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From the Branches: Nail Yakupov has something in common with us

... None of us like Edmonton!

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That El Seldo with his alarm clock issues on a day off. Demote that guy back to Marlies coverage!

Leafs News

Report out of Russia: Maple Leafs negotiating with Alex Radulov? | MLHS
"That the Maple Leafs are working on a contract with Nikita Zaitsev to bring him overseas is no surprise given the Leafs’ well-document pursuit of the Russian defenceman dating back to last summer, but Russian outlet AllHockey.Ru is reporting a CSKA Moscow teammate may be coming with him."

Maple Leafs prospect Tobias Lindberg eager to move up | Toronto Sun
Tobias Lindberg has sent notice that he wants in on the Maple Leafs' youth movement next season. "I feel like it would be stupid not to try," Lindberg said. "I'm going to go home after the season, work my ass off and my goal would be to make it from training camp and stay up there."

Toronto Maple Leafs: Let the Jimmy Vesey Watch Begin | Tip of the Tower
"With the Harvard Crimson’s season now over, Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans will keep a keen eye on Jimmy Vesey."

Nazem Kadri inspires mixed feelings, but the Maple Leafs need him | Mirtle
"Now, even after a four-point game in a win over Anaheim last week – a game in which he was matched against Ryan Getzlaf and scored the overtime winner – it’s about being a diver."

Nazem Kadri looks to become more deceptive shooter for Maple Leafs | Sportsnet
"Nazem Kadri has become one of the NHL’s highest-volume shooters, only with some of the worst results this season."

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Tyler Bozak Should Remain With the Team | Editor in Leaf
"It was never Bozak's fault that Brian Burke made trades to try to cut corners on a rebuild. It was never Bozak's fault that Dave Nonis decided to spend time and assets to acquire Jonathan Bernier, even after James Reimer lead the team to the playoffs, after having failed to make the show for 7 years in a row."

A Helpful Guide to #VeseyWatch | OTF
Hopefully we can rely on the wisdom of hardened media professionals to help us bloggers and fans alike as we suffer through this tense waiting period.

By the way, if you didn't catch Vesey's heart-felt angst about how the women of Harvard are not so impressed by hockey players, it's in the Players Tribune.

Other Hockey News

Nail Yakupov requested trade from Edmonton Oilers | Puck Daddy
The news was tweeted by Igor Eronko of Sport-Express. According to Eronko, Yakupov asked to be traded and the Oilers gave him permission to speak to other teams.

Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato to become head coach at University of Wisconsin | WIIM
"Granato played for three years at the University of Wisconsin, and after a complete slump in attendance, this appears to be a huge deal for the program. The question is, if Granato is interviewing for other jobs, what does this say about the current state of the Red Wings?"

Clarke MacArthur opens up about his gruelling battle with concussions | Ottawa Citizen
"Clarke MacArthur’s season is over, but his career isn’t. That’s MacArthur’s big-picture takeaway from a lost year that has included months of helplessness, thoughts of retirement, vertigo, late-season hope and ultimately, a failed push to show he was all the way back following a devastating concussion in the second week of the season."

Devils sending Cory Schneider to Albany on conditioning assignment; To be back in N.J. on Tuesday | Fire & Ice
"Devils goaltender Cory Schneider will be assigned to Albany of the AHL on Monday for a conditioning loan as he continues to work his way back from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee."

The Full Story Of Finding The First Blues Jersey | SLGT
"This is a story about a shirt. But a really important shirt."