Leafs Call Up John-Michael Liles

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 28 2013 10:08AM

 

If the Toronto Maple Leafs really were rewarding players based on performance, it seemed like just a matter of time before John-Michael Liles clawed his way back in to the NHL, even if for a brief stay. Now, twenty nine days after clearing waivers and being assigned to the Toronto Marlies, he's back with the big club.

"I think we have quite a few really good defencemen in this organization and its never a bad thing to have. It just makes for a couple of odd guys out every now and again." said Liles when originally sent down, and so far, he appears to be right. While forwards have made their way up and down over the past few weeks, it's been hard for any defencemen to make a leap in any part of the organization. 

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Marlies Fall 3-2 To Rockford

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 23 2013 08:01PM

As we all know, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a chip to their high-flying armour against the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night. While a win against Anaheim put them in the right direction, there's still something to be said about a little organizational revenge. Tonight was an opportunity for that, as the Rockford IceHogs came into town to take on the Toronto Marlies in an AHL version of the matchup. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't cease it. Despite an early 2-0 lead, Rockford scored three straight to take the two points. 

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Marlies Win 2-1 Over Hamilton

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 20 2013 04:01PM

The Toronto Marlies / Hamilton Bulldogs rivalry may be the most repetitive in professional hockey. Partially due to proximity, and partially due to the AHL's concept of scheduling, the two teams face each other twice every preseason, and a whopping dozen times over the course of the regular season. On one hand, having 18% of guaranteed games against the same team can be stale to some, but makes the games very heated. Not only are you developing these players to become NHLers, you're developing them go have pre-existing hatred once they get there. This plays out well for the Leafs and Habs;  just look at how Nazem Kadri lines up against, well, anybody under 23 in Montreal. In that sense, the repetition yeilds entertainment rewards.

Neither team is thinking about that on the ice, though. They're focusing on two points, and today was Game 1 of those dozen  matchups. The Marlies made the best of it,, and walked out with a 2-1 win. 

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Music City Miracle: Outplayed Leafs win 4-0

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 10 2013 09:54PM

Sometimes, your team isn't ready for an overwhelming opposition. You have flashes of briliance, but that other team just gives it to you. For some crazy reason, though, you  end up pulling through and winning the game. The Leafs had one of those nights tonight. As they do often, but that's a topic for another day. The main point, however, is that the Nashville Predators are probably scratching their heads right now, as the Maple Leafs head back to Toronto with a 4-0 win. 

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Come Watch Hockey With Us!

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 09 2013 10:12AM

Do you like the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do you like hanging out with people? Do you like free food? If you answered no to all three of these questions, you're either being a jerk, or the rest of this post isn't for you.

If you said YES to all three of these ideas, or at least one or two of them with enough strength to overwhelm the ones that you don't, I have an invitation to drop off to somebody who reads this: 

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