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Improved Play Means More Than Just Points

The Toronto Maple Leafs are ranked third in the Eastern Conference during the last 10 games with a 6-2-2 record, and while that is no major accomplishment, it’s an indicator that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not referring to the late-season battle for playoff berths in the bottom seeds, which seems to happen regularly since the three-point games were introduced after the lockout, but rather the National Hockey League Trade Deadline. Since the Leafs’ abysmal failure to start the season, fans of the Blue and White have seen their team go 9-6-6 since the eight-game losing streak. That’s not exactly the most flattering record in the NHL, but all things considere...

Leafs Trade Tlusty to Hurricanes

The Maple Leafs have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Philippe Paradis, who was a first round pick in the 2009 draft. The trade comes as no surprise to many as Tlusty has been a big disappointment this season. After excelling at the AHL level, putting up 66 points in 66 games last season, the Leafs and their fans expected Tlusty to bring his game to the next level and have an impact with the Leafs this season. Unfortunately, Tlusty was merely just a backdrop in what was an impressive showing by the Leafs' young players in training camp. He failed to impress Ron Wilson and as a result found himself right back in the AHL this season. Tlusty neede...

Question Period - Leafs Edition

**Inspired by Eric Engels' question blogs** After a night of burning Montreal Canadiens jerseys in celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-0 victory, here's a list of questions for you all to answer. 1) Jonas Gustavsson, who turned away eight shots in the first period en route to a combined shutout with Joey Macdonald, appears to be OK after experiencing an elevated heart level last night. Do you think he will play against the Columbus Blue Jackets, or has Macdonald's play warranted a start on Thursday? 2) Matt Stajan has 10 points in his last 10 games played. However, the majority of Leafs Nation are not impressed with his overall game and feel he's the beneficiary of a talen...

Crushed Spirits

Likely one of the strongest and most enduring fan bases in all of sports, Leafs Nation is at a boiling point. Fans are enduring what is likely the most frustrating and disappointing season since the 08-09 season. But this isn't about the on-ice product, this isn't about Leafs Nation's frustrations. This is about a city, or more importantly, a city council that makes a big issue over stenciled sidewalks. For those that are not aware of the story, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment hired a third party marketing agency to promote the Leafs in a unique way around the city. They had between 25-50 sidewalks stenciled with the Leafs' logo and their motto "Spirit is Everything". Well ...

Burke Needs to Pull the Trigger

On the heels of a stunning victory over the Washington Capitals, in a shootout no less, Brian Burke shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on some roster moves. While it was encouraging to see a collective effort from our boys in Blue and White at the Air Canada Center last night, Toronto Maple Leafs zealots have not forgotten the abysmal display of hockey that was presented to them during the first quarter of the season. As much as I’d like to believe defeating one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams will remedy the Leafs’ woes, it’s simply not the case. As fans have witnessed since the post-lockout era, the Leafs’ squads have always succeeded, quite efficiently I might ...

The Kids Are Alright

It's been suggested several times during the first quarter of the Toronto Maple Leafs' emotionally exhaustive season, but it needs to be mentioned once again: It's time to bring up the kids. No more excuses. Just get 'er done, Brian Burke. In a tilt against the Lake Erie Monsters tonight, the Toronto Marlies spanked the opposition by a score of 7-1. While it's encouraging to see the Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate break past the .500 mark, fans of the Blue and White should be salivating at the performances from the prospects in particular. Just take a look at the scoresheet: Viktor Stalberg: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots on goal, +2 Tyler Bozak: 3 A, +1 Christian Hanson...