Please stop comparing these Leafs to those Avs

Evan Presement
May 04 2017 01:58PM

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Despite the Leafs’ storybook season, many are skeptical of their success. Was this season the real deal, or was it a mirage?

Toronto will always be heavily criticised just because they’re such a talked about (and disliked) team. Realistic arguments as to why they will be successful long-term are bountiful, while arguments against the success of the franchise are fairly weak and petty.

However, there is one point in particular that many skeptics seem to reference: The 2013/14 Colorado Avalanche.

Let’s go back to the lockout-shortened 2012/13 season. Colorado had been on the downswing for a few years at this point but would bottom out. They recorded 39 points in 48 games, good for second-worst in the NHL. The Avs had an 18.8% chance of securing the first overall pick, second only to the Florida Panthers’ 25%. Colorado ended up winning the lottery, selecting Nathan MacKinnon.

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Watch the Game Episode 36: Back to Basics

Watch The Game Podcast
May 03 2017 08:03AM

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Cam and Adam are back on the podcast as they join Sam to talk about the playoffs, Sidney Crosby and the NHL awards. 

Things get a bit weird. 

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Future Free Agents: Brian Boyle

Cam Lewis
May 03 2017 07:00AM

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Brian Boyle was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pretty hefty price at this year's trade deadline. He said at the end of the team's season that he would be open to returning to Toronto, but as a 32-year-old, it's also likely going to be Boyle's final chance to make a big payday in free agency. Where will the elite fourth line centre end up? 

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Two years in, and still no critical thought of Calgary's new arena project

christian tiberi
May 01 2017 04:27PM

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In recent days, an article from the Calgary Sun has made the rounds on social media, mostly because of its big scary title: "Flames aren’t bluffing, it’s just a basic business decision." In reference to the recent developments regarding the new arena for the Calgary Flames, the author argues that the team is actually serious about moving, and that the city should pony up and pay for the new arena. It's the same old crock.

I really wouldn't care about it (not even going to bother to directly link to it), but the Flames' own players are starting to tweet it out and, from my observation, it's causing panic for people who should really know better. Even worse, it's causing people to agree with the arguments despite the lack of critical thought used in writing said article.

Ever since Ken King appeared on Toronto radio, we've been exposed to takes that take his poor word choice seriously, and this is the latest. It's a mish-mash of bad arguments and deliberate misinformation designed to scare the reader into believing that your city government is trying to screw you out of a hockey team (for reasons unknown, really. The article isn't well-constructed).

Here is a point-by-point rebuttal of these arguments, because critical thinking is key for these situations.

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Buying into the Ottawa Senators is a mixed bag

Jeff Veillette
May 01 2017 03:13PM

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Before we get into this, let's make something perfectly clear: every fanbase has an awful vocal minority and the definition of what an awful vocal minority is will often change from person to person. Despite the fact that we're all here for our mutual interest in a fantastic and entertaining sport, the slight differences in how we appreciate the game will always find a way in tearing us apart. Hell, we just watched this fanbase lose its mind about a few people being unfollowed on twitter and the event that kickstarted this rebuild was the blowback from the players not saluting the crowd after a game.

Maybe that's because certain opinion sets are attached to other life philosophies. Maybe it's just blind "I'm right, and those who disagree are wrong and are bad" chest thumping. But it happens everywhere, and sometimes, you'll see it bleed over into arguments about other teams. One of the most obvious ones, at least over the course of these playoffs, has been the rise of the overly excited Ottawa Senators fan.

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