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Leafs' Rielly Fulfilling Offensive Potential

Leafs' Rielly Fulfilling Offensive Potential

November 15th, 2017 The Toronto Maple Leafs have been without a definite No. 1 NHL defenseman for quite some time. However, now that their rebuild is pretty much complete and they are ready to turn into a contender, do the Maple Leafs still have that same hole? What if I was to tell you that the Leafs have been...
McElhinney Fighting for Job as Leafs Backup

McElhinney Fighting for Job as Leafs Backup

November 15th, 2017 Over the summer, there was concern over the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signing Curtis McElhinney as their backup goalie. He played half a season with the Leafs, with most of his play being mediocre and only the odd game where he was solid in net. The Leafs also had Garret Sparks playing amazing in the...

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October 30th, 2017
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On June 23, 2012, Connor Brown's life changed forever.As the 110th ranked North American skater heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, exactly when and by who Brown would be chosen was anything but certain. A determined winger whose lack of size and unique skating abilities were well documented, Brown's -72 plus/minus rating with the Erie Otters in 2011-12 had done little to improve his value as a prospect.Yet, by this point, facing and overcoming adversity had simply become commonplace for Brown, who had been tasked with overcoming difficult odds from a young age.So, when the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Brown as their sixth-round selection, 156th overall, in the 2012 event, it only presented the Etobicoke, Ontario, native with a new challenge to confront and conquer en-route to achieving his NHL dream. Overcoming the Odds Brown was considered a long shot to reach the NHL, even from a young age.A product of the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey...
October 27th, 2017
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In Leafs Nation it’s never too early to ask a question like this. It seems to happen every time there is a high profile free agent-to-be that was born anywhere near the city of Toronto. It happened when Steven Stamkos nearly made it to free agency. Now, it’s John Tavares’ turn to hear all the rumors about him and the Toronto Maple Leafs.However, is this even an option?Tavares is the biggest bargain in the NHL who’s not on an entry-level contract. His cap hit stands at $5.5 million. He doesn’t even have the highest cap hit on the New York Islanders. That belongs to both Jordan Eberle and Johnny Boychuk, who both have $6 million cap hits. Even Nick Leddy has the same cap hit as Tavares.Saying that Tavares’ next contract will have a higher cap hit is like saying the sun will come up tomorrow. We know it’s going to happen. The big question for the Leafs is can they afford him?The first thing that you have to consider is that the Leafs have their own players...
October 26th, 2017
Trades Contracts and Transactions

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking like a pretty decent team right now, especially compared to the way they looked a couple seasons ago. It was only in 2015-16 when they finished dead last in the overall standings, with a mere 69 points. But, since the arrival of Head Coach Mike Babcock, General Manager Lou Lamoriello, the 2016 first overall draft pick Auston Matthews, a myriad of other first-round picks and a diamond in the rough found in the KHL -- Nikita Zaitsev -- things started to change very quickly. Having made it to game six of the first round of playoffs last year and now nine games into the 2017-18 season, they’re already ranking fourth overall.For fans in one of the biggest hockey markets in the world, this news can be very exciting. These fans know better than anyone, though, that good things don’t last forever. So, when it comes to this team’s enticing roster, that too is no exception. Looking forward, next year’s roster is going to look different due to...
October 26th, 2017
Maple Leafs Prospects

Since last season, the Toronto Marlies have bolstered their roster with a number of changes that have resulted in a great start to the 2017-18 AHL season. With a record of 5-2-0, the Marlies sit at the top of the North Division, and, if their start is any indication, they'll be a top team in the league this season.Quite a few key players for the Marlies last season are no longer with them. Brendan Leipsic, who was one of the Marlies top scorers last season, was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft and has been a regular in their lineup. Team captain Andrew Campbell also left the team after signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes and is playing for their AHL affiliate.Despite losing two key players, the Marlies look better off thanks to an abundance of depth down the roster. Too Much Depth Is Never a Bad Thing One aspect of the new look Toronto Maple Leafs is just how much depth they have in their lineup. This is also the case for the Marlies as...

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Terry Sawchuk - How the Maple Leafs Snagged the Hall of Fame Goalie

The following is one of our many posts written as if it were 1964, as the events unfolded.It's a slow hockey news day this 27th of September, 1964, so we thought we'd inform you of a little intrigue that took place at the NHL's Intra-league draft during the annual June shin-dig in Montreal.... October 22nd, 2017

What Mats Sundin Meant to Toronto Hockey

Though Sundin was a quiet leader, fans and members of the media alike will never forget what Mats Sundin did for Toronto hockey. Anyone who's a legitimate Maple Leafs advocate will say it doesn't matter that Sundin never won hockey's most hallowed prize. October 3rd, 2017

Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs Captain 1940-43, 1945-48

This series of the great team captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs was first published in April of 2012 by Mark Ascione. Here we present one of the Leafs long-time legends, Syl Apps. TML Captains is a series that profiles the men who 'wore the C' for one of the NHL's charter franchises.... May 8th, 2017

The Maple Leafs and the Legacy of the Muskoka Five

February 11, 2012 was a bittersweet night for LeafsNation. Mats Sundin, the classy and consummate captain, was honoured with his #13 raised to the rafters. A familiar face in Tomas Kaberle took the ceremonial face-off. The Toronto squad was horribly overmatched on the night, losing 5-0 to the Habs.... February 14th, 2012