Sep 24, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) and Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) fight for position during the second period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Browsing the Barilkosphere - September 15, 2013

Good morning! If you’re reading this, that means you’ve made it through the 2013 NHL offseason alive and hopefully all in one piece. Congratulations! The Leafs will open their preseason schedule tonight in London, Ontario to meet the Philadelphia Flyers. Say what you will about the quality of exhibition hockey, I think we can all agree that preseason hockey is great because it means the actual season is almost here. Let’s get updated on some news and notes regarding the Leafs and the NHL this Sunday morning:

Maple Leafs cut seven players from training camp roster

No real surprises here. Good to see Frederik Gauthier is sticking around for some preseason action. From Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Paul Ranger couldn’t be happier with shot at return to NHL

Ranger seems genuinely thankful for the opportunity to play in the NHL again, and I’m sure the Leafs are thankful to have a player of his caliber at camp. From Bruce Arthur of the National Post.

Maple Leafs’ Joe Colborne feels ready for NHL

Reports out of training camp suggest Colborne looks much faster and stronger. That’s good news, because he needs to prove he belongs this year. From Mike Brophy of CBC Sports.

Tomas Tatar Threatens To Bolt To The KHL

I don’t blame the guy for being sick of the AHL. If the Red Wings let him go, some team will probably pick him up. He’s too talented for that not to happen. From John Evans of Octopus Thrower.

Patrick Kane Stick Handling Display!

Patrick Kane is good at hockey. From Sean Fitzgerald of Blackhawk Up. (Video courtesy of Bauer.)

Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs fans are biggest suckers for punishment, new economics study finds

Well, duh. You don’t need to be an economics professor to know that. From David Staples of the Edmonton Journal.

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