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Enforcers… and David Clarkson

It’s worth pointing out that I screwed up a lot of things about yesterday’s Enforcers post surrounding the Marc Savard incident. I originally wrote that Matt Cooke never faced retribution, but other Penguins enforcers did (I mixed up my dates and missed the game where Cooke did fight Thornton, although Thornton took an extra ten…

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2013-14 Leafs Fantasy Hockey Preview – Goalies

Just in time for your fantasy draft, The Leafs Nation will again attempt to give you sage fantasy advice. Nay, we’ll deliver you sage fantasy advice. In fact, we guarantee it. If you lose your fantasy hockey pool after taking our amazing fantasy advice, Jeffler will take you out for a fancy steak dinner. Vegetarian?…

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20/20 Hindsight – The Brawl

  Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres played a hockey game last night? That Phil Kessel scored two goals? That Jake Gardiner and James Van Riemsdyk both had successful efforts that made their opponents look like ragdolls? The Leafs almost blew a 4-1 lead (sorry), but ultimately won in…

Maple Leafs sign Mason Raymond

Per Mirtle… and a host of others. Leafs have signed Mason Raymond. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 23, 2013 1-year 1 million for Mason Raymond. — David Alter (@DavidAlter590) September 23, 2013 The situation gets interesting considering the suspension to David Clarkson and possible suspension to Phil Kessel. It may have been wiser to wait…

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Enforcers

The enforcer debate re-surfaced today, what with the wake of the Maple Leafs and Sabres brawl Sunday night, plus the Edmonton Oilers claiming Steve MacIntyre off of waivers.  To some degree, there’s a modicum of logic behind the utility of enforcers. With a tough guy on the bench, teams are going to be less likely…

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Aftermath: The Leafs-Sabres Brawl

  Oh man. The day after the big Leafs-Sabres brawl, there’s a lot of fallout, and a lot of opinions. Should Kessel have slashed that big dumb guy Brad Pitt killed at the beginning of Troy John Scott? Is Davis Clarkson getting a 10-game suspension? Is Bernier awesome for beating up Ryan Miller? Are you still…

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Clarkson, Kessel face suspensions after line brawl

I’m a strict pacifist, but I have to admit I smirked a little when I saw that Bryan Flynn tapped out of his bout with Phil Kessel Sunday night after being cut. I smirked a little harder when Kessel skated by John Scott and speared him a little as Scott was engaged with David Clarkson….

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BUFFALO SOLDIERS! IN THE HEART OF CANADA!

So John Scott  jumps Phil Kessel and Phil Kessel two-hands John Scott (thrice) and David Clarkson leaves the bench to fight John Scott and Phil Kessel fights Brian Flynn and Jonathan Bernier fights Ryan Miller and David Clarkson gets a 10-game suspension and Jonathan Bernier celebrates with Justin Bieber.

Paul Ranger’s creative shootout effort draws slash, laughs

The Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night in exhibition action, with the tiebreaker settled by a shootout that made it to 15 rounds before Jay McClement scored the goal. Of course, all anybody wants to talk about is Paul Ranger’s effort, shown above. We’ve seen a lot of…

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Leafs-Sabres Satuday Game Thread

  Like….OK. This jersey design needed to begin in somebody’s head as an idea. From there, they needed to draw it up, and after several drafts, present it to at least a small panel of people, you’d assume. Then enough of them agreed it was good-looking enough to represent their team on the ice, and…

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Bobby Baun on life, cancer, and the Leafs

  Leaf legend. Four-time Sanley Cup champion. Cancer survivor. Hardcore Leafs fans know his name right away.  Bobby Baun is best remembed for his heroics, courage, and perhaps partial insanity in the 1964 Stanley Cup Final against Detroit. After blocking a shot, Baun was stretchered off the ice during the sixth game of the series, only…