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From the Branches: Tampa has its own Steve Simmons

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You've hit the big time now.

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You know you've made it as a hockey market when you've gotten a Simmons type. Tampa Bay, congrats on this treasure.

Meet Martin Fennelly!

He's writing for the Tampa Tribune and it's all "grumble bumble Stamkos Toronto". Read at your own risk.

Here's some links, plus today on PPP I've got my prospect update here for you at 11:00; 50 Mission Cap is on deck at 9 with...something; and our own Sweater Guru Phyllis Kessel is popping up from her school induced hibernation with something to say as well.

Leafs Links


#4 Leafs blog The Leafs Nation has done an AMA on Redditt. You can catch the best of PPP staff there Thursday at 11AM.

Lupul succeeding in checking role under Babcock - Pension Plan Puppets

Vintage Leaf Memories - Michael Langlois: The best Maple Leaf—and NHL—defense pairs of the past 50 years…

Leafs to Change Logo, Uniforms for Upcoming 100th Season

2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey Buyers Guide | The LeafsNation

Report: Leafs could host Rangers in Winter Classic at BMO Field | The LeafsNation

BozFeed: 13 Rejected Leafs Jersey Designs | The LeafsNation

NHL Links

"Riverton Rifle" scoring in life after hockey | TheColorOfHockey

Killing Fandom, One Season at a Time - The Cannon

Penguins deal Rob Scuderi to Blackhawks for Trevor Daley | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Kevin Weekes chooses best goalie in each team's history | NHL.com

More on Evaluating Defense by Rank on Team | HockeyAnalysis.com

Down Goes Brown: The Vancouver Canucks are bad

Evander Kane and Kylee - a story in tweets - Die By The Blade

The Dallas Stars Are Designed to Be A High-Event Team, and That Isn't a Bad Thing - Defending Big D

Jarret Stoll Placed on Waivers - Blueshirt Banter

Recap Links

Penguins vs. Capitals recap, score: Sullivan era starts with a loss - PensBurgh
Recap: Caps Rout Rival Pens 4-1 - Japers' Rink

Postgame/Rank the Players: Second-Period Shambles Doom Kings - Jewels From The Crown
Senators score on every fourth shot, beat Kings 5-3 - Silver Seven

Talbot Moves Oilers Into Playoff Spot - The Copper & Blue
Oil Slick - Stanley Cup of Chowder

Highlight Recap, Game #32: Lightning at Blue Jackets - The Cannon
Game 31: Lightning override Blue Jackets 2-1 to kick off three-game road trip - Raw Charge

Carolina Hurricanes @ Arizona Coyotes Instant Recap: A point is better than none - Five For Howling

Sabres at Red Wings recap: Buffalo earns solid road win 2-1 in Detroit - Die By The Blade

And finally, it's the anniversary of one of the best hockey penalties ever becoming big news: