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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…

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The top 10 Maple Leafs stories of 2013

Time to ring in the New Year. Early tomorrow morning we’ll have a post previewing the Winter Classic. If you have an outdoor hockey memory you’d like to share with us, please email at camcharron(at)gmail.com. After the Winter Classic game, which will be Game 42 on the season, the rest of the week will be…

Nazem Kadri appears to be struggling; should not be traded

I’m working on something a little more in depth breaking down some of the more important Maple Leafs storylines at the halfway mark, but this keeps popping up in my timeline: In wake of Carlyle rant this morning 2 #NHL clubs have confirmed for me #Leafs have made Kadri available in any trade discussion. —…

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LGD – Game 41: Hurricanes @ Leafs – The Bozak came back

When Tyler Bozak got hurt and Nazem Kadri got suspended, the Maple Leafs signed Jerred Smithson to replace him, but demoted Trevor Smith before Smithson played his first game. Toronto wasn’t attempting to add a centreman as insurance, they were looking at add an aspect of Bozak’s game that they thought they would miss. The…

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Should the Maple Leafs sign Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year deal?

In a word, no. Dion Phaneuf is 28 and in his physical peak. He’s an excellent defenceman with tremendous talent and the best the Maple Leafs have had in years. He faces the toughest competition in the NHL according to Behind the Net’s metric Corsi Rel QoC metric, and the toughest competition of any NHL…

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LGD – Game 40: Sabres @ Leafs – Arms race

Three days without hockey, and when they give it back to you, they also give you the potential for a Jerred Smithson line with Frazer McLaren and Colt Knorr. Hardly makes it worth it. Smithson, McLaren and Knorr would be touched up by most of the top lines at the World Junior Championships this week,…

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Merry Christmas to the fine readers of TLN

I was planning on a Christmas post entitled “A Christmas Carlyle”, which told the story of a scrooge of a Maple Leafs coach, visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve and was compelled to perpetually scratch his goons and give more minutes and responsibilities to the talented Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, and Peter Holland. The…

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Leafs postgame – No intent to blow; Leafs lose 2-1 in shootout at MSG

 Has David Clarkson ever been photographed standing up? For the second consecutive game, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost in a shootout. For the second consecutive game, they were probably lucky to get a point in the first place, albeit under completely different circumstances. Toronto was again out-shot heavily, this time at Madison Square Garden, and…

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LGD – Game 39: Leafs @ Rangers – Tis the season for poem parodies

Twas the night before the Christmas break when heard through the din Some creatures called Leafs fans, all hoping for one more win The jerseys were hung in the visitors locker room with care Back home in Toronto, the streets were icy and bare People snug in their houses, with hot chocolate and Leafs snuggies…