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Back to the Future Game Recap: Leafs get comeback SO win vs. Capitals

  For reasons well known to everyone, it is really hard to get excited / think about hockey right now. We should be gearing up for rookie tournaments, training camp and exhibition games over the next couple weeks to get us pumped up for the regular season. Unfortunately it seems as though none of these…

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Where in the world is…

Imagine if you traded a potential top six centre-man and a potential top four defenseman for a guy who was a year and a half removed from scoring 27 goals on a 16.27 shooting percentage. That might even be a bad enough trade to get yourself a sarcastic shout-out in a certain blogger’s footnote. You all know who I’m…

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Does Kessel Have to Play With a #1 Centre?

  Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press An ongoing problem for the Leafs, in every summer that I can remember, is finding them a number one centre that can transform Phil Kessel into the next Great One. It seems like, in Toronto, no fan will be happy with anything less then the reincarnation of Mats Sundin. I…

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Is Nazem Kadri ready for the NHL?

  In a conference call after his acquisition of James Van Riemsdyk, Brian Burke mentioned that Nazem Kadri could be looked at to fill a spot at centre ice for the Maple Leafs next year. This might be somewhat surprising to some, as Kadri has played on the wing for nearly every shift of his…

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Pending UFA’s: Jason Garrison

  Finding UFA defensemen that can actually play defense – and do it for a decent price – is a tough task. Heading into next season, this is a crucial task for the Maple Leafs as they are in dire need of defensemen that drive play away from their terrible goaltenders. I wanted to find some…

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UFA Wishlist: Who is that?

It’s well known that come July first most of the teams in the NHL will be offering long and lucrative contracts to Ryan Suter and Zach Parise – if they in fact make it to UFA status. While these two players would help the Maple Leafs turn their playoff drought into a playoff berth next…

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AHL vs. NHL Success: Years Three and Four

Is this a guy that can contribute with the Leafs next year? Photo Cred: Mike Ivall A few weeks ago I looked at the relationship between an AHL team’s success one year and their parent club’s success the next. If you read that piece you will know that there wasn’t a mathematical correlation. However, I did find that most…

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The NHL point system is flawed and should see the Leafs in the playoffs

What should have happened this year (right banner) Much has been made about the NHL’s point system and it’s flaws in the past. A third point is awarded once two teams reach overtime, it is mystifying where this point comes from as a "normal" game awards only two points to the winner and none to…

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Leading by Example: Dion Phaneuf

Could Dion Phaneuf lead these dudes to a winning record? Sports media in Toronto seem to be grasping at straws on things to talk about. I don’t necessarily blame them, as any writer or fan would have a hard time just thinking about the Maple Leafs after what has transpired the past two months. However, I think…

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First Niagara. HSBC. Who Knows?

  BUFFALO, NY – APRIL 03: Matt Frattin #39 (C) of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres with teammates Phil Kessel #81 and Tyler Bozak #42 at First Niagara Center on April 3, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) The Maple Leafs…

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Does AHL Success Translate Into NHL Success?

  As all Toronto fans are aware the Maple Leafs have recently been eliminated from playoff contention. Something that we all should be aware of though is that the Toronto Marlies have the sixth best point percentage in the AHL and second best in their conference. They are also heading into the Calder Cup Playoffs….

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Ryan Hamilton Shows Dion How to be a Leader

  Zach Parise playing peek-a-boo with the Maple Leafs BREAKING NEWS: The Maple Leafs have mailed it in. They do not care. If you need any more proof just watch the highlights. David Steckel played 21 minutes of regulation time while Phil Kessel played 18. We wonder why they only mustered 17 shots through 60…