Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts

Pension Plan Puppets
February 03 2012 09:15AM

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.


Good morning Leafs fans.

First of all, would like to express my thanks to the guys at The Leafs Nation for this. If you're interested in my writing background, I wrote a blog a while back called "Leaf & Lion" which earned me $12.61 in Google Adsense dollars. I couldn't decide if I wanted to spend the money on a half case of beer or a footlong Chicken Teriyaki. Then I forgot about it. That brings us up to speed.

My first column will be "gently" borrowed from the best hockey column on the internet, Elliott Friedman's "30 Thoughts". One of the best parts about being a Leaf fan is that the fanbases thirst for knowledge actually warrants this kind of microscopic attention, so I've scoured blogs, tweets, and the back of my mind to make some observations on the state of our team going forward after the all-star break. So, without further delay...

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Dreger: “Brian Burke is desperate to make a deal”

Jonathan Willis
February 02 2012 10:56AM

Last night TSN Insider Darren Dreger, one of the most connected reporters in the business, spent a lot of time talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs and their desire and willingness to make a deal. Not only does Dreger see the Leafs as the busiest Canadian team leading up to the NHL trade deadline, but he has some specific ideas of who they might be looking at and who they might send away.

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The Rise And Fall (And Rise?) Of James Reimer

Pension Plan Puppets
February 02 2012 09:39AM


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. 2. THIS IS IMPORTANT: It was written before last night's Reimer Resurrection.

By Dave McClelland @dbmcclelland

Until the end of October, James Reimer had been having an amazing year. The 24 year-old netminder came out of nowhere to wrestle the Leafs starting goaltender position away from Jonas Gustavsson and veteran J.S. Giguere. He even managed to win the hearts and minds of fickle, cynical Leafs fans, earning nicknames like Optimus Reim and the Reiminister of Defence. He even began the 2011 season by shutting out the rival Montreal Canadiens.

But it didn't last.

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In the Pipeline - February 1st

Greg Thomson
February 02 2012 12:28AM

Editor's Note: This is Greg Thomson's first contribution to The Leafs Nation. He'll be helping keep an eye on the Leafs' prospects in the CHL and NCAA.

With most of the emphasis on the Leafs pipeline derived from a strong talent base with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the Leafs prospects in the CHL and NCAA have flown under the radar this season. The likes of Greg McKegg, Sam Carrick and Josh Leivo have all made strides in the OHL. Read on to find out how they have performed as of late and where they stand in the Leafs system.

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NN Hockey Pool Update: It's Been A While

Jonathan Willis
February 01 2012 10:30PM

Well, it's been a while. Between zipping down to Edmonton/Calgary for the World Juniors and a host of other things, it's been better than a month since we've checked in on the Nation Network Hockey Pool. As it turns out, a lot can happen in that amount of time.

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