5 reasons the Maple Leafs are losing despite obvious improvements

Thomas Drance
October 28 2015 05:30AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are not a good NHL-level hockey team, but they've looked like it for long stretches this season.

Yes the record is ugly, but if you're tuning in regularly you can see the team carry the play at five-a-side much more often than they have in the recent past. You can see the defensive improvement. You can see young players like Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly stepping up and playing the best two-way hockey of their young careers.

And yet the losing continues. Here are five reasons why the Maple Leafs have struggled to generate wins, even as the their structure and the overall product they're putting on the ice is much improved.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Oct 27, 2015 - Richard Peddie Returns

Steve Dangle
October 27 2015 09:47PM


On this episode, former MLSE CEO Richard Peddie returns to the show and talks about his Tyler Seguin comments, past with MLSE, and thoughts on everything in the sports biz.

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Despite Losses, Babcock Has Leafs Headed In Right Direction

Jeff Veillette
October 27 2015 07:05PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't had the best go at things to start the season. Nobody is going to deny that; a simple look at the standings shows a team that's tied for the penultimate spot in the league's standings, bringing together their 1-5-2 record to begin the year. 

Things haven't been going the right way for the Leafs. One goal games are ending the wrong way. Jonathan Bernier still has a habit of letting in the first shot, and James Reimer's save percentage is a bigger throwback to the 80's than Back To The Future Day was. But beyond the goals for and goals against, there have been some bright spots, and a lot of it comes from above.

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Is Mike Babcock too soft? #MyColumn

Bobby Cappuccino
October 27 2015 03:00PM

When Mike Babcock was hired this offseason, culture change was promised. He was going to work these guys. Pound them into being better players and better human beings. But so far, his coddling of skill players and lack of grit leaves a lot to be desired. For someone who talked a lot of game, he hasn't risen to the occasion.

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Leafs Send Down Froese and Recall Casey Bailey From the Marlies

Jon Steitzer
October 27 2015 02:10PM

In advance of the game against the Rangers on Friday, the Maple Leafs have made a couple of moves to shake up the lineup. 

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