The Steve Dangle Podcast - Sep 22, 2016 - Nucleus of the Caring

Steve Dangle
September 23 2016 04:07PM

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On this episode, we talk about the Lupul loophole, Team USA and their cavalcade of verbal nonsense, and Adam gets mad at the Internet.

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What Game Score says about the Leafs at the World Cup

Dom Luszczyszyn
September 23 2016 12:25PM

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The round robin of the World Cup is over and the playoff stage is about to kick off. What does that mean for the Leafs? Well, it's the playoffs so it means they don't get to play anymore. A little joke, but it's actually true as Nikita Zaitsev is the last Leaf standing. Perhaps he hasn't learned that part of Leafs culture yet.

That makes now the perfect time for some quick analysis of how the Leafs fared during the very short tournament. Many readers were up in arms when site overlord Jeff Veillette did something similar after the pre-tournament games which I thought was a little unfair since it wasn't meant to be a predictive exercise, just a descriptive one. 

This one will be much the same, with all the caveats that small sample size randomness brings to the table. To reiterate, this is just a quick analysis of how each player performed, and not how they will perform as a Leaf.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 23 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs win prospects tournament, Lupul hurt again, Sedin era in Vancouver coming to an end, Flames need to fix their salary cap issues, Jesse Puljujarvi ready to ruin plans, get your Oilers karma right heading into season, a classic goalie scrap, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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It's hard not to feel bad for Joffrey Lupul in this situation

Jeff Veillette
September 22 2016 11:43AM

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We've been talking about this for months; or rather, we haven't. Joffrey Lupul's banishment from the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup had become such a foregone conclusion that people stopped specifying "if he plays" as early as July, 

Today, everybody's expectations were finally confirmed, as both Lou Lamoriello and Lupul himself put out statements to the world.

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Canada Crushes Europe 4-1; Awaits Semi-Finals Opponent

J.D. Burke
September 21 2016 09:48PM

While both of tonight's World Cup of Hockey combatants entered their showdown with a spot in the semi-finals assured, there were high stakes at play for this clash between Canada's hockey establishment and the European conglomerate cobbled together for this tournament's sake. 

A win tonight and the victor would avoid Team Sweden and wait out a match with Team North America or Team Russia -- opponents that seem favourable relative to the Tre Kronor.

With tonight's 4-1 victory, Canada now awaits either their time honoured cross-Atlantic rivals in Russia or some of their country's young in the semi-finals. And they made it look so, so easy. Without Shea Weber, Ryan Getzlaf and Carey Price, the Canadians dispatched Europe in short order, outshooting Europe 46-20 in the process.

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