Steve Simmons addresses Phil Kessel controversy and more in AMA session

Jeff Veillette
November 22 2015 10:51AM

Toronto Sun columnist and occasional TSN contribute Steve Simmons took to the mean streets of Reddit today to take part in an "Ask Me Anything" session on /r/hockey. While he admitted that he had no idea what Reddit, the 12th most-visited website in Canada, was until today, he brought with him some very curious answers to questions mostly related to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are some of the key takeaways:

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REPLAY: Soshnikov breaks stick, recovers puck with feet

Jeff Veillette
November 22 2015 09:45AM

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When Nikita Soshnikov gets the puck, good luck taking it away from him. We've said this a few times already this year, and we won't stop saying it until he stops doing it. Last night, he dazzled us yet again, this time not even needing his stick to do it.

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Kapanen returns as Marlies win 5-1 in homecoming

Jeff Veillette
November 21 2015 07:11PM

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Stepping into Ricoh Coliseum this afternoon was a much different experience than the start of the season. It was a lot more... full. Not surprising, given that the team doesn't aggressively market before its big November road trip, but it was nice to see a return of the typical crowd of 6-7000 fans.

They weren't the only ones making a return, though. Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen played his first game since November 6th and delivered a performance that impressed Sheldon Keefe.

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Leafs place Petter Granberg on waivers

Jeff Veillette
November 21 2015 11:16AM

Many people didn't even know that Petter Granberg was on the Leafs' roster still, but today, they were introduced to him in the same breath as their mutual departure. The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed the young shutdown defenceman on waivers, in an attempt to assign him to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL

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Marlies November Road Trip was the best in team history

Jeff Veillette
November 19 2015 12:35PM

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Road trips are meant to be tough. You're moving around from city to city, never quite feeling like you're at home, and never having time to stop and rest. When you're not squeezing yourself into equipment, you're squeezing yourself into a bus. It's two-to-three weeks of departure from the norm, all while opposing arena's cheer against you.

These stretches are the ones that make home ice advantage all the more useful. You're not there to lose, but you expect that it'll be harder to win than at home, where you're supposed to stockpile points.

The Toronto Marlies apparently didn't get the memo explaining this. Last night's 1-0 victory of Rochester sealed off their best November road trip in history.

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