See ya in October

Ryan Fancey
April 06 2012 08:02AM

Thanks for getting Ron fired, everyone

It was the final NHL game in Toronto this year, and the Leafs didn't disappoint. Well, they sort of did if you're banking on a top five pick - but the team managed to scrape out an overtime win for the crowd that paid at the gate last night. The season will finally clue up on Saturday in Montreal.

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Leading by Example: Dion Phaneuf

A. Bates
April 05 2012 10:29PM

Could Dion Phaneuf lead these dudes to a winning record?

Sports media in Toronto seem to be grasping at straws on things to talk about. I don't necessarily blame them, as any writer or fan would have a hard time just thinking about the Maple Leafs after what has transpired the past two months. However, I think it's the job of the media, of the people that have a rabid fan base waiting for analysis of their team to give their fans quality information. Information that is going to educate new fans, console old ones and spark a real interest in the team, not an interest in talking about how much they suck.

There are many examples of newspaper writers, bloggers and fans writing stupid, untrue and generally unhelpful articles. One of the biggest story lines this spring has been that Dion Phaneuf is a terrible captain: He sucks and if the Leafs had a good captain there is no question that the Leafs wouldn't have lost nearly every game for two months.

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Franchise Relocations: More Common Than We Think

JP Nikota
April 05 2012 06:18AM

I should be straightforward and confess my bias right off the bat: I hope that the Phoenix Coyotes move to Québec City. I don't care about the poor, suffering fans in Phoenix, I don't care about 'growing the game', and I don't care about the millionaires and/or billionaires that stand to lose from the Coyotes moving elsewhere. Even the taxpayers of Glendale, who have been getting the proverbial shaft, are in some ways undeserving of sympathy, for not being more involved. Call me callous, but I'm more interested in reigniting old rivalries (i.e. with Montréal) and witnessing the rebirth of a franchise.

Many people don't see La Vielle Capitale as a viable long-term location for a hockey team and/or they (somewhat justifiably) feel Phoenix hasn't really been given a fair chance, but the truth is, "long-term" is a relative term, and losing money sucks. Many franchises have moved over the course of the NHL's history, and it's really only younger fans that perceive the NHL as a static entity of 30 teams in certain locations.

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We're All Marlies Fans Now

Danny Gray
April 04 2012 07:39AM


Getting excited for the AHL playoffs as opposed to the NHL playoffs is like going from prime rib to, I don’t know, weird brother of prime rib. But as the Maple Leafs once again failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs here we are. While I don’t intend on buying a Marcel Meuller Marlie’s sweater or anything I’m going to throw as much attention as I can towards the Toronto Marlies’ quest for the Calder Cup. Here are some reasons you should do the same.

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First Niagara. HSBC. Who Knows?

A. Bates
April 03 2012 09:24PM

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 03: Matt Frattin #39 (C) of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres with teammates Phil Kessel #81 and Tyler Bozak #42 at First Niagara Center on April 3, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Maple Leafs went into Buffalo and had a hell of a good first period. That was the team that we all forgot existed earlier in the year and, until recently, hoped would return. The Leafs had 13 shots, IN THE FIRST PERIOD! those 13 shots lead them to a 3-0 first period lead.

This was not to be however, they went on to record 12 shots over the next two periods. A couple of questionable Buffalo goals in the third period helped the Sabres to tie up the game to force the game into overtime.

The Leafs had an unfortunate break (or fortunate break, however you want to look at it) in the overtime period when Dion Phaneuf flipped the puck over the boards, leading to a Buffalo powerplay, gamewinning goal.

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