Leafs vs Habs: Game Day Preview

Steve Dangle
January 19 2013 12:29PM

 

 It's back!

Howdy, folks! Cam locked himself out of his house (I suspect Bettman did it) so I'll be giving you your Leafs pre-game blog. Here's a quick run-down of the essentials.

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2013 Maple Leafs "Stars and Goats"

Cam Charron
January 18 2013 04:54PM

It's been so long since we watched a hockey game together.

For too many months, we were caught up in the discussion involving collective bargaining agreements, standard player contracts, hockey-related revenue, defined benefit pension plan, federal mediation, entry-level contract, arbitration and so on and all of a sudden you needed a few credits in 100-level business courses to be qualified to call in to a radio show.

Tomorrow we get to start loving and hating hockey players again.

"Stars" and "Goats" have been a Nations Network tradition. You can edit your Nations profile (you should sign up for an account if you haven't) to modify the players you will love no matter what, and hate no matter what. Last season, The Leafs Nation had players like Mikhail Grabovski and Nik Kulemin listed as "stars", while defensively-liable Joffrey Lupul and Colton Orr were selected as goats.

Below are this year's picks by our contributor staff. Add your own in the comments, and to your profile page.

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Grabovski, Kulemin, Komarov: Since you been gone.

Steve Dangle
January 18 2013 04:12PM

Let's stop pretending like that's not a catchy song, Ok?

I've spent the last few months covering the KHL. I've been following all of the locked-out NHL players that were over there, and followed the Leafs over there with the most interest.

Many of you have asked "How did Mikhail Grabovski look with Datsyuk?" "How did Nikolai Kulemin look with Malkin?" and "Who the hell is Leo Komarov?" Allow me to try to answer.

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Worst to First Jerseys: The Toronto Maple Leafs

Jonathan Willis
January 18 2013 01:41PM

By John van der Woude

Worst to First Jerseys:This installment of the Worst to First Jerseys features the Toronto Maple Leafs, and much thanks to Leafs Nation for letting me guest post on their blog. On my own blog, I talk about about graphic design in hockey and I'll be doing the jerseys for the rest of the league over time, so come by Hockey By Design to check it out.

I started this series with the Vancouver Canucks, who in just 40 years have produced 8 very distinct jersey designs. Now, with the Maple Leafs, here's a team that in 85 years (since renaming themselves the Leafs from the St. Pats in 1927) have essentially had one jersey design with slight modifications over the years. It makes things slightly more difficult in ranking the Leafs' jerseys – or even in clearly defining different jersey designs that they've had – but I'll have a go at it anyway, because there's definitely still some winners and losers here.

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Leafs cut Morgan Rielly, Matt Frattin, set 23-man roster

Cam Charron
January 18 2013 10:36AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have finalized their 23-man roster, cutting Morgan Rielly and Matt Frattin Friday to trim their roster and set the lineup they'll likely run with tomorrow in Montreal. (Meanwhile, Tim Connolly cleared waivers, and Dave Nonis says he'll report to the Toronto Marlies)

The moves aren't particularly surprising. Frattin is waiver-exempt, and as a player in his scoring peak he barely moved the needle at the NHL-level. He fits better with the Toronto Marlies and as the first-injury call-up for the Leafs. Morgan Rielly will be sent back to junior in Moose Jaw, impressive as he is as an 18-year-old, the reality of the situation is that he's too chaotic in his own end to benefit the hockey team, and it doesn't benefit Rielly as a player to play 15 minutes a night of panicky hockey.

Rielly will get his chance some day, but clearly that is not today.

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