Tuesday Mailbag: I'm Still Alive

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 23 2015 07:53AM

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You may have noticed that I've been posting a lot less over the past little bit. It'll probably be like that for another month or so; I've been working non-stop, and head out on the Five Hole For Food tour in a week. (We'll talk more about that in a couple of days!). You'll still see a bit of content from me, but for now, I think the other, more intelligent writers on the staff (everybody other than Bobby) have it under control.

With that said, the mailbag is still a thing! Catherine took it over for the past two weeks, but I'm back behind the wheel today to answer some of your questions.

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What would other fans give up for Phil Kessel?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 14 2015 06:27PM

As the NHL draft approaches, speculation continues to heat up regarding Phil Kessel. The 27-year-old winger has been the cornerstone of this franchise since he was acquired from the Boston Bruins in 2009, but as the team heads in a new direction, they might consider cashing in their biggest asset. But it takes two to make a transaction, which left us wondering; how do fans of other teams feel about adding him to their roster?

We looked at some of the Kessel threads in team-specific subreddits, many of whom pride themselves as "more intelligent" communities, to see how they felt he would fit, and what they would give up.

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #7 - Christian Ehrhoff

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 12 2015 09:00AM

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?

Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.

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Marlies Hire Sheldon Keefe As Head Coach

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 08 2015 08:03AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the hiring of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe, to take over the bench duties of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

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Leafs Sign Andreas Johnson to Entry Level Contract

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 04 2015 03:29PM

After months of speculation and occasional fan panic, the Toronto Maple Leafs have delighted prospect enthusiasts everywhere by finally signing Swedish prospect Andreas Johnson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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