It’s a Leafs game day! Nature is Healing!

Allow me to pull back the curtain on the glamorous world of hockey blogging. It’s not a lot of fun writing pregames or post games. That being said, when we’ve been waiting to watch hockey since the middle of March and get some closure on the season, today it’s feeling pretty darn good.
While the Leafs season was riddled with injuries, controversy, and Cody Ceci, the reboot has the potential to at least give us a fresh start on two out of three of those things. The Leafs are healthy, to the point where Mikheyev was dominant in training camp, and Johnsson is close to returning. The Leafs have had a chance to get in a training camp under Sheldon Keefe now, allowing him to adjust the Leafs further away from the Babcock philosophy that has plagued the team in the past couple of years. And as for Cody Ceci, heck, if there is a time of year that we learn to appreciate defensive defensemen, it’s the post season, so we might even warm up to him a little too.
Tonight is an exhibition game, but a game against the Canadiens is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

We’re a week away from one of the least important days on the hockey calendar

If that title doesn’t pull you in, nothing will.
So let’s say you actually clicked on this, well you will be excited to learn that we are one week away from teams having their negotiating rights expire with NCAA players who have left or graduated from their schools. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
It’s this excitement that led to the exciting Dakota Joshua to St. Louis for Future Considerations deal a while back, and now here we are with the chance to pooper scoop the rest of the list.
By it’s nature this list is bound to be pretty underwhelming, but if you have a strong passion about potential stars on the Newfoundland Growlers next season, this could be the list for you. Here’s the breakdown of who is presently available (some of these players may be on AHL deals with their current organization and require an ELC to move on).
Player
NHL Team
NCAA Team
Position
Draft Year
Draft Round
GP
G
Pts
Brent Gates
ANA
Minnesota
C
2015
3
38
13
31
Steven Ruggiero
ANA
Lake Superior State
RD
2015
6
37
6
11
Christopher Brown
BUF
Boston College
C
2014
6
39
7
16
Ivan Chukarov
BUF
U.Mass Amherst
LD
2015
7
25
1
3
Max Willman
BUF
Boston University
F
2014
5
36
1
6
Fredrik Olofsson
CHI
Nebraska-Omaha


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #16: Post-Game 4 vs. Magic Reaction

The Raptors pull out another impressive victory over the Magic, pushing Orlando to the brink of elimination in the first round. The possibility of a Douchebag Sweep is still alive (shouts to The Starters)! Unlike the Gentleman’s Sweep (where the better team wins first three, loses Game 4, then closes things out in five), the Douchebag Sweep is when one team wins Game 1 — giving that fan base the false hope of a series upset — only to lose the next four games consecutively.
If Toronto does not close this out on Tuesday, you have every right to blame the That’s A Rap crew. Otherwise, you’ve been warned that the latest episode is filled with information that has one eye towards future rounds.

On The Latest Episode:
Unlike the previous two games, it was the Orlando Magic that jumped out to a hot start. They forced turnovers on the first two Raptor possessions and bolted to a 9-1 lead. The fact that Toronto still ended the quarter with a lead must have been discouraging for any Magic fan.
Jokes about the Raptors facing two opponents — Orlando and the referees — are funny to a certain extent, until you delve into the …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