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Toronto’s “Waffle Man” says he’s not done serving the Leafs breakfast

Yesterday, we heard about the now famous waffle toss that occurred in Toronto at the conclusion of the Leafs loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Through all the mystery and mysticism that surrounds the incredible breakfast-themed protest in Toronto, we were left to wonder both who the tosser was and why in the world he thought throwing a waffle would be a good idea.

As it turns out, Sun Media was able to get in touch with the angry Leafs fan and find out what makes him tick. They were also able to find out why the Belgian treat made for good tossing and if he’ll strike again. As weird as this story is, if you can’t enjoy it I don’t know that we can be friends. Tamara Cherry from Sun Media breaks out the knife and fork to get to the bottom of things with Jack M., aka “Waffle Man.”

There were a few seconds left in another obviously lost Leafs game when the 27-year-old construction worker pulled out the soggy waffles he had stashed under his jersey and chucked them onto the ice of the Air Canada Centre on Thursday.

“They need to wake up and eat some breakfast,” Jack, who asked not to be identified, said in a Saturday interview, hours ahead of the Leafs meeting with Montreal. “I’m just trying to help them out with a balanced diet.”

The “diehard Leafs fan” said he didn’t throw the waffles out of disrespect to the players, explaining, “I love them, but somebody’s got to say something.”

Sending a message via Eggo waffles sure gets you noticed that’s for sure, especially in Toronto where media scrutiny of the Leafs is a daily event. As for Leafs players, like Colby Armstrong, were equal parts miffed and unamused with Jack’s protest.

“Who brings waffles to a hockey game, really?” Armstrong said. “Had we won the game, he was going home with soggy waffles so, I don’t know. Whatever. I don’t appreciate it really, a guy throwing waffles at me when I’m skating by.

“We’re trying to make light of it in here. Throw a T-bone. Spend some money. Throw a filet.”

With Leafs fans throwing stuff, given the ticket prices they have to pay to sit close enough to throw anything, asking for a T-bone isn’t that wild of a request. Still, the Leafs taking things as seriously as they have is a bit disappointing and it shows that their on-ice struggles are wearing on them a bit.

After all, if the fans are resorting to throwing waffles, you can’t get much lower. As for whether or not “Waffle Man” will be heard from again, the Leafs might want to keep some maple syrup handy on the bench.

“The Waffle Man will strike again, I can tell you that,” he said. “If they don’t shape up, yeah, he’s going to have to come back out.”

Rage on, Waffle Man.

(FYI: The Maple Leafs waffle image is courtesy of twoeightnine design who, yes, does indeed have t-shirts you can buy)

 

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with two games on Friday night. You can catch tonight’s games via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

St. Louis at Dallas (8:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 1 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Nashville at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 1 will also be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA agree on expansion draft rules

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman answers a question during a news conference before the NHL All-Star hockey game skills competition, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on the framework for a potential expansion draft, according to TSN’s Gary Lawless.

Last month, we found out what each team will be able to protect if ever the NHL adds expansion franchises. Bill Daly made it clear that each existing team would only lose one player per expansion team coming into the league. More specifically, teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie or eight skaters (any position).

Although this agreement between the league and PA doesn’t guarantee expansion will happen, it does ensure that one major step is out of the way if ever the league decided to add a team or two.

The agreement between the two sides also includes an expansion scenario for players with no-trade or no-movement clauses in their contracts.

Here’s an excerpt from Lawless’ story:

The NHL has hundreds of steps to go through before expansion can potentially become a reality and getting an agreement with the NHLPA was viewed as near top of the list. The executive committee would not have recommended expansion to the NHL’s board of governors for the purpose of a vote without an agreement in place with the NHLPA, and in particular, a resolution on how existing no-trade and no-move clauses will be handled.

Las Vegas and Quebec City have been mentioned as two potential destinations for  expansion franchises in the near future. As Lawless mentions in his story, NHL general managers were told to expect a decision on expansion for 2017-18 by the NHL Entry Draft in June.

Related:

NHL insists ‘no final decisions’ have been made on expansion.

Daly: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team

‘Roster chaos’: Let’s ponder some possible expansion draft scenarios

PHT Morning Skate: Nick Foligno pulled off an awesome prank on Cam Atkinson

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

John Tavares and Steven Stamkos once played on the same youth team. That team went 49-0-1. (Newsday)

–Which team deserves to win the NHL Draft lottery? (Winnipeg Sun)

–Rick DiPietro wasn’t happy about something Mike Francesca said. (BarDown)

–Watch the highlights from last night’s game between the Capitals and Penguins. (Top)

Nick Foligno pretended to be a season ticket holder and pranked Cam Atkinson. Funny stuff.

–Prior to Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals, T.J. Oshie‘s daughter was filmed kicking a Penguins poster. Maybe she should do it more often because her father scored a hat trick just a few hours later. (Instagram)

–Brett Hull says “goals don’t matter” when you play for Ken Hitchcock. (Sportsnet)

Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT

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What a start.

This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.

This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.

What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:

This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.

There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.

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If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.

NOTES:

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.

— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.

— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.

— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.