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What the Reimer injury says about the Leafs

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It’s true. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

 Even if it’s gone short-term.

 Which brings us back to James Reimer, out for at least a week with a knee sprained in the Leafs 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

 “Ah,” you say. “What if it’s longer?”

Even if Reimer’s injury keeps him out for months instead of weeks the Leafs will likely still sit on their hands.

 That would mean no deal for Roberto Luongo, no attempt to coax Tim Thomas out of his unfathomable retirement.

 Reimer’s knee provides a fine benchmark to examine how ...

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Phaneuf Honoured As Leafs January Community MVP

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Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was named the January Community MVP prior to Monday’s game. The award is given out by Citizen to the Leafs player that has made the biggest impact that month in the community.

Phaneuf has a ticket program called Phaneuf’s Friends which he started in 2010 and has donated $250,000 to bring in 1,000 patients from SickKids to watch every home game from his customized suite – Captain’s Corner.

The Leafs’ captain was recognized for his work with young patients in today’s Toronto Sun. Check out the full story from Joe Warmington ...

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The ethical wasteland that is the facewash.

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If you think this is okay, you can’t really talk about facewashing protocol.

Okay, this is not an anti-fighting tirade.

This is a what happens when you allow fighting tirade.

This is about the code and by association the scrum that swept up Mikhail Grabovski and the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty.

In case you haven’t heard, the league declined to suspend Grabovski for what Pacioretty said was a bite in a scrum Saturday night.

The facewash in hockey is as old as shin pads. Sometimes it’s penalized, sometimes it’s not but if you ticketed every ...

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Kessel Jersey Up For Grabs Tonight

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With the Maple Leafs returning home  tonight to face the Philadelphia Flyers (7pm, Sportsnet and Sportsnet FAN590).  We will be once again looking for the Real Sports #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night!

The winner of tonight’s Real Sports #TMLtalk TOTN winner will take home a  Phil Kessel jersey!

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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Light Practice In Winnipeg Before Departing For Montreal

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The Maple Leafs were in a great mood Friday as they practiced at the MTS Centre following the teams 3-2 win over Winnipeg before flying to Montreal for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.

The lines and defencemen pairings all remained the same as in the win over the Jets.

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Defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and Mike Brown also took part in the hour-long skate.

Gunnarsson said that he is day-to-day at this point with his hip injury.

“Today was a good skate and  I tried to push myself not too far,” Gunnarsson said. “We’ll see how ...

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News & Notes From The Morning Skate

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The Leafs play the second game of their season long three-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg in what will be a raucous MTS Centre.

Toronto had both Mike Brown and Carl Gunnarsson on the ice for the morning skate but neither will dress for tonight’s game. Head coach Randy Carlyle said that Brown is closer to game action than Gunnarsson who is still a ways away from being back.

All three Leafs players from the province of Manitoba are expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Here is what the expected lines are for tonight:

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Why Phil Kessel should burn his equipment.

Honestly, what did this guy do to deserve this?

 

Honestly, what did this guy do to deserve this?

Goalless but nonetheless leading the NHL with 42 shots on net and 1.6 million directed somewhere around there, Phil Kessel has become a bigger story than the team he plays for.

I can’t stop watching Phil Kessel. I commiserate when he shuffles back to the Leafs bench after skating his guts out with no result. I count the shifts until he comes back.

Phil Kessel is absolutely riveting because he is doing everything a hockey player can do to manage what should come ...

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Owuya’s work ethic makes him Marlie to watch.

Mark Owuya (above) is famous among the Marlies for his unrelenting work ethic.

Every member of the Toronto Marlies knows Mark Owuya will exhaust shooters even after a gruelling practice.

In the informal play that is the end of practice the Toronto Marlies resort to kids’ games.

Sometimes they cluster in a tight group. Then one player tosses a puck into the air. They squish tighter and wait to see whose helmeted head the puck will find.

Other times one player flicks a puck waist-high toward a teammate who tries to hit it with a baseball-style swing.

Usually they cluster around a net and rattle off ...

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Reimer Jersey Up For Grabs Tonight During #TMLtalk

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With the Maple Leafs continuing the road trip in Winnipeg tonight (8pm, Leafs TV and TSN1050 Radio).  We will be once again looking for the #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night!

The winner of tonight’s #TMLtalk TOTN winner will take home a  James Reimer jersey!

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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Leafs Recall Holzer, Assign Hamilton To Marlies

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The Leafs announced Sunday that defenceman Korbinian Holzer has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The team also announed that Ryan Hamilton has been assigned to the Marlies.

Holzer has played one game with the Leafs this season and was a minus one. In his career he has played three NHL games. With the Marlies this season, Holzer has played 34 games with eight points (one goal, seven assists).

Hamilton saw action in one game this season with the Leafs.

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