The Rumour Mill - Part 1

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 28 2014 03:20PM

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It's late February in an Olympic year, and you know what that means - the Trade Deadline has NOT passed yet, and we still have a little more than a week to run around pointing at guys while screaming "YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, I WANT IT!".

This year, a couple of higher profile players have hit the market. Could the Leafs be interested in moves involving any of them? We'll go through a couple potential candidates bit by bit as we near the deadline. Today, lets go far over to the west coast.

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Leafs Postgame - Long Island Blues

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 27 2014 07:45PM

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Sochi is over, and now that we've gotten "complain about practice" out of the way, it's time to focus on what actually matters; NHL hockey! Granted, it's debatable whether an already bottom-of-the-standings New York Islanders really count as an NHL team without superstar John Tavares, but that should make this game pretty automatic, no? Not so much, as it headed to overtime. Not just that, Lubomir Visnovsky ensured the Leafs walked away with just one point in a 5-4 loss.

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Marlies School Senators in 4-2 Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 26 2014 03:57PM

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There's nothing quite like hearing the drop to Flux Pavilion's Do Or Die while kids scream at 10 in the morning to make you feel alive. Yes, it's another Toronto Marlies school day game, the second of three this season. They're a great opportunity for the organization to reach a new, younger audience that can become new fans in the future, or at least give them a day away from class. From the team's perspective, it lets them shake up their routines a bit and probably messes with them less than the team coming in to face them. Today, that opponent was the Binghamton Senators, who they defeated by a score of 4-2.

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Lets Talk About David Bolland

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 25 2014 03:23PM

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When word came out that David Bolland was skating with the team and practicing on the third line, people had reason to be incredibly excited. Bolland, after all is a good hockey player. Specifically, he is better than the players who fill his place during times of injury. As such, this should theoretically make the Leafs a better hockey team as a whole when he is in the lineup.

There was one lingering concern as he recovered from his ankle laceration, however. Were the Leafs going to take the plunge on an extension without a long look at his post-recovery play? After all, this the same team who gave John-Michael Liles a long term deal while still recovering from a pretty serious concussion, and David Bolland is the same player who will now have to play with a special skate for the rest of his life. To make matters worse, they have exactly fifteen games to work with when evaluating his time with the blue and white.

So when months passed with nothing more than whispers, all was good in the world. But with his return imminent, the rumour mill is buzzing yet again. Bob McKenzie was on That's Hockey yesterday, and mentioned that Bolland will be looking for as much as David Clarkson money, but more likely something in the range of 4.5 to 5 million dollars. Some think this is fair, using terms such as "heart and soul of the team" (has played 15 games in Toronto) and "knows how to win" (supporting piece on modern day dynasty). I wanted to see if it was.

EDIT: Sportsnet is now reporting that he is seeking 7-8 years at 5 million per.

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MAILBAG: Week of February 24th

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 24 2014 06:48PM

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The Olympics are done, the Marlies back-to-back weekend has come to and end, and I can attempt to sleep again. It's a miracle! But first, let's get to some questions.

If you'd like to submit a question, email me at jeffler@gmail.com, or tweet your question with the hashtag #TLNMailbag. Tagging @Jeffler would be a fun courtesy, but unneccessary, especially if you're closing in on character limits. You can also leave your question in the comments of this post. 

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