Keeping Dave Nonis around was impossible for Shanahan

Ryan Fancey
April 14 2015 12:18PM

Any time you get two or more people talking about this new rebuild the Leafs are digging in to, you're probably going to hear the word "finally" thrown around a few times. Finally, this team is scorching everything and letting it grow back naturally. Finally, the proper rebuild. The low and slow approach. 

If you believe a team puppet like Darren Dreger, even ex-general manager Nonis himself planned this all along. The whole league could see this had to happen, apparently.

But there was a time in the not-too-distant past where the Leafs didn't really have to rebuild, and they could have gotten away with simply building or re-tooling. If you really think about it, this whole thing isn't as overdue as it's being played up to be, and it likely could have been avoided entirely if not for a stretch of arguably the worst "GM-ing" in modern times.

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Here Comes The Nation Draft Playoff Pool!

Justin Fisher
April 14 2015 11:31AM


Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people, they should've given up on that in October! 

In all seriousness even sad sack Toronto sports fans can get in on the playoff fun this year with the Nations Draft Playoff Pool. It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at

Read on for more details!

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Report: Maple Leafs will pursue Sean Burke, but not for the GM job

Thomas Drance
April 14 2015 10:18AM

As the dust begins to settle following Blue Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of hockey people to hire. 

The purge of the old regime this weekend was dramatic and thorough, and now Brendan Shanahan and his inner sanctum - which includes Mark Hunter, Brandon Pridham and Kyle Dubas - will have to fill out their staff. Among the people the Maple Leafs are expected to pursue is Arizona Coyotes goaltending coach and assistant to the general manager Sean Burke, though reportedly they're not interested in installing him into the role of Maple Leafs general manager.

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Joffrey Lupul Quits Twitter, Causes Panic

Jeff Veillette
April 13 2015 09:00PM

After months of various social media drama, Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has decided to pull the plug on his presence on Twitter. This typically wouldn't be a story; Phil Kessel, for example, tweets about as frequently as Halley's Comet appears. But in typical Lupul fashion, he exited by creating, well, social media drama.

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Monday Mailbag: Before the Massacre

Jeff Veillette
April 13 2015 04:00PM


For whatever reason, I had the bright idea to seek out mailbag questions on Saturday night. I wanted to get it out of the way and published, knowing that it was the last one of the season before things would truly begin to switch to topics like the offseason and the draft. The result? Questions that are vastly different to what I would get if I asked for them today.

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