October 02 2015 09:51AM
Yes it's night everyone in Michigan was waited for. It's their chance to act like they never liked Babcock and that somehow Blashill is going to magically improve their team that has been in slow decline since their last Stanley Cup. I'm sure a big deal will be made of this, and next week an even bigger deal will be made about when Babcock returns for his first regular season game in Detroit and we pretend that this game never happened and watch him awkwardly answer press conference questions about what it feels like to be on the visitor's bench.
Tonight's game is on TSN 4 (Leafs Region) at 7:30 PM. The rest of us are left hoping the Wings do the right thing and put the game up on their team website.
October 02 2015 09:45AM
We've done a fair amount of speculating about this Leafs roster and how much Mike Babcock might be able to prop it up, but going on the record with our standings predictions is the last step before the season gets underway on Wednesday.
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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.