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August 07 2015 07:00AM
Babcock getting van Riemsdyk to the next level, Canucks dishing out dollars, World Junior showcase, Flames trimming the fat, Oilers reliving the Pronger trade, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, free agency and more in this week's Roundup.
August 06 2015 03:00PM
The 2011-12 Season is a special season in Leafs history. It was the season the Leafs decided that they were going to go from being just awful to being some kind of performance art celebrating how truly awful a team can be. Really it was a season that was doomed from the start as trading up to draft Tyler Biggs is a sign that your organization is being navigated towards some choppy seas.
August 06 2015 11:10AM
It's one of those rare pieces of news that trickles out of the Leafs in August, but the official roster and game dates (all in London) have been confirmed by the organization.
The will fall on Sept 11-13, and will be against Ottawa, Montreal, and Pittsburgh in that order. More on the roster after the jump...
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 06 2015 09:00AM
This iternation of the Leafs was a weird one. They weren't quite the level of awful as the rebuilding teams of prior years, and they didn't provide the heartbreak of the years that would follow. They were better than the year prior, but had minimal expectation, and every pocket of success was seen as a good thing. They were pleasantly bad, if you will, and are the subject of this morning's look back.
August 06 2015 07:56AM
A story that's been at the front of the Leafs' offseason since the Babcock hiring is how the team can go forward with "rehabilitating" Dion Phaneuf's game in the coming year(s). Phaneuf has recently seen his value dip to perhaps its lowest point, so for the purposes of getting some return on their $7-million investment or facilitating a trade to get out from under it, management obviously wants to see some improvement.
However, beyond Phaneuf there are other interesting potential "turn-around" cases on this team. Another example would be Nazem Kadri, who will be under a close eye this season after the Leafs gave him an "Impress us this year and we'll make you rich" contract/promise.
But someone who's maybe been a little bit stuck in the middle and not receiving a ton of discussion in this regard is James van Riemsdyk.