Leafs Demote Two, Promote One

JP Nikota
February 25 2012 02:30PM


The move wasn't exactly a big surprise, but it was nevertheless exciting. The Leafs waiving Jay Rosehill and Darryl Boyce was good news all around, but especially so for Matt Frattin

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The Face Of The Franchise

Pension Plan Puppets
February 25 2012 09:30AM

Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.This is blog post #3 for Matt.

BY: MATT STEPHEN @MATTYSTEPHEN

Every team has a few marquee players that can provide a face and brand for the franchise, something for fans to grab hold of. The current incarnation of the Leafs should have enough star power in their two Art Ross candidates Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, as well as a recognizable captain in Phaneuf. However, it's still hard to put your finger on a cohesive personality for this team, unlike, for example, when Sundin led a likeable (at least off-ice) group including Tie Domi, Darcy Tucker, and the late Wade Belak.

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To Trade For Top-Six Size

JP Nikota
February 24 2012 06:56AM


I think most of us can recognize that the Leafs currently have more trouble preventing goals than they do scoring them, but that doesn't mean that Brian Burke shouldn't add to his forward corps if a good player comes available. It wouldn't take a Rick Nash or a Dustin Brown to improve this current Leafs' forward group either; there are other names out there, I'm sure, that could help the Leafs that aren't being discussed on message boards all over the internet.

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Born and Bred

Pension Plan Puppets
February 22 2012 11:31AM

Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.

By: John Lofranco @jtlinmtl

One positive thing about being a Leaf fan in Montreal is that I get to experience the wacky Montreal media and fanbase, and that gives me some much needed perspective on what gets written about the Leafs by Toronto-based "journalists" and the bulk of the Leaf-loving population in Southern Ontario.

The best, most recent example of this was the "Randy Cunneyworth doesn't speak French" debacle. I get that it is somewhat of a cultural issue, but this tempest in a wine glass (French equivalent of teapot?) was mostly media-created. Why would they do such a thing? Because they are jerks, mostly, I think. Also, to get readers, and partially, in some cases, for political purposes. And of course as soon as the media kicks it off, that mushy middle of under-informed, overly-passionate fan runs with it. I won't get into the whole debate here, but suffice it to say, it was nice to see someone else's media being stupid for once.

But we of the Leafs Nation are not without our own, stupid, cultural controversy.

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Breaking Down A Break Down

Pension Plan Puppets
February 21 2012 10:54PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on a goal that could only be described as mind boggling awful. While Jonas Gustavsson has to wear the goat horns for three of the four goals - not so bad you might say if you're Gustavsson's relative - the first goal was the Leafs' defensive efforts on the season in a nutshell. Ok, maybe the bad goaltending is the nutshell. Or maybe the Leafs' season has two nuts in one shell. Whatever. Come after the jump for a highly technical breakdown.

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