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How crazy? Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri and the eighth pick to the Panthers for Ed Jovanovski and the first overall pick, crazy. In the real news world, nothing to report. Ray Ferraro is less than convinced this is the draft class worth trading up to #1 for. Maple Leafs Boss Tim Leiweke is Proud of the Kings. That's nice for him. Maple Leafs have more role players than future stars on the Marlies says Michael Traikos The Flyers and Leafs will again play a preseason game in London's Budweiser Gardens next September Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Antoine Bibeau has been signed to his entry level...

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More good Leafs-related news out of the Memorial Cup tournament last night as 2013 sixth round pick Antoine Bibeau's resounding 47 saves on 50 shots guided his Val-d'Or Foreurs to the semifinals after a 4-3 OT win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Among the 47 turned aside by Bibeau was a penalty shot in the first period. Traded to Val-d'Or from Charlottetown midseason, Bibeau went 16-4-4 in the playoffs with a .913 save percentage en route to a QMJHL championship and individual MVP honours. Passed over in the 2012 draft, Bibeau is the hottest goalie in junior hockey at the...

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Leo Komarov will not take up a contract option with Dynamo in the KHL and appears certain to return to the NHL next season. Leafs fans have been tracking him all year since his return to the KHL as Leo has worn Leafs apparel against his team's wishes and told KHL news outlets he would love to return to Toronto. Leafs fans love Komarov and want their favorite polyglot pest back on the team, but where it gets tricky of course is Dave Nonis' job of setting aside emotional ties to the player and trying to arrive at fair value with a contract offer. Something Nonis attempted to...

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According to Damien Cox, the decision on the futures of Randy Carlyle and his staff is expected to arrive sometime this week as Brendan Shanahan is on the verge of his first big decision(s) as Maple Leafs President. Shanahan wasn’t going to begin clear cutting in haste without a thorough evaluation, top to bottom, of the organization he’s newly seized the reigns of. Indeed, as expected, he was seen meeting with many Leafs players in various spots throughout the city before they took off to their off-season locales. He's also worked his way through the management and coaching staffs and took...

NHL Playoff Matchups

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Links The Emergence of Sam Carrick The LeafsNation Henrik Lundqvist leads New York Rangers past Philadelphia Flyers National Post Bigger, stronger Boston Bruins beat Detroit Red Wings again National Post Montreal Canadiens complete sweep of Tampa Bay Lightning National Post Don Cherry says there’s ‘no excuse’ for Matt Cooke’s hit on Tyson Barrie National Post Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars both felt for Stéphane Robidas when he broke his leg for a second time National Post: Ron MacLean apologizes after French-speaking referee comment - The Globe and Mail Globe and mail sports Canadiens' 'nudge theory' catches Lightning in a bottle - The Globe and Mail Globe and mail Duhatschek: The old Matt...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeWvMci8iKA&w=700&h=394] Why didn't the Leafs call up T.J. Brennan? Toronto Maple Leafs WOWYs: Randy Carlyle Edition Some Perspective On Nazem Kadri Marlies Lose To Utica, Locked Into 3rd DRAFT Maple Leafs fans should hop on Raptors bandwagon and enjoy the ride Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins in playoff opener on Pavel Datsyuk’s late goal Your favourite (and least favourite) NHL playoff broadcasters—past and present Evoking memories of the Maple Leafs in the playoffs in the spring of ’93: Episode 19 of “The Vintage Leaf Memo..

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No miracles in yesterday's draft lottery. Here's the history of the eighth overall pick dating back to 1990: The top 20 prospects per the March ISS rankings: Nick Ritchie is going to get a lot of play in Leafland because he's this draft's "next Lucic," while Jared McCann should also be the center (wink) of much discussion as he might the best natural pivot available if the Leafs remain in the eight spot and he's also an Ontario boy. Bob McKenzies Top 10 NHL Draft Prospects [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBUgX1ZMtjI&w=700&h=394] Hump day links... James Reimer and Morgan Rielly are headed to the World Championships for Canada. Bozak might...

Brendan Shanahan

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The Maple Leafs are walking out another mouthpiece for their organization today. Between Leiweke, Nonis, Poulin, Loiselle and now Brendan Shanahan, will there will be some difficulty "staying on message"? Color us pessimistic, but it doesn't seem like a move that will affect the on-ice product in the immediate future. The Maple Leafs need to make the same moves they did last year, but failed to do: Phaneuf needs a LD partner, along with a RD for the 2nd pairing. Bozak needs to be replaced with a proper 1C, Bolland needs replacing if he is asking for anything more than...

Peter Deboer

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Toronto Maple Leafs Do Smart Thing, Lose 4-2 to FLA End of the line for Leafs TV live game coverage? New Maple Leafs hockey boss Brendan Shanahan brings impressive credentials to job Randy Carlyle rips Maple Leafs after loss to Panthers Brendan Shanahan will need help fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle's future with club won't be determined right after season Devils coach Pete DeBoer on job status: 'Do you have a question about the game tonight?'

