Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!

Last night, with only minutes to spare before the Maple Leafs faced off against the St. Louis Blues, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Leafs defender Morgan Rielly was suspended five games for his cross-check to the head of Senators player Ridly Greig.

Rielly suspended five games |
Rielly suspended five games for cross-checking

DoPS explanation video

Okay, but this shouldn't have taken three days to get done. What is this, the OHL?

So, the Leafs headed onto the ice missing their top defender. Oh, and their top winger and number two centre as Mitch Marner and John Tavares also missed the game.

It all turned out fine as an unlikely hero in Bobby McMann emerged and scored a hat trick to lead the Leafs to victory.

Recap: Three Much McMann
The headline doesn’t need a preamble, Bobby McMann he scored a hat trick as the Leafs beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1! McMann was initially going to get scratched for Ryan Reaves, but with the illnesses to Marner and Tavares, he and Steeves got the chance to play. And play

Five straight wins on the way!

And elsewhere in the news...

Cathy ponders what the Leafs will be like without Rielly.

How big a hole does Morgan Rielly leave?
Six games? Less/more, regardless it’s a hole in the team at a time the team doesn’t need it.

Team executives weighed in on the best defenders.

Who are the NHL’s best defensemen? Players, coaches, execs vote for the top 10
Where do the high-scoring Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes land? What about “defensive defenseman” Jaccob Slavin? Here’s how those in the NHL see it.

Will Cincinnati get an NHL team?

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If Cincinnati wants to land a National Hockey League hockey team, it could easily cost $2 billion or more, sports economists tell The Enquirer.

Fanatics is taking over MLB uniforms this year. Next year is the NHL. How do players feel? Not great.

Draft schmaft am I right?

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Akil Thomas wanted to be a Leaf, but the Kings took him just before the Leafs could. We got Rasmus Sandin instead.

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Finally, it's always great when a local team can survive for a long time, and a century is something to celebrate.

The Jr C Grimsby Peach Kings celebrated their centennial and now local author made sure their history stays available.

Enjoy your day everyone!