TLN Monday Mailbag: July 11th

Jeff Veillette
July 11 2016 08:57AM

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EVERYTHING IS BAD. FIRE EVERYBODY. QUITE FRANKLY THE LEAFS HAVE GONE TERRIBLY WRONG IF THEY DON'T MAKE AN OFFERSHEET FOR THE MOON, WHICH HAS GREAT ORBIT ADJUSTED CORSI. THIS IS ALL MATT MARTIN'S FAULT.

*snaps out of it*

Hey, there's some stuff in this mailbag...

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The end of a Long Weekend at Bernies

Jeff Veillette
July 10 2016 02:00PM

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There was always something interesting about the Jonathan Bernier era in Toronto. It started off with a move that was simultaneously unnecessary yet reasonable at the time, and it ended with the same. Bernier probably could have stuck around for a little while longer, and might have even boosted his own trade value as a sheltered backup. But outside of the world of statistical probability, his time had likely come. 

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TLN Roundtable: Should the Leafs keep adding?

Shawn Reis
July 10 2016 10:54AM

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July 1st has come and gone, which means we're officially in the dead of summer, with few moves to come over the next two months.

Many teams are completely done for the summer and are just waiting for September to roll around when training camp opens. Others might not be done, but will only make minor additions from here on out.

The Leafs? We'll see.

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Leafs Fans Are Losing Confidence In Lou Lamoriello

Shawn Reis
July 10 2016 09:55AM

It's been a polarizing off-season for the Leafs - what with the Andersen trade, the sort of players the team took at the draft, the Martin and Polak signings, and the team's pursuit of Kris Russell. It's no surprise then that Leafs fans faith in GM Lou Lamoriello appears to be at an all-time low.

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Why "the Mandela incident" was the beginning of Bernier's end in Toronto

Greg Brady
July 09 2016 11:15AM

We've already learned in this modern-day NHL to plug your ears and start chanting as loud as possible when others describe any particular NHL contract or player as "impossible to trade."  We know that isn't true.  Chris Pronger's deal was traded last summer, and he was weeks away from making a Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech.  David Clarkson was traded by the Maple Leafs to Columbus for a player never expecting to place skate-on-ice in competitive fashion ever again.  We'll always be surprised by some trades, but we should never be shocked.  Whether always smart or not, NHL general managers are more creative, at least, than any of us think.

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