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Maple Leafs Camp: Day Two On Ice

Day Two of on-ice participation is now in the books .. the sessions all had a purpose, as camp not only winds down, but clear decisions need to be made on who will remain...

Maple Leafs Training Camp: Day One On Ice

The Toronto Maple Leafs held their on-ice portion of training camp today. Players have been split into three squads to accommodate the 63 players invited to camp. Among the contingent of fans outside the ice...

Who Is: Jesse Blacker

Blacker has all the keys to being a successful top-4 blue-liner, but expect him to play a couple seasons in the AHL before seeing his first ice time in the big leagues. The newly turned nineteen year old must also add 20-25lbs to fill out his somewhat lanky frame in order to compete regularly against the leagues best. Though the Leafs depth at defensive has Blacker currently in the bottom third, as long as the Maple Leafs have Burke as general manager, Jesse will be in the system. Truculence and testosterone tops this youngster's resume, with a side of pugnacity and a light sprinkling of belligerence. I would compare the future of Blacker to that of Mike Van Ryn, just without the injuries (hopefully).

Three-Two-One

An example of how the NHL could restructure its currently farcical points allocations.

Hug it Out, says Burke

An active voice in the betterment of the sport of hockey, Brian Burke has three rule change proposals according to Darren Dreger. And I like all three, with some trepidation. Among the three, the bear...

Just Win, Baby: How to Beat Three-Point Games

The most common complaint I hear from fans, media and even some hockey people revolves around the point system and the three point game. Having done extensive point system analysis, alerted of a record shootout...

Maple Leafs Practice – Goalies Get Workout

It was a light day practice wise as the optional skate drew only a handful of players to the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence. Only Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson, Wayne Primeau, Garnet Exelby and Jeff...

Post-Game: Just a Lack of Skill

I'm about as optimistic a person as they come, but tonight's loss against a struggling Penguins team just hammers home the message that there simply isn't enough skill on this roster. It was a...

Drinking the Kule-Aid

Despite modest numbers in terms of offensive production, winger Nikolai Kulemin has made great strides in becoming a indispensible, two-way threat that all winning teams require. The young Russian worked up the hopes of...

NHL on Record Shootout Pace

Did the neutral zone trap morph into the shootout? The pre-lockout reason for altering the rules, transfigured into the shootout as teams play for the shootout more this season. If trends are any indication,...

Quick Sabres Post-Game Thoughts

Tonight's  loss against the Northeast rival Buffalo Sabres seemed to play out like the typical Maple Leaf '09-'10 regular season game thus far. A fairly decent effort for about 75-80% of the game, a...

Myth vs. Reality

A dreadful 3-11-5 start for the Maple Leafs has everyone asking the same two questions. What the heck happened? And what the heck is the solution? In the course of pondering those questions, many suggestions...

Is Schenn Hurt?

I've been watching Luke Schenn closely this season, looking for creep of the sophomore jinx. Everyone is a little banged up at his junction of the schedule, but he might be playing through some...

Post-Game Thoughts: Leafs Impressive on HOF Night

With Kessel and Gustavsson integrating themselves into the lineup, the team seems poised to break off a big-time run to put themselves back into the Eastern Conference's playoff picture. The team is playing...

Liambas Hit on Fanelli

It's a hit no one ever wants to happen. It's the type of collision in which there was no intent to injure, and still a player is left in an unfortunate state. It's the...

Kaberle: Up To New Tricks on Halloween?

Montreal always brings out the best in Tomas Kaberle .. Halloween might have displayed a different kind of trick .. one he's done before, and before that, and maybe even before that too. For the...

They May Have Lost The Battle, But …

... they didn't give up the fight. Maple Leafs' fans should be very pleased with the effort displayed in last night's 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.   Although another loss is disappointing on the...

Quick Post-Game Thoughts

I had the privilege of a great view from the Gold section, ten rows off the ice to witness a fairly decent game with plenty of positives. It was my first time in the...

Day 1 Training Camp Notes

The Maple Leafs began on-ice workouts today at their new practice facility, the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. I’ve been given credentials and was on site for the first day and will be attending all...

Thoughts from the Rookie Tournament, Game 1

I won't go into a lot of detail about the game itself, as Alec covered that quite well. The news, for the most part, was good.   Many of the Leafs' prospects were impressive in their...
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