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Recapping The Marlies First Round

Fear Da Beard Editor’s Note: This recap comes courtesy of roving Russian reporter Andrey Osadchenko. After a hard-fought regular season series, it came as no surprise that the Marlies won the first 2 games of the AHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a one-goal edge. Amazingly enough, none of the games went to overtime even…

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Brian Burke Cares

  Among the many stupid questions (and the odd good one) that mittenstringers asked at the season ending feeding frenzy were a number that questioned how Brian Burke felt about this season. ‘Obviously’ his anger was manufactured and he couldn’t possibly care that much. Reading his answers to questions hardly do them justice as it’s…

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Fresh Blood Unveiled

It seems like ages ago – the Leafs were in a playoff spot, Ron Wilson was still the coach, and Phil Kessel wasn’t on the trading block – but TheLeafsNation started to look for new contributors. We had a surprisingly big response and over February the potential contributors submitted three stories. I was hoping to…

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Brian Burke’s Bluster: Fans Booing

  Brian Burke is an outsized personality in a business in which the majority are content to hide any shred of personality behind rote answers to questions. Burke is always willing to make his point loudly and memorably. From "proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence" to his rant against the rats’ takeover of…

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Mikhail Grabovski Signs, Comparisons Abound

Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Mikhail Grabovski to a five year deal at an annual cap hit of $5.5M. As Chemmy noted, cries of ‘massive overpayment!’ were quick to the lips of many an ignorant fan and mittenstringer. There were however a couple of good takes on the deal from the media and one popular comparison of…

Carter Ashton Interview

On February 27th, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenceman Keith Aulie to the Tampa Bay Lightning for prospect Carter Ashton. Two days later he made his debut in Toronto with the Toronto Marlies where he picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. Not a bad start! After the game, Andrey Osadchenko…

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Leafs Love Ron Wilson, Still Lose Game

  There’s a saying in Spanish that I think describes the game well: "jugaron como nunca, perdieron como siempre"* which loosely translates to "the Hawks may stink right now and be without Jonathan Toews but Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa are pretty good and also the Leafs are not good". The loss has left the Buffalo…

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How the Maple Leafs Fared On the Trade Deadline

Jeff McIntosh – AP Editor’s Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we’ll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join. This is blog # 3 for Andrew. BY: ANDREW BATES @SILVERFOXTO…

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Back And Forth About Wilson

"I hate each and every one of you media dirtbags" Editor’s Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we’ll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join. BY: RYAN FANCEY @RFANCEY3 If…

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The Face Of The Franchise

Editor’s Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we’ll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.This is blog post #3 for Matt. BY: MATT STEPHEN @MATTYSTEPHEN Every team has a few…

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Born and Bred

Editor’s Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we’ll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join. By: John Lofranco @jtlinmtl One positive thing about being a Leaf fan in Montreal is…

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Breaking Down A Break Down

The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on a goal that could only be described as mind boggling awful. While Jonas Gustavsson has to wear the goat horns for three of the four goals – not so bad you might say if you’re Gustavsson’s relative – the first goal…