Friedman's Thoughts on the Leafs

Jon Steitzer
November 03 2015 09:50AM

It’s Tuesday morning and getting through the work week seems next to impossible. That’s when Elliotte Friedman drops his 30 Thoughts and changes everything and suddenly we have a brief moment of bliss that should hopefully tide us over until lunch.

After a few weeks of being light on the Leafs, there wasn’t any shortage of Leafs content this week.

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Antoine Bibeau called up on Emergency Basis by Leafs, hinting at Bernier Injury

Jeff Veillette
November 03 2015 09:42AM


Jonathan Bernier's ailments might be more serious than originally suspected. The Toronto Maple Leafs made an emergency move this morning, recalling sophomore goaltender Antoine Bibeau from the Toronto Marlies.

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How do Babcock's 1st 10 games as Leafs coach stack up against Wilson, Carlyle and Horachek?

Jon Steitzer
November 03 2015 08:40AM

Mike Babcock’s first ten games as a Leafs Head Coach will hopefully be his most forgettable games as a Leafs Head Coach. Expecting a winning record would have been a tall order, not really a desired outcome considering the desire for another high draft pick or two, but one win still hurts.

Looking back at the past few coaches to come through Toronto, rocky starts aren’t out of the ordinary, and arguably the only other coach who had to deal with being part of a total teardown was Peter Horachek. Hopefully there are some worthwhile takeaways from looking back at the results of the previous coaches in comforting us that Babcock era isn’t off to a horrible start.

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8 Life Roles That Roman Polak Might Be Day Dreaming About

Jeff Veillette
November 03 2015 06:52AM

It doesn't take a genius to be of the opinion that Roman Polak is an extremely weak part of the Leafs' defensive core. Through the first eleven games of the season, Polak has the worst relative possession numbers on all defencemen, bleeds scoring chances against with nothing being sent back the other way, and has the worst offensive numbers out of anybody making substantial money (only Martin Marincin and Matt Hunwick have a lower even strength points per 60).

Maybe it's a bad start, or maybe he's just not a great defenceman; gritty and tenacious, but part of the old school style of play that the league is moving away from. You know what is great, though? This picture above. It is the best, and by the best, I mean it can be turned into the best using our friend Adobe Photoshop. As such, here are eight occupations I could totally see Roman Polak thinking about while he's on the ice.

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Monday Mailbag: Technically Tuesday

Jeff Veillette
November 02 2015 11:02PM


It's past midnight, so on Toronto paper, it's Tuesday. But I haven't gone to bed yet, so it's Monday night, sort of. The Nation Network runs on Edmonton time, so it's just past 10 PM. 

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