November 30 2015 08:55AM
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This story begins on April 29th, 2005. A few weeks after Kyle Wellwood ended the St. John's Maple Leafs' regular season with a shootout winner immortalized on potato-era YouTube, the team was eliminated by the Manitoba Moose in the first round of the players. It was a quiet ending; a 4-0 shutout to cap off a 4-1 series, and for most teams, they'd move on with some dejection, start training, and come back in October to give it another go.
The St. John's Maple Leafs never came back.
November 30 2015 06:00AM
We've written a lot of words about William Nylander lately and just how good he's looked for the Toronto Marlies. So good, in fact, that a lot of folks want the Maple Leafs to bring him up to the big club and see if he continue his scoring ways in the NHL. Nylander is one of the best prospects in all of hockey, and his progress is making a lot of Leafs fans feel warm and fuzzy inside.
So, hey, let's not forget about Mitch Marner in the OHL, ok?
The Leafs' top pick of the 2015 NHL Draft had himself a hell of a weekend with three multipoint games in three days. On Friday, Marner assisted on three goals in London's 6-1 win over Owen Sound. On Saturday, it was a goal and assist in another win over the Attack, this time 4-1. Yesterday, Marner added another goal and two more assists in another 5-3 win over Windsor. That's eight points in three games, 27 points in 10 games this month, and a whopping 47 points in 22 games so far this season.
November 29 2015 02:23PM
Today is Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Kyle Dubas's birthday. We here at TLN wish him a good one, but our wishes ain't nothing compared to sweet Gramma Dubas's.
November 29 2015 01:31PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have an interesting game ahead of them on Monday. The Edmonton Oilers keep finding new ways to be the laughing stock of the National Hockey League, and rookie goaltender Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut. Joffrey Lupul, however, will sit this one out to rest an unspecified ailment.
November 29 2015 11:45AM
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The last time that the Leafs started a Calder trophy eligible goaltender in goal, Jussi Rynnas let in seven goals in a blowout loss to Philadelphia at the end of the 2011/12 season. He never played a game for Toronto again after that. Garret Sparks will probably be looking for a different fate on Monday night, as he steps between the pipes to play his first career NHL game.