Doug Gilmour, the 1993 Maple Leafs, and the need for perspective

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 05 2012 05:49AM


Our friend Jeff Veillette from
Leafs HQ and Marlies HQ will stop by from time to time to give us his perspective on the Marlies and ruminate on the Leafs. Today, he takes issue with a Maple Leafs fan poll that listed Doug Gilmour as the best centreman in Leafs history .

Remember that team? The one that was one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals after a couple of dismal seasons? Their regular season and playoff points leader may have been a little bit on the short side, but his dazzling passing ability brought the team back from the dead.  Then, who could forget the whiz kid sniper! He may not have been from around here, and his production may have dropped come playoff time, but he was always good for a goal that lifted you off your seat. How about the veteran leader, who's best days were thought to be behind him, but still had a solid year and a massive trio of playoff rounds?

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NHL cancels part of October schedule, other Leaflets

Cam Charron
October 04 2012 03:54PM

This isn't the first time that the NHL has cancelled the schedule, but it's the first time that they've cancelled regular season games in 2012. Last season, the NBA cancelled games, not the schedule, but the actual, legitimate games, 34 days in advance. The NHL is about a fortnight behind. 

According to the NBA last season, it would take about 30 days to get everything ready between agreement and the start of the season. The NHL, presumably, will need 20 days to get everything in order, which includes creating a new schedule. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy notes that the NHL has only cancelled the schedule, so the chance of an 82-game season is theoretically possible, but the dates on the calendar that you may have circled beforehand can go in the trash now. Even if there is a season, the schedule will have to be re-done.

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Dangle's Cards: Who's the MVP?

Steve Dangle
October 04 2012 12:49PM

Who would (or will be?) be this NHL season's MVP?

Click "Read Artcle" to watch the video, answer the question, and you could win one of two game-used jersey cards of Danny Briere or Steve Mason! (One of which probably isn't the MVP)

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Nik Kulemin: A Tale of Two Styles

Gus Katsaros
October 04 2012 09:26AM

The well documented scoring decline of Nik Kulemin has been picked through with a fine-toothed comb both offensively and defensively.

The numbers paint an interesting story.

This isn’t meant to analyze the actual scoring decline. Instead the contrast in the 26-year-old’s approach to the game and type of skills and work ethic opposes each other to the detriment of one thing:

Goal scoring.

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The Tale of Don and Dallas

Steve Dangle
October 03 2012 09:01PM

I really wanted to make the title for this just "Dallas Eakins calls out Don Cherry." That's a catchier, more eye-grabbing title. While Eakins does issue somewhat of a challenge to Grapes, he really could not have been more polite and eloquent in doing so.

Due to recent comments the Toronto Marlies head coach made about Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri (which you can read about on theleafsnation.com), Don Cherry decided to fire back at the Toronto Maple Leafs organization with a Twitter rant criticizing the team's handling of Kadri (which you can also read about on theleafsnation.com).

Inevitably of course, Eakins had to respond. Read on to watch the video (only 2:10 in length). After that, I want to go through the things Eakins said after the jump. Eakins' words bolded and italicized.

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