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Smith tabbed to wear the deep blue C

Trevor Smith was named the

When you meet Vincent Lecavalier or Sidney Crosby and you are a brother hockey player they look you in the eye, extend their right hands and say: “Vincent Lecavalier” or “Sidney Crosby.”

Trevor Smith was named the

That experience stayed with the Trevor Smith, bestowed the captaincy of the Toronto Marlies Friday in a press conference at the Ricoh Coliseum.

The 28-year-centreman is a first time pro captain but his resume shows seven minor league teams going onto eight years.

In between are 24 NHL games, seven with the New York Islanders in […]

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Kessel signing speaks volumes about himself, Nonis.

Get used to more of this

By inducing Phil Kessel to sign an eight-year contract extension for a widely reported sum of $64 million, Dave Nonis has put his most significant stamp on the Maple Leafs.

Get used to more of this

Nonis has been busy. He lured free agent David Clarkson and traded for goalie Jonathan Bernier and super-pest Dave Bolland.

But in each of those circumstances, Nonis had circumstance in his favor.

Clarkson, a Toronto native, loved the team since childhood and likely rejected a bit more money to be a Leaf.

The LA Kings knew they could […]

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Bolland-McClement-Kulemin: Leafs third line?

Dave Bolland

Dave Bolland’s offence, neatly illustrated by his Stanley Cup-winning goal against Boston, could give the Leafs third line some scoring juice

There are two things  you can anticipate with Randy Carlyle.

First, he will devise countless lineups and combinations. “Last year was my first with Randy and he played me all over the place,” is the way forward Jay McClement put it.

Second, his teams will have a strong third line.

Carlyle’s 2006-2007 Stanley Cup-winning Anaheim team thrived with a checking line that consisted of Sammy Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen.

Once the home […]

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Goaltending, Boston loss are stories that will stick as Leafs approach camp

The story of James Reimer and who will tend the Leafs

The Maple Leafs enjoyed their annual charity golf outing , the Leafs and Legends event at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, Tuesday and since this was the first event in months the media questioning was devoted to tried and true talking points.

There are no better go-to subjects than a potential goaltending snit – witness the goings on in Vancouver over the last few years – so the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier to challenge incumbent James Reimer promises to be on the front burner.

The story of James Reimer and who will […]

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Special delivery: Leaf season tickets come with a twist for Toronto man.

Robert Hyndman is flanked by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement. Robert

Robert Hyndman, flanked by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement, had his season tickets hand-delivered by the Maple Leafs. Robert’s father-in-law Les is on the left.

Robert Hyndman is living the Canadian dream.

He works at a beer store, has for 34 years, and he has Leafs season tickets.

But life recently got even better.

Robert answered a call to his door to receive his ticket package delivered by Maple Leafs Colton Orr and Jay McClement.

The promotion is held in conjunction with Purolator and it’s a dandy. A media throng descended on […]

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Will he be ready: The Morgan Rielly story.

What to do with Morgan Rielly will be a question for the Leafs come training camp.

 

At 19, is defenceman Morgan Rielly ready to play in the NHL?

That’s the magic question for the Maple Leafs to ponder at this week’s prospect camp.

The answer…who knows?

What to do with Morgan Rielly will be a question for the Leafs come training camp.

There’s no doubt that ideally, Rielly, the Leafs first-round pick in the 2012 draft and fifth overall, would play for the Marlies where he could continue to compete against men. Then, if the Leafs deemed him ready, Rielly could be recalled at the team’s convenience.

It doesn’t work […]

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Spott’s Secret To Development

Steve Spott is the new Marlies head coach

For Steve Spott, it will be same as it ever was.

Spott, 45, is a week into his new job as head coach of the Toronto Marlies. Spott takes over from Dallas Eakins who was hired to be the Edmonton Oilers head coach.

A host of Marlies veterans including Ryan Hamilton, Will Acton and Greg Scott will not be back.

Assuming 23-year-old Joe Colborne finds his way to the Leafs, the Marlies will be in the hands of young players such as Greg McKegg, Spencer Abbott and Jerry D’Amigo.

Spott, who came to the […]

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Lure of the Leafs a key Nonis asset.

David Clarkson's adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Make an offer.

Hold your breath.

Let the crest do the rest.

That’s the recipe Leafs GM Dave Nonis used to land the most coveted player in the free agent sweepstakes and repatriate a valued member of last year’s team.

David Clarkson’s adds scoring and intense play to the Leafs lineup.

Right winger David Clarkson came to Toronto because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Tyler Bozak, in Nonis’ estimation, turned down more money elsewhere because he wanted to be a Maple Leaf.

Dave Bolland raved about the chance to be a Leaf a week […]

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Nonis’ dream summer continues with signing of David Clarkson

David Clarkson's tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.

David Clarkson’s tendency toward contact will make the Leafs a tougher team to play against.

 

The Maple Leafs have landed the number one target in the free agent sweepstakes in David Clarkson.

Clarkson, a 29-year-old right-winger scored 30 goals in his last full NHL season and 15 more in 48 games last season. The Toronto native agreed to a seven-year deal with the Leafs.

Originally signed by the New Jersey Devils as a free agent, Clarkson adds to a talented corps of top-six wingers that includes Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and James […]

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Joffrey Lupul’s wonderful, fantastic, amazing summer.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, model and international man about town this summer.

Here’s a sentence you never figure to read in a hockey story: “It’s nice to step out of your comfort zone whether it’s writing articles for a magazine or posing in the nude.”

Yes, it has been a wonderful summer for Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul. He has been a model for ESPN’s The Magazine Body Issue, a music correspondent at Bonnaroo, one of the world’s great music festivals and a member of the jet set at the Cannes Film Festival.

But for Lupul, fun time is over.

Joffrey Lupul was a journalist, […]

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