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

Mike Babcock on the Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook – Mike Babcock’s line shuffles & an adjustment for the power play...

One of the constants throughout the 2016-17 season was Mike Babcock's line combinations. At one point in the middle of the campaign, he noted that,...
Auston Matthews and William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Taking stock at the quarter pole, line shuffles & breakouts –...

“You’re never as good as you think you are when you win, and you’re never as bad as you feel when you lose.” The Toronto...

Leafs Notebook – The Nikita Zaitsev contract, Morgan Rielly’s hot start & recent adjustments...

This past Spring, before he became a restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. The $4.5...
Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook – Adjustments needed after 2-6 stretch – November 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the first team to eat some humble pie on a west coast road trip, nor will they be the...
Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Dissecting Frederik Andersen’s slow start – October 30

Maybe October just isn’t Frederik Andersen’s month. Last season, he was the new goalie in town and had the type of slow start that gave...

Leafs Notebook – Defence pairs, the Roman Polak signing, “trapping” the Leafs & more...

There has been a common refrain from the Toronto Maple Leafs' opponents so far this season that has gone something along the lines of:...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – An early look at ice time distribution – October 18

Six games into the season, pretty well everything is coming up roses for the 5-1-0 Toronto Maple Leafs. They lead the league in goals per...
Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – A Scintillating Start – October 10

Three games into the Toronto Maple Leafs season, Joel Quenneville has summed it up best so far: "They're good. They're really good. They've got...

Leafs Notebook – Opening Day Edition – October 4

As the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to kick-off the 2017-2018 season in Winnipeg, the team and its fan base are full of hope. They...

Leafs Notebook – Roster battles and the Zach Hyman/Auston Matthews debate – September 25

When Patrick Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer, many thought it would come with an...

Leafs Offseason Notebook: JVR Watch, Sophomore Slumps, Defence Planning

As summer enters the dog days and the Toronto Maple Leafs' offseason looks more or less complete, I can’t help but think of a...

2017 Draft Notebook: Trends, analysis and thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ strategy

When Brendan Shanahan cleaned house and began building his management team in 2015, there was a clear connection to the OHL. Kyle Dubas was the...

Playoff Notebook – Pushed to the Brink – April 22

One big reason the Leafs were successful in making the playoffs this season was their special teams. It went under the radar, but they...

Playoff Notebook – Best of Three – April 20

Frederik Andersen summed up Game 4 best: "We didn't play anywhere close to what we're capable of... We beat ourselves." And yet the Washington Capitals...

Playoff Notebook – Leafs take the series lead – April 18

The Toronto Maple Leafs are leading a playoff series for the first time since beating the Ottawa Senators in game 7 on April 20th,...

Playoff Notebook – Reason to Believe – April 16

Before this series started, if I told you that each of the first two games in Washington would go to overtime and Toronto would return...

Playoff Notebook – Capitals take Game 1 – April 14

You never know what you are going to get in the first period of a new playoff series. Both teams had three full days to...

Leafs Notebook – Getting Ready for Washington – April 10

The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially qualified for the playoffs after a full 82-game season for the first time since 2003-04. That sounds great. They will...

Leafs Notebook – April 3

There is a lot to get into before the final week of the season begins. It's been a crazy, fun and surprising season, and it...

Leafs Notebook – The Final Two Weeks – March 27

Near the end of the 2013-14 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked to be cruising to a playoff spot playing a shotgun style of...

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