Leafs lose to Sabres in St. Catharines, prepare for rematch tonight

Embed from Getty Images Things didn’t go as hoped for the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, at least from an offensive standpoint. While the defence core looked solid and both Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo were impressive, the blue and white dropped their second consecutive preseason game, this time to the Buffalo Sabres.

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 9/30/2016 Edition

Everybody loves the idea of getting something for nothing, and the NHL equivalent is the waiver wire. Friday marks the first time in the 2016-17 season that we’ve seen substantial activity, and while it’s unlikely that we’ll see a claim – most teams are busy figuring out how to deal with their own waiver issues…

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Why the Leafs should keep old numbers open for new generations

Embed from Getty Images The Leafs have a lot of players at training camp. Before they made their cuts, in fact, they had almost enough players to take up every single one and two digit jersey number from 1 to 98 (hey, Gretzky). Of course, they didn’t quite get to that point, but a quick…

On Auston Matthews and Making Toronto “Safe” For Players

Embed from Getty Images Back in June, on the day that the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Auston Matthews first overall, Mike Babcock told reporters that Matthews would start the year playing on the 3rd line, with Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak ahead of him on the depth chart.  On Wednesday this week Babcock repeated that…

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The Roundup

  Jacob Trouba no shows at Jets camp, Babcock for coach of the year, a look back at Canucks draft picks and the season ahead, will Edmonton send Puljujarvi to the AHL, the Gaudreau dilemma in Calgary continues, every team kicks tires on Trouba, fantasy hockey, cherish your father and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to…

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY SPORTS Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn’t matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up…

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Team Canada sweeps, wins 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games. I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at…

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WCOH Final 2: Canada vs. Europe

This time, there’s something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it’s been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me…

Gardiner vs Rielly: Who is Toronto’s Best Defenceman?

Embed from Getty Images It’s well known that September is Jake Gardiner Appreciation Month.  But did you know that Toronto has other defencemen?  It’s true.  One of those defencemen is Morgan Rielly, the former 5th overall pick who recently played a major role on the exciting Young Guns team at the World Cup of Hockey. …

The Leafs could use another preseason clean-out trade

Embed from Getty Images Just before last season got going, Lou Lamoriello pulled off his first substantial deal as general manager in Toronto, purging a handful of B-level prospects for one year of Michael Grabner. It didn’t make much of a tangible impact in the short term outside of acquiring some decent-ish NHL depth, but…