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Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts

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: MATT WRIGHT MATTWRIGHT9 Good morning Leafs fans. First of all, would like to express my…

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The Rise And Fall (And Rise?) Of James Reimer

  Editor’s Note: 1. This is our first entrant 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. 2. THIS IS IMPORTANT: It was written before last night’s Reimer Resurrection….

All Hail Mikhail Grabovski

Let me tell you a story my friend. It’s a story of a Leafs team that was losing a game 2-0 to the lowly New York Islanders in what was, as things are wont to become for bubble teams in late January, a must win. The Maple Leafs had pressured the Islander a lot but…

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Fresh Blood

The Leafs Nation has built a solid coterie of contributors in it’s relatively short life. We’ve got Danny Gray, JP Nikota, and myself are bolstered by Nations vagabonds Cam Charron and Jonathan Willis. This week we’ve added another contributor but we’re still looking for more. Who is this mystery man? And how can you be next? Well,…

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Asked and Answered: Weekend With Burkie

"Dear Bob, Trade me Getzlaf or else"   This feature has become so popular that The Star and Sportsnet have copied it. Of course, neither one offers much in terms of analysis so without further ado: Copy+PastePlus after the jump!

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Asked And Answered: Brian Burke Tweetbag II

  Goddamn you people have a lot of questions Since the first edition of my tweetbag with Brian Burke was such a rousing success I think that it’s time for a second. Apparently, people on Twitter have a lot of questions for the brains behind the Leafs’ upturn in fortunes. After the jump, we take…

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Maple Leafs Forward Scoring Rates

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit on Saturday night to mark the halfway point of the 2011-2012 campaign. The win was enough to get the Leafs to 47 points. With their 2-0 win over the Sabres last night they’ve started the second half of the season on the right foot. In fact, they’ve started 2012…

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The Truth Behind Project Mayhem

This week the NHL will announce the rest of the players that will be participating in the All-Star Game in Ottawa. They will be joining half of the Ottawa Senators and Dion Phaneuf. The team and its fanbase pulled out a Herculean effort to overcome the sheer overwhelming numbers of Leafs fans. Getting four of…

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Asked And Answered: Brian Burke Edition

  The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the teams that has come to the forefront of embracing Twitter as a team. Along with a handful of players the team’s coach and general manager have taken the leap. While Burke would never be able to match up to the original (a rare successful parody…

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LEAVE KADRI ALONE!

When the Tampa Bay Lightning tied the score at 2-2 it came as a result of a lightning counterstrike, aided by a lucky bounce, and was right on the heels of one of Nazem Kadri’s best shifts as a professional. I don’t know why but Greg Millen decided that this goal was entirely the fault…

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Igor Korolev: “The power of will can overcome everything”

The Nations’ roving Russian reporter Andrey Osadchenko unearthed and translated this interview from Sports.Ru for Leafs fans. It offers some candid insight into Igor Korolev, his love of Canada, of hockey, and most importantly, of his family. Igor Korolev played 4 seasons for the Maple Leafs before he was traded to the Blackhawks. He scored 60…

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Toronto’s Lost Russians

Andrey Osadchenko is the Nations’ friendly roving Russian reporter who joins us for a look at some Leafs’ picks that haven’t panned out. You wouldn’t think of the Leafs as of an organization who falls for sexy Russian picks. On the contrary, if they draft a Russian, they tend to do so in a late…