Jeff Veillette
Jeff Veillette@jeff

August 21, 2017

FaceoffCircle August T-Shirt Giveaway! 

While hockey remains in its dog days of summer, I’ve still been a little focused on the real world; seeing friends, going on walks, that type of stuff. It’s been really nice to get a bit of a breather and remember that there’s more to life than just crunching out several hundred word pieces about a sport that we all love and hate, though I’m starting to inch back into a routine this week.

One of the reasons for that? The outpouring of support for this site. The kind words that came from all of you during launch weekend and the explosion of social media attention that came from the first week or two of the site’s existence absolutely blew away my expectations; I was expecting something very small and low-key and instead wound up with a hockey twitter army rallying behind the project. So, on that note, thank you to all of you who have helped bring attention to what’s happening here. Continue Reading…

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  • bruyns

    August 21, 2017 Log in to Reply

    I’m most excited to watch the Leafs young players continue to develop.

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  • kylecushman

    August 21, 2017 Log in to Reply

    As I began writing in February, I’m looking forward to my first full year writing about hockey.
    I’m most excited for the Leafs progression, hopefully proving the “sophomore slump” to be just a myth. Also really excited to see what comes from you throughout the year!

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  • jwalks99

    August 21, 2017 Log in to Reply

    I can’t wait to see what the young Leafs will do this season. I’m really 50/50 on which way it will go but certainly hoping to see the “rise” continue.

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  • bhibbert

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    Excited to see Marner’s progression this year. I feel like, of the big three, he may see the biggest jump in effectiveness. Also, while probably not totally ‘NHL related’, I’m very interested in seeing how Liljegren’s season goes. His season probably goes a long way in showing us what he’s going to be long term.

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  • rsd08

    August 22, 2017 Log in to Reply

    I’m excited for what will (hopefully, fingers crossed) be the first time we’ve seen back-to-back seasons with the same starting goaltender play the majority of games and maintain above league average goaltending for the first time since… Eddie?

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Jeff Veillette
Jeff Veillette@jeff

August 20, 2017

Don’t buy into the Tavares to Toronto hype just yet 

You know it’s the offseason when out-of-nowhere rhetoric takes over the local airwaves. Specifically, the talk of the hockey town in Toronto over the past few days has been New York Islanders forward John Tavares, and his future with that team. Now, that’s not a particularly new story; the Oakville native has been linked to the organization since before he played his first NHL game, as the Leafs both tried to sign him to an AHL deal in his draft year, and publicly attempted to trade up for him in 2009. Since signing his current six-year extension with the Islanders in 2011, fans from across the GTA have been counting down the days until their prodigal son comes home. Continue Reading…

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  • XZ_FM

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    Great article! Jumbo Joe would have been incredible for the Leafs this year.

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Jeff Veillette
Jeff Veillette@jeff

August 15, 2017

You don’t have to rip yourself off just because the industry asks you to 

If you’ve been anywhere near sports twitter in the past 24 hours or so, you’ve probably seen people talking about Laura Wagner’s piece over at Deadspin, ‘How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers‘.

It’s a long, in-depth read, and I recommend that you take the time to pore through it. I don’t want to take too many clippings out of it, but if the gist of what was covered was as follows: Continue Reading…

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  • bruyns

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    Definitely saw some Stockholm Syndrome type behaviour on Twitter which was concerning. You would think that article would provoke contributors to question why they are being compensated so poorly when the parent companies are making a mint. Instead I mostly saw people trying to justify the little to no compensation almost as if they were afraid to speak out against an employer for fear of reprisal or almost as if they feel indebted to the blogs for providing them with a position that grants them clout on the internet.

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