7 attempts to figure out why Matt Hunwick is in the lineup

Jeff Veillette
October 19 2016 03:32PM

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We're hours away from the puck being dropped on the third game of the Toronto Maple Leafs' regular season, and Matt Hunwick will once again dress. This has many Leafs fans a little dumbfounded and quite disappointed, as more viable alternatives appear to be available to them. Maybe not Roman Polak, who people were shocked to see even get a contract with the team in July, but at the very least, Frank Corrado being in purgatory for the start of a second consecutive year seems a little odd.

It's not so much that Hunwick is a bad hockey player, per se; he just doesn't appear to be getting the same results to justify being slotted in over others.

With that in mind, I tried to think of some reason, any reason why you'd opt for the status quo. Here's all I've got so far.

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No immediate decision to be made in Jared Cowen dispute

Jeff Veillette
October 19 2016 02:22PM

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Leafs fans today were excited to hear that there was a light at the end of the tunnel involving Jared Cowen's controversial buyout, but it seems like we might still have some time to wait before a decision is made. According to reports, the decision might take a couple of days to actually come down.

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LGD: Battle of the one-two punch

Jeff Veillette
October 19 2016 10:40AM

Finally, an entire draft class can be decided once and for all tonight, a week into the NHL season. Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets will go head to head for the first time, surely leading to a definitive conclusion on which of the two was the better pick.

I'm just kidding, of course. One game will never decide that. Besides, if one could, it's already over:

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Andreas Johnsson answers health concerns with huge weekend

Jeff Veillette
October 18 2016 05:18PM

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He was almost gone as quickly as he showed up. In his second-ever North American game back in May, Marlies forward Andreas Johnson entered the offensive zone with a puck sent to him by Connor Carrick, and while he tried to get around Dan Kelly, he was instead dealt a traumatic blow to the head.

He laid there, motionless. Right after people were done demanding Kelly's head on a platter, they began questioning whether Toronto's youngster would be able to play at a high level ever again. Two games into a new Toronto Marlies' season and those questions appear to have answered; Andreas, who now goes by Johnsson as his surname, appears to be the same difference-maker many hoped him to be.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: October 17th

Jeff Veillette
October 17 2016 06:34PM

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I think it's really cool that James van Riemsdyk is offering exchanges to Leafs fans who bought his jersey at the start of the season. That's all I got for an intro today.

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