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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: November 4, 2013

Dave Bolland will be out for a while after suffering a leg laceration in Saturday night’s stinker against the Vancouver Canucks, but nobody seems to want to say how long. Randy Carlyle said after the game that it was a similar injury to Erik Karlsson’s, which sliced his Achilles tendon and forced him out for 10 weeks. In any case, the Bolland injury looks bad, and it especially hurts since Tyler Bozak will be out for a couple weeks at least as well. That leaves Nazem Kadri, Jay McClement and Trevor Smith as the only NHL centremen currently on the roster. Look for the Leafs to make some kind of move soon to shore up their dwindling depth up the middle.

Leafs look to put ‘worst game of the year’ behind them

Is James van Riemsdyk at centre a possibility? Sure. Is it likely to work out? Ehhhh. From David Ebner of The Globe and Mail.

How long can Maple Leafs burden James Reimer, Jonathan Bernier?

This is from a couple days ago, but I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue. As was shown on Saturday, you’re going to get burned eventually giving up 47 shots, no matter who you have playing goal. From Cam Charron for Sporting News.

Collapsing Defensively And Breakouts 101

J.P. Nikota from Pension Plan Puppets breaks down the Leafs’ breakout problems. There’s some really interesting stuff in here for those interested in the tactical side of the game.

Dryden: Case for fighting in hockey continues to get weaker and weaker

Ken Dryden, as always, nails it in this Globe and Mail piece.

Go neurons go! Science explains why it hurts to be a Leafs fan – sports diehards are wired that way

Or: How watching sports simultaneously brings out the best and worst of human behaviour. A very interesting read from Alex Hutchinson at The Globe.

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