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2018 Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Notebook: Analyzing the Trends & Themes with the nine...

It was a relatively quiet weekend around the league, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were no exception. After a trade down that many expected to...
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Leafs Notebook: Kyle Dubas era begins with big questions looming in 2018 offseason

After a flurry of departures, promotions and one hiring (so far), the dust is starting to clear in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office....

Toronto Maple Leafs 2017-18 Post Mortem: Reflecting on Lou Lamoriello’s tenure, Playoff Takeaways &...

When Lou Lamoriello was hired as General Manager in July 2015, it came out of nowhere. While his exit a little under three years later...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Seven

It always felt like it was going to come down to this – Leafs versus Bruins in a Game 7 winner-takes-all. And yet it...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Kadri returns, Andersen steps up, Johnsson earning trust, Hyman providing spark...

The bottom line when it came to Game 5 was this: The Maple Leafs needed to win, and it didn’t matter how. This was a...

Leafs Playoff Notebook: Pushed to the Brink

We almost exclusively focus on the Toronto Maple Leafs and their perspective of things in this space, but let’s take a few minutes here...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Home Cooking

Well, we now have a series. That was closer to the Toronto Maple Leafs team fans were expecting when the series got underway. And what...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Mike Babcock under the microscope after Game 2 adjustments

After Game 1, we touched on the Leafs’ poor bench management after the team missed challenging a goal that was offside, put their fourth...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Special Teams Swing Game 1

Game 1 will be remembered for the Nazem Kadri hit, and the score will show that it was a blowout, but the real story...
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Leafs Notebook – Playoff Preparation, Fourth Line Decisions, D-Zone Draw Set Plays – April...

It’s an extended notes edition of the Leafs Notebook this week. Let’s get right to it! Notes -  I was playing with some leading/trailing stats looking...
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Leafs Notebook – The Bruins vs. Lightning Question; Andreas Johnsson’s first NHL stint; Preparing...

For at least a month – probably longer – we’ve known the Toronto Maple Leafs are making the playoffs and will finish third in...
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Leafs Notebook – Franchise records within reach; Marner, Kadri and JVR red hot; Power-play...

With an awkward division format in place and the team still on the rise, it has been pretty easy to lose sight of the...

Leafs Notebook – On line balance, measuring Nikita Zaitsev’s impact, scheduling madness – ...

Since signing a seven-year deal last summer, Nikita Zaitsev has been one of the most polarizing players on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster. This season,...
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Leafs Notebook – Playoff brackets, Nikita Zaitsev’s play, Tomas Plekanec’s arrival – March 5

In the 2003-04 season, the NBA reorganized the league into a six-division alignment wherein the top seed in each division automatically received a top-three...

Leafs Notebook, Trade Deadline Edition – On Ryan McDonagh, Luke Glendening, Pat Maroon, and...

Happy trade deadline day eve, everyone! There’s a lot to unpack as the deadline approaches, so let's get right to it. Clearing Contracts Over the past couple...

Leafs Notebook – What should the Toronto Maple Leafs do with James van Riemsdyk?...

At the intermission of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, the panel had a few interesting notes regarding the trade deadline and the...

Leafs Notebook – Observations at the All-Star Break, Early returns on lineup changes, Jake...

With All-Star weekend complete, the start of the stretch drive now begins. The trade deadline is under a month away. From there, it’s a...
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Leafs Notebook – Depth line issues, Travis Dermott settling in, Power Play struggles –...

Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs stormed into the playoff scene with a historic rookie class leading their high-flying offense. The team has looked and...
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Leafs Notebook – Buy, Sell or Hold at the Trade Deadline? – January 16

The season is over halfway complete, the bye week is about to end, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are firmly a playoff team at...

Leafs Notebook – Auston Matthews’ ice time, breakout struggles, Travis Dermott’s debut – January...

Since he broke into the league in 2016-17, Auston Matthews is tied for second in goals for with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin despite...

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