Good Morning From Vietnam!

Editor's Note: One of the strengths of this site aside from Chemmy's funny faces, my squishy cheeks, MF37's rampant pessimism, and SkinnyFish's satiny beard is the community. Whenever a void has opened up there has been someone eager to step in to help ensure that this remains the best Leafs community on the internet. Our latest addition is JP Nikota. 

For those who don't know me, my name is JP Nikota and I'm the latest addition to the PPP team [Editor's Note: I just said that]. I'll be helping out a bit around the site doing these 'From The Branches' posts, and maybe pitching in with the odd Game Day Thread. Yes, I currently reside in Vietnam (I'm working here as an English teacher), but still manage to wake up for every game possible. I have to work every weekend, so I can never see the HNIC games, but I'm usually in the Game Day Threads, cheering from one of the most distant peanut galleries possible. See you there tonight.

Many of today's links focus on the second-biggest piece of news to emerge from the Leafs' game against Nashville (second to the win, naturally), the injury to J.S. Giguère, and the impact it is having on other goaltenders in the Leaf system.

From Mirtle, confirming what he posted earlier on Twitter:

Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Jean-Sébastien Giguère, who left their game Tuesday with a groin strain in the third period, will miss the next one to two weeks with the injury. Toronto recalled James Reimer from the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday morning to take his place.

Backup Jonas Gustavsson will start against the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur on Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

Leaf Links:

Schenn Joins the Rush

Mirtle interviews Schenn about rounding out his game.

MacArthur Credits Wilson With Early Season Success

“I think the biggest thing is with Ron if I screw up out there, he’s still playing me,"

Yeah, we know. From Jonas Siegel.

Phaneuf Reveals A Significant Ordeal After Surgery

Another article from Siegel.

Game Preview from In Lou We Trust

Get a look at our upcoming opponent from their perspective.

A Brief History of Vintage Leaf Memories

Michael Langlois offers an introduction to his site for newcomers, and shares some of his own (very interesting) personal history as a Leaf fan.

Leafs Will Eventually Face Goaltending Troubles of a Different Kind

Maplestirup muses about what our goaltending situation will look like next season.

New Photos at Vintage Leafs

Someday, that could be Burke in the shower. Uh, just look at the photo. Photos. There are a bunch of new photos.

Reimer Reason

Puckin' Eh weighs in on the Leafs' calling up of Reimer over Rynnas.

NHL Links:

In Trading White, the Flames Pulled the Trigger Too Soon

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail weighs in on the Ian White deal.

Vinnerborg Becomes NHL's First European-trained Ref

It's those immigrants. They took'er jerbs again. (Not really. There has been a shortage of capable refs.)

TSNSportsnet, and Yahoo! put up this week's Power Rankings.

This was before the Nashville game.

Halak Scores on Himself

Kukla's Korner with a Youtube link.

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