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Maple Leafs Hot Stove's renowned, exclusive interviews with front office staff provide Leaf insight you won't find anywhere else. From the GM, to the Director of Scouting, to the Goalie Coach—MLHS has the in-depth analysis no other media outlet offers.

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Dave Morrison yesterday on behalf of MLHS.  The Director of Amateur Scouting for the Leafs, Morrison is an intelligent hockey mind that provides direct insight and analysis on the prospects and general state of affairs in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.  We covered topics including recent draft picks, organizational depth, up and coming prospects and Nazem Kadri.   Nikhil Daljeet: Let’s start with your thoughts on the progression of the farm system as a whole. Dave  Morrison: Well obviously I am happy with the way things are going.  I think as an organization we’ve...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe chatted with assistant coach of the Leafs Greg Cronin over the phone this afternoon. Topics covered include the penalty kill, the team's possession play and possession statistics, the Bruins series, and more. Enjoy. Alec Brownscombe: Tell us about your role change last season. Greg Cronin: I was hired by Ron Wilson and Scott and I came in together. Scott was doing the powerplay, and I was doing the penalty kill. When Randy had come in, and I don’t know how many games were left, but after Ron was let go he just kept things status quo. By that...

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Those of you who know me, or follow me on twitter (@mapleleafmuse), will know that I'm a bit of a podcast addict. Apart from the mainstream media stuff, I also love listening to fan-made content and in case you have yet to do so, I invite you all to check out Leaf Matters with Matteo and Michael. They've had some excellent guests and offer an alternative source for Leafs fans looking for informative, well-articulated, and lively discussions on all things Leafs. On Monday April 22nd, 2013, Brian Burke took some time out of his busy schedule as a scout for the Anaheim...

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Brian Burke on Hockey Central - 2012/11/14 Interview: the Maple Leafs GM and President Brian Burke joined Hockey Central at noon to discuss the Marlies season so far and a few other odds and ends. Other topics touched on by BB include Morgan Rielly and Roberto Luongo,  about whom Burke makes an "emphatic" denial of the rumours of an all-but-done deal between the Leafs and Canucks.

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Recently I had an opportunity to interview Dave Poulin, vice president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs, for Lindy’s Sports Maple Leafs Annual magazine.  Poulin, whose job focuses heavily on player acquisition and development at both the pro and amateur ranks, shared rare insight into almost all facets of the game.  From principles of drafting, the mechanics of pro scouting, and internal team growth, Poulin shed light on the important, behind-the-scenes work that dictates the future success of the franchise. As is often the case in any written work, more is discussed than can be shown.  Inspired by...

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After the jump is the James van Riemsdyk Twitter Q&A and media scrum from this morning. In the meantime, Ken Holland had a fantastic idea: "When we began the process of determining who should be on the roster for the Red Wings alumni team, it became very obvious, very quickly that we simply did not have enough room on one bench to hold enough of the many deserving players," said Holland. "When we contacted Toronto and asked them what they thought about the possibility of two games, they immediately breathed a sigh of relief as they were going through the...

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DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT JIM HUGHES: 2012 FIFTH OVERALL DRAFT PICK MORGAN RIELLY: 2012 DRAFT PICK MATT FINN: 2011 FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK TYLER BIGGS: 2012 DRAFT PICK DOMINIC TONINATO: 2010 DRAFT PICK GREG MCKEGG: 2011 DRAFT PICK GARRET SPARKS: 2012 DRAFT PICK RYAN RUPERT: 2010 DRAFT PICK BRAD ROSS:

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Brian Burke and Bob McCown dance a dance about unnamed goalies with long term contracts *cough*, unproven, but equally highly regarded young goalies playing behind established staters *cough* and older goalies that played well in defensively stiff teams *cough*. As always, a good interview with Burke. The Leafs President and GM joins Prime Time Sports to discuss the Leafs' moves so far and what else needs to be done.

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Maple Leafs' vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin joined Hockey Central @ Noon to update the team's plans in free agency yesterday and discusses how the thin free agency pool has opened up a trade market that hasn't existed for some time. Click to hear.

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James Reimer discusses off-season training, Luke Schenn's trade to Philly, Roberto Luongo and his focus for next year with SportsNet590's David Alter. Full audio here.

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Brian Burke gets asked if he would like to triangle choke Steve Simmons and more in this interview for News 95.7. The interview starts at the 9:00 mark and ends at the 29:00 mark Full audio here.

