Deadline Rental Players Off to a Slow Start

Jon Steitzer
October 26 2015 04:00PM


Roman Polak, James Reimer, Brad Boyes, Mark Arcobello, P.A. Parenteau, Nick Spaling, Michael Grabner, Richard Panik, T.J. Brennan, and Shawn Matthias, these are the players many of us assumed would supply the Leafs with enough draft picks to make sure the only person making selections in the mid rounds of the 2016 draft would be Tim Hunter.

It’s still a very early seven games into the 2015-16, and it’s safe to say that none of these players are exactly making a case for joining a contending team by March 2nd, and what once looked like a promising stockpile of 2nd-4th round picks, are beginning to look like potentially late round picks to at least make sure at least some return is acquired for these players.

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Monday Mailbag: Yaaaaawn

Jeff Veillette
October 26 2015 02:00PM


In an attempt to put myself into prime game shape to write on all of the sites on this network (okay, mostly here and Canucks Army), I've altered my sleeping schedule over the past few months. I go to bed really late, and sleep in until the sun burns my hair. It works out pretty well.

With that said, I have a place to be tonight, and had lots of stuff to take care of first. So I got up at 8 AM; a normal person's time.

I want to die. Somebody buy me a case of energy drinks, please.

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LGD: Leafs Host Desert Dogs in Toronto

Justin Fisher
October 26 2015 12:40PM

What the hell happened to the Coyotes? The usual laughing stock of the NHL has a winning record, a handful of exciting young players to watch, and these fancy new jerseys with black accents on the sleeves. They're almost likeable! 

Whatever the case, the Leafs won't be facing off against the usual Phoenix push-overs tonight. Let's break it all down.

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Maple Leafs' Spaling injured, out Monday; Bozak, Gardiner eyeing return Friday vs. Rangers

Thomas Drance
October 26 2015 11:47AM

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports

The injury news continues apace for the Toronto Maple Leafs with third-line centre Nick Spaling joining the growing list of walking wounded. He'll be out of the lineup on Monday with an undisclosed injury.

Though the the Maple Leafs are hurting, it wasn't all bad news on the injury front on Monday. Injured centre Tyler Bozak and banged up defenseman Jake Gardiner have now been on the ice for two consecutive days, and are nearing a return from their respective ailments.

Though Bozak (upper-body injury) is somewhat closer to returning to action, even going so far as to try to convince Leafs coach Mike Babcock to put him back into the lineup for Monday night's game, it's more likely that he'll return to the lineup on Friday when the Maple Leafs face the New York Rangers. Gardiner's injury (undisclosed) and his timeline for return are a bit more up in the air, but it's possible that he could return for Friday's game also.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: October 26, 2015

Jon Steitzer
October 26 2015 10:03AM

You'd think that a 1-4-2 start would be just what the doctor ordered for a team in desperate need of another lottery pick, but unfortunately even when the Leafs are awful they can't crack the bottom five of the league. Anaheim and Calgary are showing us the impact that Nonis and Burke can have on your team, while Columbus has decided they never want to win another hockey game and hired John Tortorella to call their star player fat. 

It should be an interesting week with Phil Kessel returning to Toronto for the first time, and now that Kessel is playing with Malkin, a hat trick in his return doesn't seem out of the question. For now we'll focus on the week that was, before we forget the magic that was 0-1-1 hockey.

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