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The death of truculence: A look at the Leafs’ fourth line

There’s been a lot of discussion on various blogs lately, predominantly the Backhand Shelf and our sister site NHL Numbers, on how fourth lines are composed. I thought it might be interesting to look at the composition of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it appears to be that the thought process behind the team’s fourth…

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Tyler Bozak goes blackface

Image via @wraparoundcurl  Nobody’s perfect, but I figured I’d leave this image up. Tyler Bozak tweeted out the picture, then deleted, but it was caught by a Leafs fan who posted it on Tumblr. Not too much to write, considering Thomas Drance at Canucks Army wrote the necessary words last year: Here’s the point to…

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Joffrey Lupul may have signed with a KHL team

Remember when the Kontinental Hockey League swore that the only NHLers who would be allowed to seek lockout shelter playing for Russia’s top-flight league would be the ones who met an admittedly not-so-stringent criteria? Again, here’s the KHL’s own criteria: – Has played no fewer than 150 games in the NHL over the last three…

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Tyler Biggs: In General

Tyler Biggs is in the spotlight early in his Ontario Hockey League career and I wanted to put up a few thoughts on the Leafs first round draft pick. Drafted outside of the grasp of the agreement restricting players entry directly into the Amercian Hockey League, Leafs 1st round selection in 2011, (22nd overall) Biggs…

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Leafs Point Projections: The Rest

It’s time for our third and final piece of looking at different statistical ways to project how many points each of the Maple Leafs will score. If you’re just tuning in, we explained our methodology in more detail in our first piece, which covered the top-six forwards.  We followed that up with a look at…

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Does Tyler Bozak carry some trade value?

A real odd thing happened Saturday night. Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford was interacting with some Canucks fans on Twitter, appeared to be warming the West Coast fan base to the prospect of Tyler Bozak joining the Canucks: @taj1944 Wouldn’t it be a better adv to have a third line centre? — Jason Botchford (@botchford)…

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Leafs Prospect Update: October 29th, 2012

Every Monday, our man Justin Fisher will break down the weekend that was for various Leaf prospects in college and Canadian junior hockey. Well, this is embarrassing. My first day on the job, and it’s been a relatively uneventful weekend for Leafs prospects. A goal here, an assist there… and I was hoping to report…

Best of the Nation – 10.28.12

After the jump: a look at the best prospects for the 2013 Draft, discussing trade rumours, the lockout and solutions to it, following injuries around the league, and much more.