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Since 2011, Anthony Petrielli has been providing his weekly long-form breakdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ games and the big storylines surrounding the team.

Matt Murray, Mark Giordano, Timothy Liljegren, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Nick Robertson’s development, Leafs locking it down defensively, and why 3C is...

The Maple Leafs have a busy week ahead with four games in six days.  A perfect time for an extended notes edition of Leafs Notebook. Notes - ...
Toronto Maple Leafs, Sheldon Keefe, Michael Bunting, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner

Leafs Notebook: At the 20% pole, where do the 2022-23 Maple Leafs stack up...

The Maple Leafs are now 16 games into the 2022-23 NHL season, or about 20 percent of the way through the schedule. It’s not enough...
Erik Kallgren, John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: The Atlantic Division race through 13 games, Timothy Liljegren’s return, goaltending injuries,...

After two impressive wins over high-end opponents, Leafs Nation can exhale. The Maple Leafs, 13 games into an up-and-down season, currently sit with a...
Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Why the questions about this team run deeper than a middling 10...

This isn’t just about 10 games. If nothing else, this reality has to be recognized. Truthfully, Sheldon Keefe set the tone in this respect after the...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Michael Bunting

Leafs Notebook: Michael Bunting’s contract year, Pierre Engvall’s healthy scratch, Wayne Simmonds’ return, and...

Over the last few seasons, Kyle Dubas and his management team have done a good job of navigating some notable pending-UFA contract negotiations by...
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Early thoughts on ice-time distribution, the Matt Murray injury, Nick Robertson’s opportunity,...

Through three games this season, Auston Matthews has played over 20 minutes only once. It was only a few seasons ago – in the shortened...
William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Leafs Notebook: Final preseason thoughts, the new fourth line, and five major storylines entering...

Entering the offseason, the Maple Leafs’ needs were not particularly extensive, but they did have some holes and question marks, as every team does. In...
Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Evaluating Dubas’ four-year tenure as Leafs GM & early preseason observations

We finally got our first taste of preseason hockey over the weekend – which we will get into later in the article – but...
Mark Giordano, Timothy Liljegren, Toronto Maple Leafs

Five key storylines entering Maple Leafs training camp and preseason

The players have reported to their teams, training camp is underway, and preseason is about to begin. The new NHL season is upon us! The...
Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 5: The Coaching Staff

As the offseason comes to a close, so does our offseason game plan series. In the fifth and final edition – and perhaps the...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs GM

Assessing the Maple Leafs’ offseason and the question marks that remain

With the big waves of free agency behind us and training camp now under a month away, we are officially in the dog days...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 4: The Matt Murray trade and free agency...

Entering the 2022 offseason, the Maple Leafs’ most pressing question was unquestionably goaltending. Leafs management acted accordingly.  They cleared out Petr Mrazek’s contract, they met...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs GM

Leafs Notebook: Thoughts on the 2022 draft, the goalie carousel, and the Matt Murray...

The NHL draft has now come and gone, and while we will continue the offseason gameplan series shortly, let’s pause and review the draft. Prior...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 3: The Draft

In our offseason game plan series so far, we have evaluated the Maple Leafs' roster as it currently stands - both the depth and...
Toronto Maple Leafs, John Tavares, William Nylander

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 2: The Core

In Part 1 of our offseason game plan, we pondered some fundamental team-building questions facing the Maple Leafs this summer. As I outlined, everything starts...
Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 1: The secondary core and team depth

As the dust has settled following yet another short postseason for the Maple Leafs, clearer minds are starting to ask what’s next for the...
Auston Matthews is king, Toronto Maple Leafs

The key matchups that will determine the Maple Leafs vs. Lightning series winner

It almost seems a little surreal to finally be writing about the playoffs. After last season’s first-round exit, Leafs fans have waited a full...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Leafs Notebook: Weighing up a Bruins vs. Lightning round-one matchup, the recent special teams...

It could be purely academic at this point, but with three games remaining for each of Boston and Tampa Bay, the Bruins still have...
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Line tinkering in the final six games, the Leafs’ physical play, and...

The Maple Leafs officially hit 50 wins and set a franchise record in points with 106. They currently sit third overall in the league...
Mark Giordano, Timothy Liljegren, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Settling on a shutdown defense pairing, Mitch Marner’s ice-time uptick, and other...

As we all know by now, there is no single recipe to follow when it comes to building a Stanley Cup winner. Championship teams...

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