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Mirroring the trade deadline, it’s been a slow and painful week in Leaf land.  The club still sits in sixth place in the Eastern conference, briefly flirting with fifth without even playing.  Even with the loss, the Buds are sitting on a 20 – 13 – 4 record and play only four games against teams ahead of them in standings in their remaining games.  And one of those teams is the Washington Capitals so really it’s three.   Here are some Leaf thoughts to start your Friday off right. If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much Though the Flyers and Luke Schenn...

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The Leafs are back at it after a welcomed four day lull in the schedule. The deadline hurdle has been cleared for the players, with no significant additions or subtractions to the roster. The group that got the Leafs into this position is going to have a chance to finish what they started by clinching the Leafs' first playoff berth in eight years. It's tough to imagine James Reimer is viewing this as a vote of confidence, though, after his GM publicly admitted that Miikka Kiprusoff was of much interest to the team and that the two sides discussed...

Joe Colborne Traded

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With team rosters now allowed to expand beyond the 23-man limit after the trade deadline, the Leafs have recalled big center Joe Colborne from the Toronto Marlies. After starting his AHL campaign with just six points in the first 22 games, and at one point being a healthy scratch, Colborne has posted 36 points in 43 games since picking it up in mid December. As far as Leafs forward prospects go, Colborne is the next young talent the Leafs hope to see crack their roster as a full time NHLer as early as next training camp. If and when he...

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In their only move today, the Leafs have acquired the 6'5, 235-pound Ryan O'Byrne, a big right hander for the back end who used to play alongside John-Michael Liles in Colorado. A depth add here, with a 4th round pick headed the other way to the Avalanche. Ryan O'Byrne carries a $1.8 million cap hit but is an Unrestricted Free Agent at season's end.

Miikka Kiprusoff

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Sportsnet is reporting that Miikka Kiprusoff will not move from Calgary and will likely retire at season's end. Bullet dodged.

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The Luongo/Kiprusoff talk has me watching the coverage with one eye covered today. Apparently, Miikka Kiprusoff is going to make a decision about his future late this morning. I'd be pleasantly surprised if, by 3 p.m., Dave Nonis' big move is a cheap addition to the defence, preferably a right-handed rearguard with some experience (Robidas being ideal if the price is right). Otherwise, standing pat is A-OK by me. It is all but certain Nonis will not sell his pending UFAs to the highest bidder, making the following effective quote the other day: "I couldn't look the guys in the...

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Tim Connolly won't play for Marlies in 11am game tomorrow. No deal imminent. Coaches decision, but based on fear of injury. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013 Perhaps Tim Connolly gets a shot at a new NHL opportunity now that he's so close to his contract's expiration (only owed about $7-00,000 from here on out). Seems doubtful the Leafs get anything more than a conditional late pick, if it happens. In the latest Kiprusoff news, RDS' Rene Lavoie is reporting the following: Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013—...

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The first to break the Jarome Iginla to Boston trade, Aaron Ward is now reporting the Leafs have been given permission by Calgary to talk to Miikka Kiprusoff's representatives about changing his stance on not reporting to a new team in order to come to Toronto. After what feels like an eternity of Roberto Luongo being linked to the Leafs, it’s almost strange to hear a different goalies name linked to Toronto via trade. But here we are, as Miikka Kiprusoff is now being connected perilously close to the Leafs. Aaron Ward started the maelstrom by tweeting that the Leafs...

Joffrey Lupul

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Following up on Nazem Kadri's 3rd star honours last week, Joffrey Lupul is your NHL 1st star for the week of March 25-31 after four games consisting of 5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points, and 3 game-winning goals (consecutively vs. Florida, Carolina and Ottawa). In his career as a Leaf, Lupul now has 99 points in 103 games. On top of his natural offensive abilities, Joffrey Lupul is benefitting from a rest advantage having missed such a big cluster of games in a compact schedule. Joe Corvo certainly didn't expect the late-game speed drive out of Lupul in an...

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After doing a great job of gathering up points over the past couple of weeks and pushing themselves well in to the playoff picture, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see the Leafs hold off on any trades going in to the deadline this Wednesday. But despite the amount of success the team has enjoyed this season, there are some glaring weak areas that could be addressed, and players may become available that could help Nonis bring this club to a higher level. We've seen the Calgary Flames finally give in to a rebuild in the past week with...

