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May 29 2015 06:45AM
David Booth's interesting stretch routine, Mike Babcock's assistants, Canucks wanting to fix blueline, David Clarkson versus Matt Beleskey, Flames trade targets, teams in Cap trouble, Leon Draisaitl, Peter Chiarelli, free agency, the NHL draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
May 28 2015 07:12PM
It appears as if Toronto isn't done poaching coaches from the Detroit Red Wings.
It's believed Mike Babcock has reached out to Tony Granato about joining him with Leafs. DET also wants Granato back.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
Leafs have asked permission to speak to DET assistants Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer. Both likely to join Mike Babcock's staff.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
We already knew that Hiller and Brewer in particular were rumoured to be heading to Toronto, but I'm not sure I've heard any firm reports about the Leafs' (and Babcock's) interest in bringing in Granato until now.
May 28 2015 02:30PM
Nothing divides Leafs fans more than a player without much offensive upside. Today in the latest edition of our First Round Targets series we will look at such a player, profiling the polarizing Brandon Carlo, an American-born defenseman playing for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL.
May 28 2015 02:02PM
David Booth hasn't developed into the everyday top-six forward and difference maker that many expected, but when he's healthy, he's still a credible NHL caliber forward and, occasionally, he's even better than that.
The problem for the best Toronto Maple Leafs player of the short-lived Peter Horachek era (talk about damning with faint praise), aside from being a sub-average finisher and a shooting percentage drag, is that he's struggled enormously to stay on the ice.
Durability issues have sabotaged Booth's once promising NHL career, so it makes sense that he'd be trying a new routine this summer to stay limber. Surely it can't hurt for a guy that once pulled his groin on the first drill of training camp to give intensive couples calisthenics a go.
May 28 2015 07:41AM
On TLN, this new feature of #TBT or "Throwback Thursday" as the kids call it, will showcase some of the highlights (and occasionally lowlights) of the Leafs' history.
This week we're taking a look at the Leafs' 6-0 destruction of the Habs in Montreal on February 9th of the 2013 lockout-shortened season. It was the first game I'd ever attended at the Bell Centre, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart.