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FTB: Maple Leafs cut players from camp, ready for first pre-season game tonight

The Maple Leafs face the Senators tonight at 7:30 PM.

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NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-season game one is here! Sure, it will be an oddball squad of players on the ice, but we will finally see a Maple Leafs team play that will at least partially resemble that on opening night.

Maple Leafs trim training camp roster to 49 - Arvind
The sword was swung, and took out about 25 players.

The game will be in Ottawa and starts at 7:30 PM EDT. We will have a lot of updates for you today and the first GDT of the season tonight! Get your GIFs ready.

One person who will not be joining the team is Joffrey Lupul. Lupul recently posted another photo of himself engaging in a physical sport on his Instagram account. This time he is snowboarding. It attracted the usual giggles and comments about his recent failed physical, but this time Lupul replied to one of those comments. And what a reply.

Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them.

We will let you read into that what you feel like. The Leafs, NHL, and NHLPA have not commented on it yet.

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