Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets Make Perfect Trade Partners

Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets Make Perfect Trade Partners

January 25th, 2020 Where is this NHL season going, seriously? We are just 30 days away from the Trade Deadline. While the players are in the midst of both the All-Star Game and their bye weeks, management is starting to decide how they want to handle this all important day. Do they buy? Do they sell? Maybe they...
Auston Matthews Resting Wrist, Expects to Be Ready After All-Star Break

Auston Matthews Resting Wrist, Expects to Be Ready After All-Star Break

January 24th, 2020 ST. LOUIS — Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews has been playing with a bum wrist. Judging by his offensive output, it's hard to tell. The 22-year-old is tied for second in the NHL with 34 goals this season to match his jersey number, with eight coming in his last nine...

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January 22nd, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is lots of buzz surrounding the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs potentially working on a deal, the Montreal Canadiens were listed as the team to watch by one TSN trade insider and the Hockey News names 30 players worth watching over the next five weeks. Maple Leafs and Flames Connected in Trade? There are a couple of interesting and somewhat conflicting reports from different Sportsnet columnists when it comes to a potential deal between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. The optics and reasoning for the trades are similar but the names a bit different. Flames defenseman TJ Brodie (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) Sportsnet’s Luke Fox is hinting the Maple Leafs and Flames may be chatting about a swap that would include defenseman Travis Hamonic. Suggesting the Maple Leafs have had their eyes on Hamonic since he was property of the New York Islanders, connection to the defenseman include almost trading Nazem Kadri...
January 22nd, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t played well of late. Frederik Andersen seems tired and two Maple Leafs defensemen are out with broken feet. Maybe it's time to take a break from the general sense of euphoria since Sheldon Keefe took over as head coach of the Maple Leafs on Nov. 20 and ask a difficult question. Does this team have the resources to make the postseason playoffs this season? Related: Maple Leafs’ Rasmus Sandin Has Little Choice But to Become a Star It’s been a tough season in several ways, with the change in the coaching staff from the legendary Mike Babcock to the up-and-coming Keefe, to injuries to key players, to difficult roster moves associated with salary-cap issues that won’t go away quickly. Finally, the team’s core of young stars is exactly as the adjective suggests – young. The Maple Leafs ice the fourth-youngest team in the NHL. Former Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe, second left, celebrates with his coaching and training staff...
January 22nd, 2020
Trade Deadline

Despite a strong 16-7-3 run since Sheldon Keefe took over behind the bench on Nov. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs remain exactly where they started when Mike Babcock was let go: 10th in the Eastern Conference, and on the outside looking in. While the team has certainly performed well on the ice - and most of the numbers support that - it's clear that they still have more to give. And if they intend to make the playoffs, they'll have to do exactly that. The Maple Leafs have been hot since Sheldon Keefe took over, but still remain just outside of the playoff picture. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) As it currently stands, the second wild-card spot is held by the Carolina Hurricanes who are on pace for 98 points. That means that Toronto will likely have to amass at least 41 points over their final 33 games - a record of 20-12-1 or thereabouts. That's definitely doable considering they've actually outperformed that pace under Keefe, but they've shown enough chinks in their armour...
January 20th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In a recent THW Rumors Report, Jim Parsons shared a report from hockey insider Bob McKenzie that former NHL defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is shadowing Brendan Shanahan in the team’s front office and has been for the past week. McKenzie noted that Phaneuf has not retired from the NHL and would like to land a playing position with an NHL club, but for now he seems to be making plans for a future after hockey. Related: Stitching Together the Mikheyev Surgery Stories McKenzie said: “the reason he is in Toronto is simply to get a look at the business of hockey and he reached out to Brendan Shanahan, asked if he could come in, get a feel for what the whole Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment operation off the ice is all about. That’s what he’s been doing.” Good for Phaneuf and for the Maple Leafs. Is Phaneuf’s Organizational Education All That’s Happening Here? I have absolutely no hockey insider’s speculations about this point at all;...
January 19th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

It was a rough night on Saturday for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their faithful fanbase, as the team was handed yet another blowout loss at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks jumped ahead to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and didn’t look back, finishing the game 6-2 and leaving Toronto on a high note. As always though, we have to take a quick look at some of the biggest takeaways from the game. Who played well? Who didn’t? And who tied a career-high in goals? With that, here’s a look back at Saturday night’s Maple Leafs’ loss. Hawks’ Quick, Quality Start As mentioned the Blackhawks got off to a great start in Toronto. Right off the opening face-off, the Blackhawks were buzzing in the offensive zone and the Maple Leafs just couldn’t get the puck off of them. The end result was a Drake Caggiula goal just 21 seconds into the game. Related: Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Fighting for Their Playoff Lives Just five minutes later, Jonathan Toews...
January 19th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

The end of January is coming into sight. With that comes the fun part of the season for fans. With the NHL's Trade Deadline only 36 days away, teams start the process of seeing what they might do come Feb 24. For some teams, it's easy to know what they're going to do. The Red Wings will sell. The Senators will sell. The three California teams are likely going to sell too. But for other teams, it's not so easy. One look at the standings and you'll see a slew of teams fighting for their playoff lives. There are 10 teams that come into Sunday at either 57 or 58 points. One or two wins and you get some separation. One or two losses and things get more desperate. Among the crowd at 57 points are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. According to most in the hockey world, these two teams were virtual locks to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But by points, if the playoffs began today, both the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes would miss the playoffs. While there is...