Matthews strikes first in the battle of the first overall picks

Jeff Veillette
November 29 2016 07:39PM

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While the Connor vs. Auston narrative faded away in their first matchup thanks to the unbelievable shutdown performance of Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews was the first of the 2015 and 2016 first overall picks to score in a Leafs/Oilers Matchup.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Nov 29, 2016 - Close Shave

Steve Dangle
November 29 2016 03:21PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about the Florida firing, the Islanders crisis, the Leafs progression, a potential deal with the Flames, Garret Sparks, #Kadri4Selke, and Adam's bum.

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William Nylander has become the scapegoat, and that's sadly unsurprising

Jeff Veillette
November 29 2016 02:14PM

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We knew the honeymoon wasn't going to last forever, but at the same time, not even the biggest pessimist would've expected things to begin to fall apart so quickly. It seems like every ambitious rebuild of any big-market sports team needs a fall person, a scapegoat, and while there was some hesitance to pick one out of a group of rookies and main-stayers, it appears one has been found by the greater populace.

To the shock of very few, I'm sure, that scapegoat is 20-year-old William Nylander. It was predictable as hell, but that doesn't make it make it any less frustrating.

If we're being honest about the whole thing, the rise of the Nylander gossip isn't sudden. It's coming out of hibernation, as takes regarding the Calgary-born Swede were rampant from the moment he was drafted.

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Peter Holland to be traded in near future, will sit out road trip

Jeff Veillette
November 29 2016 12:39PM

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A peculiar turn of events has gone down with the Toronto Maple Leafs today, as forward Peter Holland has been left behind for this week's west coast road trip, while his agent tries to figure out what exactly is going on with his place on the team.

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LGD: Nazem's Better

Jeff Veillette
November 29 2016 10:30AM

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A few weeks back, Canadian Hero Nazem Kadri did a great job in giving Connor McDavid an excuse for his underwhelming performance "I've been waiting my whole life for this" game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Some call it a brilliant shutdown performance by Kadri , some call it a cold night for the best player in the world, some call it subtle tanking while the clock winds down to July 1st, 2022.

It was probably a mixture of A and B, but whatever it was, they're going to give it another go tonight in Edmonton.

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