Four Years After 13

Pension Plan Puppets
February 12 2012 11:05AM

Editor's Note:  1. This is our first entrant 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 DAVE MCCLELLAND  @DBMCCLELLAND

On March 29th, 2008 the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in the last game of the regular season. Anton Stralman and Jiri Tlusty had a pair of goals each, Bryan McCabe led Toronto in ice time at just under 27 minutes, and the Leafs finished the season mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference, far from a playoff berth. And it just so happened to be Mats Sundin's final game in a Leafs jersey.

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I Tell You One Thing: We're Better Together

Pension Plan Puppets
February 10 2012 10:30AM

 
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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: ANDREW BATES @THESILVERFOXTO

A couple of weeks ago, after a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators, Maple Leafs' coach Ron Wilson, in an effort to stimulate the offence, made a very public decision to split up the best pair of wingers this season; Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul. To some surprise Lupul was dominant in that next game, putting up three points in a 4-1 win. It seemed as though Kessel and Lupul were apart for good. However, before the end of the next game the pair were back together, and have been since.

Having Kessel and Lupul on separate lines (and having it work), would give the Leafs two extremely dangerous lines and be a dream come true for Leafs fans. Although, would splitting up the pair be the smartest decision? I considered this and determined the best way to look at it would be to see what the best teams in the league did with their top scorers, i.e. do they play together a lot, or do they play on separate lines?

Follow me over the jump to find out.

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Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts: Quotable Quotes

Pension Plan Puppets
February 10 2012 07:17AM

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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

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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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