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Charles Barkley: ‘Canada needs to win the Cup’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-05

It’s high time for Canada’s 21-year Stanley Cup drought to end. So says Charles Barkley, NBA legend, basketball analyst and, as it turns out, a massive fan of the Stanley Cup playoffs. “I’m pulling for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. We need a Canadian team to win the Cup. It would be great for hockey. I know it’s been a long time,” Barkley told Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday morning. Barkley, 52, said he’s lucky the Cup tournament coincides with the NBA playoffs. That way, he can keep an eye on both sports when he’s in the studio. “I think the NHL playoffs are the best playoffs in the world,” he said. “I have

Ron Wilson: “Leafs Rebuild will take 7 or 8 years”

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2015-03-05

Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson talks to Dean Blundell & Co. to discuss his current sentiments regarding the NHL club, sympathizing with what Randy Carlyle has gone through, and on the amount of blame directed at captain Dion Phaneuf for the club’s poor performance. The post Ron Wilson: “Leafs Rebuild will take 7 or 8 years” appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Ideal Lineup Picks for March 5

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-03-05

Another huge NHL weekend will soon be upon us, and with 16 teams in action Thursday night, we have an opportunity to clean up and play from ahead before the weekend starts. Contending teams that made moves at the trade deadline will have a chance to field their new lineups as they try to round into playoff form. There are a number of players who are in excellent position to have big games, and you can insert them into your lineup without exceeding your $50,000 salary cap.   DraftKings NHL Daily Fantasy Lineup for March 5 POS PLAYER OPP FPPG SALARY C Henrik Sedin Van. at Ariz. 2.9 $5,000 C Jeff Carter Mtl. at LA 3.4 $6,400 W Brad Marchand Cgy. at Bos. 2.9 $4,900 W Ryan Calla

[Thursday FTB] Downhill From Here

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-03-05

We've almost certainly seen the most exciting Leafs game of the season. Do they have to play the others? When the Leafs played on Tuesday, there were goalie shenanigans to such an absurd degree that even Leaf-hating fans of other teams were tuning in to see what would go down. When the Leafs play tonight, they will probably get hemmed in their own zone and score no more than two goals. The kind of game that even a die-hard fan will fall asleep in front of. Unless Kessel and Phaneuf decide to take their aggression towards the Toronto media out on the opposing team. But on the bright side, there are only 18 games left, and Peter Holland straight-up admitted that the Leafs might have lost

NHL Power Rankings: Grading all 30 GMs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-05

Let’s be clear: It is completely irresponsible to judge the winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline before we find out who those anonymous draft picks (the currency of the day!) develop into; before we see how much a rental player actually contributes to a playoff run (are we talking Marian Gaborik or Thomas Vanek?); before we see who gets injured; and before we know for certain if the renter even qualifies for the post-season (pressure’s on, Dale Tallon and Dean Lombardi). Let us also be clear about this: It is still fun to pick trade winners and losers and evaluate how well general managers are doing at their jobs. So, how did your favourite team’s GM handle trade de

Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2015-03-05

The Maple Leafs are in Tampa to take on the Lightning tonight. Here are the Leafs' three keys to a win. Keep Stamkos at bay The Markham, Ont., native is known for having big games when squaring off against his hometown team. Steve Stamkos is cur...

Leafs Lottery Guide - March 5, 2015

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-03-05

Last nights results went 2-1 in the Leafs favour. Let's see that positive move continue tonight The lottery standings as of this morning: Team Points Odds at #1 Buffalo 43 20% Edmonton 46 13.5% Arizona 47 11.5% Carolina 55 9.5% Columbus 56 8.5% Toronto 57 7.5% New Jersey 64 6.5% Philadelphia /\ 66 6.0% Dallas /\ 66 5.0% Colorado \/ 67 3.5% Ottawa 67 3.0% Florida 69 2.5% San Jose 72 2.0% Los Angeles 72 1.0% Colorado won last night, lowering their odds and moving Dallas & Philadelphia up the list. Anaheim beat Nashville, lowering the best case for that extra #1 pick the Leafs have from 26th to 25th overall. Yevgeni Svechnikov here we come! Tonight ther

Dangle: Remember Fun?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-04

The Leafs won a hockey game on Tuesday. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really celebrate this rare occasion, and the bizarre circumstances around it, because we were too busy talking about Phil Kessel sticking up for Dion Phaneuf. This was the LFR video I made following the Leafs 3-2 win where I talk about the game, which was awesome, and the media silliness before it, which was not.

Maple Leaf Hangout Season 2 Episode 3

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2015-03-04

MLHS’ Elliot Saccucci and Torontosportsmedia join Michael Langlois to discuss a wild past couple of days in Leafland. The state of the team and the current media environment in Toronto will be discussed among other topics. The post Maple Leaf Hangout Season 2 Episode 3 appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

On The Air Tonight

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-03-04

If you are at all like me (God help you), you were a little confused by the announcement from TSN (the Totally Sorry Network) yesterday afternoon that they would be apologizing to Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthert and Joffrey Lupul "on the air tonight".I mean, if you're going to apologize, just do it. Don't delay it any longer than necessary, for God's sake.But then it hit me, what better way to get people to actually bother tuning in to watch a game between the Leafs and the Panthers!Anyway, that line tweaked a thought in my head and since I will go to any lengths to do this drum solo, with apologies to Phil Collins, I present: On The Air Tonight...

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