James Van Riemsdyk named Leafs' LGBTQ ambassador

Ryan Hobart
February 02 2017 03:46PM


In a You Can Play Project initiative, each team gets to choose an ambassador to represent the LGBTQ community and the Leafs made James Van Riemsdyk their choice. This a great way to create more inclusion for LGBTQ fans and athletes around the game of hockey. 

The NHL made this statement on Wednesday:

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Feb 2, 2017 - Avalanche of Dad Jokes

Steve Dangle
February 02 2017 03:18PM

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On this episode, after the Leafs talk the guys get into just how unbelievably bad the Colorado Avalanche are. As well, the guys look at Jake Allen and the Blues, trading Jarome Iginla, and more.

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Leafs send Frederik Gauthier down to Toronto Marlies, Ben Smith expected to return

Jeff Veillette
February 02 2017 01:47PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made one more change to their shuffled lineup ahead of tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues, sending centre Frederik Gauthier to the Toronto Marlies, according to the AHL's transaction sheet. In his place, Ben Smith is expected to return to the lineup.

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Winners from the first half and a last call for the mid-season NationDraft

baggedmilk
February 02 2017 07:00AM

Last Call

Last week, I told you all about the playoff push NationDraft and today I'm turning the bar lights on to let you know that you're running out of time if you want to sign up. This is your last call to enter this charity draft for a chance to win all kinds of cash (read: visa cards) to spend on pogs, bubblegum, and whatever else you're into collecting.

Play against readers across the Nation Network in the 2016-17 Mid-Season Nation Drafts. Grand Prize is a $1000 Visa Gift Card! Enter your fantasy hockey team at nationdrafts.com for your chance to win and support a good cause! The entry fee is $20, with a portion of all proceeds going to support our charity partner, Earth Group.

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Should the Leafs start leaning on their stars more heavily?

Ryan Fancey
February 02 2017 06:38AM

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We've written countless words on why the Leafs have taken a bigger-than-expected leap in their climb to contention this season, and there will continue to be plenty of pieces digging into why that is. But the simplest catch-all answer is just that the rookies have been far more NHL-ready than advertised, and that's elevated what was left of the existing core. 

Mike Babcock relies heavily on players like Matthews, Marner, and Nylander to generate offence, along with givin plenty of penalty-killing responsibilities for guys like Brown, Soshnikov, and Hyman. How they've responded - with huge point totals, rock solid special teams, and good underlying numbers for the most part - has been nothing short of mindblowing for a fanbase that's been hurting like this one has. 

But now that the Leafs find themselves in what will be a serious grind for one of those last couple playoff spots in the east, is it time to turn up the dial on a few of these guys? Sure, these rookies have been pouring in the goals and racking up exciting wins to this point, but you could argue there's still another gear to hit yet, and Babcock can run those horses harder if need be. 

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