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The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Scoring Issues Without Auston Matthews In The Lineup

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

A three-game trip ended the way it started in Philadelphia on Tuesday and continued in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday.

With a thud, and another loss in regulation.

Playing without Auston Matthews for the fourth game in a row as the team’s best player recovers from an upper-body injury, the Leafs lost 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

It’s the second time this season the Leafs, who have a rare off-day on Saturday and don’t play until Tuesday, have lost three games in a row in regulation. The skid comes after Toronto won five of six games.

After the Leafs were shut out in Minnesota, the club’s forwards again fired blanks, as defenceman Andreas Borgman was the lone Toronto player to score on Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, though Borgman said after the game he thought his shot might have been deflected by Kasperi Kapanen.

That doesn’t matter. What does is the Leafs scored just four goals in the four games Matthews missed this past week.

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Discussing The Next Contracts For William Nylander And Mitch Marner

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Nylander will need a new contract after this season, and based on last season, it wasn’t hard to imagine he might have been eying something approaching the eight-year, $68-million contract signed by Leon Draisaitl in the summer. Certainly something north of $7 million per season.

Instead, Nylander may have to accept considerably less on a long-term arrangement, or even a bridge deal to get him through the next couple of seasons.

That alone would be very helpful to the Leafs given some of the choices they’ll have on their plate the next two summers. If they imagine taking a shot at John Tavares or Drew Doughty, they’ll need all the room they can get.

Marner, meanwhile, has one more season left on his entry-level deal, and more time to get his numbers in shape for his next negotiation. He has seen the riches bestowed on Connor McDavid (eight years, $100 million) and Jack Eichel (eight years, $80 million), the first and second picks of the 2015 NHL draft in which Marner was the fourth selection. McDavid’s contract would be out of reach, but based on Eichel’s play and numbers, he might be an easier comparable for Marner. That’s if Marner’s stats improve.


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Video- Concussion Talk Surrounds Auston Matthews

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Take Mike Babcock’s word that Auston Matthews is really on this three-game trip with the Maple Leafs.

But the head coach is not saying much else about the absent Matthews, his suspected head injury and when he might play again.

The leading scorer wasn’t available here Tuesday against the Flyers, the second game he’s missed after a collision with teammate Morgan Rielly on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Babcock, the only coach in the organization allowed to talk about Matthews’ condition, danced around the sensitive topic Tuesday morning when asked if Matthews will make it back Thursday in Minnesota or Friday in Detroit.

“I think he’s playing (soon), he’s day-to-day,” Babcock began. “So I think he’s playing every day. Day-to-day is normally 10 days (often the case when the team medical staff overrules the coach’s enthusiasm for fast-tracking injuries), but we’ll go day-to-day.


Below, watch Elliotte Friedman say no with a clip of the collision Matthews had...

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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.


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Points On The Line In the Battle Between Calgary And Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Storylines are not built equal.

It says something about the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames that the most notable thing to come out of their meeting Tuesday was that it’s the first time Auston Matthews has ever been held without a shot in an NHL game.

The Leafs centre chuckled in the corridor at Scotiabank Saddledome when asked about the end of a streak that spanned a record 103 games to start his career. His team had won 4-1. He’d had one shot blocked and another that went wide and didn’t even realize that Mike Smith went the entire night without needing to stop one off his stick....

In Edmonton, they’d beg, borrow and steal for this kind of talking point. Instead general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference on Tuesday morning to try and calm the waters amid a disastrous start.

The Montreal Canadiens have won a couple games since Carey Price’s return, but they’ve already had a chance to look over the side of the cliff in the first two months of the season. The losses are mounting in Ottawa. Vancouver’s been a surprise, but reality could be setting in during a tough six-game road trip.

Beyond Winnipeg, where the Jets are soaring, this Leafs-Flames game offered a reminder of what relative prosperity looks like in a Canadian hockey market.

They played in front of an energetic bipartisan crowd, which traded chants and saw several blue sweaters turn the “C” of Red into a mixed palate.

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Watch the game highlights below which includes a Calgary challenge of offside on an empty net goal with 0.9 seconds remaining on the clock.

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Video- He Is Auston Matthews

via Sportsnet,

Auston Matthews has captivated hockey fans since he took his first strides on NHL ice wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. (That four-goal debut helped, too.)

We know what he can do on the ice—his 40 goals and 29 assists earned him Rookie-of-the-Year honours and led the young Maple Leafs on a thrilling post-season run. But who is Auston Matthews?

In an exclusive documentary, Matthews gives Sportsnet a window into his life and a firsthand look at what it’s like to go from being a hockey-loving kid in the desert to one of the most important young superstars in one of the league’s most passionate markets. From Arizona to Toronto, Sportsnet follows Matthews’ unique path to the pros and speaks to those who have helped shape him as an athlete and a person.

Watch the 24 minute feature at Sportsnet or below...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Plans for the day

12lb. deep fried cajun turkey

home made stuffing

garlic mashed potatoes


pumpkin and dutch apple pie

a few beverages

a nice couch

To all of you, have an enjoyable Thanskgiving and hopefully a long weekend.

I will be around for a few hours this morning, then just like the NHL, I am goind dark for the day.

Tomrrow, 14 NHL starting at 1:00pm ET and ending around 10 1/2 hours later.

Just be thankful we are not the penalty box attendant guy... watch below...

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Video- This Is Not A ‘Trap’ Question Nazem Kadri

I had a chuckle when I saw this last night.  Took me some time to find it, but here it is.


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The Leafs’ Plan

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The overall goal is to be better able to afford the expensive, irreplaceable players by making sure there’s lots of choice and competition among the more affordable, replaceable athletes.

The only current Leaf guaranteed to get paid to the max is Auston Matthews. Forget the big hometown discount there. The Leafs need to then manage their cap intelligently to afford William Nylander and Mitch Marner, with the dollar amounts depending on how those players progress.

After that, it’s a matter of having lots of competition for jobs and available cap space. Ideally, the organization will progress to the point where some of those players will be willing to take less to be a Leaf. Tampa surely felt it got that kind of a bargain at the upper end of the payroll with Steven Stamkos last summer, and that could really pay off down the line.

In Toronto, Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri, Connor Brown and Zach Hyman have signed what could be considered team-friendly deals in the past two years. Freddie Anderson is the 18th-highest-paid goalie in the league. Meanwhile, with more than $16 million coming off the books next summer, you’ll have James van Riemsdyk, Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak all looking for new contracts, probably with the choice of trying to get more as UFAs or settling for less to stay in Toronto.


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Video- You Make The Call Coyotes/Leafs

The Leafs thought they had scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game. 


Yotes went on to score 2 eng to win 4-1.



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