It’s good to know that, whatever awful mistakes I make in my life, I’ll still end up being less of a scumbag than the dude who tried to sucker punch an entire KHL team today. Seriously, if he’s ever allowed to play hockey again, it’s hands down the wrong decision.
Oh, also, we have a new edition of the TLN Mailbag. Let’s see what you were all curious about this week!
@shutupisaac_ asked: What’s the equivalent of Pogba leaving Juve on the Leafs?
Probably the Mike Babcock situation? But that would make the Leafs Manchester United, not Juventus. They’d be flexing their uncapped financial muscles to grab an elite talent for a historically large fee, throwing off fans of the other team who delusionally believed they were going to keep him. Some Juve fans think that the team will be better without him, and like the Red Wings fans with Babcock, they will be proven very wrong.
Anyway, this is the most soul-crushing sports transaction of the summer. Today, my Pogba sweater flies at half mast.
@Totally_Offside asked: What is the Leafs’ next best option for Jared Cowen if you they can’t buy him out?
Nothing they can do, really. If he’s too hurt to use a buyout on, he’s too hurt to waive. They can place him on regular IR and get his roster spot back, but that’s it.
@RicherKevin asked: How do you think the Atlantic Division will shake out this season?
I’ll go into more detail on this on a later date, but the way I see it, it’s the Panthers’ division to lose with the Lightning trailing slightly behind them. Both teams are stacked with skilled, play driving talent that still isn’t the type to get pushed around, and are supported by arguably two of the three best goaltending duos in the sport.
After that, it’s honestly a crapshoot. I’m pretty sure the Red Wings are going to still be bad and if Carey Price isn’t fully healthy, the Habs will likely join them. But from the 3 seed on, I genuinely feel like it’s anyone’s race.
@ahurst11 asked: If you move a team in NHL 17, what colour do you make the new jerseys?
Gotta go with green. The NHL needs more of it; the Stars’ home jerseys, for example, are gorgeous. I always used to remake the London Knights in create-a-team and would go with a jersey similar to their current thirds. The league has enough red, blue, and black.
@RyanNPike asked: Who do you feel is the most unheralded Leafs prospect?
Personally? You’ll find out on Wednesday.