Ryan Hamilton Shows Dion How to be a Leader

A. Bates
March 23 2012 08:25PM


Zach Parise playing peek-a-boo with the Maple Leafs

BREAKING NEWS: The Maple Leafs have mailed it in. They do not care. If you need any more proof just watch the highlights. David Steckel played 21 minutes of regulation time while Phil Kessel played 18. We wonder why they only mustered 17 shots through 60 minutes. This is the fourth straight game that the Leafs have failed to hit the 20 shot plateau. I'm all for drafting Grigorenko or Galchenyuk but come on, lets see a little effort.

Nazim Kadri played his first game with the Leafs in a long while. Ryan Hamilton also tagged along for the ride. I thought Kadri played a good game, he scored the Leafs second goal and had the shootout winner. Cody Franson also drew into the line-up with Carlyle running with seven defensemen.
Period by period, Leaf of the Night and the Shame of the Nation after the jump.

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Pat Quinn on “Doing Something”

Jonathan Willis
March 23 2012 09:57AM

Do something. For teams dwelling outside the playoff bubble, those words tend to accurately reflect the mood of the fan base. Fire the coach. Fire the trainers. Trade someone. Axe the professional scouts. Something.

I thought that ex-Leafs coach/G.M. and ex-Oilers coach Pat Quinn had an interesting take on “doing something” in the recent book Behind the Moves.

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Milquetoast, hold the jam; on Kessel

Cam Charron
March 22 2012 01:22PM

(Casper Milquetoast) 

The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won a Stanley Cup, their starting goalie made 40 of 41 saves against a Montreal roster that included Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and Yvan Cournoyer. That goaltender was also described as a player, by Andrew Podnieks as one who "lived a life so rife with unhappiness" and was "unfriendly to reporters, teammates, and even small children."

Now, in no way does the career of Phil Kessel mirror that of Terry Sawchuk but when people discuss Sawchuk upon reflection of the goaltender who died much too soon, they focus on the records he set and the Stanley Cups he won with the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.

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The Curse of Mats Sundin?

Matt Stephen
March 22 2012 09:15AM

Being a sports fan in Toronto isn’t fun, or at least it hasn’t been for a long time. The city hasn’t seen a major league championship win since the ’93 Blue Jays. Twenty years of cold winless winters and summers that are over by spring training is enough to make even the most devout Toronto sports fan a crotchety, cynical, rotted husk of a person.

But how do you explain why the city and particularly the Leafs have been so misfortunate for so long? With the Leafs looking like they’re about to take the title of longest playoff drought from the Panthers when Florida presumably makes the playoffs this season, one has to get down into a Tebow and ask why.

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Leafs Nation Podcast: Know Your Enemy

Leafs Nation Podcast
March 21 2012 10:03PM


This week, the Leafs Nation podcast features Ellen Etchingham alongside myself (JP Nikota) and Danny Gray. Ellen is a wonderful writer from The Score's Backhand Shelf who, unfortunately, has become a Habs fan.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think that becoming a Habs fan midway through life is rather like a Spiderman backstory gone horribly wrong. A human is bitten by a radioactive spider, and, rather than gain super powers, a certain cerebral atrophy takes hold.

In all seriousness, if you haven't read any of her work on the history of the game, please educate yourself now. She is undoubtedly one of my favourite new hockey bloggers, and a pleasure to have on our show.

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