Reviewing the Leafs skaters at the World Cup of Hockey

Jeff Veillette
September 26 2016 06:18PM

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The World Cup of Hockey still has two or three games left to go, but as far as the Toronto Maple Leafs' players are concerned, it's over. Mike Babcock remains, but the rest are waiting for tonight's game in Halifax to pass before joining their team in camp. We didn't see much of the goalies; Jhonas Enroth watched from the sidelines after getting shelled in his first exhibition game and Frederik Andersen went from Europe's projected starter to the IR. But we did get to see seven skaters play in preliminary, round robin, and in one case, knockout games; here's how they did.

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LGD: The Donair Derby (Leafs vs. Senators)

Jeff Veillette
September 26 2016 10:31AM

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It's over! The offseason is finally over! Finally, we can stop over-analyzing every transaction Leafs management does or doesn't make and... start over-analyzing every puck decision the players make! Or something like that.

Anyway, the pre-season officially kicks off today in slightly unusual fashion, as the Battle of Ontario is taken to Nova Scotia. The Leafs will take on the Ottawa Senators in Halifax this evening; here's how it breaks down.

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For the love of hockey, here's hoping Team Europe makes it interesting

Jeff Veillette
September 26 2016 09:38AM

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of a best-of-three series to decide which of Team Canada or Team Europe will take the 2016 Wolrd Cup of Hockey's trophy home to their country or continent. As it stands, the Canadians are the overwhelming favourites, having not lost a meaningful best-on-best game since the round robins of the 2010 Olympics and already having beaten Europe 4-1 earlier in this tournament.

Certainly, there's a natural instinct to cheer for the country that most of us call home. But wouldn't it be great if their opponents made it interesting, if not fully upset the host nation?

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TLN Monday Mailbag: September 26th

Jeff Veillette
September 26 2016 07:00AM

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The preseason is finally upon us! And with it, all of the Leafs are back at camp, or on their way there at the very least, now that Jhonas Enroth's Swedes have been eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey. Granted, head coach Mike Babcock still isn't there, but give it a few days for Canada to make quick work of Team Europe (as much as the opposite would be more fun) and normality will be restored once again!

Until then, let's reach into the mailbag and see what questions have arisen over the past few days.

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Trading for Trouba would be a franchise-shaking move for Leafs

Ryan Fancey
September 25 2016 06:06PM

Essentially any time a player is publicly put on the trade block, either by management shopping them around or by their own doing, we get to weigh in on whether Toronto makes sense as a destination. It's always a fun exercise, but plenty of times if there's a great player out there, the fit isn't, and we have to jump through a few hoops to convince ourselves it could work. That isn't really the case with recent trade-requester Jacob Trouba, as he represents a clear target for the Leafs to address their biggest weakness: a top pairing right-shot defenceman.

But something I've noticed in reading up on this Trouba news since it broke yesterday is that he's being unsurprisingly undersold by opposing fans envisioning a trade. If Lamoriello could pull this off, it's going to cost the Leafs a ton. It will for any team.

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