October 06 2016 01:54PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs recently eked out an win against the Montreal Canadiens, which was fun as heck to watch from a shot count standpoint but a bit worrisome given that the Leafs played a full roster, the Habs played half a team, and the game went to overtime.
This time around, both sides will be a bit closer to actual hockey, and we'll get a taste of what this rivalry will look like throughout the year.
October 06 2016 08:42AM
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When all is said and done, I wouldn't be against Daniel Winnik getting a spot on Legends Row. Yes, the Left Winger only played 114 games in Blue and White, and scored just 11 goals and 39 points. Very rarely was he even afforded top-six minutes, let alone the ability to become a game breaker on the ice. Nor should he have been, honestly; we're talking about a player who has cracked 30 points once in his career.
But in two consecutive years, this man decided to sign short-term deals for his hometown team, and in two consecutive years, he was moved for pieces that would create part of the foundation for a new era for the team. Maybe not so much the first time around, where his picks were sent elsewhere (or even back to Pittsburgh) a few months later, but his second exchange may prove to be foundational in the long run.
October 05 2016 12:25AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the best effort they could in front of some fans-from-a-distance in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but it didn't go as planned. Despite a very strong third period, the Leafs gave up a late equalizer and fell to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3 to 2.
October 04 2016 10:25AM
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The "Toronto Maple Leafs go places" tour continues today, with the blue and white heading into Saskatoon, a place I've heard is great but have somehow not been to in any of my stops through Saskatchewan. Fans are riding high on the last two games, a blowout in Buffalo and a Corsi blowout in at the ACC against the Habs. Let's see what the Leafs have ahead of them if they want to bring their preseason winning streak to three.
October 03 2016 03:57PM
As is tradition, the pre-jump paragraph of this week's mailbag has nothing to do with anything. May as well put it to some use, though, and ask an important question: for those of you that live here, what is "your" Toronto? The perimeter that you feel comfortable in, that if you escape, it may as well be another country? I was thinking about this today on the way to Mastercard Centre to watch Toronto Marles camp, as I once again acknowledged to myself that Etobicoke may as well be Siberia.
As someone who grew up in a more central part of the city, my North/South is vaster than most, but my East/West is narrower. My perimeter, honestly speaking, is probably the full Lake Shore to Steeles on latitude end, but I start to lose grip of reality as soon as you pass Bayview/Sherbourne on the east and Keele, occasionally Jane on the west.
I'm just curious to where others stand on this non-pressing issue.