Mortality, Can vs Will, and the Toronto Marlies

Jeff Veillette
March 12 2016 11:08AM


The dream of the Toronto Marlies finishing the season with an 0.800 record is all but over. It was a great run while it lasted, but thanks to a three-game losing streak last weekend, the blue and white would have to win every game they play the rest of the season to accomplish the milestone. Having the bragging rights of being the best team to ever run through an AHL regular season would have been nice (and still not terribly unattainable) but at the same time, feeling a sense of mortality isn't a bad thing either.

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TLN Roundtable: Playoffs? We're Talking About Playoffs!?

Justin Fisher
March 11 2016 03:52PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs won't be making the playoffs this season. I mean, there may still be some small mathematical possibility that they could still sneak in, but I'm going to be super bold and call it right now - no playoffs. 

That said, the new kids have looked pretty good. William Nylander, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen... there are a bunch of talented youngsters on the way, and it's less a matter of is this group makes the playoffs, but when they will make the playoffs. Is that next year? The year after? Does this organization really require a five or six-year rebuild before the city of Toronto can pack the ACC and the surrounding streets again like they did in 2013 for some playoff action? 

How far off are the Leafs now, really? Our roundtable discusses...

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Leafs recall Rinat Valiev from Toronto Marlies

Jeff Veillette
March 11 2016 09:48AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue the merry-go-round of NHL looks today, this time calling up defenceman Rinat Valiev from the Toronto Marlies while sending TJ Brennan back down.

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Lyon Hearted: Why the Leafs Should Pursue Alex Lyon

Cat Silverman
March 11 2016 06:00AM

If there's any part of the Toronto Maple Leafs depth chart that still needs work, I think we can all agree: it's in net. 

The Leafs are heading into the upcoming 2015-16 season with, well, pretty much no one outside of Garret Sparks especially guaranteed in the depth chart. Antoine Bibeau likely still needs more AHL work, there's no promise that Jonathan Bernier has a future with the club, and James Reimer may want to return - but that's all just hypothetical stuff. The ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears, has a promising prospect in Ryan Massa, but he's not Toronto property (yet). 

That makes free agent Alex Lyon a hugely attractive option for Toronto. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 11 2016 05:00AM

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The 'tank' is on across Canada, putting a value on Nazem Kadri, someone should be getting fired in Vancouver, takeaways from the Flames season, Darnell Nurse goes ham on Roman Polak, McDavid can still win the Calder, old school hockey in LA, post trade deadline outlooks and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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