2011-12 Maple Leafs Annual now available


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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 pages of analysis – we have continued to increase the reader’s level of inside access to the organization. Look for interviews with: President and General Manager, Brian Burke; Vice President of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin; Director of Player Personnel, Rick Dudley; Director of Amateur Scouting, Dave Morrison; Director of Player Development, Jim Hughes; Leaf youngsters James Reimer and Keith Aulie; 2011 first round pick, Tyler Biggs, and head coach of the Marlies, Dallas Eakins.

Your lineup for the 2011-12 Maple Leafs Annual:

Lucky Number Seven: Can this year’s Leafs squad bring the team back to the postseason? Break down the 2011-12 roster to see how Toronto is shaping up
by Julian Sanchez
New Standard: One man’s projections for what well see out of the Maple Leafs offensive corps this season
by Dirk Hoag
Defensive Development: The youth and talent are there, but the Leafs will be hard-pressed to improve on their 2010-11 defensive performance
by J.P. Nikota
Net Gains: In his own way, each Leafs goaltender made important strides last season, including new starter James Reimer
by Justin Goldman
You’re Up, Kids: The Maple Leafs can pin their hopes for the future on two youthful stalwarts: one on the blue line, and the other between the pipes
by Steve “Dangle” Glynn
Sizing Up The Northeast: Unfortunately, the Leafs’ climb out of mediocrity will come with — yet again — stiff divisional competition
by Greg Wyshynski
State Of The Union: It’s year three of the Brian Burke regime, so we turn to the man himself to get his expectations for the season ahead
by Jonah Sigel
Offseason Additions: Go inside the Maple Leafs front office via exclusive interviews with Dave Poulin and Rick Dudley
by Garrett Bauman
Phase Three: The MSP Maple Leafs Annual completes its three-phase series on the rebuilding plan of Leafs general manager Brian Burke
by Ed Slater
Distance To Contention: Take a behind-the-numbers look at what it’ll take for the Maple Leafs to reach the 2011-12 playoffs
by Stephen Burtch
How They Mould ‘Em: Director of player development Jim Hughes talks Leafs as we look at his teams top 10 prospects
by Alex Tran
Biggs Love: Tyler Biggs compatibility with the Maple Leafs’ system is a big reason why fans are excited about Toronto’s 2011 draft class
by Brian Huddle and John-Eric Iannicello
The Paradox Of Development: How much can an AHL team be expected to win when player development is the top priority?
by Clayton Hansler
What If The Leafs Make The Playoffs?: What would the NHL world be like if the Maple Leafs returned to the playoffs?
by Michael Forbes and Navin Vaswani
Grand Old Building: Maple Leaf Gardens’ long history has left the city of Toronto and its fans with plenty of lasting memories
by Joe Pelletier
The Blue Testament: For every long-suffering Maple Leafs fan out there, here are some guidelines for a season of rationality
by Matt Mistele

The price is $9.99 this year, and if you are willing to pay the shipping cost, it assures delivery right to your doorstep in advance of the date it starts appearing in stores (September 13th). So go on, what are you waiting for? Buy It Now

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He’s published five magazines on the team entitled “The Maple Leafs Annual” with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts “The Battle of the Atlantic,” a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth.

Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada’s Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian.

You can contact him at [email protected]