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Leafs In Playoff Mode

from the Toronto Star,

It hasn’t worked the past two springs, but they’re at it again. Just when it appeared the only bit of drama left for Leafs’ fans would be found in the draft lottery ping-pong balls, Toronto has ratcheted up its game.

Taking 13 of a possible 16 points since mid-February has brought the Leafs from the back of the pack to within shouting distance of the playoffs.

They sit six points behind Philadelphia, the team that currently holds the eighth and final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have a game in hand.

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Toskala The Man In Toronto

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Toskala did not immediately win over the Leafs’ fans, who were certainly clamouring for a new hero in goal after Andrew Raycroft wobbled badly. But Toskala was playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time and he also had to grow accustomed to being the go-to guy every night.

“When I changed teams, it takes a little time to get comfortable, but [playing a lot] makes you mentally stronger,” he said. “I think every time you play it makes you better.”

In that case, he should be Superman pretty soon. There is no end in sight for Toskala’s consecutive starts, not with the Leafs having to win almost all of their final 15 games to have any hope of making the playoffs.

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Here Is Your New Team

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now with that part of the task having ended in defeat, the Maple Leafs are going to allow the interim decision-maker to acquire players and upcoming draft selections whom he will immediately hand off to his successor. What if the incoming GM doesn’t like the talent assembled by Fletcher? Shouldn’t the Maple Leafs’ next GM shape the future?

Is there any reason to wonder why this dysfunctional organization hasn’t been able to construct a Stanley Cup champion or finalist since 1967, the end of the Original Six era?

more and other NHL bits too…

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Selective Advertising

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Reacting to criticisms from Bill Watters, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs, has expunged from the Air Canada Centre all references to the Toronto broadcaster.

Advertisements promoting the Watters afternoon radio show on AM640 Toronto have been removed from the arena’s electronic display panel.

Posters publicizing the show have disappeared.

“We provided them with new material once we were told the Watters stuff had to come down,” Gord Harris, AM640’s program director, said yesterday.

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Different Directions

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So while Fletcher fumes over the unwillingness of his stars to leave town and vows to use the rest of his tenure to throw more bodies overboard to change the “face” of the team, Maurice is aggressively rewarding the Muskokas with extra work while apparently declining to use the remaining portion of the schedule to play young players or the backup goalie.

Maurice, understandably, is just trying to win hockey games. But there are other organizational priorities here, like getting meaningful experience for Tlusty, Stralman, Earl, Newbury and Williams and perhaps trying to increase Raycroft’s trade value.

Fletcher couldn’t lean on his rich vets to waive their no-trades, however, and apparently has no control over what the coach does with the roster.

The hockey office says “Charge!” in one direction, and the team itself ignores the command and roars off to attack another hill.

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3 For 3

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

But for trivia buffs, Jeremy Williams’s goal for the Maple Leafs at 6:56 of the second period was a gold mine.

The goal was Williams’s third in as many NHL games, going back three seasons, making the 24-year-old native of Glenavon, Sask., the only player in NHL history to play three games and score in each game. Before the Leafs called him up from their farm team, Williams was the only player in league history to do it in two games.

more on the Leafs shootout victory over the Panthers tonight…

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The Kubina Misunderstanding

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Pavel Kubina says the contretemps over a failed trade that would have sent him to the San Jose Sharks was all a misunderstanding.

Both he and his agent, former NHL player Petr Svoboda, said the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman never agreed to waive his no-trade clause and then reneged on Monday night.

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Hey, It’s A Start

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There was no giant trade for the Maple Leafs. There was no Philadelphia Story. There was no garage sale reduction of salaries.

Trade Deadline Day was everything that is Maple Leafs these days: The production did not meet the promise.

But at least, and in fairness, consider the miserable circumstances Cliff Fletcher found himself in. Between the bad contracts, the no-trade arrangements, and the players of little value, this was at least a start for the Leafs.

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Fletcher Tries Dealing From A Position Of Weakness

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

It’s believed the Edmonton Oilers or San Jose Sharks made some kind of preliniray offer for Kubina, while Fletcher turned down teams pursuing hot No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala and 20-goal winger Nik Antropov.

Tuesday was a sobering day for Fletcher, who is used to making a big splash on deadline day.

“We weren’t skating in the same area as other teams,” he said after the final bell sounded. “I’m dealing for draft choices and others (Pittsburgh Penguins) are dealing for Marian Hossa. “The players who left weren’t part of the core. But we accomplished what we wanted today. We put four draft choices in the bank to help us, starting in June.”

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Chad Kilger to the Panthers

From TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs trade Chad Kilger to the Florida Panthers for a 3rd round pick.

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