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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: September 1, 2014

This is from a few days ago, but Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun wrote a great piece on William Nylander and the other young players on the Toronto Maple Leafs pushing for jobs as the rookie tournament begins in two weeks. As for Nylander, I can’t think of another recent Leafs first-round pick I’ve been this excited to see play.

Nazem Kadri fielded questions from a bevy of young reporters (aged 10-14) at the Leafs practice facility Friday. He also answered some from older guys like Luke Fox of Sportsnet, even if their questions weren’t as interesting. Kadri has been hard at work to improve his shot in hopes of spiking his offensive production in a contract year.

I linked to a Josh Rubin piece from the Toronto Star last week explaining how a second NHL team in Toronto would be ridiculously expensive. University of Toronto senior lecturer Richard C. Powers added to that in a column for The Star in which he writes a new Toronto franchise would cost $1.6-billion in expansion fees alone.

Dave Isaac wrote the latest piece about how analytics are invading the NHL for USA Today. There’s certainly tons of work to be done, but it’s refreshing to see things headed in what seems like the right direction.

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