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The (Overwhelming) Case for Not Trading Auston Matthews

The (Overwhelming) Case for Not Trading Auston Matthews

January 18th, 2018 Last week, Rob Vollman of ESPN.com wrote a pretty provocative piece concerning the legitimacy of an Auston Matthews trade out of Toronto. When I read the headline, I probably thought what most Leafs fans thought: there's no way the Toronto Maple Leafs are trading Matthews. The article itself was...
Maple Leafs Should Do Absolutely Nothing

Maple Leafs Should Do Absolutely Nothing

January 15th, 2018 The 2017-18 National Hockey League Trade Deadline is six weeks away, and speculation is rampant the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in on the action. With some holes on defense, a number of significant contributors entering free agency and the looming specter of the Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and...

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January 9th, 2018
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have played three straight games that have gone to overtime. In two of those games, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov started overtime and Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner started the other. In all three games, Auston Matthews and William Nylander were the second pair of forwards on the ice and in all three games they didn't touch the puck on that shift. Having Matthews and Nylander in possession of the puck in overtime is obviously a good thing as the Leafs have four overtime goals this year, three of them scored by Matthews and Nylander (Marleau has the fourth). Matthews leads the team in goals (19) and points (33) and Nylander is second on the team in points (31). Head coach Mike Babcock's overtime strategy needs to change. Exhibit A: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 01/08/2018 After leading 2-0 and dominating the second and third periods, the Leafs gave up one unlucky goal and one goal off of a bad Morgan Rielly giveaway late in the third...
January 8th, 2018
Maple Leafs Prospects

There may be no better chance to see some of your favourite NHL team’s best prospects than at the World Junior Championships. While much of the focus this year centered around 17-year-old phenom Rasmus Dahlin and a lack of attendance, it was an opportunity to evaluate the progress of some prospects that are already drafted. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, two players were under the microscope. Timothy Liljegren, the Leafs' most recent first-round pick suited up for Sweden, while goalie prospect Joseph Woll was back in-between the pipes for the United States. Liljegren's World Juniors Performance Liljegren was one of the more visible players in the tournament, meaning whenever he was on the ice, you knew. He showed his talent at the tournament with his playmaking ability on offence, while also proving to be sturdy in his own end. Liljegren is an excellent skater and was able to carry the puck in the rush and fly into the offensive zone to set up an attack. Liljegren...
January 8th, 2018
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Whoever said that nerves affected one’s performance never met Toronto Maple Leafs’ defensive prospect Travis Dermott. Well, on Saturday, the 21-year-old defenceman made his NHL debut on Hockey Night in Canada as his Leafs took on the Vancouver Canucks in a game they eventually won in a shootout. While the win itself was surely a headline for some, the young defenceman’s debut should be the focal point for Leafs followers and fans. After all, nerves didn’t look like they affected the young man’s game and he looked as though he fit right in. From Erie to Toronto Dermott starred in OHL for three seasons as a member of the Erie Otters. Over that time, he collected 17 goals and 116 points in 179 regular season games for the Otters. It was no wonder that teams were interested in the smaller-sized defenceman. But at six-feet and just over 200 pounds, the Leafs drafted the Otters’ product in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft and it wasn’t long before they had...
January 8th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs began the 2017-18 NHL season ablaze, with their torrent play and lethal offensive attack thrusting the up-and-coming team to the top of the NHL's leaderboard. Yet, in the few months that followed, Toronto began to fall back down to earth. As 2017 came to a close, the franchise became increasingly dependent on both their outstanding goaltending and the incredible contributions which it had consistently received from its best player. So, if the franchise wishes to recapture its stellar form from earlier this season, they will need to receive more substantial contributions from throughout their deep lineup. One particular player who has much more to provide is William Nylander - a former first-round choice of the Leafs in 2014 whose play this season has been widely skillful yet remarkably inconsistent. Although he remains just 21 years-of-age, Nylander's decreased level of production has had an immediate detriment on Toronto and their resulting...

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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