February 18 2012 12:49AM

"Rather than spit some outsider gibberish about what we think about the trade deadline we asked friend of the Nation Brian Sutherby - veteran of 460 NHL games and a fella who has been traded twice - what its like to go through the deadline as an NHL player. 

It's kinda like cheating on a test. Why learn math when we can ask the smartest kid in the class to take the test for us? That's good thinkin' right there.

The rest of this article is all him as they say* But we take all the credit for forcing him to write it with all the threatening BBMs that we have sent that arrive in the middle of the night due to the time difference.

Classic." - Wanye

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Fool Me Three Times: Will Burke Trade Another First Round Pick?

Danny Gray
February 17 2012 08:11AM


Draft Schmaft

For only the second time during Brian Burke’s tenure as GM the Toronto Maple Leafs posses their own first round selection in the upcoming NHL entry draft. While the draft is still a few months away, it’s possible that the pick is burning a hole in Burke’s pocket and could be gone by the February 27th Trade Deadline.

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Dallas Eakins

Jason Gregor
February 16 2012 01:57PM

Dallas Eakins played pro hockey for 15 years. He was an elite journeyman defenceman. He played for 18 different organizations in the AHL, IHL and NHL. He played 273 in the IHL, 609 in the AHL and 120 in the Show. He also spent another 220 watching from NHL pressboxes.

He understood his role and knew his limitations as a player, but he was lucky enough to play for and watch some of the best coaches: Roger Neilson, Mike Keenan, Lindy Ruff, Randy Carlyle, Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn and others, and Eakins was smart enough to monitored what worked for them as coaches.

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Suspending DisbeLeaf

Pension Plan Puppets
February 16 2012 09:17AM


Why so blue? 

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 post #2 for Matt.

By: Matt Stephen @mattystephen

The Leafs will face many obstacles on their way to a playoff berth: the Eastern Conference bottleneck, poor special teams and, of course, their own fans.

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Joe Colborne Interview

Pension Plan Puppets
February 15 2012 03:37PM

"You put your right skate take your right skate out..."

Editor's Note: Andrey Osadchenko has another interview with a Leafs prospect. This time it's PPP's # 5 on their ranking of the Top 25 Under 25 Maple Leafs prospects: Joe Colborne .

You were recently sent down from the NHL where ironically enough you played 2 games against the team that originally drafted you - the Boston Bruins. What was that like?

It was a pretty cool experience obviously. Playing in the NHL it's a dream come true. The Bruins are a great team. They dominated us pretty bad but it's still great to play against a team that let you go. You kind of want to go and show them what they've missed. Again, they had a great season so far. Hopefully the Leafs are going to make it to the play-offs and we're going ot beat them there.

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