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The Best of the Nation – 9.30.12

Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0 Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it’s own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL’er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier’s return to the NHL, and more after the jump.

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Paul Ranger places #1 on Dallas Eakins’ fitness test

Congratulations to Paul Ranger for ranking number 1 overall in @torontomarlies fitness tests. Impressive on so many levels. — Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) September 29, 2012   No, I don’t particularly know what this means, anything other than Paul Ranger spent the majority of his time off from hockey getting jacked. Whatever happened for Ranger when…

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A LOVING FATHER

In order for a movie to be considered great it needs to appeal to different generations. I’ve watched a few movies that I loved when I was 20, but today I don’t relate to them as much. A great movie, however, will be timeless and whenever you sit down and watch it will capture your…

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REAX to Nazem Kadri’s body fat

Nazem Kadri drinking pure corn syrup. Image via Peter J. Thompson/National Post The original comments that we heard about Nazem Kadri having “unacceptable” levels of fitness from Toronto Marlies’ head coach Dallas Eakins on the first day of training camp may have been a bit overblown. We’ll follow up to our morning post with reactions…

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Nazem Kadri’s fitness isn’t a big issue, for now

Image via Jonas Siegel’s Twitter account It took less than an hour for the first Toronto Maple Leafs’-related controversy to manifest itself out of Marlies camp this morning. Nazem Kadri, who spent all offseason with Gary Roberts, underwhelmed in Dallas Eakins’ physical tests to start off camp. Per Jonas Siegel: Kadri didn’t exact blow away…

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CHLPA WANTS BETTER EDUCATION

With the NHL and NHLPA at odds again for the 2nd time in eight years many hockey people and fans have expressed their concern over the new CHLPA. Who is the CHLPA? What are their plans? The CHLPA has taken a beating for the past month. Some of the backlash was deserved due to their…

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Marlies coach Dallas Eakins meets the press, and other leaflets

“I don’t know if I ever feel pressure. I think pressure’s when you’re sitting in a foxhole in Baghdad or somewhere and you’re trying to save a guy’s life. That’s pressure.” — Dallas Eakins Well, that quote right at the end of the video caught me off guard. A lot of reporters, on the first…

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Dangle’s Cards: Junior Hockey Memories

Yesterday was supposed to be the Leafs’ preseason game in London, Ontario taking on the Philadelphia Flyers. Alas, there is a lockout… Junior hockey isn’t locked out, though. For today’s hockey card giveaways, let’s take a stroll down junior hockey memory lane.

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Jay McClement, Killing penalties

Yesterday I showed off one play featuring new Toronto Maple Leafs third-or-fourth-line centreman Jay McClement killing a penalty and how Colorado used him to be one of the more effective PK units in the NHL last season. Officially, the Avalanche were 12th in PK success rate. They were 11th, however, in goals against per 60 minutes…

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Curious Case of Casual Connolly

Tim Connolly is still under contract for another season. He was supposed to be the answer between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, the first line placeholder until a better option appeared. He was injured in the preseason and lost the spot to Tyler Bozak. He didn’t help his cause with a steadilty eroding defensive game,…