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Who is David Broll?

Per the Toronto Maple Leafs press release:  Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed 2011 draft choice David Broll to a three-year entry level contract. David Broll was drafted 152nd overall in 2011 and so I was curious as to why Toronto would…

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How Teams Will Meet the Cap Floor

There are a number of cash-poor NHL teams that are likely scrambling to meet the $48M floor, most notably Florida who have to sign 11 players and spend at least $29.7M dollars to do it. Phoenix, Dallas and the NY Islanders are in similar positions albeit with more players signed. Just because they’re cap rich doesn’t make Florida…

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Leafs hire Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin

Brian Burke has made a coaching change in Toronto; Keith Acton and Tim Hunter are out and in their place the Leafs have brought in Scott Gordon (ex-Islanders) and Greg Cronin (ex-Northeastern Huskies [NCAA]). My first reaction to news like this is that Toronto is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic but thinking longer I’m not…

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USA Hockey Raises Checking Age

  USA Hockey faces a hard task: how does it continue to promote the game we all love in America and how does it continue to develop elite athletes with concussions on the rise? Today the USA Hockey Board of Directors agreed on the Progressive Checking Skill Development Program the highlights of which are thus: Pee-wees (ages 11…

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Interview With a Draft Expert

Though you may be distracted by the Cup Final going on right now the NHL Entry Draft is on the horizon. On June 24th the Leafs will pick 25th and either 29th or 30th before picking again at 39. This gives them 3 out of 14 picks at the end of the first / start of…

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Brad Is About to be Much Richer-ds

The Leafs desperately need a center for Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul capable of being more than a boat anchor. That’s not a sleight on Tyler Bozak per se, it’s hardly an insult to not be one of the 15 best players at your position in the world. The Leafs don’t have a ton to…

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Luca Caputi: What Do We Have?

Having recently re-entered the public conciousness with his atrocious commercial with Mike Zigomanis I’ve been thinking about Luca Caputi. Brian Burke took him in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky because it was felt he was a more mature prospect closer to stepping into the NHL. Caputi put up big numbers in his last year in the…

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On Franchise Movement

I grew up in Hartford, Connecticut a devoted Whalers fan. My parents are big hockey fans and some of my earliest memories are of watching the Whale play (or attempt to play) at the Hartford Civic Center. Eventually due to Hartford being too small of a market the Whale left for greener pastures.

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Stan Fischler May Be in Danger

Mike Forbes of Bitter Leaf Fan passed this along to me on Twitter last night. It’s from the September 14th 1985 edition of the Saskatchewan Star Phoenix and begins with this paragraph…

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Leafs at the World Championships

Things have been pretty quiet for the Leafs; with the playoffs in full swing there’s not a ton going on for a squad that’s misssed them every year since the lockout. Luckily for Leafs fans the draft is only six weeks away and there are a pile of Leafs currently playing for their country in…

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10-11 Season Autopsy: Goaltending

On January 1st 2011 the James Reimer era began with a bang. Outshot 21-33 the rookie allowed a single goal to let Toronto skate with a 5-1 win against the lottery bound Senators. After that he started 36 more times accruing 3 shutouts and a .921 save percentage. The Leafs grabbed 45 points in Reimer’s 37…

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Leafs Division Records

In the last game of the season the Leafs lost to Montreal and tied the season series with them 3-3. The Leafs beat or tied every team in their division in their season series and won the season series against the Western Conference (pretty notable given the Leafs aren’t great and the West dominates the…