October 24 2015 01:34PM
If there's anything worse than watching the Leafs lose, it's watching the Habs win. At least in the case of the former, it's something that comes with a benefit. If Toronto loses, it makes them more likely to fire-sell for assets in February. It makes them more likely to get a shiny new draft pick. If Toronto loses, it's all just a part of a bumpy road that eventually leads to the finish line.
But the Habs winning? All that does is put Toronto's arch-nemesis slightly closer to winning Canada's first Stanley Cup since, well, the last time they did it. That, and make Habs fans, who are worse than the Habs themselves, even more obnoxious.
At least they like hockey too. That's their saving grace. Anyway, the Blue and White take on the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge tonight. Here's what's going down.
October 24 2015 12:52AM
When you're the best player in the league but can't legally drink in most of the arenas pic.twitter.com/rxk62qN72M— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) October 24, 2015
We've spent a decent amount of time talking about the top-end talent on the Toronto Marlies. The William Nylander, Connor Brown, Kasperi Kapanen types. When you talk about how good this team could be, it's easy to point to the big name prospects.
But what gets lost in the discussion is just how many players you can point to as being "too good" to be in the positions they are. If there was ever a night that proved it, it was tonight.
October 23 2015 01:15PM
The Leafs placed Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardiner on injured reserve today after calling up forward Byron Froese from the Marlies. Bozak has missed the entirety of the team's last two games after leaving last Friday's contest against Columbus with an unknown injury, and Gardiner missed Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo.
October 23 2015 09:50AM
If there was ever a moment in the current management regime's top-down restructuring that made it all make sense, it's this one. Some people have questioned the idea of the Leafs organization seemingly signing any hockey player that wasn't signed elsewhere, but in less than eleven months, the approach has shown its first significant payoff with the recall of Byron Froese.
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October 23 2015 06:45AM
Babcock is who Leafs thought, Canucks Army picks player goal songs, what the numbers say about the Jets, Glencross retires, pondering an All-Alberta team, the brief history of Bennett and McDavid, baby vs blogger, the 2016 NHL Draft pre-season rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.