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There will be one on the ice but more importantly there will be Bozaks in the stands at SBA tonight

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It’s Saturday! I’m actually working today so I’m very jealous of all of you who get to slack off.

The Leafs play the St Louis Blues tonight, bringing with them young, defensively responsible Tyler Bozak. Apparently there’s going to be a tribute. More importantly, he’s apparently brought this cutie with him.

We all remember Kanon Bozak and his cute little fist-bumps at the ACC last playoffs. It’s nice to know he’s back for a visit.

ICYMI

Why can’t Kyle Dubas and William Nylander find a contract they both like? - Pension Plan Puppets
If this was easy, it would be done already.

Other Leafs News

Leafs legend Dave Keon would’ve loved the chance to play for Canada | Toronto Sun
Dave Keon is at a good place in his life.

Bozak expecting emotional return against Maple Leafs - TSN.ca

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri gets a change in assignment ahead of Tyler Bozak visit - The Globe and Mail
Back to being the shutdown centre

Around the League

Former Blackhawk Jordin Tootoo retires after 13 NHL seasons - Second City Hockey
The 35-year-old played 50 games with Chicago in his final NHL season.

Kariya and Me - Anaheim Calling
A teenage boy’s obsession

Buffalo Sabres strategy & poor execution causing penalty kill struggles - Die By The Blade
The Sabres penalty kill has been a big issue early on in the season

Blues coach Mike Yeo mixing things up, but is it grasping at straws? - St. Louis Game Time
One win in six games isn’t a recipe for success.

Women’s hockey

Q&A: Furies GM Sami Jo Small on weed, co-founding CWHL, more - Sportsnet.ca
Some really interesting stuff in here about the origins of the CWHL and Small’s thoughts on the NWHL.

NHL quietly helped USA Hockey pay women's national team players
Probably the biggest story in women’s hockey this week, and it happened over a year ago.