Brennan Represents Marlies in AHL Skills Competition

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 11 2014 06:21PM

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I talked a bit about T.J. Brennan's domination for the Toronto Marlies in an article this morning, and tonight he had the chance to show off his skills on a bigger stage. The bulk of the anticipation came from his appearance in the Hardest Shot competition, and he impressed. While not the hardest, Brennan fired shots at 100.4, 101.5, and 100.6 miles per hour.

But his best moment? This goal in the breakaway challenge, pulling a card out of Pavel Datsyuk's book:

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TJ Brennan's Domination

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 10 2014 10:29PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled to get offence from the back end throughout their season. Dion Phaneuf has had a stellar defensive season, but is putting up some of his worst even strength numbers in his career. Cody Franson, who has been quietly been one of the league's premier offensive threats on the point since coming into the league, has fallen flat. Morgan Rielly still has a habit of looking like the teenager that he is, and while Jake Gardiner is having a better year offensively than last year, it's a slight improvement on a disastrous shortened 2013 season. Paul Ranger is the Leafs' best offensive defenceman at the moment (ES points per 60 minutes), which speaks for itself.

We can argue why all these things are what they are until the cows come home. Maybe the Leafs picked the wrong players? Maybe Randy Carlyle is using them incorrectly? Maybe it doesn't matter how often they make offence, as long as they prevent.. never mind.

But what if I told you that down the street, there was the polar opposite? An moderately young offensive defenceman so dominant, that he may just be the biggest impact player in professional hockey right now, on a relative scale?

Enter T.J. Brennan.

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Mailbag: Week of February 10th

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 10 2014 09:30AM

 

So, there wasn't a mailbag last week, but that wasn't me "giving up" on the concept. Rather, I got slapped in the mouth with a nasty case of Strep Throat, which lead to it hurting to speak, swallow, breathe, or think. Needless to say, I was in no shape to answer a mailbag. But today? 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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The Steve Dangle Podcast - February 9, 2014 - Haha the Leafs beat the Canucks

Steve Dangle
February 09 2014 05:09PM

In this episode, haha, the Leafs beat the Canucks! Followed by Olympic talk and the newest instalment of luvudangler.

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LFR7 - Game 60 - SexyBack - Van 1, Tor 3

Steve Dangle
February 09 2014 04:32PM

 

The Leafs head into the Olympics hot! Against a Canadian team, too.

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