Maple Leaf fans at Maple Leaf Square

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have exited the 2013/2014 season in a slow death spiral, as opposed to the surprising, gut wrenching exit of the 2012/2013 season. Ardent followers of the team will not find this surprising; the team has some glaring holes, particularly up the middle with one of the weakest center groups in the league, and a steep fall off after Dion Phaneuf in terms of two way defenseman able to defend against top competition. This on top of Dion Phaneuf playing the worst hockey of his Maple Leaf career, and possibly of his NHL career. Dave Nonis is going...

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The Boston Bruins lost their first game in regulation since March 1st last night (17 games), and of course it was to a team the Leafs needed to have lose in the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs only hope at this point is winning all of their remaining five and Columbus taking eight or less points out of their remaining 14 (they will not be able to win any tiebreak scenario given the ROW difference). The Bruins come to town tonight in a back to back situation for them and an (absolute)must-win game for the Leafs. Columbus is in Philadelphia...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (4-6-0) take on the New Jersey Devils (4-6-0) (7pm; RDS2, LEAFS TV). Preview coming up shortly, and also a piece from Petrielli on Leiweke. REMINDER: It's a Game and These are People The LeafsNation Game Review: Game #72, Canadiens 4 at Leafs 3 Maple Leafs Hot Stove Gameday: Maple Leafs at Devils Toronto Sun Maple Leafs penthouse-doghouse: Lupul shines, JVR goofs up TORONTO STAR Mirtle: Opportunistic Habs deal Leafs playoff hopes serious blow Globe Sports Canadiens defencemen P.K. Subban the new Alfie for Leafs fans Toronto Sun Maple Leafs desperately need Bernier back Toronto Sun Dave Bolland getting back up to speed after long injury layoff TORONTO STAR Defensive deficiencies cost Leafs again in...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiensvideo

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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...

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Marlies Lose 60 Minute Brawl In Cleveland Leafs hope Nazem Kadri’s line ready to pick up the (scoring) pace Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs: Saturday NHL game preview Luke Schenn’s path a cautionary tale for Leafs’ Morgan Rielly Maple Leafs, Raptors season ticket prices to increase, but so will options Maple Leafs hope Dion Phaneuf can play Saturday against Flyers Maple Leafs going with a new look for their ice crew Gameday: Flyers at Maple Leafs Work by Leafs' scouts is wasted Leafs’ Tyler Bozak quieting critics with career year Craig Berube previews the Leafs/Flyers tilt tonight on HNIC.

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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...

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21 days off felt as long as it sounds, but the Maple Leafs' 2013-14 regular season will begin rounding its final corner tonight in New York. From the sounds of it, the Maple Leafs, after all the time off, may end up with the same lineup they left off with, more or less, tonight against the Isles. That could include Nikolai Kulemin at center along with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie on line three, the usual top line and Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson on L2. Dave Bolland doesn't sound ready to go just yet, but Trevor Smith is available...

Dave Bolland

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Some Leafs news making the rounds last night as it pertains to Dave Bolland's contract situation: Darren Dreger floated a five million dollar asking price on TSN's Insider Trading. Don’t get too caught up on “rumoured asking prices,” because they're often inexact to put it mildly (Dreger reported $6+ million on David Clarkson a day or two before free agency). More than anything, it has to be a wait and see approach with Bolland. There’s no reason why the Leafs can’t reevaluate this situation come season’s end, after they’ve seen the aftermath of the injury recovery and after they’ve seen...

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Canadian-born Leafs fans will have their loyalties conflicted this Friday afternoon when Team USA takes on Team Canada in the Olympic semifinals. On one hand we have Team Canada’s gold medal hopes, on the other we have Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk scoring on Carey Price. Hmmm. The thrilling nature of the one-off elimination format is that, regardless of how each team got here, it’s going to be decided by one 60-minute game between two amazing rosters. Certainly the USA has looked more convincing; no one has been able to quiet them as the Finns and Latvians managed to...

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Just 17 days until the next Leafs game. A group of Leafs will be featured on tonight's MasterChef Canada episode. Why NHL coaches are worried about a Sochi hangover Randy Carlyle doesn’t have fond memories of the aftermath of the 2010 Olympics. Nazem Kadri didn't wait long to escape Toronto's winter from hell. Ten reasons why the Maple Leafs just might be contender sin the Eastern Conference… From Michael Langlois at VLM. Olympic Men's Hockey Schedule Here are the game listings in Eastern Standard Time. The Canadian women take on the Finns this morning 10 a.m. EST on CBC. Amanda Kessel ready to take women's hockey to the next level She...

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The Maple Leafs are looking for a bounce back performance in Tampa tonight. After all, these good men deserve better: “Not much fun in Stalingrad, no” RT @LD10: Leafs dads not happy pic.twitter.com/IjWmViFJRG — Chemmy (@felixpotvin) February 5, 2014   Said Joffrey Lupul: "We've had too many things going in the right direction to let one  night impact the way we're doing things. Hopefully we bounce back. I suspect we will. As long as you don't let it turn into a snowball effect, I guess you can accept it once in a while -- not accept it, but deal with it once in...