LGD: Here Come The Leafs

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2015 02:05PM

We / aren't / very / optimistic / for / the Toronto Maple Leafs's odds at success this year. We'd love to be proven wrong, but in the meantime, we've accepted this season as a rebuilding year where a group of players will work their behinds off, not be basement-level terrible for a bit, while building up value for a good old-fashioned asset shorting and freefall in the spring.

That's okay. It's part of the Shanaplan, and for the most part, we have trust in it. But I will say one thing; a win tonight would be a fantastic exception to the rule. It's the season opener, it's Mike Babcock's official debut, and nobody likes the Habs. If they lose the next 81, that's fine; but make this game count.

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Babcock's goal for the Leafs is to 'Make the organization proud of us' but what does that mean?

Thomas Drance
October 07 2015 12:21PM

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The best result for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, in my view, would be to end the season with good lottery odds. 

No one in professional hockey likes to lose though, and that's especially true of uber-competitive executives and coaches like Mike Babcock, Brendan Shanahan and Lou Lamoriello. 'Likes' may not factor into it for a Maple Leafs team that is expected - based solely on their personnel - to struggle to both score and defend adequately this season.

So what's Babcock's big picture goal for the season? It's not the playoffs, and it's clearly not to bottom out. No, according to the league's best paid bench boss the Maple Leafs' goal for this upcoming season is something much vaguer and more ephemeral:

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Richard Panik Clears Waivers, Harrington Recall Expected

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2015 10:42AM

The Toronto Marlies somehow just got a lot scarier today, as Leafs forward Richard Panik successfully cleared waivers and has been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate. This comes a day after the claim of Frank Corrado from the Vancouver Canucks, and will likely be accompanied by the recall of Scott Harrington in time for tonight's season opener.

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LFR: 2015-16 Leafs Season Preview

Steve Dangle
October 07 2015 09:01AM

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Grab a bag, buckle up, and all aboard the Barfmobile!

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Oct 6, 2015 - "That's Sacrifice!"

Steve Dangle
October 06 2015 09:48PM

Bower 3

On this episode, the guys preview the 2015-16 NHL season, the cap crunch, Kassian, and a few stories about teeth.

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