Should The Leafs Pursue Eric Staal?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 15 2014 11:49AM

According to noted Tyler Bozak lookalike and Dave Nonis relative Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs may be interested in acquiring Carolina Hurricanes centre Eric Staal. The question, of course, is would this be a good idea?

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Monday Mailbag: Happy Thanksgiving

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 13 2014 06:27PM

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To start things off, we here at TheLeafsNation.com would like to wish all of our Canadian readers (aka, most of our readers) a Happy Thanksgiving. We're very thankful for all the time you've invested into reading our content and giving your feedback. Even when it's not positive, it's appreciated, and for the most part it happens to be positive. We look forward to becoming even better as time progresses, and it couldn't be done without all of your support. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope your day off was awesome, at least. We're also thankful for all of these questions you asked - some of them are going to be answered below!

To submit your question, please send a tweet to @TLNdc or leave it in these comments.

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Marlies Make First In-Season Demotions

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 13 2014 12:04PM

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Following an opening weekend where the team split a pair of games against the Utica Comets, the Toronto Marlies have shortened their roster by six players, sending down Ryan Rupert, Brad Ross, Tyler Biggs, Eric Knodel, Blake Kessel, and Garret Sparks to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

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POSTGAME: Madison Square Goalden

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 12 2014 08:51PM

When I went on that rant about the guy who threw his jersey on the ice last night, one of the things that I stressed was that anything can happen in a sample of two games - especially the first two of the year. You have a 25% chance of being 0-2, just like you do of being 2-0. That's assuming you're not facing better teams than you, which the Habs and Penguins were.

One would have thought the New York Rangers were as well, but that didn't stop the Leafs from breaking free from the poor start and unleashing their best offensive performance in a long time, winning 6-3 over the Blueshirts.

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Marlies Close Weekend With OT Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 12 2014 07:52PM

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One of the great things about the oddity that is the AHL schedule is the fact that most teams will face the same opponent twice in an opening weekend. Why is this great? It gives the chance to hammer home or brush away any narrative from the opening game. Win the first one? You won't leave the weekend on a high unless you win the second. Lose it? You have a chance at redemption. That chance was what the Toronto Marlies had today, and they earned it, with an overtime victory.

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