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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Sidney Crosby has two won Hart Trophies, two Conn Smythe Trophies, two Art Ross Trophies and three Stanley Cups: And if the season ended today, he would not be on my ballot for Most Valuable Player in the National Hockey League for the first time in years...

Crosby’s not alone with his team struggles. Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers are nowhere near the playoffs, as are Erik Karlsson’s Ottawa Senators. When asked at the beginning of the season to list the top 50 players, those were basically a consensus top three....

- There has been no talk of firing Todd McLellan in Edmonton and most people believe him to a very sound coach. So we wonder, if McLellan is so adept at the job, why are the Oilers special teams so horrendous?

- The Leafs aren’t letting anyone know what their plans are for James van Riemsdyk in the future, which is typical of the way in which they choose to conduct their business.

Nothing wrong with that so long as they find a way to retain the scoring winger.

It won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap and here is where it may get a little complicated for the Leafs’ financial people. The team has already committed $6 million a year to Patrick Marleau for next season and the year after that....

more on the first and last topics plus other notes...

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ilovehomers's avatar

So what’s more annoying, Babcock’s unwillingness to put Auston Matthews on the Leafs first power play — wouldn’t you like to see Mitch Marner and Matthews together with the man advantage? — or his stubborn belief that Roman Polak can help his hockey team.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/13/18 at 05:59 PM ET

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