Leafs Postgame: It was 3-1 (and its okay)

Jeff Veillette
March 09 2015 09:16PM

Two regular defencemen shut down for the year, replaced by a waiver claim and a rookie who hasn't fared well in the NHL to date. The best centre on the team, (rightfully) scratched for being late for a team meeting. A decimated version of an already bad hockey team, taking on the fourth most successful group of players in the National Hockey League. Should be an easy loss, right? Well, not exactly.

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Mailbag: Intermission Rambles

Jeff Veillette
March 09 2015 07:26PM

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We're forty minutes into a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team aren't Toronto Maple Leafs hockey losing. This is pretty astonishing, and quite frankly, offensive to the tank. While we wait for the period, however, lets answer some questions. If you want your question to be in the next mailbag, either leave a comment, or tweet @tlndc or myself.

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LGD: Shudder Island

Jon Steitzer
March 09 2015 03:00PM

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs play against a very good New York Islanders team. The Leafs being a very bad team will offer little hope to the fans in attendance that they are capable of beating New York and instead have little to offer their paying customers other than to watch young Leafs establish themselves in key roles on the Leafs. 

That's probably why it's bizarre that Nazem Kadri, the de facto top center on the team will be scratched tonight and see his ice time divided up between Tyler Bozak, Peter Holland, Trevor Smith, and Zack Sill. While as a long time member of tank nation I support all things necessary to lose, I can't help but think that those in attendance who paid $500 for a night of hockey want something better than Trevor Smith. I guess this rebuild will be embarrassing as well as painful.

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Roman Polak done for the year, Granberg called up

Jeff Veillette
March 09 2015 01:32PM

Hot on the heels of the Stephane Robidas surgery announcement, the Toronto Maple Leafs have shut down another veteran defenceman. This time, Roman Polak is bowing out for the year, opting to undergo hernia surgery.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: March 9, 2015

Jon Steitzer
March 09 2015 11:00AM


I don't know why the season isn't over yet, but here we are, a month to go and we're evaluating the performance of the 27th placed team who went 1-2-0 this week including a 6-1 loss. What do we have to show for it? One of the few players who hasn't been an issue this year sent home for showing up late to a team meeting hosted by a coach who won't have his job next year. Just another week in Leafs land, so here we trek once again into the abyss of player power rankings.

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