Series Preview: Toronto Marlies vs. Albany Devils

Jeff Veillette
May 03 2016 09:23PM

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It almost felt like the offseason was upon us, but as it turns out, sweeps just give you a lot of free time. Now that the dust has settled and the organization is a bit richer after the Draft Lottery Win and signing Nikita Zaitsev, eyes head back to the Toronto Marlies as they prepare to take on the Albany Devils in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: May 2nd

Jeff Veillette
May 02 2016 10:30PM


It's been a while since we did one of these! We even waited until late in the day to get around to this; it's probably technically Tuesday as your eyeballs glance over this. But we're back to our question-answering ways this week; here's what was on everybody's mind.

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Why Auston Matthews is probably already an impact forward

Jeff Veillette
May 02 2016 01:38PM

As far as moments of Leafs fan euphoria, I'd be hard pressed to pick a moment that was more fun to witness than the reaction we had at the TLN Draft Lottery Party on Saturday. From the "good enough for us" level of cheers when Ottawa and Montreal were shut out, to the toast to "Not The Oilers" before the big reveal", to the absolute pandemonium when the #1 card flipped over to the brand new Leafs logo, the energy in that corner was nothing short of unforgettable. 

After all, the Leafs had just all but picked up Auston Matthews, a young talent who is projected to become one of the absolute best players on the planet in just a few years. The masses are already debating what he could be, and it's hard to blame them. But what about what he already is? Few are talking about what Matthews can jump in and immediately be for the Leafs, despite the fact that he projects to immediately be an excellent NHL player.

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Nikita Zaitsev signs 1-Year Entry Level Contract with Leafs

Jeff Veillette
May 02 2016 11:59AM

It's the moment we've been waiting an eternity for; Nikita Zaitsev is coming to what has typically been his summer home. The Moscow-born 24-year old defenceman signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs today.

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Last Train to Zaitsev: Russian defenceman could sign with Leafs as soon as this evening

Jeff Veillette
April 30 2016 10:53AM


Today is the day. After months of intense speculation and over a year of negotiation-like chatter, Russian defenceman Nikita Zaitsev will end his contract with CSKA Moscow this evening and become free to negotiate with teams around the world without being chained down to a transfer agreement. With that said, there won't be much negotiation.

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