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From the Branches: Hamonic to the Leafs, of course

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More like Hamonilinks, amirite

Me right now.
Me right now.
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Pinch hitter Acha stepping in. My thoughts go out to those who use Toronto public transit this morning.

Leafs News

Maple Leafs' efforts paying dividends and making rebuild less painful | Metro News Toronto
"That the outside world has set the bar low for the Buds is probably another reason Mike Babcock’s charges have come together."

(Babcock) is a hard ass, it’s a good thing though, that’s something I thrive on. I’m in his office almost daily, trying to understand how I can get better and how I can be a leader. We’ve definitely come a long way in establishing what I need to do. - Nazem Kadri

Maple Leafs' situation in net is just plain confusing | ESPN
"Reimer's revival has been a welcome sight for Maple Leaf fans. It's also a confusing one, at least for those who'd spent the past two seasons convincing themselves that he was a bum. Things change fast in Toronto, especially for the guys in the crease."

Two teams discuss trading for Bernier | TLN
"His future is still somewhat uncertain -- two rival NHL teams have recently had internal discussions about trying to acquire him via trade, according to league sources -- but all Bernier is worried about is playing better."

Gilmour believes in Maple Leafs' rebuild | TSN
The old way of building a Stanley Cup contender has been rendered obsolete by the salary cap. "In the days when I played you could just go and get free agents," the 52-year-old told TSN.ca. "There was no salary cap, so you didn't have to worry about your draft picks all the time."

Dissecting Maple Leafs prospect Marner’s game | Sportsnet
"Mitch Marner is so dangerous right now even the boundaries of a standard cliché can’t contain him."

Katya posted her game recap of the Marlies in comments below

Other Hockey News

NHL All-Star Game Format: The 3-on-3 will be fun so shut up | WIIM
"It's not real hockey! - No shit, Sherlock. Half the crap the Harlem Globetrotters pull is illegal under NBA rules too."

The Rangers Aren't Fighting Because They Don't Need To | BSB
"Note: If you're a staunch, unyielding traditionalist in regards to fighting in hockey, this one isn't for you."

Travis Hamonic Trade Talks: Islanders shopping defenseman at his request, per reports | LHH
So, can Toronto be considered west of anything?

Could the Bruins land Travis Hamonic? | SCOC
OK, you idiots, Boston is very definitely not "west."

NHL.com projects rosters for 2016 NHL All-Star Game | NHL
I am soooo not OK with this projected roster. No Ekblad? No Hedman? No Bergeron? Yeesh.

Backwards Slapshot: Big Bad Wilson | JR
"Tom Wilson is on the NHL Player Safety Department's watch list, so he has adjusted his play accordingly."

The NHL All-Value Team for 2015-16 | ESPN Insider
Who gives the best bang for the buck? Tavares, Pacioretty, and Seguin lead the ranks.

What determines coach salaries? A look at NHL bench bosses | Hockey-Graphs
"What types of thinking go into deciding how much a team is willing to pay its coach? Did Babcock earn the money because of his vast experience? Or maybe his excellent regular season record over a decade in Detroit? What factors correlate with coach salaries?"

Recaps

Vancouver vs. Winnipeg:

Canucks limp home after 4-1 loss to Jets, losing six out of seven games on road trip | Nucks
Winnipeg Jets' second line has a killer whale of a game vs the Vancouver Canucks | Arctic

Washington vs. Detroit:

Capitals vs. Red Wings Recap: Holtby Shines Bright, Kuzy Ends It In OT | JR
Game Recap: Capitals beat Red Wings in Overtime after exciting goaltending duel | WIIM

Chicago vs. Edmonton:

Blackhawks vs. Oilers final score 2015: Marian Hossa lifts Chicago to 4-3 OT win | SCH
Hanging On Against One Of The Best | C&B

Poor Species and El Seldo have to deal with this right now, which is why the links are late: