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Why not Gustavsson?

(Via Pawel Dwulit at the Canadian Press) Toronto goaltending is a weird thing. It’s pretty well been established that Toronto haven’t had a reliable #1 starter since Ed Belfour and attempts to fix this via trades for Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala horribly backfired. This season, Toronto are the 22nd best team in the NHL…

Nation Radio – January 7, 2012

  Nation Radio’s first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.

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Asked And Answered: Brian Burke Edition

  The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the teams that has come to the forefront of embracing Twitter as a team. Along with a handful of players the team’s coach and general manager have taken the leap. While Burke would never be able to match up to the original (a rare successful parody…

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Shutouta Ya Mouth!

It wasn’t so long ago that I thought the NHL had seen the last of Jonas Gustavsson. That is, I figured the Leafs would hang on to him for the rest of the season, but I never forsaw a time when he would take games like last night’s away from James Reimer. I even considered…

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Brian Burke bites back against the “rats”

  Normally, a hockey team waiving Colton Orr or another player of Orr’s enforcer ilk wouldn’t be newsworthy enough for the General Manager to even sign his name on the press release, but, Thursday afternoon in Toronto, Brian Burke held a conference with reporters to discuss the state of the game.

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Dion Phaneuf “elected” All-Star Team Starter

In the latest episode in the trade that keeps on giving Dion Phaneuf has been "elected" as a starter in the 2011-2012 NHL "All-Star" game. He joins Tim Thomas, and some terrible Ottawa Senators players in the starting line-up.

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Beware of the World Junior Bump

  That’s Gold Jerry,Gold!  This morning Jonathan Willis posted an excellent piece on why we should not read too much into the results of performance of any given player or team at the World Junior Championships. You should bookmark it for future reference because it will be true every year, and during the NHL playoffs….

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TEAM CANADA GAME DAY – FINLAND

  The other night undoubtedly registered a wide range of emotions amongst fans. From the shock at the Russian start; the anger of the Canadian’s undisciplined play; the dismay of a five goal deficit; the elation of a four goal comeback; the heartbreak of a one goal loss and finally to the agony that for…

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Three Things I Learned on My Hockey Hiatus

  The worst part of no Twitter, missing out on Ron Wilson’s shenanigans. How cool is Ron Wilson? I had some time off from work during the holidays and was going to be away from home for a week. I decided that it was as good as a time than any to take a vacation…

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LEAVE KADRI ALONE!

When the Tampa Bay Lightning tied the score at 2-2 it came as a result of a lightning counterstrike, aided by a lucky bounce, and was right on the heels of one of Nazem Kadri’s best shifts as a professional. I don’t know why but Greg Millen decided that this goal was entirely the fault…

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TEAM CANADA GAME DAY – RUSSIA

  For the sixth time in the last eight years Canada will face off against the Russians in the medal round of the World Junior Championship. Canada is 15-11-2 vs. Russia/USSR going back to 1982 (the first year for the Canadian National Junior Team) but the only thing that matters right now avenging a 5-3…

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Nation Radio – December 31, 2011

    We close out the holiday season with an extended visit from Nation writer and all around swell chap Jonathan Willis. Lowetide also adds his own thoughts to the mix on where the Oilers may be headed and we make a short stop in Winnipeg to see how the fans are enjoying the suddenly red…