The Ghost in the Machine: Babcock’s Phantom Roster

Jon Steitzer
July 22 2015 12:43PM

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We’ve already heard that Mike Babcock has been hard at work and using the most of complimentary diner stationery to fill out the Leafs lineup

“The Leafs head coach said he had been working on line combinations with Matthias, and without Phil Kessel, and setting expectations for the team as he prepares for this week’s prospects camp in Collingwood.
“You do (line combinations) all summer on a napkin, you watch the first exhibition game and you don’t like what you had on the napkin all summer, and you change it,” Babcock said.”

… but now we have a bit more insight into the logic that is actually going onto those napkins via Ron MacLean:

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jul 21, 2015 - Mocha Only

Steve Dangle
July 21 2015 10:22PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about expansion, the Leafs/Blue Jackets video, Leafs direction, and the recent history of Canadian hip hop.

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GTA expansion on hold, Leafs still the only show in town for now

Ryan Fancey
July 21 2015 07:54AM

It looks as though it'll still be a while before another NHL team is skating through The Six.

The deadline for prospective expansion teams to submit their applications to the league came and went yesterday, with the two most-talked about locations - Quebec City and Las Vegas - sending in their paperwork. Somewhat surprisingly though, there was nothing from the GTA (the "Greater Toronto Area" or "Hockey's Mecca" or "Center of the Hockey Universe" as we've all come to know it.) 

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Carter Ashton Heading to KHL, Leafs Lose Conditional Pick

Justin Fisher
July 21 2015 07:05AM

A former Leafs player and prospect is on his way to the KHL. From Sports-Express' Igor Eronko...

Why are we talking about Carter Ashton? Well, his new contract has a minor impact on Toronto's 2016 Draft plans. 

The Leafs dealt Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning back in early February for a conditional seventh round pick in next year's draft. Toronto would get the pick if Ashton played at least 15 games with the Lightning in this upcoming season. Now in Nizhny Novgorod, Ashton won't be playing at all for Tampa Bay, and the condition will not be met. The trade now becomes Ashton and Broll for quite literally nothing in return.

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Monday Mailbag: Good To Be Back

Jeff Veillette
July 20 2015 05:45PM

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As it turns out, I haven't died, lost the will to write, or been hired by an NHL team. Instead, I did a lot more focusing on the task at hand with the Five Hole For Food road crew this year, and didn't write sleep-deprived filler articles throughout July. But the tour is done; we raised a staggering amount of food once again this year, and have gone our separate ways. 

Which means I'm back! I fly back to Toronto tomorrow evening, and I'm here to irritate you all with my thoughts and takes once again. To start off, here's a few questions that you had for me this week.

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