But first, there's a little more fallout from the new MLSE policy to stop video tributes. Apparently not everyone got the memo that the lack of tributes is a blanket policy, and thought MLSE was singling out Phil Kessel, including Kris Letang and SBN's own writer Pat Iversen. Iversen wrote, "Leafs don't deserve nice things because they treat their nice things badly":
The least the Leafs and their fans could do on Saturday was acknowledge his contributions when he returned as a Penguin for the first time on Saturday. The standard going rate for a returning former player with tenure is a video tribute and a polite ovation. Superficial things that still mean something on some level. (Source)
As we know, Phil was the victim of unfortunate timing (which, hey, could be a metaphor). Shanahan and Lamoriello have simply decided to stop doing tributes. Also, I'm not sure that Leafs treat nice things badly -- from protecting the youth to protecting the players from media to protecting the front office, I'm pretty sure that this regime is doing things right.
Also, it's not like Toronto is Montreal, where patient fans are subjected to the ceremony of the day. I can't see Lamoriello sitting through that. "What is dis bullshit," I imagine him saying, "Just get to the f***ing hockey already."
And with that, on to the links.
Scouting Stars-Toronto: Trying to limit a notorious Stars killer | Dallas News
Ajax native Devin Shore gets NHL call-up to Stars in time for game at Leafs | NHL
Arcobello debut double seals Marlies win | UKHockeyFan
Maple Leafs, Flames, Canucks pursuing top Russian prospect | Sportsnet
Movember, NHL team to spread men's health message | NHL
Who will stay and who will go in Maple Leafs' rebuild? | Toronto Star
NHL Scores: Toronto greets Kessel with hostility, Stars and Kings continue impressive runs | SBN
Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Update | PPP
Other Hockey News
Wheeler’s Top 60 Prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft by League (November) | McKeen's Hockey
Informative list from Scott. Guess who #1 is from the NLA, just guess!
Time to drop referees from NHL coach's challenge | Puck Daddy
"The problem is that referees have somehow found a way to use a mechanism designed to reverse their bad calls to make even worse calls."
Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin approaches NHL record for most goals scored by a Russian player | Washington Post
3-on-3 overtime providing exactly what NHL hoped it would | CSN Philly
NHL notes: Tie Domi’s son is a hit, too | Boston Herald
Teen celebrates beating cancer with NHL team | Local 12
"The next few months were spent in and out of the hospital. Hockey became a welcome distraction from the doctors. Games that couldn’t be watched in the hospital were recorded at home. The Villebrun’s didn’t miss a single game last season."
Game Recap: Avalanche Fall To Sharks | MHH
Quick Bite: Burns carries Sharks to victory | FtF
Game 13: Lightning snap skid with 4-3 win at Carolina | RC
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3: Canes let a lead slip away | CC
Winnipeg Jets Hab'd a hard time in Montreal | Arctic Ice Hockey
Canadiens vs Jets recap: More than just Carey Price | HEOTP
Sabres at Islanders recap: Sabres wake up in third, win 2-1 | DBDB
Buffalo Sabres 2, New York Islanders 1: Moulson, Reinhart make Isles pay for misses | LHH
Three Goal First, Forty Andersen Saves Stake Ducks To 4-2 Win | AC
Nashville Predators 2, Anaheim Ducks 4: Ducks Capitalize, Preds Don't | OTF