December 24 2016 02:36PM
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It's Christmas Eve! That means a lot of different things to a lot of different people; for me, it means seafood, pasta, and games with my stereotypically Italian-Canadian family at my Zia's house. You might have your own traditions, or you might just have some time off, and that's totally cool too.
Before I go stuff my face, though, I come bearing some Christmas wishes for the Leafs. Here's what's on my mind on this holiday Saturday afternoon:
December 24 2016 12:11PM
Auston Matthews returns home for the holidays and Santa brings the Leafs a 4-1 win on the second half of a back-to-back. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 24 2016 08:58AM
Maybe it's the time of year and the hustle and bustle of it all. Maybe it's the familiar (if not valid) refrain of another NHL retiree, an enforcer in this case, to some, "complaining" about a job he signed up for and was paid handsomely to do, simply because that job, as most inherently physical ones do, comes with a price, and in this case a heavy one.
Either way, I'm quite struck by the eerie silence surrounding the announcement as documented by TSN's excellent investigate sports reporter, Rick Westhead. An appeals board in California for a worker's compensation case has ruled that the New Jersey Devils are culpable and were negligent in withholding medical information and evidence surrounding their former player, Mike Peluso -- and it's information that would have potentially (almost certainly, one might deduce logically), have guided Peluso in a different direction from playing certain games and for certain stretches in time, when he should not have, due to concussions, mostly acquired from fighting.
December 23 2016 11:04PM
We’re back at it again with a recap and rundown of episode two of the EPIX series - The Road To the Outdoor Classics. Episode one was our building of a legend episode. Part two is our human interest section of The Road To. Our gravelly narrator is back at it to remind is all of the legacy of Toronto and decades of passion. So what did the Leafs get up to?
December 23 2016 10:55PM
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You know the excitement for Arizona's prodigal son was real when the Coyotes straight up went to Twitter and conceded that yes, it's fine if you're showing up wearing #34 in blue on your back for this one. I genuinely appreciate that; it's nice to see a market slowly turn from an emerging one to a talent-producing one.
I also appreciate that after the love-fest ended and Matthews took the opening draw against Shane Doan, the Leafs wasted no time in running the show once again, beating their howlin' opponents by a score of 4-1.