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- Go Time for the Toronto Marlies! - May 15, 2017
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The Nashville Predators have advanced to the Western Conference Final. Significant moment here as this is the first time in franchise history that the team has made it this far. Before I go into depth with this, on behalf of the Leafs fandom, I need to say Thank You. Because the Preds finished in the top four, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be picking 17th at this year’s NHL Entry Draft instead of 18th. One pick can make a difference.
Moving on. After defenceman PK Subban was traded to Nashville, he said that he now feels closer to a Stanley Cup. He’s not wrong. The Predators are just eight wins away from doing so. In the next round, they will either face the Anaheim Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers whose series is going to Game Seven.
The Goat is Out
Jake Dotchin has solidified his spot in the Toronto Bad Books. He took out Kasperi Kapanen in an AHL game back January. Had a knee-on-knee with Auston Matthews in an NHL game which luckily didn’t result in an injury. And now, he’s hurt the fan favourite. Freddie the Goat will miss the rest of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a lower body injury. Why? Because of another dirty hit by Dotchin.
Frederick Gauthier to undergo surgery for leg injury sustained Saturday in Syracuse. 6 month recovery expected. #tmltalk
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) May 8, 2017
It looks like Brett Findlay will replace Gauthier on that line for the time being. Luckily, it doesn’t look like the league will over look this one. Paul Hendrick tweeted that the hit will be reviewed by the AHL. This is a huge blow for the not only the Marlies but the Leafs organization. Gauthier was one of the players that would have most likely made the full time jump to the NHL next season.
Hopeful Olympic Participation
It was a dark day when the league confirmed that there will be no NHL participation at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Despite that, there were still those who believed that the door wasn’t completely closed. One, because it’s the Olympics, the greatest international sporting event in the world. And two, because the NHL has yet to name the location of next year’s All Star Game. The All Star Game and the Olympic break usually fall around the same time so there are those who think the Olympics can still be a thing because of the lack of a location. It was reported on Sunday however, that the IIHF and the NHLPA are still discussing a possible deal. But, it’s important to remember that the NHL (the owners) are not involved in these talks. For the time being, their stance is still the same and they are not willing to participate.