The Leafs and the World Cup

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 13 2014 08:58PM


The Stanley Cup playoffs are almost over. In fact, the Los Angeles Kings may be hoisting the Stanley Cup above their heads by the time you read this article. With hockey basically done for a couple of months, we need a distraction. What better than a month long soccer tournament? Of course,  I'm talking about the World Cup. Its a magical time where people cheer for a sport they may or may not watch in the name of national pride, and drivers everywhere don't know if they're being honked at or with.

Anyway, James van Riemsdyk tweeted in support of the Netherlands National Team today. Van Riemsdyk,  of course, is a very Dutch surname,  though it conflicts with the fact the United States are in this tournament. Not surprising though; I'm Italian in background, and I'd probably be double cheering if Canada qualified. But what about the rest of the Leafs?

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Dan Boyle Interested In Toronto, But Does It Make Sense?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 12 2014 11:10AM

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According to Darren Dreger (via Jonas Siegel), former San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle, whose rights are currently owned by the New York Islanders, has the Toronto Maple Leafs high on his list of teams that he'd like to play for. This ties in nicely with a quote from Dreger (via Hope Smoke) last month saying that the Leafs likely have interest in him. But does this lead to anything?

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Wayback Wednesday: Let It Go

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 11 2014 11:09AM


The Los Angeles Kings have a very real chance of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years tonight. It's an amazing feat for a team that was built with purpose and with patience, and they deserve all the credit in the world for it. Most people are giving it to them.

There are some Leafs fans who hold a grudge though, based solely on an incident from 21 years ago, that happens to be my most frequent "Wayback Wednesday" request and one of the most popular mailbag questions since it started (just behind "who will replace Carlyle????"). I'm referring to...

"Do the Leafs win the Stanley Cup if Wayne Gretzky is called for a high stick in Game 6?"

First and foremost, you should have let this go 21 years ago. Secondly, probably not.

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Mailbag: Tha Catchup II

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 10 2014 09:09PM


The good thing about today? I managed to take care of so many day-to-day errands that I can't actually remember most of the day's events. The not so good thing? It's 10:44 AM and I'm about to do my second mailbag in three days. It sucks, I know, but at least we're getting to the bottom of the inbox. Besides, I'm hoping to get our first Wayback Wednesday post in a while up tomorrow, so that will be something, right?

To submit a question, send me a tweetemail meask me, or leave a comment.

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Slow News Day / The Square

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 09 2014 02:29PM


It is the worst day of all days. It's what you come to dread after the final buzzer of the final game. It's the opposite of what any fan of the sport could possibly want. It's that imperfect spot in the sea of news.

Today, it is 4PM and nothing is going on with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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