The Leafs might want to wait out a Van Riemsdyk trade

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 09:02AM

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At this point, we can probably consider the departure of James van Riemsdyk an inevitability. While he's been the subject of gossip for many years now, at no point has he been the focal point of public trade talks to the extent he is right now. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, teams are aware of this, and they're picking up the phones:

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How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 9 of the WJC?

Jess Pincente
January 05 2017 01:07AM

Day 9 brought 2 fantastic matchups against 4 of the WJHC's powerhouse teams, and it wasn't surprising that these games produced some of the best hockey the tournament has seen so far.  The USA was victorious over Russia, and the decision was left to the 8th round of dreaded shootout; Troy Terry scored 3 consecutive goals for the Americans to lead his team to the win.

After giving up 2 quick goals in the first period, Canada made a goaltending switch that was followed by instant success.  Sweden eventually lost the game by a score of 5-2, as the semifinal matchup marked the end of Sweden's undefeated streak through 5 games at the 2017 WJC.  

Jeremy Bracco came up big for the Americans today, tallying an assist and scoring a shootout goal in the 5th round that ultimately kept the USA alive in the game.  Carl Grundstrom scored early in the first for Sweden, but had a fairly quiet game after.  Both players will need to come up big tomorrow, as each of their respective teams will be trying to capture a medal.   

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Marlies and Moose split mid-week matchups

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2017 08:51PM

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The Toronto Marlies and the American Hockey League standings haven't exactly been best friends of late. In the 19 games prior to this week, they had just five wins, which is one of the single worst stretches they've had in franchise history. Needing a spark, they headed to Manitoba to take on the Moose in a pair of games at the MTS Centre. The end result? A one-goal loss on Tuesday, and a 4-3 win on the night that followed.

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Examining the circumstances of Toronto's third period collapses

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2017 04:03PM

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You know the story. The Leafs score a bunch of goals, pull ahead in the third period, and then everybody holds their breath. They're going to cough it up again, of course. In 37 games this year, Toronto has led in the third period 23 times and won 15 of them, losing one in regulation and seven in overtime or the shootout. That's still 80.4% of possible points, but if they had the nine that they gave up, they would be just a single point back of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead and right near the top of the standings, likely tied or a point ahead of Washington for sixth overall.

So that really stings, especially when sitting two points back of a playoff spot. It stings even more of late, too, seeing as Toronto has pulled this act in 3 of their last 4 games; winning against Florida after conceding two early in the third period and narrowly winning the Centennial Classic after falling from 4-1, but losing to Washington last night made the issue glaringly obvious once again.

Why does this keep happening? Here are a few thoughts.

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CGD: Canada Faces Biggest Test Yet in Game Against Sweden

Jacob Stoller
January 04 2017 04:00PM

Here's all that you need to know ahead of Canada's semi-final tilt against Sweden tonight. 

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