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Leafs, and fans, keep the faith

"As a team, we gotta believe." Those words came out of James Reimer’s mouth after the Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Sabres. But, against Buffalo, was the perfect opportunity for the Leafs to begin their much-anticipated slide into oblivion. I say “much-anticipated” because there are legions of so-called fans out there who expect – even…

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The Value Of An NHL Draft Pick

    Late last month, Jason Gregor looked back at the NHL draft from 1996 to 2005, in an attempt to put a value on NHL draft picks. Gregor’s far from the first to do so; after the jump I’ll look at his work and that of others to see what we can say about the…

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Kyle Wellwood: Still Bad at Hockey

Now that Kyle Wellwood has flunked out of Vancouver and decided to run his mouth about Vancouver not being a place to win it’s pretty clear that the problem is Kyle Wellwood and not the teams that have given up on him. One thing that’s funny though is that articles on the internet don’t disappear so…

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CRIMINAL? I DON’T THINK SO.

The Zdeno Chara hit has sent the country, okay, mainly a few politicians, an airline, an entire province and now the Police, into a frenzy. It was seven years ago this past Tuesday that Todd Bertuzzi jumped Steve Moore and the reaction wasn’t close to the emotional outcry that we are witnessing right now.

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For the Leafs, this is it!

Like MJ said, albeit from his grave, "This Is It!" Because the Maple Leafs have been sniffing the playoff race since early February, when they went on their insane 10-3-5 run, virtually all of those “The Leafs will never make the playoffs” frumps have disappeared into the woodwork. The hockey world knows that the Leafs…

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Leafs Wanted: Dead or Alive

Ladies and Gentlemen I come to you today with the rational assertion that the sky is, in fact, falling. The Leafs have now played two games in a row where they haven’t won. The reasons for this are straightforward and obvious and so I’ll walk you through them as a sign of courtesy as you most…

Game #67 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Islanders, Mar. 8/11 (4-3 OTL)

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20993 The Leafs were outchanced 25-17 in the game but fortunately snagged a point with a regulation tie (not so lucky in OT, of course).  Toronto picked up at least one point in each of their four games against the Long Islanders this year, with a seasonal record of 2-0-2.  The…

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Leafs’ fans owe Fergie some thanks

There is no disputing that, before he left the Toronto Maple Leafs as their general manager, John S. Ferguson was widely vilified in the Leafs Nation. Maybe he deserved that send off. Maybe he didn’t. But, as the Leafs gear up for the final 16 games of the regular season – five points in arrears…

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Being a Fan

We’re all aware that being a "fan" is short for being a fanatic, defined by Merriam Webster as: "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion". That "uncritical" part is important here. A lot of what we endeavour to do in sports blogging is to present accurate and objective analysis of our team and the small…

Game #65 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Flyers, Mar. 3/11 (3-2 Win)

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20959 Lots of chances both ways in this one, a very entertaining, heart-wrenching game.  The Leafs were outplayed at even strength and gave up 17 scoring chances to the Flyers, but kept up by gaining a high number of minutes on the PP (and it definitely could’ve been even more…