Jeffler on Macko & Cauz

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 23 2014 10:22AM

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Talking blanket scarves, Marlies, and Leafs preseason.

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Monday Mailbag: Back and Rebooted

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 22 2014 03:02PM

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We finally got rid of our broken mail truck! These new ones are such piles of junk, it was just always in the shop. What we did instead, was we renovated an old one. Just pimped it the hell out. 

..anyway, the mailbag is back for another season. Instead of being our "Jeff has a self-imposed quota to reach" machine, I'll be taking in questions to answer every Monday. From now on, If you would like to take part, please tweet at our official twitter (@TLNdc), or leave your questions in these comments and I'll obtain this top secret (highly public) data and turn the best questions into mediocre answers.

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Leafs Roster Preview - Peter Holland

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 22 2014 09:44AM

Around this time last year, I made a bold proclamation. After a year of improvement on the Toronto Marlies' blue line, I said that Jesse Blacker would probably become the AHL team's highest-minute defenceman.

Boy, was I wrong. He got benched a bunch to start a year, got into a fight in practice, and just seemed to not be in Steve Spott's favour. It was obvious that he wasn't going to stick around, and that some value had to be gotten back for him while it still existed. As Leafs centres began to drop out with injury, they created a two part solution; sending Blacker and conditional draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks for Peter Holland (and Brad Staubitz, I guess).

My proclamation sucked (though Blacker did well with Norfolk last year), but Holland? Much less so. He's quite good, even.

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Leafs Roster Preview - David Clarkson

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 18 2014 11:25AM

Let's call a spade a spade - David Clarkson has the worst contract in the history of the National Hockey League. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Remove everything before the Salary Cap (because who cares), and you won't find a deal that is so perfectly combines being too much, too long, too waiver proof, and too buyout proof. There isn't even a chance of compliance buyouts before it ends! Even Rick DiPietro had that.

But in the mean time, he's a Toronto Maple Leaf, and is expected to be on the ice this year (along with five more after that). So, what can we expect out of the 36 million dollar man?

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: #3 Josh Leivo

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 11 2014 02:05PM

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He's a little over six feet tall. He's pretty imposing as he streaks down the left wing. There's a heavy shot that could come off that right handed stick. He's a good canadian boy, with a jersey number in the teens, and he wears the blue and white with pride. He joined the Leafs organization in 2011, and as time moves forward, this brown hair, blue eyed, slightly tan man just gets more and more popular. 

Despite the mutual initials, Josh Leivo isn't Joffrey Lupul. But can he be?

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