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FTB: Leafs prepare for the first cuts and the next pre-season game

Another day of practice for the giant group of Toronto Maple Leafs where some of them know their days on the team are numbered.

Toronto Maple Leafs open their training camp for the 2022-23 season
Tavares tries to check Nylander off his line.
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The Maple Leafs continue their push through the pre-season with more practice today, and planning for their next game tomorrow in Toronto against the Montreal Canadiens. The question is, will they all still be here for that game?

The timing of the first roster cuts is completely up to the team, and they have multiple options for that process: it can be a slow and steady dribble with two or three per day, or they can wait several more days and make one big giant cut to get the roster down close to the final number that will start the season on October 12.

To summarise, they have options, and I won’t predict what they will do, but what may influence their process is that Wednesday’s pre-season game is here in Toronto, while the following two are on the road, first in Ottawa, then Montreal, so I expect they will hold out on the first cuts until Thursday morning, giving the players on the bubble one more chance to play and impress before swinging the axe. But that’s only my best guess. If they do make the first cuts today, we should hear about them sometime around noon.

Here’s the media event post-practice yesterday, which was apparently filmed in a room filled with smoke, or the lights turned off, or something like that.

Oh, and, still no news on Rasmus Sandin; another reason the cuts on the defence side may be delayed as they do have to contemplate the possibility of starting the season without him on the team.

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