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Nick Robertson Should be a Maple Leaf Next Season

Nick Robertson Should be a Maple Leaf Next Season

April 4th, 2020 During this time of darkness and uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to look at the positives in the hockey world. The NHL’s 2019-20 season and playoffs may very well be cancelled, and it’s hard to say when exactly we’ll see our favourite teams take the ice again. But...
Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Marlies' Prospects, Rielly & Dubas

Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Marlies' Prospects, Rielly & Dubas

April 4th, 2020 As the regular season has been suspended, in each of the News & Rumors posts I’m writing these days I’ve included a glimpse back at the Toronto Maple Leafs season and have outlined what I believe has made the season memorable. At the same time, I've been collecting the news emerging from...

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April 1st, 2020
Maple Leafs History

It seems as if every season in the NHL there is a trade that has a clear winner and loser. Sometimes it can take months or even years to tell who that winner is, and the impact from that deal can be felt for years to come.  Related: 7 Cool Things About Auston Matthews In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the decision to trade Tuukka Rask to the Boston Bruins for Andrew Raycroft in 2006 was a clear loss. While it was impossible to predict the way the trade would turn out, the last decade of Maple Leafs hockey might look completely different if that deal hadn’t been made.  Maple Leafs at the Turn of the Century In the early 2000s, the Toronto Maple Leafs were set up nicely at the goaltending position. In 1998, the Maple Leafs signed free agent Curtis Joseph to a contract through the 2001-02 season. In 2002, they signed Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour to a deal through the 2005-06 season.  BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 30: Goalie Ed Belfour #20 of the Toronto...
April 1st, 2020
Maple Leafs History

The Toronto Maple Leafs team of the early 2000s was one of the most beloved by Leafs Nation. With names like Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe, Alexander Mogilny and many more, the roster resonated with fans. Once known as the Beasts of the East, they had the best chance to make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup. After the 2004-05 lockout, things got ugly for the Maple Leafs, and they dealt with constant disappointment. Before the 2016-17 season, they had missed the playoffs 10 times in 11 years. It wasn’t until 2014 that the draft and developing players became a priority. The Maple Leafs went into a full-blown rebuild where prospects and picks became essential to their success. Related: Longest Stanley Cup Droughts Before that, the Maple Leafs had handed out picks like Halloween candy, cutting corners to try and speed up the process. As good as Phil Kessel was, giving up potential stars like Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton didn't sit...
March 31st, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Toronto Maple Leafs have admitted their interest in a KHL forward, Brady Tkachuk provides an update on how the two Senators players who contracted the COVID-19 virus are doing, and the Edmonton Oilers confirm their interest in forward Anton Slepyshev and two 2016 draft prospects. Finally, there are more names rumored to be among those veteran NHL'ers who might call it a career. Dubas Confirms Interest in Barabanov We spoke this weekend about the rumored interest by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Russian forward Alexander Barabanov and Maple Leafs’ GM Kyle Dubas admitted at a media availability today that his team is pursuing the player. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov) Dubas explained to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the organization likes the Russian forward’s ability to make plays under pressure. Johnston also notes that there doesn’t seem to be any rush from...
March 31st, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 2019-20 season had its ups-and-downs. However, when new head coach Sheldon Keefe took over from the departed Mike Babcock, the team’s play drastically changed and the season improved for both players and for fans. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Dubas, Trade Thoughts, Domi & Loponen Although the regular season remains on suspension, there is news coming out of the Maple Leafs organization. In this post, I hope to help fans keep up with this news. Item One: Sheldon Keefe’s Successful First Season If the NHL regular season is over, history will show that new head coach Sheldon Keefe started his NHL coaching career successfully. He certainly coaches an exciting brand of hockey; as a fan, you get a sense that he’s a players’ coach, however that might be defined. He gives his players increased latitude — yet, as William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen discovered, Keefe will bench them if he detects any lack of...
March 30th, 2020
Maple Leafs Prospects

Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly Prospect Report: Francis, Caufield, NHL Draft, Chromiak & More While the hockey world is on a COVID-19 shutdown, the 2020 NHL Draft will still happen – somehow. Throughout “The Pause,” I’ll keep my content rolling to ensure you have some reading material to get through quarantine. The Hockey Writers have started to compile it’s annual NHL Draft Guide, and you can check that out for tons of prospect profiles, features, rankings and more! The Weekly Prospect report will go on as long as it can, although it might look differently in the coming weeks. As there’s still been prospect news rolling in, we have some items to touch on this week. NHL-Affiliated...
March 29th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

Mitch Marner's new six-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signed on Sept. 13, 2019, that was supposed to be the final distraction in the way of a team preparing for what was supposed to be a highly-successful 2019-20 season. Sure there were nagging questions about the team’s defense but people were anxious to see how the Tyson Barrie trade would work out. When the team’s young restricted free-agent Marner signed and was ready to play opening night, most fans were looking forward to a season of promise.  Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Dubas, Trade Thoughts, Domi & Loponen Well, the season didn’t go as planned. Still, it was an interesting one and not without excitement. But the season also included a roller-coaster ride of good and bad play, a coaching change that – although probably overdue – took many by surprise, injuries to key players, inconsistent play, and yet personal progress among the team’s core of...