Rubber meets road as Leafs enter key phase

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The wind at your back.

The wind in your face.

Those are the two scenarios the Maple Leafs find themselves contemplating as they head to what may be their most crucial stretch of hockey.

The seventh-place Leafs, owners of 47 Eastern Conference points, visit the 45-point Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday. The next night’s opposition: the Washington Capitals, own 46 points.

The math says by Saturday morning the Leafs, sitting somewhere in the post season top eight all season long and nine gaudy points above the eighth spot on Halloween, might be perched on the porch ...

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Kulemin, JVR & Kessel To Play In Olympics

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Maple Leafs forwards Nik Kulemin (Russia), Phil Kessel (USA) and James van Riemsdyk (USA) will represent their respective countries at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Kulemin was named to Russia’s team on Tuesday while Kessel and JVR were announced to the USA team following the Winter Classic last Wednesday.

Kessel had a goal and an assist in six games as a member of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. This will be van Riemsdyk’s first Olympic experience.

Playing for the host Russians will be Kulemin’s first time playing in the Olympics although ...

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Gleason adds muscle to Leafs blue line

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Needing more heft and a little more menace the Maple Leafs added Michigan native Tim Gleason in a New Year’s deal with the Carolina Hurricanes that saw John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson head to Carolina.

Assuming the Leafs didn’t contribute a little to Liles’ salary, the trade is basically a saw salary wise. The six-foot- 215-pound Gleason has two more years after this one at a cap hit of $4 million per. Liles, meanwhile, will carry a cap hit of $3.875 million over the next two and a half seasons.

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Former Players Back On The Ice

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They used to call Gordie Howe Power.

It was a nickname built on his ferocious strength. Sometimes Gordie would grasp a door knob while someone on the other side was about to pull the door open.

No matter how hard the person on the other side would pull, no force on earth could overcome Gordie Howe.

Except, of course, for time.

When one of the greatest players in hockey, one of the greatest men in hockey, stepped onto a red carpet to drop a puck Tuesday he had to be steadied and directed a ...

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One year later, the fun bus rolls on.

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They went through snow.

They went through wind.

They waited better than a year.

Finally, on New Year’s Eve in picturesque Ann Arbor, Michigan, Will and Lisa’s travelling road show hit their destination.

When the lockout scuttled last year’s Winter Classic, few fans were more disappointed than Will Milne.

Will, 24, a Leaf fan and an alumni from Queen’s, had managed to acquire a block of 40 tickets to the game. At the time MLSE employee Lisa McLaughlin, was working in ticketing. She made the deal possible. The two are friends and the idea of ...

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Phaneuf deal also says something about rest of blue line.

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Pieces.

That’s the new buzzword when assembling a team, be it in basketball, soccer or, in this case, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The word had a particular resonance, Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, as the Maple Leafs announced seven more years for Dion Phaneuf at about $7 million per.

“You need some players to play around the core,” Leafs GM Dave Nonis was saying at the press conference. “We think we are adding pieces that will help us win.”

Never mind that tantalizing idea for a moment. There is no question the Leafs, with Joffrey ...

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Let The Festivities Begin

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The 2014 NHL Winter Classic is just two days away but the biggest story  on Monday was the Leafs and Red Wings Alumni practices at Comerica Park. It was a chance for many old friends and foes to get caught up before they face-off against each other Tuesday afternoon (1pm CBC).

The players reacted like youngsters when Gordie Howe was escorted to the ice for the group photo.

Johnny Bower and Gordie Howe, two Hockey Hall of Famers and hockey legends shook hands and hugged at centre ice following the group photo.

The alumni game will ...

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Alumni Rosters Announced

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The Leafs and Red Wings are set to face-off in the Winter Classic on January 1st but on December 31st, it will be the Alumni Showdown as Leafs and Red Wings alumni battle at Comerica Park.

There will be two games  and we know you are wondering who will be suiting up? Below are the rosters for both teams as of December 20th.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Game 1 roster

Forwards:  24 – Dan Daoust; 21 – Mark Osborne; 19 – Bill Derlago; 9 – Stew Gavin; 15 – Pat Boutette; 12 – Rob ...

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Potentially Three Leafs Prospects In World Juniors

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It appears that the Maple Leafs will have three forward prospects taking part in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden this year. Final rosters do not have to be submitted until December 25th, one day before the tournament begins.

All three players were picked at the 2013 NHL Draft. First round draft pick Frederik Gauthier (Canada), fifth round pick Fabrice Herzog (Switzerland) and seventh round selection Andreas Johnson (Sweden) look like they will be representing the Blue and White for their respective countries.

Gauthier plays for Rimouski in the QMJHL where he has ...

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Throwback Thursday: Darryl Sittler

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On December 31, 2013 many of your favourite Leafs of the past will lace ‘em up for a showdown in Motown. The Alumni Showdown between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings set to take place at Comerica Park will showcase some serious talent between the two rosters. So much talent that there will be two games taking place. Check out the roster’s HERE.

In anticipation of this big event, Real Sports Apparel will be hosting an All Access event with Darryl Sittler on Saturday, December 21st from 4:30pm-5:30pm, ahead ...

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