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

mitch marner and nazem kadri of the toronto maple leafs

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,...
Tomas Plekanec of the Toronto Maple Leafs

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...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils

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...
Lou Lamoriello, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks trade

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...

Leafs Notebook – New Year’s Resolutions – January 2

With the NHL season about halfway done and 2018 now upon us, it's time for some New Year’s Resolutions, Toronto Maple Leafs edition. Before we...

Leafs Notebook – First bout of adversity & the numbers and video behind why...

For the first time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing some real adversity. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten, are currently...
William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Jake Gardiner and Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – William Nylander at center, power play struggles, shots against – December...

It's an extended notes edition of Leafs Notebook this week. Seems fitting to do it during a week in which the Leafs don’t play...
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...

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