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Who would’ve thought we would be saying those words in reference to the Maple Leafs just a week ago? There was a palpable air of awkwardness present as Tim Leiweke called this ‘Shanny’s team and culture” while Dave Nonis sat listening at the other end of the table. Shanahan is his Leafs’ Masai Ujiri, and Leiweke made no bones about referencing that directly. Dave Nonis is saying all the right things as of now -- about knowing this role was in the offing for some time, looking at it as an opportunity to collaborate with another good hockey mind, Shanny...

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The Toronto Marlies wrapped up a successful 2013-14 regular season with a 4-3 win over Rochester last night, leaving them with a 45-win, 96-point record over 76 games. Two goals and an assist (also had six shots in this game) from Sam Carrick, who has come on strong in the second half of the season, brought up his season totals to 14 goals and 35 points in 62 games to go along with a +17, the best among Marlies forwards. Their first round matchup has also been decided: The Toronto Marlies, third place in the West, will play the sixth-seeded...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeWvMci8iKA&w=700&h=394] Why didn't the Leafs call up T.J. Brennan? Toronto Maple Leafs WOWYs: Randy Carlyle Edition Some Perspective On Nazem Kadri Marlies Lose To Utica, Locked Into 3rd DRAFT Maple Leafs fans should hop on Raptors bandwagon and enjoy the ride Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins in playoff opener on Pavel Datsyuk’s late goal Your favourite (and least favourite) NHL playoff broadcasters—past and present Evoking memories of the Maple Leafs in the playoffs in the spring of ’93: Episode 19 of “The Vintage Leaf Memo..

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Randy Carlyle is still twisting in the wind as the Maple Leafs' head coach despite some damning quotes from the new boss. YES! MT @Hope_Smoke: Shanahan with Paul Hendrick "There are some good pieces here. Sometimes pieces are misused or mismanaged"” — 67Sound (@67sound) April 16, 2014   For now, let's look into another available head coach candidate, former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette (fired after his team's 0-3 start earlier in the season), with Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey. How would you describe Peter Laviolette’s systems? Eric T: Peter Laviolette generally seems to prefer an up-tempo, aggressive game. But he's not dogmatic about it; he...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL-MVxa28VI&w=700&h=394] They are defencemen, first round picks, young professionals, and now, roommates. Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly are at remarkably similar stages in their hockey careers.

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Most fans are looking forward to the NHL playoffs, Leaf fans are just waiting for NHL layoffs— Dusty Finish (@GoddTill) April 16, 2014

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You’ve probably seen the video. Mark Micelli and his Leafs fan buddies were gathering for Game 7 on the night of May 13, 2013. Mark had recently purchased a Go Pro camera, so, taking his lead from the Maple Leaf Square goal celebrations that were a viral hit throughout the Leafs-Bruins series, he set it up in his basement beside the TV and kind of forgot it was even there. Toronto Maple Leaf Fans React to Boston Bruins Game 7 Overtime Win [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8GCH5qf9IY&w=700&h=394] We all know how that game played out, and a few days later Mark realized he may have captured...

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No miracles in yesterday's draft lottery. Here's the history of the eighth overall pick dating back to 1990: The top 20 prospects per the March ISS rankings: Nick Ritchie is going to get a lot of play in Leafland because he's this draft's "next Lucic," while Jared McCann should also be the center (wink) of much discussion as he might the best natural pivot available if the Leafs remain in the eight spot and he's also an Ontario boy. Bob McKenzies Top 10 NHL Draft Prospects [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBUgX1ZMtjI&w=700&h=394] Hump day links... James Reimer and Morgan Rielly are headed to the World Championships for Canada. Bozak might...

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This event gets its own TSN broadcast for reasons of hockey and Canada, especially given the audience this year. It's a sad indictment of the current NHL affairs north of the border that six Canadian fan bases will be hoping for a miracle during tonight's lottery draw. The team with the best odds last picked first in 2010. The Leafs have an 8.7% chance of moving down to 9th overall, but a 3.6% chance of moving all the way up to 1st. Obligatory: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMRrNY0pxfM] Bill Daly will reveal the results at 8 p.m. EST on TSN.