Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
February 23 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.  

The Metropolitan Division is stacked. At the time this article was written, four of the top five teams in the NHL standings were all from the Metro. The Pittsburgh Penguins look even better than they did when they won it all last year, and the Washington Capitals are gearing up for one final run with this group of players. The Columbus Blue Jackets have come out of nowhere, and the New York Rangers have enjoyed a renaissance. Even the bad teams in the Metro, the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, and Hurricanes aren't pushovers. So, what do you do in order to make yourself work your way out of this division come playoff time? 

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WWYDW: Deadline Day Strategy

Cam Lewis
February 22 2017 12:31PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are better than most people expected they would be. In fact, maybe they're actually good. This was evident in last night's gutsy win over the Winnipeg Jets. Emotions were high, the Jets are a fast, skilled, and physical team with the ability to get under your skin, and the atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre was rocking. But the young Leafs squad didn't get rattled. came back from down multiple one-goal deficits, killed a last-minute penalty at the end of regulation, and took the game home in overtime. 

After games like this, it's hard not to wonder what this team could do in the playoffs, especially with a weak Atlantic Division around them. The trade deadline is a week from today. If you were the Maple Leafs front office, what would you do heading into the deadline? Treat yourself as a contender and buy? Stay the course and worry about the long-term? Or find a way to get creative and do both? 

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Maple Leafs place Brooks Laich on waivers

Cam Lewis
February 21 2017 10:51AM

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In an article with The Athletic yesterday, Brooks Laich expressed interest in continuing his NHL career with a different franchise and a desire to join a team on a Stanley Cup run. It seems the Toronto Maple Leafs are granting his wish, as the veteran centre has been placed on waivers. 

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
February 21 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The Atlantic Division is complete wide open. Every day, depending on who happens to have a game, the standings shuffle up and down, as only a whopping twelve points separates first from last in the division. The Canadiens have a closing window that their general manager will surely try to capitalize on, while the Red Wings, Sabres, and Lightning, have had disappointing seasons and could sell. In the middle are the Senators, who nobody expected to be playing so well, the Leafs who still have their eyes on the future, the Panthers who are finally playing at a high level, and the Bruins who, uh, who knows! 

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Mitch Marner not at practice after suffering injury in Wednesday's loss to Columbus

Cam Lewis
February 17 2017 09:44AM

After suffering an injury during Wednesday's loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, rookie sensation Mitch Marner was not at Maple Leafs practice today. The injury occurred with about five minutes to go in the second period, as Marner tried to check Boone Jenner but slipped and tumbled into the boards. After the spill, Marner went to the dressing room, returned to the bench, and ultimately called it a night. 

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