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Report: Toronto Maple Leafs in on Jonathan Bernier

There are now three separate media outlets and humans reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have more than a casual interest in the Los Angeles Kings’ backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier is the same age as James Reimer, as half as much NHL experience and not as high of a save percentage in that brief…

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PRAY FOR CALGARY

  Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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What did locked-out NHL players make in the KHL?

  Since there is no KHL version of CapGeek, this little tidbit might interest you. The KHL posted this on Thursday. The details are interesting. Full disclosure.  As part of its continuing policy of financial transparency, the Kontinental Hockey League has published the total payments made by each club to locked-out NHL players hired during…

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Mythbusters: Tyler Bozak edition

via Wikimedia commons This website likes to encourage as much conversation as possible, and generally that means we want readers and contributors to challenge their own personal beliefs and biases and look at hockey from a different perspective. Somehow in all that, Tyler Bozak has gotten caught up in the cross-fire. Myself and Jeffler have…

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Some thoughts on Bozak, MacArthur and buyouts

A full assembly of NHL general managers are kicking around Boston this week for annual meetings. The group approved the rule tweaks proposed by the competition committee, which involved shallower nets and hybrid icing [links to come when it’s more than just tweets] but those still have yet to be approved by the Board of…

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Will the Leafs talk to Matt Cooke this summer?

  Matt Cooke is a popular guy. I’d argue he’s one of the most popular non-superstar players in NHL history. This is almost entirely because he ended Marc Savard’s career with one of the most talked about hits in the past decade.    Before that, it seemed like he was known throughout the league as…

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Forecasting David Clarkson: Is he worth a big UFA contract?

Our pal Steve Dangle wrote a post on Monday afternoon about David Clarkson and why the Toronto Maple Leafs shouldn’t sign him. His primary reason was that unrestricted free agents usually end up being disappointments. It’s tough to disagree with that assertion. Generally, players peak in scoring between ages 24 and 27, not later, so…

Jonathan Bernier on the Maple Leafs makes no sense

Odd tweet sent out here from Nick Kypreos: Keep hearing #Kings Bernier will b traded sooner than later. With poss’ Breeze buyout and Leiweke LA link, #Leafs #Flyers front-runners — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) June 18, 2013 I don’t think that Jonathan Bernier is a bad goaltender. It may even be reasonable to suggest that Bernier…

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Should the Leafs take a chance on Danny Briere if he’s bought out?

Here’s an interesting possibility that’s come up. The Philadelphia Flyers did Philadelphia Flyers things today, signing 36-year-old Mark Streit to a four-year contract worth $21M. It’s a big number, it’s four years, and we know that the Flyers can’t possibly fit this team under the salary cap. That team simply has more money than brains,…

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Should the Leafs sign David Clarkson?

I love covering sports for a living. Even on a bad day, I can peel off all the layers of a problem and go "Yes, but, I’m covering sports for a living. But wow am I not an athlete. After participating in a dragonboat regatta this weekend, and after two nights of sleeping on a…

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LeafsNation 2013 Year End Awards winners

Midway through the MMVA’s last night, the humble editors of The Leafs Nation dot com took to the stage to present the winners of the Leafs Nation dot com’s first annual awards ceremony. You’ll recall at the conclusion of the regular season, we put together a list of nominees and people voted. Now that the…