My status with Matt Martin: It's complicated

Jeff Veillette
January 21 2017 02:09AM

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Thanks to some media scrum answers, Matt Martin the topic in everybody's favourite hockey venue. I'm not talking about the Air Canada Centre, but the Social Media Coliseum, where we all take this very seriously and on each other's throats. 

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Marlies finally turn on the scoring jets, blast through Hartford

Jeff Veillette
January 20 2017 09:00PM

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Last year, the Toronto Marlies were an absolute wrecking ball when they headed in the direction of any American Hockey League defence. On thirteen occasions they were able to put six goals in the back of their opponents net, and three of those involving nine or ten tallies.

No such luck this year. Until tonight, that is; a game in which the Marlies blasted seven into the back of the Hartford Wolf Pack's net to create their best offensive effort of the season.

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LFR10 - Game 43 - Grabner - NYR 5, Tor 2

Steve Dangle
January 20 2017 11:17AM

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Was there ever any doubt it'd be Grabner?

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Leafs claim Seth Griffith off waivers (again), sent to Marlies

Jeff Veillette
January 20 2017 10:48AM

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Given the way this year has gone, I feel like Seth Griffith has mastered living his life through carry-on luggage. For the second time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed the 24-year-old winger off of waivers; this time taking plucking him from the Florida Panthers to advantage of the wire rules, which allow them to send him to the Toronto Marlies.

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Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the Shanaplan

Ryan Fancey
January 20 2017 06:45AM

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For a while, we've been discussing the potential for the Leafs to make a substantial move in trade or free agency as they soon find themselves in the thick of the "build" portion of their plan to contend. They have the cap space to do something big, and earlier this week I wrote about whether that might manifest as a run at Kevin Shattenkirk. Rebuilds come at you fast.

Shattenkirk will understandably continue to be the focal point of trade deadline and free agency rumours, as he's perhaps the only one worth giving a damn about in a relatively weak class. And if he's moved prior to the deadline, there's a strong possibility a contract extension (likely on the shorter side) is worked out beforehand. Is that something that might interest the Leafs? It's tough to say. But Shattenkirk seems warm to the idea.

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