Morning Mashup: Lebought out?

Morning Mashup: Lebought out?

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The dog days of the off-season are tough times to be a hockey fan. Hockey, or any semblance of hockey news, are nowhere to be found on a Sunday morning in August. As painful as it may seem counting down the 61 days until the Leafs’ home opener, it is important to keep in perspective that there are others in the hockey world who actually have it worse.

One of those people is Brett Lebda, who seemingly can’t even be bought out successfully by his new team, the Nashville Predators. From convincingly turning Leafs Nation against him in under a month (he had many turned after his first week), to recording a -3 in a 9-3 win, to being the unwanted placeholder that facilitated the Franson+Lombardi deal, this has been a 2010-11 Lebda might want to forego on the old resume.

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Matthew Lombardi on the Comeback Trail

Darren Dreger recently reported that Lombardi is making progress. He may not be ready for the start of the season but he “isn’t far off.” Burke did not get his big name number one C but if Lombardi comes back and is remotely himself, the Leafs have three top six centermen to try to get it done in numbers. With Tyler Bozak penciled in on the third line of many armchair lineups, and young guys like Kadri and Frattin pushing for spots, this has the potential to become quite the depth dilemma.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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