LGD: Playing Spoiler

Justin Fisher
April 02 2016 10:51AM

This is one of those games where you desperately want the Toronto Maple Leafs to lose, being tied for dead last in the NHL standings but also only four small points away behind the 25th-place Vancouver Canucks. This late in the season, it's no longer about 'auditioning for a job' or 'playing with dignity' - with this year's draft lottery setup, it could be almost detrimental to jump up the standings by a few spots in the dying moments of the season. The Leafs really, really need to lose.

But if they don't... well, it would be pretty fun in a completely different way. 

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Michalek Out For Season, Gauthier Recalled

Justin Fisher
April 02 2016 09:14AM

The fancy footwork that is the Leafs' recent roster moves continued this morning following news that Milan Michalek will miss the five remaining games in the regular season with a knee injury. 

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TLN Report Card: April 1, 2016

Justin Fisher
April 01 2016 01:45PM

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You fine folks have been doing a wonderful job of giving your Toronto Maple Leafs big thumbs up (and down) since we rolled out the TLN Report Card, but I want to make sure you're all healthy and practice safe thumb judgement. Here's a quick exercise for your fingers - gimme three sets of ten before moving on.

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Alright, let's do this.

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Kaskisuo is a good start, but Leafs still have long way to go in rebuilding their goalie depth

Justin Fisher
March 29 2016 06:57AM

As you've likely heard, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed 22-year old netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo to a two-year entry-level contract yesterday. The 6'3 Finnish backstopper recently wrapped up his NCAA career with the University of Minnesota Duluth and will join the Toronto Marlies on an amateur tryout contract before his actual contract kicks in at the beginning of next season.

While Kaskisuo's numbers aren't earth shattering, while he went undrafted four years ago and while he isn't even considered the top free agent goaltending prospect coming out of the college hockey ranks this year, it's still a good addition for a Leafs organization that is greatly lacking in goaltending depth. That said, there's still a lot of work to be done.

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LGD: Taking the Tank on Tour

Justin Fisher
March 28 2016 12:22PM

I feel better. I was getting a little anxious there after the Toronto Maple Leafs won three straight games (and five of their last six), but with an 'L' against Boston, the tank is back on track. And better yet, it's heading out on tour. After a lengthy six-game homestand, the Leafs will head out on a three-game roadie to the State of Florida, with a stop in beautiful Buffalo on the way back up.

Tonight, Toronto visits the Tampa Bay Lightning. Blah blah blah, future Leaf Steven Stamkos, blah blah blah.

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