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The Leafs players are already gathering in advance of next week’s training camp kick-off.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers
There’s one Leaf who won’t be joining them... WAAAAAAAAH.
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There remains only about one week until the Maple Leafs kick off training camp. I guess that’s why summer isn’t yet ready to leave us. Today is forecast to be in the top five hottest and most humid days of the year in Toronto.

Toronto could break 73-year-old temperature record today - CP24.com
The temperature is expected to rise to a high of 32 C by later today, and feel closer to 42 with the humidity.

Fortunately, the temperature will go down significantly by tomorrow. So stay cool, everyone, like the Leafs who are already on the ice in advance of the official start of training camp. Connor Carrick, always willing to talk at great length, shared his thoughts about the coming season, and what he did to get ready during this off-season.

Carrick ready to reclaim role on Leafs’ blueline - TSN
[Auto-play video and text] "[The] treat in hockey is playing time and a personal role and being closely involved in the team’s success. I didn’t get to do a lot of that. So you go home, get set, refresh and you re-grow that love of the game."

ICYMI

Here’s what we wrote about yesterday.

Meet a Toronto Maple Leafs mystery man - Katya
[Species: As we are seeing in the comments, many of you forgot he was on the Leafs now.]

2018 Top 25 Maple Leafs under 25 recap: Our list, your list, and some winners - elseldo
Thanks to everyone for voting and reading!

Tavares, Toronto’s New Lines, and the Impact of the Matchup Game - Kevin Papetti
Toronto’s forward depth provides a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches, and one of their high-scoring centres is bound to benefit.

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