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Just who was Leafs’ MVP this season?

These four guys (The Rocket, Gordie, Walter and Number 99) sure know what an MVP is. On Tuesday night, just as the Maple Leafs’ playoff hopes were gasping their final breath, I read a tweet that said something like, “Reimer’s play since January stole Leafs’ MVP crown from Mikhail Grabovski.” And, of course, that got…

Game #80 Scoring Chances: Capitals @ Maple Leafs, Apr. 5/11 (3-2 SOL)

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21185 James Reimer had to be solid in net once again, as the Capitals attacked frequently and racked up 28 scoring chances on the night.  Meanwhile, the Leafs got just 1 PP scoring chance in limited time, the goal by Kulemin.  Reimer turned away all of the top scoring chances…

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Nikolai Kulemin: 30 Goal Scorer

In tonight’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, Nikolai Kulemin joined Phil Kessel as a 30 goal scorer. Taking a pass on the wing from Clarke MacArthur he cut inside and rifled a wrist shot past Neuvirth to become the first Maple Leafs’ born and bred 30 goal scorer in a long time. How long? The…

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Dion Phaneuf, Norris Finalist

      The Dion Phaneuf wearing the blue and white in Toronto is not the same Dion Phaneuf who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy in 2007-08. Believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

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The times are changin’ for Leafs

A lot of things are about to change for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not their playoff predicament. That’s sealed, whether or not they run the table in the final three games of the season. They are not going to participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth season in a row. The Rangers’ win…

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Boston Blows It; Playoff Hopes on Life Support

The Bruins held a 3-0 lead last night and lost 5-3 to the Rangers. As usual we wish Boston the very worst. The Rangers with 91 points are now clear of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In New York they’re only worried about Carolina stealing their spot. The Sabres are still in reach but if you…

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Playoff Scenarios

Currently in 10th place, (37-32-10, 32 ROW), There are two playoff spots the Leafs can grab. Here’s how they can do it: 7th place: Buffalo Sabres – 90 pts (40-29-10, 35 ROW) ROW is wins in either regulation or OT. It’s the new first tiebreaker. To catch the Sabres the Leafs need to beat Washington, New Jersey and…

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Joe Colborne’s Marlies Debut

The acquisition of 2008 first round pick Joe Colborne in the Tomas Kaberle trade set hearts a-flutter throughout Leafs Nation, including the media covering the team. This was despite the fact that his debut AHL season was more than a little rocky at the time of the trade. How has Colborne fared in a Marlies’…

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Leafs’ growth together key to Burke plan

I’m not sure I agree with the decision Brian Burke made this past week to announce that Ron Wilson would be back behind the Maple Leafs’ bench for another season (based on his career work in the NHL) – but it’s clear why he did it. Burke wants to remind his young squad that he’s…