How to sleazily acquire Sami Vatanen

Ryan Hobart
May 20 2016 03:33PM

After doing some editing recently for this Shanaplan Debate post on Sami Vatanen, it got me thinking about potential avenues for acquiring him from the Leafs' perspective. When it comes down to it, the Leafs really don't have much in the way of valuable assets that aren't definite key pieces of their long-term future. Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and James Van Riemsdyk are probably the only three in that category, and I'd be incredibly hesitant to move on from any of those players anytime soon.

So how else do you get Vatanen?

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MGD Game 1: Blue and White Chocolate

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2016 10:55AM


Two down, two to go. The Toronto Marlies head back on the ice tonight against the Hershey Bears. Together, they open up the Eastern Conference Finals, though only one of them can move on to the battle for the big prize. Like any series, though, you have to take things one game at a time, and that's what the two sides will be doing tonight as they try to get a head start on each other.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 20 2016 05:00AM

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Everyone wants Tyson Barrie, when putting value on draft picks goes wrong, is Mitch Marner NHL ready, Jets have assets to trade, coach talks Canucks struggles, Flames will have to trade for a goalie, is Oilers 4th overall pick undervalued, all kinds of draft news, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 19, 2016 - The Penner Effect

Steve Dangle
May 19 2016 08:28PM

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On this episode, the guys talk Kessel, playoffs, the Dustin Penner butterfly effect of offer sheets, and 90's cartoons.

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Knowing when a Ship has sailed

Jeff Veillette
May 19 2016 04:23PM

His name is Vadim Shipachyov. Or Shipachov. Or Shipachev. It depends on who you ask; Nikolay "Nikolai Kulemin" Kulyomin can attest to this. Anyway, Shipachyov is a Russian centre who, like projected #2 pick Patrik Laine, has North America in a tizzy thanks to his stellar showing at the World Championships so far. In eight games, he has an absurd 16 points, which leads all players in every participating countries.

He's a great player. But there are limits to that statement, limits which we passed this afternoon.

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