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Leafs, and fans, keep the faith

"As a team, we gotta believe." Those words came out of James Reimer’s mouth after the Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Sabres. But, against Buffalo, was the perfect opportunity for the Leafs to begin their much-anticipated slide into oblivion. I say “much-anticipated” because there are legions of so-called fans out there who expect – even…

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For the Leafs, this is it!

Like MJ said, albeit from his grave, "This Is It!" Because the Maple Leafs have been sniffing the playoff race since early February, when they went on their insane 10-3-5 run, virtually all of those “The Leafs will never make the playoffs” frumps have disappeared into the woodwork. The hockey world knows that the Leafs…

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Leafs’ fans owe Fergie some thanks

There is no disputing that, before he left the Toronto Maple Leafs as their general manager, John S. Ferguson was widely vilified in the Leafs Nation. Maybe he deserved that send off. Maybe he didn’t. But, as the Leafs gear up for the final 16 games of the regular season – five points in arrears…

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REIMER BEING REIMER IS GOOD ENOUGH

  Sometimes, NHL teams lose games that they really should have won. Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist gave the Leafs tastes of that futile exercise earlier this season. And sometimes, like last night in Toronto, NHL teams win games that they had no business winning. As they went wheels-up toward Philadelphia last night, the Leafs…

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BURKE PUTS HIS BELIEF IN THESE LEAFS

So the big cheese, Brian Burke, has decided this is it. Aside from deadline dealing never-used John Mitchell to the Rangers, Burke has determined that this Leafs’ team is the one that will make the 2010-11 run for the playoffs. That’s admirable. It’s what he’s promised all year and, other than sending Kris “Never fit…

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LEAFS CONTINUE TO TREND UPWARD

A handful of unexpected things happened Thursday night at Bell Centre in Montreal. Enigmatic centre Tyler Bozak (not a typo) had his first three-point game of the entire season. Didn’t see that coming. Phil Kessel followed up a game-winning goal (v. the Islanders) with a four-point game. Sure as hell didn’t see that coming. And…

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SCP REST ON SHOULDERS OF REIMER, KESSEL

Thirteen days ago, I wrote about what the Leafs had to do to to even entertain ideas of qualifying for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Many people, here and on twitter, had a field day with my “ridiculous” suggestion. But, the “Can they make the playoffs?” question is suddenly radio fodder in Toronto. Today, the…

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these leafs long on character

The above is an image of “character.” I apologize if you are eating. But character is not something that you can, generally, touch with your hand. You can’t sift through columns of it in the paper or online, like you can goals and assists and plus/minus. And it’s a very slippery slope to question an…

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kaberle gone, burke brilliant…again

Finally, the long goodbye has ended and Tomas Kaberle has gone to Boston. And the Leafs’ players can concentrate on pounding the tar out of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. I love what Brian Burke got in return. Rangy centre Joe Colborne and Peter Chiarelli’s low, first-round choice in 2011 and a conditional second….

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The Kaberle Vortex

The Tomas Kaberle trade vortex (see above) has sabotaged a week in which Leafs’ fans should be widely rejoicing. Thanks to Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel, with a pair each, the Leafs turned out a rare character win in Boston. Then, the next night, Joey Crabb’s gusty shortie in Buffalo was the difference in a…

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BURKE WILL GET HOSED BY BRUINS…AGAIN

So Tomas Kaberle has told GM Brian Burke that Boston may be a potentially favourable location if he’s ultimately dealt. How generous of him. He’s basically told Burke that it’s my way or the highway – which, when you have a no trade, is one of the big advantages you possess. But, by favouring only…