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Freaky Frattin

It’s not difficult to get caught up in the hype surrounding the young Matt Frattin. After all, all he does at the AHL level is score goals. During the regular season all he did was score. During the playoffs all he did was score. Then the injury ended his playoffs prematurely. Even after a difficult…

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Should the NHL worry about the “casual fan”?

It seems like every time a discussion starts up about the damage the NHL (as a whole) has done to itself during the lockout, both financially and in the public eye, it always comes down to the same statement. "The die-hards will be back, but it’s the casual fan leaving that should worry the NHL"…

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It’s nice to be wrong

An NHL lockout is a cynical business, with two extremely rich parties fighting for a wicked pile of cash. The most recent edition has been particularly galling, with two sides seemingly able to agree on a myriad of issues but unwilling to bridge the small gap between them. Given that, naturally I was cynical about…

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KHL: The last few days

  It’s a lockout, but I’ve barely noticed. Been very busy over the last few days with a bunch of things, so without further delay, here’s a whollllle bunch of KHL games and action from the last few days. Alex Ovechkin’s first KHL hat trick, Malkin gets 4 points, and some orgasmic goals. Yes. Orgasimic….

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Tyler Biggs, Garret Sparks named to preliminary USA junior roster

As speculated yesterday and widely assumed, two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects were named to the American World Junior preliminary squad, both off their OHL teams. That’s Tyler Biggs of the Oshawa Generals, selected in the first round of the 2011 draft, and Garret Sparks, goaltender for the Guelph Storm, selected in the 7th round that…

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NHL OWNERS AND PLAYERS FACE-TO-FACE

Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman will not be directly involved in today’s meeting between six NHL owners and a select group of NHL players, but don’t jump to a conclusion assuming that both sides will suddenly find some common ground with their leaders out of the room. Bettman has long been the player’s whipping boy….

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The Joe Colborne Conundrum

Let’s start this by establishing boundaries. Just what kind of player did the Leafs acquire in Joe Colborne? At the  2:15-2:55 point of the press conference announcing the trade that sent Tomas Kaberle to Boston for Colborne and a first round pick, Brian Burke makes this statement about newly acquired Joe Colborne. “Meets our criteria…

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Morgan Rielly named to Team Canada’s selection camp – Percy omitted

And this morning came the much-anticipated announcement of Canada’s World Junior squad selection camp roster. Specifically, we at TLN were looking for Toronto Maple Leafs on the roster. As expected, Morgan Rielly was named to the camp roster as a defenceman and Stuart Percy, who has been captaining the Mississauga Steelheads, was not.

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Joe Colborne was scratched twice this weekend. What now?

Lacking an ECHL affiliate for some reason, the Toronto Maple Leafs have somewhat of a surplus of B-prospects moving in and out of the lineup at Ricoh. Sunday, it seems, Joe Colborne was held out of the lineup and his replacement, Spencer Abbott, scored three assists in just his sixth game of the season in…

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Leafs Prospect Update: December 3rd, 2012

Not to sound like a broken record, but Tony Cameranesi had another solid weekend for the NCAA’s Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Cameranesi put up a goal and 2 assists in two weekend match ups against Michigan Tech, bringing his season point totals to 6 goals and 15 points in 14 games – that’s good for second…

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Best of the Nation – 12.2.12

After the jump, the answer to every question you’ve ever had. Provided, of course, that "every question you’ve ever had" relates to the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, the true meaning of "one billion dollars," which NHL prospect got caught drunk and in a Teletubby costume, or something else that’s answered in one of the excellent…