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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-13 Maple Leafs Annual magazines. You can contact him at [email protected]

Shanahan’s rebuild starts with a tough but fair call on Cody Franson

Did the Maple Leafs miss out on a chance to include Cody Franson in their core going forward? Yesterday's trade with Nashville has some asking the question. The Leafs had two...

GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

Peter Horachek is going with James Reimer in net as the Maple Leafs look to avoid sole ownership of the longest losing streak in...
Carter Ashton

Maple Leafs trade David Broll, Carter Ashton to Tampa Bay for conditional 7th round...

Previously sitting at the 50-contract maximum, the Maple Leafs have freed up two Standard Player Contract slots by moving Carter Ashton and David Broll...

Maple Leafs Rumours: Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik “highly likely” to be...

This from Bob McKenzie on the radio today: https://twitter.com/draglikepull/status/561299908989161474 As a capped-out bottom-10 team that has not been drafting enough in recent years (particularly the 2nd...

GDT: Game #50, Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

For those watching this game with an eye on draft positioning: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/560857285660901376 It's been tough sledding of late watching the Leafs play, to say the least;...

Game Review: Game #43, Los Angeles Kings 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0

The Maple Leafs made one crucial misstep by being asleep to start the game, and ultimately paid for it in a hard-fought and tightly-contested...

Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2

This was more like the game fans were picturing following a coaching change. Despite Franson and Phaneuf (falling over) teaming up for an early blunder leading...

The Randy Carlyle era is over

The only real surprise is that he made it all the way to 2015. The same fundamental flaws haunted this Leaf roster despite a fleeting...

Game Review: Game #37, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

This game might come as a shock to fans who decided to pick up Leaf fandom for the first time during the recent 10-1-1 hot streak;...

Game Review: Game #34, Chicago Blackhawks 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0

In the game day thread before the Carolina game, we talked about how, in March of 2014, the Leafs were on a red-hot streak that...

GDT: Game #32, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., TSN4)

The league's hottest team pays a visit to its coldest tonight in Carolina. The two teams are riding opposite streaks, the Leafs winners of six...

Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2

The opponent doesn’t seem to matter; no team has an answer for the Leafs’ four-line attack at the moment. Tonight it was the League’s hottest...

Game Review: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1

With the chance to flip Wednesday night’s script, the Maple Leafs showed some killer instinct by outplaying a tired Wings team. Even a hot goalie...

Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)

The Leafs deserved to lose this game 4 or 5 to 1. Enter James Reimer. In somewhat of a thrown-to-the-wolves situation, low on game reps and...

GDT: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

Besides the Brian Burke connection and a few players who have played on both sides of this matchup (Dion Phaneuf, Matt Stajan, Mason Raymond,...

Game Review: Game #26, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Vancouver Canucks 2

Games like these are tough to judge (i.e. tough to write about). There’s the game that saw the Leafs build a 4-0 lead over one of...

Game Review: Game #22, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

A point out of a visit with the league's best and highest-scoring team (15-4-2 with a +27 goal differential after this win) is something any team...

Monday Mashup: Who gets the call?

Roman Polak is out for what is being described as "a while," which is not particularly surprising given the optics of the injury he...

Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2

There’s no such thing as a good team that is inconsistent. The definition of a good team is one that is consistent. By extension, mediocre...

Game Review: Game #16, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs. Boston Bruins 1

There will be some debate after this win as to whether the Leafs were just that good or the Bruins were just that “off.” Zdeno...
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