Leafs - Senators Gameday Thread

Cam Charron
September 19 2013 01:44PM

Hey, look at that! The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be playing on national television tonight, against the Geographically Ambiguous Ottawa/Kanata Senators. It's the Battle of Ontario, except unlike last year, Senators will have some of their best players not out to devastating injury.

The Leafs are… 1-0-1 in the preseason? Sounds about right. With Phil Kessel out of the lineup tonight, the Leafs turn their focus to the third line, where Mason Raymond gets a chance with David Bolland and Nikolai Kulemin, to prove his worth on a checking line.

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Cody Franson willing to play on a one-year deal

Cam Charron
September 19 2013 08:52AM

With the current cap situation we're in I personally think a one-year would suit the team the best. You know, they've got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and you know, I'm just trying to make it happen for both sides.

Until any deal is signed or Dave Nonis goes on record to talk numbers, I'm not going to get into the prices that the Leafs are offering. When negotiations are concerned, a lot of talk that is meant to stay private go public, and it leads to a lot of fans believing that opening offers are indicative of what a player expects. Remember when Nazem Kadri reportedly wanted a six-year deal for $6-million and then wound up taking less than half of that for one-third the contract length?

Yeah…

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Marlies Open Training Camp

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 18 2013 02:26PM

While Leafs training camp continued to run its inevitable course, the Toronto Marlies took in yesterday's first cuts (with the addition of a few others) and began doing preparation of their own for the upcoming season today at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. 

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Cabbie, Kadri, JVR, make boss-ass Vine

Steve Dangle
September 18 2013 01:51PM

And just think, if Dave Nonis didn't get Kadri to sign a contract, we may have never gotten this video!

Nazem "the Dream" Kadri, James "JVR" van Riemsdyk, and funny TSN reporter dude Cabbie made a nifty little Vine video Wednesday afternoon. The Jock Jams music at the end is a nice touch, too.

This video is a few things.

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Toronto Maple Leaves forward Phil Kessel ranked No. 20 by ESPN

Cam Charron
September 18 2013 11:36AM

Thanks to Jonathan Willis for this screengrab from ESPN's Top 100 forwards list.

It's interesting, how a quibble over the team name is going to distract us from the fact that the 9th highest point-getter in the NHL during the last four years and perpetually healthy elite forward in the prime of his career is ranked just 20th. Even nuttier, 'retired' forward Ilya Kovalchuk made the list along with Calgary Flames' Sven Baertschi, a player with exactly 13 points and 25 games in his career.

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