'The Komarov Rule'

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 06 2014 11:41AM


It's Thursday afternoon, and there isn't really anything new to report about the Leafs at this time. We have recaps in text and video form up for yesterday's game. The media is being nicer to Dave Bolland than they are to Phil Kessel for not speaking to the media, but I can't stretch that double standard into a post. But I was told a pretty awesome story involving everybody's favourite Estonian-born Finnish Pest that speaks a billion languages and currently plays in Russia.

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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2014 08:13PM


The Toronto Maple Leafs have played sixty four games this season. In nineteen of those games, they had a lead in the third period that they allowed the opposition to eliminate. Until today. Today.. it went up to twenty.

You'd think this would get more attention, but somehow, it's flown under the radar. Much like New York's penalty killing unit did tonight, until it was too late to react. Thankfully for the Leafs though, the Rangers only got to the "Game Tying Goal" stage tonight, as Tyler Bozak's two goals were the difference maker in a 3-2 overtime victory, their first since the Olympic break.

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Leafs Trade Nothing For Nobody

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2014 01:35PM


The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a big splash today, trading nobody to no team in particular for the rights to absolutely nothing. Nothing, a 0th round pick in the 0000 NHL Entry Draft, has been praised as a "no mistakes, sneaky" player, and while he offers no offensive presence, will never come back to haunt his team.

No, seriously. The deadline has passed, and the Leafs have made no trades.

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LIVEBLOG: Trade Deadline Day

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2014 07:29AM


The National Hockey League's trade deadline is approaching. Not in a few weeks, or days. We're talking hours. It's time for teams to decide whether they're serious about making the next step towards the greatest trophy in all of sports, or perhaps parachute out of the season.

This year's deadline is particularly interesting. The salary cap's limited increase last year puts the league at a level where much it's teams are lacking room to work with, meaning some serious creativity will be required to make a lot of moves work. Lots of teams have found themselves surprise buyers or sellers. Also, for whatever reason, no goalie is safe.

As for the Leafs, none of us are really sure what they're going do today. I don't even think Dave Nonis knows. We do know that 1.2 million dollars were freed this week by waiving Frazer McLaren and Trevor Smith, and that in a perfect world, a number one centre and number two defenceman would be heading to Toronto today.

This is a live blog of the day's events, coming to you from the Mastercard Centre of Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke. Updates are in newest-to-oldest order, with the most recent just under this line.

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Coincidence, or Contingency Plan?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 04 2014 12:16PM


After yesterday's loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets, there was maybe one thing that everybody could agree on; James Reimer had a very solid outing. In his first start since January 25th, Reimer made 30 saves on 32 shots, and neither goal against was particularly "weak". It was a start that the 1B of the Leafs' Goaltending Operation absolutely needed to have for the sake of getting more opportunities to play.

But what if I said that those opportunities could come from another team? What if I said the organization has, maybe unintentionally, a setup in place that has them prepared in case of a goalie trade tomorrow? It's a crazy thought, but run with me here.

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