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Thoughts on Giguere and Reimer

In last night’s OT loss to Atlanta it looked like James Reimer was holding down the fort just fine. He wasn’t fighting pucks and Atlanta didn’t have any memorable scoring chances. Then Atlanta’s Evander Kane kneed Reimer in the head and with six minutes left in the second, and a 2-0 lead, the Leafs rookie netminder…

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Correlation, Causation, and Coaching

As 2011 approached, there wasn’t much positive to say about the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 13-19-4 record had them sitting 13th in the conference with 30 points. They were just two points up on the woeful New York Islanders, one point behind the Edmonton Oilers, and 14 points out of the playoffs. A week earlier,…

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LEAFS CONTINUE TO TREND UPWARD

A handful of unexpected things happened Thursday night at Bell Centre in Montreal. Enigmatic centre Tyler Bozak (not a typo) had his first three-point game of the entire season. Didn’t see that coming. Phil Kessel followed up a game-winning goal (v. the Islanders) with a four-point game. Sure as hell didn’t see that coming. And…

Game #61 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Canadiens, Feb. 24/11 (5-4 Win)

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20911 Toronto was outchanced at even strength 16-10 but fortunately their PP was hot, providing 7 scoring chances in 9:43 of man-advantage time with three converted into goals.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time the Leafs scored 3 PP goals in Montreal since December 7, 1966….

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THE VALUE OF A DRAFT PICK?

Every year during the month leading up to the NHL trade deadline there are heated debates in chat rooms, on blogs, at coffee rooms, around water coolers and here on the Nation about what is a fair or good return in a trade. It is much easier to debate when actual players are moved, but when people…

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SCP REST ON SHOULDERS OF REIMER, KESSEL

Thirteen days ago, I wrote about what the Leafs had to do to to even entertain ideas of qualifying for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Many people, here and on twitter, had a field day with my “ridiculous” suggestion. But, the “Can they make the playoffs?” question is suddenly radio fodder in Toronto. Today, the…

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these leafs long on character

The above is an image of “character.” I apologize if you are eating. But character is not something that you can, generally, touch with your hand. You can’t sift through columns of it in the paper or online, like you can goals and assists and plus/minus. And it’s a very slippery slope to question an…

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Marvellous Joe Colborne

Hours after prospect Joe Colborne was acquired from the Boston Bruins as part of a package for defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the local media was overflowing with praise for the 6’5” centre.