September 26 2016 07:00AM
The preseason is finally upon us! And with it, all of the Leafs are back at camp, or on their way there at the very least, now that Jhonas Enroth's Swedes have been eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey. Granted, head coach Mike Babcock still isn't there, but give it a few days for Canada to make quick work of Team Europe (as much as the opposite would be more fun) and normality will be restored once again!
Until then, let's reach into the mailbag and see what questions have arisen over the past few days.
September 25 2016 09:04AM
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Last night, the hockey world was stunned to hear that Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba's contract situation had even more to it than what met the eye. What was believed to be yet another case of a restricted free agent being played in a game of chicken by his rightsholders turned out to be something a big bigger, as the 22-year-old defenceman had requested a trade months prior.
Here's the official statement from his agent Kurt Overhardt:
September 24 2016 11:09PM
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Canada vs. Russia on a Saturday night. Can anything top that? Well, one could argue that a lot of things could in 2016. While the two giants comprised what used to be hockey's greatest international rivalry, today's game didn't carry that vibe. In fact, it didn't really carry much of a vibe; while the lead had a changeover that gave the illusion of competitiveness, Canada maintained a staggeringly lopsided level of control in a 5-3 win that felt even bigger.
September 24 2016 11:51AM
We spent a lot of time talking about the value of an "NHL summer". You know, bulking up, slimming down, hitting the gym, hitting the ice, all that fun stuff that is supposed to make you a great hockey player. Well, training camp has begun, and with that, comes a roster full of players height's and weights.
Well, just for laughs, I decided to compare everybody's final numbers to what they were last year. In most cases, they're exactly the same, often with weights that are multiples of five, which suggests to me that the data-enterers might just be lazy. But some are different; here's what we got out of this 80ish person roster.
September 22 2016 11:43AM
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We've been talking about this for months; or rather, we haven't. Joffrey Lupul's banishment from the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup had become such a foregone conclusion that people stopped specifying "if he plays" as early as July,
Today, everybody's expectations were finally confirmed, as both Lou Lamoriello and Lupul himself put out statements to the world.