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John Tavares scores first goal with Maple Leafs

The first of many. John Tavares netted his first goal with the Maple Leafs in the season opener Wednesday evening against the Montreal Canadiens. Where were you when @91Tavares scored his first as a Leaf? #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/OC1Ar61TRY — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 4, 2018 With the game tied 1-1 in the second period, Tavares…

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Shanahan Suggests in Interview: Take Less or Take A Hike

My oh my, I do not miss Lou Lamiorello. Traditional Leafs media are running away with the quotes from today’s Shanahan interview, talking about the process with signing William Nylander. It seems that I’m guilty of it as well, as we dive into what this could mean for Nylander’s future with the Toronto Maple Leafs….

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What can Josh Thole teach the Leafs about their backup goalie situation?

The Leafs had a great backup goalie situation in 2017-18. They had a surprisingly successful Curtis McElhinney, a recently acquired Calvin Pickard, who’d shown success at the NHL level, and Garret Sparks, who was absolutely on a tear in the AHL. Now, they’ve managed to keep just one of three, with Curtis McElhinney and Calvin…

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Preseason Player Preview: Ron Hainsey

Bio Ron Hainsey came to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 offseason, as a fairly “meh” signing. Coming off playing big minutes in Pittsburgh’s top four (and winning a Stanley Cup), Hainsey’s acquisition wasn’t  exactly met with waves of excitement. With the Leafs seemingly never quite having a great option on the right side…

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LGD: Creatures of Hab-it

Only reason I’m still happy is cause I have hockey tonight! — Mitchell Marner (@Marner93) August 21, 2012 GOOOOOOD MORNING Toronto, and good morning to Leafs fans everywhere. It’s finally a Leafs Game Day. And this one counts! The Leafs kick off the 2018-19 season tonight at the newly christened Scotiabank Arena. Their opponents? The…

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Preseason Player Previews: Morgan Rielly

As we’re about to head into the season, it’s time to take a look at the Leafs’ resident “great offensively, terrible defensively” defenseman. No, it’s not Jake Gardiner. In fact, we’re talking about Morgan Rielly, who, despite the reputation, is mediocre at best when it comes to defending in his own zone. He’s excellent with…

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Know Your Enemy: Death by a Thousand Stabs

To say that the Montreal Canadiens are a bit of a mess is an understatement. Ever since the missed the playoffs in 2015-16, and traded PK Subban as a response to that season, this team has been nothing short of a disaster. As bad as Marc Bergevin has been, it hasn’t always been this bad…

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Preseason Player Preview: John Tavares

  It’s Kale Time. pic.twitter.com/YQcKiinxj6 — The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) September 26, 2018 THIS BEAUTIFUL BOY IS OURS!!! ALL OURS!!! For most of us that’s all the analysis that’s needed, but the fat cats at the Nation Network say I’ve got to dig deeper beyond just “John Tavares is a Leaf” and welcome to seven…

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Preseason Player Preview: Nikita Zaitsev

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev is lined up to have an interesting season. Coming off of a lackluster 2017-18 regular season and his sophomore year in the NHL, the Russian blueliner is still to be relied on by Mike Babcock and co.

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Predicting the 2018-19 NHL Season

The wait is over and hockey is back tonight. Toronto. Montreal. It’s exciting times heading into perhaps the most talked-about Leafs season in the last 30 years, Before things get rolling, it’s time for our writers to get their pre-season takes out there for us to praise or laugh at eight months. I kept things…