Lukas Hardonk

Lukas Hardonk
Lukas, a student at the University of Ottawa, covers the Toronto Maple Leafs on a part-time basis for The Hockey Writers. Contact Lukas at or follow him on Twitter, @LukasHardonk.

Recent Articles by Lukas

Did Dion Phaneuf play his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform? (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto Maple Leafs: Another Collapse or a Terrible Season?

If the changes made by GM Dave Nonis and his staff are any indicator, the Toronto Maple Leafs are primed for a third straight collapse in 2014-15. It goes without saying […]

by · October 7, 2014 · 1 comment · Toronto Maple Leafs
Leo Komarov was a great acquistion by Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, but without a change to the core of the team, how can anyone be sure they have actually improved? (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Maple Leafs Continue to Crush Hopes of Fans

After another season-ending collapse and a relatively quiet off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to crush their own fans’ hopes.

by · July 12, 2014 · 2 comments · Toronto Maple Leafs
James Reimer and wife, April, had their own battle with Twitter bullies during the team's struggles in 2013-14. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Looking at James Reimer’s Future Team

It is one of the NHL’s worst kept secrets that no is 100 percent sure exists right now — yes, try to figure that one out: James Reimer will not […]

by · May 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Toronto Maple Leafs
Is it possible that Joffrey Lupul could find himself in a non-Toronto Maple Leafs jersey come September? (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Maple Leafs: Major Player Changes Must Be Coming, but Who?

After another season-ending collapse, it must be time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make some big changes. Will Joffrey Lupul & Co. be around next season?

by · May 8, 2014 · 1 comment · Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel's been more successful in blue and white than he's given credit for. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Complete Online Guide to the Toronto Maple Leafs

In order to stay current with daily events surrounding their favourite sport, it is almost a necessity for hockey fans to check in daily on the web. This is even […]

by · May 5, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Elsewhere on the Web, Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel hasn't been immune to the negativity surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

The Media and the Maple Leafs

It’s something that comes with being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. You hear it on the radio each morning, on SportsCentre every night and in water-cooler discussion at […]

by · April 12, 2014 · 1 comment · Toronto Maple Leafs
Did Dion Phaneuf play his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform? (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Dion Phaneuf: Should He Be the Maple Leafs Captain?

It’s no easy job being Toronto Maple Leafs captain. Dion Phaneuf has held that position since 2010, but with the team’s recent collapse, should he still?

by · April 6, 2014 · 2 comments · Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs GM Dave Nonis retained half of Daniel Winnik's salary in this week's trade with Pittsburgh (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

How the Maple Leafs Can Improve This Off-Season

It’s been another season to forget for the Toronto Maple Leafs. While it may seem like this team will never find their way again in the NHL, there is reason to […]

by · April 3, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
Tomas Hertl Celebrates (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)

Top 10 Goals of 2013-14 Hockey Season

It’s been one heck of a hockey season even beyond the NHL. From dramatic incidents to big hits and emerging stars, the 2013-2014 campaign hasn’t failed to excite. Nothing, however, […]

by · March 28, 2014 · 2 comments · Top 10 Lists, Videos
James Reimer has struggled at times this season but that's not his fault (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Can’t Fault James Reimer for His Poor Season

James Reimer’s 2013-14 NHL season has been a rough one, but in no way has his poor play been his own fault.

by · March 19, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak celebrating goals together has become common in Toronto (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Tyler Bozak is Making Dave Nonis Look Like a Genius… For Now

Fans and media were none too pleased with the Maple Leafs’ decision to re-sign Tyler Bozak last summer, but it’s a move that has turned out well.

by · March 17, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
It's time for the Leafs to let Randy Carlyle go (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Are the Maple Leafs’ Darkest Days Ahead?

At first glance it would appear the Toronto Maple Leafs are having a nice season. In reality, this is a team that needs to prove itself.

by · March 9, 2014 · 2 comments · Toronto Maple Leafs