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Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press This past Wednesday I had the great good fortune to see the guest speaker, Toronto Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke, at the Scotiabank ® President’s Breakfast. In no way should I have been in attendance at this swanky affair used to reward lucrative business clients and senior management, but my branch manager is an avid hockey fan and when a favoured client had to pull out, I was a last minute substitution. As we stand on the eve of the trade deadline with the Leafs in a tailspin, I’d like...

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Hey guys. I'm sure many of you have read the James Reimer interview on MLHS regarding Reimer's off-season training with Adam Francilla in Maple Ridge, B.C., at FitLife Training Centre. Since I live in Vancouver, B.C., I decided I would try and go out to where he trains out here, hoping I could somehow meet him, and possibly get an autograph. So here's my story. I hope you like it and get more hyped for the season! So I had got a tip from a friend who did an interview with Reimer for a local paper, and he told me...

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Let's face it, you're probably going to spend ten bucks on a garbage team calendar that still features Tomas Kaberle in a Leafs jersey (I bought one with Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala in it this time last summer). With the Maple Leafs Annual, you get all the great colour photography plus 112 pages of really good Leafs commentary and analysis. One of our readers said it the other day - this is "bathroom and beyond" reading material. High praise. This edition (now $9.99), in addition to our usual staples - the player profiles (by Gus Katsaros), prospect rankings, and...

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The 2011 Maple Leafs Annual is 99% complete, and we should have preordering information available for you all soon. Remember, if you have read any of our teasers or interview excerpts, you are morally obligated to purchase this magazine. Don't be a bad person. The Annual can be yours for a mere $9.99 this time around, so no excuses. The Burke interview for Annual, conducted by torontosportsmedia, went extraordinarily well. The final product is a must read, as Burke touches on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to the failures of past seasons, the offseason moves, the...

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More Maple Leafs Annual bonus feature material for your enjoyment. Interview conducted by Steve Dangle. Be sure to check out the Reimer interview if you missed it earlier today. Steve: Don’t you think that’s kind of funny though that while other guys are spending their summer relaxing, you’re out farming? Aulie: Yeah, it’s just a way of life I guess. I like to do lots of other things other than just hockey. I like to get away from the game a little bit in the summer and do some other things and especially help out with the farm. I think it’s...

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Last week, Steve Dangle sat down with James Reimer for a rookie spotlight piece for the 2011 Maple Leafs Annual. The interview went so well that a lot of good material ended up hitting the cutting room floor. Lucky for you, MLHS and Steve Dangle.com readers, we can pass along the leftovers for your consumption. Consider it the next bonus feature to your copy of the Annual. Interview excerpts with Poulin, Dudley, and Morrison can be found here. Keith Aulie excerpts will be coming later today. Enjoy: Steve Dangle: How do you spend your summer? James Reimer: Mostly in B.C. I...

Dave Poulin and Brian Burke

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Prior to speaking with Rick Dudley for the Maple Leafs Annual, I also had the opportunity to speak with Dave Poulin, Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Having contributed an interview for last year's edition of the Annual, Mr. Poulin graciously agreed to accommodate our request again this year. Follow the jump for a few excerpts of our chat. As was the case with prior excerpts, the following quotes are excerpted from a larger interview and thus the flow of the questions may seem a bit off.  The full interview will appear in the Maple Leafs Annual, due...

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Last week I had the privilege of speaking with Rick Dudley, Director of Player Personnel for the Toronto Maple Leafs, for a feature in the forthcoming Maple Leafs Annual magazine. We had asked for a few of your questions for Mr. Dudley, and were able to work some of them in during the course of the interview. Follow the jump for excerpts featuring your questions.  As with Alex's prior interview with Dave Morrison, please bear in mind that the flow of questions may seem a little off as these are excerpts pulled from various sections. The full interview will appear in...

Brian Burke / Tyler Biggs / Dave Morrison

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As mentioned earlier, I had the privilege of chatting with Maple Leafs' Director of Amateur Scouting, Dave Morrison this morning to glean some his insight for an upcoming piece in this year's edition of the Maple Leafs Annual. For that content, you'll just have to wait until September. However, I was given the go-ahead to pass along for your enjoyment some of the content that will not be used in the Annual. Bear in mind, the flow of the interview may appear a little off as these are excerpts pulled from various sections. James Reimer really burst onto the NHL...