LGD: Take These Broken Wings

Jon Steitzer
October 17 2014 11:43AM

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Is there anything more exciting than a two game win streak? Apparently a three game win streak is a possibility. The last time the Leafs had one of these was on March 10th last season. Following that win the Leafs picked up just six points in the next fifteen games. Memories.

Tonight the Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings to kick off a two night home and home series to determine who is the most middle team in the Hotlantic Division. The two game series is also a great chance to reflect on how awful Jonas Gustavsson was (and still is) and how better off the Leafs would be now if they chased Long Term Injury Reserve Aficionado Stephen Weiss in the summer of 2013 instead of David Clarkson.

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BozFeed: Which Questionable Leafs Trade Would You Make?

Jon Steitzer
October 15 2014 06:52AM

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As Leafs fans we often like to fantasize that this team is one or two trades away from being ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. As a seven year old I carried a notebook and a hockey almanac around and would develop what I deemed as fair trades for the Leafs to make in order to ready to win the Stanley Cup. Most of my ideas were multiplayer deals involving Ed Olczyk and Vincent Damphousse going to the Penguins for Mario Lemieux or to the Bruins for Ray Bourque, but I’m still confident that seven year old was still more grounded in reality than your average HFBoards commenter

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LGD: Game 1: IT'S HACKEY SEASON!!!

Jon Steitzer
October 08 2014 11:51AM

Hockey returns tonight. That’s exciting. Let’s talk about it for a while. Hopefully you spent some of your summer outside, doing stuff, maybe spending some time with family or friends, because hockey is your only friend now. Embrace your drug, slip on your jersey, open a beer and prepare to spend the next nine months arguing about Tyler Bozak’s shooting percentage.

Again we have the traditional opening night matchup between the Leafs and Habs. The Canadiens are proudly coming off a season that earned them playoff participant ribbons, and the Leafs coming off a season that many spent the summer drinking to forget. Tonight’s a clean slate and for the Leafs a chance to pick up their fifth opening night win in a row. It’s also a chance for us to take in the cheesefest which is an ACC opening night ceremony and the booing of Randy Carlyle during his introduction.

You can catch all the excitement on CBC  TSN Sportsnet starting at 5PM MT/ 7PM ET.

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Leafs Roster Preview: Daniel Winnik

Jon Steitzer
October 06 2014 12:00PM

What is there to say about Daniel “Moneypuck” Winnik? (note: I hate myself for using the term Moneypuck.) The pessimistic among us say that adding bottom six winger depth shouldn't have been an organizational priority, but we were flooded with the Komarov, Booth, Winnik signings, and of course the trade for Frattin.

The optimists will say, that if you are going to bring in a bottom six winger, a guy making $1.3 million who can hit 30 points isn't a bad guy to bring in and competition and depth will only make this team stronger.

Oddly enough, I count myself in the optimistic camp on Winnik. He certainly doesn't address any of the real issues with the Leafs, but isn't a bad guy to have, and if you’re out of the playoff picture in March he’s a great guy to deal for a late pick in order to start playing the kids more. And as you’ll see from his highlight reel, his hands aren't that bad.

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Cut Day! No M-Orr Goons!

Jon Steitzer
October 06 2014 09:08AM

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Excuse me while I take a brief victory lap around my office, as these are the best possible decisions the Leafs could have made heading into the regular season. And while the Leafs couldn't cut everyone I wanted them to, they made four correct decisions.

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