First an apology. Yesterday's links column got lost in the shuffle as we were immersed in covering the Rogers - MLSE story.
This morning we shift our attention back to the ice, where the Leafs host the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m. LEAFS TV) at the ACC.
While this is a rare opportunity for the Leafs to face a team equally as far down the standings, it will be difficult not to look at the young talent assembled by the visitors and feel a little jealous. Players such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi are the type of prospects struggling franchises are supposed to draft while the current squad languishes on the ice. As Sean Gordon mentions in his story on Edmonton's win over Montreal last night, it allows your fans to feel excited and hopeful for the future instead of angry and depressed about the present.
Mirtle will do the preview thing in this space this afternoon. Until then, the links:
Poor Mike Brown just can't stay healthy. First a slap shot to the groin, and now a broken finger.
Mirtle reports the Leafs' new "top line" isn't exactly earning rave reviews.
Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno sees reasons for hope amid the Leafs latest slide.
Toronto Sun reporter Lance Hornby asks the players what they think of a possible sale.
Clarke MacArthur tells AM640's Jonas Siegel his line wasn't very good Tuesday night.
Curt at Blue Chip Prospects offers an assessment of Phil Kessel.
Alec Brownscombe has an update on the Marlies at Maple Leafs Hot Stove.
Forbes.com lists the NHL's Top 10 GMs For The Buck.