Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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One of the main questions in Toronto down the stretch has been whether or not Dave Nonis will be General Manager of the team moving forward. It is a reasonable question, but perhaps it is not the right one. More appropriately, is this a position that anyone in the league with experience will actually covet? There are the obvious reasons one can think of as to why an experienced manager would not want to take control of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team is lousy, they have an admittedly shallow prospect pool, the team is riddled with controversy and has a poor...

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With Connor McDavid on the sidelines (resting for the playoffs), Dylan Strome put together a six-point afternoon versus Niagara yesterday, including four goals, to capture the OHL scoring title from Mitch Marner's grasp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOUVrwCZhE With both putting up fantastic draft year seasons and Marner technically still edging Strome on points per game, the debate as to who goes fourth behind the consensus top 3 of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin is unlikely to rest anytime before the draft. And as we're all well aware, their current fourth overall draft standing places the Leafs central to that debate. Strome vs. Marner has been written...

Toronto Maple Leafs - Recent Posts

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The Oilers winning two in a row has them gaining ground fast on a Leafs team that's barely gained a point in three months. Once thought an impossible feat (getting within shouting distance of the Oilers and Coyotes), Edmonton is now just three points back with seven games remaining. Catching 2nd-last Arizona, who trail by 6 points, is pretty unlikely unless the Leafs lose out and Arizona finishes "strong" (.500ish). But hey, never count this Leafs team out!     The Marlies play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game with serious playoff implications, as their opponent in Hamilton currently holds the 8th-seed and is...

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Like their last game, against the Wild, the Toronto Maple Leafs started well against the Florida Panthers, out-chancing them in the first period. Things then fell apart in the second, with two quick Florida goals opening up a lead. That lead seemed to break the Leafs, who were out-chanced 7-2 in the second half of the period, and fell further behind, leading to Jonathan Bernier getting replaced by James Reimer. Florida then shut down the game in the third, and while Toronto pulled one back, that was all they got, with the Panthers earning a critical win in their playoff chase. All...

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Florida Panthers Projected Lines Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr Brandon Pirri - Vincent Trocheck - Brad Boyes Jussi Jokinen - Dave Bolland - Jimmy Hayes Shawn Thornton - Derek MacKenzie - Scottie Upshall Brian Campbell - Aaron Ekblad Willie Mitchell - Erik Gudbranson Dmitry Kulikov - Alex Petrovic Roberto Luongo Dan Ellis Scratched: Tomas Kopecky, Steven Kampfer, Sam Brittain Injured: Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Al Montoya (groin) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Greg McKegg - David Booth Richard Panik - Leo Komarov - Brandon Kozun Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Casey Bailey Jake Gardiner - Morgan Rielly Eric Brewer - Dion...
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There's at least one playoff chase alive and well in Toronto: Byron Froese, who the Marlies just signed to an AHL contract extension for next season, scored twice to lead the Marlies to a 3-2 win over OKC yesterday afternoon  (Froese now sits fourth on the team in goal scoring with 14, despite playing just 34 games). With 12 games to go, the Marlies are now just one point back of the eighth seed and play the eighth place Hamilton Bulldogs this Saturday. Also worth noting - now riding a four game win streak, Christopher Gibson's save percentage has risen to an...

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The Leafs had a great start, out-chancing the Wild 6-4, and were unfortunate to trail after the opening period when Coyle scored a goal in the last minute to put Minnesota ahead. Toronto responded poorly in the second, as Minnesota dominated much of the period, and only Jonathan Bernier managed to keep them in it. So, it was unfortunate that a second Minnesota goal went right through the Leaf goalie in the third period, which looked like it might be the dagger to the Leafs' hopes. A rare thing happened after that, as Toronto made a real push in the...

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Minnesota Wild Projected Lines Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville Nino Niederreiter - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine Sean Bergenheim - Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon Jordan Leopold - Matt Dumba Devan Dubnyk Niklas Backstrom Scratched: Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper, Christian Folin, Ryan Carter Injured: Nate Prosser (lower body), Matt Cooke (sports hernia), Jason Zucker (clavicle), Keith Ballard (concussion/facial fractures) Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Trevor Smith - David Booth Zach Sill - Leo Komarov - Richard Panik Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Brandon...
Mark Hunter

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Toronto Maple Leafs Director of player personnel Mark Hunter joined Leafs Lunch to discuss the recent signings of Casey Bailey and Nikita Soshnikov, the depth of talent in the organization, and the upcoming draft. Nikita Soshnikov: We got a lead from Evgeny Namestnikov, who we hired as a scout for us over in Russia. He said come over to watch this young man who he liked a lot, who he coached. He’s a kid that plays a hard-nosed, two way game, he’s got some good skills, but lots of effort. It’s a big part of game, effort. Casey Bailey: He’s going to get...

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For the fifth straight game, the Leafs were badly out-chanced in the opening period. Ottawa dominated proceedings, getting ten of the eleven chances and beating the Leafs 7-1 at ES, including two goals. The Leafs managed to show some good fight in the second. After an early exchange of goals, Toronto carried the play, and were rewarded with a pair of goals. A costly power-play marker for Ottawa in the last minute of the period put the Sens back ahead, and Toronto weren't able to keep up the pressure in the third, as Ottawa had almost all the chances. The...