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Most fans had Randy Carlyle fired before the 2013-14 season ended.  He wasn't. Instead, Toronto's front office opted to extend the former Norris trophy winner.  Quotables citing Carlyle's experience and Stanley Cup-winning pedigree have been bandied about as support.  Even his detractors are unlikely to admit his retention immediately spells the end of this year's playoff hopes.  But a failure to significantly overhaul his defensive system of the past two seasons is likely to do exactly that. By now, you're all familiar with the infamous "swarm" tactic that the Leafs have employed (unsuccessfully) since the beginning of the 2012 season.  Many recognize it as...

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Yesterday the Leafs partook in their annual golf tournament and pre-camp media rounds, where Joffrey Lupul touched on a topic that has popped up throughout the summer—the Maple Leafs have gotten older. I’m really excited with a lot of the guys we picked up. Robidas, Polak, Winnik . . . just a little bit of a veteran presence throughout the lineup is going to do a lot for us on and off the ice. The last couple of years we’ve been one of the youngest teams in the NHL and now we’ve added some more veterans, guys who have played in...

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The Maple Leafs offseason has had a central theme of analytics and 'Moneypuck' due to their off-ice hirings and firings, but they have also followed this mantra with their on-ice additions. One of, if not the, main original concepts of 'Moneyball' is finding undervalued players due to perceived flaws and maximizing your spend on quality contributors. This clip from the movie sums it up nicely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGf6LNWY9AI As discussed earlier in the summer, the Leafs brought in a collection of players with strong underlying numbers on relatively harmless contracts. Shanahan’s “island of misfit toys,” in this case, refers to the signings of David Booth, Mike...
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In the 2005-06 season, the Maple Leafs had the second best power play in the league and one of the biggest reasons was Tomas Kaberle’s ability to gain the zone and set up the attack. Any Leaf fan can tell you it was mesmerizing to watch 'Kabby' slice up the neutral zone and work the attack like a QB as he glided to open space and found uncovered teammates with ease. The Red Wings had the best power play in the league in the 2008-09 season, and one of the big reasons behind it was their zone entry breakout, which the rest...

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Nick Kypreos with Greg Brady / Andrew-Walker. Sportsnet hockey analyst Nick Kypreos joins Brady & Walker as NHL training camp opens to discuss Dave Feschuk’s article in the Toronto Star about Phil Kessel being unhappy with the Leafs breakout strategy, contract negotiations between Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators, and Ryan Johansen and the Blue Jackets.
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Joffrey Lupul speaks ahead of training camp about the season coming up, what he expects from himself and more. 2014/09/18

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He didn’t call anyone’s mother this time for a health report, but it’s bound to generate nearly as much noise just as training camp starts today: Dave Feschuk reported on Steve Spott's talk at a coaching clinic and got some scuttlebutt via unnamed coaches in attendance. The main subject was Phil Kessel, who it should be noted Feschuk has disparaged in the past (doesn’t mean this latest report is 100% untrue, it’s just history worth remembering). We'll leave the Kessel stuff to your own interpretation. Just note that high scoring, offensively-creative players having their own ideas on what’s best when it comes...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas chats with Sportsnet590?s Eric Prime on the eve of training camp. Dubas touches on what his role will be at his first NHL camp, as well as the reception he has received from Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle.

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Game Highlights The Baby Leafs beat the Penguins 2-0, with goals from Brett Findlay (second of the tournament to go along with a pair of assists) and Parker Bowles. Connor Brown contributed a nice set up and Antoine Bibeau pitched the shutout (he's really been gaining some momentum since last Spring). The Leafs prospects finished the tournament 2-1-0. *** The Maple Leafs' third and final game of the 2014 rookie tournament goes this afternoon (2 p.m. start) versus the Pittsburgh Penguins' youngsters. Josh Leivo, who stood out as not belonging on the ice surface in a good way on Saturday, draws back in and will...

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No William Nylander expected this afternoon when the Maple Leafs prospects wrap up their 2014 Rookie Tournament versus Pittsburgh. Frederik Gauthier is day to day with a back injury and also won't feature. 2013 6th round pick and Val d'Or Memorial Cup standout Antoine Bibeau will tend the Leaf net. Game thread to come later. Tuesday Links: James Mirtle: What should the Maple Leafs do with William Nylander? MLHS yesterday: 10 Questions Part 1 -- Will Randy Carlyle Change? MLHS yesterday: Viktor Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite goalie Cal Heeter to camp Ultimate Hockey: PTOs and the Maple Leafs Leaf Report Podcast: Season Preview - Defence...

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Most fans had Randy Carlyle fired before the 2013-14 season ended.  He wasn't. Instead, Toronto's front office opted to extend the former Norris trophy winner.  Quotables citing Carlyle's experience and Stanley Cup-winning pedigree have been bandied about as support.  Even his detractors are unlikely to admit his retention immediately spells the end of this year's playoff hopes.  But a failure to significantly overhaul his defensive system of the past two seasons is likely to do exactly that. By now, you're all familiar with the infamous "swarm" tactic that the Leafs have employed (unsuccessfully) since the beginning of the 2012 season.  Many recognize it as...

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We've got a day break before the rookie tournament wraps up tomorrow versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here's some Monday reading: Monday Links: Viktor Loov "probably" has to go back to Sweden if he doesn't make the big club. Unfortunate. Based on the rookie tourney showings, seems like it's time to get him over to Toronto and begin acclimating to the North American game with the Marlies. The Maple Leafs appear to have invited former Andirondack Phantoms goalie (ex-Flyers property, signed out of college) Cal Heeter to their camp. More options does seem prudent. Technically Garret Sparks is the #3 goalie right now and he's...