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Leafs Roster Preview – James van Riemsdyk

#485087963 / gettyimages.com If there’s one thing Burke did right – and I mean really right – it was stealing acquiring this fine young man from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn, Seriously, go hug a Flyers fan right now, they’re probably very sad on the inside. In a league where elite…

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Leafs Roster Preview – Cody Franson

#479160631 / gettyimages.com Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn’t had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn’t been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make ‘the big mistake’ has put him in the coach’s doghouse on…

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Leafs Roster Preview – Jonathan Bernier

#480322921 / gettyimages.com You’ve been introduced to the young guns, now it’s time for the big boys. Everyday, from now until the season opener, you’ll get to know your favourite Leafs just a little bit better thanks to the beautiful people at TLN.  The first Leaf on the docket is arguably the most important Leaf: goaltender Jonathan Bernier. …

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TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects: #11 Greg McKegg

Greg McKegg’s path to the NHL has been a bit up and down to say the least.  That bumpy road has made it difficult to peg where his potential lies and how soon he can reach it (if that). The voting by the Leafs Nation staff made that pretty clear. Three of the nine writers put him firmly inside the top…

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Good Toronto Boys (Thumbs Up!)

It’s August. With PK Subban finally signing a monster eight year deal with the Habs, hockey news has become scarce.  It’s surprising that it took the Canadiens that long to figure it out with their franchise player, and for a while it looked like the two sides were miles apart.  What was more surprising to me was…

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How far are the Leafs from the Stanley Cup?

The Leafs are very far away from being Cup contenders – that much is obvious. How far away is a different question though. To measure that, you have to compare them to the teams that have won. Over the last five years there have only been three winners. Los Angeles. Chicago. Boston. To even compare…

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The Bright Side To Randy Carlyle’s Extension

Ok everybody, just breathe.  You’ve had some time to sleep on yesterday’s big decision. It’s not the end of the world, although it sure seemed that way on Twitter when news of Randy’s non-firing and extension broke. Some people on this very website took to drinking and ghost stories. Others are literally abandoning the team. And then there was…