"Depth" down the middle

Ryan Fancey
April 01 2013 10:09AM

I'll admit that some of the items on the Leafs' wishlist heading in to Wednesday's deadline are a bit confusing to me. We've read that, while they aren't in dire need of making a deal, the team is keeping an eye out for a) a top four defenceman, b) a veteran goaltender and c) a depth centre. Sign me up for the defenceman, but the veteran goalie idea is strange and I'm not exactly sure what depth at centre is supposed to be.
Are we talking Derek Roy depth, or bottom six depth? Because the Leafs just dealt a centre in Dave Steckel that fits the latter. If they're looking to find a guy who can play up and down the lineup, then I guess Roy sort of brings that. But to be honest, I'm not sure how the Leafs could go about this.

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Five Leafs thoughts to begin the week: Smarch 1st

Cam Charron
April 01 2013 04:52AM

"Lousy Smarch weather..."

A few thoughts to kick off your week, and previewing the things we'll look at on this blog in Toronto Maple Leafs analysis, while we wait for the eternity between Leafs games...

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LFR6 - Game 36 - Kad Trick 2.0 - Tor 4, Ottawa 0

Steve Dangle
March 31 2013 12:05PM


On todays' caffeine and chocolate induced hallucination of a video, I imagine what it would be like for Lupul and Kadri to have a buddies sitcom, and for Brett Lawrie to have his own talk show.

Happy Easter!

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Economic Mittens: Kadri's hat-trick paces Leafs 4-0 win on Hockey Night

Cam Charron
March 30 2013 09:22PM

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Apparently, former No. 1 overall pick Chris Phillips couldn't contain Nazem Kadri tonight. But hold on to something, it gets weirder.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are now two points back of the Boston Bruins. They are five points back of the division lead. There are 12 games to go in the season. This season is nothing short of incredible so far, and the Leafs have quickly turned a five-game slide into "points in eight straight games" and have now won four of five, and two of those wins have come against likely playoff opponents.

Latest victim was the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs got a hat-trick from Nazem Kadri and another goal from Joffrey Lupul, who was dipped in the River Styx as a child and was made immune to shooter regression. Final score 4-0. James Reimer with the shutout and the Leafs clinch the season series against the Sens.

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Preview Game #36 Leafs @ Senators - How is Ottawa doing it?

Cam Charron
March 30 2013 11:42AM

The Ottawa Senators' season could be summed up as so: 'Still injured, still winning'. The losses of Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson and a host of other useful Senators roster players has had many sports analysts ask the question "well how are they doing it?"

Generally the answer when confronted with a problem is not one singular piece. The Senators haven't had success this season because of Paul MacLean. They haven't had success this season thanks to the new shutdown pairing of Marc Methot and Eric Gryba. It's not Kyle Turris, it's not Mika Zibanejad and it's not Daniel Alfredsson. It's an awful lot of those things combined.

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