Byron Froese's face hits the ice hard after clean hit; leaves game bleeding

Thomas Drance
November 20 2015 06:42PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs winger Byron Froese, 24, has quickly ingratiated himself to Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock with a hard-nosed style of play. 

In the second period of Toronto's game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, the hardness of Froese's nose got a stiff test when he was hit cleanly by Hurricanes forward Brad Malone and fell awkwardly, slamming his face hard against the ice. 

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Friday Roundtable: No World Juniors for You

Justin Fisher
November 20 2015 02:06PM

Just days ago, TSN's Bob McKenzie let it be known that it's doubtful two of the Toronto Maple Leafs' top prospects - William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen - would be released for the World Junior Championships next month. 

It's easy to forget that both players are even still eligible for the tournament, considering they're already contributing at the AHL level - but is it smart to hold them back from this one-or-twice-or-thrice in a lifetime experience? Does either player benefit from attending? Does it hurt their development to 'drop down' and play against lesser competition for a few weeks? We asked our esteemed Roundtable...

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LGD: Gently Nudge You Like The Hurricanes

Shawn Reis
November 20 2015 12:00PM

The Leafs have gotten at least a point in 7 of their 9 games in November largely thanks to the play of James Reimer, who now has a 6-2-3 record on the season and a .930 save percentage.  Reimer and the Leafs will look to continue their run tonight when they face off against the Hurricanes in Carolina.

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Report: Maple Leafs still focussed on selling at the deadline, despite recent success

Thomas Drance
November 20 2015 10:07AM

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It doesn't take much in the Toronto marketplace for Maple Leafs players to be asked about the possibility of making the postseason. 

The current iteration of the Maple Leafs are bad. They play like a good team, with structure through the neutral zone, and quality special teams units, but they're not built like one. 

And they're not on pace to make the postseason. In fact, in what is arguably the weakest (or second weakest) division in hockey, the Maple Leafs sit dead last. They're on pace for 69 points, which is nice, but not playoff worthy.

Recently the Maple Leafs have been winning though. They've racked up wins against teams like the Nashville Predators, the Dallas Stars, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Colorado Avalanche of late and they've taken points in seven of nine overall. While this recent streak of decent play has been a welcome relief from the near-constant losing Maple Leafs fans have endured over the past two seasons, it hasn't changed the club's overall strategy. This is still a team intent on self-immolation at the NHL trade deadline.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 20 2015 06:45AM

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5 reasons to hate the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks and Tyson Barrie, Travis Hamonic wants to be in Western Canada, the NHL's problem with offense, an early look at 2016 free agents, value of shot blocking, Connor McDavid's recovery, Sam Bennett an elite player in the making, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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