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Maple Leafs Are a Good Team...Deal with It

Maple Leafs Are a Good Team...Deal with It

July 20th, 2018 It has taken me a while to gather my thoughts. Unlike other writers that cover the Toronto Maple Leafs, I didn't know what to say when I saw the news. Sure, I was excited and thrilled like every other fan in Leafs Nation, but I was left speechless as this is one of the biggest things to happen for...
Jets vs. Maple Leafs: Class of Canada

Jets vs. Maple Leafs: Class of Canada

July 19th, 2018 With their respective depth and youthful talent, there's not much doubt that one day the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet in a Stanley Cup Final. They are definitely Canada's best hope to end the 25-year Stanley Cup drought. National unity won't be high on the mind of either team...

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July 7th, 2018
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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed John Tavares to a seven-year, $77-million contract, vaulting them up to the top spot as the favourite to win the Stanley Cup next year. The Leafs now boast Tavares, Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri at centre with Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Patrick Marleau on the wing, forming arguably the best forward group in the NHL. Now the attention changes to how the Maple Leafs can improve their defence, and as it always seems to, William Nylander's name has appeared in trade rumours again. The Case For & Against Trading Nylander The idea to trade Nylander stems from the concept that after he, Matthews and Marner receive their big contracts (Nylander this summer and Matthews and Marner next summer), there won't be any money left to improve the defence. As someone who has played around with Cap Friendly's Armchair GM feature quite a bit, I can tell you that that's a pretty true statement for the 2019-20 season. Nylander is a fantastic young player,...
July 2nd, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

* originally published in Sept. of 2017 In a coincidence of epic proportions, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) announced they’ve signed a 20-year, $800 million agreement to re-name their Bay St. venue ‘Scotiabank Arena’ on the same day that Scotiabank hiked its ATM fees to nearly $4,000 per transaction. It’s enough to make customers think twice, or even 2,000 times, about using the automated machines for routine withdrawals and deposits. Breaking Down the Deal The record-setting deal will change the name from "Air Canada Centre" to "Scotiabank Arena" on July 1, 2018. It’s believed to be one of the sports world’s most lucrative naming rights deals. The allure of being associated with the Leafs, who made the playoffs last year with a squad of up-and-coming talents including Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander, was enough to prompt the bank to reach deep into its vaults. The venue hosts world-class concerts, special events, and the...
July 2nd, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

With news surfacing that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed free agent star forward John Tavares on July 1, their pending free agents made their moves in taking the next steps in their NHL careers. Tyler Bozak left. Leo Komarov left. Even Roman Polak signed elsewhere. But one of the most notable departures from the Maple Leafs was that of forward James van Riemsdyk - especially after the season he had offensively. So while some will celebrate the addition of Tavares, in this column, we wave farewell to van Riemsdyk who spent the last six seasons with the Maple Leafs. Becoming a Maple Leaf It was the summer of 2012 when the Maple Leafs acquired a young van Riemsdyk from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Luke Schenn. While Schenn joined his younger brother in Philadelphia, the Maple Leafs had acquired a big, young forward who would eventually develop his net-front presence. Related: Flyers Sign James van Riemsdyk In his first stint with the Flyers, van...
July 1st, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms on a seven-year, $77 million contract with center John Tavares, per Elliotte Friedman. The deal comes with an annual cap hit of $11 million. This ends the TavaresWatch that has taken the hockey world by storm in recent weeks. Born in Missisauga, Ontario, Tavares is now playing for his hometown team. When a player like Tavares becomes available on the open market, you can be assured that all 31 teams will have interest to varying degrees. While there was obvious interest in Tavares this offseason, the 27-year-old limited his options to only six teams – the New York Islanders and five other suitors who made their case to sign the star center in private meetings in Los Angeles. Tavares has scored 272 goals and 621 points in 669 games. His performance on both ends of the ice is something to marvel at and it has made him one of the very best players in the entire NHL over his...

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.... 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