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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...

You Give Me My Captain and I'll Give You Four Magic Beans

I read this article the other night and began thinking about the Dion Phaneuf trade. The fact that Brian Burke was able to acquire his cornerstone player and eventual Leaf captain for basically nothing still boggles my mind. Burke unloaded an underachieving pending UFA in Matt Stajan; a small, tweener defender having a career year (who was also a pending RFA looking to cash in) in Ian White; a streaky, run of the mill winger in Niklas Hagman; and a journeyman fourth line winger in Jamal Mayers. In addition to Phaneuf the Leafs also obtained well thought of at the time Flames prospect Keith Aulie and veteran winger Fredrick Sjostrom.  

Wh...

Hurricanes Look to Gain Strength Over Off-season

It feels a bit odd that my first thoughts at The Checking Line are not about my beloved Penguins of Pittsburgh, but Chuck Gaston, Jr., did such a good job discussing their off-season to date that it’s best for me to look a little closer to my current home of Charlotte, NC, and the Carolina Hurricanes. For those relatively unfamiliar with the Canes, they landed in Raleigh, NC, in 1999 after moving from Hartford, CT, in 1997 and spending two seasons playing in Greensboro, NC.

They’re the only pro team from the four major North American sports in Raleigh, and they’ve cultivated a devoted following (Caniacs) and an in-house atmosphere at the RBC Center that’s ver...

TCL's Free Agent Frenzy Liveblog!

 

What does the NHL have in store for us this Canada Day? Hopefully, a slew of free agent signings, maybe a couple of trades, and plenty of rumors and excitement!

George Prax and the rest of the TCL staff will be with you ever step of the way, covering this year's Free Agent Frenzy! We will begin around 11AM , and run through the entire day until all the players are signed, until the Brad Richards...