WWYDW: Replacing James van Riemsdyk

Jon Steitzer
January 13 2016 01:30PM

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Monday we touched on the rather unfortunate matter of James van Riemsdyk being out for 6-8 weeks. At this point we've seen Josh Leivo promoted, and as far as Wednesday night's game is concerned we'll see Shawn Matthias joining Tyler Bozak and P.A. Parenteau on their line. 

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LGD: Life After JVR

Adam Laskaris
January 13 2016 10:33AM

It's a weird feeling losing your top scorer and not really being fazed by it. The Leafs, who lost a tight seven-goal affair last outing against the Sharks, found out earlier this week that James van Riemdsyk is broken. Tonight, they face their first game without their 14-goal man- against the league's current worst team in the standings- the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #15 to #11

Justin Fisher
January 13 2016 08:12AM

#15 - Rinat Valiev

Nobody was quite sure what to expect out of Rinat Valiev in his first professional season. The 20-year-old Russian had made a huge leap in his final year of junior, nearly doubling his point production to 46 points in 52 games while playing on a relatively weak Kootenay Ice roster. At the same time, it was his first crack at playing against men, and such situations are often a crapshoot, especially with defencemen.

However, he hasn't looked out of place on a dominant Marlies roster. Typically paired with team Captain and grizzled veteran Andrew Campbell, Valiev has played in most of Toronto's games this year, usually only being rotated out when there are 3-in-3 weekends or similarly tough stretches of the schedule.
In 32 games this year, Valiev has ten points, good for fourth among Marlies defencemen behind Stuart Percy, the aforementioned Campbell, and AHL superstar TJ Brennan.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jan 12, 2016 - Peanut Butter

Steve Dangle
January 12 2016 10:11PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about #Sedingate, Calgary's arena needs, a potential Leafs record, and more.

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USHL Top Prospects Game Goes Tonight in Omaha

Tom Hunter
January 12 2016 02:00PM

For the first time in, well maybe ever Omaha, Nebraska will be crawling with NHL scouts and general managers as the fourth annual USHL Top Prospects Game will hit the ice Ralston Arena, home of the Lancers. A little bit under the radar, the game will be especially interesting to teams like the Maple Leafs who have a stockpile of mid to late round draft picks this summer. While the high-end talent may not be the same as its CHL counterpart, last year saw two first round picks (Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser) play in the game along with 14 other players that were drafted into the NHL. Judging from the list of players in attendance tonight that number will likely be a little higher this year. 

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