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No Matter How It Ends, Bozak Leaves Mark On Leafs’ History

Most of us have already issued a general mea culpa to not only Tyler Bozak, but his close friends and relatives also.  It couldn’t have been easy for him here, for a good chunk of his time. I rarely believe athletes when they say they’re able to tune it all out, not read the bad…

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Free Agents and the Babcock Factor – Myths and Realities

Caught up in the middle of a live-and-die Eastern Conference playoff race, what’s the fun of not having a distraction or two filled with theories, conspiracy and otherwise, about the impact of the Leafs’ larger-than-life head coach and the potential for NHL UFAs to want to or not want to play for him?  I mean,…

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Many Rivals Don’t Want The Maple Leafs To Be Patient

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SPORTS We all see that scripted warning (more a statement of fact) etched on top of the glass in a car’s rear-view mirrors: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. We notice it, probably, for the first time, as a little kid, and we think we know what it…

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Maple Leafs Have A Long History Of Playoff-Clinching Surprises

Photo Credit: Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SPORTS Toronto Maple Leafs?  Playoffs?  In a full 82-game season?  Surely not, right?  Well, the deductive reasoning, and scoreboard-watching, and calculating is already happening, I can assure you of that.  And, yes, it’s officially past the halfway point of January, and by the time the Leafs finish a four game…

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20 facts about the Doug Gilmour trade on its 25th anniversary

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS It’s still discussed as an era-changing moment in Maple Leafs lore.  Although its impact never brought about a single Stanley Cup Final, it did awaken a slumbering (or infuriated) fanbase, and create a whole new set of memories for the next generation that came around a little late for…

Maple Leafs Face Reality With Centennial Classic Marketplace

Embed from Getty Images “Supply and demand” is a pretty simple concept that teachers in secondary school economics classes tried to instil upon us.  It’s one of the most important things we should actually take away from our schooling as opposed to when to recognize an isosceles triangle or where Canada’s 6th Prime Minister was…

Leafs’ Lamoriello Faces Serious Accusations — Is The NHL Watching?

Embed from Getty Images Maybe it’s the time of year and the hustle and bustle of it all.  Maybe it’s the familiar (if not valid) refrain of another NHL retiree, an enforcer in this case, to some, “complaining” about a job he signed up for and was paid handsomely to do, simply because that job,…

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Leafs’ Playoff Talk As Much About Other Teams As Themselves

Photo Credit: Perry Nelson/USA TODAY SPORTS Well, winning a second game on the road was a start, yes, and whether we want to consider it a “statement” win or not over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in coming up to 11 years or not, points are points — on the second-last evening of…

Eric Lindros: Being A Leaf & Almost Being A Leaf

Embed from Getty Images It’s been a long, strange, careening trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Eric Lindros, but the airplane does truly touch down this weekend.  Along with former Kings (& Team Canada 1976) goalie Rogie Vachon, and Russian great Sergei Makarov (yes, the only 31-year old Calder Trophy winner there is,…

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Leafs/Canadiens “Rivalry” Needs April Games To Matter More

Photo Credit: Eric Bolte/USA TODAY SPORTS The first meeting of 2016-17 between the Leafs and Canadiens felt important, felt a little more special, after two home games against “the Florida teams.”  Leafs fans know what it means to step into Centre Bell on a Saturday evening around 642pm — it just has that “feel,” doesn’t…

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It’s All There For Matthews To Be Best Leaf Ever. Yes. I Said It.

Photo Credit: Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY SPORTS It’s what could be considered some form of “synchronicity” (no, not just the Police’s 2nd best album of all-time behind “Ghost In The Machine”, but events that can be considered “meaningful coincidences”), Auston Matthews became the first-ever NHL player to score four goals in his first game, followed 48…

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The 2016 World Cup Of Hockey: Blame Canada? Not That Simple

Photo Credit: Kevin Souza/USA TODAY SPORTS OK, the tournament’s over.  No, honestly it is.  It didn’t take as long as you thought if you rightfully avoided all the roster selection debates (which are fun, I admit, unless you’re Phil Kessel) and the pre-tournament games.  So does that mean the criticism and the jokes about poor…