Leafs Love Ron Wilson, Still Lose Game

Pension Plan Puppets
March 01 2012 12:04AM


There's a saying in Spanish that I think describes the game well: "jugaron como nunca, perdieron como siempre"* which loosely translates to "the Hawks may stink right now and be without Jonathan Toews but Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa are pretty good and also the Leafs are not good". The loss has left the Buffalo "$80M salary expense" Sabres and the Tampa Bay "Hilarious Goaltending" Lightning 1 point back of the Leafs with each having a game in hand on the Heroes. The Carolina "Non-Hockey Market" Hurricanes and the New York "Rebuilding Forever" Islanders are only four points back with a game in hand. In fact, the Leafs are about one bad week from being in a position to draft in the top five. So it's not all bad.

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Leafs Nation Podcast Number 5

Leafs Nation Podcast
February 29 2012 10:51PM


This week's podcast features Pension Plan Puppets leader and sometimes Leafs Nation contributor Chemmy. If you are looking for some feel-good trade deadline pump-uppery, this is not the place to find it. Danny Gray (affectionately known as Granny Day), Chemmy and myself have a pretty critical look at almost all angles of the Leafs' current predicament.

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Carter Ashton – By Word And By Number

Jonathan Willis
February 29 2012 06:28PM

While this wasn’t an especially significant trade deadline for the near-term future of the Toronto Maple Leafs. They did however make one very significant prospect trade, sending away defenseman Keith Aulie for forward Carter Ashton (drafted 29th overall in 2009). From an organizational perspective, swapping out a defense prospect for a forward prospect makes good sense, as the Leafs are deep on the blue line.

What do we know about Ashton? After the jump, we’ll take a close look at his offensive production over the last few seasons as well as look at an in-depth scouting report.

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February 29 2012 08:48AM

"Friend of the Nation Network - and two time Angler Cup Champion - Brian Sutherby has shared his thoughts about the Trade Deadline for the second time in less than a week. In this installment he takes a look at the difficulties of making a big move at the deadline and the impact new arrivals have on a dressing room this late in the season. He also calls a winner for this year's deadline day. - Wanye

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How the Maple Leafs Fared On the Trade Deadline

Pension Plan Puppets
February 27 2012 02:58PM

Jeff McIntosh - AP

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 # 3 for Andrew.


As the 2012 Trade deadline has come and gone, the Maple Leafs yet again sit outside of the top eight in the Eastern Conference; while the Leafs didn't do nothing, Burke virtually stood by his usual MO which is trading before the deadline and refusing to over-pay for players, something as Leaf fans we should be very thankful for.

A big question around Toronto is whether or not they should be buyers at the deadline or sellers. I'm of the belief that they should have been sellers, unfortunately there wasn't too much to sell off as teams at the deadline look to add expiring contracts for their playoff push. Lets take a look at the moves Burkie made and didn't make yesterday.

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