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Passion, Honour and the Pittsburgh Penguins

    I was listening this morning, as I often do, to Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo discussing the events of this past Sunday on their thoroughly entertaining podcast. Both of them agreed that while many of the individual incidents were unfortunate, they enjoyed the game as a whole. The word that kept popping up…

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Boston, the Worst Sports City in America

    Leafs Nation responds to Grantland’s Stephen Marche. By ’67 Sound, concept courtesy Danny Gray. Dateline: Boston, September 27, 2001. As another fruitless baseball season draws to a close, Hub fans, it’s time to face the sad reality: Boston is the worst sports city in America.

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Leafs Possession Numbers – Defence

    Yesterday, we looked at the Leafs forwards results from the perspecitve of possession metrics. Today we continue that investigation, this time with an eye to the Leafs blueline.

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Leafs Possession Numbers – Forwards

  Barring any unexpected trades, it now appears that the Leafs roster is largely set. The question then becomes what we can reasonably expect from this team. The short answer is "it depends on the goaltending". If the Bruins and Leafs had swapped goaltending last year, the Leafs would not have been Cup contenders and…

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Do Goons Help Win Games?

    If there is one place where the Leafs enjoy some measure of depth, it is among fourth liners. Mike Brown, Philippe Dupuis, Darryl Boyce, Mike Zigomanis, Joey Crabb, Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill all played at the NHL level last year. Though one might expect this logjam to create uncertainty, if there is…