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Jerry D’Amigo enjoying his status as man of the moment.


Whether it be with the Marlies or with Team USA, Jerry D'Amigo has shown he can score big goals and deliver a solid all-around game.

Jerry D’Amigo, the owner of five goals in the Marlies three-game sweep of the Rochester Americans, has been on a goalscoring run before.

The first came at the 2010 World Juniors where he scored six goals and added six helpers in half a dozen games for Team USA.

Last season with the Kitchener Rangers D’Amigo scored six goals and added three more assists in seven playoff games.

D’Amigo, […]

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My bet on whether the Leafs will try to acquire Luongo.


Note: While an employee at MLSE I have absolutely no idea whether the Maple Leafs will pursue Roberto Luongo. This post is a reasonable and hopefully reasoned guess. Anywhoo…

I have this great idea about marriage.

There should be a no-fault window for separation every five years; sort of a renegotiation where you can look at the Missus and say ‘up for another five?’

What the Leafs need to consider about Roberto Luongo is whether they want to be married to him for the rest of his playing life. How long he wants […]

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Pleasure trip lands Percy in the spotlight.

Less than a year after Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke selected him in the first round of the NHL draft, defenceman Stuart Percy is logging big playoff minutes with the Toronto Marlies.

They call it the imposter syndrome.

It afflicts most everyone. The more you think about something the more unreal it feels when you get it.

Which brings us nicely to defenceman Stuart Percy, just 18, and drafted 25th overall by the Maple Leafs last June? A concussion meant a speed bump this season in junior but in 150 games with […]

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Marlie Joe Colborne doesn’t remember last goal…for now.

Joe Colborne, shown here in a November game with the Maple Leafs against Washington, is looking to reclaim the momentum that made him the AHL's player of the month in October. Colborne had two assists as the Marlies won their AHL payoff opener 4-3 over the Rochester Americans.

Over the last five years Joe Colborne has scored 130 goals. If you did that over a week your arms would get tired.

He has scored all kinds of goals with all kinds of people. He has scored in the Alberta Junior […]

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Mueller looks to break through as Marlies ride into playoffs.

Marcel Mueller will get the chance to show he can contribute to the Maple Leafs as the Marlies open their first -round playoff against the Rochester Americans, Thursday at Ricoh Coliseum.

It began, as these stories always do, in a small Bavarian town known by a name I will not attempt to spell. A decade ago, Korbinian Holzer faced Marcel Mueller for the first time.

As 14-year-olds the two future Marlies met and pretty well instantly became estranged at a tournament in their native Germany. “He was the biggest defenceman and I was among the biggest forwards so we saw a lot of each other,” Mueller said Tuesday.

For lack of a snappier name, the two are known locally as The […]

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The price of big and bad might make you mad.


By any measure, especially his own, Leafs’ GM Brian Burke did not have a good year.

But in one element, Burke has been in front of the curve.

Big and bad is the new black.

In January, Burke reluctantly sent Colton Orr to the minors and publicly fretted the era of the fighter was over.

At the Leafs season-ending press conference Burke stressed the need to be bigger and stronger. “We need to address the size of the group and the compete level of the group,” he said.

“I like teams that go into buildings […]

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Eakins eager to revisit the heightened competition of playoffs.


The kind of playoff moment a player will remember. Marlies coach Dallas Eakins, then a defenceman with the New York Rangers sends Eric Lindros into the Rangers' bench in a 1997 playoff game.

Dallas Eakins remembers the moment if he can’t quite place the date.

It was 1992 and the Marlies coach was in the second year a 15-year playing career that would see him manage 120 games in the NHL. He would touch down in 10 different American and International League towns: Baltimore, Binghamton, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Haven, Moncton, Winnipeg, […]

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Jake Gardiner says he is up for spring hockey


Jake Gardiner isn’t quite done yet.

The 21-year-old defenceman has settled in with the Toronto Marlies as they finish their regular season with games in Abbotsford B.C. against the Heat, Friday and Sunday.

Leaf rookies Gardiner, Carter Ashton and Matt Frattin will contest their first pro playoff next week. writer Mike Ulmer caught up with Gardiner to get his view on his season with the Leafs and his upcoming playoff with the Marlies.

Mike Ulmer: You led all rookie defencemen with 30 points and were third in ice time for first-year defencemen. Now […]

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Leafs draft fifth…who that may be…

Ryan Murray might be the wild card of the 2012 NHL entry draft

We now know the Leafs are scheduled to draft fifth in the June entry draft.

The next question is who will be available.

The Oilers are long shots to trade their first overall. There isn’t the depth of quality in the draft that would prompt the Oilers to trade down.  Sarnia Sting winger Nail Yakupov (42 games, 31 goals, 38 assists, 69 points, 30 PIMs) is the stand-alone choice in the draft.

To get the skinny on this year’s player […]

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What you don’t know about life on this side of the curtain.

What does the organization owe this man?

To The Citizens of Leafs Nation:

Your ardour has sometimes moved me past words.  You help pay my mortgage. When you cheer so earnestly as your team beats Tampa in the last home date of the season there isn’t much good in human nature I would not ascribe to you.

I love the fact that the parking lot attendant and the guys in the dressing room for Sunday night hockey have pithy jabs and exasperated complaints at the ready.

Sometimes I wonder if you are a […]

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