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Is this the last time we see Roman Polak in a Leafs uniform?

NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

This either means we’ve got just over 24 hrs to go nuts speculating on who gets cut, or our evil front office will spring the non-waiver cuts on us at approximately 12:30 pm today, sending poor bloggers scrambling to report. Yay?

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