled for a view. He brings energy and excitement to a golf tournament. Does he bring intimidation? The Open is his next opportunity to see if he can regain the mystique that a younger generation has yet to experience. Matt Kuchar, who played a practice round with Woods on Sunday, doesnt think it will take much. Hes not sure Woods ever lost it. "The kids today grew up idolizing him," Kuchar said. "He gets back on form again, I dont think that intimidation factor is gone at all. These are the kids that grew up watching him and wanting to be him." Kuchar said it can be intimidating to play alongside, although Patrick Reed sure wasnt flustered having Woods in the group ahead of him at Doral, and Spieth didnt looked rattled when he shot 63 at Torrey Pines (the North Course) with Woods in his group. Is there a difference between watching dominance on TV and seeing it in person? "Youre saying a different intimidation for the guys who are now just coming up and just watched it on TV as opposed to my generation that were actually losing by 10 to it?" Kuchar said with a laugh. "Im not sure. If I was to go shoot baskets with Michael Jordan right now, I would be pretty intimidated. So its probably similar. The guys that played against him and got scored 40 on probably have a similar feeling to me in the awe that surrounds a guy like that." It all unfolds on Thursday, where the only mystery greater than Woods in the English weather. The final day of practice featured sunshine and rain. Hoylake when its green is there to be attacked -- its the only course on the Open rotation with four par 5s. The greens are not severe. The fairways are relatively flat, which makes them more fair. All eyes will be on Woods, and theres nothing unusual about that. The difference is that no one is sure what they will see. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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