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Zone Time: Next season is mission critical for Maple Leafs
On the latest episode of Zone Time, Julian, Justin, Omar & Avry discuss the immense pressure on the Maple Leafs to succeed in the playoffs next season, just before Kyle Dubas' contract expires and Auston Matthews can start negotiating a new deal. The crew also previews the battle of Alberta and ask if the Oilers can survive Leon Draisaitl's injury. Omar wraps the show by ranking the High School Musical movies.
Zone Time: Maple Leafs fans freaking out, again
The Maple Leafs lost two out of three on a Western Canada road trip and Toronto fans are not happy with the performances. To make things worse, trade deadline acquisition Ryan O'Reilly is out indefinitely with a broken finger, while John Tavares will miss Tuesday's game in New Jersey. The Leafs are locked in a playoff spot but some of their key players are playing below standard, notably defenceman Morgan Rielly. On the latest episode of Zone Time, Julian asks Omar and crew if the panic within the fanbase is really justified?They also discuss the post-trade deadline mood in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary and wonder which NHLer, if anyone, could host Saturday Night Live.
Zone Time: East loads up, all quiet on the Western front
As the Eastern Conference contenders load up for the playoffs, Julian and the Zone Time crew ask what a first-round pick is really worth. They also wonder why things are so quiet in the Western Conference ahead of the NHL trade deadline.
Zone Time: Is Patrick Kane undervalued on NHL trade market?
Patrick Kane's best days may be behind him but the 34-year-old is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and remains a powerful offensive weapon. Kane is in the final season of the eight-year, $84 million contract but his no-movement clause, and his questionable defence may be dissuading teams from making Chicago an offer.On the latest episode of Zone Time, Julian and crew also ask if 'trade-related' scratches such as Jakob Chychrun impact a player's market value and discuss the implication of the Maple Leafs' deal for Ryan O'Reilly.