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A former Hab in a Leafs sweater. Does this mean Leafs win?

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Leafs News

Meet Stamkos at Markham hockey swap | York Region News
"The Markham Waxers minor hockey association will conduct its sixth annual equipment swap at Mount Joy Community Centre, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m."

Updating the Mount Rushmore for all 30 NHL teams | ESPN
"2015: This one changes only if Stamkos ends up in a Leafs sweater. So: Broda, Keon, Sundin, Sittler." Also, the Blackhawks one makes me want to punch someone in the face.

Jacques Lemaire joins Maple Leafs, follows buddy Lou Lamoriello | Puck Daddy

Maple Leafs hire Jacques Lemaire | Species
I stole your poll for the bottom of this FTB, thank you!

Other Stuff

What you really need to know about NHL deal with MLB Advanced Media | Puck Daddy
Q: But it doesn’t sound like fans making Vines and GIFs from games is a problem for the NHL.
A: It’s not a problem, but obviously it’s something that we’ve not yet focused on [with MLB]. There’s a lot of work to be done - they’re taking over the NHL Network and getting it up and running in October.

Five potential NHL coaching replacements | Sportsnet
Two former Bolts coaches on this list -- Torts & Boucher

Longtime NHL defenseman Sami Salo to retire | CBS Sports
"Salo also famously suffered a rather uncomfortable injury during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He took a slap shot off the cup that left him hospitalized. Lucky for him, it was a deep bruise and not a ruptured testicle as previously reported. More shockingly, he didn't miss his next game."

NHL's worst gut-punch losses: Capitals, Sabres and Flyers | Sports Illustrated
(Here's the Leafs one)

Luongo optimistic about Panthers' playoff chances | NHL
My favorite Cat! Here's a video interview with him too.

Bruins hope changes get them back into playoffs | NHL
"Defenseman Zdeno Chara, centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, forward Brad Marchand and goaltender Tuukka Rask remain the pillars of the Bruins after Sweeney's remodel. The first-year general manager is counting on that veteran group becoming reinvigorated."  Lol.

BBB

Beltran, Yankees rally, end Toronto's 11-game streak | SI

Take a listen to The Isotopes song Let's Go Blue Jays | BBB

Poll: How Should Long-Time, Hard-Core Fans Treat Fair-Weather Bandwagoners? | BBB

Inside Baseball: How Blue Jays pulled off best-ever deadline double | CBS Sports

Numbers can be deceiving: Blue Jays myths, debunked | Sportsnet

How Rogers Communications Inc is getting bang for its buck as Blue Jays go from snooze to sensation | Financial Post