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Wade Belak Found Dead

    Ex-Flame and Leaf enforcer Wade Belak was reportedly found dead in his Toronto condo this afternoon. The 35-year old recently retired from hockey. Belak’s death marks the third tragic passing of an NHL tough guy this summer after Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. The cause of his death has yet to be reported, but whatever…

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Nazem Kadri’s Rookie Season Comparables

Nazem Kadri’s rookie season didn’t earn him a Calder nomination. His rookie season didn’t see him make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of camp or win a spot in the Leafs’ meagre top six. He actually had two stints with the big club this year. He spent 17 games with the Leafs from November 13th…

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Net Presence Scoring Chances, Special Teams 2010-11

A few weeks ago, I introduced a category of stats known as "Net Presence Scoring Chances", which consist of rebounds, deflections, and chances through traffic (shots on goal that got through bodies in front without touching anybody enroute to the net).  We previously viewed the regular season results for the 2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs, today we will…

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Maple Leafs’ Schedule: November Rain

The NHL season is a marathon not a sprint and each leg of the course is unique. In this seven part series we’ll look at the make up of each one, how the Leafs have fared, what games they’ll need to win, and what games we’d love to see. We’ll even do it for the…

Playing For A Contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie camp, which will kick off in a couple of weeks in advance of their main training camp, features not just draft picks and signed players, but also a bunch of guys playing for a job. Are any of them of interest as potential future NHL’ers? After the jump, we will…

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Player types: “High Event” and “Low Event”

    Let’s start this with Phil Kessel. Or Eric Staal. Or somebody with a less impressive name, such as Jim Slater or Cory Stillman or Gregory Campbell. These players have a lot more in common than you might think. But we’ll use Kessel as an example because he’s the star player in the world’s…

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NATION RADIO – AUGUST 27, 2011

Lowetide is back on the m-i-c this week, rested from vacation and looking to reconquer the airwaves with his first NationRadio in three weeks. This week features Kirk Luedeke, Matt Bugg, Kent WIlson, Jeff Krushnell and a list of 10 things we can look forward to from the Oilers next season. This is NationRadio. Enjoy!

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Are We Answering the Right Questions?

  "A hockey stick and a puck together cost $1.10. The stick costs $1 more than the puck. How much does the puck cost?"  Be honest, did you say $0.10? Many people answer this question incorrectly, and our difficulty with it illustrates something important about the way we think. Most people see the total amount…

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Toronto’s Goaltending Prospects

One of the bright spots in Toronto’s organizational depth is likely their goaltending. Between James Reimer, Jussi Rynnas, Ben Scrivens and maybe Jonas Gustavsson 2.0 the Leafs were probably right in their decision to not sign a stopgap goaltender to a long deal this offseason. HockeysFuture.com came out with their organizational ranking for the Leafs…

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What If Matthew Lombardi Is Healthy?

There have been hints this summer that Matthew Lombardi, acquired as a salary dump from the Nashville Predators earlier this off-season, may be healthy in time for training camp with the Leafs. Those hints came from people like Kevin Allen and Jeff Marek – reliable sources – and a couple of weeks ago Chemmy looked…