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What do the Toronto Marlies’ successes mean for the Maple Leafs?

Former Bruins GM Harry Sinden had a great quote on being a GM in the book Behind the Moves: “I think the bottom line is...

Reforming Randy Carlyle

Brendan Shanahan continues to make a lot of sense, at least in the words he speaks to the media. His one action so far, however --...
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First Line Centers & Trading For Florida’s First Overall Pick

Why it makes more sense than usual for the Leafs to move up for the #1 pick In 2012, Dave Poulin gave an under the...

Carlyle Returns

Maple Leafs fans were promised a culture change, however you may define it, when Brendan Shanahan was hired last month. A few weeks later,...

Maple Leafs’ Bottom Six Forwards

A mess, but an opportunity for improvement When a team bottoms out the way the Maple Leafs did, naturally there is going to be a...

Maple Leafs’ Free Agents: Who stays and who goes?

We looked at options with the Maple Leafs under contract last week. Today, let's take a look at the UFAs and RFAs. UFAs Dave Bolland Quick Thoughts: Had...
Joffrey Lupul

Toronto Maple Leafs: Buy Low, Sell High

When Brendan Shanahan came aboard, I made a quick passing comment about understanding selling low and selling high with the Toronto Maple Leafs players...

Leafs Notebook – Season Finale – April 14

When the media asked who has final say on roster decisions at today's introductory press conference for Brendan Shanahan, there was a pause followed...

So begins the Brendan Shanahan era

Who would’ve thought we would be saying those words in reference to the Maple Leafs just a week ago? There was a palpable air of...

Peter DeBoer makes some sense as the Maple Leafs’ next head coach

Head coach Peter DeBoer’s three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils is set to expire at season’s end. (Warning: What follows is a long-winded analysis...
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Leafs Notebook – April 7

With the rest of the Leafs season boiling down to a formality, the offseason speculation is about to ramp up to (my guess) unprecedented...
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Leafs Notebook – March 31

There is an old saying that a good coach might only help you win an extra handful games over the course of a season,...
Dion Phaneuf

The Decline of Dion Phaneuf

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. “Personally, I think by a country mile he’s the best defenceman in the league. It’s not even close right...

The Maple Leafs Transition Game

This quote triggered the thought process behind this post. This is kind of a good analogy. You could go into a zone and take three...

DOE’S DARE AMERICANS ARE TAKING ALL THE GOOD OL’ CANADIAN BOYS’ HACKEY JABS 

Don Cherry said something nonsensical with no basis in fact, guys. Let's talk about this. 1) Leafs love those College guys. Signed Eric Knodel from...
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Joffrey Lupul: Also confounded by Leafs’ defensive system

“We didn’t seem to be able to break the cycle, and they were using the points. We play with a lot of people down...

Leafs Notebook – March 24

When Tim Leiweke officially took over as President of MLSE on April 2013, the Maple Leafs finally made the playoffs after a long drought,...

Leafs Notebook – March 19

Just when things were looking comfortable for the Leafs, they had to go and make it interesting again. Really, is there any other way this team...

Leafs Notebook – March 13

Alec and I took in the Rotman Sports Industry Conference yesterday, which is of note because the Leafs VP of scouting, Reid Mitchell, was...

The Maple Leafs did nothing, and that’s all right

For the first time since 2006, the Maple Leafs stood pat on trade deadline day. It was the right move. On a day where pretty well...
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