The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Bubble Team

Danny Gray
January 18 2012 05:26PM

 

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Last week the Leafs had just won their fourth straight game and looked poised to vault up the Eastern Conference standings, and maybe even challenge for home ice. This week they have just lost their third straight game and sit ninth in the East, one point behind the Capitals. For those of you who are frustrated by this recent turn of events here is some unsolicited advice: get used to it.

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Dion Phaneuf can't fight in that situation

Cam Charron
January 18 2012 02:20PM

Dion Phaneuf, the Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, needs to be less selfish and must pick his spots more intelligently (if at all) when it comes to fighting. Even if his honour is at stake, it's the worst thing Phaneuf can do in any situation, as not just the team's Captain, but as its best defenseman.

His team's rivalry with the Ottawa Senators picked up for maybe the first time since Phaneuf became a Leaf.

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Midseason Awards, Part II: The Norris and the Selke

Jonathan Willis
January 18 2012 01:13PM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

Today, we look at the second set of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Norris and Selke trophies.

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Is Korbinian Holzer Going To Be Traded?

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2012 10:36AM

(screen grab via mapleleafs.com)

The 23-year old defenseman is in the middle of his second AHL season, and rumour has it that multiple teams might be interested enough to take him in exchange for some help right now.

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Midseason Awards, Part I: The Hart and The Vezina

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2012 10:11AM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

This morning, we unveil the first of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Hart and Vezina Trophies.

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