LGD: Race to Rebuild

Ryan Fancey
January 17 2017 09:15AM


Coming out of this past summer, there was some talk about how the Sabres and Leafs - both young clubs in full-on rebuild mode - could see their eventual peaks at around the same time. The thinking has been that, down the road, these two teams could form a major divisional rivalry as they make their climb into contention. 

And that isn't far-fetched. You've got plenty of good storylines going here: Two American franchise cornerstones in Eichel and Matthews, the Nylander brothers eventually facing off against each other, and of course the whole Babcock fiasco from 2015. The potential for this rivalry is certainly there, but as of today the Leafs have gotten out to a nice head start in the race to making real noise in the conference, and they'll want to put that on display tonight in attempting to keep hold of a playoff spot in the east.

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Frank Corrado's conditioning stint is over, how did he do?

Jeff Veillette
January 16 2017 12:22PM

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The last two weeks were a magical experience. Okay, maybe that's pushing it; they were just hockey games, most of which the Toronto Marlies lost. But Frank Corrado played in all seven games he was available to play in with them, after being sent down for a conditioning stint to get back into game rhythm. They're over now though, and as of this morning, he was practicing with the Leafs again.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 16th

Jeff Veillette
January 16 2017 12:45AM


Going to bed at 7:30 PM is bad for you if you're going to just wake up again at 10:30 PM. Enjoy this dive into the mailbag (which was more full than usual; sorry if I didn't answer you this time), while I try to find a way to pass out for a bit.

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LFR10 - Game 41 - Backuphinney - Tor 4, Ott 2

Steve Dangle
January 15 2017 06:24PM

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He's a pretty good back, ain't he?

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Are the Toronto Marlies actually this bad?

Jeff Veillette
January 15 2017 03:44PM

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It's January 15th and the Toronto Marlies are the worst team in the North Division. Just a year ago, they finished the year with one of the best records in AHL history, and here we are talking about 0.500 being a dream to attempt to accomplish.

People expected regression, but they didn't expect a chance at being third-last in the league at the halfway point. But something doesn't feel right about this; what is a team full of quality players, that started hot, and has scored as many goals as they've allowed doing at the bottom of the standings?

Here's an attempt at figuring it out.

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