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Quick hits: Lupul in, Gardiner in (Robidas out), Reimer starts. Pavel Datsyuk will not play either game vs the Leafs. Good news all around. MLHS Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 16th Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL 2 Game Review: Game #4, Leafs 3 vs Avalanche 2 (OT) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct.14 Peter Horachek – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 14th Leafs Notebook – October 14 Which Leaf Players Pull Their Weight Defensively?  Leafs Links Wings try to get back on winning track against Leafs (Foxsports) Musing about Mike Babcock as Leafs coach, and Friday's mailbag (TheStar) Babcock ‘pumped'...

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New partners 'SAS' and the Maple Leafs held a media availability yesterday that included a few demonstrations of how their technology works and how it will help the team. In other news, arguably the Leafs best forward to start the season has encountered a familiar setback: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/522781636585607170 Leafs Links Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL  (MLHS) New addition to the family, Evan Dorey, tracking scoring chances vs. the Avs. Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT) (MLHS) For those that missed the game: stats (boxscore&advanced), analysis, highlights, player notes. Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 (MLHS) Good one, Randy. Peter Horachek – Leafs...

Ray Ferraro

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Ray Ferraro on Leafs Lunch talking about the Leafs defensive zone coverage and the team makeup.

Peter Horachek

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Peter Horachek on Leafs Lunch talking Jake Gardiner, Stu Percy and the Leafs systems.

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Dion Phaneuf's effectiveness always seems to be a popular matter of debate in the world of hockey. This shouldn't surprise anyone when citing a player who captains an NHL team in a hockey-crazed market like Toronto while carrying a beefy cap hit of $7,000,000 per annum. Last season, Dion was subject to incredibly difficult usage at the hands of head coach Randy Carlyle. His teammate Corsi For percentage of 43.4% was the 16th lowest among all defensemen since 2007-08, while his offensive zone start percentage of 37.7% ranks lower than all but 23 blueliners in the Behind the Net era....

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have added another depth option on the wing, plucking right winger Richard Panik off the waiver wire after he didn't make the Tampa Bay Lightning's opening day roster. The 23-year-old Slovakian, a former 2nd round pick (52nd overall) of the Lightning in 2009, has played 75 NHL games over two seasons, accumulating 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points. His AHL production has been reasonably strong; he's posted 93 points in 128 games with the Syracuse Crunch/Norfolk Admirals. To make space for now, the injured Josh Leivo has been returned to the Marlies. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/520249492487294976 It kind of follows...

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The Maple Leafs have found a way to keep Swedish defenceman and rookie tournament standout Viktor Loov in North America for the upcoming season. The Maple Leafs were waiting on MoDo to waive his rights, which curiously took them a little bit of time and for a while didn't seem like it was going to happen. For the last week, word out of Maple Leaf management was that they didn't think they were going to be able to get Loov released from his SHL contract to come over to the Toronto Marlies. Possible reasons things changed for the better? Nonis guided by contracts...

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If you are not yet aware, I have recently launched a new hockey statistics website at Puckalytics.com. Long-term this will be the replacement for stats.hockeyanalysis.com, but not all features are implemented yet; for now, both will remain operational. There are some new statistics available at Puckalytics.com and one of those features is the ability to find the percentage of a team's overall statistic that the player was on the ice for. I call these '% of Team Stats' and they can be found here. To explain exactly what these statistics mean, let's look at % of Team TOI. Last season, Ryan Suter...

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The cuts are in. The Leafs have waived Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren and Korbinian Holzer, while William Nylander is headed back to MoDo for the upcoming season. That means, if you lost track, the guys who made the team include: Stuart Percy, Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin, Josh Leivo and Brandon Kozun, on top of the obvious. We should also note that Leivo isn’t practicing today because he is hurt with a bruised foot. Not to mention Bozak and Franson are banged up. That means more demotions will eventually happen. For now, these appear to be the lines: So, it looks like the top line...

Stéphane Robidas

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Stéphane Robidas speaks with members of the media following Thursday's practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Mm01W4FWI

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Thursday Links... MLHS Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Proteau: The Leafs defense won't be a complete disaster - TSN Leafs enjoy team building up north with paintball battle - Star Mirtle: Fighters or finishers? Leafs have one more week to choose their path - G&M Maple Leafs'...

Carter Ashton

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In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire. Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route. Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster. This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...

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Morning Links.... MLHS What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Maple Leafs must wait for turnaround, Canadiens mix it up: Previewing Canada’s teams in the East Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs injuries could help Stuart Percy’s chances of making the NHL Tragically...

Peter Horachek

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Peter Horachek - Leafs Lunch - September 26

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Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 Probable lines for Leafs in TOR: JVR-Santorelli-Kessel Nylander-Kadri-Brown Leivo-Kontiola-Kozun Devane-McKegg-Bodie Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 Probable defence: Gardiner-Granberg Loov-Franson Percy-Mikkelson Goalies: Reimer/Gibson Leafs Links 10 Questions: Part 3 — Will the Maple Leafs change the top line? MLHS 10 Questions: Part 2 — Will Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak improve the defence? MLHS Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Flyers 2 MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #1, Leafs 3 vs. Flyers 2 (SO) MLHS Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0 MLHS Game in Six Minutes – Game #2 vs Flyers MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0 MLHS Dave Nonis on Prime Time Sports MLHS Can William Nylander make the jump like a certain small, speedy Maple Leaf...

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It’s our first look at William Nylander in NHL action and it’s just as we dreamed back in June – on a line with Phil Kessel. Mike Santorelli will play between them in a nice opportunity in his first game as a Leaf. Hopefully looks good in the middle because the Leafs could use the additional options at center to be sure. Five of the six D are NHL regulars, with the sixth being Viktor Loov, who is looking to build on a rookie camp showing that turned some heads. The loveable #47 is back in Blue and White for the first time this...

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Steve Simmons speaks to the inaccuracies in the Dave Feschuk piece regarding Phil Kessel and Steve Spott not getting along.

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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...

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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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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been around since the ‘Original Six’ and are one of the more prestigious franchises across the NHL – despite not having won a Stanley Cup championship for over almost 40 years. With history, however, comes enemies and rivalries and in that respect, the Maple Leafs are no different. They have had several long-running feuds with fellow franchises over the years and here’s some of the more historic of the bunch for you to enjoy: Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens This is without a doubt, the most historic rivalry within the NHL, and also the oldest. Both...