Maple Leafs Don't Need McQuaid

Maple Leafs Don't Need McQuaid

February 21st, 2019 Yesterday, my colleague at The Hockey Writers, Brandon Share-Cohen, wondered if the Boston Bruins trading defenceman Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers in September might come back to haunt them, if McQuaid ends up being moved by the Rangers to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins'...
Maple Leafs' Nylander Back in Top Form

Maple Leafs' Nylander Back in Top Form

February 20th, 2019 I don't think it would be inaccurate to say Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander enraged some fans when he held out for more money at the start of the 2018-19 season. When he finally inked a six-year contract with an average annual value of $6.96 million, it came with certain...

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February 16th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's rumor rundown, there is news out of Carolina but is the team a buyer or seller heading into the trade deadline? What about in Edmonton where the team has traded Cam Talbot and Ryan Spooner in less than 12 hours time? Is Jesse Puljujarvi next? Is Bob McKenzie's report that Artemi Panarin might actually stay in Columbus accurate? One insider thinks another surprising team might have a shot at him if they make some internal moves first. Finally, what's the lastest on Toronto's position with Kasperi Kapanen? What's in the Cards for Carolina? Tom Gulitti of NHL.com wrote a piece on the Carolina Hurricanes and how active he believes they'll be prior to the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He isn't sure yet if the Hurricanes are buyers or sellers. With their win over the Oilers on Friday night, they've crept closer to the Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference and they may choose to move a defenseman for scoring help. “We’re talking to a lot of teams,” GM for...
February 16th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

With just over two-thirds of the 2018-19 NHL season now behind them, there’s been plenty of drama with the Toronto Maple Leafs' defense and goaltending. Frederik Andersen missed several games at the same time that Garret Sparks was smacked with a couple of pucks to the head in practice and he, too, missed games. In stepped new to the team, and the organization, Michael Hutchinson, who grew up a Maple Leaf fan and was traded from the Florida Panthers basically as Toronto Marlies' goalie insurance. Hutchinson slid into the goal and had a 3-4-2 record while the top two goalies were out. Although Hutchinson caused a bit of a stir during his time with the team, he was demoted to the Marlies as soon as Andersen was fit to play again. Related: How Good Does the Maple Leafs’ Hutchinson Feel Right Now? The defense has had its own drama. Jake Gardiner was booed relentlessly at home after losing a puck battle that resulted in a goal. Jake Muzzin was traded to his hometown...
February 14th, 2019
Trade Deadline

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes continue to be linked in trade rumours, for obvious reasons. Each has a surplus of what the other covets. The Hurricanes have four right-shot defensemen in their top-six and the Maple Leafs have been searching for a right-shot blueliner for quite some time. Meanwhile, the Leafs have plenty of scoring depth up front, something the Hurricanes have been public about wanting more of, even after last month's acquisition of Nino Niederreiter. The Toronto media circled back to the Hurricanes as a potential trading partner this week partly because Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock changed his pairings halfway through Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He put Morgan Rielly back on the left side with Ron Hainsey, as opposed to keeping Rielly with the newly-acquired Jake Muzzin (which requires Rielly to play on the right). https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/1095778787545964544 Yes, Ron Hainsey plays the right side...
February 14th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

On Dec. 5, with the season one-third completed, I offered my first set of grades for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ players. Now, with the regular season officially two-thirds completed (after 56 games), I offer my second set of grades. In this post, I will grade the team’s forwards. Between the first set of grades and this second set, there have been a number of changes for the Maple Leafs. Chief among them is the return of William Nylander, who is starting to assume a regular role on the team, although not in last season’s usual place as Auston Matthews’ wingman. The Maple Leafs also traded for top-flight defenseman Jake Muzzin, a hometown guy who, until the trade, had played his entire career with the Los Angeles Kings. Related: Toronto Maple Leafs Stat Leaders: Who’s Up Top? In other big news, Matthews signed a five-year contract extension. Mitch Marner is next on general manager’s Kyle Dubas’ to-do list, with all these activities happening in the shadow of next...
February 13th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

There’s no question that this Toronto Maple Leafs’ team continues to be an exciting commodity for the NHL from a business standpoint. They have a top six with more raw talent than most of the league and that includes two of the game’s young superstars in Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. On top of that, they seem to be trending in the right direction, sitting second in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference overall - behind the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning. That said, the Maple Leafs’ season can be defined by a number of statistics regardless of the final outcome - a few of which stand out more than others. With that in mind, here’s a look at three interesting - or somewhat wacky - stats from the team’s campaign to this point in the season. Maple Leafs Undefeated in Third Periods The first telling stat is the team’s ability to close out games this season. It might not always be pretty - like their 5-4 win on Feb. 6 against the Ottawa...