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How the NHL’s new executive compensation system will make it costly to replace Leafs GM Nonis

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports If Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan decides to replace general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek with the best talent available this spring, it will be an enormously costly decision. Executive compensation hasn’t been a thing in the NHL since the Peter Chiarelli drama back in 2006, but it…

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LGD – Tampa Your Expectations

View image | gettyimages.com Sure, the Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of their first victory since what feels like the Middle Ages, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, one of only five teams in the league that have already clinched a playoff berth, so…

Zack Sill. The New Face of the Leafs. #mycolumn:

View image | gettyimages.com When the Leafs traded Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins, everyone focused on the picks the Leafs got for him. They represented a solid return. But no one, except me, talked about how the addition of Zack Sill made that trade a steal for the Leafs.

HOW GOOD IS LAWSON CROUSE?

<br> If Lawson Crouse hadn’t shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That’s a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into…

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Mailbag: They’ll Never Lose Again

The tides have turned. Peter Horachek is a genius. Tyler Bozak is going to come from behind and win the Rocket Richard in the final games. G-Man is going to finish top ten in team plus/minus. Everything is going according to plan. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. Though, technically, Garret Gamble is actually 6th in…

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BREAKING NEWS: TJ BRENNAN HAS BEEN RECALLED!!!

Presses have been stopped. Alert levels have been raised. TJ Brennan has been recalled.  . @SportChek Player Alert: #Leafs recall defenceman T.J. Brennan from the @TorontoMarlies. READ: http://t.co/1xKl0LY6B5 #TMLtalk — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 30, 2015

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TLN Player Power Rankings: March 30, 2015

It’s time for everybody’s favourite hockey post which ranks the Leafs players from least awful to Zach Sill. Some exciting twists and turns this week that will have you rushing to the water cooler and spittin’ hot takes all day.

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Marlies Squeeze Out Win In Rochester

Yesterday’s loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs really stung in terms of, well, jumping ahead of them and picking up their playoff spot. However, the beauty of the AHL’s jam-packed, weekend-heavy schedule is that you can change your fortunes in a matter of hours. Today was a new day, and the Toronto Marlies were in a…

HOW GOOD IS MATHEW BARZAL?

<br> Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don’t be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year’s draft.

Leafs Postgame – The Tank Takes a Detour

View image | gettyimages.com Eric Brewer? Are you [expletive] kidding me? The Toronto Maple Leafs took a pause on being horrible tonight, snapping a seven-game losing streak and downing the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime.