LGD: Maple Syrup In The Water

Justin Fisher
December 17 2015 12:39PM

Tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the Arizona Coyotes at the Gila River Arena in Glendale. Savvy readers may have picked up on the fact that this is a Leafs pregame post on a Leafs-centric website and that neither of these teams are the Toronto Maple Leafs. That said, even savvier readers might recognize that the Blue Jackets-Coyotes matchup has big implications on the Blue and White.

See, if Columbus wins (Haha, I know! But stick with me!) and Toronto loses, the Blue Jackets will leapfrog the Leafs in the standings. And you know what that means... 30th overall, baby! Can't get any lower than that! Tank! Tank! Tank!

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WWYDW: Can Jonathan Bernier Play For Your Team?

Justin Fisher
December 16 2015 10:03AM

Jonathan Bernier is back, and nobody is celebrating.

Bernier recently finished up a "conditioning stint" (with a heavy emphasis on those quotation marks) with the Toronto Marlies - one that started off very, very, very well before ending very badly. In his return to NHL action, Bernier got lit up for five goals on 27 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

We know that Bernier has been at least a league average goaltender in the past, but he certainly hasn't played like one recently. Most people would assume that he will return to form, but there's always the possibility that Bernier has in fact lost his touch and won't be able to regain it. 

This might be what Jonathan Bernier is now, and that's not an NHL goaltender.

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Mirtle: Stamkos Likely To Walk Away from Tampa Bay

Justin Fisher
December 13 2015 07:12PM

It's something we've been talking about for a few weeks now - is it possible that Steven Stamkos could become a Toronto Maple Leaf on July 1st, 2016? It would be a strong possibility for sure if Stamkos decided to walk away from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that drafted him and the only team he's ever known, but that's a big 'if'. The Leafs have a star head coach, a boatload of cap room, and a stocked cupboard of up-and-coming talent - all things that would be very, very tempting to a potential free agent. 

That said, players of Stamkos's calibre rarely hit the open market. History dictates it's unlikely he ever does, but The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle seems pretty sure that Stamkos will end up leaving Florida for a fresh start somewhere else.

There's a couple of interesting things here, so let's unpack...

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We Might Need To Pump The Brakes on William Nylander at the WJCs

Justin Fisher
December 09 2015 05:12PM

Last week, we got pretty excited when Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet reported that William Nylander would be made available to Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships. We got even more excited when the 'Tre Kronor' named him (along with fellow Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov) to Sweden's preliminary roster

After Toronto Marlies General Manager Kyle Dubas joined Sportsnet 590's Brady & Walker this afternoon, though, it sounds like more than a few people jumped the gun on Nylander's involvement.

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WWYDW: Talking 'bout Stamkos

Justin Fisher
December 09 2015 03:53PM

We're going to make this one real damn simple. 

We've been talking about Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos a lot lately, especially since Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos poured an entire can of gasoline on the topic yesterday. Earlier today, Ryan Fancey followed that up with a great piece on why Toronto absolutely should try and sign Stamkos as a free agent, which was promptly followed up by the discovery that Stammer himself fave'd a tweet of a TSN story regarding the Leafs' pursuit of him

What a time to be alive!

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