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Colby Armstrong to be bought out

Colby Armstrong was bought out Saturday, the day before NHL free agency, as per several hockey sources including Colby Armstrong’s own Twitter account: Thanks to the leaf nation for the support over the last couple seasons. Although I had tough luck thanks for everything. #lotsleftinme — Colby Armstrong (@armdog) June 30, 2012 It’s not really…

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Thirteen thoughts: Mats in the Hall, forward depth

—-This new regular Friday/Saturday feature column was written by Matt Wright. Follow him on Twitter @mattwright9 Welcome to the first *official* edition of 13 thoughts: a simultaneous tribute to the inspiration for the column (Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” – the best hockey column on the internet right now) and the Leafs all-time point leader and…

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Leafs to be active July 1st, but not on the big names

Kudos to the guys from Maple Leaf Hot Stove who extracted audio from Brian Burke’s stint on Halifax radio yesterday. If there’s one positive thing I can say about Burke that we can agree on, it’s that he’s available, he’s clear, he’s concise, and he doesn’t leave anybody in the dark. On this stint, he…

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Rushing young injured players

Last week, James Reimer’s agent Ray Petkau sent out the following tweet in response to a question asked by a frequent commenter of the Barilkosphere, @LeafErikson: Symptom free since April & training hard “@LeafErikson: [email protected] how’s Reimers recovery going? Is he symptom free, and training?” — Ray Petkau (@RayPetkau) June 20, 2012 Wait, what do…

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Maple Leafs announce prospect camp invitees (Who are these guys?)

As per a team release… The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the team’s prospect camp, held from July 2-to-5, will feature 42 players. The group will consist of four goaltenders, 25 forwards and 13 defencemen. All six of the Maple Leafs’ 2012 draft choices will be in attendance. The camp will include on-ice practice…

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Finding a right side partner for Jake Gardiner via UFA

James Mirtle came out with his list of 35 unrestricted free agent defencemen at the Globe’s website on Wednesday afternoon, and after a bit of perusing, I’ve found a couple of names worth going after. The list was shortened as the Calgary Flames traded for, and signed, Dennis Wideman to a pretty sizeable contract, 5…

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Moving Pieces Up Front

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn trade that went down this past weekend is the way it quickly re-shaped the Maple Leafs’ roster. Schenn was all over the place on the blue line, minutes climbing and falling from game to game, but his counterpart in the…

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Assessing Nikolai Kulemin; Part II – Defence

Part I of this series, from earlier today, looks at Kulemin’s offensive potential. This post will focus more on defence, and, admittedly, it isn’t as sexy of a concept, but it’s important nonetheless. Players spend half of a hockey game focusing on scoring goals, and the other half of their mindset has to be preventing…

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Assessing Nikolai Kulemin; Part I – Shooting and scoring

Unbelievably, it’s impossible to find a scathing indictment of Nikolai Kulemin to dissect and disprove, as Toronto Maple Leafs media have come to grips with the concept of “shooter regression”. Nikolai Kulemin scored 30 goals in the 2011 NHL season, only to drop to seven in the very next year. A lot of this is…

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Mats Sundin to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

The only reason I was happy Kaberle was traded to the Habs. Photo via Getty Images Accoridng to @theScoreTicker Sundin will join Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, and Adam Oates as the Class of 2012. Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. — theScoreTicker (@theScoreTicker)…

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Scoring chances, Corsi, and why Mikhail Grabovski is great

When I first joined The LeafsNation, I had a few people asking questions as to whether I’d be counting scoring chances or not for the team next season. The gut reaction was “yes” because it’s always good to have a bit more data to analyze, but there’s really no point. Eric T. of Broad Street…