LGD: Fallen Leafs meet Joe Fresh

Jeff Veillette
October 07 2016 09:10AM

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Hamilton is an interesting place. I don't think Torontonians are still the type to mock the area, given that the housing prices have gone up so quick that the entire younger generation is going to have to move there before they turn 30 anyway. 

With that said, we can point to their a nearly-NHL quality building with nobody more than an OHL team to play in it; that changes for one night only as the Leafs take on the Red Wings in the last of their kinda-neutral site games. The Leafs are tired after a blowout loss to Montreal. The Wings are well rested after spending their off day being classy and underrated, or whatever it is they do.

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Are the Leafs preparing to sneak Josh Leivo through waivers?

Jeff Veillette
October 07 2016 12:37AM

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Josh Leivo is one of the last surviving pieces of rebuilds past; of Brian Burke era Draft picks, he's one of six who still remaining under contract with the team. But at as a 23-year-old, his time is starting to run out if he plans on making a graduation to the big club. This has made his quiet preseason surprising; not only has he not really contributed, he's also straight up not been in the lineup.

If I had to guess, there's a level of intent to this; the Leafs are likely trying to set him up to clear through waivers in the next few days.

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POSTGAME: Singing the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouges

Jeff Veillette
October 06 2016 09:44PM

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This is a night that Leafs fans will prefer to forget as soon as possible. Despite a filthy, filthy goal by rookie and alleged saviour Auston Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs were blown out by the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Let's take a quick look at what happened tonight.

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LGD: Hopefully not the IceCaps again

Jeff Veillette
October 06 2016 01:54PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs recently eked out an win against the Montreal Canadiens, which was fun as heck to watch from a shot count standpoint but a bit worrisome given that the Leafs played a full roster, the Habs played half a team, and the game went to overtime.

This time around, both sides will be a bit closer to actual hockey, and we'll get a taste of what this rivalry will look like throughout the year.

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Believing in Connor Carrick, the crown jewel of this rebuild's seminal trade

Jeff Veillette
October 06 2016 08:42AM

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When all is said and done, I wouldn't be against Daniel Winnik getting a spot on Legends Row. Yes, the Left Winger only played 114 games in Blue and White, and scored just 11 goals and 39 points. Very rarely was he even afforded top-six minutes, let alone the ability to become a game breaker on the ice. Nor should he have been, honestly; we're talking about a player who has cracked 30 points once in his career.

But in two consecutive years, this man decided to sign short-term deals for his hometown team, and in two consecutive years, he was moved for pieces that would create part of the foundation for a new era for the team. Maybe not so much the first time around, where his picks were sent elsewhere (or even back to Pittsburgh) a few months later, but his second exchange may prove to be foundational in the long run.

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