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From the Branches: Maple Leafs haven’t clinched yet

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It’s close, but there’s still no ‘x’ beside their name

NHL: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s loss to the Capitals narrowed the Leafs path to the pllayoffs slightly. The Bruins win over Tampa allowed them to clinch. Obviously, the Maple Leafs would like a similar result on Thursday.

Mirtle: Capitals show Maple Leafs why they don’t want that match-up in Round 1 - The Athletic

The playoffs are already happening in the CHL and some Maple Leafs prospects are moving on to the next round, while one is now out of it.

London Knights (Mattinen & Piccinich) defeat Windsor Spitfires (Bracco) 3-2 in Game 7 - Elseldo
The Knights clawed their way back from a 3-1 series deficit.

How Conn Smythe's gamble paid off for Maple Leafs
Toronto owner used winnings from horse race to acquire star defenceman King Clancy.

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She’s got Seoul: Toronto’s Danelle Im scores for South Korea’s women’s hockey team - Color of Hockey
When Im, a Toronto native, got a message in 2012 inquiring whether she’d be interested in playing hockey for South Korea in the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was a tad skeptical. She thought it was a scam.

Who is chopping onions in here?

CalgaryNext or 'Plan B': Calgary council to compare arena visions in May - CBC
Surprise, there’s a whole other way for Calgarians to give the NHL money for a arena.

The NHL is not going to the PyeongChang Olympics; that is a mistake - AIH
[Species: I am including this mostly for the amazing header photo.]

The NHL has shot itself in the foot again - Blue Seat Blogs
“The official statement on the NHL site leads with the dumbest reasoning I’ve ever heard”

UGH. ‘Nothing I can do’. ‘I haven’t been in the meetings’. ‘I don’t know what to do’. ‘Someone elses problem’.

Avro Arrow replica could take to the skies after decades of work - CBC
Flying enthusiasts in Calgary volunteer time each week to build flight-capable life size model of the highly controversial Canadian-made 1950’s fighter/interceptor jet.