Why the return of Dave Keon is a sign that the Leafs are headed in the right direction

Jeff Veillette
January 26 2016 08:47AM

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Dave Keon stepped onto the ice of the Air Canada Centre with the daughters of Turk Broda and Tim Horton on Saturday night as part of the revealing of his Legends Row statue. It a rare appearance for him, and the first time that he's come out to accept an individual accolade from the club. The crowd gave him a heroes welcome. He played along. It was a great moment.

In fact, maybe it was more than a great moment. To me, it's a sign that, after decades of perceived (and often proven) ineptitude, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on a grand scale, have their heads in check.

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Mark Arcobello named AHL Player of the Week

Jeff Veillette
January 25 2016 02:36PM

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The Toronto Marlies continued their utter domination of the American Hockey League this week, winning three consecutive games against Syracuse and Utica to bolster their near-0.800 record. At this point, domination has evolved from a surprise to an expectation. It's always nice to see an individual have a stretch where they take over, though; much like Mark Arcobello had this week. His efforts were so above and beyond that they earned him player of the week honours from the league.

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Leafs looking to make difficult trades ahead of deadline

Ryan Fancey
January 25 2016 12:57PM

It seems like we've been counting down to the Leafs' purge of cheap veteran players since the days they were signed last summer. In a little over a month, we'll finally see what they get to show for them.

The most obvious names we've looked at all season are the pending free agents, and as the team currently sits, there's seven guys on the roster fitting that bill - Polak, Reimer, Boyes, Parenteau, Spaling, Matthias, and Grabner. Eight if you include Rich Clune.

But we can't forget about players who still have a year or five left on their contracts either. Lamoriello and his front office are still somewhat in scorched earth mode, and they might have a chance at moving out a name or two that saves the team some more coin down the road.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: January 24th Edition

Jon Steitzer
January 25 2016 08:59AM

It's Power Rankings Time! It's time to look back on the week that was, see the Leafs put up a 1-1-1 record, and basically assess everyone based on their trade value except for the legitimate praise directed at Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner. It's good to have traditions. This one is mine.

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TLN Monday Mailbobby: January 25th

Bobby Cappuccino
January 25 2016 07:30AM

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It me, Bobby Cappucino taking over the mailbag from Jeffler because TLN overlord Justin Fisher is tired of Jeff's BS (bad stuff). 

As such, I asked for questions on Twitter for the first ever #Mailbobby and here are the questions I got. There are some good ones and some bad ones, but I answer them all with gusto and conviction. And if I know one thing from worshipping the MSM - that's all that really matters.

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