Auston Matthews' OT winner might be Toronto's watershed moment

Jeff Veillette
January 02 2017 04:57PM

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Those who have followed the Toronto Maple Leafs through the rebuild process have been hearing constantly about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After all, they're two of hockey's most perrenially competitive teams, two of three teams that have made multiple stops to the Stanley Cup well in the Salary Cap era, and they followed the same model: be bad for a while, accumulate talent, establish a vital core, and constantly develop interchangable sub-pieces to use in their friendliest cap-years.

We know that's where the Leafs are going, but when it gets there is a question. But you felt it with the other two teams.

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LFR10 - Game 36 - Centsational - Det 4, Tor 5 (OT)

Steve Dangle
January 02 2017 01:54PM

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The Centennial was a Classic. Never in doubt, right?

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20 facts about the Doug Gilmour trade on its 25th anniversary

Greg Brady
January 02 2017 11:21AM

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It's still discussed as an era-changing moment in Maple Leafs lore.  Although its impact never brought about a single Stanley Cup Final, it did awaken a slumbering (or infuriated) fanbase, and create a whole new set of memories for the next generation that came around a little late for those made by Sittler, MacDonald, and Salming.

It also meant the absolute end of a great Calgary Flames era, really.  A Flames era that had seen numerous Smythe Division titles and playoff battles with the great Edmonton Oilers, and a window after the Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky in summer 1988 to Los Angeles, to really own the division and the Western Conference.

25 years ago today, the Maple Leafs and Flames executed a 10-player trade on the second day of 1992 so unique, and so influential, it's still celebrated (in Toronto, at least).  Here are 20 things you thought you knew or didn't know about what led up to it, the trade itself, and how it impacted two of the six Canadian franchises -- Ottawa was to come into existence the next season in 1992-93.

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Frank Corrado assigned to Marlies on conditioning stint, Froese sent back

Jeff Veillette
January 02 2017 09:39AM

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It was weird enough when things got to this point last year, but this year, the Frank Corrado saga has hit a whole new degree of interesting. This morning, the 23-year-old was loaned to the Toronto Marlies on a 14-day conditioning stint.

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Leafs Postgame: A Centennial Classic

Ryan Fancey
January 01 2017 05:15PM

With the way most of these outdoor NHL games become so much of a spectacle, it's sometimes easy to overlook the two points on the line. And for the Leafs, climbing into the thick of the playoff race due to a strong month of December, another win against a divisional opponent would be a nice way to open the 2017 calendar. What they got was just that, but the fans who filed in for the first ever NHL outdoor game in Toronto got a whole lot more.

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