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Anthony Petrielli has been writing at MLHS since 2011. He is known for his weekly “Leafs Notebook” feature, and also writes specific analysis pieces. Anthony has been featured on GlobalTV, CBC Radio 1, Sportsnet590 and TSN 1200. You can contact him at petrielli.a@gmail.com or find him on Twitter at @APetrielli.
Toronto Maple Leafs, John Tavares, William Nylander

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 2: The Core

In Part 1 of our offseason game plan, we pondered some fundamental team-building questions facing the Maple Leafs this summer. As I outlined, everything starts...
Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs Offseason Game Plan, Part 1: The secondary core and team depth

As the dust has settled following yet another short postseason for the Maple Leafs, clearer minds are starting to ask what’s next for the...
Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Spezza

Fan favourite Jason Spezza hangs up the skates after 19 NHL seasons, transitions into...

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Sunday that Jason Spezza has officially retired from his NHL playing career and will be transitioning into a...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

I can’t believe it happened again. I mean, I can, but really, I can’t. I am not entirely sure what to say here. Brayden Point...
Brayden Point, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game in 10: Maple Leafs lose overtime heartbreaker as series vs. Lightning — to...

In your heart, did you really expect anything other than a Game 7? The Leafs never do anything the easy way, and they weren’t about...
Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game in 10: Maple Leafs push Lightning to the brink of elimination as core...

We can sit here and debate who should be the Leafs' sixth defenseman or who should play on their fourth line, but let’s never...
Colin Blackwell, Nikita Kucherov, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game in 10: Maple Leafs outclassed in Game 4 as Lightning exert dominance at...

I don’t want to sit here and say this game was simply a case of everything that could have gone wrong going wrong. That would...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 3

Game in 10: Jack Campbell comes up huge as Maple Leafs survive late Lightning...

Before the game, Jon Cooper noted, “Usually, these odd-numbered games — Games 3 and 5 — in series are pretty pivotal games. This one...
Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs undone by special teams in Game 2 loss, encouraging...

If Game 1 was all about a special-teams battle won by the Maple Leafs, Game 2 was all about a special-teams battle won by...
Auston Matthews, Leafs legend

Game in 10: Maple Leafs get off to dream start as Marner & Matthews,...

For the first time in this core’s playoff history, the Maple Leafs started at home with fans in the building. Boy, was it awesome. The...
Auston Matthews is king, Toronto Maple Leafs

The key matchups that will determine the Maple Leafs vs. Lightning series winner

It almost seems a little surreal to finally be writing about the playoffs. After last season’s first-round exit, Leafs fans have waited a full...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Leafs Notebook: Weighing up a Bruins vs. Lightning round-one matchup, the recent special teams...

It could be purely academic at this point, but with three games remaining for each of Boston and Tampa Bay, the Bruins still have...
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Line tinkering in the final six games, the Leafs’ physical play, and...

The Maple Leafs officially hit 50 wins and set a franchise record in points with 106. They currently sit third overall in the league...
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Three-point night for Mark Giordano includes OT winner as Maple Leafs...

Every team has a few opponents where it doesn’t really matter where either club is in the standings, you know anything is possible when...
Mark Giordano, Timothy Liljegren, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Settling on a shutdown defense pairing, Mitch Marner’s ice-time uptick, and other...

As we all know by now, there is no single recipe to follow when it comes to building a Stanley Cup winner. Championship teams...
Auston Matthews, goal celebration Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook: A more balanced lineup, Pierre Engvall’s best hockey as a Leaf, the...

With the final month of the season officially underway, eyes are turning towards what we have all been waiting for since last year’s postseason...
Toronto Maple Leafs celebration

Leafs Notebook: A big power-play fuelled win over Florida, early returns from Mark Giordano,...

The final stretch of the season is here, and it’s going to be crazy. For the Leafs, April will feature 15 games in 30 days...
Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs

Why Kyle Dubas prioritized the Maple Leafs’ defense at a trade deadline that could’ve...

A few months ago, the Maple Leafs might have taken a very different approach to the 2022 trade deadline. Their defense was inconsistent but largely...
Erik Kallgren, second NHL win, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs solid defensively, win second in a row without Matthews...

The two-game suspension for Auston Matthews is now over, and the Maple Leafs went 2-0. If we can take away anything, it should be that...
Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Do the issues run deeper than the goaltending?

I will be completely honest: I wrote and rewrote this article in my head approximately 100 times, before staring at a blank Word document...

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