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The Outsiders: Marlies Defensemen

Korbinian Holzer is likely the latest graduate to join the Maple Leafs once this lockout ends. There aren’t many candidates to immediately join him. Just like how we looked at forwards with an outside chance of becoming full time Leafs, this is going to focus on the blueline and look at Mike Kostka, Jesse Blacker…

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MacArthur off to Germany

Leafs’ winger Clarke MacArthur has jetted to the 2nd German League to play for Eispiraten Crimmitschau. This was reported this morning by Paul Romanuk, or "the best World Juniors commentator ever" as he’s known in some circles. Romanuk says it’s "confirmed" that MacArthur is going there. Was there a swirl of rumors surrounding this that…

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CBA optimism, and are the Leafs well-positioned?

Let’s talk conspiracy theory here. Or let’s talk luck, or let’s talk about my theory that Brian Burke is one of the few General Managers in hockey who acts with the future interests of the team in mind and not his own. At the end of Pierre Gauthier’s run in Montreal, he left the team…

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Marlies End Weekend With Shootout Loss

After a pair of polar opposite performances against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday, the Toronto Marlies had an opportunity to cement the direction of their three-in-three weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon. While the teams are longer divisional rivals, the game was still one of many to come in the…

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The Best of the Nation – 10.21.12

Photo: Matt Boulton/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0 From across the Nations this week: hockey talk, with absolutely none of it focused on arena or CBA negotiations. We’ve got a healthy dose of humour – including a story from the NHL player who ran buck-naked into a group of Hungarian riot police – as well as some news,…

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Rynnas, Marlies Shut Out Bulldogs 5-0

Image via Marlies.ca After a pair of games where the Toronto Marlies have heavily outshot their opponents, but had little to show for it, something had to give tonight. Maybe it was the powerplay, which entered tonight scoreless in its past 19 opportunities. Maybe the lines needed a bit of shaking up – though that…

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Toronto Marlies win 5-0, wayward hockey stick tries to eat Greg McKegg

The Toronto Marlies were the clearly dominant team through the only two periods that mattered in this game, but that doesn’t mean that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the clearly dominant hockey club when stacked against the Montreal Canadiens. This Hamilton Bulldogs team is really young. I saw five players for the Bulldogs play in…

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What lockout? Hockey Night in Toronto

For a lack of the Maple Leafs, there were some well-attended hockey games last night in Toronto. I was out at the Ryerson/Queen’s game at the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens, while the Marlies were out in Hamilton, losing to the Bulldogs 4-1. (Here’s a remarkably undetailed recap, and here’s Steve Dangle’s “Marlies Minute”) Tonight, there…