Leafs trade Richard Panik to Chicago for Jeremy Morin

Jeff Veillette
January 03 2016 08:07PM

Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shaken up the depth chart a bit today, sending right winger Richard Panik to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jeremy Morin. Both players are 24-year-old second-round picks from the 2009 entry draft and have been playing for their American Hockey League affiliates all season.

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Panik the hero against former team in Marlies OT victory

Jeff Veillette
January 03 2016 06:24PM

Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI

Many of the best players live for games where they can stick it to those who doubted them in the past. In Richard Panik's case, beating the Syracuse Crunch doesn't really do that; scoring in the AHL isn't really a "told you so" to an organization who lost you because they wanted you to play at this level. Even still, sniping home a game winner in the situation is probably still a little satisfying, and that's what Panik did tonight. 

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LFR9 - Game 37 - Blue Two - St. L 1, Tor 4

Steve Dangle
January 03 2016 01:52PM

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The Leafs beat the Blues yet again, Nazem Kadri proves why he's the best, and I can't spell things.

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The Leafs Should Be All Over Jonathan Drouin

Shawn Reis
January 03 2016 11:30AM

It was a bit of a surprise when Jonathan Drouin, the former 3rd overall pick in 2013, was sent down to Syracuse of the AHL yesterday.  It was an even bigger surprise when it was revealed earlier today that Drouin asked for a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning in November, with him reportedly still wanting out.

So the question then becomes, would he make sense for the Leafs?  Should the Leafs even want him?  If they do want him, do they have the pieces to get it done?

Spoiler alert: the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding yes.

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Nylander's WJC is Done, Arcobello and Bibeau Loaned to Marlies

Justin Fisher
January 03 2016 09:23AM

According to the IIHF official website, William Nylander's WJC tournament is over.

Nylander was the victim of a blindside hit to the head by Switzerland's Chris Egli in Sweden's first game of the preliminary round and hasn't touched the ice since. Nobody has confirmed that it's a concussion issue, but one can assume since it almost always is with these kinds of hits.

According to the IIHF report, Nylander will be leaving the tournament immediately and returning to Toronto, not long after Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello arrived in Helsinki to meet with Team Sweden officials and discuss Nylander. You have to imagine that Lou simply went to shut down any notion that Nylander could return later in the tournament. 

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