REPORT: Leafs have contacted Jacques Lemaire for assistant coaching job

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 13 2015 01:30PM

Mike Babcock might already have three assistant coaches to work with in Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith, and Andrew Brewer, but in a world that values the wisdom of crowds, the more is often the merrier. This becomes even more the case when your potential fourth assistant is an all time great, and according to TSN 690 Montreal's Tony Marinaro, the Leafs might just make an addition along those lines in Jacques Lemaire.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #19 Sam Carrick

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 11 2015 03:02PM


When we did these rankings last year, there were a few disagreements regarding who placed where. None of them dragged on as long as the one involving Sam Carrick, however. I ranked him at #12, while most of the staff didn't have him on their lists at all. In particular, Justin thought I was being quite silly.


Fast forward a year, and Carrick is in the top twenty. Here's why.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Borje Salming

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 11 2015 09:00AM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster. 

It's one thing to be really good at sport, but it's another thing altogether to make an impact on the sport itself. Thankfully for the Leafs, Borje Salming was both. In his time with the blue and white, Salming was one of the league's best defencemen, which subsequentially paved the way for millions of young Scandinavians to dream of one day playing in the NHL.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #20 Matt Finn

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 10 2015 12:30PM


Heading into last year's preseason, our expectations for Matt Finn were sky high. He had just come off of a near point-per-game season with the OHL's Guelph Storm, and in the process, captained said team all the way to the Memorial Cup Final. They lost that game, but in the process, he climbed up our charts, making a three position jump from fifth to second on our annual rankings.

Which makes it all the more surreal that we're opening up this year's rankings with a twentieth placed Matt Finn.

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Monday Mailbag: Civil War

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 10 2015 09:00AM


As we make the transition from "oh, hockey is over for a bit" to "OH MY GOD, CAN'T HOCKEY JUST START AGAIN", the crew here at The Leafs Nation are always looking for new things to talk about. As you've probably noticed, we've begun multiple mini-series, looking back, at, and ahead into the history of the Leafs. If you've ever wondered how we decide who the best of the best are for these series, I'll tell you straight up; it's by screaming at each other. The only thing that has stopped Jon and I from coming to blows is a 3500km gap between our houses.

That's what makes us the best. We care and we laugh it off afterward. I don't know what this has to do with the mailbag, but as I'm sure you've noticed, I've given up on pretending the opening paragraph of the mailbag means anything. So, uhh, keep sending in your questions every week! (Seriously though)

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