Maple Leafs' Glaring Defensive Issues

Maple Leafs' Glaring Defensive Issues

December 5th, 2019 The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to struggle defensively, despite some early improvement since Sheldon Keefe took over coaching duties. The Maple Leafs got off to a strong start under Keefe, winning their first three games and only allowing a combined four goals against. Things have regressed...
Maple Leafs' Prospect Report: Robertson Out, Kara's Streak & More

Maple Leafs' Prospect Report: Robertson Out, Kara's Streak & More

December 5th, 2019 A young squad, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still trying to figure things out at the NHL level. A coaching change and they seem to be turning things around - at least for the most part a third of the way through the season. While the Maple Leafs have had their own struggles, their prospects have...

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December 3rd, 2019
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PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers had three goals in the final 2:06 to get their fifth straight win, 6-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which has earned points in seven straight games (6-0-1). The Flyers had an NHL-best 24 points in November, going 10-2-4 to tie a franchise record for most points in a month. Carter Hart finished with 27 saves. Scott Laughton, Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk also scored. Travis Dermott scored for Toronto, which lost for just the second time in six games since Sheldon Keefe replaced the fired Mike Babcock as head coach on Nov. 20. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (AP Photo/John Locher) Giroux fired a wrist shot past Frederik Andersen from close range after Travis Konecny’s backhand pass from behind the net. Konecny finished a 2-on-1 with a...
December 3rd, 2019
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TORONTO — Matt Stajan has retired from pro hockey following 14 seasons in the NHL. The 35-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., had 413 points (146 goals, 267 assists) in 1,003 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames. Matt Stajan #18, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) A centre, Stajan finished his career last season with EHC Red Bull Munich, which became the first German club to win a berth in the final of the Champions Hockey League. Off the ice, Stajan has had deep ties to Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre following the death of his first-born child, Emerson, shortly after birth in 2014. The hospital has renamed one of its emergency pods to honour Emerson and the Emerson Stajan Foundation also has been created. "As a kid growing up in Mississauga ... it was my dream to one day play in the NHL," Stajan said in a statement. "To have had this dream come true, and have been able to play the sport that I love so...
December 3rd, 2019
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In today's NHL rumor rundown, the search for a backup goaltender in Toronto continues, there is news on the status of Kyle Turris in Nashville, additional destinations for Hall are considered, and Marc Crawford makes a statement in Chicago where he's under review for allegations of abuse. Maple Leafs Need Backup Badly "We're always looking at the trade market every day for every position," GM Kyle Dubas said of his search for a backup goaltender. Luke Fox has reported that the Maple Leafs know they have issues at that position and ones that could be bigger than a simple trade or waiver pickup. Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise celebrates a goal past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson as Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev looks on. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn) Dubas added that more than adding a second-string goalie, what he would really like is for the team to put together "a good game in front of Michael here in the coming stretch and give him...
December 3rd, 2019
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In the first five games of Sheldon Keefe's tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, we have seen considerable changes. The Leafs are off to a 3-1-1 start under Keefe and look like a revitalized group. It is evident that a few systematic changes to the teams' style of play have paid immediate dividends. What we do know, is that general manager Kyle Dubas now has a guy that shares a similar hockey-mind, and coaching philosophies. Keefe has the Maple Leafs playing to their strengths now, and has implemented a system that truly brings out the incredible talent the roster possesses. https://twitter.com/Sportsnet/status/1197667495391453185 What has made Keefe's transition from the American Hockey League to the NHL so seamless, is his familiarity with the players. He has coached several of the Maple Leafs during his time with the Toronto Marlies over the past couple of years. Andreas Johnsson, Trevor Moore, Frederik Gauthier, Dmytro Timashov, Pierre Engvall, Justin Holl, and Travis...
December 3rd, 2019
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It’s been over two weeks since we last checked in with the Toronto Maple Leafs and their rookies. A lot has changed over the past few weeks with an injury to one of their young players and the emergence of another. Also during that time, the Maple Leafs played nine games and dealt with a coaching change that saw Mike Babcock removed as head coach and Sheldon Keefe inserted behind the team’s bench. While a number of players have benefitted from the new coach, the young players have seen increased responsibility in a number of situations. With that in mind, here’s how the Maple Leafs’ rookies have been doing over the last couple of weeks. Ilya Mikheyev 28 GP | 4 G | 13 A | 17 P | 4 PIM | +7 It seems as though the talented Russian forward is getting things back on track following a stint of unproductive play on the offensive side of the puck. After going seven games without a point, Ilya Mikheyev has six points in his last six games dating back to Nov. 19 in...
December 2nd, 2019
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In the Toronto Maple Leafs back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres, it came down to the play of two goalies. On Friday night in Buffalo, Michael Hutchinson simply gave up too many goals and the team lost 6-4. On Saturday night in Toronto, Frederik Andersen was given just as difficult a test and passed. As a result, the team won in overtime 2-1. Related: Witnessing the Maple Leafs’ New Puck-Possession Philosophy in Action With those two games, Toronto improved to 4-1-0 in its last five games under new head coach Sheldon Keefe. It was Keefe’s first coaching game in Toronto and he came away a winner. The win over the Sabres was the first time the team has won the second game of a back-to-back all season. It was also the first time Andersen started in goal in the second game of back-to-back games, which was exactly different from the deployment former head coach Mike Babcock utilized in similar situations. In this post, I want to keep Maple Leafs fans more...