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The Marlies would’ve liked to put on a better showing in their final home game of the season than the 6-1 loss that saw the Norfolk Admirals raise the Calder Cup on Ricoh ice yesterday. We all would’ve liked to have seen the Marlies push historically good team – Norfolk just capped a run the likes of which the AHL has never seen – more than four games. A pile of injuries and a royal screwjob by the refs (not that it would’ve changed the end result) didn’t exactly have the Marlies best positioned to keep pace with a great team. It doesn’t detract from their accomplishment as the best of the West. Thanks to their run, the city of Toronto hosted its first ever professional playoff hockey game in June. And hopefully there was some valuable development along the way.

Onto your links.

Winter Classic ticket details emerge
Find out over at PPP.

leafs-team-needs-top-9-forward-cheap”>Leafs Team Needs: Top 9 Forwards – Cheap
Danny Gray has lists of in-house and UFA options.

Brophy on the Marlies: Feeling the Marlies’ Pain
Good piece on the conclusion of their run.

Top 5 Pre-Draft Trade Possibilities
Nash, Luongo, Staal…They’re all ours.

Don Cherry calls the metric system “commie stuff”
Sounds like something straight off the Cherry twitter parody account. McLean’s face is hilarious.

Tbey’re Going Six
Have the Devils figured the Kings out or are they just getting the bounces? Either way it’s getting interesting.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He’s published five annual magazines on the team entitled “The Maple Leafs Annual” with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts “The Battle of the Atlantic,” a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth.

Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with a diploma in journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada’s Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian.

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