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Stop Paying Attention to Results

During the second intermission of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the CBC panel began talking about Cody McLeod and his decision to seek retribution on Jared Boll for his hit on Harry Zolnierczyk. In the process, McLeod received an additional 2-minute instigator penalty. The Ducks scored on the ensuing powerplay, which led to…

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#BudsFeed: 13 Reasons Why The Leafs Will Beat The Caps

1. Washington’s Best Players are Euros Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Kuznetsov are Washington’s headliners. And if there is one thing that will always be true, it’s that Euros won’t win you a Cup. 2. Skill Gets You Nowhere in the Playoffs Washington has a lot of skill. Cool. When was the last time that won a…

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LEAFS POSTGAME: Leafs clinch bottom two finish

Embed from Getty Images There was a lot on the line in Toronto tonight, with the Leafs playing their last home game of the season against Columbus. A win would create more drama for Toronto’s draft lottery hopes, but a loss would guarantee that they could finish the season no higher than 29th.  And boy,…

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LEAFS POSTGAME: PANTHERS SET FRANCHISE RECORD

Embed from Getty Images Four games left. On Monday night, that’s all that stood between the Leafs and the inevitable loss to the Oilers in the draft lottery. The Panthers were in town – Jagr, Barkov, Ekblad, the whole gang – in a quest to set a franchise record in points. Which is slightly more impressive than…

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LEAFS POSTGAME: BRUINS OUT OF PLAYOFF PICTURE (FOR NOW)

Embed from Getty Images It’s that time of year when the Leafs have nothing to lose, and all the teams they are playing have everything to lose. It couldn’t have been truer Saturday, as Detroit’s playoff hopes are entirely in their own hands for the rest of the season.

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LEAFS POSTGAME: LEAFS 1-0 WITH GAUTHIER IN LINEUP

Embed from Getty Images Another game, another debut. Tonight saw Frederik Gauthier slot in as the third-line centre, which is – in a way – Babcock throwing him to the wolves. “Hey this is what we envision you as in the future, get used to it.” But because Gauthier is big and good at faceoffs,…

The Leafs Should Send Nylander Back to Junior #MyColumn

Embed from Getty Images Same. The last week or so has been the funnest to be a Leafs fan in a really long time. As expected, Lou and co. sent out a bunch of vets at the trade deadline, and promptly filled the lineup with the future – young kids who will be fixtures on…

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LGD: Bitter, Miserable Rivals

Embed from Getty Images With just two days left until the trade deadline, the only purpose to tonight’s battle between the Leafs and Habs is to see some players in their respective uniforms for the last time. Both teams are sellers: for the Leafs, this was the expected course of action all season long, but the…

Top Five Trade Destinations for Jake Gardiner

Embed from Getty Images Every player has a price. As much as Gardiner has been impressive this season – most notably, in his single-handed ability to make Dion Phaneuf tradeable – he still has his detractors. Do any of those detractors sit amongst Leafs management? All signs would point to no. Even Babcock seems to…

Top Five Trade Destinations for Nazem Kadri

Embed from Getty Images What a year it’s been for Nazem Kadri; The missed practice; the “reading between the lines” of Brendan Shanahan’s statement afterwards; the presumably long-term commitment the Leafs were at one point willing to make turning into a one-year contract extension. But then Mike Babcock came along. And Lou Lamoriello. And the…