November 27 2015 11:00AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs' November turnaround has been driven largely by goaltending, though special teams play and the surprising sturdiness of Toronto's first line have also been major contributors.
Driving the bus in all of these areas are goaltender James Reimer and first-line centre Nazem Kadri, both pending free agents (Kadri will be restricted, Reimer will hit the open market).
Reimer and Kadri are 25 and 27 respectively, so they're young enough to project as being, perhaps, contributing pieces on a future contending iteration of the Maple Leafs. Though both players have performed very well for the Maple Leafs, the club has yet to reach out to their representatives to discuss the possibility of a contract extension, according to a report from Sportsnet's Damien Cox.
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November 27 2015 06:45AM
Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
November 26 2015 10:16PM
On this episode, the guys man crush on Aaron Ekblad, talk about the possible resurgence of Sidney Crosby, the hiring of Justin Bourne by the Toronto Marlies, and much more.
November 26 2015 02:09PM
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The Toronto Marlies have made a move to keep their defensive rotation well-stocked throughout the year, upgrading James Martin's professional tryout to a full American Hockey League contract.
November 26 2015 06:00AM
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A lot is being made of Leo Komarov's "coming out party" of late. The 28-year-old Estonian-born Finn has spent the bulk of the season on the Toronto Maple Leafs' top line with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk. He's looked stellar in the role.
Komarov well on his way to setting career highs in goals and points while putting up fantastic underlying numbers. But what's changed? What is new in Komarov's game that has made him a better player at such a late age? Komarov may not be the one who's changed. It might just be his surroundings.