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NHL Rumors: Nylander, Hayes, Blues, Oilers, More

NHL Rumors: Nylander, Hayes, Blues, Oilers, More

September 16th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, the Leafs are holding firm on their offer to William Nylander, there is talk the Edmonton Oilers have to respond to San Jose acquiring Erik Karlsson, Kevin Hayes thinks he'll stay in New York and a Blues' goaltender might be back sooner than expected. Nylander and Leafs...
Maple Leafs' Recent Dealings With the Senators

Maple Leafs' Recent Dealings With the Senators

September 16th, 2018 Bitter rivals for years and regular opponents in the playoffs during the early 2000s, it’s understandable that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators have rarely come to terms when it comes to trades. With just one move in the last 20 years between the two clubs, we had to go all the way...

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September 3rd, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

During the month of September, we will profile New Faces in New Places from around the NHL. We now look at Flyers' winger James Van Riemsdyk. He's coming off a career year in goals and now returns for a second stint in Philadelphia. Can he keep the good times rolling? James van Riemsdyk 2017-18 Stats: 36-18-54 in 81 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 2018-19 Team: Philadelphia Flyers. How Acquired: Signed a 5-year deal worth $35 million on July 1, 2018. Expected Place in Lineup: Top-6 winger. Mark's Take We knew van Riemsdyk was not going back to Toronto. What I think many of us weren't sure of was where he'd end up. JVR was the most coveted free agent not named John Tavares this offseason. GM Ron Hextall is not known as a big game hunter. He decided to put a huge dent in that narrative by giving JVR the richest Flyers' contract since Ilya Bryzgalov. On paper, this seems like a great fit. JVR is coming off a career-high 36 goals in Toronto. While most of the...
September 3rd, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

With September finally here, that means the start of the NHL regular season is only a month away. The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a busy offseason, headlined by their free agent signing of John Tavares. With all eyes on the lines head coach Mike Babcock chooses and how well stars Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner play, attention needs to be on those underrated players looking to make an impact on the team. With a tremendous opportunity for the Maple Leafs to make a deep run in the playoffs, they will need their lines to be firing on all cylinders, relying on role players to have breakout seasons. Let's take a look at the 'Top 5 Breakout Players' for the Maple Leafs this season. #5. Frederik Gauthier (Centre) Despite only playing 37 games in the NHL, I expect Gauthier to have more success and playing time for the Leafs this season. With Tavares, Matthews, and Kadri taking the centre spots for the first three lines, Frederik seems to be the obvious choice to be the...
August 31st, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have themselves a delicate situation that needs to be handled with extreme caution entering the 2018-19 season. Not since trading away Dion Phaneuf in 2016 have the Maple Leafs had a captain. And rightfully so. Well, what's changed? For starters, the Leafs signed a superstar in John Tavares to an extremely lucrative deal. He comes to the Buds' after captaining the New York Islanders for five seasons, so it's certain that he understands what it takes to lead a franchise. However, since Auston Matthews was drafted in 2016, he's been dubbed the face of the franchise, and after his first season culminated in winning the Calder Trophy, the path to the "C" was supposedly straightforward. So which player is better suited for captaincy? And is a decision really necessary this season? Presenting the Case for John Tavares John Tavares is home. That we know. The Mississauga native sent shockwaves throughout the NHL when he decided to leave Long Island and...
August 29th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are trending towards becoming an annual contender for the Stanley Cup. However, a successful team has talented players and, for the Maple Leafs, their core talent is a trio of young players who are on the last legs of their ELC. We all expect Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner to get paid but the big question mark surrounds the third member of that trio, William Nylander. William Nylander’s Contract Confusion Nylander is an integral part of the Maple Leafs, helping the team to back-to-back postseason berths. However, with John Tavares and his cap hit of $11,000,000, Nylander may be excluded from the Leafs' plan moving forward. He has said all along that he wants to commit to the organization long-term which is great but could be a (good) headache for general manager, Kyle Dubas to figure out. Nylander has done a tremendous job, growing into a starring role within the squad, and his presence on the top line with Matthews should carry a lot of weight...

Maple Leafs Archives

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.... August 18th, 2018

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