Leafs trade Fraser to Edmonton for Hartikainen, Abney

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 31 2014 10:44AM


It was only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs made a roster move to clean up the roster mess that November/December's wave of injuries created. Today, the tipping point was reached and a deal was made with the Edmonton Oilers, sending defenceman Mark Fraser to the land of Oil and misery. 

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Mailbag: The Re-Return

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 27 2014 09:03PM

Hey! We tried this thing during the offseason, where I answered people's questions about the Leafs and Marlies once per week. It lasted two consecutive weeks. I tried to revive it a month or so later, which lasted one week. Moral of the story? Jeffler sucks. Don't do a hockey mailbag when people aren't playing hockey. Also, Jeffler Sucks. Let's go for three weeks and beyond this time! Mondays are the goal, though it could slip into another day if gamedays or major stories get in the way.

From this point forward, 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. Without further ado... 

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Marlies Return Home

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 27 2014 02:02PM


Photo Courtesy of  Mike Ivall  / Marlies.ca

A two week road trip is one of those things that sounds great in theory, but eventually becomes taxing and tiring to the point of losing all appreciation of the experience. Particularly when the trip is for work, and your work requires you to go all out for extended periods of time. If I was a pro hockey player and you told me I was playing in seven cities in fourteen days, I'd consider changing careers. That's probably why I'm not a professional hockey player.

The point being, the Toronto Marlies had that trip, going an impressive 5-1-1 over the stretch. On Saturday, they returned home for the second and third of back-to-back-to-back games. Here's what went down: 

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The Brozie Playlist

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 21 2014 02:08PM

Guest Post By Tyler Brozak

So Jeffler goes on Twitter and asks everybody for article ideas. You know, because he's lazier than Alex Kovalev in a preseason blowout. One of his suggestions is this..

So, I'm all  "that's brilliant, you should do that". He's all "waaaahh I'm Jeffler and above that, I'm just going to write a prospect report or something". If he's not going to write that article, I will. If he doesn't like it, he should pick a password that's more secure than grabovski84. 

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Marlies Win In Rockford

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 20 2014 05:24PM


(Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs Twitter)

The Toronto Marlies have a history of sputtering during long road trips. Even this year, their Royal Winter Fair-fuelled departure saw them drop four of six games, cementing the cancelling out of a hot start. Maybe it's bad luck, maybe they make a slight mistake in travel arrangements that makes them 0.6% more tired, or maybe there's something in the air at Ricoh Coliseum that makes them better for a couple of days.

This time around, as their home ice plays the part of "giant swimming pool" for the Boat Show, things actually look kind of positive. Going into Rockford, the Marlies had a 3-0-1 record over nine days, with a --- loss to St. Johns being the only blemish. The mission today? Keep the good times rolling, and slightly ruin the day of the thousands of local school children in attendance. They did just that, winning 3-2. 

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