Leafs at the World Juniors: When Canada was Toronto's Team

Jeff Veillette
December 22 2015 03:26AM

A lot has been made of the Leafs' presence at the World Juniors this year. I can't blame the masses; the Leafs are sending five prospects, two of which amongst the world's best in William Nylander and Mitch Marner, another blue-chipper in Kasperi Kapanen, an underdog in Dmytro Timashov, and a steady secondary addition to team Canada in Travis Dermott. All five of these guys could end up being NHLers. But what if I told you that there was a year that Leafed at levels beyond comprehension?

Let me take you back to 2003. Specifically, we'll head to team Canada.

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Leafs Postgame: Homecoming Hat Trick

Jeff Veillette
December 21 2015 10:51PM

Tyler Bozak may have been born in Regina, but his hockey birth came in Colorado. After a few years of decent to very good numbers in the BCHL, the centre made the jump to the University of Denver, where he went from undrafted player with an outside shot to one of the hottest-pursued college free agents of the modern era. The Leafs may have won the bidding war (sorry, Ottawa), but to this day, the 29-year-old still calls Denver a second home, even visiting from time to time.

This visit, however, was less than friendly, as Bozak picked up a Hat Trick as part of his team's push to a 7-4 victory.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: December 21st

Jeff Veillette
December 21 2015 03:30PM

theleafsnation

This intro paragraph is for sale.

No, but seriously, I've got nothing this week. I don't most other weeks earlier, but this is dire. Let's just jump straight into your questions!

*cough*

Sorry. But seriously, read on.

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LGD: Inentional vs. Unintentional Tanking

Cat Silverman
December 21 2015 01:20PM

If you haven't watched the Colorado Avalanche since their awe-inspiring 2013-2014 season, not a whole lot has changed. 

They still post subpar possession numbers. Semyon Varlamov is still pretty damn good at tending net. Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon are both still trending up, Matt Duchene is still underappreciated, and their defence is still one giant question mark. 

The only thing that's changed? Their luck. 

That, my friends, is the difference between a team being intentionally sub-par (a la the current Leafs) and unintentionally tanking their second consecutive season (a la the current Avalanche). Buckle up, ladies and gents - tonight is gonna be fun. 

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Leafs Prospect Cody Donaghey Traded From Halifax to Moncton

Jon Steitzer
December 21 2015 12:10PM

It's World Junior time, but it's also very close to CHL trade deadline time. With that comes all the excitement of watching prospects you've possibly forgotten about moving to new teams in hopes that they might get a few extra playoff games. 

Today's move involves former training camp signee Cody Donaghey...

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