Comparing the Leafs' Big 3 Propsects to Pokemon's 3 Starters

Jeff Veillette
July 12 2016 08:27AM

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Some of you are already sick of the Pokemon GO jokes and references taking social media by storm, and quite frankly, you are objectively wrong. This game might be one of the best things to happen to the Western Hemisphere in ages. Nostalgia is bringing the masses together, and it's also convincing everybody to go outside.

The day that the game came out in the US, I downloaded the leaked APK file and went for an hour long bike ride at 12:30 AM. Last night, I ran into a couple outside a church after dark, as we were both trying to hit up a Pokestop. I did my best to pretend that I didn't catch the Zubat that they were also trying to get.

I named him Leo, which is probably the only time I will ever make a Steve Dangle Podcast reference.

With the game already making Nintendo rich as hell again on its way to world domination, let's open the morning by comparing Toronto's three best prospects to the three Pokemon you start your adventure with.

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Why the KHL is the right choice for Vladimir Bobylev to make his next step

Jeff Veillette
July 11 2016 01:21PM

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Earlier this morning, HC Spartak Moscow announced their latest addition to a rapidly changing roster. To the surprise of many Leafs fans, that addition was Vladimir Bobylev, who was just drafted 122nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs three weeks ago. The 19-year-old signed a two-year contract with the KHL team with a two-way clause to give salary flexibility if he were to be sent down to the VHL, Russia's second tier.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: July 11th

Jeff Veillette
July 11 2016 08:57AM

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EVERYTHING IS BAD. FIRE EVERYBODY. QUITE FRANKLY THE LEAFS HAVE GONE TERRIBLY WRONG IF THEY DON'T MAKE AN OFFERSHEET FOR THE MOON, WHICH HAS GREAT ORBIT ADJUSTED CORSI. THIS IS ALL MATT MARTIN'S FAULT.

*snaps out of it*

Hey, there's some stuff in this mailbag...

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The end of a Long Weekend at Bernies

Jeff Veillette
July 10 2016 02:00PM

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There was always something interesting about the Jonathan Bernier era in Toronto. It started off with a move that was simultaneously unnecessary yet reasonable at the time, and it ended with the same. Bernier probably could have stuck around for a little while longer, and might have even boosted his own trade value as a sheltered backup. But outside of the world of statistical probability, his time had likely come. 

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9 Potential Backup Goalies the Leafs could Sign or Call Up Next Year

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 02:38PM

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It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have a goaltending debate once again. Jonathan Bernier is heading back to California to be the 863rd player in NHL history to wear both a Leafs and Ducks jersey in his career (don't fact check that), which leaves the Leafs with $4.1 million more cap space and a bunch of questions regarding the backup role.

After giving up a first and a second round pick for Frederik Andersen, let's assume the Leafs don't feel like selling the farm for a backup. If that's the case, what options are available on the market for the low asset cost of zero?

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