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Maple Leafs Hot Stove has been tasked with the challenge of submitting (for a blog series soon to be announced at a popular hockey website) a team of eight past or present Maple Leafs who were the best Blue and White representatives of the following countries: Canada USA Russia Czech Republic Slovakia Sweden Finland The Rest of The World (i.e. any country not listed here specifically) Our only criteria is that the player must have played 80 games for the Maple Leafs. With Brian Leetch disqualified by that criteria, the USA seems to have a lock in Phil Kessel. Czech Republic seems in little doubt with Tomas Kaberle. Picking...

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The Maple Leafs have signed 23-year-old left winger Spencer Abbott of the Maine Black Bears, according to reports. had his best season offensively and was named this week one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award that goes annually to the top player in U.S. college hockey. Too small to play major junior, Abbott played Junior A with the Hamilton Red Wings. He had a late growth spurt to reach 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He was an alternate captain on the Black Bears. Abbott’s offensive numbers rose each year with Maine — he led...

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In lieu of a mashup this morning, I thought I'd put together the following charts courtesy  of the line graphics on DailyFaceoff.com. Look these lineups up and down and consider: is the Leafs' scoring depth any worse off? Is their defensive depth really behind? Outside of Pekka Rinne, were any of these goalies that good last season? Based on talent alone, would you be excited to switch rosters with any of these clubs? Why can't the Leafs use a system that plays to their strengths (or rather, one that helps keep pucks out of the net)? Nashville Predators (37-20-7, 81 points,...