Don Cherry Kisses Nazem Kadri

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What a night for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans. They're not contenders yet, but this is looking like an offensively-inclined, hard-hitting, glove-dropping, entertaining, winning hockey team; just like the vision Brian Burke pitched to us five years ago. Randy Carlyle spoke about injecting the pride back into this organization before the season started. We're getting there. After the jump, take in the HNIC segment that capped off a great night in Leafs Nation - Nazem Kadri on Coaches Corner. In a great moment, Kadri is the recipient of the Dougie Kiss as a battle-worn Frazer McLaren gives the Grapes...

Leafs vs Sens

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Last 10: Toronto 4-2-4; Ottawa 7-1-2 The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to earn at least a point in an eighth straight game Saturday night as they visit the Ottawa Senators, who have been on a decent run of their own. In what is the most meaningful "Battle of Ontario" in the last few years, it's more than just pride on the line; it's home-ice advantage and two teams sizing each other up as potential first-round matchups. Toronto is trying on their new look as a playoff team for the first time in 8 years and Ottawa is revelling in their...

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In a matchup with big playoff implications, the Leafs could move ten up on the 10th-placed Carolina Hurricanes with a win in this four-point swing game. A loss in regulation puts the Hurricanes within six with three games in hand. The Hurricanes are an opponent the Leafs have struggled with in both matchups this season. Their strength down the middle has played a key role as the Staal brothers have featured prominently on the scoresheet in a combined 7-2 win over the two games. Among teams the Leafs have played more than once, the Canes are the only opponent they...

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After a game in which the Leafs sat back, tried to limit the damage and relied on the counterattack against Boston, tonight you hope to see the Leafs exhibit spells of dominance against the 30th-placed Florida Panthers. It's a back to back scenario with travel in between, but we would love to see some killer instinct out of the Leafs knowing the state of the opponent and the importance of the two points. Picking up three of four points against Boston is pretty massive as far as the playoff picture is concerned, and the Leafs are closing in on...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins

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Toronto Maple Leafs (17-12-3) at Boston Bruins (17-9-6) Last 10: Toronto 4-3-1; Boston 5-2-3 The Leafs did it. They beat the Boston Bruins. As a reward, they get to play them again two nights later. It took a good mix of a lot of things going right to pull it off their first win over the Bruins in nearly two calendar years. To the Leafs’ credit, they finished their hits, got involved in the game early, caused some turnovers and grabbed an early lead. They were patient and the amount of respect they had for their opponent, and their hunger to finally...

Nazem Kadri

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On the back of seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games, Nazem Kadri was named NHLs 3rd star of the week for what has been a fantastic start to the shortened season for the young Leaf. Kadri currently sits 9th in points in the NHL.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have called up Toronto Marlies defenceman Jesse Blacker. Blacker, 21, has played 53 games for the Marlies this season, collecting 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 31 penalty minutes. The six-foot-two, 190-pound Toronto native has yet to make his NHL debut. He was selected by Toronto in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2009 draft.

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Tonight, Randy Carlyle will stick with James Reimer seemingly in an effort to give Reimer a chance at staking a number one's claim to the crease. Carlyle has stated his preference to have one emerge over the other rather than a 1A/1B rodeo situation, and allowing Reimer to try to play his way through a few shaky goals on Thursday seems to be the approach. Although it could be a simple case of Reimer giving the Bruins a stiffer test than Scrivens in the teams' two meetings so far this season (at least according to the scoresheet; 1-0 loss...

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After returning from injury and playing an instrumental role in the Leafs earning three of four points, the Leafs will be without Joffrey Lupul again for two games as a result of today's suspension for his high hit on Victor Hedman. Lupul did leave his feet slightly prior to contact. The principle point of contact was the head. My instant reaction last night was that it was suspendable and that one game would suffice. If player history and the damage inflicted on the victim are factors (Hedman returned to the game), why does Lupul get the extra game? Lupul will miss tonight's...

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The Tampa Bay Lighting (13-15-1) are in town to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-2). The other day, Randy Carlyle called the Leafs’ inability to initiate clean breakouts and avoid getting hemmed in their own zone “the big mystery with this group.” He’s taken steps toward resolving it with the addition of both John Michael-Liles and Jake Gardiner to the lineup, who will apparently play together on a pairing tonight as the defence takes a shape much closer to what many armchair coaches were penciling together before the season. It will be interesting to see how the pair affect...