News and Notes: Thornton returning, Sabourin dressing, and interesting names on waivers

Today didn’t seem like a particularly lazy Sunday for the Leafs today, as they have made some significant changes to their lineup following their disappointing collapse against Montreal, and heading into a three game series with the Sens, who on paper are terrible, but on ice somehow manage to step up against the Leafs.

#Leafs lines at practice:
Thornton-Matthews-Marner Hyman-Tavares-NylanderMikheyev-Kerfoot-EngvallVesey-Spezza-Sabourin
Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-HollDermott-Bogosian Marincin-Lehtonen
SRS: Petan, Boyd, Barabanov
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 14, 2021

So that’s different. We see Thornton back on the ice, and with his opening night linemates in Matthews and Marner. The three of them were beginning to click at the time of Thornton’s departure, and seeing what they can do together again seems like a decent idea.
Hyman joining the Tavares and Nylander line is pretty great as well, given that neither Vesey or Mikheyev had anything to offer in their limited time with the second line.
The third line reabsorbs Mikheyev, but remains an uninspired collection of players who serve to remind us that forwards don’t always equal offence.
And the fourth line features Jimmy Vesey who should be in danger of falling out of the lineup following another performance like the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation