Suggested locker room slogans for the Leafs

It looks like another locker room shakeup is coming. By shake up, I mean someone is shaking up a can of paint to rid the room of it’s previous slogan…

The message is changing in a literal sense for the Maple Leafs under Sheldon Keefe.
“It’s a privilege, not a right” is no longer written on the walls above the stalls at the FPC dressing room.
No new slogan just yet.
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) November 26, 2019
RIP to the Leafs nonsensical, begging to be misinterpreted slogan and hello to a clean canvas begging for our input.
I fancy myself an expert on inspiring others, so I give you my top 10 recommendations for what the Leafs new slogan should be…
1.

When have we ever known things to go wrong in Toronto? This is the perfect celebration of how there are nothing but clear skies and smooth water for the Leafs going forward.
2.
This one might not be as good as a slogan as much as it is a summary of the Leafs special teams strategy in the first 23 games of the season.
3.
Oh crap. I meant to include this one on a list for Senators slogans. Because no one is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rachel Doerrie’s Pre-Game: 5 Things to Watch For vs Philly

As they say in the dressing room, the boys are buzzing!
The Maple Leafs enter the final game of their homestead on a three-game win streak, which happened to start against these very Flyers. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope tonight’s game doesn’t require an 11-round shootout where only three goals are scored.
According to DailyFaceOff, here’s how the teams are going to line up:
Forwards: 

Defence: 

Frederik Andersen is expected to grab the start.
1) Praying for Fun Hockey
The last time these two teams played, the result was high-scoring and fun. Special teams played a prominent factor and the game was free-flowing. A week later, the Leafs have played two of the most boring hockey games in recent memory.
I’m sure Mike Babcock loves it because it is low event, but the people who pay ~$500 to sit in the Scotiabank Arena seats probably don’t feel the same way. I wouldn’t have faulted fans for dozing off during either of the game against LA or Vegas, because it was genuinely boring hockey.
The Flyers, similar to the *regular* Leafs, don’t seem capable of playing boring hockey. In their last five games, either …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

Making sense of the Marcus Stroman situation

Is there a phrase for an elephant in the room that everyone is willing and ready to talk about at pretty much all times? Because that’s been the situation with Marcus Stroman this year.

With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, the discussion around Stroman’s future with the organization is reaching a boiling point. I think we’ve pretty much all accepted that the team’s ace is going to be dealt at the trade deadline. Stroman himself has come to terms with it.
We can argue all day and night if it’s the right idea to trade the 28-year-old starter who seems to be just entering his prime. This is a bit of a mystery box and the boat scenario with a few other wrinkles mixed in. Really, we’ll have to wait until the trade is made before we dissect whether it was a good idea to sell high on Stroman in order to add more to the farm.
The new piece of information I want to talk about is this report from Andy Martino that suggests the Blue Jays have, in fact, considered offering Stroman an extension.

Source: Blue Jays have told …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation