What to expect from Phil Kessel's practice habits down the stretch

Cam Charron
February 27 2014 01:42PM

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The point an old elementary school science teacher of mine would hammer home when discussing the scientific method was that it must be replicated: an experiment is basically useless if it can only be performed once and not over and over and over again.

The way he'd explain this is that the steps of the experiment would need to be carefully written down so that somebody who didn't know you at all would you able to replicate and see if he or she would find the same results. The personification of this hypothetical humanoid replicating the experiment was often an alien descending from outer space.

Let's take that same alien, who, in between trying to replicate all the crappy fifth grade science experiments found in his inbox (and that's his day job) decided to tune into Toronto Maple Leafs games. The catch is that the alien pays attention to the Leafs, strictly on game days, from puck drop to the end of the game.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - February 27, 2014 - Preaching at the Alter

Steve Dangle
February 27 2014 12:09AM

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On this two-hour extravaganza, Dave Alter joins the show to talk about the Leafs home stretch, Bolland, Olympic fallout, and trade talk.

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Marlies School Senators in 4-2 Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 26 2014 03:57PM

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There's nothing quite like hearing the drop to Flux Pavilion's Do Or Die while kids scream at 10 in the morning to make you feel alive. Yes, it's another Toronto Marlies school day game, the second of three this season. They're a great opportunity for the organization to reach a new, younger audience that can become new fans in the future, or at least give them a day away from class. From the team's perspective, it lets them shake up their routines a bit and probably messes with them less than the team coming in to face them. Today, that opponent was the Binghamton Senators, who they defeated by a score of 4-2.

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Lets Talk About David Bolland

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 25 2014 03:23PM

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When word came out that David Bolland was skating with the team and practicing on the third line, people had reason to be incredibly excited. Bolland, after all is a good hockey player. Specifically, he is better than the players who fill his place during times of injury. As such, this should theoretically make the Leafs a better hockey team as a whole when he is in the lineup.

There was one lingering concern as he recovered from his ankle laceration, however. Were the Leafs going to take the plunge on an extension without a long look at his post-recovery play? After all, this the same team who gave John-Michael Liles a long term deal while still recovering from a pretty serious concussion, and David Bolland is the same player who will now have to play with a special skate for the rest of his life. To make matters worse, they have exactly fifteen games to work with when evaluating his time with the blue and white.

So when months passed with nothing more than whispers, all was good in the world. But with his return imminent, the rumour mill is buzzing yet again. Bob McKenzie was on That's Hockey yesterday, and mentioned that Bolland will be looking for as much as David Clarkson money, but more likely something in the range of 4.5 to 5 million dollars. Some think this is fair, using terms such as "heart and soul of the team" (has played 15 games in Toronto) and "knows how to win" (supporting piece on modern day dynasty). I wanted to see if it was.

EDIT: Sportsnet is now reporting that he is seeking 7-8 years at 5 million per.

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MAILBAG: Week of February 24th

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 24 2014 06:48PM

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The Olympics are done, the Marlies back-to-back weekend has come to and end, and I can attempt to sleep again. It's a miracle! But first, let's get to some questions.

If you'd like to submit a question, email me at jeffler@gmail.com, or tweet your question with the hashtag #TLNMailbag. Tagging @Jeffler would be a fun courtesy, but unneccessary, especially if you're closing in on character limits. You can also leave your question in the comments of this post. 

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