Leafs Talk

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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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Beauchemin Traded – What Does This Mean? What’s Next?

The Leafs have dealt Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional pick. The terms to the conditional pick are so convoluted that my head hurts thinking about them but look at the trade this way: Lupul is a salary dump and Gardiner is a blue chip defensive prospect. At even strength Beauchemin leads…

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PETER CHIARELLI: GM GENIUS

Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 19th, 2009 for a first and second round pick in 2010 and a first rounder in 2011. This past June he used those picks to select Tyler Seguin and London Knight centre, Jared Knight, but it seems Chiarelli wants to trade…

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Leafs vs Thrashers – There Will Be Goals

(The aftermath of the Thrashser Guardian’s fight with the Maple Leaf Guardian) Someone dumb once said "Goaltending in overrated." However tonight, he couldn’t be anymore correct. The Thrashers and Maple Leafs have met twice before this season and scored a combined 21 goals. The first game was a 6-3 win for the team from Hotlanta…

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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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The First Overall Pick: Avoid Nugent-Hopkins

    As it stands today, at least four players have a legitimate shot at going first overall: defenceman Adam Larsson of the Swedish Elite League, and forwards Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog. After looking through the numbers, I’m convinced that Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection.

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