James O'Brien

Oscar Klefbom’s injured, but Oilers don’t think it’s major

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Good news for the currently feel-good Edmonton Oilers: it sounds like Oscar Klefbom‘s injury is insignificant.

Head coach Todd McLellan seemed upbeat about the young defenseman’s status, even if he’s not traveling with the Oilers for their four-game road trip. At least not yet.

Klefbom suffered a hand/finger injury, but it sounds like things are better than originally feared.

Ultimately, it appears as if one pricey blueliner will be out, and another one will get back in, as Nikita Nikitin or Andrew Ference may re-enter the Oilers’ mix on Sunday.

As well as things are going on this five-game winning streak, Edmonton’s record sits at 13-15-2, so losing Klefbom for an extended amount of time would be a significant blow. These situations can be fluid, yet this is pleasant news so far.

Ouch: Couture to miss next five games (at least) for slumping Sharks

Alec Martinez, Logan Couture
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Well, look on the bright side San Jose Sharks fans; at least the Pacific Division’s really bad.

It’s best to keep muttering that in your head if you root for the Sharks, as this next bit of news isn’t going to improve your outlook for a team that’s currently on a six-game losing streak.

Couture’s latest lower-body injury will sideline him for at least the next five games:

Ouch, times five.

All five of those games are on the road, including challenging contests in Montreal, Chicago and Los Angeles.

But yeah, the Pacific’s really bad, so at least there’s that.

(Laughs nervously.)

Original Fix? Leafs will reportedly use new logo, uniform next season

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From the “Seriously?” files, it sounds like the Toronto Maple Leafs might use a new logo and uniform during the 2016-17 season.

(No, it’s probably not a rendering of Steven Stamkos smiling with a bunch of money.)

Sports Logos.net’s Chris Creamer was the first to report the potential change:

TSN’s Frank Seravalli points out that Creamer has broken uniform/logo news before, while Rick Westhead adds more fuel to the fire:

Interesting that Westhead went out of his way to note that some fans might like it, huh?

The Leafs/MLSE didn’t confirm or deny these rumors to Sportsnet, merely saying “We will be announcing centennial plans in the new year.”

Do note that they still didn’t exactly say “Yes, we’re making a change,” either … so you never know.

As unthinkable as this seems at first, the Buds aren’t exactly shooting this down. It’s also important to note that, as iconic as this team’s scheme and logo may be, it’s not exactly as if it’s never gone through changes.

Granted, it’s been a long, long time.

If nothing else, it’s provided some entertainment on the Internet.

Get ready for the Stamkos ‘circus’ in Toronto on Tuesday

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If you don’t like reading about Steven Stamkos going to the Maple Leafs, this would be a good week to shield your eyes.

The Tampa Bay Lightning head to Toronto on Tuesday a mere week after hockey Twitter exploded over Stamkos’ social media misadventure/deliberate trolling, and yeah, it’s going to be quite the scene.

Just look at this great story from the Tampa Bay Times that forecasts some craziness.

“It’ll be an absolute circus,” TSN’s Jamie McLennan said. “Steven Stamkos gets enough fanfare down (in Tampa), times that by 320 on Tuesday. It’s going to be insane.”

(Aside: interesting number choice by McLennan, right?)

To be fair to those who might make it Stamkos Central, it’s not as if either team is providing much further fodder.

The Leafs are, well, the Leafs. There’s a reason why people are obsessed with the possibility that Stamkos may sign with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent.

Things are rough for the Lightning so far in 2015-16, and it may be a bumpy week. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper believes that Tyler Johnson will miss at least the next three games while Jonathan Drouin and Ondrej Palat are banged up, as well.

In other Lightning news, Andrei Vasilevskiy was recalled.

Related: All about that liked tweet.

Leafs let Kapanen play for Finland in WJC; Nylander call coming soon

Peter Cehlarik Kasperi Kapanen
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The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t rushing Kasperi Kapanen’s development, so it shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that they’re giving him the go-ahead to play for Finland during the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Toronto made as much official on Sunday, while noting that a decision regarding William Nylander’s WJC future will come soon:

It’s remarkable that Kapanen is only 19, as he’s already on an interesting path.

The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed excited about their 2014 first-round pick (22nd overall) … until they weren’t, or at least they were willing to part with Kapanen to make the Phil Kessel trade work.

That, combined with splitting the 2014-15 season between the AHL and Finland, makes for an interesting ride even before he joined the Maple Leafs organization.

Kapanen’s doing solid work in the AHL, but (ideally) dominating at that international tournament could be a nice confidence boost.