john michael liles

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The Key to the Leafs' Season

On Monday, September 19th, the Toronto Maple Leafs will take to the ice for the first time in five months. The pre season opener will see the Leafs hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre. Regardless of the result that night, Leaf fans will finally have that hockey itch scratched. With the summer of longing ending, it is being repeatedly said that if Reimer can continue his strong play, and if the second line plays as well as last season than the Leafs will reach the playoffs. As stated before, I believe the Leafs will end their playoff drought this season, and although the fans are right about Reimer and the second line, the key to the season is whether the special teams can...

Keep Those #8 Blue and White Sweaters

For some reason, there is always a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs that suddenly becomes my guy. The player that I find myself defending to the fan base. I don't necessarily like the player, or think that the player is good, but somehow I always find myself pleading his case. The evolution of my guys has gone as follows: Todd Warriner to Aki Berg to Robert Reichel to Nik Antropov to Brian McCabe to Nik Antropov (again) and finally to Mike Komisarek. For the past two seasons, Komisarek has been the bane to Leafs fans existence. Every time he is on the ice many supporters cringe and expect the worst. Watching Komisarek for a season and a half (he missed half of 09-10 with a sho...