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From the Branches: Leafs pluck win from Ducks; now face royalty

After a big shutout win over The Ducks, the California road trip moves on to Los Angeles.

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JvR stopped to do some glute excercises in the game. Gotta keep that butt in great shape.
JvR stopped to do some glute excercises in the game. Gotta keep that butt in great shape.
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Good morning! I hope everyone who stayed up late to watch last night's game had a good sleep, because tonight's game starts EVEN LATER! We'll have a preview of The Leafs @ Kings up later today.

Leafs 4, Ducks 0, Bernier Shuts The Door - Pension Plan Puppets
Bernier was fantastic again, turning aside 39 shots to seal the victory against a very physical Anaheim club.

Yesterday we also found out Leo Komarov will represent The Leafs at the NHL All-Star Game. Congratulations Uncle Leo!

Leo Komarov to represent Maple Leafs at 2016 NHL All-Star Game - Pension Plan Puppets
Hello! Uncle Leo is off to the All-Star Game in Nashville.

Also please visit our page in remembrance of the greatest day in recent Leafs memory.

In Memoriam - Pension Plan Puppets
Randy Carlyle was fired a year ago today.

Yesterday's Big Trades

Nashville Traded Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, straight up.

David Poile Press Conference (Video) - On the Forecheck
David Poile looks like a guy who is mighty happy, relieved, and doesn't want to show any glowing emotions because he feels a little bad he had to trade Seth Jones. But Ryan Johansen has to feel like the white whale he's been chasing for over a decade.

Ryan Johansen Conference Call - On the Forecheck
Audio recording of Johansen speaking to the media.

Statistically Speaking: Jones-Johansen blockbuster - Article - TSN
Statistically Speaking breaks down an old-fashioned hockey trade that saw Johansen and Seth Jones trade places.

Philly traded Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier to Los Angeles, retaining half their salaries, and received a third round pick and a prospect.

It is still unclear if Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier will start in tonight's game vs. The Leafs. I am hoping we get a brand new jvrschenn.gif.

Kings trade Weal and a pick to Philly for Lecavalier and Schenn - Jewels From The Crown
They also sent a 3rd round pick to Philly in the deal.

Why the Schenn and Lecavalier trade is a win for the Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
Vincent Lecavalier is no longer a Flyer. Luke Schenn is no longer a Flyer. Let's break down the implications of the trade.

Duhatschek: Flurry of NHL trades separate contenders from pretenders - The Globe and Mail
Blue Jackets unload disgruntled centre Ryan Johansen on day of trades that shows several teams see themselves in Stanley Cup contention.

And there is always a bridesmaid who doesn't catch the bouquet of flowers.

Nugent-Hopkins comparables: a tale of two Ryans - The Copper & Blue
In the wake of the Seth Jones trade bituman asks the machines of the Corsiverse: "Who's comparable to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?" "How close are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Johansen?" The answer is 91.43%

Everyone wants Drouin!

Red Wings Rumors: Stamkos and Drouin to Detroit? - Winging It In Motown
File this under "very bold": Ken Campbell thinks Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin will be traded to the Red Wings

As trade winds blow heavy in the NHL, talk of Drouin to Montreal comes out - Raw Charge
As trade winds blow strong on Wednesday night, talk of Montreal lusting after Drouin comes out in the press.

Droolin' over Drouin - Blue Seat Blogs
The New York Rangers are interested in trading for Jonathan Drouin, but a deal is unlikely.

Many questions, few answers in Drouin drama - Article - TSN
Is Jonathan Drouin healthy? How long will Drouin be in Syracuse? What is Jonathan Drouin’s game plan here? Bobo answers these questions and more.

Last Night's Games

A much-needed win for the Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
On the second night of a back-to-back the Habs tried to get back on track against New Jersey.

Artemi Panarin leads Chicago to 3-1 win - Second City Hockey
Chicago sweeps back-to-back against Pittsburgh for fifth straight victory.

Avalanche Defeat Blues In Overtime - Mile High Hockey
Colorado pours it on late, tying up the game, and finally winning a 3-on-3 overtime in exciting fashion.

Canucks push aside the Canes 3-2 - Nucks Misconduct
Bo Horvat has the first 2 goal game of his career to carry the Nucks past Carolina.

Other News

Murray's Tough Question: Are the Ducks a Contender? - Anaheim Calling
Murray is facing salary cap trouble that could impact the make-up of the team for years to come. His decisions this year will have lasting consequences for the Anaheim franchise.

Shayne Gostisbehere breaks headset, Flyers refuse to pay bill - Broad Street Hockey
Ghost with the smooth recovery, though.

Capitals Sign Mike Richards to 1-Year Prorated Deal - Japers' Rink
Brian MacLellan hands out a contract to Mike Richards, hours after the League reinstates him.

Zach Sill Suspended Two Games - Japers' Rink
NHL Player Safety Handed Down a 2 Game Suspension to Zach Sill for his hit on Adam McQuaid.

NHL All Star Game Jersey Retrospective - Matchsticks and Gasoline
With the newest set of NHL All Star Game uniforms being released, here's one writers opinion of the good and bad over the years.

2017 World Juniors: Who Is Going to Toronto? - SB Nation College Hockey
A look at potential candidates for the 2017 US World Juniors team

10 Justin Schultz stats that will blow your mind - The Copper & Blue
bituman digs-around the Corsiverse leaving no rock unturned to uncover some delicious Justin Schultz stats for you to share around the Keurig.