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Milquetoast, hold the jam; on Kessel

(Casper Milquetoast)  The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won a Stanley Cup, their starting goalie made 40 of 41 saves against a Montreal roster that included Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and Yvan Cournoyer. That goaltender was also described as a player, by Andrew Podnieks as one who “lived a life so rife with unhappiness”…

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The Curse of Mats Sundin?

Being a sports fan in Toronto isn’t fun, or at least it hasn’t been for a long time. The city hasn’t seen a major league championship win since the ’93 Blue Jays. Twenty years of cold winless winters and summers that are over by spring training is enough to make even the most devout Toronto…

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Leafs Nation Podcast: Know Your Enemy

  This week, the Leafs Nation podcast features Ellen Etchingham alongside myself (JP Nikota) and Danny Gray. Ellen is a wonderful writer from The Score’s Backhand Shelf who, unfortunately, has become a Habs fan. I’m not entirely sure, but I think that becoming a Habs fan midway through life is rather like a Spiderman backstory…

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Is This A Goal Scoring Competition? Phil Kessel’s Defensive Game

Not a Selke trophy A lot has been made of Phil Kessel’s defensive game, or lack thereof, this season. Phil has been labeled as being a soft player that plays poor defensive hockey. Generally the opinion on him is that he doesn’t back check, floats around in the defensive zone and only focuses on the…