One hundred and seven days.
That’s how long you are from your next Leafs regular season games. One hundred and seven days.
The club released their schedule today and for the die-hards even this announcement represents a welcome mid-summer reminder .
Hockey talk, of course, will be front and centre over the next few days. The Leafs, you might have heard, do not at present own a first or second round pick in Friday’s NHL draft.
There has been much talk about landing some help at forward and general manager Brian Burke will hit Los Angeles able to deal his biggest trading chip, Tomas Kaberle as soon as the draft opens.
In nine days, the annual free agent sweepstakes kicks off and while the Leafs have cap room, this year’s edition offers very few available game-changers save for Ilya Kovalchuk. Burke is on records as saying he will not pursue Kovalchuk.
The Maple Leafs open Thursday, October 7 when they host the Montreal Canadiens, the team they closed their season out against last April.
They take on another division rival, the Ottawa Senators two nights later.
The Leafs will play three road games and three home games against Northeast Division rivals Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Ottawa.
Some of the highlights include appearances from Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Sat. Jan. 22 and Tues., April 5. Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins play in Toronto Sat. Feb. 26 and then Wed, March 2.
The Vancouver Canucks come to town on Nov. 13. The Edmonton Oilers are here Dec. 2 and the Calgary Flames are here Jan. 15. These are the only visits to Toronto by Western Canadian teams.
The Leafs, meanwhile, make their Western trek in December when they play Edmonton, Dec. 14, Calgary Dec. 16 and Vancouver, Dec. Dec. 18.
Fourteen of the Leafs home games will be played on Saturday, the most of any night. Next is Thursday, 11, Tuesday, nine, Monday with six and one Wednesday date.