Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts: Quotable Quotes

Pension Plan Puppets
February 10 2012 07:17AM

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: MATT WRIGHT @MATTWRIGHT9

Tomorrow, I'm travelling from Newfoundland to watch the Leafs host the Habs on Saturday night. I haven't been at a game since the last playoff run the Leafs had. My mother had bought tickets for Mama Mia and my dad strategically said he wanted to take a "walk" to see what the playoff atmosphere was like in Toronto. Several hundred dollars, two scalpers, and one furious mother, my dad and I saw Gary Roberts pot the only two goals in a 2-0 shutout win against the Senators.

So here's the game plan:  Friday we arrive at lunch and essentially have no plans. We're getting up Saturday to do the Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame. We've got a reservation at Real Sports for dinner, then to the ACC, then going out. Sunday we're hitting the Raptors/Lakers and heading home shortly after. Anyone who has recommendations for four 23 year old Newfoundlanders to fill up the remainder of our time, please tweet them to @mattwright9.

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Grabovski News!

Jonathan Willis
February 09 2012 11:07PM

As a pending unrestricted free agent, Mikhail Grabovski has seen his name pop up in more than a few trade rumours over the last while. Fortunately for those who believe he’s a superb player (and he is, even when he isn’t making much glorious goal), there are solid indications that he isn’t going anywhere.

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A Great Trade: Lupul, Gardiner and Beauchemin One Year On

Pension Plan Puppets
February 09 2012 12:03AM

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: Matt Beauvais

As the Leafs head into the, ahem, aptly named City of Brotherly Love, the Buds find Claude Giroux and the Flyers celebrating an important date in the club's history. 

It was 46 years ago to the day, February 9th, 1966, that then Eagles executive Ed Snider (who is also a movie producer now...no, really) and his group were awarded one of six expansion NHL franchises that were to begin play in the 1967-68 season. The Philadelphia bid came and pulled the rug from under what appeared to be a lock in a bid from Baltimore. In retrospect, one can only help but wonder how hockey in Maryland's largest city might have affected the life plans of one Omar Little.

Coincidentally, February 9th is also an important date in recent Leafs history. 

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Eastern Conference Bubble Update: February 8th

Cam Charron
February 08 2012 12:14PM

The stretch drive has begun in the NHL, and in the Eastern Conference, the standings seem to shift every night as there are five teams with a legitimate shot at bumping each other around at the bottom of the Conference's Top 8. Every couple of weeks, we'll take a look at team's predictive stats: the rate they need to achieve points to hit the current playoffs entry point of 93 points, as well as their goal differential, PDO and Fenwick Tied, measures that help us predict whether a team has earned their spot in the standings.

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Wednesday Morning Hockey-Sense

Danny Gray
February 08 2012 06:38AM

 

 

Maybe a puck shaped like this wouldn't sneak through the "Goose-Hole"

 

Since everyone found yesterday's sequence so easy, here is another one for you to chew on:

 

 

                                        17, 94, 13, 89, 81, ?

 

Throw your best guess in the comments.  

First person with the correct answer gets a virtual high-five. 

Go Leafs Go!

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