Phil Kessel Suspended 3 Games

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 24 2013 04:50PM


As we all know, Phil "Trill" Kessel took his beloved "hackey" a little too literally on Sunday, going full Lumberjack/Jedi on John Scott's completely oblivious ankles. We noticed it, the Sabres noticed it, and NHL Player Safety certainly did, suspending Kessel for the rest of the preseason. 

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Leo Komarov on the Leafs, KHL, and more

Steve Dangle
September 24 2013 04:31PM


Leo Komarov was a unique addition to the Leafs last season, and this site lucky enough to get a unique opportunity with him.

Tomas Kmec, a young hockey reporter from Slovakia, was recently at a few western conference KHL games, including Lev Prague hosting Leo Komarov's team Dynamo Moscow in the Czech Republic. Tomas approached me last week, offering to interview some KHL players for us at TLN, including Komarov, former Leaf Tim Brent, and former Leaf Ryan O'Byrne. All he asked for was that we give him credit. Please give Tomas a follow. We wouldn't have these interviews without him.

Here's Tomas' interview with Komarov on the Leafs, Mikhail Grabovski, Randy Carlyle, Dallas Eakins, and more.

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Enforcers... and David Clarkson

Cam Charron
September 24 2013 10:17AM

It's worth pointing out that I screwed up a lot of things about yesterday's Enforcers post surrounding the Marc Savard incident. I originally wrote that Matt Cooke never faced retribution, but other Penguins enforcers did (I mixed up my dates and missed the game where Cooke did fight Thornton, although Thornton took an extra ten minutes) and I'd also written than Savard never played a game afterwards, which is untrue. One of my favourite moments from the 2010 season was his overtime winner in the first game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

If I do make gross factual errors like that, kindly point them out to me and I will fix them. I try to read every comment posted on this website because there honestly aren't a lot just yet.

Another comment from that post wrote, and I [sic]: "You write for a site called "Theleafsnation" that covers a team that LED THE LEAGUE IN FIGHTING MAJORS last year and you write about how enforcers aren't needed".

Which brings me to David Clarkson, eventually:

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2013-14 Leafs Fantasy Hockey Preview - Goalies

Justin Fisher
September 24 2013 06:27AM

Just in time for your fantasy draft, The Leafs Nation will again attempt to give you sage fantasy advice. Nay, we'll deliver you sage fantasy advice. In fact, we guarantee it. If you lose your fantasy hockey pool after taking our amazing fantasy advice, Jeffler will take you out for a fancy steak dinner. Vegetarian? Too bad! You're getting a fancy steak dinner, courtesy of Jeffler! That's a promise!*

*No it's not. 

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20/20 Hindsight - The Brawl

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 23 2013 04:14PM


Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres played a hockey game last night? That Phil Kessel scored two goals? That Jake Gardiner and James Van Riemsdyk both had successful efforts that made their opponents look like ragdolls? The Leafs almost blew a 4-1 lead (sorry), but ultimately won in front of the home town fans. However, nobody cares about that. The focus? A highly controversial line brawl.

At first glance, it was extremely entertaining, even if you aren't huge on the idea of fighting in hockey. I hate staged fighers and goons, but even I checked that to the door and was scared of blinking and missing even a millisecond as everything unfolded. As the dust settles, there's been a lot of controversy over a bunch of the small moments, and I try to break it all down, from both perspectives. 

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