Kudos to the Maple Leafs & the NHL for throwing a fantastic All-Star Weekend: Leafs Morning Take

Nick Alberga
20 days ago
No rest for the big boys.
Just 48 hours after Team Matthews took down Team McDavid to win the 2024 NHL All-Star Game, the Leafs will host the New York Islanders on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena.
Mercifully, the eight-day break is over. All in all, it will be fascinating to see how the team looks – especially Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Nylander – after the busy weekend they just had.
Thanks to our friends over at Seagram’s, who supplied the Whisky VO Studio for us on Thursday and Friday at SponsorshipX, we kicked off the Monday edition of Leafs Morning Take by offering up a simple status check following a crazy past few days. Suffice it is to say, All-Star Weekend was a big-time success for The Nation Network/Leafs Morning Take brand.
Presented by Door Dash, The Appetizer focused on the on-ice/off-ice experience. Simply put, it was a home run. Most importantly, it was a great Toronto showcase. Furthermore, we both agreed that the NHL did a good job making the skills competition a better watch. Speaking of which, we broke down Nikita Kucherov’s antics on Friday night. Also, we couldn’t help but discuss all the love Connor McDavid received from his ‘hometown’ crowd.
Planting seeds, planting seeds..

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Additionally, Douglas set the table for our conversation about Toronto’s practice on Sunday. David Kampf is injured, Tyler Bertuzzi got a haircut, and Joseph Woll is nowhere close to returning. There was a lot of meat on the proverbial bone. We’re versatile.
Meantime, thanks to the Wendy’s Daily Faceoff Survivor, we previewed Leafs/Islanders. For what it’s worth it, both teams had identical eight-day layoffs. Ilya Samsonov will take on Ilya Sorokin.
Anthony Stewart will fill in for Jay Rosehill on the Tuesday edition of Leafs Morning Take. Join us at 11 AM ET as we recap Leafs/Isles plus look ahead to the rest of the week for the Maple Leafs.
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