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FTB: It’s a long time until the next Maple Leafs game

The Leafs next game is Saturday against the Penguins.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning
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After an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Maple Leafs have four days off to regroup. Their next game is Saturday against the Penguins.

In the interim there’s not much to say about the Leafs. Check out these links about the rest of the hockey world instead.

ICYMI

Keaton Middleton answers your questions - ElSeldo
PPP interviewed Maple Leafs prospect Keaton Middleton and asked the tough questions, including his opinions about potato chip packaging!

Other Hockey News

The NHL needs a rule change right now - Hockey Wilderness
Players changing lines through open gates during play is idiotic.
[Species: This is regarding the video GIF below.]

Flyers sign Brennan to multi-year extension - Broad Street Hockey
T.J. Brennan is coming back to help the kids

Former Sharks sniper Cheechoo retires from hockey - Fear The Fin
Jonathan Cheechoo is hanging up his skates after a 16 year career.

Sabres Should Shut Down Eichel for Rest of Season - Die By The Blade
Jack Eichel has been out since Feb. 11 with high-ankle sprain.

Should the Rangers Pursue Kovalchuk? - Blueshirt Banter
Ilya Kovalchuk will be 35 when/if he signs his new NHL deal. Why should the Rangers, a team already entrenched in the “be really bad” part of the rebuild, sign a 35 year old Russian winger?

The pile on against NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr continues. Why does this all seem so familiar?

Carcillo vents his NHLPA frustrations on Twitter - Second City Hockey
Daniel Carcillo continues his campaign to raise awareness about the NHL’s issues with head injuries.

Ontario passes concussion safety bill 'Rowan's Law' - CBC Sports
The bill named Rowan's Law passed with all party support. It is named in memory of 17-year-old Rowan Stringer who died from second impact syndrome. It was revealed at a Coroner’s Inquest that she had actually run a Google search for “concussion” the day before her she died when hit in the head in a game.

Call for O’Ree’s entry to HHoF reaches U.S. Congress - TheColorOfHockey
Rep. Michael Quigley, a Democrat from Chicago, took to the floor of the House of Representatives and said that "there are few players worthier to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and it is long overdue."

Kariya’s championship rings stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame - CBC
Paul Kariya’s Rings were from 1993 World Juniors, and the 1994 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

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