WWYDW - Healthy Scratching

Justin Fisher
February 11 2015 04:15PM

David Clarkson has been a healthy scratch for two games in a row. Phil Kessel just had one of the worst games of his Toronto Maple Leafs career. Pretty much the entire roster is useless right now, save Morgan Rielly, who is talented and wonderful and will lead us to the promised land. Something must be done. Someone must pay. Someone must... sit in the press box

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LFR8 - Game 55 - Big Crapple - NYR 5, Tor 4

Steve Dangle
February 11 2015 02:55PM

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So am I happy about this or sad?

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Filthy Stats: A New Way to Measure Success

Jon Steitzer
February 11 2015 11:00AM

According to Peter Horachek, “The Leafs Give a Shit Meter needs to be higher.” 

While as a proud member of Tank Nation I couldn’t disagree more. I thought I would take a look at what the “give a shit” score was for the Leafs in last night’s game. Once again, I am only happy to provide you with thefanciest of stats in this deep analysis.

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Leafs setting prices on trade pieces

Ryan Fancey
February 11 2015 08:55AM

It's going to be an interesting couple weeks for the Leafs going into the trade deadline on March 2nd. For the first time in a while, it genuinely feels like the team is in all-out sell mode, and with that will come a daily dose of speculation from a number of outlets.

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On Parachute Theory, or why Jason Blake's Maple Leafs tenure was secretly a success

Jeff Veillette
February 11 2015 06:36AM

It was the summer of 2007, the early years of the Behind the Net era, when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jason Blake. 

Blake, a 34-year-old winger coming off of a 40 goal season, was thought to be a true beneficiary of the NHL's post-lockout rules changes. Then Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. gambled that Blake's true talent level was that of the 40 goal scorer he'd been in the 2006-07 season, and not the consistent 20 goal he'd been for much of his career. Blake never scored more than 25 goals in a single season again. 

Ferguson's gamble was regarded as a failure and it was in some respects. Upon closer examination though it becomes apparent that while the Maple Leafs' gamble on Blake was unsound, he ultimately provided the club with solid value during his Toronto tenure. In fact, the mindset attached to his departure may be one that the Leafs should consider carrying into this year's traded deadline.

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