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Leafs News

Marlies collapse against Devils, lose 5-4 - ChristopherHat
Yes. It was 4-1.

Toronto Maple Leafs Rumors: Scouting Avalanche/Penguins Game | Editor in Leaf
"The three names that immediately come to mind are Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie."

Shattenkirk open to playing for Maple Leafs, Canadiens | Sportsnet
"Shattenkirk does not have a no-move clause, but he does have control over his long-term future come July 1—something potential trade partners are keeping in mind as we near the March 1 deadline."

Toronto Maple Leafs: How to Take the Next Step | Editor in Leaf
"William Nylander is a super-star in the making and the Leafs will get instantly better the second they decide to give him his own line."

TLN round table: #FreeMarchenko | TLN
"Clearly, we're an optimistic bunch here this weekend. I don't know if I'm ready to agree with the others about this being another purgatory situation or the Roman Polak pump-up maneuver, though."

The Boston Herald is now keeping a careful eye on the Maple Leafs:

Evander Kane scores twice, Sabres beat Maple Leafs 3-1 | Boston Herald (AP)
"Evander Kane scored twice, Jack Eichel had a career-high three assists and Buffalo beat Toronto 3-1 on Saturday night to hand the Maple Leafs their sixth loss in eight games."

Cats

Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul, is expectedly adorable and unexpectedly wise | Vox
"So it goes on the streets of Istanbul, as it goes everywhere humans live and thrive. Our cats come with us, some escape the bonds of domesticity, and their shadow society grows up around us. In Ceyda Torun’s new documentary Kedi, that society gets its due."

Dogs and Cats Together. Hold the Mass Hysteria.| N.Y. Times
"When word spread late last month that cats would be joining the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, internet outrage fed off confusion about whether the show, one of the world’s premier animal competitions, was about to become a mongrel event."

Councils to introduce cat curfews to limit prowling at night | Sydney Morning Herald
"A new report released week found widespread support for keeping cats indoors or contained outdoors – perhaps in less luxurious style than Purrassic Park – as well as curfews, limits on cat ownership, mandatory desexing, and microchipping."

Other Hockey News

Staturday: CWHL and NWHL All-Stars | The Ice Garden
“One weekend, two All-Star games. This week we will turn our attention to the skaters and goaltenders playing in the CWHL and NWHL All-Star games.”

Jake Wahlin’s Late Goal Lifts Huskies to Sweep | SBN CH
"In each of the past three weekends, St. Cloud State has won on Friday night, and then only scored a single goal in each of the following Saturday games, losing all three."

Merrimack Starts Fast, Breaks 30-Game Skid at Boston College | SBN CH
“I tip my cap, they’re a very good team,” said Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy, whose Warriors are now 11-13-5 overall and 5-7-5 in Hockey East play. “Obviously, getting out to a three-goal lead was beneficial. … Two very needed points coming down the stretch, and a road win.”

Third Period Surge Leads Huskies to Win | SBN CH
"A pair of goals 1:11 apart early in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and helped St. Cloud State to a 4-2 victory over Miami on Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center."

Puck Dynasty Podcast: How many Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament? | SBN CH
"This week the crew break the show into three periods. First, Twitter questions are answered ranging from Casey Mittelstadt and the 2017 NHL Draft to rules to Minnesota North Star alums to how many Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament. "