Leafs Notebook

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Michael Bunting

Leafs Notebook: With Michael Bunting and David Kampf, Kyle Dubas’ two-year bets are paying...

With limited cap space and a few notable holes in their lineup, the Maple Leafs took an interesting approach to filling their roster needs...
Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: The case for prioritizing a top-six forward addition, the second line’s underlying...

As we inch closer to the trade deadline with each passing week, conversations are naturally shifting to the position Kyle Dubas needs to address...

Leafs Notebook: Jake Muzzin’s slow first half, Mitch Marner’s return, and is a top-four...

We’re halfway through January yet still five games short of the midway point of the season. Due to COVID-19 and the NHL opting out of...
Auston Matthews, goal celebration Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook: Arguments for/against splitting up Matthews-Marner, Simmonds’ resurgence, and Nylander’s growth as an...

Both of the following statements can be true: - Auston Matthews is elite and will show it regardless of who he plays with - Auston Matthews...
Auston Matthews hat trick, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: A holiday wishlist, Rielly-Brodie’s continued excellence, Matthews’ mind-boggling numbers

With the season on pause at the moment and the holiday season quickly approaching, what better time to roll out a holiday wishlist? At the...
Maple Leafs celebration, David Kampf, Kyle Clifford, Wayne Simmonds, TJ Brodie

Leafs Notebook: Ondrej Kase’s expanding role, Ilya Mikheyev’s nearing return, and could Justin Holl’s...

As the Maple Leafs head into a four-game western road trip, I thought this would be a good time for an extended notes edition...
Jake Muzzin, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Leafs Notebook: Why it’s worth staying patient with Muzzin-Holl, adjusting to Rasmus Sandin and...

As the Maple Leafs have rounded into form, there has been one outstanding caveat preventing anyone from suggesting they are completely clicking on all...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Leafs Notebook: How does Toronto measure up against the rest of the Atlantic Division...

With American Thanksgiving now in the rearview mirror, the first official checkpoint of the NHL has come and gone. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, who has...
Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, William Nylander celebrate a Toronto Maple Leafs goal

Leafs Notebook: Ice-time allocation at the 20-game mark, Kyle Clifford’s callup, the need at...

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 8-2-0 in their last 10 and continue to march along, led by Jack Campbell in net. American Thanksgiving is now...
Ritchie, Matthews, Nylander, Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: A promising start to Dean Chynoweth’s tenure, TJ Brodie finding his form,...

After a slow start to the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are finally hitting their stride, currently on a three-game winning streak and 8-2...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames, Jack Campbell

Leafs Notebook: Should Toronto wait it out or rush to sign Jack Campbell?

With Morgan Rielly locked in long-term, attention in the Toronto market has naturally shifted to pending unrestricted free agent Jack Campbell. There were conflicting reports...

Leafs Notebook: Balancing the power-play units, the Leafs’ pace of play, Morgan Rielly’s new...

This was a big week for the Maple Leafs, who picked up a few wins and lowered some of the pitchforks their fans were...
Mitch Marner, Sheldon Keefe

Leafs Notebook: Why it’s high time to split up the stars across separate lines

You couldn’t find a single Leafs observer that would've argued the loss of Zach Hyman wouldn’t negatively impact the team. He’s one of the best...
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Michael Bunting fast becoming a fan favourite, Jason Spezza picking up where...

I have to start by stating the obvious: Boy, is it nice to have fans in the stands again. In the season opener, the Leafs...
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Five bold predictions for the 2021-22 season, Mike Amadio makes the team,...

A new Maple Leafs season is finally upon us. There was a lot of anger after the conclusion of the last one -- which was...

Leafs Notebook: Amazon Prime All-or-Nothing takeaways, David Kampf, Ondrej Kase, & Michael Bunting’s roles,...

A new season is upon us, and in typical Leafs fashion, it's started by making everyone re-live the nightmare from the previous season. This, of...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, Jack Campbell, Corey Perry

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens Playoff Preview: 5v5 Matchups, Special Teams, X-Factors, and a Series...

It’s finally happening. The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff series for the first time since 1979. This is a...
Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews

Leafs Notebook: Revisiting season predictions, playoff lineup decisions, and another “0-for” week on the...

The 2020-21 Toronto Maple Leafs are officially division winners — with two games to spare, no less. It’s a good stepping stone, but the job...
Mitch Marner & Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Auston Matthews cementing best-goal-scorer-in-the-world status, John Tavares’ 200-foot play, Wayne Simmonds’ response...

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on a five-game winning streak and sit nine points clear of...
Nick Foligno, Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets

Leafs Notebook: Veterans step up in Winnipeg, Rasmus Sandin emerging, Nick Foligno’s adjustment &...

After the Toronto Maple Leafs emphatically declared that they are going for it this season at the trade deadline (rightfully so), the attention turned...

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