Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/7/16 Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 07 2016 05:00PM


With each passing day, the NHL season looms ever closer, and with it the need for the league’s 30 member clubs to trim their rosters down to 23 names. Friday was, once again, a busy waiver day, with a few interesting options hitting the wire.

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On the kid vs. vet Tiebreaker, and things to consider while doing it

Jeff Veillette
October 07 2016 10:44AM

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Last year, Mike Babcock had some tough decisions to make with his brand-new roster of outcasts, also known as the 2015/16 Toronto Maple Leafs. A hot button issue was deciding what to do with William Nylander and Mitch Marner, who were neck and neck in the race for the "top prospect in the organization" moniker at the time. His response to their pleaded cases, along with those of many others was as follows:

"The way I look at it is real simple for young guys," said Babcock on Dean Blundell & Co last September. "Tie goes to the veteran. A kid has to earn his way. No jobs are given here for free. Everything about it is, can you help us? Not, can you get in the lineup, can you help us?"

It's a philosophy that people were more willing to accept last year, but with the kids' names having more familiarity and the veterans not being signings of this year specifically, the focus has changed. So what does someone have to consider before making this decision?

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LGD: Fallen Leafs meet Joe Fresh

Jeff Veillette
October 07 2016 09:10AM

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Hamilton is an interesting place. I don't think Torontonians are still the type to mock the area, given that the housing prices have gone up so quick that the entire younger generation is going to have to move there before they turn 30 anyway. 

With that said, we can point to their a nearly-NHL quality building with nobody more than an OHL team to play in it; that changes for one night only as the Leafs take on the Red Wings in the last of their kinda-neutral site games. The Leafs are tired after a blowout loss to Montreal. The Wings are well rested after spending their off day being classy and underrated, or whatever it is they do.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 07 2016 05:00AM

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Connor McDavid named Oilers Captain, the best Leafs jokes on the Internet, Canucks navigating potholes, Tkachuk has made the Flames for now, Red Wings have a new - MUST SEE goal celebration, Jets making the playoffs, the World Cup, Fantasy hockey, previewing every division in hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Are the Leafs preparing to sneak Josh Leivo through waivers?

Jeff Veillette
October 07 2016 12:37AM

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Josh Leivo is one of the last surviving pieces of rebuilds past; of Brian Burke era Draft picks, he's one of six who still remaining under contract with the team. But at as a 23-year-old, his time is starting to run out if he plans on making a graduation to the big club. This has made his quiet preseason surprising; not only has he not really contributed, he's also straight up not been in the lineup.

If I had to guess, there's a level of intent to this; the Leafs are likely trying to set him up to clear through waivers in the next few days.

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