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Maple Leafs offseason: What’s needed on defence?

via Wikimedia Commons Pension Plan Puppets have released their official list of things they would like to see the Leafs do between now and October, and seven of the wishes in some way have to do with the defence. Get a Top Four defenceman! Shore up the bottom pair! Buy-out Mike Komisarek! The defence remains…

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Forecasting Phil: What should the Leafs look to pay Phil Kessel?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a black cloud looming overhead. Phil Kessel is an unrestricted free agent next summer, meaning that he will, in July of 2014, be eligible to negotiate his services with any clubs in the NHL or elsewhere. Good players are expensive, and good players are expensive for a reason. Getting one…

Dynamo GM confirms Leo Komarov signing

Dynamo Moscow GM confirms Leo Komarov comeback. He will sign with Dynamo the same contract he had before he left for the Leafs this Tuesday. — Andrey Osadchenko (@AOsadchenko) June 10, 2013 Leo Komarov will sign with #KHL‘s Dynamo Moscow on Tuesday; will not return to the #Leafs, per Dynamo official (s/t SovSport). — Dmitry…

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Dallas Eakins heads to Edmonton

While no papers have been signed, it is believed by many in the hockey media that Dallas Eakins will be departing from the Toronto Marlies to become the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Eakins was in, fittingly, Dallas while this news came out, for an interview with the Stars, but will officially sign…

Reports: Eakins to join Oilers, Komarov to KHL

Dallas Eakins will be introduced as the Oilers Head Coach tomorrow. #TSN — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 9, 2013 #MapleLeafs F Leo Komarov plans to leave #NHL to get back to #Dynamo of #KHL per @emilelo — Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) June 9, 2013 Two bits of Leafs news today… Dallas Eakins leaving to the NHL…

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Why You Don’t Trade Phil Kessel

Dave Feschuk put out an article in the Toronto Star today that caught my attention. His point is in no way ambiguous, being the direct headline; the Maple Leafs should trade Phil Kessel. In his eyes, "there’s never been a better time". It’s hard to call an opinion piece wrong, but you can make some…

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“Trade Phil Kessel” suggests Toronto Star writer

There are a lot of Torontonians who like to talk about hockey. Consequently, there are a lot of Torontonians who discuss hockey very well and are a pleasure to make conversation with. This is part of the reason I joined the Toronto Maple Leafs blogosphere, because I found myself interacting online with many intelligent members…

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Yakov Mironov’s Leaflets: Addition Edition

JEFF SCHULTZ Last week Jeff Schultz of the Washington Capitals let it be known that he has been unhappy with his ice time over the past two seasons and is looking to move on. Coincidentally the Toronto Maple Leafs are team with a horrible defense and are in the market for players that can improve…

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Leafs pick 21st – Who to target?

We figured out last week, based on Detroit’s and New York’s losses in the second round, that Toronto would stick with the 21st overall pick. That’s well out of the range, potentially, of game-changers like Max Domi and Bo Horvat, a couple of guys from the London Knights that the Maple Leafs could have used….

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Weekend open thread: Kadri’s value, and Carl Gunnarsson’s comments

Screenshot from hockeysvierge.se Yesterday a bit of a kerfuffle erupted online when a translation of a hockeysvierge piece found the Internet. I like foreign interviews because players tend to say more interesting things in both their native languages, and the ones tabloid reporters don’t speak. If you went to hockeysvierge’s website and clicked on the…