On moving on from Holland and pursuing a shutdown defenceman

Jeff Veillette
November 23 2016 12:33PM

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For the first time in quite some time, an actual trade rumour has surfaced involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Darren Dreger was on TSN's Insider Trading yesterday, and spoke of Toronto's excess and needs heading into the immediate future.

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Should the Leafs be interested in Andrew Hammond?

Jeff Veillette
November 19 2016 11:39AM

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The Ottawa Senators have returned to a stable goaltending situation, deciding to go with Craig Anderson and Mike Condon as their netminders in the immediate future. With this in mind, this meant letting go of Andrew Hammond, who has been placed on waivers today. It's a pretty surprising turn of events, but is it one that the Leafs should take advantage of?

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Why you shouldn't be worried about Auston Matthews' slump

Jeff Veillette
November 13 2016 12:08PM

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Another game, another goalless effort. While his homeland talks about building walls, Auston Matthews has been claimed by media outlets in Toronto have hit a wall, now that his rate of production has slowed down considerably from that beautiful night on October 12th. That's when he scored four goals in his first NHL game; since then, he has two goals and six assists in fourteen games; hardly mindblowing numbers, especially when you consider that even the bulk of those came before October 15th.

Some are confused. Some are alarmed, even starting to wonder if the Leafs went after the wrong guy. But he'll be fine.

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Despite draft skepticism, Yegor Korshkov is finding his groove in the KHL

Jeff Veillette
November 08 2016 12:36PM

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Even as somebody who often spends their mornings catching up to the ongoings of the KHL, I was a little shocked when the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Yegor Korshkov as their 31st overall selection. Shocked might even be a generous word; I was straight up disappointed. After all, a lot of "scores all the points" darlings like Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat (who just signed his ELC yesterday) players were still on the podium, and here the Leafs were using the highest second round pick possible on an overager that had twelve points in what would usually be his Draft+1.

But I warmed up to the selection a little bit as time progressed, and as I've done that, Korshkov has heated up.

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Why Tuesday Night was Nazem Kadri's Perfect Game

Jeff Veillette
November 02 2016 01:17AM

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When it was realized that the line of Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, and Leo Komarov was going to be the one that was tasked with shutting down super-phenom and all-around greatest player on earth Connor McDavid, many had their concerns. Sure, all three are hard workers, but what was Kadri going to be able to do to a player that's bigger, faster, and younger than him? 

Sure enough, he had what could be argued to be the best game of his NHL career. The quintessential Nazem Kadri game. Much to the delight of the Leafs, of course; without that, they don't win this game.

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