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Is this the year?
Is this the year?

As you are all aware, yesterday was the start of the 2010 Toronto Maple Leafs training camp.  The team has invited (in a mildly controversial move) sixty-four players to take part in the five-day camp.  The players were divided up into three teams of twenty-one.  It might come as a bit of a shock considering the style of Ron Wilson, but the squads were designed to keep possible line combinations together in order to generate chemistry early in camp.  One thing to at least keep an eye on is that Nazem Kadri is playing with Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg on Team Kennedy, while Mikhail Grabovski is on team Armstrong with Clarke MacArthur and Fredrik Sjostrom.  Another is that John Mitchell is on somewhat of an island on Team Sittler.  Certainly not concrete evidence of anything, but interesting to say the least.  Ron Wilson also stated that he plans on increasing the pace at this year's camp.  This is great news.  The Leafs are young and (hopefully) hungry.  There's no reason that anyone should have an excuse to take it easy.  The team will officially take the ice today for a full practice and drills.  For frequent updates, I'd suggest following James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail or Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

Saturday links after the jump.

The Call of the North?

Blue Chip Prospects examines the supposed "allure" of playing in Toronto.

NHL referees and linesmen head to the bargaining table


Training Camp begins...

LeafsWire has some thoughts on camp to jump start your weekend.

Favorite Maple Leafs now -- and then

Vintage Leaf Memories reveals some of their favorite Buds.

Burns, Plante, Lindros & more

Vintage Leafs with more Buds goodness.

Wayne Primeau in camp on try-out

THN on the surprise late addition of Primeau to the camp roster.