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Should the Leafs target John Carlson this summer?

This summer all the free agency talk should be about John Tavares, provided he does not sign a new deal in Brooklyn. But the player I am more excited about is Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson. The Caps are in a salary cap nightmare. They have spent $62 million on 14 players next season –…

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Leafs week in review: Contending?

Record 4-0-0 Toronto had a perfect record over the last eight days to move themselves 18 points clear of their nearest rivals in the Atlantic division. Anaheim travelled to the ACC on February 5th and were dismantled by a score of 7-4. Willie and Matthews both had two goals on the game. Two days later,…

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Leafs week in review: Entertained

Record: 3-1-0 Well, that was a fun week. On Wednesday we destroyed the New York Islanders 5-0 in what I would argue was the best performance of the Mike Babcock era in Toronto. Travis Dermott and Justin Holl scored their first ever goals for the Buds and we put 50 shots on goal en route…

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Leafs weekly review: Progress

Record 2-1-0 Toronto entered last week on the back of a impressive comeback win against the lowly Ottawa Senators. This victory and the manner of it gave Leafs fans hope that the downward skid we were enduring had ended. Then came the hottest team in the NHL – Colorado. Now the Avs are having a…

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Leafs weekly review: Turning a corner

The record: 1-0-2 Had last nights game with the Senators finished after two periods this would have been an article that I may have refused to write in annoyance. But as I watched the Leafs kill a penalty to begin the third and then score through Auston Matthews, my belief came rushing back. And sure…

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Leafs weekly review: Making grown men cry

Record: 0-1-1 Two times in a week, the Leafs played at home and put themselves in a position to win, only to somehow throw it away late on. As much as I would like to sit here and blame it on Roman Polak like a lot of the Leafs fans do, I would point at…

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Leafs weekly review x2: Inconsistent

I missed last weeks review because, well basically, I had a few festive beers over the Christmas period and decided that Bud fans across the world could wait an extra week to get a bigger review. The record 3-2-1 It has been an interesting two weeks to say the least, with the Buds winning three…

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LGD: Out-sharking the Sharks

Air Canada Center will host the San Jose Sharks tonight in what is a rather important game in the context of the Leafs season. While Toronto have enjoyed a good season so far, they enter the second half of their campaign tonight looking to get back on level points with a resurgent Boston Bruins. Toronto…

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Leafs weekly review: Back on track

The record 2:1:0 Things got back to normal this week in Leafland as the Buds won two games. Carolina were in town for a matinee game on Dec. 19 and the Leafs ran riot over the Canes to win 8-1. The Buds were three for three on the Powerplay and even grabbed a shorty through…

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LGD: Return of the Matthews

Toronto arrive in New York today buoyed by the return of star centerman Auston Matthews. Matthews has missed the last six games and the Leafs are dearly missing their man as they have looked underwhelming with just two wins in that span. The Blueshirts had won three in a row prior to Thursday nights 4-3…

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LGD: Stand back there’s a Hurricane coming through

The Leafs are at home for the final time in 2017 this afternoon, as they host the Carolina Hurricanes at the ACC. This game holds significant importance to the NHL, as it marks 100 years since the league was formed. Why they marked this with a game against the Hurricanes is weird – surely an…

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Leafs weekly wrap up: The Leafs are actually bad

The record 0-3-0 The Leafs had three games on the road this past week against teams that are all having mediocre seasons so far. The Buds first travelled to Philly to face the Flyers on Tuesday night looking to continue their momentum from the previous week where they won three out of three. The Leafs…