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Follow Us on TwitterIn his lifetime, Chris Savard has spent time as both an elected official and a hot air balloon pilot. As such, FULL OF HOT AIR seemed to be an appropriate name for this column. Savard will provide his thoughts on a number of topics including hockey on this site, as well as politics and local issues on OurHometown.ca. His opinion combined with $1.60 will buy you a medium coffee at Tim's! You can email him at csavard@ourhometown.ca

Mirror, Mirror on the wall – which Maple Leafs team will appear?
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Mirror, Mirror on the wall – which Maple Leafs team will appear?

Nov. 20, 2014: There was not a member of Leafs Nation tonight who wasn’t pleased to see the Toronto Maple Leafs skate to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre. That said, there was likely nobody more relieved to get the win than Head Coach Randy Carlyle. FULL STORY

Komarov  leads Maple Leafs over Rangers
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Komarov leads Maple Leafs over Rangers

Nov. 8, 2014: At times, it seemed as though neither team wanted to win this game. In the end, the Toronto Maple Leafs emerged with a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers, on the back of a two point night by Leo Komarov. Komarov, who was the best off-season acquistion of the Leafs over the off-season, scored the game winner at 14:26 of the third period. Komarov also added an assist earlier in the game to register a two point night and to bring his season total to nine points in 15 games. FULL STORY

Slow start costs Maple Leafs in desert
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Slow start costs Maple Leafs in desert

Nov. 4, 2014: The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to register just three shots in the first frame this evening against the Arizona Coyotes. While they ended up showing more life later in the game, their slow start contributed to a 3-2 loss in the desert. FULL STORY

Maple Leafs get back to .500 against lowly Sabres
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Maple Leafs get back to .500 against lowly Sabres

Oct. 28, 2014: In an effort to try and infuse an offensive spark into his team, Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Randy Carlyle shook up his lines tonight. He reunited Joffrey Lupul with Phil Kessel from the Ron Wilson days, and they were centred by Nazem Kadri. Tyler Bozak fell to the second line between James Van Riemsdyk and David Clarkson. FULL STORY

Maple Leafs roll over Islanders in second, secure victory
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Maple Leafs roll over Islanders in second, secure victory

Oct. 21, 2014: While it might be cliché to call tonight’s game a must win for the Toronto Maple Leafs, however falling to 2-5 with a loss to the New York Islanders was not a desirable outcome. The Leafs powered by a four goal second period came out of Long Island with a 5-2 victory. FULL STORY

In a classy move by the Ottawa 67’s, Kilrea returns behind the bench
In a classy move by the Ottawa 67’s, Kilrea returns behind the bench

Oct. 18, 2014: Growing up as a Cornwall Royals fan, I remember the intense rivalry they had with the Ottawa 67’s. I also remember feeling frustrated at how good Brian Kilrea and his team were on many nights. Last night, Killer was behind the Ottawa bench for another game to celebrate his 80th birthday. A classy move by the Ottawa 67’s to say the least. FULL STORY

Is Staal the right fit for the Maple Leafs?
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Is Staal the right fit for the Maple Leafs?

Oct. 15, 2014: There has been much speculation in NHL circles that Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal might be moved this season, if the team continues to struggle. TSN reported last night that a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs would have definite interest in the big, power centre. They speculated that the asking price for Staal would be one of Tyler Bozak or Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and a first round draft pick. FULL STORY

Maple Leafs top line steps up, leads team to OT win
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Maple Leafs top line steps up, leads team to OT win

Oct. 14, 2014: The Colorado Avalanche went into tonight’s game looking for their fifth consecutive win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It was not meant to be as Phil Kessel scored 34 seconds into overtime to give the Leafs their second win in as many games. FULL STORY

Is it possible that Leafs Nation has finally lost its patience?
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Is it possible that Leafs Nation has finally lost its patience?

Oct. 14, 2014: It was disappointing to the see a $200 Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hit the ice during the third period of Saturday’s match against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the time, the Buds were down 5-2 and it was not a fun night for the fans. I understand that tickets aren’t cheap – throw in parking, dinner, a sitter and a few overpriced beers and it is an expensive night, but it is only game two of a very long season. Sadly, the same thing happened in Edmonton earlier in the week. FULL STORY

Maple Leafs make right call on Nylander, wrong destination though
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Maple Leafs make right call on Nylander, wrong destination though

Oct. 7, 2014: Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that 2014 first round pick William Nylander had been returned to the Swedish Elite League. The Leafs made the right call by not rushing the youngster, but is Sweden the right place for him? Mississauga Steelheads or Toronto Marlies may have been a better destination for him. FULL STORY


11SNAPSHOT - Green Heron on the dock
12NHL Proposal - 2015-16 Expansion and Realignment
13SNAPSHOT  - Neighbour knows best
14Five possible destinations for James Reimer
15Maple Leafs miss out on Brad Richards
16Maple Leafs re-acquire Frattin, Bolland gone
17Spezza traded to Dallas Stars
18Has Kathleen Wynne given up on Windsor-Essex?
19Ontario Election: 101 reasons not to vote for Kathleen Wynne
20SNAPSHOT - Indigo Bunting at our feeder
21Hometown Hockey NHL Playoff Pool - Join Today
22Spits reload at OHL Priority Selection draft
23Last time Red Wings missed playoffs, Bush Sr. and Mulroney were in office
242014 Olympic Hockey Pool - ENTER NOW!
25Phaneuf already!  Locking up Dion for seven years is good for Maple Leafs
26SNAPSHOT - Typhoons Conquer Jay Peak
27Waterfront Tank Farm debacle falls on Lauzon’s feet
28Ontario Auditor General recommends assistance for children with Autism
29Harbour not a place to return Storage Tanks - MP Lauzon needs to answer
30Our Town, Our Team - Storm Reloaded
31Spits Rychel one of 25 invited to National Junior Team selection camp
32Bag of Pucks – Simmonds in Edmonton would be a steal for Oilers
33Spitfires Alumni - Ellis now paired with Jones in Nashville
34Tonight’s Three Stars – The NHL makes itself look like a joke
35Bag of Pucks - Reimer practices, a fit in Edmonton?
36Carlyle – Obviously, I made a mistake
37Randy Carlyle is to blame for Gong Show against Sabres
38SNAPSHOT -  Bears Trestman following in footsteps of Halas
39Williamstown native Ming named Assistant Captain of Kitchener Rangers
40Jonathan Bernier – Welcome under the microscope!
41Eastman raising funds with Bike for United Way
42Chicago Bears Post Game - Lovie and Urlacher are missed
43SNAPSHOT - A first look at Alfredsson in a Detroit jersey
44Appointing Marignani is the wisest choice for Windsor City Council
45Canadian doctors believe NHL too complacent on violence issues in hockey
46SNAPSHOT - Belted Kingfisher on our dock
47SNAPSHOT - Egrets, Herons and our kayaks
48SNAPSHOT - Turtles sunning on Lake St. Clair
49SNAPSHOT - American Goldfinch in the garden
50What’s in a number?  A listing of new numbers for NHL players

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Oct. 30, 2011
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Apr. 29, 2011
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