Analysis

Analysis

In-depth analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Leading Leafs-centric website.

I never loved Phil Kessel—as a hockey player, that is. He didn’t play my style. His game wasn’t mine. Simple as that. I grew up...

I have argued a few times in the past that I think Jake Gardiner may be the Toronto Maple Leafs' best overall defenceman. When I...

This 2015 NHL Draft class for the Maple Leafs provided a great deal of intrigue for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, there was...

Teams rarely, if ever, receive a substantial enough, or even on-par, return for elite athletes. The Phil Kessel case is no different. A club's desire to...

The Maple Leafs front office was busy as the free agency flood gates opened yesterday afternoon. A day that included five signings (1 RFA, 4...

The Toronto Maple Leafs front office and coaching staff have largely now been rebuilt, even though the team still lacks an official general manager (whoever...
Phil Kessel Maple Leafs

A little over a year ago Brendan Shanahan was announced as the new president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his introductory press conference, he...

The common sentiment around the Toronto Maple Leafs' hiring of Mike Babcock is, “good coach, bad team”—and it is tough to argue against that. This is not the first...

There are potentially a number of impacts that the Mike Babcock signing could have on the Toronto Maple Leafs, including off-ice impacts such as...
Mark Hunter

One of yesterday's emerging factors in the Maple Leafs winning the Babcock sweepstakes was the level of respect Mike Babcock has for Leafs Director...
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals

From the moment it came out that Mike Babcock would possibly not return to Detroit, his name has been connected to the Toronto Maple...
Guy Boucher

Darren Dreger is reporting the team who contacted Guy Boucher about a possible return to the NHL (news Boucher broke himself yesterday on TSN...

My season-long project to chart Toronto Maple Leaf scoring chances mercifully finished on Saturday; you can take a look at my methodology in my...

If you watched Brendan Shanahan’s end of season press conference and began wondering who the next GM will be, you missed the forest for...

In a great piece on the 'Shanaplan' and the mass firings today by the Leafs, Bob McKenzie put forth the name Mike Futa as...
Brendan Shanahan Leafs President

Brendan Shanahan has continued the organizational overhaul with the dismissal of Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes, with a...

It's official: Dave Nonis has been let go with two years left on his contract, while the entire Leafs coaching staff has been cleared...
2015 NHL Draft

With Carolina's win over Philadelphia tonight, the Maple Leafs have unofficially secured the fourth overall draft pick, pending the April 18 lottery results. Assuming either...

One Game Left. NotesInteresting piece by Thomas Drance over at TLN on executive compensation and the Leafs. Essentially, if the Leafs fire Nonis and hire...

The old saying goes that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, but perhaps sometimes the opposite is true. This season the Leafs conducted a fire sale...