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The Top Ten Toronto Maple Leafs stories of 2012

Since the Toronto Maple Leafs have played their last game, the Toronto Blue Jays stockpiled top talent in their offseason, the Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup, the Toronto Raptors had a winning tear without their former first overall pick, and Toronto FC fired a bunch of people. Fortunately, 2012 was still a big year…

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

We’re now in the thick of the holiday season and there’s no NHL hockey, but there’s still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

VIDEO: Morgan Rielly’s howitzer vs. Slovakia

Not sure who could have predicted that the Canadian world junior team would be losing 3-1 to Team Slovakia in the second period, but this wicked slapshot from Maple Leafs’ draft pick Morgan Rielly on a 5-on-3 potentially changed the outcome of the game.

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KHL: Goal of the Year Candidate

Not gonna lie to you – not a lot of huge names in these games. There. I was straight up. But there are some great highlights, including one goal I’d put in the conversation for goal of the year in the Ak Bars vs. Neftekhimik game. Enjoy!

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KHL: Grabo’s OT Heroics

Mikhail Grabovski scores a nice OT-winner, some wicked saves between Dynamo Moscow and Slovan, and more! If you have to watch just ONE game, watch SKA-Red Army. Great game. Enjoy!

Nazem Kadri takes elbow to head, plays on ensuing powerplay

After Jake Gardiner was run at by Kevin Porter back on December 8th, he stepped right back out on the ice for the powerplay and scored, before being held out of the third period of the same game. He has not played since, with the Toronto Marlies waffling between whether it was “concussion symptoms” “a…

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EARLY RETURNS: RNH DOMINATES

While it’s probably prudent to curb ones enthusiasm, given Team Canada’s opening game at the World Junior Championship in Russia amounted to little more than a controlled scrimmage against an overmatched opponent, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 9-3 waltz over Germany today.

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Merry Christmas!

    May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you’re a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else’s good time (looking at you, Bettman).