It’s fall. Or autumn if that’s your preferred word. It feel like winter. Or it did through the last few days. There was even a sprinkling of snow around the GTA to greet us on Monday morning, however temperatures are going back up several degrees today through the rest of the week, so goodbye to that.

The point is now is that time of the year that’s supposed to be the start of hockey season. Whether you follow the Leafs, the Marlies, or your local junior team, they would all be several games in to the season on November 4. The Leafs would probably already have some huge controversy by now, likely goaltending. We have been robbed of the October Freddy panic entirely! Nevermind November Freddy...

We’re simply waiting for any news about how or when a new season will begin, but, I will go out on a limb and say there’s no chance it’s in the calendar year 2020.

Speaking of the US Election, our open discussion of that mess continues here.

PPP US Election Open Chat

Other News

The Dallas Stars released the most detailed ever descriptions of players having off-season surgeries. I’ve never seen the actual surgeons and hospital name and location mentioned before in a PR release. Did they get a 10% discount for advertising or something?

There’s something familiar about this player signed by the Panthers. I can’t quite put my finger on why though.

Red Wings sign Mantha to four-year deal - Winging It In Motown
Anthony Mantha is Detroit’s goals-per-game leader since 2016-17. AAV is $5.7M, mostly back-loaded.

Reichel’s role with Eisbaren Berlin exemplifies growth of German hockey - Chicago Sun-Times
While most other European leagues began their 2020-21 seasons on time, the DEL remains paused indefinitely. But Berlin and seven other teams will compete starting Nov. 11 in a tournament called the Magenta Sport Cup.

Original Maple Leaf Gardens blueprints recovered - Toronto Sun
“For the past 21 years, Wayne Gillespie has been sitting — literally — on some of Toronto’s most historic papers. While his building staff emptied his office in 1998, the last superintendent of Maple Leaf Gardens unwittingly took home the 1931 blueprints, floor plans and seating charts for Canada’s first and foremost multi-use indoor sports/entertainment centre of the 20th century.”