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A Trip To Michigan: Part 1

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs spent this past week celebrating the game of hockey in the best way they saw fit; by taking the sport back to its roots and playing a bunch of games outdoors. Representing The Leafs Nation for a few days, and Pension Plan Puppets for another, I made…

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Leafs postgame – On the proper use of “should of”

Just a note to those of you not in on the joke. When the Leafs are behind, oftentimes you’ll see our Twitter account retweet something like this: I knew Reimer should of been in net — olivia trivisonno (@livtriv) January 5, 2014 Or this: @Ryguy6610 I feel so bad for bernier, Randy should of pulled…

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What would you call elite?

  On Friday Sportsnet’s Mark Spector wrote a column about the Bobby Ryan/Team USA comments that have sent the hockey world into a frenzy.  In the third paragraph of the column Spector wrote this little gem; "P.K. Subban gives the puck away. Or Phil Kessel is not among hockey’s elite skaters. Or the Sedin twins…

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Toronto’s first half analytical update

Well we’ve hit the midway point of the season. Technically, we’ve already finished Game 42, but there was a small turnaround between Games 41 and 42, and a nice clean day on the calendar for us this morning to fit in this little post breaking down the first half of the season for the Toronto…

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Leafs postgame – Tyler Bozak: Master of the elements

 Photo via @Jeffler When James van Riemsdyk scored the 1-1 goal midway through the second period, a roar went up that had never quite been heard before at a hockey game. There were about 50 thousand Maple Leafs fans in attendance at Michigan Stadium, outdoors, untempered by obnoxious arena music or drowning goal horns. Playing…

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Leafs trade John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason

Dave Nonis just made the first trade of the New Year! It’s neither a Big Blockbuster nor a Big Disaster, so no problem on this being made right in the middle of the Winter Classic. Toronto sent John-Michael Liles and prospect defenceman Dennis Robertson to the Carolina Hurricanes for Tim Gleason. Gleason is a 31-year-old,…

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LGD – Game 42: Leafs @ Red Wings – Let’s play outside

I grew up, and live in, Vancouver.  For those of you unawares, Vancouver gets about two or three days of snow a year. We don’t have outdoor rinks, or ponds that freeze over. Robson Square downtown has an underground rink that’s an ideal spot for first dates, but there’s no hockey played. Essentially, I grew…