Marlies Weekly Update - February 1-6

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 06 2012 06:09AM

Of course, with last week's debut Weekly Update extended to 8 days, this one will be condensed six as a result. Considering only two of the days actually hold relevance, the numbers are just that, numbers.

This was a week where nowhere near as much was at stake for the Marlies, compared to last. After all, the three games were played against division rivals that they face a combined 32 times over the course of the season. The team was diving directly into practically force-fed rivalries that had massive standings implications. This time around, it wasn't so much the case. Their opponents were ones that they face much less often, for one. The Syracuse Crunch are out of conference, and are only the team's opponent twice this year. Abbotsford is a former divisional rival, and as such they still get a few more matchups out of the Marlies than most, but this was only the second of four appearances this year. Most importantly, a loss didn't mean as much - a 12 point weekend was now a 4 point weekend.

Now that I've set the Marlies up for an "its okay to suck", I should mention that this was far from the case, as they'd capitalize on the rest and fewer game concentration and dominate the score sheet in both games.

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Who Is Part Of The Master Plan?

Pension Plan Puppets
February 03 2012 01:12PM


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. 

By: Ryan Fancey @rfancey3

It's hard not to get caught up in everything surrounding the Maple Leafs right now. Finally in midst of a real playoff hunt, the feeling around most fans is excitement. It's the first time since the whole sports blog, Twitter, and social media scene really came about that we've been able to discuss a winning team. This season has been rightfully looked at as a success so far, but there's still a bigger picture here.

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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.

BY: MATT WRIGHT @MATTWRIGHT9

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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