Marlies November Road Trip was the best in team history

Jeff Veillette
November 19 2015 12:35PM

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Road trips are meant to be tough. You're moving around from city to city, never quite feeling like you're at home, and never having time to stop and rest. When you're not squeezing yourself into equipment, you're squeezing yourself into a bus. It's two-to-three weeks of departure from the norm, all while opposing arena's cheer against you.

These stretches are the ones that make home ice advantage all the more useful. You're not there to lose, but you expect that it'll be harder to win than at home, where you're supposed to stockpile points.

The Toronto Marlies apparently didn't get the memo explaining this. Last night's 1-0 victory of Rochester sealed off their best November road trip in history.

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WWYDW: What Would You Do With Frank Corrado?

Jon Steitzer
November 18 2015 02:27PM

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Imagine the disappointment of being put on waivers. Imagine the disappointment of realizing that being put on waivers means you are potentially moving to Utica, New York. Imagine the excitement you would have felt knowing that instead of going to Utica, you'd be staying in the NHL and playing for your hometown team.

That was a month and a half and 19 games ago and we are still yet to see Frank Corrado dress for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's had a brief conditioning stint on the Marlies where he's played seven games and picked up 3 assists, a perfectly reasonable showing for a defenseman, but even that conditioning stint has been over for two weeks and still no sign of Corrado.

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LFR9 - Game 19 - Parenteauvechkin - Col 1, Tor 5

Steve Dangle
November 18 2015 01:08PM

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The Leafs crush the Avs, the special teams are clicking, James Reimer is solid, and Tyler Bozak is tied for the team lead in scoring.


What a time to be alive.

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Report: Two teams discussing trading for Bernier

Ryan Fancey
November 18 2015 08:03AM

We've been talking a lot about the Leafs' situation in goal recently, as Bernier's numbers have cratered to start the season, and the debate is ongoing about where the organization sits in terms of depth at the position as they look to the future. 

James Reimer has been incredible over the last month, so we need to see where that goes, but last week it was made known that Lamoriello and the front office have been looking at making changes in the crease, likely with the long term in mind. Now there are some rumblings of teams looking to take Bernier off their hands, which is a little surprising given how much he's struggled.

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About those Matt Duchene trade rumours

Ryan Fancey
November 18 2015 06:52AM

I just had to do a quick double-take when I looked up Matt Duchene's career scoring totals. It still seems to me like he entered the league just yesterday, but the Avs' forward is actually now going through year seven (!) in the NHL. He came into the league the same season that Kessel first suited up for the Leafs, which is just mind-boggling. [Maybe I just can't handle getting old.]

Duchene's name has popped up a number of times over the last week in the world of trade rumours, and sort of like with Kessel in Toronto, since the Avalanche have been a trainwreck for essentially his entire time in Denver, that sort of makes sense. Perhaps they feel they need to move in another direction. 

We, as Leafs fans, know how that works as much as anyone: the stars eventually get picked on the most when things go wrong.  

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