Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 14 2013 12:35PM


With the Toronto Maple Leafs roster dropping like flies to injuries, potential suspensions, and actually playing with a lack of results, a lot of people have asked me over the past week or so who from the Marlies deserve a look at the NHL level, either by lack of depth or by earned play. 

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Pay The Captain His Money

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 07 2013 03:18PM

Not long after locking up Phil Kessel for the next eight years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are zeroing in on locking up another core piece. As I'm sure you've all read, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in negotiations to retain Captain Dion Phaneuf for the long haul. Acquired in the second year of a 6-Year, $39 Million contract signed with the Calgary Flames, Phaneuf would be an unrestricted free agent if he walked away from the Leafs' offers.

Nick Kypreos suggested on October 29th that Phaneuf has set the bar for himself at 7 years, $50 million, for a cap hit of $7.14 million dollars. The Leafs are still looking to chip that number down, and as such, no pen has been put to paper. Meanwhile, Leafs Nation has had some time to absorb the numbers and adjust their feelings towards the team's top defenceman. 

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Leafs Sign Jerred Smithson

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 06 2013 03:17PM

It looks like the Leafs are taking the temporary fix route to their centre crisis, signing Jerred Smithson to a 1-year contract ahead of Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils. While not the big splash that some were hoping for, it's probably the sanest move. Why? Read on. 

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POSTGAME - Leafs Sweep Alberta

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 30 2013 10:49PM

HEY DID YOU KNOW THAT THING ABOUT THE C'S? Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs had lost four games this year, going into tonight's game. Yes, their losses came against Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, and Columbus, whose city names all start with the letter C. Yes, Calgary also starts with that letter, and no, the Illuminati isn't out to get you. More important than alphabetical curses tonight was the chance to take a four point lead on the Atlantic Division. This was a night where exorcism and lead extension were in play, however, and the Leafs extended their Western Canada road trip record to 2-0-0 going into the conclusion. 

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The Phil Kessel Bus-Tossing Database

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 30 2013 08:21AM


Phil Kessel is awesome. The man who we described on here as a steal at eight million dollars per season now has nine goals and nine assists in just thirteen games. This is probably unsustainable, to say the least, but it appears likely that Kessel will have his third consecutive point-per-game season in blue and white, and his fifth at a 30+ goal pace. Forget about whether there's a way to get more out of him for a second. We can all agree the Leafs should be very happy to have him, right? About that... here's just a small sample of the Toronto Media over the past few years. 

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