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From the Branches: Stamkos snuggles puppies

And other vitally important news.

Stamkos at the Tampa Bay Humane Society
Stamkos at the Tampa Bay Humane Society
Tampa Bay Humane Society

I hope these photos help improve everyone's day!

PPP Front Page & Leafs News

Bell continues ratings flame war while Rogers faces nightmare playoffs scenario | PPP
"Canada's hockey broadcast giants continue issuing dueling ratings press releases while a nightmare appears on the horizon: a Stanley Cup playoffs with zero Canadian teams."

Checking In On The Kids: Mitch Marner | PPP
"The idea of these posts is to take a slightly more in-depth look at the players' rates of production and where they stand in relation to their peers."

Furies recap: Toronto Furies burned in Calgary | PPP
"The Furies returned to the site of Spooner's 5 goal, 6 point game, but a repeat was not in the cards."

PPP Midseason Roundtable, Part 1: The Team | PPP
We're a little past the halfway mark of the season, so it's time to discuss what this team is and where it's going. Today: thoughts on this year's team.

Former Leaf Rudy Migay passes away at 87 | PPP

Illinois baggage handler suing Toronto Maple Leafs | PPP

Nylander’s path to Maple Leafs now not as clear | Sportsnet
Marlies forward and AHL goal-leader William Nylander joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss scoring, the Leafs and his brother Alex in the OHL.

Maple Leafs unfazed by John Scott’s all-star eligibility | The Star
Lol that this is a story.

Jonathan Drouin: Toronto Maple Leafs Would be a Great Fit | Too many men on the site
I agree with this article. Tampa needs right-shot defensemen. Leafs need someone who (in Babcock's words) can "break" the game open. Makes u think.

Four Articles That Are Exactly Alike

Toronto Maple Leafs Midseason Report Card | TSS
"Last year’s collapse was full of poor possession numbers and mad scrambles to make things look better. This year, every win is examined for what kind of a learning experience it was, while each loss is easier to shoulder, as they’ve been hard fought and well played."

Season Beginning to Break Toronto Maple Leafs way | Editor in Leaf
"Outside of the structure and culture the Leafs are trying to establish, the identification, acquisition and development of young talent has been a major focus. This appears to be going well in the capable hands of Mark Hunter."

Maple Leafs News: Nylander, Trade Deadline and Struggles | THW
"It’s no secret that the Maple Leafs are in rebuilding mode. The goal of this year was two-fold. The Buds are supposed to lose and secure themselves a top pick in a very deep draft class."

Maple Leafs chasing No. 1 overall pick while maintaining dignity | Sportsnet
"After those nervous days of December when it appeared that Mike Babcock was somehow going to wrestle this bunch into the shadow of playoff contention, the schedule and the fate intervened."

Recaps

Two Full Points on the Road - The Copper & Blue
Oilers first regulation win on the road in almost 3 months as they beat the Panthers 4 - 2

Penguins Vs. Blues Recap: A Moose And...Walnuts? - St. Louis Game Time
Blues pay tribute to Phil Kessel by scoring enough for a bunch of hamburgers.

Avs Pick Up Boeing 787-Sized Win Against the Jets - Mile High Hockey
The Avalanche were able to put a bigger gap between themselves and the Jets, and jet themselves (ha) back into playoff position in the West.

Coyotes' penalty kill fails again in 2-1 loss to Buffalo Sabres - Five For Howling
A crazy game with a crazier finish results in a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Sabres.

Senators Beat Sharks 4-3 in a Shootout - Silver Seven
Zack Smith's shorthanded penalty shot goal let Ottawa tie the game late, and Anderson's play was enough to let the Sens win in the shootout

Other Hockey News

Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins sustains 'long-term injury' | NHL
#HereCometheOilers

Henrik Sedin out through All-Star break with upper-body injury | Puck Daddy
:(

Drouin trade request creates buzz at AHL arenas | NHL
"There's certainly a level above," Zettler said. "That's why he was drafted third overall, but some of the small things, the small details he does: Picking the pucks up in stride that aren't on his stick or are in his skates; the ability to make plays in small areas, he's very instinctual that way; some of the passes, the outlet passes he's able to make, are very high-end, obviously. I think overall his game's been good and I just look forward to him growing and growing; he's been fun to work with."

State of DefendingBigD: Atmosphere | DBD
"We want to be inclusive of everyone who wants to discuss Dallas Stars hockey. Hell, the community in general isn't that large as is so excluding anyone is counterproductive to the cause of growing hockey in Dallas. But in allowing certain elements to remain around many others are driven away and that isn't something I'm willing to accept anymore."

Kamloops Blazers’ Jermaine Loewen dreams of being Jamaica-proud in the NHL | Color of Hockey
"The left wing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League dreams of becoming the second Jamaican-born player to skate in the National Hockey League, standing on the broad shoulders of Graeme Townshend."

Decision time approaches on Mark Barberio as waiver requirement looms | HEOTP
Lol Barberio to the Bolts