We’re half way through the pre-season now, and Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has had a fair chance to see the talent he has at his disposal for this coming season. He noted that starting with today’s game he would split up the rosters into what will look much more like a Marlies team and a Maple Leafs team.

It looks like tonight against the Habs we get to see a roster of players who will become the Marlies group, noting that nothing is final, and there’s still going to be some movement between the two groups to satisfy rules about Exhibition games; Kasperi Kapanen qualifies for that rule for example. When the Leafs play the Habs again on Wednesday we should see what will mostly become the Maple Leafs lines for the start of the regular season.

I have no idea how the goalies fit into this picture. Don’t read into whom is playing with which group yet as an indication of where they will play later this season.

Here’s what we wrote/talked about yesterday.

Back to Excited Episode 31: Reports from the Preseason - Fulemin and Arvind
Arvind and Fulemin discuss who’s impressed and who hasn’t, as well as roster trickery and the Buffalo Sabres.

Note that Back to Excited is now weekly. Arvind and Fulemin will provide you correct opinions on hockey every single week this season!

European Prospect Report: Eemeli Räsänen scores his first KHL goal - Katya
Everyone is on the ice as all the regular seasons are underway, and we have an addition this week after cuts from Leafs camp.

Other News

One of our wee little Leafs is moiving up the ranks.

Devils & Wood agree on 4 years, $11 Million - All About The Jersey
The Devils announced this afternoon that they have re-signed Miles Wood at an AAV of $2.75M

The NHL’s revenge culture is a danger to the health of players - Eyes On The Prize
The fallout from the Max Domi and Aaron Ekblad incident is serving as a reminder that the NHL’s old ways are best left in the past.

Stanley Cup evolving again with removal of 12 champions - NHL.com
The Stanley Cup has filled another ring full of engraved names. The top ring which includes the Maple Leafs' three consecutive Cup-winning teams from 1962-64 will now be removed and sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame and a blank ring added to the bottom.