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HEY, JOFFREY…S-H-U-T U-P!

Let me see if I’ve got this straight, Joffrey Lupul. You have played a grand total of 41 shifts and just over 33 minutes in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform and you are already shooting off your mouth about how other players in the NHL should play. Is that right? After a fight on Saturday…

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ARE THE PLAYOFFS STILL POSSIBLE?

In order to reach the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs (a possibility I summarily dismissed here just nine days ago), the Leafs probably need to win 20 of their remaining 27 games. To say that’s a tall order would be an understatement. But, stranger things have happened. And, when I wrote that piece last week, they…

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Brace yourself, Joffrey…

Say hello to the newest member of your Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s the one on the right. Earlier today, Brian Burke closed his eyes and flung another dart at the big board of NHL talent. And the names he hit were Joffrey Lupul (pictured) and Jake Gardiner. I laugh when I read that Lupul is…

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And then Phil said to Ron…

“Me and the (coach) don’t really talk and that’s all I got to say about that.” Atta boy, Phil Kessel. Way to step up and move the project forward. So, in light of your unbelievable lack of professionalism, let’s pretend, for just a moment, that you and the heartless suit that paces behind the Leafs’…

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LEAFS NEED TO TAKE LONG, HARD LOOK

Hey, Toronto Maple Leafs…is there anyone among you who thinks this nightly garbage you keep turning out qualifies as entertainment? Or effort? Or professionalism? Or desire? Or heart? Or is even remotely acceptable? I hope not. Can someone explain to me why people, who consider themselves knowledgeable fans, think players like Phil Kessel are playing…

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STICK A FORK IN THE LEAFS

On December 27th, right here, I professed that the Leafs’ next sixteen games would determine whether or not they had the jam to reach the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. At that time, they sat thirteenth in the Eastern Conference, ten points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. Today, after 50 games (and despite a…

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AND THE LEAFS’ WINNER IS…

I think it’s important that, in light of the Leafs’ continually disappointing play, that we don’t get mired in negativity here. Even though the Leafs are currently 12th in the East (43 points in 49 GP) and 14 points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot, there have been many positives surrounding the club this…

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LEAFS A MESS IN NET

That’s not your kitchen. It’s the Leafs’ goaltending. I think we can all agree that the Leafs’ net situation, right now, is a mess. With James Reimer getting the Tuesday night start in Tampa, the Leafs appear not to know which way to turn for the netminder of choice following the All-Star Break. Will Reimer…

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HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR KESSEL

It’s no secret that I’m not a big Phil Kessel fan. I think he’s lazy. He waits for the play to come to him rather than the other way around. And he’s unbelievably predictable when it comes to shooting after he skates with the puck (as opposed to a one-timer). But maybe I’m wrong about…

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WOW, DID THAT STINK!

What a stink bomb! Last night’s game at Madison Square Garden was, by far, the Leafs’ worst effort of the season. I honestly think that if the Rangers had truly wanted to score a dozen goals, they could have. Since my head-scratching finger is exhausted, I am going to refrain from trying to figure out…

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GET OFF DION’S BACK!

Recognize the guy in the picture? Didn’t think so. Maple Leafs’ fans love to think of themselves as the best and most savvy in the world. What they are, in fact, is the least tolerant. Ask Dion Phaneuf. He can tell you all about it. Larry Murphy could probably shed a little light as well….

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LEAFS’ SLOW STARTS A HABIT NOW

So the Leafs return from their successful (for them) four-game road trip to face Calgary. They’re going to come out with a ton of energy, right? Wrong. Same old Leafs off the top against the Flames. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why Toronto’s early-game trademark has become lethargy. Slow starts have…