Leafs trade Blacker, Picks for Holland, Staubitz

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 16 2013 10:06AM

It's a move! The Toronto Maple Leafs were in need of an offensive injection at centre, and found a way to do so without breaking the bank. Taking the "prospect shuffle" approach, the Leafs sent Jesse Blacker and two draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz. It's of my opinion that if a move were to be made, this was the right scenario. Here's why: 

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Peter Holland draft interview from 2009

Steve Dangle
November 16 2013 09:39AM


Before reading our full analysis of this trade, if I may walk down memory lane...

I wrote for a show called RBC Junior Hockey Magazine hosted by TSN's Gino Reda during the 2008-09 junior hockey season. It was my first ever paid gig in the industry. After having a young projected first rounder by the name of Peter Holland on the show, Peter agreed to be one of the first athletes I had ever interviewed on my YouTube channel.

My questions are cringe-worhty and douche-tacular, but was a much better interviewee than I was an interviewer. Here's my interview with a young, undrafted Peter Holland from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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Leafs Postgame - First Niagara Loss Of The Year

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 15 2013 09:08PM

I have to imagine that "Ehrhoff" will be seen as a curse word for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they head back home from Buffalo tonight. Turning a sure Leafs goal into the icing on the cake for the Sabres in less time than it takes to blink is nothing short of impressive, and probably one of the highlights of his last few years. But the Leafs aren't around to make opponents look good, but unfortunately did so tonight, dropping their first of back to back games against their 29th placed division rivals by a score of 3-1. 

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LGD - Game 19: Leafs @ Sabres - Goodbye Horses

Cam Charron
November 15 2013 01:26PM

"Would you fire me? I'd fire me."

Here's our LGD for a game on February 21st, 2013. Why link to a preview of a random game from a shortened season? Because that game happened to be the Sabres' first game with a new coach since 1997. Lindy Ruff was in Buffalo for 14-and-a-half seasons. His successor, Ron Rolston, lasted 51 games. Rolston accumulated a 19-26-6 record, a 71-point pace over 82 games.

So Ted Nolan is back in Buffalo. He won the Jack Adams Award in 1997 coaching the Sabres, before leaving that offseason thanks to a contract dispute. Other than a brief stint with the New York Islanders for two seasons, Nolan hasn't been in the NHL. In his four NHL seasons as a coach, Nolan has won 54.1% of games where Dominik Hasek was his goaltender, and 47.7% of the other ones. Unfortunately for him, Dominik Hasek is not his starting goaltender again in Buffalo, which is too bad.

The Sabres do have an excellent goaltender in Ryan Miller however, and he'll look to keep up his early season hot streak against Toronto. For the second time in under a year, the first game by a new Sabres coach is going to come against the Maple Leafs.

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TLN Roundtable: Time to get a Centre?

Justin Fisher
November 15 2013 12:40PM

We're excited to bring you a new recurring feature - the TLN Roundtable. Every week, we'll pose a Leafs-related question to our writers, gather the various opinions, post the answers, and create internal tension and hatred amongst us. Then you, the reader, get to tell us how wrong we all are in the comments!

This week's question...

The Leafs are seriously thin down the middle... Should Toronto make a trade for another centre or stand pat and ride it out?

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