Maple Leafs up-and-down start discussed on NHL @TheRink

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and their need to start playing like its crunch time, plus a conversation centered on the top rookie in the NHL this season were two of the main topics discussed on this week’s episode of the “NHL @TheRink” podcast.

Co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke were joined by NHL.com Toronto-based staff writer Mike Zeisberger, and the conversation focused on the Maple Leafs’ need to put a priority on the early part of this season, a difficult thing to do when all they’ve heard is how it only matters what they do in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Toronto has won three straight games since a 2-4-1 start.

Rosen, Roarke and Zeisberger also talked about the start of Moritz Seider‘s NHL career and why the Detroit Red Wings defenseman is an early favorite to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. They also discussed the pros and cons of the Montreal Canadiens sending rookie forward Cole Caufield to Laval of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Reasons for the Calgary Flames’ 6-1-2 start, why defenseman Adam Fox is worth the seven-year, $66.5 million contract extension he signed with the New York Rangers on Monday, and questions about where center Jack Eichel would fit if traded by the Buffalo Sabres were also talking points on the podcast.

The “NHL @TheRink” podcast is free and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms. It is also available on NHL.com/multimedia/podcasts and the NHL app.

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