Here's something for the NHL to think about. These past two weeks have been very low on the Leafs hockey front. They've played a handful of games, all at weird times, thanks to the Sweden trip and American Thanksgiving. It's also November, so I can't bring myself to care much about each game outcome. Because of all that, I couldn't tell you much more about how the Leafs are doing than the handful of Nylander highlights in Sweden and the recaps I read last night. It's been hard to catch games, especially after Nylander lost the point streak. That was a bummer.

I guess it's fortunate for the Leafs that they've been bad during this time. Their play has slipped, from what I'm told, and they're not winning when Nylander isn't there to bail them out. Attention has now turned back to Mitch Marner and the coach (because you can't trade Matthews). We'll see how long it lasts.

Dustin Byfuglien is a competitive fisher now.

NHL Best and Worst: Riding subway pays off for Nylander, Byfuglien goes fishing
This past week in the NHL had a little bit of everything, from slick goals to big hits to bizarre mascot behaviour.

A story about Inge Hammarström.

He came to the Maple Leafs with Borje Salming. An infamous Harold Ballard quote still haunts him decades later
Excerpt from new book on 1977-78 Maple Leafs centres on Swedish import Inge Hammarström and the Harold Ballard quote that still hurts.

From the whimsy that brings you Nic Petan songs, one about the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa Senators Limerick
The 9-stanza Sens poem you probably never wanted

Woll and Knies got some Calder appreciation in this post.

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Cooley, Hughes also among favorites at quarter mark of season by panel

Things are going expectedly poorly on the NHL's culture and community relations side.

Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in mask issue shows he’s better than NHL leadership
Marc-Andre Fleury honored his Indigenous wife by wearing a specially designed mask. The NHL embarrassed itself in how it handled the situation.