Happy Valentines Day!

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 14 2014 09:03AM

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Happy Valentines Day! Whether you're spending it with a special someone, complaining about it on a special Facebook status, or preparing for a special Chocolate Clearance Sale, it's still another day with potential adventure, a bunch of hockey games (this time of the Olympic Brand!), and the last hurrah before the weekend.

In any event. If you've been anywhere near Tumblr, or have befriended people who frequent the site, you'd know that there's a special valentines day trend going around. I'm talking about the "low-budget" style jpg cards, complete with comic sans, cheesy messages, and poorly cut out photos. I figured we'd mix the Leafs into this mess, and made a few of my own. If you'd like to take a crack at it, I left you a template at the top.

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Leafs Make Sochi Debuts

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 13 2014 08:05AM

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Is there a better way to spend your morning than watching two hockey games at the same time? Part of me leaned towards "going back to sleep" when I first woke up, but there were Leafs to watch! All three Blue and White representatives played their first games of the tournament at a slightly irritating 7:30 AM Toronto Time. 

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My Olympic Hopes

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 12 2014 08:04PM

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are well underway in Sochi, and today integrated what's arguably it's highest profile event - Men's Ice Hockey. Dozens of players have the opportunity to pull their country's sweater over their shoulders, in pursuit of the only championship that realistically competes with the Stanley Cup. The Leafs are represented by two Americans and a Russian. This is what I'd like to see come out of the tournament...

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Brennan Represents Marlies in AHL Skills Competition

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 11 2014 06:21PM

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I talked a bit about T.J. Brennan's domination for the Toronto Marlies in an article this morning, and tonight he had the chance to show off his skills on a bigger stage. The bulk of the anticipation came from his appearance in the Hardest Shot competition, and he impressed. While not the hardest, Brennan fired shots at 100.4, 101.5, and 100.6 miles per hour.

But his best moment? This goal in the breakaway challenge, pulling a card out of Pavel Datsyuk's book:

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TJ Brennan's Domination

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 10 2014 10:29PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled to get offence from the back end throughout their season. Dion Phaneuf has had a stellar defensive season, but is putting up some of his worst even strength numbers in his career. Cody Franson, who has been quietly been one of the league's premier offensive threats on the point since coming into the league, has fallen flat. Morgan Rielly still has a habit of looking like the teenager that he is, and while Jake Gardiner is having a better year offensively than last year, it's a slight improvement on a disastrous shortened 2013 season. Paul Ranger is the Leafs' best offensive defenceman at the moment (ES points per 60 minutes), which speaks for itself.

We can argue why all these things are what they are until the cows come home. Maybe the Leafs picked the wrong players? Maybe Randy Carlyle is using them incorrectly? Maybe it doesn't matter how often they make offence, as long as they prevent.. never mind.

But what if I told you that down the street, there was the polar opposite? An moderately young offensive defenceman so dominant, that he may just be the biggest impact player in professional hockey right now, on a relative scale?

Enter T.J. Brennan.

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