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Ryan Hamilton Shows Dion How to be a Leader

  Zach Parise playing peek-a-boo with the Maple Leafs BREAKING NEWS: The Maple Leafs have mailed it in. They do not care. If you need any more proof just watch the highlights. David Steckel played 21 minutes of regulation time while Phil Kessel played 18. We wonder why they only mustered 17 shots through 60…

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Pat Quinn on “Doing Something”

Do something. For teams dwelling outside the playoff bubble, those words tend to accurately reflect the mood of the fan base. Fire the coach. Fire the trainers. Trade someone. Axe the professional scouts. Something. I thought that ex-Leafs coach/G.M. and ex-Oilers coach Pat Quinn had an interesting take on “doing something” in the recent book…

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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…

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I don’t know what this is

Coming off a 8-0 loss in Beantown the previous evening, I figured the Leafs would put Tank Nation in serious jeopardy on Tuesday night when the Islanders came to town. Not to worry, it’s still full steam ahead on this bullet train to the bottom of the standings. I’m not sure how much can be…

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Tuesday Morning Hockey Sense

    Jay Rosehill pulled a muscle trying to solve this one.  I don’t even know what to say anymore. Despite the fact that every rational observer knew the Leafs season was over, people were still shocked they got steamrolled by a team with a five game winning streak against them. Every game has somehow…

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Black and Bruined

Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of @MHCranberry‘s interesting timeline. Apologies for the late note I forgot originally. The odds were stacked against the Maple Leafs, having lost five of the six games in the season series. The Bruins had outscored them 28-10 before the puck dropped, but against all odds, they came out with two points against…

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Yeah, The Maple Leafs Aren’t As Bad As Columbus

According to the Toronto Star this morning, the Maple Leafs are virtually the same team as the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sports reporters Mark Zwolinski and Bob Mitchell did a “top to bottom” assessment of both teams and concluded that the Leafs “are on par with” the Blue Jackets. I’m afraid it wasn’t an assessment well-grounded…

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Nation Radio – March 17, 2012

After another glorious victory over the sinking Calgary Flames, there was little else to do Saturday but sit back and gloat. Oh, and talk about Oilers prospects, advanced analytics and… This is Nation Radio.