Nikita Soshnikov called up by Leafs, Corrado fake-freed

Jeff Veillette
November 01 2016 11:38AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have slightly shuffled the roster this afternoon, calling up Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Marlies.

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LGD: Connor's temporary team faces Connor's real team

Jeff Veillette
November 01 2016 07:30AM

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Hockey journalists across the continent are hyping up tonight's game as the start of one of the greatest rivalries of our generation, where Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews embark in many great hockey games against each other for years to come.

Seems like an odd narrative, given that the two will only play in 12 regular seasons against each other in their career, but sure, let's go for it.

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Leipsic, Bibeau earn AHL monthly honours

Jeff Veillette
October 31 2016 02:53PM

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The Toronto Marlies continue their amassment of silverware etched crystalware, as both Brendan Leipsic and Antoine Bibeau have been acknowledged by the American Hockey League for their efforts in October.

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Re-Imagining the Leafs Defensive Struggles

Jeff Veillette
October 31 2016 01:16PM

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Perhaps immediately after a 5-1 loss that included an embarrassing third period isn't the most opportune time to tell you that I'm not overly concerned about the Leafs' defensive core yet. Perhaps having one of the best offensive teams in the league to start the year lose seven of their first nine games isn't the proper backing evidence.

Perhaps there's a better time or place for this. Or, perhaps, this is the right time to suggest that a deep breath might be worth partaking in. While Toronto, like every team, can and should keep working towards preventing fewer goals, I'd like to talk about some misconceptions about just how bad Toronto's defensive play is.

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LGD: JT vs the Big 3

Jeff Veillette
October 30 2016 12:59PM

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Hello, Brooklyn. I've made that joke in every single pregame thread I've written since the Islanders have moved to the Barclays Centre because I'm because I put about as much effort into writing the opening paragraph and title of these things as the team did in making sure that the sightlines in the upper bowl would give you a complete view of the ice.

Too soon? Never. Not that the Leafs don't have a few of those bad seats too; that's what happens when you put a basketball team in a hockey rink. At least MLSE stepped in and tweaked a few things before the ACC was built, though. Anyway, the Leafs take on the Islanders tonight in their second game in as many days.

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