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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
With 10 days to the beginning of the 2013-14 NHL season, there’s still time left to evaluate whether Rielly, at 19, is ready for the NHL.
But why wait? It’s pretty clear already he deserves to be on the team.
For those familiar with this space, of course, this might come as a surprise, and there’s no question that this space has been used to repeatedly hammering the Leaf organization for continually making the same mistake with young defencemen over and over and over again.
Well, guess what? Rielly is the exception to the rule. He’s readier than Fred Boimistruck, Jim Benning and Bob McGill were when they were rushed as a teenage trio to the NHL.
He’s readier than Gary Nylund was, or Al Iafrate, or Luke Richardson, or Drake Berehowsky, or Jeff Ware, or Luke Schenn.
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger Saturday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres to have a little fun by breaking out a kick-stick trick shot during the overtime shootout.
Despite the fact that Ranger didn't come close to scoring with the shot, the fans loved his creativity. Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth, however, didn't seem to care for it, as...
Paul Ranger did his best to liven up a preseason shootout between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres. Taking a shot in the 10th round of a meaningless shootout, Ranger called on his foot to deliver one of the most memorable shootout attempts in NHL history. If only that would have gone in. You can tell by the huge grin on Ranger's face prior to his attempt...
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from Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com,
The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs went through 29 shooters combined before Jay McClement scored in the bottom of the 15th round to give Toronto a 3-2 preseason win Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
The shootout was the longest in Sabres history, including both preseason and regular season games. According to Elias Sports Bureau...
The Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for two goals in the third-period and then went 15 rounds in the shootout to earn a 3-2 win and hand the Buffalo Sabres their first loss of the preseason Saturday night.
Jay McClement scored for the Leafs in the shootout, while James Reimer stopped all 15 Buffalo shooters. Reimer made 39 saves in regulation.
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— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 20, 2013
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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
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