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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 vs. Detroit Red Wings

Leafs Notebook: Morgan Rielly vs. Tyson Barrie on the top power play unit, the...

Let’s set the scene back to the start of the 2019-20 Toronto Maple Leafs season for a second. Coaching and player animosity aside, it is...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers

Leafs Notebook: The playoff viability question, new faceoff plays & the red-hot Leafs offense

Over the past couple of seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been an elite offensive team. For the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons combined, only...
Toronto Maple Leafs’ John Tavares and William Nylander

Leafs Notebook: The All-Decade Leafs team, Injury Bug Strikes, Shopping Jeremy Bracco

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had mixed results over the past few days, picking up three out of four points but losing two keys...
Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Christmas Wishlist, Michael Hutchinson’s first win, Zach Hyman’s impact

Let’s start with the most important stuff right off the top – I’d like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a...
Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Justin Holl’s emergence, the Rielly-Barrie pairing, Travis Dermott’s minutes & more

We haven’t had an extended notes edition of the Leafs Notebook in a while. What better time than now? With Christmas almost here, next...

Leafs Notebook: Playoff odds, Leafs drawing inspiration from the Seahawks, lineup notes

Approaching the halfway point of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs own a rather mediocre 14-13-4 record with a minus-three goal differential. Naturally, people...
Kyle Dubas

Leafs Notebook: Taking stock of the Atlantic Division, the team’s identity, tweaks under Sheldon...

Now seems like a good idea to take the temperature of the Atlantic Division. There has been so much craziness around the Toronto Maple...
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,...

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