LGD: Forever Preseason Rivals

Jon Steitzer
September 22 2015 01:03PM

There are few highs that match the excitement of winning both your split squad preseason games. Finding a nickel. A buy one get one sale at Payless Shoes. A Bar Rescue marathon. Tonight the Leafs will try and build on that high by taking their unbeaten record into Montreal to show the Habs who the kings of exhibition games are.

This is a special night for Mike Babcock, as he really enjoys the sandwiches in that city, so I could not be happier for him. It's also the preseason debut of Mitch Marner, and likely following this game we'll be treated to the next round of roster cuts. Preseason Fever! Catch It!

The fun starts at 7:30 PM ET on TSN 4 (for those in the Leafs region), so don't be late.

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Was Phil Kessel the problem all along? #MyColumn

Bobby Cappuccino
September 22 2015 11:46AM

You can say what you want about analytics, but the Leafs are 2-0 in the post-Kessel era. That's the only stat I need to say this: Phil Kessel was the problem all along.

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Preseason LFR Double-Header! Leafs win 4-1 & 4-3 (OT)

Steve Dangle
September 22 2015 11:32AM

Toward the end of last season, the Leafs could not buy a win. On Monday night, they won twice! Here's my take on the Leafs and Senators' split squad games, including my first-hand experience from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Noteworthy: I'm a vampire.

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What the Grabner deal tells us about the Maple Leafs' radical approach to team building

Thomas Drance
September 22 2015 08:30AM

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Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

Last week the Toronto Maple Leafs completed one of the weirdest hockey trades in recent memory, dealing an enormous amount of high-yield prospect wealth in exchange for New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner - a decent-enough middle-six winger on a strange contract. It's a trade that, in some respects, broke conventional hockey-trade analysis. 

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TLN Player Profiles: W Richard Panik

Jon Steitzer
September 22 2015 07:29AM

Last season Richard Panik thrived in his role of being a cheap, depth winger who could move up and down the lineup as required. This season that role is a bit more competitive as that seems to be the only type of player the Leafs have acquired over the past three months. 

As a player that arrived on the Leafs doorstep via waivers last season, it's likely that Panik understands the importance of putting together a strong showing in training camp, and while he's unlikely to be anything other than a Leaf when the season starts, I'm sure he'd prefer not begin they year on the fourth line or in the press box.

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