So this isn’t fully a hockey question bu…

So this isn’t fully a hockey question but more of a being a fan thing: I’m a leafs fan and am going through a lot right now in other facets of my life. I haven’t missed more than a game in the last 4 years (on broadcast) but I just don’t think I can watch this team until it’s something I can feel is any kind of escape. Have you ever been in a position like this and if so what did you do?

I have, and I just stopped watching. It wasn’t doing for me what I needed it to do, felt more like a chore or something I was only doing because I’d always done it, so I put it aside and leaned into another form of escape, one that was actually still working. For me, that was writing. If watching the Leafs isn’t helping, or is making things worse, don’t feel obligated to keep watching. Take a break completely. Watch another team. It won’t make you any less of a fan. You’ve gotta do what’s best for you.

Do you think quennevile or colliton is a bette…

Do you think quennevile or colliton is a better coach for Chicago? Whatever colliton is doing, hopefully he keeps doing it because FINALLY we're seeing progress.

I’d take Quenneville over Colliton. And that’s not meant as a slight on Colliton, no matter where you stand on his ability as a coach. Quenneville’s just one of the best coaches in league history. I’d take him over almost every other coach in the league. But like you said, Colliton and the team seemed to have turned a corner lately, and if they can keep it up, it’s all good.

Do you think the kings will be able to trade k…

Do you think the kings will be able to trade kovalchuk?

Anything’s possible, but I don’t know what team is so desperate for scoring they’d be willing to take on that contract and cap hit for another season after this one. Those 35+ contracts are a real pain in the ass, and once a team takes one on, whether via signing or trade, they’re really putting themselves in a corner. Maybe they can work out a bad contract for bad contract type deal, but those aren’t easy. It doesn’t help LA to bring back another player who makes roughly the same money and isn’t any better on the ice. Right now, the Kings are praying Ottawa is willing to throw them a bone once Kovalchuk gets his bonus, and they might. He’s only owed a couple hundred thousand for the rest of this season after December 15th, and if they bought him out after this season, they’d only have to pay him a little over $2.8 million over the next two seasons. He’d still count full against the cap, but that works for the Senators. But he’s also got a full NMC this season and a modified NTC next season, so even if that opportunity comes along, he can shut it down. 

How's the Marner injury going to impact t…

How's the Marner injury going to impact the leafs, in your opinion? I'm trying to look for the positives and all I've got cap relief from him going to the LTIR.

The cap thing really is the only positive. And even that’s not great. It just means they won’t have to trade/demote a bunch of guys when Hyman returns. The only other potential positive I can see is Marner missing time forces changes on the powerplay, probably. No guarantees, because they could just try and shift Nylander into the Marner role and keep everything else the same. But my hope is this forces them to change things up, maybe use Barrie more, get him going.  

Who do you think is the early favorite for the…

Who do you think is the early favorite for the Calder?

Makar. He’s been excellent for Colorado so far. A lot of other rookies have put up strong showings as well though. Quinn Hughes, Mikheyev, Olofsson, Demko, Samsonov, Necas. Jack Hughes has 9 points in his last 9 games. Couple other guys are playing well and could make a real push. Could be a real close race for the Calder again this season.