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October 02 2015 06:45AM
Trade rumors of Zajac to Toronto swirl, Brandon Sutter's big expectations in Vancouver, Flames predicted to make playoffs, young core better positioned than Oilers, Maurice and Yeo clash in Winnipeg, Eberle out for a while in Edmonton, young kids making rosters, training camp cuts, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings
October 01 2015 04:51PM
"In order for things to get better, the Leafs have to ice rosters like this for a bit. I'm sorry, too." - an apologetic Cat Silverman
Leading up to opening night for the Leafs next Wednesday, we're going to continue to supply everyone with rosters drawn up by each of our writers. It's a painful process when the team is this horrid, and I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But that's what we do here at TLN: suffer through this team so you don't have to (as much).
Yesterday Jon took a stab at creating a potential Leafs lineup, and used a few unconventional moves in doing so, then Cat followed up with her version of the team earlier today. Both had their share of takes. My roster might be the most boring of the bunch, but follow past the jump anyway and tell me how much you hate it.
October 01 2015 12:44PM
"Nothing induces stress like trying to come up with a lineup that makes sense for the Leafs. That's because the team really isn't that good." - Jonathan Hockey, aka Jon Steitzer
Yesterday, we kicked off what's probably going to be the most controversial and inflammatory series we've done all off-season: attempting to predict the team's lines for the 2015-2016 season.
I'm not even going to get into the fact that you should all be ashamed of yourselves for getting so upset over what's basically a slight variance on the four interchangeable lines that the Leafs will roll next year. The good news, of course, is that the fourth line isn't going to have Colton Orr or someone like Brandon Bollig; even if the Leafs opt to put Shawn Matthias, Mark Arcobello, or Nick Spaling in the bottom six, all three have proven that they're capable of putting up 15-20 goals in a single season. The bad news is still that the team may be icing four good third lines next year, but hey - rebuilds suck. In order for things to get better, the Leafs have to ice rosters like this for a bit.
I'm sorry, too.
October 01 2015 10:27AM
Jonathan Bernier is the second (and final) goalie that we'll be doing a profile proper on here at TLN before the season begins.
Some of you love Jonathan Bernier. Some of you think, like the panelists over at ESPN Insider, that Bernier is given less credit than he's due - but still aren't willing to consider him a franchise-changer, because he still can't win the damn games. Yet more of you think that he's a kinda short, kinda blissfully clueless, kinda fragile butterfly goalie who makes some cool bail-out saves but still allows too many easy goals and gets hurt all the time.
Whatever your opinion of Bernier is, though, the 27 year old native of Laval, Quebec is signed for another two years; unless we see Antoine Bibeau or Garret Sparks truly edge either Bernier or Reimer out of net AND see a team willing to trade to take on his $4.15M AAV cap hit, there's not much that's going to change until his current deal expires.
September 30 2015 05:00PM
Nothing induces stress like trying to come up with a lineup that makes sense for the Leafs. That’s because the team really isn’t that good. I assume that every night Mike Babcock spends hours driving his car across the border with a trunk full of Oxycontin in an attempt to get out building a lineup that can’t compete in the NHL, but will be highly competitive in the draft lottery.
I like to think that my lineup card is a little less conventional than what others might go with, but that’s largely unlike Mike Babcock; I’ve had years to develop a loathing for many of these players, not just a month and I’m sure you’ll notice who I’ve given up on.