Changing Faces

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 27 2015 06:57PM

It's now late January, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are skydiving down the standings. Last year, the reaction among the masses was a plea to reach for the parachute cord and pull; the results of the luck-driven prior season gave many hope that the tides could be reversed. This year? Written off. It's done. Wipe the hands of the dust and start getting ready for what's ahead. As such, speculation has begun as to what management has to do leading up to the trade deadline.

My answer? Not enter it as the same group they are now. Specifically, I'm looking towards the big guy.

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Marlies Lose Home Return To Hamilton

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 24 2015 04:53PM

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For the first time in a couple of years, Ricoh Coliseum's press box was completely full. It can get crowded, but rarely do you see a complete lack of empty seats. It's no secret as to why, though; William Nylander was making his home debut for the Toronto Marlies. He didn't turn heads last night (nobody up front did; it was a 3-0 loss, aver tall), but this was a chance to show off in front of his new audience. Unfortunately, it still wasn't the result that he or his teammates wanted, as the Marlies lost 4-3 in overtime.

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Cutting out the Middlemen

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 23 2015 07:42AM

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I tend to roll my eyes a lot at old-school media types, particularly when attempt to connect a player's birthplace to their potential value to a hockey team. Real dinosaurs are still yet to be sold that Europeans play the same sport, and some of those will even include Quebec as the unknown member of the EU. Those who aren't jurassic but are still delusional will often suggest that [team here] will only succeed if they're loaded with a core from [home state or province]. Really, it shouldn't matter where you're from, just how well you play.

But let me take a page out of their book for just one day - could the Leafs benefit from completely removing the prairie provinces from the organization?

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 20 2015 08:16PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are losing a lot of hockey games right now. Not just losing, but putting up final scores that look like they forgot the game was happening that night. Jerseys are pouring onto the ice from angry fans, sometimes in the middle of play. People are calling for heads, or at least transactions. I get it; the realization that a single firing isn't a magic cure-all to the standings is a harsh one. But if these last six games are any sort of indication; things will turn around.

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LEAFS POSTGAME: They Scored, They Lost

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 19 2015 08:36PM

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm pretty sure Cody Franson just wrote my recap for me. I'm sure he's as frustrated as anybody; he's having his coming out party this year, and he's doing it on his childhood team. The issue? They're not reciprocating, and just had another competitive yet very disappointing performance, losing 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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