Talkin' About Practice

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 20 2014 08:35PM

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Photo via @Michael_Peake

Amid the frenzy that is the Olympics, it's a little hard to remember that there are Leafs things still happening ahead of their return game on the 27th. For example, did you know they started practicing yesterday? Yes, while Kulemin, van Riemsdyk, and Kessel continued to chase a shiny circle on a ribbon, the rest of the team hit the ice at the Mastercard Centre and began to get themselves back into gear. Notably on that list? David Bolland, practicing on the third line with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie.

Bolland has missed 45 games after a laceration to his left ankle on November 2nd, and has been able to take advantage of this Olympic break to rehab without technically missing any more time. He seems to feel confident that he'll be good to go soon, and be playing at full steam in no more than a couple of games.

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BONUS MAILBAG: AskFM Edition

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 19 2014 07:16PM

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Also anonymous, but for entirely different reasons

For some reason, my Ask.FM inbox was full of anonymously-sent Leafs questions when I went to go check it yesterday. Of course, the usual was there (hate mail, luvudangler questions, spam, career advice requests despite my ineptitude, angrier hate mail), but there were enough Leafs questions to do a separate mailbag. Here we go:

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SOCHI UPDATE: Gold Hopes End For Kulemin

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 19 2014 12:22PM

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It's not what it looks like...

Today was the start of the significant knockout rounds in the Mens Hockey component of the Olympics, and as such, all three Leafs participants had a chance for their Gold Medal Hopes to either be closer to realization or completely taken away. Nikolai Kulemin and Russia took on the Finns, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk faced off against the Czechs. Here's what went down:

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MAILBAG: Week of February 18th

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 18 2014 09:15PM

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You know what the worst part about long weekends is? Trying to remember what the day is and completely messing up your personal schedule. Wait, does that just happen to me? Do I just suck that badly? Anyway, at around 4PM yesterday I realized that I had to put out a mailbag article, but had no questions to do it for, and pushed it to today. Thankfully, everybody came through really nicely. Let's begin!

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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Marlies Win In ACC Appearance

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 17 2014 08:28PM

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It's really cool when the Toronto Marlies play at the Air Canada Centre. The entire building is pretty full, I'm still recovering from eating tons of seafood two days before, Team Canada is a good side subject, and the Hamilton Bulldogs always put up a good...

This isn't the "Boxing Day Classic", is it? I haven't seen my extended family in a while. The upper bowl is tarped off. Nobody on Team Canada is under 20..

This year, the Marlies decided that it would be a good idea to have two games here instead of one. It's a little weird, but I can appreciate it. It keeps the ice in use during the Olympics, gives more guys an opportunity to to play in the building they hope to make it to permanently, and boosts attendance (even with no upper bowl, they sold 3000 more tickets than a Ricoh sellout). It's easier to get to the rink, and it's a cheap way for families to bring their kids where the Leafs way on.. Family Day! Most of all, it was a successful night out for the blue and white, beating the Texas Stars by a score of 4-1.

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