Monday Mailbag: Special Assignment

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 17 2015 01:45PM

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Based on Lou Lamorellio's rules about high jersey numbers and staying away from Twitter dot com, the following roster players are safe from his eventual wrath: Stephane Robidas, Richard Panik, James Reimer. I'm pretty sure Robidas is too old to use technology, Panik is nervous about his English, and heaven forbid that Reimer sees someone use naughty language on his phone.

Congratulations to those three for making the cut. Everybody else, watch your back. New signings, be cautious. 

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TLN Prospect Profile: #15 Carter Verhaeghe

Shawn Reis
August 17 2015 08:45AM

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Our #15 prospect is forward Carter Verhaeghe, who has put up 82 points in the OHL for the Niagara Ice Dogs each of the past two seasons.  Let's take a closer look at Verhaeghe, his playing style, his production, and what's in store for him next season as he figures to make the jump to professional hockey.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Tim Horton

Justin Fisher
August 16 2015 04:19PM

Tim Horton is easily one of the most recognizable names in Maple Leafs history. It helps of course that his name is plastered on giant signs at 4,500+ coffee shops worldwide, but still pretty impressive nonetheless.

Just a heads up... There's going to be a few coffee jokes in here. Deal with it.

Horton was born in Cochrane, Ontario in 1930, playing hockey in his hometown and in nearby Timmins. In his late teens, he was discovered and signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horton would move to the big city and continue his development at St. Michael's College with the OHA Majors. Graduating to professional hockey in 1949, Horton spent three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Hornets before breaking in with the Leafs full-time in 1952. Horton would remain with the organization until 1970.

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The 2015 NHL Offseason: Winners, Losers, and Everybody In the Middle

Cam Lewis
August 16 2015 08:00AM

Over the past couple weeks, I've been breaking down the good and the bad of what's happened so far during the 2015 NHL offseason. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle. Hey, it's the summer and we still have like seven weeks until the season starts, so it's the perfect time to sit back and speculate. 

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Charlie Conacher

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 16 2015 06:44AM

The weird thing about a team as illustrious as the Toronto Maple Leafs was that, despite being only behind the Montreal Canadiens in the historical depth charts, they rarely had players that you could argue to be the best in the world, even in their role. They'd grab a Borje Salming, but Denis Potvin would be across the border ready to take him in Long Island. Mats Sundin was a first-ballot hall of famer, but played in the Gretzky-Lemieux-Jagr stretch generation, with even further talent overlapping him on any given year. Darryl Sittler would get out-shone by Guy Lafleur. Frank Mahovlich was no Gordie Howe. It goes on, and on.

But Charlie Conacher was the exception to that rule. Not only did he have his moment where he was the best, he had his better part of a decade. Charlie Conacher was the thirties, something no other Leaf could truly compare to.

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