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

Toronto Maple Leafs' Sheldon Keefe

Leafs Notebook: Dissecting the changes so far under Sheldon Keefe

The Toronto Maple Leafs were tumbling down the standings, desperately in need of a spark. A coach firing and two games later, they have...
Kyle Dubas of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs Fire Mike Babcock: Brendan Shanahan goes all in on Kyle Dubas

November is almost over and here’s where the Toronto Maple Leafs stand: 9-10-4 record Zero impressive regulation wins Third last in the Eastern Conference...

Leafs Notebook: Urgency rising after 0-4-1 stretch, Mike Babcock’s job security, new lines &...

Let’s start by rewinding the clock a few days. After 20 games, GM Kyle Dubas held a press conference to discuss the state of...
Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Is Mike Babcock really putting the clamps on the offense?

While the Toronto Maple Leafs have gotten off to a — let’s call it — less-than-inspiring start, one of the narratives that has sprouted...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen and Tyson Barrie

Leafs Notebook: A mediocre first 15 games, penalty-killing woes, anticipating the return of Tavares...

For the first time in many seasons, October was not a fun month for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team finished the opening month...
Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Is Mike Babcock really to blame for a 6-5-2 start?

When the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they were signing Mike Babcock in May 2015, it sent shockwaves throughout the hockey world. The team...
Toronto Maple Leafs celebration

Leafs Notebook: Ilya Mikheyev’s impact play, a contributing fourth line, and roster-crunch decisions

Nine games into their season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are sporting a good-but-not-great record of 5-3-1. With so many changes to the lineup and...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Tyson Barrie

Leafs Notebook: Promising signs from the bottom six, early PK struggles & searching for...

Now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have locked in all of their stars and have no major forwards who are pending unrestricted free agents,...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner

Leafs Notebook: Expectations for the 2019-20 season & Analyzing a 2-1-1 start

It is great to have (Toronto Maple Leafs) hockey back! I hope everyone is as excited as I am. Taking a quick look back, I’ve...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres

Leafs Notebook: Storylines Worth Following at Training Camp

When it comes to the actual hockey-playing part of the discussion, there is no question that the Toronto Maple Leafs had to get Mitch...
Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: A Big-Picture Look at the Mitch Marner situation and other thoughts ahead...

On July 1, 2018, we announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs were signing John Tavares. For a young and upcoming team that had multiple...
2019 Hockey Coaches Conference: Review & Takeaways

2019 Hockey Coaches Conference: Review & Key Takeaways

This past weekend, the Hockey Coaches Conference came to Toronto in what is fast becoming an annual tradition. When it first came to Toronto...
John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs 2019 Offseason: Where have they improved and where do the question...

After a second consecutive first-round playoff loss to the Boston Bruins, you knew changes were coming. After the 2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated,...

Toronto Maple Leafs Season Review, Part Two: Nazem Kadri, William Nylander and the latest...

Leading up to the NHL Draft, I will be reviewing all aspects of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2018-19 season. Part Two will take a...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock

Toronto Maple Leafs Season Review, Part One: Reflecting on 2018-19, Mike Babcock’s performance, and...

First, let’s start with a thank you. Thank you for following along with us all season, reading, commenting, sending us your emails, posting comments...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, Game 6

Playoff Notebook: Special teams adjustments needed as Leafs approach another Game 7 in Boston

Over the last few games, the commentary and the gameplan have been pretty straightforward: If they can start the game well and kill penalties,...
Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 5

Playoff Notebook: Leafs push the Bruins to the brink with near-perfect Game 5 road...

After Game 4, I think the formula was pretty simple for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as I wrote heading into Game 5: “They can’t start...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, John Tavares

Playoff Notebook: Reflections on Game 4 and adjustments for Game 5

Heading into Game 4, there was a lot of discussion surrounding how hard the Boston Bruins were going to come out and the Toronto...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Playoff Notebook: The Leafs have found a winning formula versus Boston — can they...

After all of the silliness that transpired in Game 2, the Toronto Maple Leafs came back home and focused on what mattered most in...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, NHL Playoffs Game 2

Playoff Notebook: Lessons from Game 2 & the adjustments needed as the series heads...

Well, if you thought this was going to be easy, lesson learned. The Bruins were tied for the second most points in the league and...

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