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NHL cancels part of October schedule, other Leaflets

This isn’t the first time that the NHL has cancelled the schedule, but it’s the first time that they’ve cancelled regular season games in 2012. Last season, the NBA cancelled games, not the schedule, but the actual, legitimate games, 34 days in advance. The NHL is about a fortnight behind.  According to the NBA last…

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Dangle’s Cards: Who’s the MVP?

Who would (or will be?) be this NHL season’s MVP? Click "Read Artcle" to watch the video, answer the question, and you could win one of two game-used jersey cards of Danny Briere or Steve Mason! (One of which probably isn’t the MVP)

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Nik Kulemin: A Tale of Two Styles

The well documented scoring decline of Nik Kulemin has been picked through with a fine-toothed comb both offensively and defensively. The numbers paint an interesting story. This isn’t meant to analyze the actual scoring decline. Instead the contrast in the 26-year-old’s approach to the game and type of skills and work ethic opposes each other to…

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The Tale of Don and Dallas

I really wanted to make the title for this just "Dallas Eakins calls out Don Cherry." That’s a catchier, more eye-grabbing title. While Eakins does issue somewhat of a challenge to Grapes, he really could not have been more polite and eloquent in doing so. Due to recent comments the Toronto Marlies head coach made…

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Don Cherry’s rant at Leafs’ handling of Nazem Kadri is misguided

If the Brian Burke feud with Don Cherry from late January has any spillover victims, it’s Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlites. That’s Cherry’s scope in this town. He’s not just a media figure, he’s a cult, and Eakins, a coach of an American Hockey League team, had to answer questions raised by Cherry on…

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Will you watch KHL hockey?

Yesterday it was announced that our friends south of the border (unless you’re from the States and reading this now. In which case, you) will have the opportunity to tune in for some KHL action on ESPN3 as early as, well, now. Apparently this will bring the KHL in to something like 70 million homes in…

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Jake Gardiner Watchlist

OMGardiner Puck rushing defensemen create a noticeable hole once removed from the lineup. That’s what Jake Gardiner is, a skilled puck rushing blueliner. The ability to take the line and set up in the offensive zone has spawned studies into the importance of zone entries. The early evidence is that there’s a big advantage to having…

Don Cherry’s Nazem Kadri Twitter Rant

If anyone wants to get a blue print on how to destroy someone, just follow the Toronto Maple Leafs — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) October 2, 2012 It’s fair to say that Don Cherry and Brian Burke don’t really get along. In fact, it was only last March that Cherry accused Burke of trying to get him…

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Cody Franson REAX, Shootout math problems, other Leaflets

The big news from today is obviously the Cody Franson signing, but these stories from both James Mirtle and Terry Koshan indicate that I was a bit quick in jumping the gun suggesting that Franson wouldn’t be able to return to the Leafs for a lockout-shortened season. “We would have two hurdles to clear —…

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Cody Franson signs in SEL with Brynas IF

Another puzzle piece could be out of the mix for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cody Franson, the 25-year old defenceman with three years of NHL experience, has jettisoned and signed with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Elite League for the full 2012-13 season, the club announced Monday afternoon. The SEL doesn’t necessarily want lockout-protected contracts,…

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Leafs in Wonderland

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here: The Toronto Maple Leafs are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions! The Leafs completed their four-game sweep of the Seattle Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final to take home hockey’s ultimate prize. Leafs GM Brian Burke had this to say about finally ending Toronto’s drought: