TLN Monday Mailbag: February 27th

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2017 06:00AM


Whoa, it's almost March already?! Time flies when you're having fun, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are a lot of fun. But they're also extremely concerning, depending on who you ask. Which is everyone, really; we just can't all agree on the concerns.

Here's five of them for this week:

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Listen: On extra points, Matthews, the deadline, and road trips

Jeff Veillette
February 26 2017 04:49PM

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS

The deadline is approaching and so is a pivotal west-coast trip for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they tour through California. I hopped on Sportsnet Tonight with Roger Lajoie this evening to talk about the week ahead for the Blue and White:

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The David Clarkson trade, two years on

Jeff Veillette
February 26 2017 01:46PM

Photo Credit: Aaron Doster/USA TODAY SPORTS

On the night of February 25th, 2015, I sat in the corner of the Wheat Sheaf at Bathurst and King, talking to hockey friends, desperately trying to brainstorm ways to get David Clarkson's contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs off the books.

The best I could come up with was creating a branding partnership with a KHL team, and seeing him pull an Ilya Kovalchuk and coincidentally signing with that team. It was blatantly obvious and probably something that would piss off the NHL, but it was the closest the Leafs were going to get to getting rid of his deal with five and a half years remaining on it. I ended up just giving up on the brainstorm session and went back to my beer.

The next afternoon, David Clarkson was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, blowing the collective mind of the hockey world.

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LGD: Watch Le Throne

Jeff Veillette
February 25 2017 10:16AM

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't really rolling or falling, rather twirling, twirling, twirling towards some unknown form of freedom. The hope is that the final destination is the playoffs, though it could be a near-miss. Or, just maybe, winning the Atlantic Division. Yes, we're at that level of silly season, where with six weeks left, nothing makes sense.

But the long shot positive could get a lot better tonight with the right result, as the Leafs face the first-seed Canadiens.

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Marlies rally from behind again, extend winning streak

Jeff Veillette
February 24 2017 10:10PM


There's just no stopping the Toronto Marlies right now, is there? Once again, the team rallied back from a deficit to skate away with a commanding-looking 6-3 victory over the Binghamton Senators, extending their winning streak to five games.

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