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Babcock confirms that Martin is healthy. Stands to be a healthy scratch Friday for the first time as a Leaf.

Sound the celebration alarm! Babcock has caught up to the boards from last year! Numfar! Do the dance of joy!

Hey, this looks fun! Hopefully they can string some wins together and stick for a bit.

I'm not so sure. Being a forward requires more skating/playing with the puck - and he's no good at that.

Pre-injury, he wasn't the worst skater. He could go in a straight line pretty good, at least for somebody of his size. I'd see him as a poor (poor, poor, poor) man's Zach Hyman. I'd imagine he could forecheck well and cause some loose puck opportunities for his better linemates to pick up on.

I mean I sure wouldn't want him on my teams 4th line, but if you were looking for somebody with size for a 4th line I'm sure some teams have worse players out there.

I would be a little frightened as a defender on a dump-in knowing that Polak was coming in to retrieve it. But other than his ability to separate your head from your body, his skill level isn't very intimidating.


4 days with no games, so it's not really a huge deal.

Today's practice was missing Matthews, Nylander (who got stapled pretty hard to the boards by Chara), and Bozak (who has had back/pelvis problems all of last season).

I'm dying to get a look at Polak on Kadri's wing.  :D

Someone on Sports Net said Mathews has a history with his back, is this true?

Does anyone know his backstory?

I think Mitch Marner is going to have his coming out party tonight.

I think you should expect this rotation for as long as he's up.

Until one of them makes a clear claim to the role, yeah. Bergman's been better so far, but I wouldn't say he's played well enough to force his way into the lineup on a nightly basis.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Lupul Situation
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:07:39 AM »
I thought it was interesting that Lupul said that the Leafs cheat, and everyone let's them, and then Kadri liked his comment. Well done, Naz.

Naz liked the picture, the comments were Lupul replying to a fan after he posted.

Ahhh... that's a little different than the way they spun it on FAN 590 this morning.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:06:17 AM »
Next stop: Legend's Row.

Just make sure you're home before dark.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Lupul Situation
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:03:32 AM »
I thought it was interesting that Lupul said that the Leafs cheat, and everyone let's them, and then Kadri liked his comment. Well done, Naz.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Las Vegas Expansion Team Thread
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:50:00 PM »
White gloves (with goldfingers) though...

I'm digging the slate gray, but I'm not sure what to make of the heavy Deutschländer-vibe.

Those gloves are pretty awful.

And so what of this Sandberg character?

Swedish winger Filip Sandberg is headed to the NHL, according to his 2015-16 club, HV71. HV71 made an announcement similar to their release on Tuesday which said defenceman Andreas Borgman had signed in the NHL but didn’t announce where. Borgman was later revealed to have joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on a two-year contract. Sandberg scored eight goals and added 17 assists in 52 games during the regular season. He added six goals and eight assists in 16 playoff games as HV71 won the league’s championship.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Ben Smith re-signed to a 1-year deal
« on: May 03, 2017, 01:13:06 PM »
I agree with Carlton and Busta
This signing of Smith guarantees that Martin will be protected.

I'm guessing the last forward protected is Leipsic, and the
last dman protected is Marinicin.  (He played more minutes
in the playoffs than Carrick did).

So Vegas can pick one of the following

Fehr, Rychel, Griffith, Leivo, Carrick or Sparks

No way they will protect Marincin over Carrick. Carrick was a top 3 regular, Marincin was not. It is that simple.

I'm not sure it is that simple. Marincin kills penalties (Carrick doesn't kill penalties or play on the PP), and is 6'4" compared to Carrick's 5'10". I realize that isn't everything, but those are traits - size, special teams - that Babcock seems to favor.


When it comes to playing without the puck, I’d argue that Zach Hyman’s one of the best players on the team.

Unfortunately, the biggest weakness in his game is when he does have the puck...

Hockey’s version of a designated hitter, JVR is fantastic offensively and pretty horrendous defensively...

My kingdom for a way to merge these two into the ultimate winger.

Pretty sure this thing could get it done.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:19:50 PM »
Looks like Leafs Lunch is getting a bit of a shuffle. No more poop emoji.

?? Please elborate.  :)

I really hope the Leafs can batten down the hatches in the first 10 minutes. If they can do that, I think they win this one.

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