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Can the Leafs win in the playoffs?

After about one third of this season was in the books, I wrote here that while the bounces had clearly gone Toronto’s way to start the season, it was tough to say if there would be enough time for them to fall way down the standings. Mainly, the goaltending looked strong and I figured if it…

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“Depth” down the middle

  I’ll admit that some of the items on the Leafs’ wishlist heading in to Wednesday’s deadline are a bit confusing to me. We’ve read that, while they aren’t in dire need of making a deal, the team is keeping an eye out for a) a top four defenceman, b) a veteran goaltender and c)…

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How cold will it get in Toronto?

  Outside of the battle for the first playoff appearance in nearly a decade, which the Leafs are surely in the thick of, there’s another quiet battle going on between fans who want to buy in that this team is going nowhere but up, and others who are holding their breath and waiting for the…

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Is Gillis playing the media game with the Leafs?

  Mike Gillis is either trying to help along a Roberto Luongo trade that isn’t quite there yet, or is possibly the most honest human on the planet. I’ll take the former.   Yesterday an interview with the Canucks’ general manager emerged where he was quoted as saying he has a potential deal in place with…

Leafs to sign Franson for one year

  Once lockout is over, I expect TOR to announce a 1 year deal with defenceman Cody Franson. Likely for a shade over $1M. #tsn — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 12, 2013 Franson’s name has come up a few times when discussing the Luongo sweepstakes, and this obviously doesn’t change that. If the cap hit…

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Leafs need to get focused

  I’m quite confident saying that this past week the Toronto Maple Leafs made a bigger headline than the moment the lockout ended. Brian Burke was fired, Dave Nonis hired in his place, and now here we go. The reasons for Burke’s firing probably had something to do with the team being 13th in the conference…

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Should the NHL worry about the “casual fan”?

It seems like every time a discussion starts up about the damage the NHL (as a whole) has done to itself during the lockout, both financially and in the public eye, it always comes down to the same statement. "The die-hards will be back, but it’s the casual fan leaving that should worry the NHL"…

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UPDATE: Leo Komarov heading back to Russia

  After only a few weeks with the Toronto Marlies, Leo Komarov is taking his hockey bag and going home. Well, going back to his old KHL club at least: Dynamo Moscow. The Finnish forward signed with the Leafs this summer, but with no end to the lockout in sight, I guess he figured he’d rather suit…

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Leafs Nation Roundtable

Since the lockout started in September I’ve been reading a lot of "I won’t support the NHL after this" from otherwise loyal fans. There have been protests in the form of videos, articles, tweets, and even old-fashioned "takin’ it to the streets" like those 12 people in Toronto did.

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MacArthur off to Germany

Leafs’ winger Clarke MacArthur has jetted to the 2nd German League to play for Eispiraten Crimmitschau. This was reported this morning by Paul Romanuk, or "the best World Juniors commentator ever" as he’s known in some circles. Romanuk says it’s "confirmed" that MacArthur is going there. Was there a swirl of rumors surrounding this that…

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Full disclosure

The NHL has gone ahead and released the details of their offer to the Players’ Association, which was first presented to the union yesterday. It’s another surprising move in what’s now become the CBA news hitting back-to-back-to-back jacks in having the NHL’s focus group experiment come to light, followed by the proposal a day later,…

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The strangest team

With the lockout killing our creativity (especially mine) over the last while, I figured I’d open the floor to another discussion piece. The question this time being: Is there a team in the NHL as funky as the Leafs? And I don’t mean like, good funky, either. We’ve heard on many occasions that the Maple…