LeafsLunch: As far as the culture that's something that's been talked about today. The way the hockey team plays, what has to change for them to be a more difficult team to play against and basically play better in their own end?
Dave Nonis: Well, I mean you've watched us play for a couple years. You know, you never want to just point back to last year but, we by and large had the same personnel this year with a few exceptions but, the bulk of our team was back and if you look at our GF and GA they're...
You really shouldn't cheer for the Leafs to lose to the Senators, ever. It is a veritable fanclub-card-revoking offence. But an educated fan should always enter a game like this knowing the draft stakes.
A regulation loss tonight ensures the Leafs will not pass the Senators or Predators (who each have two games left), and ensures the Leafs will draft at worst 8th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Winnipeg, who won their final game of the season last night, would pass the Leafs on the head-to-head tie breaker.
A regulation loss would still leave the 7th overall pick as...
According to Damien Cox, Brendan Shanahan is set to leave his post as the NHL's chief of player discipline to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in the role of President.
While his precise job could not be confirmed, sources suggest the Hall of Fame winger will likely be named president of the Leafs hockey club, not only president of hockey operations.
- Toronto Star
First off, what does this mean for General Manager Dave Nonis? If you believe Steve Simmons (something rarely advised, but this theory at least holds some water), he knew of the pending introduction of this role for...
(NHL.com) On Thursday, The Toronto Maple Leafs signed London Knights forward Ryan Rupert to a three-year entry-level contract.
Rupert, 19, had 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), 54 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 68 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In 10 playoff games so far with London, Rupert has three goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes.
Selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Rupert has 194 points (58 goals, 136 assists) and 279 penalty minutes in 224 games with the Knights over...
One game remains before the Leafs' sure to be long and interesting off-season gets underway. First matter of business? The draft lottery for all non-playoff teams, to be held next Tuesday, April 15.
After Toronto's loss to the Panthers combined with wins by Nashville and Ottawa on Thursday, the Leafs currently hold the 9th overall pick in the draft (remarkable considering they were 9th in the League 20-odd days ago).
The Leafs could still wind up with as high as the 7th overall pick, but a lot of things would have to go right (or wrong, however you want to...
There's been no formal offer submitted by MLSE, and no formal interest from Brendan Shanahan, but there is "some level of interest" in Brendan Shanahan for the role of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs (or some variation thereof) on the part of MLSE Pres Time Leiweke, according to Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050.
McKenzie "I think Shanahan is intrigued by the Leafs. He has deep roots in NY. NHL job works well for him"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) April 9, 2014
The Leafs wouldn't be the first NHL team to usher in a high-profile former player into a "President" role in their...
Leafs fans, be sure to tweet your appreciation to the Blackhawks’ @BenASmith12 for his game-winning goal over the Blue Jackets with three seconds remaining in regulation in tonight’s 4-3 Chicago win over Columbus. The Blue Jackets are now one point ahead of the Leafs with one game in hand instead of two.
After their game against the Islanders on Sunday (have to figure it’s a win), the Jackets will have to play two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives in the West in Phoenix and Dallas (currently tied for the last wildcard spot in the West) in...
The Maple Leafs were done after the Red Wings loss, but would that stop them from turning it on in their final six games, you ask? Are you new to being a Leafs fan? Of course not.
It’s always dramatic in Leafland.
There were a couple of crazy storylines within the overarching storyline in this one, too.
The Leafs, league leaders in third period leads forfeited, gave up another one, which was another multi-goal lead squandered to the Bruins. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, as they say.
Jonathan Bernier left the game hurt, just as the...
There is an old saying that a good coach might only help you win an extra handful games over the course of a season, but a bad coach will cause you to lose far more than you should.
Here is the question facing management right now: Did they think this was a playoff team all along, or did they always believe it was going to be an uphill battle to actually make the dance?
If they think the 2013-2014 Maple Leafs were supposed to be a playoff team, they have to start asking some serious questions about what is happening here.
The Maple Leafs signed 23-year-old defenceman Eric Knodel to a one-year entry-level contract today. Knodel was the Leafs' 2009 5th round draft pick who played four years at the University of New Hampshire, finishing his college career with a heartbreaking loss to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Championship last Saturday.
Knodel registered 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) with 28 penalty minutes and a +16 rating in 41 games as captain of the Wildcats this season. Over his three-year career at the University of New Hampshire (2011-12 to 2013-14), Knodel posted 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points...
Does it get any better? The Hockey Mecca and the also-ran do battle on Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto could have a full line up for the first time this year if Bernier and Bolland dress.
As far as big games go, this is a biggy. If you can't get up for the Montreal Canadiens, in your barn, on a Saturday Night on Hockey Night In Canada, I think you need to find a different team to play for.
The playoff implications also make this an extremely important game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs looked like they were...
Dave Bolland has been medically cleared to play since late February. It might now be a case where Bolland has decided the comfort level he would prefer to play at is simply not going to arrive any time soon or be further helped along by sitting out more games. James Mirtle also reported today that he has been looking better this week in practice.
Watched Bolland's skating closely on Wednesday morning and he does seem to be getting there. Might have to start with very limited minutes.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 21, 2014
More practice updates on Bolland from David...
Since the Maple Leafs took four of a possible six points to start a tough five-game road trip, they have dropped three straight games in regulation to Eastern Conference foes near them in the standings. Barely a week ago, fans were talking about locking up the #2 seed in the Atlantic Division; now, the team has had their playoff chances drop to 65.5% with a massive game looming Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Leafs have 11 games remaining and probably need to win at least six just to make the playoffs. Opponents ahead of them are distancing themselves from the Leafs...
Our thoughts are with Paul Ranger tonight after the Leafs defenceman took a brutal hit from behind at the end of tonight's 1st period. Ranger stayed face down for some time before slowly being turned and placed on a stretcher, with concerns about a possible head or neck injury.
Ranger reportedly gave a thumbs up on his way off the ice, and was seen moving his feet and blinking. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
The #leafs say Paul Ranger is stable, conscious and alert in hospital.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 20, 2014
Great news that Paul ranger...
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Here's your breakdown of last night's results (highlights in the right sidebar):
Montreal - LOST
Tampa Bay - LOST
Washington - LOST
Columbus - LOST
Detroit - LOST in OT
One point out of a possible ten was garnered by the Leafs' closest competitors in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
If we perform the simple, time-saving exercise of calculating the playoff cut-off line via the points pace of the current last-seeded wildcard team, the magic number is 91. 18 games remain, so .500 hockey likely ensures a berth with 92 points.
That's if your sights are set low, of course. With the recent downturn of the Tampa...