I hate to direct traffic towards Glenn Healy’s employer but there has been an MLHS Playoff Pick ‘em Pool set up over at CBC Sports. Register for an account, locate the league entitled “Maple Leafs Hotstove” and fill in the password “MLHS” to enter. From there, you pick six forwards (three from each conference), four defencemen (two from each conference) and two goaltenders (one from each conference) while staying within the 30 point “player value” limit. CBC has a grand prize of a KIA Optimus Turbo up for grabs but given I’ll be driving that home MLHS is offering up a prize of its own. The winner of the Maple Leafs Hotstove pool will receive a Pucking Hilarious t-shirt of their choice. Toss your pool picks and playoff predictions in the comments section. The final first round playoff matchups for your referral:
|1. Washington vs.Â 8. New York||1. Vancouver vs. 8 Chicago|
|2. Philadelphia vs. 7. Buffalo||2. San Jose vs. 7. Los Angeles|
|3. Boston vs. 6. Montreal||3. Detroit vs. 6. Phoenix|
|4. Pittsburgh vs. 5. Tampa Bay||4. Anaheim vs. 5. Nashville|
Onto the mashup from Greg:
â€œThe two goalies everyone talks about here, Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour, they had already played many years in the league when they came here. James would be unique, along with Felix Potvin, for starting here and having a great career. I think he can do it, but only time will tell.â€
– Ron Wilson, courtesy of Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com
Jonas Siegel recaps the Leafs season finale and takesÂ a look at the future of the organization.
Steve Russell of the Toronto Star shares his favourite pictures from this past season.
Steve Lansky at The Leafs Nation looks at the importance of confidenceÂ in the Leafs organization and its contribution to team success.
Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com looks at the performancesÂ of Joe Colborne and Matt FrattinÂ on Saturday night.
Lance Hornby grades the Leafs’ roster on their performances this season.
Rob Longley at the Toronto Sun looks at the Leafs lack of size and centre.
Other hockey links:
Chris Johnston from The Canadian Press previews all eight first round matchups in the NHL.
Check out all the best plays from the 2010-11 season on CBC Sports.
Mike Zeisberger asks pressing questions for all 16 playoff teams.
KK Hockey reveals the winners of theÂ Art Ross Trophy, William Jennings Trophy, and Maurice Richard Trophy.
DeBoer becomes the second coach axed following the dismissal of Cory Clouston from Ottawa.
Lemaire steps down as head coach of the New Jersey Devils.
The Globe and Mail’s Matt Sekeres explains why the Canucks are favourites to take home the cup.
Rick Moldovanyi at The Houses of Hockey looks at the best playoff beards since the lockout.
A look at the lineup for this Wednesday’s launch of TSN Radio from Toronto Sports Media.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
Brad Ross of the Portland Winterhawks was suspended indefinitely for a hit on Kelowna Rockets forward Zach Franko during game one of Portland’s series with the RocketsÂ on Friday. The WHL is still in the process of reviewing the hit, which limited Ross from playing in game two on Sunday. Prior to the incident, Ross had four goals, one assist and 11 penalty minutes in five games for Portland through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Marcel Mueller led the Marlies with five points in a 6-0 rout of the Abbotsford Heat yesterday. Greg McKegg notched his first professional goal in the second period on a rebound in the slot. The Marlies finished the season with a 37-32-11 record, good enough for fifth in theÂ AHL’sÂ North Division.