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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.

Rasmus Sandin, Toronto Maple Leafs

Rasmus Sandin plays overtime hero as Toronto Marlies win in Laval

Matchups against Laval Rocket have proven to be drab affairs this season with the Montreal AHL affiliate's focus on defensive structure. On this occasion, the Toronto Marlies were able to capitalize on their limited scoring...
2018-19 Toronto Marlies Season

2018-19 Toronto Marlies: A look at the roster ahead of the final stretch run

With 18 games remaining on their schedule, the Toronto Marlies' magic number to secure playoff qualification sits at 31 points. The North Division has rarely been so competitive in recent seasons, with eight points currently...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Toronto Marlies withstand late push by Cleveland to claim regulation win

They had to cling on in the third period, but the Toronto Marlies collected two points from their only game this weekend. In truth, it was a disappointing performance from Toronto on home ice against...
Nicholas Baptiste of the Toronto Marlies

Late strike from Manitoba sends Toronto Marlies to regulation defeat

The Toronto Marlies produced yet another disappointing performance against one of the lesser lights in the AHL as they slipped to defeat on home ice to the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday night. A late goal...
Toronto Marlies vs. Syracuse Crunch

Toronto Marlies extend points streak to five games with overtime victory over Syracuse

For the second game in as many nights, the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse needed overtime to decide a result. The Marlies prevailed this time as both teams took three points from the weekend back-to-back set. First...
Toronto Marlies vs. Syracuse Crunch

Toronto Marlies’ winning streak halted by overtime loss in Syracuse

The Toronto Marlies were shut out but managed to grab a loser point in a 1-0 overtime loss on the road in Syracuse on Friday night. Remarkably, this was the third time this season that...
Pierre Engvall of the Toronto Marlies

Michael Carcone scores twice as Toronto Marlies earn school day game win over Manitoba

The Toronto Marlies recorded a third straight win on Wednesday afternoon with a more convincing victory than the final scoreline might suggest. With a 4-3 win over Manitoba, the Marlies are now 6-2-2-0 in the month...
Calle Rosen of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies mount unlikely third-period comeback to down Syracuse Crunch

The Toronto Marlies have struggled mightily when trailing this season, but they somehow found a way to erase a two-goal third-period deficit against one of the league’s best teams to secure a crucial 5-3...
Toronto Marlies vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

Toronto Marlies snap three-game losing streak with victory in Springfield

The Toronto Marlies ended their three-game road trip on a high with a 3-1 win in Springfield on Saturday. Against a team that was also struggling for results of late -- Springfield had lost seven...
Toronto Marlies vs. Providence Bruins

Toronto Marlies slip to third straight defeat on road in Providence

The task facing the Toronto Marlies was a daunting one. Providence Bruins entered this encounter with an impressive 16-3-3 home record having not lost at home in regulation since mid-November, including seven wins in their...
Toronto Marlies' Calle Rosen

Toronto Marlies slip to late defeat despite outplaying Hartford

The Toronto Marlies entered this game without the services of valued veterans Chris Mueller and Colin Greening, but they really should have picked up two points after outplaying Hartford for long stretches of the...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Toronto Marlies suffer overtime reverse to Belleville after surrendering late third-period lead

“They’re coming in on the back of a 3-on-3 and we just let them have their way with us.” Those were the post-game words from a visibly frustrated Jeremy Bracco after the Belleville Senators once...
Toronto Marlies vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

Toronto Marlies extend points streak to five games with resilient victory over Springfield

The Toronto Marlies got back to winning ways with a resilient performance against a fast and physical Springfield Thunderbirds team on Saturday. With a 4-2 victory, the Marlies extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1)...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Winning streak snapped as Belleville drops seven on the Marlies

The Toronto Marlies saw their three-game winning streak came to an end with a “backward step” performance against the Belleville Senators on Tuesday night. After shutting out Laval Rocket twice last weekend on the back...
Toronto Marlies vs. Laval Rocket

Toronto Marlies complete weekend sweep with second consecutive shutout of Laval

Substance over style was the order of the day as the Toronto Marlies ground out a second straight victory against the Laval Rocket. With their third consecutive shutout of Laval, the Marlies now lead the...
Toronto Marlies vs. Laval Rocket

Chris Mueller scores OT winner as Toronto Marlies finally solve Laval

When asked what he liked best about Friday night's 1-0 overtime victory, Calle Rosen responded by saying, “the win.” It was that kind of game for the Toronto Marlies as they were constantly frustrated with...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Toronto Marlies head into All-Star break with a shootout victory over Belleville

A combination of a fast start, excellent penalty killing in the second half of the game, and their first shootout victory of the season sent the Toronto Marlies into the All-Star break on a...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Toronto Marlies lose second in a row after 6-2 defeat in Belleville

“A pretty thorough ass kicking." That was the honest assessment of head coach Sheldon Keefe after the Toronto Marlies were dismantled by the Belleville Senators by a 6-2 scoreline on Friday night. A tired Marlies team...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Toronto Marlies fall in shootout after coughing up 4-1 lead to Cleveland

Despite holding a 4-1 lead at the midway point of the game, the Toronto Marlies were frankly fortunate to grab a point in a come-from-behind Cleveland shootout victory on Wednesday night. "I don't think we...
Kasimir Kaskisuo of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies continue dominant road form, complete weekend sweep with shutout against Charlotte

Despite the win, head coach Sheldon Keefe wasn’t overly enthused with his team's performance on Saturday evening and made it clear during his post-game presser that the Toronto Marlies needed a much-improved effort in...

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