Marlies double up in pair of weekend victories

Jeff Veillette
October 23 2016 11:33PM

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The Toronto Marlies surprised a few people by losing a hockey game on Friday night, but the errors of their ways were quick to be erased. While the Manitoba Moose appear to be a much-improved team compared to last season, the Marlies made no mistake in beating them in both games.

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LGD: No Daggers Please

Jeff Veillette
October 22 2016 11:27AM

Costello Music is a great album. From Henrietta to Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes, you're hard-pressed to find a single bad track on the Fratellis' debut record. I don't think I've regularly listened to a single release they've put out in the ten years since, but I can go back to this one once every few months and have a good time with it.

For a while, the song that the public was most aware of was Flathead, thanks to an iPod commercial. That's how I found out about the Fratellis. But then the Chicago Blackhawks ruined everything forever by making Chelsea Dagger ubiquitous and frustrating for those who watched literally any other hockey team.

Tonight, the Leafs look to silence Chelsea Dagger, for the good of the greater hockey universe.

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Marlies lose first road game of the season to Rochester

Jeff Veillette
October 21 2016 08:18PM


The Toronto Marlies played their first road game of the season tonight in Rochester, New York, taking on the Amerks in a showdown that will happen a frustratingly high amount of times over the next few months. Perhaps more frustrating than having to see the same team a bazillion times, however, is falling behind in the season series, something that happened tonight as the blue and white conceded three powerplay goals against in a 5-2 loss.

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William Nylander's time will not come, for it is already here

Jeff Veillette
October 21 2016 04:46AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs step onto the ice. It's another hockey game for a team that we are all hoping, one day, will reach its potential. But there's still lots of time left; the kids are far too young to be treated as anything more than prospects given an early spotlight, after all, so there's no use in expecting a ton.

Take a guy like William Nylander, for instance. We've got high hopes for William Nylander, as a collective populace. Despite being ranked as the third best prospect in the organisation heading into opening night, he's still got a higher ceiling than most team's #1 prospects at moment. Right now, he plays right wing, because Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak exist and because Mitch Marner is the only other hyper-skilled right winger.

If he stays that way, Leafs fans dream that they can have a player who can tilt the ice like Phil Kessel did when he was here. Or maybe dream bigger; like Corey Perry does, or like Patrick Kane does. One can dream.

Hold that thought.

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Leafs Postgame: Deregulated

Jeff Veillette
October 20 2016 11:42PM

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Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Despite the best efforts of the Leafs and the season debuts of Roman Polak and Jhonas Enroth, the Leafs once again fell from a leading position and lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday evening.

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