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Alex Drain is a sportswriter who joined MLHS to cover the Toronto Maple Leafs in March 2022, writing analysis pieces as well as game reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @AlexDrain_NHL or contact at alex.drain7@gmail.com.
Max Domi of the Maple Leafs

Analysis: Maple Leafs sign Max Domi to one-year contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs remain busy on day two of unrestricted free agency, adding another offensively potent forward on a one-year, prove-it deal. A...
Tyler Bertuzzi, NHL UFA

Analysis: Maple Leafs sign Tyler Bertuzzi to one-year contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made their big-splash signing of the free agency period by adding LW Tyler Bertuzzi. The agreement is a one-year deal...
Ryan Graves, NHL UFA

Maple Leafs UFA Targets: Defense Options

Yesterday, we looked at some potential top-six forward options for the Maple Leafs among the NHL UFA class of 2023. With Justin Holl and Luke...
Max Pacioretty, NHL UFA

Maple Leafs UFA Targets: Top-Six Forward Options

The 2023 NHL UFA class as a whole is underwhelming. A number of the higher-level UFAs were already covered in the pieces about the...
Ryan O'Reilly, Toronto Maple Leafs

Staying or Going, Part 2: Ryan O’Reilly, Michael Bunting, David Kampf, and Alex Kerfoot

After reviewing the first half of the Maple Leafs' 2023 UFA class a few days ago, we've left a few of the biggest names...
Justin Holl, Toronto Maple Leafs fight vs Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Edmonton

Staying or Going, Part 1: Justin Holl, Luke Schenn, Noel Acciari, Zach Aston-Reese, and...

We're now just two weeks away from the opening of unrestricted free agency. We'll soon take a look at the external options that might fill...
Brad Treliving, Maple Leafs GM search

Evaluating Brad Treliving’s Candidacy for Maple Leafs GM: The Draft, Trade, and Contract History

Since Kyle Dubas was let go last week by the Maple Leafs, speculation about a replacement for the GM position has largely centered on...
Brendan Shanahan, Maple leafs

Kyle Dubas is out as Maple Leafs GM: Is the sky really falling, and...

May 19, 2023 will go down as one of the most dramatic days in recent Toronto Maple Leafs history. Kyle Dubas was let go...
Maple Leafs lose to the Florida Panthers in the playoffs

How the 2022-23 Toronto Maple Leafs fell short and what comes next for the...

The Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated by the Florida Panthers in OT of Game 5, a 3-2 defeat capped by Nick Cousins' game-winner. Despite entering...
Joseph Woll, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers

Game 4 Analysis: Maple Leafs avoid the sweep by finally imposing their style of...

In need of a win to extend the series, the Toronto Maple Leafs played their best defensive game of this postseason, shutting down Florida...

Game 2 Analysis: How Maple Leafs ended up 2-0 down, and why the series...

In Game 2 against the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a similar game to Game 1, generating more scoring chances and shots...

Game 1 Analysis: The adjustments needed and reasons for optimism ahead of Game 2

The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs saw the Toronto Maple Leafs perfect the art of losing the balance of play but winning...

How the Maple Leafs slayed the dragon vs. Tampa and ended their playoff drought

The 11th time is the charm. The Toronto Maple Leafs finally finished off a playoff series when given the chance to do so, defeating...

Game 4 Analysis: Clutch production and team resilience has the Leafs on the verge...

Why win just one playoff road game in OT after a dramatic third-period comeback when you can win two in a row? A team best...
Morgan Rielly, Brayden Point, Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

Game 3 Analysis: Ilya Samsonov makes his mark on the series as Maple Leafs...

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about finding ways to win, even on nights when you aren't dictating play. The Toronto Maple Leafs did...
Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Ryan O'Reilly celebrate, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 2 Analysis: Core Five coming alive, a ROR-led third line, and a Samsonov...

After Game 1's near-worst-case scenario, the Maple Leafs answered in Game 2 with a resounding win.  With the Tampa Bay Lightning massively shorthanded on defense,...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, playoffs

Game 1 Analysis: A near-worst-case scenario creates a must-win Game 2

Game 1 wasn't far off of the absolute worst-case scenario for the Maple Leafs. If there is a silver lining, it's that the Leafs didn't...
William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: William Nylander scores goal #40, Maple Leafs secure win #50 as...

The Toronto Maple Leafs finished up the 2022-23 regular season with a win over the New York Rangers thanks to three third-period goals from...
Matthew Knies, Toronto Maple Leafs

Matthew Knies signs with the Maple Leafs: Breaking down the background, the player, and...

At long last, 2021 second-round pick and stand-out NCAA star Matthew Knies has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's...
Zach Aston-Reese, Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Depth scorers deliver in Maple Leafs’ dominant victory over Blue Jackets

One step closer to home-ice advantage. The Toronto Maple Leafs overwhelmed the Blue Jackets en route to a 4-2 victory, overcoming strong goaltending from...

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