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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: March 7, 2014

Some will look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ inactivity at the trade deadline and immediately see it as a lost opportunity to add some cheap talent for the playoff push. While it is somewhat frustrating, the Leafs’ cap situation simply meant they would’ve had to send valuable players out to make a deal work. With the Leafs already firmly in playoff position but not close to being truly deemed a “Cup contender”, I thought Nonis made the smart play to stand pat. Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove shares that sentiment.

With 18 games left in the season, the sprint to the playoffs has begun. How many points will the Leafs need to hold down at least a wild card? What kind of record do they need in their remaining games? How tough is their schedule? Chemmy of Pension Plan Puppets has answers to those questions and more.

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is getting whacked around like a piñata by most media members and fans these days for his handling of the whole Cory Schneider/Roberto Luongo debacle. While the Schneider trade looks bad, I don’t think Gillis deserves much criticism for getting what he could for the soon-to-be-35-year-old Luongo. So what’s next for the Canucks? Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy makes the case for a “Rebuild On The Fly” instead of the ever-popular “Blow It All Up!” method.

There are certain NHL players that, when you see them, you instantly think, “Wow, he’s a monster.” Justin Bourne of Backhand Shelf shares 10 players who fit that description.

It’s officially the weekend, so celebrate by wasting some time listening to the latest Marek and Wyshynski podcast.

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