Why the return of Dave Keon is a sign that the Leafs are headed in the right direction

Jeff Veillette
January 26 2016 08:47AM

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Dave Keon stepped onto the ice of the Air Canada Centre with the daughters of Turk Broda and Tim Horton on Saturday night as part of the revealing of his Legends Row statue. It a rare appearance for him, and the first time that he's come out to accept an individual accolade from the club. The crowd gave him a heroes welcome. He played along. It was a great moment.

In fact, maybe it was more than a great moment. To me, it's a sign that, after decades of perceived (and often proven) ineptitude, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on a grand scale, have their heads in check.

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Mark Arcobello named AHL Player of the Week

Jeff Veillette
January 25 2016 02:36PM

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The Toronto Marlies continued their utter domination of the American Hockey League this week, winning three consecutive games against Syracuse and Utica to bolster their near-0.800 record. At this point, domination has evolved from a surprise to an expectation. It's always nice to see an individual have a stretch where they take over, though; much like Mark Arcobello had this week. His efforts were so above and beyond that they earned him player of the week honours from the league.

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Return of Connor Brown ignites blowout Marlies Victory

Jeff Veillette
January 24 2016 05:46PM

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Connor Brown was just trying to do what was best for his team when he stood in the path of Brian Lashoff's slapshot on October 30th. He wasn't wrong, in the sense that he very well could have prevented a goal, but it was a decision that circumstantially took him off the ice for several months with a fractured bone in his ankle. With a little less than three months of rehab behind him, however, he made his return to the lineup today, and in doing so, made an immediate impact.

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Leafs Postgame: Zut Eller

Jeff Veillette
January 23 2016 09:46PM

As far as tonight's game goes, there were a lot of outcomes that you could argue were most opportune. Somebody pro-tank would argue that a Leafs loss was best, as it would help the team stay near the bottom of the standings. Others wanted a win, hoping that it would ease Pittsburgh's takeover of Montreal in the standings to restore the draft pick from the Phil Kessel trade to a 2016 1st rounder. 

But an overtime loss? Nobody wanted that. Nobody expected that. A shootout provided that, throwing a wrench in a surprise Toronto comeback to give a 3-2 final score.

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Marlies start slow on the stot clock, but control the scoresheet in yet another win

Jeff Veillette
January 23 2016 04:29PM

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Putting pucks towards the net gives us a pretty good long-term outlook on the quality of a player or a team, but in the heat of the moment, those shots only matter if they go in. The Toronto Marlies were certainly feeling that for the first half of today's game against the Utica Comets. Their opponents put tremendous pressure on them, but with a few fortunate bounces and some solid goaltending, the team managed to persevere through to win for the 18th time in their past 22 games by a score of 4-2.

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