Auston Matthews broke the confidence barrier, and good riddance

Jeff Veillette
January 10 2017 10:13PM

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Auston Matthews was named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team on Tuesday. That's awesome, if not totally expected given his star status and his star performance throughout the season so far. Because of this, he had to do a conference call with our local media to talk about how excited he was about the honour. But in that, he showed some more flair than he usually does, and I think that's a good tone setter for himself and the rest of his team moving forward.

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Auston Matthews named to Atlantic Division All-Star Team

Jeff Veillette
January 10 2017 03:34PM

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The National Hockey League has announced their rosters for the 2016/17 All-Star Game today, and the Atlantic Division has a very familiar face associated with it in Auston Matthews.

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Maple Leafs claim Curtis McElhinney off waivers from Columbus

Jeff Veillette
January 10 2017 10:41AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will take yet another crack at solving their backup goaltending situation, looking to Curtis McElhinney as the latest mystery man. The 33-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets this afternoon.

For a look at the Leafs' updated roster and cap situation, check out NHLNumbers

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Reimagining how we approach the Leafs' defence

Jeff Veillette
January 10 2017 02:29AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs need a shutdown defenceman. This much is clear; it is so abundantly clear that you, your grandmother, your yet-to-be-born first child, and your most beloved pet have been able to figure it out. The Leafs give up quite a few shots, they give up quite a few goals, and the best way to make a team that's bad defensively better is to make them better defensively. That way, they can give up fewer goals. You make them better defensively by making your next big, huge, humongous big move based around acquiring a minute eating defensive specialist or two, like your team definitely needs.

Common sense, right?

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The Toronto Marlies goalie carousel is ever intriguing

Jeff Veillette
January 09 2017 05:27PM

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Let's get one thing out of the way; the American Hockey League isn't a safe space to be a goalie. There's a league above you, a league below you, the ability for players to be brought in on tryouts, and as such, a real cut-throat sense of competition. Politics of prospect value can get in the way, injuries can get in the way, an odd bounce can send your career in a crazy direction.

The Toronto Marlies are no stranger to this. Last year, eight goaltenders strapped on their pads and faced pucks for them, and they had an emergency backup on a couple of occasions. Assumed Marlies, called up Solar Bears, sent down Leafs, deadline cap dumps, Zamboni drivers, and the ghost of Ray Emery all got to throw on jerseys and chest protectors. This year, the injury bug hasn't been quite so bad, but there have been some oddities along the way.

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