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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: November 2, 2013

The Leafs are on the West Coast today as they prepare to take on the Vancouver Canucks, a team they haven’t played since February 18, 2012. If you need some help gathering up some hate for our British Columbian counterparts, this Dan Murphy (Sportsnet’s resident Canucklehead) video should do the trick:

Good work being an objective reporter there, Murph. That’s some real valuable insight you came up with.

Now I feel dirty for watching that so let’s just move on to the links.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mason Raymond a prime example of NHL’s salary cap disparity

The problem with the Leafs is they overpaid a couple of guys who are clearly not top-end (Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson), but fortunately were able to get others (Cody Franson and Mason Raymond) on bargain deals. That will change when the latter two deals run out next summer, though. From Michael Traikos of the National Post.

A history of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first televised goal

A fascinating look at the Leafs’ first-ever televised game back in 1952. From Chris Bateman of Blog T.O.

Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin hopes to return in Vancouver

WOOHOO! From Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

Maple Leafs’ Mason Raymond insists he harbours no grudge against Canucks

Don’t lie to us, Mason. EMBRACE THE HATE. From Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.

A Great Game: The forgotten Leafs and the rise of professional hockey

Nostalgic Saturday continues with an excerpt from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s soon-to-be-released book. The Leafs should definitely bring back those “T” uniforms. From The Globe and Mail.

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