This is almost the worst part of the off-season. It’s not quite the home stretch, we haven’t even gotten to any rookie tournaments. No major moves or signings are happening (although we’d really like them to!), and we’ve talked prospects to death. These are the dog days of the off-season.
So let’s lean into that and talk about dogs. Specifically, the goodest dogs belonging to the goodest hockey players (the Leafs, of course). I therefore present the inaugural Top Toronto Maple Leaf Dog Rankings.
Muzzin comes in strong with four dogs: Lulu, Lilly, Daryl and Hero.
Kasimir Kaskisuo with OMG A HUSKY AND AN AUSSIE AND IS THAT AN AKITA??? Say hellow to Sisu, Nukka and Chief. Side note: a Finnish guy naming his dog Sisu is the most Finnish thing ever.
K2 💙 his K9s pic.twitter.com/6dSz7WHStb— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 28, 2019
Auston Matthews surprises Nala with his mustache. 13/10 would surprise again.
Biscuits AND twigs?— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 24, 2019
Nala gets prettttttty excited about trips to the rink. pic.twitter.com/7SssaKduIL
As a defenseman, new Leaf Jordan Schmaltz is charged to protecc this little cutie.
New dog in town.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 23, 2019
A warm Dog Days welcome to Jordan Schmaltz and his pup Reggie! pic.twitter.com/6QbytE04cQ
The Tavareses went hard in on the curls with Charlie and Bo.
Double dog day!! 🐶🐶 pic.twitter.com/kvpR9nlQwd— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 22, 2019
I know Petan is from BC but he seems to have adopted a small bear and called it Tiger.
Trevor Moore’s dog is bigger than he is lol
Before & after pic.twitter.com/xZEIvpP0E3— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 20, 2019
I regret to inform you that I made a big mistake not ranking Gauthier higher in light of Stella.
🐐 & his 🐕 pic.twitter.com/C3KoX5ItdZ— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 19, 2019
Rielly with three entries, one for this smiley boi (and Rielly’s tight-tight pants)...
OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/H5ha0fcqHu— enrico (@andersenricos) September 1, 2019
...and another, of course, for Maggie...
...and lastly, for his bestest boi, Jake. If found, please return Jakey to his owner.
Finally, we end with Dermott’s precious little pup SHE’S SO CUUUUUUTE.
They’re all 15/10 good dogs and are #1. But the real winners are we fans who get to share in their cutness.
ONTO THE LINKS
Quick Shifts: Don’t wait for Mitch Marner to be the first domino | by Luke Fox at Sportsnet
Marner and his dog were not included but will be ONCE HE SIGNS A CONTRACT! anyways here’s Kapanen continuing to troll his teammates.
Kapanen's comments never disappoint pic.twitter.com/swNbITMegO— Stats Sundin (@statssundin) September 1, 2019
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It’s September, so it’s time to get hyped!
T-minus one month. pic.twitter.com/ZYbsYTjSP3— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 2, 2019
Former Leaf Carter Ashton did a thing in the KHL, in case you were wondering what happened to him.
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
Dom Luszczyszyn at The Athletic has started his 2019-20 NHL Season Previews, starting with the teams he predicts will finish at the bottom and working his way up (lol SNES).
Justin Williams announced that he is not retiring, but stepping away from hockey at least to start the year. Also known as the Mats Sundin maneuver.
News of the state of the AHL CBA has gone a bit under the radar in the wake of the news surrounding the NHL CBA.
As of September 1st the AHL CBA expired, with no announcement from the League and the PHPA (Professional Hockey Player’s Association) about an extension.— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) September 2, 2019
The CBA governs salary, per diem, expenses for AHL-contracted players.
There are 285 players on AHL contracts for next season.
I was told by @pwilliamsNHL (who you should be following for AHL news), that there should be no issues getting an extension done, and for the previous CBA (September 1st, 2015) the League waited until October to make an announcement about the extension.— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) September 2, 2019