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The Toronto Marlies enter the 2018-19 season as the defending Calder Cup champions after capturing their first title in franchise history.

A new General Manager in Laurence Gilman has taken over the reins from now-Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, who left the Marlies organization in a fantastic place for his successor. Over the past five years, the Marlies have evolved into the premiere American Hockey League franchise, from their world-class training and practice facilities, to their player development and sports science departments, to their diet & nutrition and mental wellness staffs. The foundation for continued success and sustained title contention is in place provided Leafs management can continue to supply the Marlies with a steady flow of quality young talent to nurture inside the best development league in the world.

As is always the case at the AHL level, there has been turnover entering a new season, although there is continuity both within the veteran leadership group — former captain Ben Smith has moved on, but Colin Greening, Chris Mueller, Rich Clune and Vincente LoVerde have returned to make up the backbone of the veteran core — as well as in the coaching staff led by head coach Sheldon Keefe. That should help sustain the winning culture that has been established within the organization as it looks to further the development of young talent such as Timothy Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin, Carl Grundstrom, Jeremy Bracco, Pierre Engvall, Dmytro Timashov and others, with the ultimate goal of turning prospects into quality NHL players for the big club.

Below you will find Toronto Marlies news, opinion and analysis from the writing staff at Maple Leafs Hotstove. Check back here throughout the season for previews, post-games, weekly roundups, playoff coverage and much more. For the 2018-19 Toronto Marlies schedule, see here.

David Kampf, NHL free agent

2019 Free Agency: Possible Reclamation Projects for Toronto to consider

Ever since Kyle Dubas was hired in 2014, the Toronto organization has shown a liking for taking on reclamation projects. Call it sniffing out market inefficiencies, if you will -- a term that is commonly...
2018-19 Toronto Marlies Season

Toronto Marlies’ offseason rebuild: Laurence Gilman faces a busy summer

While Kyle Dubas attempts to piece together a team capable of winning the Stanley Cup while navigating significant cap challenges, Toronto Marlies General Manager Laurence Gilman also has a lot on his plate this...
Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe

Sheldon Keefe on returning as Marlies head coach: “I have always looked at this...

Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe and GM Laurence Gilman addressed the media on locker cleanout day, discussing Keefe's contract extension, the Marlies' deep run in the playoffs, players that are ready to take...
Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Marlies

Sheldon Keefe signs two-year contract extension to stay on as Toronto Marlies head coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Tuesday that Sheldon Keefe has been signed to a two-year contract extension, ensuring he’ll remain the Toronto Marlies head coach for at least the 2019-20 season. "Over the last...
Toronto Marlies eliminated from the playoffs after Game 6 loss to the Charlotte Checkers in the Eastern Conference Final

Controversial goal ends Toronto Marlies’ season as Charlotte wins Game 6 in double overtime

The Toronto Marlies saw their gallant postseason run come to an end in dramatic fashion in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Refereeing played a pivotal role in the outcome of this elimination game,...
Toronto Marlies vs. Charlotte Checkers, Game 5

Toronto Marlies on the brink of elimination following Game 5 loss to Charlotte

Just 24 hours after an exhilarating come-from-behind victory, the Toronto Marlies' bubble was burst with a defeat largely of their own making in Game 5 versus Charlotte. A promising start to the game, including the...
Michael Carcone of the Toronto Marlies vs. Charlotte Checkers, Game 4

Michael Carcone’s hat trick propels Toronto Marlies to Game 4 comeback victory against Charlotte

The word resiliency has often been used to describe the 2018-19 Toronto Marlies. They showed that trait in spades in Game 4 after trailing twice in the third period, forcing overtime, and prevailing in sudden...
Toronto Marlies vs. Charlotte Checkers, Game 3

Charlotte scores four unanswered goals to take 2-1 series lead over Toronto Marlies

For the first time in their 2019 playoff campaign, the Toronto Marlies are facing some real adversity: Trailing in a series after dropping Game 3 of the Conference Finals. Their performance in Game 3 on...
Colin Miller, Toronto Maple Leafs trade rumours

Leafs Musings: Offseason trade ideas and a look at what’s coming on the Marlies

In the latest Leafs Musings, I'll take a look at some individual performances on the Toronto Marlies as they continue their strong playoff run before getting into some late-May speculation on possible trade scenarios...
Toronto Marlies vs. Charlotte Checkers

Toronto Marlies cough up three-goal lead in Game 2 in Charlotte, series all square...

The Toronto Marlies were never going to stay unbeaten through the entirety of their Calder Cup playoff run, although the manner of their Game 2 defeat in Charlotte on Saturday was pretty disappointing. After building...
Toronto Marlies vs. Charlotte Checkers Game 1

Toronto Marlies take 1-0 series lead over Charlotte with good defensive effort in Conference...

The Toronto Marlies are tasked with defeating the regular season champions if they want a shot at defending their Calder Cup crown. The Charlotte Checkers won 51 of 76 regular season games and -- with...
Kasimir Kaskisuo of the Toronto Marlies

Exceeding Expectations: Toronto Marlies’ top playoff performers through two rounds

The Toronto Marlies have already exceeded expectations by progressing to the Eastern Conference Finals. Not only is reaching this stage of the Calder Cup playoffs somewhat of a surprise, doubly so is the manner in...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Trevor Moore and Mason Marchment both score twice as Toronto Marlies complete second-round sweep...

“We felt if we could score the next goal, we could make things interesting and that’s exactly what happened. Once we get going, we’re hard to stop.” - Sheldon Keefe after the Toronto Marlies surged...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Kasimir Kaskisuo shuts the door on Cleveland Monsters as Toronto Marlies take a 3-0...

“His confidence is growing by the day, our confidence in him has been there for quite a while now, and he's a big reason why we're still playing.” - Sheldon Keefe on goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo,...

Egor Korshkov scores in debut, Michael Carcone plays overtime hero as Toronto Marlies take...

“Well this time of year, you need results and the fact that we could find a way to get a win in a game like this, with the way that we played and the...
Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe

Sheldon Keefe on Yegor Korshkov: “He’s certainly got size and is a presence out...

Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe addressed the media after Thursday's practice, discussing the Game 1 win over Cleveland, the status of Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman for Friday's Game 2, the Jooris-Greening-Baptiste line,...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Trevor Moore scores twice, Jeremy Bracco records four assists as Toronto Marlies defeat Cleveland...

The Toronto Marlies surged to a Game 1 victory over Cleveland Monsters thanks to an impressive second-period scoring outburst from their power play. In the first ever playoff meeting between Toronto and Cleveland (formerly Lake...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters: Calder Cup Second Round Series Preview, Schedule, Predictions &...

Regular season standings counted for nothing in the American Hockey League’s North Division, with both top seeds cleaning out their lockers after the first round. If Toronto’s sweep of the Rochester Americans was a stunning...
Toronto Marlies vs. Rochester Americans, Marlies sweep

Adam Brooks scores hat trick as Toronto Marlies complete first-round sweep of Rochester Americans

Adam Brooks will rightly grab the headlines for his outstanding hat-trick performance in Game 3, but again it was Kasimir Kaskisuo who was the Toronto Marlies' best player as they overcame a very talented...
Toronto Marlies vs. Rochester Americans, Jeremy Bracco

Jeremy Bracco’s overtime winner completes Toronto Marlies’ comeback victory in Game 2 against Rochester

“It shows a lot about this group that we can strike back like that and tie the game and finish it in overtime.” Those were the post-game words of goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo, who played a...

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