LGD: The Leafs are bad, but the Oilers are worse

Jeff Veillette
February 11 2016 11:02AM

Connor McDavid is finally going to be forced to do the one thing he's been avoiding for his entire life; facing the Toronto Maple Leafs. I feel for the kid, really; he clearly wanted to be here, to the point where his clavicle acted in his best interests to get him out of the last matchup between these two teams.

But now, the gloves are off, and the Leafs need a loss. Tonight, even in Blue and Orange, he is Toronto's saviour, not Edmonton's, as the Leafs push for a huge zero points. Let's get right to it.

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Nazem Kadri to avoid suspension, will be fined for Throat Slash Gesture

Jeff Veillette
February 11 2016 09:20AM

Sometimes, a slap on the wrist is all a person needs. That's what the NHL is gambling on today, as they've decided not to suspend Nazem Kadri for his throat-slash gesture earlier this week.

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The Leafs' best trade asset is their cap space

Jon Steitzer
February 11 2016 09:01AM

Truth be told, this is my second time writing this post this week. Monday I drafted up a plea for MLSE to dig into their pockets and realize that their cap space could be their greatest asset in improving the Leafs.

Tuesday essentially nullified my original post because the Leafs did exactly what I suggested they do, and use their current cap space to benefit the Leafs long term. For a short term hit over the next couple of seasons, the Leafs have added a solid prospect, a second round pick, and have rid themselves of the albatross Phaneuf contract.

Clearly there is some merit to treating cap space as an asset, and with plenty of room left to maneuver, I'd certainly hope the Leafs will continue to exploit this asset.

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Top Five Trade Destinations for P-A Parenteau

Ryan Fancey
February 11 2016 06:45AM

When you look at P-A Parenteau and where he might end up at the trade deadline, the easiest fits are obviously the top contenders who are looking for a pure rental to round out their roster for a Cup run. Think Winnik last year in Pittsburgh or, as a more expensive example, Antoine Vermette in Chicago. Of course these are all very different players, but the point stands that every season teams looking at their championship window make these types of depth moves to load up. 

As of now, Parenteau brings with him a 0.5 point-per-game pace on the season and a $1.5-million cap tag that's off the books in July. He's showcased himself well this year as the team's third-highest goal scorer, and is arguably the person on the Leafs' roster who's the easiest to see moved by end-of-month. Here are a few places where he could be heading.

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LFR9 - Game 52 - DiGone - Tor 3, Cal 4

Steve Dangle
February 10 2016 01:42PM

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Out with the Dion Phaneuf era and in with the Auston Matthews era.

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