Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: December 2, 2013

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The Toronto Maple Leafs ended the month of November on a sour note, losing four straight games. The Leafs were able to pick up a point in extra-time losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, but that’s pretty much the only positive the team can take away from that disastrous stretch.

The Leafs’ possession and breakout issues are costing the team games now that they haven’t been bailed out by goaltending. With a month coming up that some Leafs fans have referred to as “Deathcember” and “Badvent”, don’t expect these struggles to end anytime soon.

It all begins when the San Jose Sharks, the second-best team in the league, rolls into Toronto tomorrow night. Get your popcorn ready.

Here are your late Monday links:

Maple Leafs: Joffrey Lupul hits the ice

The Leafs could definitely use him, but sounds like he still might be a ways away. From Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star.

Still Interested After A 5-Year Rebuild

This is from a few days ago, but an interesting comparison between today’s Leafs and the 2008 Leafs. There’s more top-end talent and better goal-scorers on the 2013 squad, but the top-to-bottom depth still isn’t good enough. From J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets.

Canada unveils 2014 world junior selection camp roster

The Leafs will be represented by 2013 first-round pick Frederik Gauthier. The roster includes eight other ’13 draftees. From Doug Harrison of CBC Sports.

NHL Trade Rumors: Capitals, Leafs, Avalanche, Senators

Paul Ranger’s name was tossed in among potential trade candidates for the Washington Capitals’ Martin Erat. Seeing as the Leafs don’t need an aging, unproductive winger, I don’t think it makes sense. From Katrina Cappelli of Too Many Men On The Site.

The 5 Funniest Hockey Tweets of the Week: Leftovers Edition

Megalodon of Battle of California has some funny tweets and even some bonus turkey leftover advice for those who celebrated Thanksgiving on the wrong date last week.

Topics: Joffrey Lupul, Martin Erat, Paul Ranger, Toronto Maple Leafs

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