Leafs Make First Cuts / D'Amigo's Leadership Leap?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 17 2013 02:27PM

With two preseason games over and done with, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first set of cuts. Frederick Gauthier, Ryan Rupert, and Kevin Raine (non-signed invite) were sent to their respective junior teams for another year of development, but in the short term, they've also cut eleven other players, who have found their way to the Toronto Marlies roster in anticipation of their training camp. 

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In Defence of Tyler Bozak

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 09 2013 11:58PM

As we've made very, very clear here on TheLeafsNation.com, Tyler Bozak is probably being paid too much for too long to play in a role he probably shouldn't be by the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that considered, we've all beat up on him quite a bit all offseason. Some (points fingers at self) of us to his face. But hey, I bet one can think of some things we do like about them. Steve and Adam asked me on yesterday's podcast to see if I was able to think of some, and you know what? There are a few things worth bringing up:

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Mason Raymond Joins Leafs on PTO

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 08 2013 08:03PM

Do you have a player that you know is far from a superstar, probably won't hit his originally thought potential, and might even make too much money for what he contributes to his team, but you're a massive fan despite all rational thought? The Canucks are my "second team". They have been almost as long as the Leafs have been my first (thanks, Pavel Bure). Mason Raymond, to me, is "that player".

As such, I'm more than happy to see that he will be reporting to Leafs training camp as part of a Professional Tryout. Here's what you should know... 

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 6 - Jesse Blacker

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 08 2013 01:21PM

Name : Jesse Blacker

Position: Defense   
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Size: 6’1, 190 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 2nd Round, 58th Overall in 2009

Before we get into the article, I'd like to apologize for the mix up in the order of these posts over the past couple of days. Steve thought I was writing this post. I thought Steve was writing this post. Friday came, and we both pointed fingers at each other. We decided that I'd write it, because I originally wanted to be the one who wrote it, and he's a Marlies player. As well, the blog on Matt Finn came out a couple of days early, because is busy for the next few days (getting married!). He saved it as a draft, and somebody jumped the gun and pressed publish before it's proper release on Monday. We're back on track, though!

Now, with all of that said, I'm happy to be writing this piece. I had Blacker ranked third on my list of prospects, higher than anybody other than Justin, who had him in the same spot. Understandably, it's been four years since he was drafted and he's not the "shiny new toy" pick any more, and some are starting to expect less, but after watching him all of last year, I'm very excited for what he can do moving forward. 

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Bozie vs. Brozie

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 07 2013 10:16PM

 

If this is your first visit to TheLeafsNation.com, welcome! Stay a while, and enjoy the vast variety in topics we like to talk about. If it isn't, you'll know very well that we're big fans of Tyler Bozak on this site. Cam Charron loves him (also this, and this, and this, and this, and this). Jon Steitzer thinks that he's right up there with other first line centres. Blake Murphy is also a fan. Steve Dangle wants to throw him a party. Emily G has been proven to be in love with him. I've got nothing for you on Ryan and Justin, but I'm sure they also have shrines in their rooms. Last but not least, I am his biggest fan. More than anybody else. I'm changing my middle name to Bozak. He's the best.

...okay, maybe not so much. Anyway, like everybody else on the Internet that has ever said, thought, rapped, or improvise danced a negative opinion or feeling to or about Tyler Bozak, I have been blocked by him on Twitter. When? So long ago, that I still thought that he was a good solution to the Leafs top line problems.

Contrary to popular belief, I don't hate Tyler Bozak. I think he brings down the first line by being an obvious not first liner, I think his intangible abilities are grossly overstated, and I think his production doesn't make his paycheque, but I don't hate him. I think he is an NHL level talent. I think his contract is even okay compared to market value, and I don't blame him for signing it. He seems like an good guy 364 days a year, and he appears to get along with his teammates well. He's a decent player that his management sees far too much in.

But he also has me blocked on Twitter. I don't like that, to the point where last year, I tried to get everybody who has me blocked on twitter to unblock me. Even Damien Cox gave in. Now, all that remains are Bozak, Alan Walsh, and a few Leafs fans who dislike my point of view so much that they decided they never wanted to see it again. Today, I tried to fix that. 

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