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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: May 2, 2014

Alleged Toronto Maple Leafs fan and Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper is rooting for the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs. Here’s what he had to say about the Habs, via Andy Blatchford of The Globe and Mail:

So, we wish them the best. They’ve got a good team. (There’s) a lot of parity in the league and they’ve got a great chance.

Sorry, Habs fans. He’s lying to you. That’s what politicians do.

On a related note, I can’t wait for Harper to get booed next time he steps foot into the Air Canada Centre.

The Toronto Marlies are off to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs after completing the three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals at home last night. Drew MacIntyre made 29 saves and Greg McKegg and T.J. Brennan supplied the offense as the Marlies won 2-0. They’ll face either the Grand Rapids Griffins (up 2-1 in their series) or the Abbotsford Heat next round. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has the details from the game.

Speaking of Grand Rapids, head coach Jeff Blashill won American Hockey League coach of the year. His name has popped up as a prime candidate to take an NHL job this offseason. Will Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland allow him to leave? Michael Traikos of the National Post talked to Blashill about it.

One head coaching job that might open up is the Toronto Maple Leafs’. Luke Ryder of nhlstatsandopinions shares why Randy Carlyle’s lineup decisions were to blame more so than the play of the Leafs’ core players this season.

Should San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan join the list of the unemployed after his team’s epic collapse at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings? Ryan Lambert of Deadspin doesn’t think so, but you have to imagine someone will be the fall guy.

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