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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...
Dion Phaneuf

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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...
Jay McClement

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One of the more head-scratching themes of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2013-14 season was their penalty kill dropping from second best in the league the season prior to third from the bottom. It was a big fall from grace for a team that returned its top four penalty killers (Jay McClement, Carl Gunnarsson, Dion Phaneuf, and Nikolai Kulemin), had excellent goaltending, and the same coaching staff. The team experienced a huge nose dive in almost every statistical category. It is astonishing to look at: Other than the obvious curiosity to find out why the Leafs PK sunk like a stone, there are...

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An energetic second contest for the Maple Leafs saw a lot of players on the 2014 Rookie Camp roster take a step beyond Saturday’s initial impression – even despite the notable names (Nylander, Leivo) not playing. The group came out hungry, played hard, and displayed a consistent all-around “team game” that was encouraging to see from a squad of individuals largely thrown together for the purposes of individual evaluation. A night that should definitely have some positives taken away from it – despite the outcome. The Leafs were strong out of the gate tonight, with energy and physicality pouring over the...

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It's not a particularly strong lineup the Maple Leafs will be trotting out this afternoon. A new line of camp invitees plus Connor Brown enter the fray while William Nylander, Josh Leivo and David Broll get the game off. Here are your lines vs. the Senators: A former Soo Greyhound and Peterborough Pete, 21-year-old invitee Brett Findlay had a decent showing, including a good bit of work to set up Matt Finn's goal in the second period last night, and it appears they've moved him up next to Gauthier and Brown to gain a better look. Tyler Biggs has been rotated onto more of...

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For the diehard supporters of this team, this weekend always represents the earnest beginnings of the new Leaf season -- the annual prospects showcase known as the Rookie Tournament. Maple Leafs 2013 and 2014 first round picks William Nylander and Frederik Gauthier will be skating on the top two lines tonight. According to coach Gord Dineen, this may be Nylander's only game of the tournament; a little teaser for what's to come before saving him for the big camp. It's the first real peak at Nylander in a Leaf jersey in competitive action if we don't count the intrasquad scrimmaging at...

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Stiff competition is going to be the theme of this Maple Leafs training camp, more so than your typical September anyway. Up front, beyond the five firm top six forwards the Leafs have on the roster plus David Clarkson, there are going be as many as nine forwards with NHL pedigree plus William Nylander competing for the other six spots. The Maple Leafs added a few more names to the mix on defence yesterday as well, extending camp tryout agreements to Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikelsson. It seems unlikely the Leafs would sign both given they don't have many Standard Player Contract...
Gary Roberts

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Gary Roberts speaks to training in the NHL, Phil Kessel's fitness, the 2002 Maple Leafs, David Clarkson, Dion Phaneuf and much more.

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Hard to picture Spencer Abbott figuring into the mix with so many bodies up front (15 other forwards signed + William Nylander, all but Petri Kontiola and Nylander require waivers), but he'll be attending Maple Leafs training camp in a week with a new one-year contract in hand (details as of yet undisclosed). Abbott is waiver prone, so a team may see fit to grab the 7th-leading AHL scorer from last season if the Maple Leafs eventually cut and send him down. Wednesday Links: NBC Sports: Maple Leafs sign final RFA Spencer Abbott Petrielli: The Maple Leafs & NHL Average Age By Team Mirtle:...

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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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Dave Nonis on TSN Radio - Sept 8th, 2014 All audio on SoundCloud is available on the MLHS iTunes account, as well.