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Some Leafs links to get you through your Wednesday.

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

There's little left to say here.

Leafs Links

New Leafs prospect Nikita Soshnikov is prepared to develop in the minors - The Leafs Nation

Uncle Leo's future BFF

Toronto Maple Leafs finally get hit where it hurts the most: Fan attendance - National Post

Losing 30 of your last 36 games while having the most expensive tickets in the league isn't leading to sell-out crowds. However, this hardly means that no one cares about the Leafs and that the fanbase is dead (as has essentially been written elsewhere).

Leafs will need to fight to win back attention of fans - Mirtle

How much of the Leafs' "core" could McDavid keep around? - The Leafs Nation

Around the League

Nick Leddy and various women vaguely affiliated with Leddy threatened on social media - Puck Daddy

Disturbing stuff. A Twitter user (a woman according to TSN's Gino Reda?) who seems to think that any woman photographed with Nick Leddy is a "whore" or a "slut" has been making some very specific threats. I hope that they can all stay safe.

Rangers news: Lundqvist returns to the ice - Blueshirt Banter

The world is a better (read: more attractive and perfect) place when King Henrik is out frolicking in it.

Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts

What do you think of his March Madness-esque suggestion for the All Star Game?

Team defense has Jets in the NHL playoff race - Stephen Burtch

Shot suppression bodes well for long-term success

Mike Richards back with Kings, who need a veteran centre to make a difference - The Globe and Mail

Back from his "mini-vacation"

Shifting NHL culture knocks NHL enforcers down for the count - The Globe and Mail

This article is a must-read. As happy as we've been to see a lot of the staged fights and the fighters go, on a personal level, it's sad to see people who have dedicated their lives to hockey lose their role in the game so quickly.

With five teams still in contention, playoff odds are in Canada's favour - The Globe and Mail

The only Canadian team that I want to see be successful is the Leafs, so screw all of you

The Flames' blocked shot conundrum, pt. 1: Are blocked shots bad? - Matchsticks & Gasoline

ECHL/SPHL

Solar Bears win last game of homestand vs. Gwinnett

Solar Bears finished up their homestand against the Gwinnett Gladiators yesterday, beating them 4-1 with excellent performances by prospects Brady Vail, Peter Sivak, Brett Findlay, and Garret Sparks. Solar Bears take on fifth-in-division Greenville Road Warriors on Thursday.

Columbus goaltender Shannon Szabados named SPHL Player of the Week

Szabados went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .970 save percentage as she helped Columbus maintain their hold on second place in the SPHL standings.