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Looking to the Future with Babsocks, Laine/Matthews

This week, we have seen the Laine/Matthews debate continue. It’s full of hot takes. A number of people believe Laine deserves the Calder Trophy because he’s a prolific scorer, while others believe that Matthews deserves it because of his complete game.

The Laine/Matthews debate is just surface of what has been a fierce Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rivalry. The teams simply do not like each other. Adding Laine and Matthews into the fold thanks to 2016 lottery balls is a YUGE add for what could make for a potential Stanley Cup Final between the two teams.

I had the (Babcock voice) OPPORTUNITY to interview the creators of Babsocks, Jake Mednick and Thomas McCole. They have some merch planned, but couldn’t reveal what’s coming. McCole and Mednick are life-long Leafs fans, and stand for a number of great initiatives as they continue their venture with Babsocks.

So who do you think should win the Calder trophy? Laine or Matthews? What’s coming next for Babsocks?


Gambling Protection

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the first expansion team that will be granted an expansion draft. Per Lighthouse Hockey and Darren Dreger of TSN, the basic outline before the expansion draft will be as follows:

  • Teams can protect either 3 defensemen, 7 forwards and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie, per Darren Dreger.
  • However: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team. (So if there’s only one team, you only lose one player).
  • Prospects and “first- and second-year pros” are exempt and don’t need to be protected.

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the only team that will be granted an expansion draft. If so Which players will be protected by each Canadian NHL team?

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Youth Infusion

Wednesday evening, the National Hockey League announced four outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season. The 2017 Winter Classic will feature the Chicago Blackhawks hosted by the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium January 2, 2017. The Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field February 18, 2017 for a Stadium Series game. October 23, 2016, the Winnipeg Jets will host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field for the 2016 Heritage Classic. At the center of the universe, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings January 1, 2017 for the first Centennial Classic. The string of outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season are just a slice of the NHL’s 100th anniversary.

The 2016-17 outdoor games are a celebration of hockey’s beginning outdoors. For the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the games are celebrations of symbolic Canadian teams that are developing into competitive teams.

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Another One?

The use of the coach’s challenge option feels exhaustively long to fans, players, and people involved with the game of hockey. The NHL might be looking to correct human error with the use of a coach’s challenge for video review, but some reviewed video might need some closer looks. Already a month into the season with new rules, some kinks will have to be worked out (as expected).

Saturday night, Alexander Ovechkin’s game-tying goal was waived off because Justin Williams had interfered with Leafs’ goaltender James Reimer. The reasoning outlined by the NHL Situation Room revealed that “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3, and 69.4. Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Washington Capitals.”

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