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Leaf in Habland

  • joined Jun 12, 2009
  • last login Aug 24, 2014
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Grew up in TO, now live in Montreal.

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Table Hockey Tourney and Marlies Game for Big Brothers

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A guy I went to high school with is organizing this event. Good cause, in conjunction with the Marlies and Big Brothers and Sisters. If I were in Toronto that weekend I would go.

F'n Habs

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Dave Bidini explains that everything wrong in the world is the fault of the Montreal Canadiens. Well done, sir!

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Round 3 picks

A little late to the party, but I was away all weekend. I couldn't get in on the PPPPPPPPPPPPwhateveritscalled, but I will participate by making my picks here. Only two picks to make, but let's...

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Round 2 Prognostication...more like Round 2 random swats in the dark...

Ok, so I decided I would watch the first round, at least selectively, and boy was I glad I did. There were some awesome games to watch. The last two games of the Vancouver/Chicago series were...

Yotes to MB?

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"I'm not saying it's the truth, I'm just telling you what I heard." That about sums it up, and considering the source....but anyway this is going to be talked about at the intermission of every game tonight. If you listen to the clip, you will hear lots of hedging by both guys.

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A Precluded Partisan's Playoff Picks

I've been having a hard time deciding if I should watch the NHL playoffs this year. It's a bit of an issue of too much of a good thing. I feel like I could watch every game, and probably enjoy it,...

Dallas to hold training camp in PEI again next year

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I post this link here because it's kind of a sign that they are going to try really hard to re-sign Brad Richards. I mean, Steve Ott's a good Islander too and all, but, let's be honest, this is because of Richards. We're not going to sign Brad Richards.

First on the ice

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Is it any surprise who is first on the ice for practice every day for the Leafs? Another story to go with it with a cool graphic.

NHL 360 video (Sabres vs Leafs)

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From Puck Daddy, a neat video for the Sabres that has some cool footage of them playing the Leafs. Whoever has the helmet cam was apparently matched up with John Mitchell...

"All I really want to do is win the Stanley Cup," Wilson says. "Then I would be released. If we...

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"All I really want to do is win the Stanley Cup," Wilson says. "Then I would be released. If we won, that’s the last game I’ll ever coach. Honest to God I would have no hesitation. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, to have my name on the Cup with my dad and my uncle. That’s honest to God how I feel. "This is the team I grew up with. Punch Imlach was the last coach who won. That would be just the coolest thing in the world. I’m not about coming back the next year and having everybody pat me on the back, knowing I could be the mayor of Toronto. That doesn’t interest me at all. I could just quietly go away and have all of this satisfaction, knowing that this was something I dreamed about all of my life, this was something I managed to do, and now I can actually breathe."

Someone linked to this Stephen Brunt article yesterday, but I wanted to highlight this quote. There's nothing like quiet satisfaction.

Least valuable NHL players

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This is from Puck Daddy first, but I thought I would throw it up here and let the stats hounds tear it up. If I recall someone did something like this, but with the more advanced stats. This guy uses +/-, lol!

Seven Marlies' games on CBC this year

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CBC signed a one-year broadcast deal with the AHL. They will show games on Sunday afternoons.

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What's the deal with...Intangibles?

In the last month one of the main sources of discussion around here has been the value of UFA contracts. Colby Armstrong gets $3M. Brett Lebda gets $1.45M. With a few exceptions, it is not so much...

Uphsall contract: 1 year at around 2.5

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The link doesn't give term or $$ but I heard them say it was around that on CBC tonight. At first glance he's pretty comparable to Kulemin. Seem reasonable?

Leafs invite McGill D-man to prospects camp

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He was the top defender in CIS this year. Not too big at 5'11" 188.

Highlights of the riot: At about 2:15, check out the kid in the white shirt who takes quite a...

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Highlights of the riot: At about 2:15, check out the kid in the white shirt who takes quite a while to get up the guts to follow the crowd. At 3:30 a girl blocks the entrance of the liquor store and shoves two big guys. At 5:00 another girl makes off with a manequin and dress.

In the Billo thread I mentioned I won the National Post's hockey poem contest. I won a trip to...

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In the Billo thread I mentioned I won the National Post's hockey poem contest. I won a trip to Winnipeg for Moose playoff game. Anyway, I thought I would share the winning poem. It seems like this group would appreciate it. FULL SIZE AVAILABLE HERE

Now pile games hung on a rookie goalie still trying to navigate a new culture, league and rink size...

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Now pile games hung on a rookie goalie still trying to navigate a new culture, league and rink size because incumbent Vesa Toskala was routinely torched by the opposition.

Wow Ulmer, nice sentence Nice words about Gus though.

"They mean stuff — they mean stuff to us."

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"They mean stuff — they mean stuff to us."

This quote from Phil Kessel was in the original CP wire story after the Devils' game, but it seems like they've cleaned it up a bit since. I thought it was a great, raw quote from a guy who obviously cares a lot about hackey. The future looks bright, friends!

1 ticket to Leafs vs Habs April 10th at the Bell Centre. Red section 105, row U, seat 15. It is in...

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1 ticket to Leafs vs Habs April 10th at the Bell Centre. Red section 105, row U, seat 15. It is in the corner in the lower bowl. $140.25 is face value, and that's how much I'd like to get back. There is only one ticket. I bought it because at the time there were only singles left and I wanted to see the Leafs play. Now I am triple booked that night, beyond my control, and I have to give up the ticket. I would rather give it to a Leaf fan who will get to go see the kids play, but I know I can sell it to a Hab fan here in town pretty easily. I thought I would give you guys the chance first. email me at john dot lofranco at gmail if interested. Payment by email transfer and I'll send you the ticket (or if you are in town we can meet and do it by hand).

Facebook group for the tanned guy behind the bench at ACC

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What with the emphasis on facebook today, I thought this was kinda funny.

"Vesa is not a guy who likes to build relations with coaches. He preferred to be by himself," said...

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"Vesa is not a guy who likes to build relations with coaches. He preferred to be by himself," said Allaire. "To do that, to say, `I'm okay by myself, I know what to do,' you have to be really good in this league in 2010."

Where is Andy Wozniwski when you need him? Are you shitting me?!

Toronto's most Truculent Team

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I caught the first 3 quarters of the Rock game last night on TSN2. Amazing. Bob Watson is like Martin Brodeur. Boston sent their goon after Toronto's captain and best player, Colin Doyle. Doyle fought him. On the next shift, Toronto goes after Boston's best player (who happens to be the brother of the goon, Dawson is their name). The goals they score in this sport are ridiculous. Bobby Orr's flying goal is common place in the box. Dirty behind the back passes. Cross checking is allowed. Anyway, I feel like this team is a very scrappy little brother to the Leafs. I would love to see them get some coverage/linkage, if anyone has any info.

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Airing of Grievances - PPP (the blog not the guy)

Then again, who can separate the man from the legend? Anyway, this summer, with nothing much to do in my job helping cheating students get through the ugliness of university administration (the...

Kadri leads Canada in scoring with 3 assists, took a nasty slash but was ok, had a couple good...

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Kadri leads Canada in scoring with 3 assists, took a nasty slash but was ok, had a couple good dangles, too, but no goals. All three were second assists, but hey, whatever.

On TSN2.
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So, would you?

  Just curious to see what you all would say. Feel free to comment and defend your answers. For the record I'm going to go with no. I am a coach and an athlete. I've represented Canada twice. When...

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