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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.

Toronto Marlies' Calle Rosen

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Calle Rosen to two-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Calle Rosen to a two-year, one-way $750,000 AAV contract extension, the club announced on Monday. On his new deal starting in 2019-20, Rosen can be sent down to...
Toronto Marlies, Adam Brooks

Adam Brooks scores OT winner as Toronto Marlies get much needed bounce-back win over...

The Toronto Marlies broke their three-game losing streak on home ice with a complete performance that was only shy of a goal in regulation time. The combination of great goaltending from Belleville goaltender Marcus Hogberg...
Jeremy Bracco, Toronto Marlies

Jeremy Bracco records three-point game as Toronto Marlies come back to grab point in...

The Toronto Marlies continue to find ways to lose hockey games. Against a struggling Laval team, who were pumped 7-2 the night before and had won just two of their last ten heading into this...
Toronto Marlies vs. Providence Bruins

Toronto Marlies shut out by the Providence Bruins as poor run of form continues

Sheldon Keefe was visibly enraged by Sunday’s loss to Lehigh Valley Phantoms. His team not only failed to respond positively to what should've been a wake-up call, they arguably produced a worse performance in a...
Toronto Marlies vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Two steps forward, one step back: Toronto Marlies fall 5-2 to Lehigh

The Toronto Marlies' defensive deficiencies reared their ugly head once again this season against Lehigh on Sunday. Unlike Saturday's win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, there was no escaping a first-period two-goal hole and there was little to...
Toronto Marlies vs. Wilkes Barre, Jeremy Bracco

Jeremy Bracco records four-point game, Rasmus Sandin picks up another point in Toronto Marlies...

“We weren’t ready to play at the drop of the puck and that’s on me. I was giving myself an opportunity to fix it. The guys responded.” Those were the post-game words of head coach Sheldon...
Rasmus Sandin of the Toronto Marlies

Rasmus Sandin scores fourth of the season in Toronto Marlies’ come-from-behind overtime win over...

The Toronto Marlies' completed a comeback victory on Wednesday night despite twice trailing in the third period. With the 5-4 win over Cleveland, the Marlies extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1) and moved...
Timothy Liljegren of the Toronto Marlies

Timothy Liljegren: Evaluating his development 18 months after his draft selection

Today's article will take a break from the regular notebook-style and instead focus solely on profiling Timothy Liljegren of the Toronto Marlies. He's shown a promising offensive skillset, particularly when playing against his own age...

Andrew Nielsen traded to the Calgary Flames for Morgan Klimchuk

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a minor league trade on Tuesday night, swapping defenceman Andrew Nielsen for left winger Morgan Klimchuk. Nielsen was caught in a logjam on the Marlies, who are becoming fairly stacked...
Toronto Marlies' Pierre Engvall

Mason Marchment scores fifth in three games as Toronto Marlies squander lead late, fall...

The Toronto Marlies fell to a frustrating 2-1 overtime defeat against Cleveland on Sunday after looking set to pick up their first regulation win since November 10. Much of the anger will be leveled at...
Mason Marchment

Mason Marchment scores another OT winner in Toronto Marlies victory over Cleveland

The Toronto Marlies prevailed in overtime for the second straight game after producing one of their better overall performances of the season. The only frustration with the 6-5 victory is that the Marlies should've won...
Mason Marchment of the Toronto Marlies

Mason Marchment scores twice including OT winner as Toronto Marlies close out three-in-three weekend...

"The first thing is we need a win," were the pre-game words of head coach Sheldon Keefe as his team looked to avoid a fourth loss in a row in the third game of...
Kasimir Kaskisuo of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies’ offense dries up as they fall to a third straight defeat versus...

The Toronto Marlies carried the play for large chunks of this game, but special teams and a few key defensive mistakes led to a third straight defeat after digging themselves another 2-0 hole. “It’s a...
Pierre Engvall of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies come back to secure a point but give up five in overtime...

They rescued a point after twice trailing by a pair of goals against Belleville on Friday night, but the frustrating part is that the defensive issues continue to rear their ugly head for the...
Toronto Marlies' Calle Rosen

Consistency remains elusive as Toronto Marlies fall below .500 with 6-2 loss to Laval

The Toronto Marlies' inability to string two consecutive quality performances together must be a concern 13 games into the season for head coach Sheldon Keefe. His team followed up an encouraging 8-2 win over Belleville...

Leafs Musings: A Big Weekend for Sandin and Liljegren, Standout Forwards on the Marlies,...

I wasn’t planning on writing about Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin for my second consecutive article, but they both impressed this weekend, so here we are. On the NHL side, the Toronto Maple Leafs went...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Carl Grundstrom scores twice, Mason Marchment records second consecutive two-point game as Toronto Marlies...

Whatever was said by Sheldon Keefe and his staff following Friday night’s abject performance, the message was received by the team he iced for Saturday’s rematch. A full sixty-minute performance, a far better defensive effort,...
Rasmus Sandin

Rasmus Sandin picks up another point, Mason Marchment scores twice in Toronto Marlies’ high-scoring...

The Toronto Marlies are proving a frustrating team to watch so far this season. Offense isn’t the problem -- as their 47 goals in 11 games would indicate -- but this was yet another poor...
Timothy Liljegren

Leafs Musings: Scouting Timothy Liljegren & Rasmus Sandin, Travis Dermott’s top-pairing chances, Jeremy Bracco’s...

Editor's Note: We're pleased to welcome Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) to the writing staff at MLHS. Kevin will be providing weekly analysis of the Leafs and Marlies going forward. With a couple of days off for...
Toronto Marlies' Trevor Moore

Toronto Marlies rescue a point but fall in shootout in sloppy loss to Cleveland

“Our play today was unacceptable.” Those were the post-game words from head coach Sheldon Keefe, whose Marlies team's early-season penchant for high-scoring games and defensive fragility returned with a vengeance in Cleveland on Friday night, ending...

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