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Lukas is a contributing editor at The Hockey Writers with a focus on the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also plays a key role in The Hockey Writers' social media direction. Contact Lukas at or follow him on Twitter, @LukasHardonk.

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Recent Articles by Lukas

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
Smiles have been few and far between in Leafland lately (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
It's time for Dave Nonis to pull the trigger on his coaching staff (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 · 0 comments · 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 · 0 comments · 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 · 0 comments · 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
He may not have tried to, but Thomas Vanek ruined the Toronto Maple Leafs' trade deadline (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Deadline Demons: Thomas Vanek Ruined Leafs’ Trade Plans

The Thomas Vanek trade impacted more teams than just the Canadiens and Islanders. The Maple Leafs were having a good day until he swapped teams.

Ryan Kesler's name has been popping up everywhere in trade rumours (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Kesler, Maple Leafs: A Match Made in Heaven?

Ryan Kesler has turned out to be one of the most sought-after players leading up to the 2014 NHL trade deadline. Despite what is slowly sounding to be more and […]

by · March 4, 2014 · 3 comments · Toronto Maple Leafs
Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk have been relied upon too heavily this season (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Maple Leafs Trade Bait: No Catch to be Made

There is something special about to happen in the NHL. Not on-ice but rather away from the rink up in the press boxes and executive offices. It only happens once […]

It's time for the Leafs to let Randy Carlyle go (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Is Randy Carlyle on the Hot Seat?

Never has Randy Carlyle experience Toronto hockey criticism like this. We know it will end at some point, but how much longer do Leafs fans have to wait?

by · January 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Toronto Maple Leafs
The play of Phil Kessel is just one reason Toronto Maple Leafs fans shouldn't be concerned (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto Maple Leafs Fans: The World Isn’t Ending

It seems like most Toronto Maple Leafs fans couldn’t be more concerned about their team right now when in reality they should be happy.

by · January 9, 2014 · 1 comment · Toronto Maple Leafs