Hi, everybody! This marks my first ever FTB, and what a day for it! Today is the first day of the season, which means the Leafs are tied for first, as that coworker who still thinks Chuck Norris jokes are funny often reminds you.
The Leafs roster started to take shape yesterday, as Frank Corrado was claimed off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks. The move means someone had to be put on waivers, and it appears that someone will be Richard Panik. Scott Harrington also reported to the Marlies in a paper transaction, and is expected to return to the Leafs for game time tomorrow.
Everybody come get your hot links!
PPP writers predict the upcoming season, and....well, don't be afraid to make plans on game nights.
Also, Elseldo continues to be dead to me.
Summaries of yesterday's roster moves. TL;DR: Corrado is a good free wallet; Panik is the odd man out with a logjam up front and would be great for the Marlies; Harrington will be back with the Leafs tomorrow.
Everything you could've possibly ever not wanted to know about me, in one handy place.
Wysh on how the Canucks' loss is the Leafs gain.
David Alter talked to Corrado about being claimed by the Leafs, and....well, he's pretty happy to say the least.
The Canucks perspective on the Corrado claim from Thomas Drance and Harrison Mooney, respectively.
An interesting interview, for sure.
Alter on Kadri finally getting a chance as....first line centre?
Wait, you mean we are entering a Toronto Maple Leafs season with Not Bozak at 1C?
[Streamers fall; marching band performs triumphantly]
Michael Langlois with a great piece on the romanticism of Opening Night, and an interesting history lesson.
Tom Thompson (@b0undless) does it again with an amazing Leafs montage. No, YOU'RE crying.
The Leafs open their season against the hated Montreal Canadiens (who insist we are definitely not rivals or anything), so here's what you need to know about them.
A basic rundown of tomorrow's opponent. Very basic.
Congrats to the Habs for having the second-best waiver claim of the day.
I did not watch it, but unlike most of their pregame ceremonies, it wasn't 38 minutes long.
Also, there appears to be highlights other than Carey Price stopping a lot of pucks, which is weird for this team.
Other NHL News
DGB takes a look at the frontrunners and predicts who will win the NHL Awards. If you're only interested in content involving the Leafs, I would suggest skipping this one.
No word on if the statue will remain erect years after it has crumbled before eventually being sent to St. Louis.
Because it's never too early for us to start planning for June!
Without looking, I can tell you that the Leafs are not in either of these categories.
It's been a DECADE already? Good god, I'm old.
For the Leafs, you'll want to look down. Way down.
Another day, another link between hockey and substance abuse.....*sigh.*
Other Sports News
Unanimous love for the Jays in the ALDS, which is awesome if you just don't look at their preseason predictions.
13 of 16 writers choose the Jays to advance to the ALCS, four pick them to win it all, and....one picks Munenori Kawasaki as MVP of everything? This has it all.
I'm a big fan of The Players' Tribune pieces and this one does not disappoint. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the Wild Card game.
The Pirates will face the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game tonight, in case whatever you were watching does not turn out to be that good. No idea why I would think that.