LGD: Rock Bottom?

Justin Fisher
January 19 2016 01:00PM

Turn things around? Turn things around!?

After reading Ryan's article on Auston Matthews, I don't think I want the Toronto Maple Leafs to try and turn things around tonight. The Leafs have lost five games in a row, and will go for six this evening in Philadelphia against a Flyers team streaking in the other direction. In fact, if the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets somehow pull out a win against the league-best Washington Capitals tonight, the Leafs will fall to 30th. What a time to be alive!

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Trading JVR is Lou's first blunder #mycolumn

Bobby Cappuccino
January 19 2016 12:00PM

JVR trade

The first of many Leafs moves before the trade deadline happened today, with the Toronto Maple Leafs dealing winger James Van Riemsdyk to the New York Rangers. I literally cannot believe it.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: January 18th Edition

Jon Steitzer
January 18 2016 03:00PM

It's Power Rankings Time! Time for a jovial look back at the Leafs week that was. 

What? You're not feeling jovial after losing the Blue Jackets, suffering through a Patrick Kane hattrick, and a Brad Marchand game winning goal? 

Well, too bad, this is happening. So let's just take comfort in the fact that a lot of these guys are going to be traded soon.

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It's time to talk about Auston Matthews

Ryan Fancey
January 18 2016 01:15PM

It's been a tough few weeks for the Leafs since the turn of the calendar - 2016 hasn't been kind to them at all, and after dropping five of their last seven in regulation the club now sits just one point up on the Jackets for dead last in the NHL. 

While it should be noted the current gap between the cellar dwellers and the playoff bubble teams is not as significant as years past (think Buffalo and their dive to the bottom last season), the Leafs are now firmly in top pick territory and should remain there as they unload a few veterans next month. For that reason, it's time to talk about first overall. It's time to talk about Auston Matthews.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 18th

Jeff Veillette
January 18 2016 12:33PM

theleafsnation

So, uhh... one point away from last. How about that. The Leafs are still rocking the "good job, good effort" performances on the ice, but the hope from more optimistic fans that this team could climb their way out of the standings ditch has to be all but gone at this rate, no?

Thankfully, most have already started looking to the deadline, draft, and free agency, which feature heavily in this week's mailbag. Let's dive in!

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