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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

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

SNAPSHOT - Green Heron on the dock
SNAPSHOT - Green Heron on the dock

Jul. 26, 2014: This morning I was standing on the dock and this Green Heron landed on the dock a few doors down. He was fishing for minnows. I grabbed the camera and in my rush, I didn’t get the settings quite right but here are some photos of his visit. Cynthia and I saw him a few weeks ago when we were out for a kayak ride. He came to this dock a couple of times today. FULL STORY

NHL Proposal - 2015-16 Expansion and Realignment
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NHL Proposal - 2015-16 Expansion and Realignment

Jul. 18, 2014: There has been a great deal of speculation in the media recently about Wayne Gretzky being part of a group that would bring NHL hockey to Seattle. Those rumours follow closely on ones that suggest that Quebec City is close to bringing back the Nordiques. Based on these two possible NHL destinations, I would like to make the following NHL expansion and realignment proposal for the 2015-16 season. FULL STORY

SNAPSHOT  - Neighbour knows best
SNAPSHOT - Neighbour knows best

Jul. 4, 2014: On Canada Day weekend, myself and the neighbours to the east and west were out on our docks fishing. My neighbour to the west and I caught nothing but weeds, but our neighbour to the east seemed to be pulling in fish after fish. Tonight after our boat ride, I decided to try my new lure. Ten casts in, I got a hit. Fish jumped out of the water and the jitterbug landed this large mouth bass. FULL STORY


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12Maple Leafs miss out on Brad Richards
13Maple Leafs re-acquire Frattin, Bolland gone
14Spezza traded to Dallas Stars
15Has Kathleen Wynne given up on Windsor-Essex?
16Ontario Election: 101 reasons not to vote for Kathleen Wynne
17SNAPSHOT - Indigo Bunting at our feeder
18Hometown Hockey NHL Playoff Pool - Join Today
19Spits reload at OHL Priority Selection draft
20Last time Red Wings missed playoffs, Bush Sr. and Mulroney were in office
212014 Olympic Hockey Pool - ENTER NOW!
22Phaneuf already!  Locking up Dion for seven years is good for Maple Leafs
23SNAPSHOT - Typhoons Conquer Jay Peak
24Waterfront Tank Farm debacle falls on Lauzon’s feet
25Ontario Auditor General recommends assistance for children with Autism
26Harbour not a place to return Storage Tanks - MP Lauzon needs to answer
27Our Town, Our Team - Storm Reloaded
28Spits Rychel one of 25 invited to National Junior Team selection camp
29Bag of Pucks – Simmonds in Edmonton would be a steal for Oilers
30Spitfires Alumni - Ellis now paired with Jones in Nashville
31Tonight’s Three Stars – The NHL makes itself look like a joke
32Bag of Pucks - Reimer practices, a fit in Edmonton?
33Carlyle – Obviously, I made a mistake
34Randy Carlyle is to blame for Gong Show against Sabres
35SNAPSHOT -  Bears Trestman following in footsteps of Halas
36Williamstown native Ming named Assistant Captain of Kitchener Rangers
37Jonathan Bernier – Welcome under the microscope!
38Eastman raising funds with Bike for United Way
39Chicago Bears Post Game - Lovie and Urlacher are missed
40SNAPSHOT - A first look at Alfredsson in a Detroit jersey
41Appointing Marignani is the wisest choice for Windsor City Council
42Canadian doctors believe NHL too complacent on violence issues in hockey
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44SNAPSHOT - Egrets, Herons and our kayaks
45SNAPSHOT - Turtles sunning on Lake St. Clair
46SNAPSHOT - American Goldfinch in the garden
47What’s in a number?  A listing of new numbers for NHL players
48Avalanche Star Matt Duchene and his random act of kindness
49Unscientific Study – Top Ten most popular NHL teams
50Phaneuf invited to Team Canada Orientation Camp

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