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Browsing the Barilkosphere - October 10, 2013

The Leafs and their rapidly dwindling roster are in the Music City for a date with the Nashville Predators tonight. Joffrey Lupul is questionable to play after sustaining a calf injury in Tuesday’s game. Josh Leivo is expected to fill his spot on the second line if Lupul doesn’t go, which would be quite the trial-by-fire for the 20-year-old rookie. We’ll have a full preview with lineup information later on in the day. Until then, LINKS!

Mirtle: Lupul joins growing list of injured Leafs

I’m assuming the Lupul injury concern is the reason why the Leafs called up Leivo (who’s capable of playing in the top six). From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators: Thursday NHL game preview

Hi Seth Jones! From Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star.

Toronto Maple Leafs have no excuse for lack of depth

Yup, a lot of this is on Dave Nonis and his bad salary cap management. From Michael Traikos of the National Post.

Maple Leafs lack crispness in first loss of season

It would probably help the Leafs’ dwindling roster problem if Carlyle played his fourth line more than five minutes a night. From Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

Carter Ashton, Troy Bodie, Replacement Players, and Jay McClement

It’s interesting that Jay McClement’s possession stats actually got worse when he played with top-six players last year, although they were really bad with bottom-six players, too. From Cam Charron of The LeafsNation.

Hope In The Big Smoke: Shifting Gears

Jake Gardiner may have played just over 20 minutes on Tuesday night (third-most among Leafs defensemen), but he didn’t play at all in the final three minutes and sat for long stretches in the third period (according to From Hope In The Big Smoke on Back Row Sports.

Leafs will develop prospects for specific roles, Greg McKegg seen as future top-six centreman

“Ultimately he has to be a top-two centreman in the National Hockey League.” I don’t understand that Steve Spott quote. Does it mean he won’t be called up to fill a bottom-six role ever? How many guys who scored a ton in junior ended up as checking-line centres, a la Dave Bolland? (Hint: A LOT.) From Kyle Cicerella.

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