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I don't want to belabor what's already been talked about last night but what in high hell was that?! As I'm sure most fans are doing these days, I've been incessantly checking the Eastern Conference standings just to get a snapshot of what the current match-ups are and to make guesses about how things might shake-out. Following last night's confounding loss, and before I lost my cool, I noticed something interesting about the recent records of the Eastern Conference playoff teams. In particular, if you combined the records of these playoffs teams' most recent games against non-playoff teams, you'll find...

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Good Day MLHS readers! How was your Sunday? Did you find that you got your best night’s sleep? Did the air feel a little crisper, the sun shine a little brighter? Does everything in your life feel significantly better? I sure found that to be the case. Why? THE LEAFS ARE IN THE MUTHA FUNKIN’ PLAYOFFS!!!1 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (Deep Breath) Okay, I’m good now. This weekend is just the start of the good times, we’ve got at least four hockey games in May worth watching and I’ll optimistically say I think we’ll be seeing more than seven this year. We may not...

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A couple of days ago, I had a pretty interesting conversation with @Dudgee (solid MLHS guy, give him a follow) when he first stated that he thought the Leafs brass should withhold judgement on Kessel and Bozak until we see them in the playoffs. This got me thinking, because Bozak is due for an extension and Kessel is going into the final year of his contract, ultimately with the prospects of a massive raise from his current $5.400mn salary. So I wondered - is Bozak destined to simply be a rental player for the Leafs during the playoffs, or is there...

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A Toronto Maple Leaf hasn't won a major NHL award in an embarrassing amount of years. This year, however, it looks as if there could be a case made for 3 award nominations —major or otherwise, for the Leafs. The last "major" award was Doug Gilmour winning the Selke Trophy in the 1992-1993 season, 20 years ago. Dion Phaneuf (Norris) For me, the player leading the charge, as far as a realistic shot at a nomination, is Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf has racked up points (he currently sits fourth the league in points and 4th for goals among defenseman) with the elite in the...

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The Leafs are presently sitting at 99.9% likelihood of making the playoffs, with a magic number of 5, and one point away from the number deemed by many to necessary to make the playoffs. Ultimately, we’re at the point where the Leafs can crash and burn and we can still count on hockey in May. At the same time, they’ve been gifted with a pillow soft schedule to close out the year, with only one game left against a team with a better record than them and that team has lost 3 of the 4 meetings this season (Montreal). The...

Mikhail Grabovski - 3/18/2013

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Without the ‘x’ beside their name in standings it isn’t official, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are tantalizingly close to clinching a playoff spot.  Even with their 49 points through 40 games, they may have simply outpaced the also-rans for playoff contention. The Winnipeg Jets sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, but have only six games to make up ground.  Every team above in the standings has at least one game in hand on the Jets.  They’re running out of race track.  The tenth place New Jersey, losers of eight of their last ten games; sit a nigh-insurmountable...

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In case you missed it, here's mORRganRielly's excellent Game in 22. What a heart-breaker that was. After some excellent chances from the top-line and Kadri, and the amazing stops from Reimer, the Leafs' shootout woes continued as the Norwegian Hobbit sealed their fate by beating Reimer through the 5-hole. Some positives can be gleaned from this loss, including a perfect 3-0 PK  and a solid performance from their goaltending. Special teams and solid netminding - two instrumental tools required to survive in the playoffs. I'm going to say that even with last night's loss, the Leafs looked like a hungry playoff team...

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With just ten games left on the schedule for the Leafs this season, here are ten thoughts I've been considering heading into those final games. We are entering the clichéd time when every game is the most important game (until the Leafs clinch a playoff spot), but really are there any more important games on the schedule than the two against the Rangers this week? Two wins would do wonders for creating space between the Leafs and eighth place and likely move them away from facing Pittsburgh or Boston in the first round. As pleased as I am that Carlyle seems to agree...

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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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Trade Deadline 2013 is in the books. The Kiprusoff scare is over.  Leafs are still 5th in the East. “Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make.”-Anthony Petrielli -(@APetrielli) For those of you who missed it and were doing something productive, yesterday's experience reminded me of a famous quote once uttered by an esteemed San Diegan news anchor. In what started off as an eerily quiet and inauspicious morning, things quickly turned into a maelstrom towards the end of the deadline at 3pm. I usually go solo on this piece but given the magnitude of the Trade Deadline, I...

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News broke yesterday via Aaron Ward that Miikka Kiprusoff has been approached by the Toronto Maple Leafs about playing for their team. It should be noted, before we start, that Kiprusoff has reportedly given no indication he has changed his stance on not reporting if moved by Calgary. With Iginla, Bouwmeester and Regehr shipped out for futures, the Flames have merely given the Leafs permission to talk to the Finnish goaltender about his options. With a lull in the schedule, this won't stop us from analyzing could-be news, of course. The reception so far has been generally negative. Kiprusoff has...

