On Parachute Theory, or why Jason Blake's Maple Leafs tenure was secretly a success

Jeff Veillette
February 11 2015 06:36AM

It was the summer of 2007, the early years of the Behind the Net era, when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jason Blake. 

Blake, a 34-year-old winger coming off of a 40 goal season, was thought to be a true beneficiary of the NHL's post-lockout rules changes. Then Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. gambled that Blake's true talent level was that of the 40 goal scorer he'd been in the 2006-07 season, and not the consistent 20 goal he'd been for much of his career. Blake never scored more than 25 goals in a single season again. 

Ferguson's gamble was regarded as a failure and it was in some respects. Upon closer examination though it becomes apparent that while the Maple Leafs' gamble on Blake was unsound, he ultimately provided the club with solid value during his Toronto tenure. In fact, the mindset attached to his departure may be one that the Leafs should consider carrying into this year's traded deadline.

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Leafs Post-Game: Leafs Lose!

Shawn Reis
February 10 2015 08:47PM

The Leafs gave us a scare at the end, but the New York Rangers were able to hold on for a big 5-4 win against the Leafs Tuesday night at Air Canada Center.

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Five Things Clarkson and Horachek (Probably) Discussed During Their 'Animated' Chat

Justin Fisher
February 10 2015 05:00PM

In case you missed it, Toronto Maple Leafs interim head coach Peter Horachek and winger David Clarkson had a heated discussion during practice this morning after Clarkson was told he'd be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

As no one from TLN was within earshot of this "animated" exchange (we don't watch the games, let alone the practices), all we can really do is speculate as to what was discussed. Here's our best, most educated guesses:

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LGD: To Win or Not to Win?

Shawn Reis
February 10 2015 01:30PM

The Leafs snapped a franchise-high 11-game losing streak Saturday against the lowly Edmonton Oilers.  They will face a much tougher test tonight against the defending Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers.  They're in a bit of luck though, as the Rangers are without star netminder Henrik Lundqvist.  Or are they lucky?  According to a recent survey, 4 in 5 Leaf fans want the Leafs to tank.  So...go Rangers?

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Feb, 10, 2015 - Calm or Storm?

Steve Dangle
February 10 2015 12:32PM

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On this episode, the guys count down the minutes before the first shoe drops in Toronto, talk about how awesome the podcast is, and how Strombo probably has no idea who Steve is.

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