Leafs Postgame: Dancing with the Devils

Jeff Veillette
February 04 2016 10:18PM

It was a night of celebration for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few people had some endurance milestones; Dion Phaneuf was playing in his 800th game and Mike Babcock was coaching his 1000th, but what really mattered was the pre-game tribute to Darryl Sittler, whose famous 10-point game was 40 years ago this week.

Oddly enough, the Leafs and New Jersey Devils decided that a fitting tribute would be to put the sticks away and avoid scoring at all costs. Even with the shootout considered, the teams only put five pucks in the back of the net in a 3-2 Leafs shootout victory.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Feb 4, 2016 - Go Nets

Steve Dangle
February 04 2016 10:03PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about how screwed the Habs are, how screwed Islanders fans are, and the Dennis Wideman suspension.

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The Top 5 Trade Destinations For Shawn Matthias

Adam Laskaris
February 04 2016 01:51PM

Shawn Matthias is a guy who's just kind of on a pro roster - he's never really stood out. As an NHL regular since the 09-10 season, Matthias peaked last season with an 18-goal, 27-point season in Vancouver. Mostly a bottom-six forward with the Leafs, his 1.50 points/60 ranks 5th at 5-on-5 among Leafs players.

On a one-year, $2.3 million deal, Matthias makes sense to move out for some sort of asset, but it's likely there will be some kind of dump coming back the other way with a pick or a prospect.

While a player like Matthias won't make a major impact on any team, his marginal improvements over certain players might provide that extra push in the playoff hunt and he's got some usefulness as a rental player.  

In no particular order, here are five teams who might want to take a gander on picking up Matthias...

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LGD: A Night With The Jersey Devil

Tom Hunter
February 04 2016 12:13PM

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 “Baby this town rips the bones from your back,

  It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap,

  We gotta get out while we’re young,

 ‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run“

As Bobby Farnham and his team visit Toronto to play the Maple Leafs this evening, it's no surprise that the Devils come to town with a better record on the road than at home. He's their biggest celebrity, the pride of their state, and yet Bruce Springsteen can't stop singing about getting the hell out of New Jersey.

The Devils come to town as one of the surprise teams this season riding a 5-1 record in their last six games including a 3-2 victory in New York Tuesday night. They were expected by many to be in the Auston Matthews race with Toronto but are currently holding down the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Funny how that happens when you have an elite goalie that stays healthy.

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Toronto's Trade Deadline Priorities

Justin Fisher
February 03 2016 03:59PM

We'll be spending an awful lot of time over the next few weeks discussing which players the Toronto Maple Leafs should be looking to ship out of town ahead of the February 29th trade deadline. That said, we've actually spent very little time discussing what kinds of things GM Lou Lamoriello should be asking for in return.

"Picks and prospects" is the simple answer, but we can do better than that. The Leafs have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL, and already have a possible 11 selections in the 2016 Entry Draft. Back in the day when Toronto had nothing in the cupboards, they weren't in any position to be picky about what they got back when unloading talent. This time around, Toronto has an opportunity to identify areas of weakness in the system, and address those areas in particular.

So, what do the Leafs really need?

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