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The Carolina Hurricanes Do Have Interest In William Nylander

from TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell confirmed Thursday that he is interested in acquiring William Nylander, but said he believes the Toronto Maple Leafs still hope to re-sign the restricted free agent.

"I think the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to sign the player, which, if I was the team, I would be doing the same thing because he's a very good player and it's hard to make those trades," Waddell told First Up on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. "I've been in those spots before, trading Dany HeatleyMarian HossaIlya Kovalchuk... They're never easy to make a trade and feel like you got full value. So as a team trying to keep your good players, that's your first priority."

Waddell said the Hurricanes are among the teams that have reached out to Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas regarding Nylander, though he said part of the talks have simply focused on gaining insight for their own RFA negotiations.

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Morning Line- Anze Kopitar

Well it’s been, what? Three, four games now? Willie came in, he’s a positive guy, but it’s on us. He’s not going to step on the ice and make a difference. It’s on us to go out there and just make a difference.

Like I said, it’s a matter of just putting your mind to it and doing it. Like I said, we’ve talked about it, we’ve addressed it many times and we can keep on talking about it, but if we don’t do it on the ice there’s nobody that can speak to you that can make a difference.

This road trip is crucial for us here. We have to put some points in the bank. There’s a couple days of practice time which I think we need and we have to come and be ready to work and get better, bottom line, and get our game in order.

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after a 5-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has more post-game quotes.

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Mike Babcock’s Coaching Style

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

“He is difficult,” Zetterberg said of Babcock, this while speaking to Detroit sportswriter Gregg Krupa. “He found a way to push me into an ‘I’m going to show you’ kind of thing. Not everyone, I think, can handle it.”

The gist of that quotation was recited to Babcock after Friday’s Maple Leafs practice. He was asked why he chooses that particular method to motivate players.

“I don’t think I do, actually,” Babcock said.

Perhaps there’s a disconnect, then, between the perceptions of Babcock’s players and Babcock’s perception of his own ways. When Zetterberg’s quote was repeated to longtime Leafs centreman Nazem Kadri, he smiled and nodded in recognition.

“I can definitely relate to that, for sure,” Kadri said. “Me and Babs have a pretty good relationship in terms of how things go. He’s able to push those buttons and me kind of respond and want to throw it in his face a little bit.”

Ditto Morgan Rielly.

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What’s Wrong With The Toronto Maple Leafs?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The giddy beginning, that festival of goal scoring and statistic padding, is over.

It isn’t just that Auston Matthews has a bad shoulder. It isn’t just that William Nylander remains in Sweden, the stalemate in contract negotiations continuing.

There is a lot more wrong with the Maple Leafs right now – and that easy march to the post-season and into contention is on hold as rookie general manager Kyle Dubas, veteran coach Mike Babcock and a lineup that is supposed to have more than its showing has lost its way this early in a dream season suddenly going south.

It’s one thing to lose games. It’s another to lose them the way the Leafs are losing. It’s another to be beaten by system and effort and intensity in too many games at home. The Leafs have now won one of their past five games at the Scotiabank Arena. Maybe worse than that is this: Toronto scored just once in the 2-1 loss Thursday night against Dallas. After scoring one goal against Calgary. After scoring in one of three periods against Winnipeg at home. After scoring one goal against St. Louis. After being shut out against Pittsburgh.

That’s 15 home periods of hockey. Toronto goals in three of those periods.

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Below, highlights of Toronto's loss to the Dallas Stars.

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The Calgary Flames Beat The Toronto Maple Leafs But Bill Peters Is Upset With The Refs

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

Bill Peters was, understandably, fuming.

Not over the Calgary Flames’ 3-1 win over the Auston Matthews-less Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, of course. We’ll get to details on the victory later.

But the issue at hand was the fact the head coach had seen the chain of events with 1:21 remaining in the third period differently than the National Hockey League on-ice officials did.

With Frederik Andersen on the bench and a full-court press by the Leafs, the entire building had thought that Morgan Reilly scored the game-tying goal on Mike Smith. Instead, the puck hit the outside of the mesh — clearly no goal and the play was live.

As such, Calgary retrieved the puck and were able to create a two-on-0, only to have the whistle blown signalling that the play was dead. Meanwhile, the entire building and the gathered Leafs on the ice were celebrating what they thought was a goal.

“They were getting hot there,” Peters said, sarcastically in his post-game media scrum referring to the officials. “They had a lot of momentum going, the refs.”

That wasn’t the only call that Peters wasn’t happy with.

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Video- Auston Matthews Out At Least Four Weeks

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today Auston Matthews is expected to be out a minimum of four weeks with a shoulder injury.

He will go on IR today.

If you missed how the injury occurred, watch below.

added 12:52pm, Matthews talked with the media today, watch below.

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GIF- Auston Matthews Left The Game After A Hit

No update at this point.

 

 

added 8:59pm, vide version is below...

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Afternoon Line- Nazem Kadri

"Everyone comes ready to play and has a gameplan to execute against us. We've just got to give each other more support and help each other out by working harder to get in those areas where you're available and can be open."

"Everybody comes to Toronto ready. t's kind of under the microscope, the hockey Mecca.

"I'm sure they're sick of hearing everything about the Leafs."

-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Joshua Clipperton of the CP has more on the Leafs.

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Auston Matthews On Fire

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Auston Matthews' sizzling start to the 2018-19 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs has put him in the elite company of Hockey Hall of Fame forwards Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy.

Matthews had two assists in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Arena on Monday, extending his multipoint streak to seven games. The Maple Leafs center joins Lemieux and forward Kevin Stevens (Pittsburgh Penguins, 1992-93), Bossy (New York Islanders, 1984-85) and Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, 1983-84) as players who started a season with seven consecutive multipoint games.

"I don't know what it is. I'm just trying to play hockey, have fun, get those opportunities and try to cash in on them," said Matthews, whose six-game goal streak ended. "I've been fortunate they've been going in; we've been able to gel as a line and continue to get better and obviously the most important thing is we're winning games, so we just want that to continue."

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Evening Line- Lars Eller

 

The Capital lost to the Leafs 4-2 tonight.

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