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With the trade deadline coming next Wednesday, and the Leafs settled snugly into sixth place, the team’s status as either buyer or seller is still unclear.  The team as presently assembled is not a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup, and no Jarome Iginla could change that fact.  Compounding matters is that Dave Nonis has already iterated that the team is not going to sacrifice the youth movement filtering into the professional ranks of the club for the sake of the immediate future.  So even if the Leafs were to be ‘in’ on Ryane Clowe, they’d be priced out...

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WOW. What a turn of events in the Iginla sweepstakes. Mid-way through writing this piece, I paused to check for updates on Twitter and in an instant, Iginla had gone from a Bruin to a Penguin. Going back the other way to Calgary are college prospects Kenneth Agostino (20, LW), Ben Hanowski (22, LW), and Pittsburgh's 2013 1st-round draft pick. From the outset, Feaster isn't getting much credit for the return he's getting but, it appears that Pittsburgh was Iginla's call. Per Elliote Friedman: Feaster said Iginla made the call on PIT. Added the draft choice is not conditional.— Elliotte...

Joffrey Lupul

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What an impressive showing by Joffrey Lupul last night. Re-united with 2011-12 running mates Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel after an in-game audible by coach Carlyle, he led the Leafs to a not-always-convincing 3-2 win over the lowly Florida Panthers with goals five and six in his last four games. I see in Joffrey Lupul a player who has come back with a point to prove after signing his big contract and falling to injury shortly thereafter; a player who has taken on a leadership role up front, where the Leafs could use a leader as the team heads toward...

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While it may not be as exciting as next week’s trade deadline, the College Free Agent signing season is now underway. At the moment the Lightning seem to be faring the best, landing the 6’8 Czech Andrej Sustr, a player that as many as 25 NHL teams were looking into, including the Leafs. The new target on the blueline could now be Danny DeKeyser, a 6’3, 186lb. American from Western Michigan University. TOR was front and centre for DeKeyser when Brian Burke was GM. Now ANA, where Burke is working, said to be heavily in the mix. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March...

Morgan Rielly 1st Pro Goal

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After the jump, take in Morgan Rielly's first pro goal in his first pro appearance during last night's Marlies-Wolves game (4-3 shootout loss). [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix8mhDl3YlE#t=2m25s&w=480&h=360] It's tough to tell how he looked in the run of play and in the defensive zone from this footage alone (adjustment period should be expected), as these are just highlights and the video was shot with a potato. I did notice on one of the replays he made a nice diagonal outlet pass across the neutral zone to set up a near-goal. The scoresheet says a goal, four shots on net and a -1. Saturday Morning...

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With the boats now foolishly burnt and the season 31 games old, the Toronto Maple Leafs sure look like they’re reeling into form.  Since starting the season with a record of 15 – 9 – 0, the Leafs have gone 1 – 3 – 3 in the past seven games, collecting only five points in the standings and now sitting precariously in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Through the good graces of the Hockey gods and the incompetence of their direct competition (the Jets, Hurricanes and Rangers all lost in regulation last night), the Leafs are just barely keeping...

Corey Perry

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News broke last evening that Corey Perry had signed an 8 year deal totalling 69 million dollars to stay with the Anaheim Ducks and his newly signed centerman (also of 8 years), Ryan Getzlaf. Perry agrees to eight-year, $69 M deal with Anaheim; $8.625 M AAV — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 19, 2013 Pierre wrote a pretty good piece here on it. A précis of this is basically: Getzlaf signed, the team is doing well, I like it here in California. Not too earth shattering. This is noteworthy to Leaf fans, because, well, he was supposed to sign in Toronto so he could "move closer...

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Kudos if you’re reading this before noon, and my condolences if the only reason you’re reading it early is because you forgot to book Monday off work. Happy Advil Day! I’ll have an actual post later in the week, but the Leafs not playing until Wednesday hasn’t left me with much to say beyond the usual, “Holzer sucks, Free Gardiner, and Trade Bozak.” Since I felt compelled to provide one unique thought before bolting out the door to pretend I’m Irish, I’ll encourage you to check out the Future Watch issue of The Hockey News. I largely despise The Hockey News...

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Joffrey Lupul returns to the Leaf lineup at a time when they could sure use a boost. It's not official that he'll play tonight, but the indication from the player himself is that he will be making his reappearance against the Winnipeg Jets after 25 games missed due to the broken forearm, and indications from practice yesterday are that he might start off on a line with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin. One imagines, after some time to shake off the rust, he'll make his way back up to the top line opposite Kessel. For tonight, I'm curious to...